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Men's Try-a-Tri programme a big hit with participants

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Sligo Triathlon Club's 5th annual Men's Initiative reached its finale, with a very well supported Try-a-Tri event in the Sligo Sports Complex recently.  A total of 31 men signed up to receive coaching twice a week on swim, bike and running prior to the final event. The aim was to get men active and to introduce them to something new, whether this was one element of the triathlon or bringing all three together. 

Club coach Ross McLynn said: "Putting it simply it's about the lads getting moving one length, one step & one pedal stroke at a time". 25 of the 31 men who started the event completed the short distance triathlon. This comprised of a 250m swim followed by 10k on the bike & finishing with a 3.5k run.  Although the focus was on the taking part rather than the competitive element the event was won with Dermot McDermott taking first place, Patrick Broderick not too far behind in second & Bryan Tully in third. The event was supported by Sligo Sport & Recreation Partnership and Sport Ireland. 

Community Sports Development Officer Diane Middleton Cox said: "SSRP are delighted to support Sligo Triathlon Club to deliver a men's only Try a Tri initiative, who can provide a supportive first step into the triathlon world with great encouragement from quality local coaches and mentors throughout the programme". The next initiative to be held by the club will be the ever-popular women's version which will commence in the autumn.  To register interest, contact Kate at womentrisligo@gmail.com.

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