TRIATHLETES looking to test themselves against some of the best in the country are being encouraged to confirm their place in the Redcar Sprint Triathlon.

2018 will be the second year in succession that Redcar’s Triathlon – taking place on Sunday 29 July – acts as a qualifier for the World Championships, with the fastest competitors in their age category booking their place to the 2019 event in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

Last year, more than 500 of the UK’s best triathletes took part in a bracing 750m swim in the North Sea, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run as they fought tooth and nail to claim their spots in the Team GB squad.

As one of only three qualification events – the others being held in Eton and Cardiff – Redcar is a crucial event for many competitors with aspirations of taking on the best in the world and there is still plenty of time to confirm a place in the event.

Early bird entries for the triathlon cost £42 for British Triathlon licence holders or £47 for non-licence holders if booked before Friday 29 June. After that date, prices go up by £10, but with a cap at 600 entries triathletes thinking of taking part should do so sooner rather than later.

Spectators are invited to come along and cheer on the competitors in what promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Cllr Carl Quartermain, cabinet member Tourism, Culture and Communications, said: “This year’s Redcar Sprint Triathlon is building on the great success of 2017, which was by far and away the biggest triathlon the borough has ever hosted. The triathlon promises to be another great spectator event and is a key part of the council’s tourism strategy.

“It is also great to be a World Championships qualifying event for the second year in a row, it’s a testament to the hard work of all the organisers of the triathlon that British Triathlon have listed Redcar as one of only three eligible events for qualification.”

To find out more, and to confirm a place in the Redcar Sprint Triathlon being held on 29 July, go to www.trihard.co.uk.