SWIM, BIKE AND RUN FOR FUN WITH GO TRI IN KIPPAX AND GARFORTH FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS
Six Leeds schools dipped their toes into triathlon with GO TRI, the zero-pressure way for complete triathlon beginners to get involved with the sport. Year 6 pupils from Ninelands Primary, Strawberry Fields Primary, East Garforth Academy, Green Lane Academy, St. Benedict’s Primary and Thorner Primary joined together to try a tri.
They started with a 150m swim at Kippax Leisure Centre then biked along The Lines Way into Garforth, finishing with a mile run around St. Benedict’s Primary School’s purpose built mile running track. They were joined by local police, Cycle Leeds, Active Leeds and Leeds Travelwise. The event was planned in conjunction with British Triathlon.
The children participated in a training session at the Brownlee Triathlon Centre the week before to hone their cycling, transition and running skills. They were thrilled to meet elite triathlete Alex Yee at the centre and have some time to chat and have their photo taken with him.
Jillian Sabourn, Headteacher at Ninelands Primary School, who organised the event said “ The children thoroughly enjoyed the triathlon and demonstrated excellent resilience, effort and sportsmanship. It was particularly good to work together with so many other schools and organisations to have such a positive sporting experience. I hope a few of them take up triathlon in the future.”
More people are taking up triathlon thanks to GO TRI, British Triathlon’s entry level programme to get people swimming, cycling and running for fun.
GO TRI, a programme designed by British Triathlon is a low-cost, fun and accessible way for people to get into triathlon and multisport events for the first time. Triathlon is a great sport to get active and challenge yourself, and by taking on the three elements of swimming, cycling and running you can keep training fun and varied too!
Rothwell Leisure Centre are organising junior triathlon coaching sessions on Wednesdays at 4.30 – 6.00pm.
For more information and to find out how you can get involved, visit gotri.org.