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Time to give Grantown Try Tri a try

By Gavin Musgrove

An award-winning mini triathlon in Grantown designed for all ranges of abilities is nearing the start line.

The Grantown Try Tri comprises a 300m pool swim, 16km bike ride and a reasonably flat run - there’s only one major hill - of 5km through community owned Anagach Woods.

The competition is ideally suited for teams of three with each person taking charge of one part of the route. Teams of two are equally welcome.

Competitors taking part in the bike ride leg of last year's Grantown Try Tri.
Competitors taking part in the bike ride leg of last year's Grantown Try Tri.

Event chairperson Rebecca MacKellar said: "We would like to encourage local teams to enter and to that effect, are putting up a local team prize.

"It’s a great way to challenge colleagues within organisations such as community groups, business and sporting groups.

"We have challenged the local shinty groups, tennis and other sporting groups and business organisations."

She added: "Individuals can of course, enter by themselves and being a novice event, the distances are achievable without enormous amounts of prior training.

On the day, many people surprise themselves at how well they have done and it’s always a great atmosphere for both locals and visitors.

"Combined with the Craig Maclean Leisure Centre Kids’ Triathlon the day before, it’s great sporting weekend."

The Grantown Try Tri started in 2000 as a way of providing an additional event on the day of Motormania.

Eventually both events became too big to hold on the same day and so the Try Tri moved to the second Sunday in September.

Over the years it has gained in popularity winning the Scottish Triathlon Association award for the Most Enjoyable event 2012.

There was a short break between from 2014-2017 due to the town's pool refurbishment.

This year's Try Tri takes place on September 8.

For more details and entries visit www.try-tri.co.uk .

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