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First triathlon follows hard on heels of first half-marathon

Thursday, 12th June 2014.

Haverhill will host a triathlon for the first time this autumn.

‘HaverTri – the Haverhill Research Park triathlon’, will be held at Haverhill Leisure Centre on October 5.

The event, organised by HaverHalf and Haver10 organiser Jack Tappin, will be raising money for the town’s scouts' and guides' new hut fund.

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.

Three distances will be on offer, suitable for novices through to veterans, and for those aged 13 plus.

The Super Sprint (for ages 13 plus) will start with a 200 metre swim (eight lengths of the pool) followed by an eight kilometre cycle and finally a 2.4km run.

The Sprint distance (15 plus) will be a 400m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run, while the Sprint+ (17 plus) - which will be open for relay team entries – will consist of a 600m swim, a 40km cycle and finally a 10km run.

The cycle course will head from the Leisure Centre through the nearby north Essex villages while the run will take place along the railway line.

An application has been made to British Triathlon Federation for a race licence. The event will build on the success of HaverHalf and Haver10 which showed the support for athletics events in the town.

Entry costs £30 for the Super Sprint, £35 for the Sprint and £40 for the Sprint+, which includes the day licence (usually bought on the day for an additional £5).

The Sprint+ is open to relay entries and there are discounts on all events for BTF members and under 19s.

You can enter online at www.entrycentral.com/havertri or collect and entry form from Haverhill Arts Centre or Haverhill Leisure Centre.

Helen Chaplin, from race sponsors Haverhill Research Park, said: “We are delighted to be the sponsor for HaverTri – the Haverhill Research Park Triathlon.

“Following on from the half marathon and the 10K run we are firm believers in supporting local initiatives to encourage healthy activities in the town for all ages.

“After all, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind and we hope that in future there will be lots of businesses on the park employing healthy minds and adding to the success of the local economy. Good luck to all those who enter.”

Race director and triathlete Jack Tappin said: “I got into triathlon having been a runner and have really enjoyed the sport myself.

“I’ve seen how successful it has become as a sport and how popular, with Stowmarket and Cambridge both now having triathlons as more and more people take up the sport.

“The introduction of shorter distances has made it more accessible, so I’m hoping that by having three different distances HaverTri will appeal to all triathletes, from newcomers to veterans.

“I was taken aback by the level of support HaverHalf and Haver10 received, and if we can attract even half that number to this it would be a great turnout.

“Hopefully that level of support remains and we’ll get a large turnout of both entries and volunteers.”

Duncan Batty, group scout leader of 1st Haverhill Scouts, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for the scouts and guides of Haverhill to support their community in a worthwhile event.

“It also highlights how active these youth movements are in Haverhill and will provide much-needed funds towards the proposed new buildings at the Haverhill scout and guide centre."

Haverhill town mayor Roger André, who will give out prizes to HaverTri winners, said: “The town welcomes another major sporting event to be held in our community.

“The encouragement and inspiration local sports challenges bring to our residents is a magnificent advertisement for our town and offers real health benefits for participants.

“Our young people will be enthused by the excitement of the day and I hope we will fill the streets and sports arenas with supporters from far and wide.”

Suffolk county councillor Anne Gower who, along with fellow Haverhill councillors Tony Brown and Julian Flood, will sponsor the race through her locality budget, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to help bring forward another new venture for Haverhill in the shape of a triathlon.

“I know everyone will get behind this and enjoy the event which will raise the profile of Haverhill in a very positive way.”
To volunteer with the event e-mail haverhalf@gmail.com

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