ENTRIES FOR the inaugural Milltown Sprint Triathlon later this month have exceeded expectactions.
Race director Alan Keane has revealed that 135 people have signed up for the one-day Oldham Community Leisure event on Sunday, April 26.
The number includes former Great Britain international cyclist Jake Ragan and four relay teams of three who will be doing the 400m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.
“This is much better than expected for our first tri event,” explained Mr Keane.
The event is locally based with the swim at Saddleworth Pool, Uppermill, while the bike ride and run will take in scenic routes around the area.
The preparations of 19-year-old Ragan, of Denshaw, are going well as he finished 20th in the Salford 10k run on Good Friday in a time of 32min 47sec. He knocked three minutes off his previous best having only been training for the Milltown event for eight weeks.
He was also due to take part in the British Elite Duathlon Championship the previous weekend in Northamptonshire, but the cycling was cancelled 40 minutes before the start due to rain and wind making the roads too dangerous.
Ragan ran half of the 10k race before withdrawing to concentrate on the Salford run.
He is tempted to participate in duathlons seriously because he has been an international cyclist and is a good runner, but triathlons are unlikely to be pursued because swimming would be a weak discipline.
“I should be able to get away with swimming in the Milltown as it is only 400m. I am hoping to be in the top 15/20 per-cent of the field after the swimming and then I ought to be able to make up ground with the running and cycling,” he explained.
And Ragan believes he will be able to compete at a high level in duathlons while studying for a degree in nutrition at Manchester Metropolitan University starting in September, something he could not have done while remaining with the Great Britain elite cycle squad.
To sign up, visit www.milltownraces.co.uk while sponsors the Citizens Advice Bureau still have free individual places available to anyone willing to raise money for that charity.