THE registration deadline for the 10th edition of the Montgomery Canal Triathlon is fast approaching, according to the organizers.
The popular event, organized by Friends of the Montgomery Canal and supported by the Canal and River Trust using its Restoration Fund, starts in Newtown in Wales and ends in Shropshire on May 7.
Booking for the triathlon closes on Saturday April 9 and Christine Palin, president of the Friends of the Montgomery Canal, said they are looking forward to this year’s event, which will again be a 27-mile “marathon”.
“We hope that this year it won’t be affected by any restrictions,” she said.
“Last year’s conditions forced us to move the event to the fall.
“There has already been so much interest, even before bookings opened, that we hope we will not have to limit the number of participants.
“Last year’s alternate format was enjoyed by many participants, so we’ll be repeating that, starting anew from the new Open Newtown base – we hope this exciting project will be completed by May.
“The new arrangements involve canoeing through the center of Welshpool, which draws attention to what the canal will bring to the town when connected to the rest of the waterway system.
“The event also shows what has been achieved so far in the reopening of the channel.
“After the closure, many road bridges have been removed, blocking the canal: the cycle section includes five of these crossings; in contrast, canoeists will see the bridges north and south of Welshpool which are once again open to navigation.
“The final section on foot, on the section to the Welsh border and through Llanymynech includes the four roadblocks which can be re-opened with recently announced government grants as well as the Schoolhouse Bridge which will be rebuilt this year as one of most exciting projects of the Restoration.
“The Montgomery Canal Triathlon has always been successful in raising funds for restoration.
“The triathlon is popular with families as well as the more athletic with participants aged eight to 80 coming from across the country – and sometimes beyond.
“We are sure this year will be just as enjoyable.”
After restrictions forced the 2021 event to 27 miles, organizers are following the format again with a 12-mile cycling section from Newtown to Belan, 5.5-mile canoeing through Welshpool to Pool Quay and 9 .5 miles on foot to finish at Crickheath.
To book go to www.themontgomerycanal.org.uk/friends/montgomery-canal-triathlon/