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Fourth annual Active Life Oysterman Triathlon attracts record field

By KentOnline reporter

The fourth annual Active Life Oysterman Triathlon takes place on Sunday and, for the second year running, has attracted a record entry.

A field of 190 competitors took part 12 months ago and organisers expect almost 250 to line up for the 2018 version.

The sprint distance triathlon, which starts at Tankerton Slopes, will see competitors swim 500m, cycle 20km and finish on a 5km flat coastal run, and is part of the Active Life Tri series.

Competitors take part in last year's Oysterman Triathlon
Competitors take part in last year's Oysterman Triathlon

Event founder, Richard Oliver, a local personal trainer, believes the event is an ideal first-time triathlon for people keen to get into the sport as well as offering a good challenge for tri regulars to achieve a personal best time.

He initially teamed-up with Active Life in 2015 to introduce the sport to Whitstable, a town he thinks is perfect for the multi-discipline sport.

The swim takes place in the sea and Mr Oliver says the this course gives spectators a wonderful opportunity to get up close to the action.

He explained: “I am blown away at the response to the event this year and really proud at how it has grown and evolved.

“I am fortunate to be working with Giles Seaford, the sports development manager and his team at Active Life Ltd. They have played a key role in bringing the event to where it is today so if you want to see a truly unique sporting spectacle come on down early on Sunday morning and give the athletes a clap and a cheer.

“Thank you to all everyone who is involved for the support and we hope to continue to grow the event and continue to promote a healthy and active life to the local community.”

Competitors in last year's Oysterman Triathlon make their way down to the swim
Competitors in last year's Oysterman Triathlon make their way down to the swim

The Adalta CC team of Vicky Whorlow, James Lane-Pitcher and James Wren won the 2017 team relay in 1hour 1minute 53seconds while Sean Callow, of Maidstone Harriers Tri Club, won the men’s individual trophy in a time of 1:04.30.

Kate Slee, of Active Life Tri Club and Adalta, won the female individual trophy in 1:13:14.

The race will start at 7.05am with presentations scheduled for 10.30am.

More details can be found at www.oystermantri.co.uk

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