This is a great warm up to our Quadrathlon season if you fancy a day out down the Montgomery Canal. This Triathlon is a Superb Charity Event, in its 7th year and it takes place on Saturday, 19th May 2018. I have done this event 4 times now and have really enjoyed the challenge, its great pre-race training and a good opportunity to support the Montgomery Canal Trust.
About 220 athletes/fundraisers start the journey to bike, run/walk and then kayak the 35miles following the tow path of the Montgomery Canal. The journey starts in Newtown and finished in Lower Frankton, 17miles M.T. BIKing, 11miles X.C. running, and 7 miles of kayaking/canoeing, with the majority using Canadian Canoes (in pairs). The more competitive ones amongst us start first at 8.30 (in groups of 6), leaving the ones taking it ‘a bit less competitive’ to start at a more steady pace! I must say if I’d of seen the Tea, Cakes and sandwiches at the transition areas I might of been persuaded to take my time! It really is worth saving the date!
The format is the same as for the past 3 years, along 35 miles of the Canal, entrants can attempt any or all of the three sections, individuals pairs or teams are all welcome.
CYCLING 17 miles from Newtown to Pool Quay.
WALKING 11 miles from Pool Quay to Morton.
CANOEING 7 miles from Morton to Lower Frankton.
This is an endurance event, not a race and is a great day out for families with children as well as experienced triathletes. All entrants who complete a section will receive a commemorative medallion made from local slate.
The closing date for entries is 5th May 2018 and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org Maggie Ellis, Triathlon Entry Coordinator & Friends of the Montgomery Canal
The Triathlon – is organised in support of the restoration of the canal – which has reached an exciting stage. The section currently under restoration to Crickheath in Shropshire is now fully funded following an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund and, whilst that project is still ongoing, new works have started on the section between Crickheath and Llanymynech in Powys: In July, volunteers cleared over 1,100 tons of material of a former railway embankment blocking the canal at Pant (making the towpath much easier for the Triathlon). The next major obstacle is Schoolhouse Bridge near Pant, the last ‘dropped’ bridge in Shropshire blocking the canal’s route to the Welsh border. Plans to rebuild this bridge are well progressed and a major fund-raising campaign was launched earlier this year. We were able to pledge £1,500 from the 2017 Triathlon towards it and are hoping to raise much more next year.
Many entrants raise funds for their chosen charities through taking part in the Triathlon. If you would like to raise funds for the restoration, you can download a ‘Restore The Montgomery Canal’ sponsorship form which will be available shortly at www.montgomerycanal.me.uk/fmcevents2018.html.
We hope you’ll be able to enter our Event and please contact me if you need any more information
Triathlon Entry Coordinator email@example.com
Friends of the Montgomery Canal