A GROWING interest in cycling, running and swimming has prompted athletes to launch a triathlon club in Ashbourne.
Up to 50 people have already expressed their interest in joining the Ashbourne Triathlon Club, which will hold its first event in September.
The idea for the club came from athlete Amanda Mansfield, who was part of a triathlon group in London before moving to Cokayne Avenue.
Together with friend Pete Dale, 39 – owner of the Dining Room restaurant, in St John Street – they approached national body Triathlon England with their idea and for advice on how to set it up.
They have now registered the club and are organising the Tri a Tri – a non-racing event which aims to give people over 16 a taste of how triathlons work.
Amanda, 46, said: "A lot of cycling and running goes on here and Ashbourne really is an outdoor community.
"So I was really surprised to find there was no triathlon club here – just the ones in Derby, Burton and places like that.
"I got talking to Pete about this while we were doing open-water swimming and it just went from there really.
"There's now a core of about four of us but least 40 to 50 people are looking at membership.
"It's really been gathering momentum and it seems like we've picked the perfect time as well, with the Ashbourne Triathlon taking place about the same time we discussed all this.
"We do seem to have hit on something which has been wanted for a while."
Amanda, who is secretary of the club, said it had been helped by Richard Martin, managing director at Kniveton firm Peak Waste, who donated £100 towards the start-up costs.
She said there had now been a second donation which had also helped to get the group founded.
Amanda said: "Richard and his wife will be taking part in the Tri a Tri, which is great. We are really grateful for all the support we've received.
"We're also working with other clubs, such as cycling and running groups, in the area because they can help support us and we can introduce their members to other aspects of the triathlon if they want."
The Tri a Tri event will take place at Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Road, from noon to 2pm on September 28.
Entry to the event, which will involve a 400-metre swim, three-mile bike ride and a one-mile run, costs £5. There are 50 places available.
To enter, e-mail ashbourne firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the club, e-mail info@ashbournetriathlonclub. co.uk or visit the Ashbourne Triathlon Club page on Facebook.