York's Big Swim All Set To Make A Splash

More than 300 competitors from all over the north of England will line up for the start of the Allerthorpe classic triathlon this Sunday.

Starting at 9am, the event comprises a 1500m swim—two laps of the Allerthorpe Lake—followed by a 40km bike race and a 10km run of a single loop on quiet country roads at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, situated 10 miles from York. Allerthorpe is a popular venue with many triathletes, who use it as an open water training facility.

The likely stand-out competitor will be 33-year-old Geoff Render from Bramley, Leeds. Render suffers from a rare medical condition that puts him at risk of serious injury if he rides a normal bicycle, so race organisers Freebird Events of York have helped him find a recumbent – where you lie down to ride rather than sit up.

It’s being supplied by SNAPPY – Special Needs and Activity Play Provision for York – a charity that provides social and recreational opportunities for children and young people with special needs in the York area. “When we heard about Geoff’s predicament we were only too pleased to be able to offer help,” said service manager Anne Stamp.

Render is taking part to and raise funds for York cancer centre and the Hyper Mobility Sufferers Association.

For more information contact Paul or Peter Mathieson at Freebird Events 07954 217995 or visit freebirdevents.co.uk.