Organisers of the first ever triathlon in Montrose are hoping to inspire a new wave of triathletes and bring a series of the events to Angus.
Maggie Lawrie set up a not-for-profit business, Tri Angus Limited, in order to organise the new event in the town, which will see as many as 180 competitors descend on the local area on Sunday, June 1.
Maggie said: “I started dabbling a bit in triathlon a year or so ago myself as a competitor but found there were very few events taking place near my local area, so this is when I first realised the opportunity for this event.
“Montrose and the whole of the Angus area are fortunate to have stunning scenery and is the perfect training ground for those looking to get out on their bikes and also get their running shoes on.”
Out of 180 places for the triathlon more than half have been filled already and Maggie is hoping to run a series of the three-stage races across Angus after the Montrose event.
Currently, the only other triathlon in Angus is in Monikie and there are no races for beginners in the county.
There are two categories participants can enter the novice and the sprint race.
In the novice section racers will have to swim 400 metre (16 lengths of the pool), cycle 12 kilometres (km) and run 5km and in the sprint section competitors will have to swim 750 metres (30 lengths of the pool), cycle 20 km and run 5km.
All the action will be taking place at Montrose Sports Centre with the swimming section of the event taking place in the facility’s pool.
Maggie said: “So there is no daunting outdoor swim for those new to the sport.
“We are aiming to fill all the places, so we ask all our local sporty types to help spread the word, get themselves entered and also to encourage all their friends, family and colleagues to rise to the challenge too.”
The executive director of Tri Angus added: “I have been working with a triathlon group in the local area, who are in the process of trying to set themselves up as a new club at the moment, so the timing of this event is perfect for them.
“This triathlon event is organised in a way that will offer something for everyone and allow both the experienced triathletes to test themselves on the sprint course, as well as provide those new to the sport with an opportunity to get involved in the shorter distance.
“If you don’t fancy entering the event yourself then there will be plenty of opportunities to volunteer on the day.
“London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 are making volunteering one of their biggest legacies, so hopefully lots of people have been inspired and are keen to get involved”.
Tri Angus is looking for businesses to sponsor the event. There are a number of ways to do so from providing equipment to prizes for the categories and cash donations.