The sun shone down as over 450 children completed the 2017 Primary Schools Try a Triathlon. The event organised by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership in partnership with Triathlon Irelands Junior Development Officer with assistance from Sligo Triathlon Club, was hosted at Sligo Regional Sports Complex and Cleveragh Regional Park on the 26th October. These facilities offer an ideal location for children to take part in the swim, cycle and run elements of the event as the park provides a large safe space away from the public road.
The day saw perfect calm conditions with a bright sunny sky. From 12.30pm the children started to arrive, they racked their bikes and got their numbers on before heading to the race briefing at 1.30pm. The event involved a 25m swim, 1.5km cycle and a 800m run for 3rd and 4th class and a 50m swim, 3km cycle and 800m run for 5th and 6th class. Over the 2hour slot from 2pm to 4pm all 450 children completed the event. No times were recorded, as this was purely a non-competitive event with the emphasis on fun participation and completing the distance. This created an enjoyable atmosphere for the children and was evident from the buzz and excitement around the venue, not only from the children but from the large supporting crowd of parents, teachers and friends who came along to cheer everyone on.
This event would not have been possible without the large number of volunteers who gave up their time to marshal, over 70 volunteers helped on the day. The organisers would like to thank Tommy Cradock and the Sligo Grammar School TY students, Pat Tuohy and the Summerhill College TY Students, Eimear Donlon and the 4th Year Health Science Students from IT Sligo, Sligo Triathlon Club volunteers, the parents who put on a high-vis jacket and helped out and the Gardai for managing the traffic at the road crossing. We would also like to thank Sligo County Council for making the park available to host this event and Sligo Race Course for providing parking facilities.
Theresa Kilgannon Youth Sport Development Officer said “This event is a brilliant opportunity for children who may not like team sports to sample an individual sport where they get to use a broad range of skills from swimming, cycling and running in an unpressured environment and gain confidence from the achievement of completing a triathlon”
Children interested in continuing with Triathlon can contact Therese O’Loughlin of Sligo Junior Triathlon Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mullaghmore Junior Triathlon Club at email@example.com.
All event photos can be viewed on the Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnerships Facebook page