Triathletes must be quick off mark for country park relay

A runner at last year's triathlon at Southwater Country Park
A runner at last year's triathlon at Southwater Country Park

HOPEFUL triathletes must be quick off the mark for a ticket to this summer’s triathlon relay in Southwater Country Park.

The relay, organised by Horsham amphibians club, will be held on Sunday September 2 and must be competed by teams of three.

Each member swims 400m in the lake, cycles 18.5km through Brooks Green, Coolham, and Buck Barn, then runs 3.8km around the Country Park.

Jennie Doyle, head of PR for the Horsham amphibians club, said the triathlon is a sport for anyone at any level of fitness ‘from people aiming to win local events to just getting around the course’.

She said: “You do not need to be super fit to complete a triathlon, you just need to be able to swim, ride a bike and run.”

Entry is through the club website using an online entry system which will open at the start of April but Mrs Doyle has said entrants will need to get in quick ‘as it is always a very popular event’.

The triathlon, which has been running since the country park opened about 25 years ago, allows teams to race for individual charities leaving the money raised by the event to be ploughed back in the Horsham Amphibians club.

Mrs Doyle said that some of the money is used to pay for swimming sessions at Christ’s Hospital in order to reduce the fees that members pay.

She said: “We are attempting to make the club as affordable as possible during these straightened times and need to have funds available for people who can’t afford to continue to swim.

“As a club we are also in the process of investigating and developing a junior section to introduce the sport to a wider audience.”

To find out more about the event or the Horsham amphibians club, including the possibilities of open water swimming at Southwater, email Jennie Doyle on