Record field in Sunday’s Pendle Triathlon!

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THIS year’s Pendle Triathlon takes place on Sunday.

All the places have been taken – and that includes 20 more that had to be added to accommodate everyone who wanted to compete.

Centre manager at West Craven Sports Centre Paul Whittaker said: “This has to be the best-selling Pendle Triathlon we have ever had! We are really pleased with the response and looking forward to the day, which we hope will attract lots of people to support the competitors.

“This year we want to create a bit more of a buzz along the route and encourage spectators to turn out and cheer on the athletes.

“To do this, we will be providing free sports-based activities for children aged four to 13 in the sports hall, which will enable parents to watch while their children are being supervised and entertained under the watchful eye of the trust’s Sports Development Team.”

One of the fastest growing competitive sports in the country, contestants will take part in the three disciplines in a test of stamina, strength and determination in and around West Craven Sports Centre.

Following the official format of swimming, cycling and running, this non-transitional event will comprise of swimming 750m and cycling 22km - completing two circuits of the course which covers Salterforth, Kelbrook, Sough, Earby and Thornton-in-Craven.

The run route will be mainly off road, utilising public footpaths and canal bridlepaths to finish the 5km course opposite West Craven Sports Centre.

The first competitors will take to the water at 9 a.m. and the last ones should pass the finishing line before 3 p.m., when the presentation of awards will take place in the Sports Hall at West Craven Sports Centre by the Deputy Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Asjad Mahmood.