Blenheim triathlon set to attract record number of triathletes.

Blenheim TriathlonThis weekend, 8th – 9th June, the UK’s second biggest and most picturesque triathlon, the 2013 Leukaemia & Lymphoma ResearchBlenheim Palace Triathlon, will welcome a record number of triathletes to participate in the stunning grounds of the Palace.

With over 7,000 entries this year, the event is firmly established as the perfect season opener, an event which caters for all levels of triathlete from novice to experienced and elite.

The event will feature elite triathletes including Vicky Holland, who represented Great Britain in the London 2012 Olympics, and Richard Stannard, seven time Multi Sport World Champion. The Brits are also joined by South African Olympic athlete Gillian Sanders. They follow the excitement of last year, which saw Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee tackle the course as their last official race before the Olympics.

The event attracts countless fundraisers for title charity partner Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as well as celebrities and elites. In previous years, celebrity entrants have included Pippa Middleton, Jenson Button, Roger Black and Austin Healey. This year Sky Sports News presenter Charlie Webster and retired Olympian 400m runner Iwan Thomas will enjoy the event.

James Robinson, Managing Director of Challenger World, said: “This year’s event is set to be the biggest yet. Whether you’re a spectator or triathlete, the event promises a weekend of action, excitement and entertainment as beginner, amateur and elite sportspeople take to the stunning Blenheim course to truly kick off the triathlon season in style.”

As this year’s title sponsor and official charity partner, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research want to beat blood cancer. The blood cancer charity isdedicated to improving the lives of all blood cancer patients. Their supporters are known as The Unstoppables, because they won’t stop until they’ve beaten blood cancer.

This year Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research have over 1,000 people proving they are truly unstoppable by swimming, cycling and running to beat blood cancer at the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon. If predictions are correct, this will mean they are set to smash records and raise over £250,000. Every penny raised will help improve the lives of blood cancer patients so that every single person diagnosed with a blood cancer can go on to live their life to the full, doing the things they love without fear of relapse and without the harsh side effects of treatments.

Dan Solley, Head of Sports Events at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “We wish all participants the very best of luck at the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon. We are constantly inspired by the stories of those taking part in events for the charity and the dedication of our supporters. Every penny raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research will help us in our mission to beat blood cancer – stopping people from dying and making patients’ lives better. “
Adding a fresh new element to this year’s event, the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon has challenged a select group of triathletes to see how many sprint triathlons they can complete in one weekend by taking part in the ‘Weekend Warriors’ challenge. The team of five, including Mark Bayliss, who set a World Record in the Arch to Arc, a 300 mile continuous triathlon from London to Paris and Ed Sutton, who is currently preparing to cycle around the world across six continents covering over 50,000 miles, will be battling it out in this high intensity challenge to see who comes out on top.

Throughout the weekend spectators will be able to experience the adrenalin-filled Sprint, Super Sprint and Team Relays, as well as witness elite triathletes in action as they chase victory on Sunday 9th June.

Attendees will have the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere around the iconic course and even join in the competitive spirit by participating in this year’s amateur photography competition. The competition urges participants and spectators alike to get behind the lens and submit their favourite shots from the event. The winner will receive a free place at next year’s event and have their photo featured on media partner websites as well as uploaded on the event website and Facebook page. To take part in the competition, entrants are asked to email their favourite image from the weekend to info@blenheimtriathlon.com. Full details on how to enter the competition will be available at the event and on the event Facebook page:www.facebook.com/blenheimtri.

Participants wishing to take part in the 2014 Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon can register their interest from the 8th June to gain access to a 48 hour priority entry window when the event goes on sale later this year. www.blenheimtriathlon.co.uk.

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