Few Places Left in Ely Aquathlon

THERE are just a few places left in this year s Ely Aquathlon, a free event being held at the Kings School on the last Sunday of the school holidays (August 31). Specsavers in Ely has received a record number of entries so far, but there are still some p

THERE are just a few places left in this year's Ely Aquathlon, a free event being held at the Kings School on the last Sunday of the school holidays (August 31).

Specsavers in Ely has received a record number of entries so far, but there are still some places for boys and girls aged between 9- 16, with every competitor receiving a specially designed free commemorative T-shirt.

This year's event has been extended to allow more than 70 kids from around the Ely area to take part, and it runs alongside a Triathlon Relay for members of the local swimming, running and cycling clubs.

It is hoped that both events will lead to more local sports enthusiasts joining the clubs involved.


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"This is the third time we have held this event in Ely," said organiser Alison O'Connor, "and we have only been able to do so because of the support from local businesses. Specsavers have sponsored the Triathlon trophies as well as managing the Aquathlon entry forms.

"Escape Fitness (Peterborough) have provided the Aquathlon T-shirts and medals, while T-shirts for the Triathlon are supplied by Ely & District Round Table.

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"The Mayor of Ely's fund paid for the insurance, and Tesco is providing bottled water for all competitors and officials. Dynamic Creative designed the T-shirts and posters - which were printed by Ely Print - every Ely school received a promotional leaflet which was sponsored by Ely Paradise Sports Centre, and the Ely Standard sponsored a banner which advertised the event.

"Local graphic designer Ray Owen will be our official photographer on the day, and of course we must thank the Kings School for opening up their facilities.

"There will be a bouncy castle provided by Just Puppets," Alison continued," and Toni's Ices will be there too.

"Refreshments are from Starbucks - who once again will donate the proceeds to the fund for next year's event - Ely Swimming Club is putting on the barbecue and Q103 who supplied the web page, will be sending a Black Thunder crew."

This year's Aquathlon - open to local children between 9-16 - is on Sunday August 31 at the Kings School from 10am to 12.30pm. The competitors will need to be able to swim 100 metres and run 800 metres.

As well as the commemorative T-shirts, there are medals for boys and girls in three age categories (9-10, 11-13 and 14-16). Entry fees are being paid by Specsavers in Ely, so it is free to enter and forms are now available from their High Street store.

More information on the Ely Triathlon can be found on Q103's website which is www.Q103.co.uk/calendar.

Pic cap: Local youngsters promote the forthcoming Triathlon and Aquathlon at the Kings School, Ely.

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