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Try A Tri returns bigger and better for 2017

Try A Tri has celebrated its recent Sporting Achievement Award win by announcing a second season of events for triathletes of all abilities.

Series organisers Laura Fry and Amy Critchlow won the Sport Guernsey and Nautical Guernsey Shield for event organisation at the Guernsey Sporting Achievement Awards on Thursday 12 January.

The Try A Tri season commences with a trail event on Herm in which 50 participants will run either a 5km or 10km trail course and then stay the night. The event sold out within six hours of going live.

Organiser and Try A Tri director Laura Fry said that the popularity of the event was surprising but a clear sign that all-ability events staged in a supportive environment have a place in the Guernsey sporting landscape.

Laura said: “We couldn’t believe how quickly the Herm event reached capacity but we’re really pleased that it has. This is our first venture into ‘sports tourism’ and is just the start of our plans to make Try A Tri an attractive reason to visit the Channel Islands.”

2017 will see some new events in the Try A Tri calendar including a sunset triathlon and an Olympic Distance event. Laura said: “Many of the finishers from 2015 and 2016 are ready to move on to their next challenge which is a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run, and want to do this in the same fun, inclusive and non-competitive environment that focuses on the experience rather than finish times.”

Trust Corporation International is sponsoring the events for the second year running. Katie Wallen works for Trust Corporation International and frequently takes part in the events with other colleagues. She said: “We’ve got some great wellbeing initiatives at Trust Corporation and there’s a group of us who do the Try A Tri events. We all improved over 2016 thanks to the supportive group and Laura and Amy’s constant encouragement.”

The 2016 events raised more than £3,000 for local charities and saw more than 600 novice athletes take part. Laura said: “We’re so proud of what we achieved last year and we want 2017 to be our best year yet. We have big ambitions to increase the participation in our sport further and raise loads more money for Caritas, which is our partner charity for this year. We couldn’t do it without the support of all the amazing participants and sponsors.”