Funding set to help group grow further

East Fife Tri-Club wants to build on last year's event in St Andrews.
East Fife Tri-Club wants to build on last year's event in St Andrews.

Triathlon is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing participation sports in Scotland.

And now the area’s local group, the East Fife Tri-Club, is hoping that newly secured financial backing can help it attract even more individuals to take it up.

Last year, East Fife Tri Club hosted its first aquathlon in St Andrews and interest boomed.

“We were delighted at how many of our entrants were first timers to multisport,” said a spokesperson for the club.

“A lot of people came from a running background and decided to challenge themselves a bit further.

“We had enquiries from many people nervous about starting, or getting back to, swimming, so we put on a series of beginner swim lessons and the take up was fantastic.”

On the back of the event’s success, the tri club recognised a need for accessible training for beginners.

And so Alasdair Hood, a longstanding member of East Fife Tri Club, approached the Awards For All in order to apply for a grant which will allow them to run a whole range of sessions, designed to cater for those new to the sport.

“This year we are going back to our usual triathlon, held in Cupar,” added the spokesman.

“As is previous years we will be holding a novice and a sprint event so people may choose which distance is most suitable for them.

“And as we’re bringing back the cycle element, we’re going to be offering training for all three disciplines.”

Starting from February and continuing until the race on April 10, the club will be offering up to 35 different sessions, covering all elements of the race, in order to prepare triathlon novices for the event.

It will cover swimming, running and cycling – including indoor cycle training.

Thanks to the Awards For All grant, these sessions can be offered at incredible value, only £15 for all of them.

For more details e-mail eastfifetriathlon@gmail.com