Triathlon taster sessions to launch in Ramsgate

Triathlon taster sessions

Active Ramsgate has launched a new outdoor activity in the town – with triathlon taster experiences available for the first time.

Active Ramsgate, an initiative of Ramsgate Town Council to support economic development through outdoor activities,  has teamed up with British Triathlon to offer taster sessions for beginners to the sport and those who have never done a triathlon before and would like to give it a try.

Taking place over three Saturdays in September, the GO TRI Active Ramsgate Triathlon Taster Experience will take beginners through the various elements of cycling, running and swimming and teach them the tips and tricks of putting these together. The sessions will be run by an experienced British Triathlon Level 2 accredited Coach.

The open water swimming sessions will take place in the shallows at Western Undercliff Beach. The running and cycling sessions will take place on the pedestrian/cyclist only sea front promenade.

Dr Cheryl Mvula MBE, Project Manager of Active Ramsgate, said: “The popularity of triathlons has soared recently, with the likes of the Brownlee brothers really bringing it to the forefront. It can seem really daunting trying a new sport for the first time, with all the different elements to manage, so these taster sessions are designed to get over that initial hurdle and give triathlon a try.

“It’s hoped that this will be the start of more triathlon events taking place in Ramsgate”.

Vanessa Raw is a former Pro GB triathlete who now works as an artist and lives in Ramsgate.

She said: “I’m so delighted to see triathlon coming to my home town of Ramsgate, as it’s the perfect location for all three elements of the sport. Running and cycling along the coastline and open water swimming in the sea is a great way to enjoy being outdoors – in a beautiful coastal setting and getting fit at the same time.

“I look forward to these GO TRI taster sessions leading to more full-length triathlons taking place in Ramsgate over time as the sport develops in our area. If you’ve never tried one, and think you’d like to give it a go, then these taster sessions are a perfect way to learn the ropes and find out how to put running, cycling and swimming together. Thank you so much to Active Ramsgate for launching this fantastic initiative.”

Details of the three sessions:

  •  September 3, 4pm-5.30pm. This first session will help build your skills and confidence in swimming and running.
  •  September 10, 4pm-5.30pm. Building on the first session you will continue to grow your skills for the cycling and running elements of a triathlon.
  • September 17, 4pm-6pm. In the third session, you will put all your new skills together and swim, cycle and run.

The GO TRI experience costs £45 pp for all three sessions. You will need to be over 18 years old and be able to swim to take part. You’ll also need a bike, trainers and swimsuit. Wetsuits are optional but the sea is forecast to be warm in September.

For more information and to book a space visit https://www.visitramsgate.co.uk/triathlon/

For information on other Active Ramsgate activities visit www.visitramsgate.co.uk/activeramsgate

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