It was an early start but there was an air of anticipation. The Lido looked magnificent and ready to accommodate the 700 competitors. Every detail had been considered and the event ran smoothly due to the excellent organisation by the Lido staff.
After being tagged and numbered, the first wave of competitors began at 7.45am. Ten lengths of the 50m pool followed by a 5km cycle through the streets of Cheltenham and then a 2km run back to the finish line. There were a lot of triumphant smiles crossing the finishing line, for some personal bests were beaten, for others, satisfaction of completing their first triathlon. All were presented with t-shirts and medals.
Many thanks to our volunteers who carried out a variety of tasks; lane counting, organising time bands, handing out medals, marshalling duties and bucket collecting. Everybody’s efforts contributed to a marvellous happy atmosphere of sportsmanship and support.
In the end, the event raised over £8,000 for both the Lido and LINC. We look forward to the event again next September.