Countdown is on to the popular Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon

Members of Bassetlaw Triathlon Club on a weekend at Holkham to compete in the Outlaw Half Race.
Members of Bassetlaw Triathlon Club on a weekend at Holkham to compete in the Outlaw Half Race.

The countdown is on to the popular Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon, which is now in its fifth year.

And members of the hosts, Bassetlaw Triathlon Club, have been busy with their preparations for the big event, which takes place from Worksop Leisure Centre on Sunday, August 6.

Last Saturday, the club staged its novice training day, which gave first-time triathletes the chance to gain experience of what they might expect.

But for those who missed it, there is still time to set themselves a challenge and sign up for their first triathlon. The Bassetlaw event. which comprises a 400m pool swim, a 21km bike ride and a 5km run, is good for novices and experienced enthusiasts alike.

While planning for the triathlon, many club members find that July is a busy and active month, with many racing close to home or further afield.

For example, Gareth Sylvester travelled to Ripon to compete in his first standard distance triathlon, while the following day, Joan Kirkwood and Ian Rookes were in York for a sprint triathlon. Kirkwood came second in her age group.

Jason Lippitt set himself a huge challenge by travelling to Austria for that country’s Ironman race, which consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. He was over the moon to finish in a time of 15 hours, ten minutes.

Meanwhile, Amy Ogden and Matt Ilett went to Edinburgh to compete in the city’s Ironman 70.3 event. Ogden came second in her age group and the 12th lady overall, which was an impressive performance in tough weather conditions.

Most of the club members went for the weekend to Holkham in Norfolk to compete in the Outlaw Half Race (half-Ironman distance). Taking part as individuals were Cat Harrison, Erika Tasker, Hayley Ellis, Kevin Dunne, Gavin Toulson, Simon Herberts, Matt Horsfield, Andy Baird, Rose Allen, Chris Johnson, Lee Atkinson, Lee Palmer, Lynne Shaw, Craig Reep, Dale Bloomer and Chris Duncan. But the club also fielded a team, comprising Yannie Duveen (swim), Scott Harrison (bike) and Gareth Hughes (run), and the whole event was a big success for all, yielding some terrific times.

Elsewhere, David Club tackled his first standard distance triathlon at Cadney Reservoir in Lincolnshire, and Joan Kirkwood and Mark Horsfield took part in an open water sprint triathlon at Hatfield, near Doncaster. This weekend, Craig Mercer and Yannie Duveen compete in the London Standard Triathlon at Victoria Docks.