FROM: St.Ives Biathlon
DATE: 7th June 2012
ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR POPULAR ST.IVES EVENT
Entries are now open for one of the most popular events in St.Ives’ busy calendar.
The St.Ives Biathlon takes place for the 14th year on Saturday July 7, and spaces are now available for up to 750 to take part in this well loved run and swim.
Organised by the St.Ives Surf Lifesaving Club, up to 750 participants will run through the streets of the town, following the coast path towards Carbis Bay for approximately 2 kilometres, before they enter the water and swim back towards the harbour slipway for another 2Ks.
With three races throughout the evening, open to 250 participants per race, the Junior Race (12-16yrs) starts at 6.30pm and is a shorter run to Porthminster beach before swimming back. The Novice Race (17yrs+) follows the same route, starting at 7pm. The grand finale and most popular is the Open / Vet Race (40yrs+) which follows the full route and starts at 7.30pm.
David Bonar, Chairman of St.Ives Surf Lifesaving Club explains why the event is so popular:
“St.Ives as a town benefits from varied events that include the whole community and we hope that the tradition of the Biathlon will continue to involve hundreds of people. We are delighted that it supports not just our current Lifeguards, but also the Lifesavers of the future by raising funds for St.Ives Surf Lifesaving Club.”
“We are very grateful for the support that we have received from local companies for this year’s event, in terms of funding and help, who include Tregenna Castle, Eventy – Marketing & PR, Carbis Bay Hotel, the Sloop, the Mermaid, Robie Robes, Carbis Bay Holidays, Carbon Control, Cherished Cottages, Cornish Bakehouse, Samsung, Ocean Supplies and St.Ives Surf School. As well as support from local businesses, the St.Ives Biathlon is also tremendously supported on the day by the RNLI.”.
Drawing competitors from all over the British Isles – as well as from as far a-field as Spain, it has become an important fundraiser for the club that is enjoyed by St.Ives’ community.
Money raised through corporate support and entry fees (once costs are deducted) will be used by the charity to help pursue a long held dream of building a new club house and community hub on Porthmeor beach.
As well as funds, the Biathlon also raises heart rates - as people compete and support their friends and family members.
The route is packed with supporters, with crowds gathering to watch and cheer at popular spots on the harbour slipway as people start and finish, as well as the two beaches which are important half way points as people end their run and start their swim.
Do go along on the day and lend your support or push the boat out and register now – the perfect motivation to get fit for the summer!
For more information and for an entry form, please visit http://www.stivesslsc.com The website also has an email facility for any enquiries.
Contact: Helen Mulhern on 01326 376273 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and imagery.
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FURTHER INFO: St Ives Surf Life Saving Club (SISLSC) was originally formed in 1958 and as well as competing in National Surf Life Saving Competitions, provided Lifeguard cover on Porthmeor Beach. The club has evolved over the years and has seen many people come and go but it has never lost its strong links with the local community.
As well as its local roots, the club is a member of larger governing bodies such as Surf Life Saving Cornwall and the Surf Life Saving Association of Great Britain, Britain’s National Governing Body for Beach Lifeguarding and Life Saving Sport.
The club operates as a charitable organisation from a board store on Porthmeor Beach West and is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. They are a friendly club and actively encourage people from all walks of life to “have a go” and get involved - whether you are 7 years old or 70, a warm welcome awaits you.
With grant applications made and Cornwall Council’s Localism team behind the build project for a new club house, the charity is hoping to be a step closer to their dream with funds raised from this event.