Entries open for Skipton Triathlon on November 1st and British triathlete Emma Taylor is encouraging people to take the plunge and have a go.
Emma, who won her age category and was fourth overall in the World Championships Duathlon earlier this year, and won the Wasdale Half Ironman last year, is looking forward to starting next year’s season with Skipton Triathlon on April 9th, 2017.
She says the sprint distance triathlon, which starts at Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre, is the perfect way to get started in the sport – whatever your age or ability.
“Lots of different abilities will be taking part from all walks of life, some trying it for the first time, which is brilliant,” said Emma, who is a health promotion officer for Craven General Practices, made up of Dyneley House Surgery, Fisher Medical Centre and Cross Hills Group Practice.
“I got into triathlon as I was coming out of university, I liked running, and I love the social element of cycling and I was a keen swimmer as well. I got started with a local event, similar to Skipton. You can get a true feel of the sport with a local event like this. It’s at the start of the season as well so it’s a really good race to dip your toes in.”
Emma is hoping to use the Skipton Triathlon as a springboard to another successful season. She’s hoping to go to Canada to compete again in the Duathlon World Championships, subject to funding, and then there is the IRONMAN 70.3 in Weymouth, following on from last year’s third place in her age category at IRONMAN Bolton.
“Once you’re started, you’re hooked,” she said. “And you don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it. It’s a brilliant sport for anyone of any ability.”
Councillor Linda Brockbank, Craven District Council’s lead member for Working with Communities, said: “I’m delighted that we’re running this fantastic event next year and would encourage people to sign up. I have huge admiration for anyone who gives this sport a go, whether they are elite athletes or novices; they should be very proud of themselves.”
Skipton Triathlon consists of a 400m pool swim, a 22km bike ride and a 5km run. To register an interest in taking part, go to www.cravendc.gov.uk/skiptontriathlon2017
From November 1st, you can sign up for the triathlon at www.britishtriathlon.org/events.
The price has been reduced this year and an ‘early bird’ offer is in place until November 18, with prices at £37 for British Triathlon Federation (BTF) members, £40 for non-BTF members, and team entries at £60 (BTF) and £70 (non-BTF).