On Sunday the 12th of June, Leeds was taken over by the World Triathlon Series. There was a lot of excitement around this massive international event. Leeds is the home town of many people enabled to live with greater independence by ubu. Inspired by the event, they made plans to organise ubu’s very own “Try”-athlon! An event for everyone to come give cycling, running and swimming a try!
More than 60 people travelled from all over Yorkshire to take part and support their friends at the John Charles Stadium for Sport. The stadium offers some of the most diverse facilities and sports equipment available in the North of England, including a wide variety of specialist bicycles for all abilities, ensuring everyone had the chance to take part.
The first event of the three was the cycling. Supporters watched from the side and cheered the cyclists on. The sports men and woman enabled by ubu completed a grand total of 227 laps! An amazing outcome. Sandra, from Leeds, enjoyed the cycling so much she asked at the stadium if the centre had their own cycling classes. It turns out that they do and Sandra will be starting her cycling class from next week. “Today has shown me just how much fun exercising can be. It’s especially good when you are doing it with friends. I have laughed so much today. I go to Slimmer’s World, to help me lose weight and plan a healthier diet, but getting exercise like this will help me get fitter and feel good too.”
As the excitement built around the second track event, the running, those who were eager to take part made their way to the start line. The whistle blew, and before we knew it 83 laps had been completed. In total, that’s an incredible 20 miles of running! Elizabeth who took part in both the cycling and running events said “I really enjoyed taking part in the Try-athlon. I didn’t think I would be able to run around the track even once – it looked so far, but I did it twice! It was great to hear my name being shouted out by all my friends. It kept me going. I was so excited to get a medal at the end”.
The final event, to complete the Try-athalon, was swimming in the Olympic sized pool. As the aquatic team got themselves prepared, the enthusiastic spectators gathered in the viewing box. Lap after lap got completed by the 20 keen swimmers and just over a mile of swimming was achieved.
Neil, from Leeds, thought it was a magnificent event. “I was an athlete at the Special Olympics in Geneva a couple of years ago, taking part in the swimming and running event. It is one of my proudest and greatest achievements”. Neil has been a keen sportsman for a long time and has gained lots of medals and been awarded certificates to show for it. He has taken part in many different sports and loves football, running and swimming. “When we decided to start organising this Try-athlon event in Leeds I was excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to organise more events like this in the future with enabling from ubu. We did a brilliant bicycling event last year celebrating the Tour de Yorkshire”.
Overall the distance covered in the running, cycling and swimming events in our ubu Try-athlon was the equivalent in miles completed of two traditional triathlons. Everyone agreed it was a fantastic day. “It made us want to be healthier, fitter and find new ways to get together. Our Try-athlon helped us to realise we can enjoy regular exercise while having a good time”.
You can see more photographs from our 'Try'athlon in Leeds in our Photos
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