This year, the Driffield Triathlon celebrates its tenth anniversary and, with registration now open, hundreds of triathletes from across Yorkshire are set to start the new year by signing-up for one of the region’s most-loved pool-based events.
The success of the event over the past decade has seen the triathlon grow in popularity and in 2017, competitors will descend on Driffield on Sunday 7th May to take part in both the adult and junior races, which are organised by Acomb-based firm Freebird Events.
The adult event consists of a 400-metre swim, 19-kilometre cycle and a five-kilomere run and begins at 8:30am, whilst the junior event starts in the afternoon with various distances available depending on age.
James Iveson of Wolds Way to Health, told the Wolds Weekly that he would recommend the Driffield Triathlon to anyone starting out in the sport as well as seasoned pros.
“If I was recommending a triathlon for someone to take on for the first time, and it is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, the Driffield Triathlon is one of the best ones to start with,” said James.
“The reason for this is that it is short distance-wise and, in particular for Driffield folks, it is on our doorstep as well.
“It’s well-run. I’ve got to give Freebird Events their due, it is well-run and well-organised and it’s good for the town because it’s representative of what we are able to provide.
“Seriously though, anybody who is thinking about doing a triathlon, Driffield Triathlon is a good one to start with because it is more than achievable for anybody to go out there and train and be able to do it.
”Wolds Way to Health are able to offer support to any budding triathletes by way of their own triathlon team, with fully-qualified coaches on hand to offer their expertise.“We run our own triathlon team here and we’ve got fully-qualified coaches in all of the triathlon aspects – swimming, biking and running,” added James.
“We meet every Wednesday at the Wolds Way gym and we go swimming at Driffield Leisure Centre’s pool during the winter and we go into lakes during the summer as we prepare for various events.
“Anybody thinking of doing a triathlon, we’ve got the coaches with the expertise to help people prepare accordingly.
“At the moment, there are around 15 of us in the team and we are hoping this year to not only do Driffield Triathlon, which is a priority to us, but to also do Castle Howard, London and Allerthorpe.
“So, we’re planning to compete in a number of triathlons this year.”
One of the founders of Freebird Events, Paul Mathieson, who competed in cycling events before getting the triathlon bug said:
“The Driffield Traithlon has a fantastic atmosphere and we’re really looking forward to seeing lots of people take part.
”Paul and his brother Peter, have welcomed competitors of all abilities, from elite athletes to complete novices during the decade since founding Freebird Events.
“As long as you train and prepare properly, you can achieve an awful lot. And it really is great fun!” added Peter.
For more information and to register for the Driffield Triathlon or any other events, visit www.freebirdevents.co.uk.
If triathlon isn’t to your taste, Freebird Events have also set up a new obstacle course race challenge event, which is coming to North Yorkshire in May and July.
The course is 10 miles, covered with over 30 obstacles and a great way to challenge yourself as an individual or a team and get fit whilst doing so. Visit www.dirtyhero.co.uk for more information.