Press Release: Countdown to the international Eastbourne Triathlon
We are counting down to the Eastbourne Triathlon, set to take place in front of the historic Grand Hotel on Saturday 3rd June 2017. Once again, the event has attracted hundreds of participants, from first timers, to professionals, Rio Olympians, Paralympians and from ages ranging from 16 to 81 years old.
The challenge takes in the South Downs National Park, National Trust protected coastlines and an ‘area of outstanding beauty’. Those taking part will swim 600m in the sea, before a challenging 19km bike course on partially closed roads and a final 5km run that finishes on the glorious promenade.
Despite only being in its second year, the Eastbourne Triathlon has become somewhat of a classic event on the calendar, and was recognised as the ‘Race of the Year’ by Racecheck.com and awarded many further accolades by international magazines. This year is set to be bigger and better, by joining forces with the Eastbourne Cycling Festival, partially closed roads, and free admission with an event village and lots to see and do to encourage thousands of spectators to come down and watch – in support of the Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards and St Wilfred’s Hospice. The race starts at 7.30am.
Elites set to tackle the 2017 Eastbourne Triathlon
Whilst the event is all about those taking part to raise money for their charities or completing a personal challenge, the event has once again attracted an international professional race – creating a spectacle for those taking part alongside or those who have come to watch.
Headlining the race and bringing an international flavour, will be the 3x Arab Champion and Rio 2016 Olympian, Lawrence Fanous. Fanous is used to racing across the globe against the Brownlee brothers and the very best on the ITU circuit.
Lawrence Fanous said:
“From all reports, the race was a great success last year and it is really good to see an event that attracts professionals and first timers. We need more of these! It will be one of the very few races I will do in the UK and I am very excited to race against the best British triathletes. It’s sure to be a tough challenge.”
Fanous will be challenged by the former British champion Sam Wade, who is a specialist at the sprint distance. Meanwhile Team GB Junior and local lad Jamie Bedwell, who came 2nd in 2016 and is hoping to go one better. Bedwell suffered a terrible collision with a car over Christmas, fracturing his spine and suffering internal injuries. His comeback is remarkable and he is hoping to make it a fairytale story. Also racing in the elite field is the former winner of the Hever Castle Triathlon and Outlaw half, Karl Alexander, the former-English XTERRA champion Matt Dewis and another ex-Team GB elite and now Ironman-pro, Craig Twigg.
In the women’s race, local hopes are pinned on the former Ironman UK champion Yvette Grice. Another international entry, Hana Kolarova from the Czech Republic is the main challenger. Kolarova comes into the race with fine form having won the Lough Cutra Triathlon this weekend and is a professional triathlete and cyclist for her country. Victoria Coe is the final elite entry to the race.
Introducing the ‘Legends’
A new addition to the race is the ‘Legends’ category, featuring Paralympian star Joe Townsend. Townsend lost both his legs following an explosion in Afghanistan during 2008. In 2012 he famously flew into the Olympic Stadium to light the flame and in 2016 he represented Team GB in Rio.
Joe will be racing the triathlon and will be taking on a newly created 3km run course. The organisers hope that Joe’s participation will encourage future entries to our ‘Legends’ category.
A race for everyone
Of course the Eastbourne Triathlon is not just about the elites, with hundreds taking part, either to raise money for charity or accomplish the challenge of a triathlon.
All participants will receive an event t-shirt, memento and goody bag. There is a prize fund of £500 and more prizes and trophies on offer. The event village will have live music, entertainment, commentary, retailers and catering.
With thanks to our supporters
The 32Gi Eastbourne Triathlon is supported by 32Gi Sports Nutrition, Zone3, Cohub, Visit Eastbourne, The Grand Hotel, Brighton Bike Fit, GottoTri, Toni and Guy and The Event Team.
The 32Gi Eastbourne Triathlon is supporting the Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards and St Wilfred’s Hospice.
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