Newquay will stage a Triathlon style series this summer, the first of its kind in the country. The Newquay Triple Crown will consist of three unique events; The Crantock Biathlon on 19th June, the Bay Swim Run on 23rd July and the grand finale, the Newquay Surf Triathlon on 18th September.
JB Physio and Academy Fitness have teamed up with Francis Clark, Snugg Wetsuits, Velotive, The National Trust, and are backed by Newquay BID to stage a series that will test the entrants in three different disciplines. The Crantock Biathlon involves a mile swim in the River Gannel followed by a 5k run across the sand dunes and coast path. The Bay Swim Run is Scandinavian race format, now becoming very popular worldwide, that links multiple short swims and runs around Newquay Bay. The final event is an Olympic distance Surf Triathlon involving a mile surf-swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run, to finish in the heart of the town. The first of its kind series also includes a Junior Triple Crown, with shorter distances for ages 8 and over.
“This is fantastic and totally unique series for Newquay” says Simon Barnes from Academy Fitness. “The whole series is designed to encourage people into sport and we are using our beautiful coastline to stage the events. Anyone thinking of trying a surf triathlon can first just try the flat open-water swim and off-road run by entering the Crantock Biathlon. The bay Swim-Run again involves swimming and running but introduces contestants to the surf. Finally the Newquay Surf Triathlon will put it all together and include a bike leg.” “We are also working very closely with British Triathlon on setting up GO TRI events throughout the summer, which are small scale events to build up confidence in both open water and multi-sport participation. The first G0 TRI event is due to take place on Wednesday 6th July on Porth beach.”
The local Surf Lifesaving Clubs will be working together providing water safety cover and will be the main benefactors from money raised from the event.
“Surf Lifesaving Clubs train and educate hundreds of local children and adults in sea safety and are called to assist the general public every year” says Jo brown from Crantock Surf Lifesaving Club. “They are a key part in keeping our community safe in the sea and providing opportunities to compete in sport up to national level. The triple Crown will enable local club members to showcase their skills both competing and lifeguarding. The money raised will go into helping Clubs with rescue and race equipment”.
The organisers are encouraging online entries as they makes race planning easier and there is a limit on how many can enter on the day. Find out more here