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Energy boost for Crawley triathlon race

A Crawley electricity linesman had a surprise boost for the town’s annual triathlon race.

From Press releases - 3 June 2019 12:00 AM

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Dave Tibbals nominated Swim 1st Triathlon Club for a £250 Team Sport Award from his employer, UK Power Networks, to support the running costs of the event on June 23. The awards encourage staff to volunteer in their communities and promote sporting opportunities.

Seventy competitors face a 300-metre swim, 20km cycle and 5km run at Nuffield Health in Worth “chasing that big smile at the finish line”. The funding is to help towards the cost of t-shirts, medals, pool hire and road permits, keeping down the cost of entering the race.

Dave said: “I was surprised and pleased to win the award. Our coaches give their free time to the club so it’s nice for me to be able to give something back. Triathlons are becoming quite expensive to enter and we want to keep ours affordable for everyone who wants to take part.”

Chairman of Swim 1st Triathlon, Kevin Hudson, said: “This a great race that we are very proud to host each year. We are grateful to UK Power Networks for this donation which will go a long way in assisting us in hosting the event. Every penny will be ploughed into the race.

“At Swim-1st Triathlon Club we have always tried to make this the friendliest race around. We welcome all levels of athlete, from those who want to swim in a safe, shallow pool with a reasonably flat bike course and a run away from traffic, to those who want to post the fastest time they can. We have succeeded in delivering a friendly race by making sure novices receive all the support they need and giving everyone very vocal support throughout.”

Triathletes swim zig-zag lengths of an indoor pool, the bike ride is largely on flat roads (after Turners Hill) and the run heads through Crabbet Park Stables and a secluded conservation area. Once the final competitor has crossed the line, celebrations begin with a prize-giving and raffle.

To enter the race complete an online entry form here:

Last year £18,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks’ staff and hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited since the scheme was set up.