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TV appearance leads to entries for next canal event

 
Created on 19/11/2019 @ 13:05
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The inclusion of the Montgomery Canal Triathlon on BBC Wales has lead to entries being made already for the event in May next year.

The triathlon, which starts outside Newtown, sees participants running, cycling or canoeing along the canal and towpath to PoolQuay, near Welshpool.

The next event will be held on 2 May 2020.

The Triathlon is established as a popular and family-friendly event which brings people from across the country each year.

Entrants can join one, two or three sections, cycling 17 miles from Newtown to Pool Quay near Welshpool, continuing on foot for 11 miles to Morton south of Oswestry, finally canoeing for seven miles to the finish below Frankton Locks.

This year’s event was featured in the series Gareth Edwards’ Great Welsh Adventure screened in October on BBC1 Wales (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009q7k) with the rugby legend cheering on the competitors (pictured).

Triathlon Entry Coordinator, Maggie Ellis, said: “We were receiving bookings for next year's Montgomery Canal Triathlon within days of notifying past entrants, and they seem to be coming in faster than ever!

“The Triathlon is the canal’s biggest event of the year with families and friends joining every year, many from a long way away – last year we were joined by a family who live in Switzerland!

“With growing popularity we have to remember that the canal and particularly the towpath can only take a limited number of entrants, and every year we are concerned that we might have to turn away someone trying to make a late booking. So the message is to book early!

The Triathlon highlights what has already been achieved with half the canal reopened since restoration started.

Though the towpath is open throughout, participants will see lengths of the canal which still have to be reopened by overcoming road blockages or by rewatering dry sections.

They will also pass the new basin at Crickheath and the section being restored by volunteers of the Shropshire Union Canal Society, both projects supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Before that the route has passed the site of the flattened Schoolhouse Bridge, the last bridge blockage in Shropshire, where restoration should be starting next year.

“We run the Triathlon to support the next stages of restoration of the Montgomery Canal and each year we are able to make a contribution to the Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal which is seeking the last funds needed for Schoolhouse Bridge,” Maggie added.

“As usual, entrants who complete any section will receive a commemorative medallion of local slate, printed in gold for anyone who completes all three sections, silver for those who complete two, and bronze if one section is completed.”

Booking details are at www.montgomerycanal.me.uk/fmcevents2020.html or from montcanaltriath@btinternet.com.

Organisers stress that the Montgomery Canal Triathlon is not a race, and entrants will have to take care both on the towpath and when crossing roads where they currently block the canal.

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