Lifeguards set for charity triathlon

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A PAIR of Scarborough lifeguards will be pushing their bodies to the limit in order to raise money for charity.

Lifeguard manager Carl Harris and supervisor Matt Jones will run, swim and pedal their way to the finish line when they take part in the Liverpool Triathlon for the RNLI on June 26.

The super-fit duo have completed triathlons in the past, but not for a long time according to Matt, who also volunteers as a lifeboat crew member with at Scarborough RNLI lifeboat station.

He said: “It’s been about ten years since I last did the same distance so I’ve had to ramp up my training but it’s a good way to stay in shape.”

The event has three different events compromising of three different distances, with Matt and Carl taking part in the longest and most physically gruelling of them all, the Olympic distance.

Carl said: “I’ve done a sprint triathlon before, which is half the Olympic distance. That’s quite enjoyable but this will be a whole different thing.

“I’m looking forward to it – but not the first mile of running after getting off the bike with wobbly legs!”

The RNLI is one of three charity partners chosen to benefit from the event, and it hopes to raise over £10,000 to enable volunteer crews, like Matt’s, to continue with their good work.

Organisers are expecting over 2000 participants in the triathlon, with competitors coming from all over the world to take part.

There are three different events taking place, and with world class athletes lining up alongside complete novices, RNLI events manager Lisa Rutter is hoping that the lesser categories will encourage a wide range of people to sign up and raise money for the charity.

She said: “The Super-Sprint category makes the Liverpool Triathlon much more accessible to people, particularly those who are building up their fitness or who want to test themselves for the first time.

“It’s going to be a great day and I’m sure that the atmosphere and support from spectators will be enough to spur on even the novices.”

There are still places available in the Liverpool Triathlon in all events. Entry is £40 with a minimum sponsorship of £200.

To register, visit www.rnli.org.uk/liverpooltriathlon.