The sun shone on IWA’s first Waterways Triathlon22 September 2015
On Sunday 20th September, the beautiful Chelmer & Blackwater navigation in Essex played host to IWA’s first ever Waterways Triathlon with 68 participants signed up to challenge their fitness and skills. The waterway runs from Chelmsford to the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin.
The event attracted singles, couples and families as well as a number of dogs and their owners. Billed as a fun, family day out the day was opened by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Paul Hutchinson, at 10am. Participants cycled, ran and canoed either a 50km or 30km course through beautiful countryside with a view to raising sponsorship money for Essex Waterways and The Susan Trust. Some groups divided the course into sections to complete one stage each in a relay and others participated as groups and enjoyed a day together chatting and exercising in the sunshine.
Diesel, a working cocker spaniel and his owner Amanda Stevens, completed the 30km course together in just 2 hours 43 minutes. In fact this was Diesel’s first triathlon and he ran alongside Amanda as well as acted as cox in the kayak section. Jordan and Liam Case completed the 30km course in the fastest time, clocking in a very impressive 2 hours and 41 minutes. The fastest time on the 50km section was 3 hours 15 minutes.
All of the participants and their supporters were invited to a barbecue at the finish to bring a very sociable and relaxing end to the sunny day.
Everyone taking part paid an entrance fees to cover the costs of running the event and each participant was asked to choose between two charities to support with any sponsorship monies. Both of the choices are local waterways causes, Essex Waterways, responsible for managing, maintaining and improving the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, and The Susan Trust, a historic Chelmer lighter boat restoration project.
See photos of the event on our Facebook page.