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Entries for Haverhill triathlon pass the 100 mark

Monday, 15th September 2014.

More than 100 athletes will swim, cycle and run through Haverhill next month, and some of the town’s prominent sportspeople are encouraging you to join them.

Last week entries for HaverTri – the Haverhill Research Park Triathlon - passed the 100 mark, and entries continue to rise.

The event, which takes place on Sunday, October 5, will be raising money for Haverhill Scouts and Guides.

You can enter any of the three distances at www.entrycentral.com/havertri or volunteer to help on the day by e-mailing haverhalf@gmail.com or through Facebook and Twitter.

Many will be taking part in their first triathlon at Haverhill Leisure Centre, and among them is Haverhill's MP Matthew Hancock.

“I’m looking forward to competing in the Haverhill Triathlon in October,” said the skills minister.

“I’m not a very good swimmer, but I’ll be pedalling hard to make up for it. Keeping fit helps me cover the ground doing my job travelling around the constituency, and it’s for a very good cause. I hope the whole town gets behind what promises to be a great event.”

Barbara Leverett won 13 world medals competing in Olympic distance veteran triathlon and has previously been crowned St Edmundsbury Sports Personality of the Year.

“Triathlon is very addictive – from starting in 2001 I was hooked,” said Barbara, from Steeple Bumpstead. “From then until 2010 I trained with the goal of seeing how good I could be, and in 2005 got my first world medal.

“One of the best things of triathlon is that there is always something to work on to improve your performance – if you are injured running, you can concentrate on cycling or swimming.

"At base level the sport is not that expensive – with running shoes, goggles and a bike you’re ready to go.

"All you need is motivation to train, time, enthusiasm, enjoyment and satisfaction at improving your times and then you’re feeling the health benefits.

"As triathlon is an individual sport you don’t need to worry about anyone else, just yourself and how good you can be.”

Barbara won five golds (two duathlon, two aquathlon and one triathlon), five silver (three duathlon, two triathlon), and three bronze (two triathlon, one duathlon). In 2008 she was crowned double world champion in both triathlon and duathlon.

HaverTri is being sponsored by Haverhill Research park and supported by Stylize Display Graphics, Tesco Haverhill, Haverhill Leisure Centre and the town's county councillors.

Also supporting HaverTri are Icini Water, Castle Manor Academy, Ignite Radio, OS Communications, KP Landscaping, Perform Sports Therapy and Aerocycles.

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