The 2011 Southam Triathlon

The Southam Triathlon started in 2007 as a way for Southam and District Round Table to raise money for local charities. Sixteen people slogged round the course on that Saturday afternoon and raised over £2000.

We had so much fun putting the event on that we decided to do it all again the following year. This time introducing the kids event, the Aquathlon, to involve local schools and give them the opportunity to fund raise for their own local causes.

The Aquathlon is like a triathlon, but has no bike section (so just the swim and the run). There are four age categories, ranging from age eight up to age fourteen. Distances range from a 50m swim and 500m run, up to a 400m swim with 5k run. We’ve put on three Aqua’s now and based on the comments we get from kids and parents alike, we’re doing something right. This year, the Aquathlon will start at 1pm on Saturday 10th September, the day before the Triathlon.

Details can be found online at http://sanddrt.org.uk/triathlon/aqua.htm. Over 200 people have participated in the Southam Triathlon and it’s going from strength to strength. Thanks to the generosity of Rugby Triathlon Club, we’re able to borrow most of the gear we need to run a well organised event that many people come back to the following year. For some, it’s the first taste of triathlon. For others, it’s an end of season sprint tri with a challenging bike course. Both the Aquathlon and Triathlon events are based at Southam Leisure Centre run by Everyone Active Ltd. We use their 25 metre pool for the swim, local roads for the bike course, and Southam College’s fields for the run. Without the support of Southam Leisure Centre and Southam College, the event couldn’t happen. This year’s sponsors Beese’s Budgens, Dafferns LLP Chartered Accountants and John Atkins Cycles provide the other elements to make it a successful day, such as refreshments and awards.

New for 2011 is the opportunity to enter as a relay team. Many people tell us they would enter the event except they hate either swimming, cycling or running, so we’ve decided to remove that excuse! Please email director@southamtriathlon.org.uk for more information. If you’d like to compete and are a regular to triathlons – fantastic. If you’re new to the sport but would like to get fit and use it as a target to aim for, that’s great too, but please bear in mind some important points:
* Before starting any fitness routine, see your GP. Get your blood pressure taken, discuss the event and take their advice.
* Consider entering as part of a relay team rather than doing the whole thing.
* Training should build up gradually from an easy start. Your body needs time to adapt to the new demands. There is a lot of training advice available online, for example http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/, and many shops sell running magazines such as Runners World which have advice on diet and training. An excellent way to get fit and get good advice is to join a running club with triathlon experience (such as Leamington’s Spa Striders, http://spastriders.co.uk/). Running clubs tend to be very welcoming to new members – everyone started at some time!

Remember, if the fitness programme that’s right for your current fitness level won’t get you ready in time for September, stick to the programme (don’t accelerate it) and aim for the 2012 Southam Triathlon.

This year we’re raising money for the Myton Hospices. If you’d like to help raise sponsorship, please download a sponsor form http://sanddrt.org.uk/triathlon/Tri%20Sponsor%20Form%202011.pdf.

We’re looking forward to a great Triathlon and hope that you are too. To give you a taste, some of last year’s competitors said, “I loved it, I’ll be back next year.” “I hated it. The best bit was when I finally finished. I’ll be back next year.” “On one side of me was a carbon fibre bike worth over £3000, on the other, a shopping bike with a banana in the basket.” All details for Southam Aquathlon and Triathlon 2011 can be found online at http://sanddrt.org.uk/triathlon/index.htm. Alternatively, call 07403 183546 or email southamtriathlon@hotmail.co.uk. Hope to see you there!


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