Get on your bike for local triathlon

On yer bike!&Alderman Victor Robinson and Brian Campbell 9 times winner of the triathlon who hope to encourage triathletes of all ages and abilities to sign up for this year's Newtownabbey Triathlon, which will be held on Sunday 7th September at Valley Leisure Centre.  The triathlon, which is sponsored by leading ferry company Stena Line, has been taking place for 22 years and is expected to attract over 200 competitors this year.
On yer bike!&Alderman Victor Robinson and Brian Campbell 9 times winner of the triathlon who hope to encourage triathletes of all ages and abilities to sign up for this year's Newtownabbey Triathlon, which will be held on Sunday 7th September at Valley Leisure Centre. The triathlon, which is sponsored by leading ferry company Stena Line, has been taking place for 22 years and is expected to attract over 200 competitors this year.

Athletes are being encouraged to get on their bikes and start training for the 2012 Stenaline Triathlon which is being held at the Valley Leisure Centre in September.

The Mayor of Newtownabbey Alderman Victor Robinson was joined by the current course record holder, Brian Campbell, at the launch of the event which is now in its 26th year.

The fantastic event is sure to be one of the main attractions during the 2012 Olympic Games and now everyone can get in on the action by joining the 2012 Stenaline Triathlon.

Organisers say the race is suitable for all athletes from beginner to advanced, offering a challenge for those who wish to get involved in the sport. With a 750-metre swim in the Valley pool, a 20km bike ride around Newtownabbey and a 5km run in the Valley Park, the triathlon is sure to be a fun challenge for those who participate.

Dean Holmes, Sport and Play Development Officer, said: “The Stenaline Triathlon has always attracted big crowds and we are hoping to see even more aspiring athletes get involved this year. Also, there is no increase in the fee to participate from last year.”

Applications forms can be found online at www.newtownabbey.gov.uk, or they can be requested on 028 9034 00138 / 028 9034 0042 or by logging onto Triathlon Ireland’s website www.triathlonireland.com. There is a £30 fee to participate in the event.