Longford club to take on 24-hour triathlon

Staying in shape can be a taxing chore even for the most active minded of us.

Staying in shape can be a taxing chore even for the most active minded of us.

None of the above however applies to the dedicated members behind the county’s latest ‘keep fit’ creation-Longford Triathlon Club.

Truth be told, the organisation is already 12 months old with no fewer than 35 members on its books.

Now, committee associates have begun the task of maximising that potential by launching a novel 24 hour triathlon in aid of The Children of Chernobyl charity.

One of those driving the project, Brian Flynn, said the fundraiser which takes place from November 4-5 has already captured the imagination of locals.

“The good thing about it is people can sign up for a 30 minute slot of running, swimming or cycling, whatever they want and that’s it. The club members are going to do the more unsociable hours in order to make it more convenient for people,” he said.

Despite being a means of raising much needed funds for charity, the event, as Brian points out provides an ideal opportunity for the club to raise its already growing profile.

“That’s what we are hoping for,” he said when asked about the likelihood of the association increasing its membership.

“Last year, I did it to keep the weight down and it just went from there. The good thing about it is if it’s a run, cycle or swim, no one gets left behind. We also don’t want to put people off who are interested in duathlons (running and cycling) and aquathons (swimming and running),” he said.

At 6 ft tall, Brian said his involvement on the local triathlon scene has seen Brian not just improve his all round fitness levels but also his swimming technique.

It’s a turnaround which he claims wouldn’t have materialised but for his new found association with Longford Triathlon Club.

“The great thing about club is there are coaches there to help and guide you. He (coach) changed the way I swim completely and it has taken minutes off my swim. There are also lads in the club who could barely do a length of the pool last November and here they are today doing triathlons,” he beamed.

*To sign up for the upcoming 24 hour triathlon on November 4/5 at Longford town’s Mall Complex contact Niall Gannon at (086) 8507730. If you are interested in hosting a child from the Ukranian province next summer contact Joan McLoughlin at (085) 8372144. Alternatively, and for more information on Longford Triathlon Club, details can be obtained by phoning David Sheridan at (083) 3068781.