Team Truro College undertake the St Austell Triathlon
Over 20 students and staff from Truro College took on the St. Austell triathlon on 8th June, with everyone completing the challenging 400m sea swim, 10k bike ride and 2.5 beach run. The majority of the participants had never undertaken a triathlon before, with several college staff having little or no experience of sea swimming.
The challenge formed part of the Truro College Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme, with students and staff signing up for the event, and then receiving guidance and support to help them complete the race. Advice and training sessions in all three disciplines were provided by members Health, Wellbeing and Sport team. A training day was hosted at Par Beach to help athletes familiarise themselves with the race venue, which included a Triathlon England 'Go Tri' swim and run event.
For many the event was about completion, with one group of staff members raising over £700 for charity. Others were more competitive with three of the College team picking up trophies for achieving podium places within the novice category.
Julian Wills, College Sports Maker, said "This was a fantastic opportunity for students and staff to take on a sporting challenges and become more active within their lives. I am delighted with the response to the project, and look forward to organising another challenge event in the near future."
All participants from the College have expressed a desire to continue participating in sports activities, with other students and staff already showing interest in future events that the Health, Wellbeing and Sport team organise.