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Scope and Macmillan Cancer Support announced as official Gold Charities for the 2013 Virgin Active London Triathlon.

Virgin Active London TriathlonThe Virgin Active London Triathlon, the biggest triathlon in the world, is delighted to announce charities Scope and Macmillan Cancer Support as Official Gold Charities for the 2013 event, which is set to attract over 13,000 participants. The event is owned by IMG Challenger World, the mass participation sport division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company.

While the general entry ballot is now closed, the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Virgin Active London Triathlon is still available via gold charities, Macmillan and Scope. Participants can secure a pledge place at the  Virgin Active London Triathlon website and help raise money for these fantastic causes. In addition to the intrinsic reward of supporting such worthy charities, participants will also benefit from training guides and advice, post race refreshments and a loud fan base cheering them on!

Each year the event receives bids from charities hoping to be Gold Charities associated with the Virgin Active London Triathlon, and this year Scope and Macmillan both submitted extremely compelling cases.

The Virgin Active London Triathlon is excited to create a platform on which both charities can raise awareness and funds for their incredible causes; helping Scope achieve their vision of a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else and support Macmillan in improving the lives of people affected by cancer.

Debbie Bines, Head of Event’s at Scope, said:  “We are delighted to be involved in this fantastic and well organised event as a Gold Charity which will raise vital funds for our work to support disabled people.”

Craig Fordham, Head of Challenge Events at Macmillan said:  “We are delighted to be the Gold Charity partner for the Virgin Active London Triathlon and to continue our excellent relationship with IMG Challenger World. We hope that seeing the efforts of this year’s participants, who are helping to support people affected by cancer, will encourage and motivate more people to join team Macmillan and take part in this fantastic event. It doesn’t matter when your start time is or the weather we’ll be cheering you on and giving you encouragement when you need it most”.

Matt Merrick, Interim UK Managing Director at Virgin Active Health Clubs adds, “It’s a privilege to be able to support these charities through the Virgin Active London Triathlon.  We passionately believe that such Virgin Active events can be a catalyst for positive change and that taking part in the London Triathlon will make a real difference to a lot of people, both today and in the future – I therefore urge everyone to sign up now and get going.  I took part in a relay team last year and it really is a very rewarding experience.”

The Virgin Active London Triathlon has a rich history of fundraising; last year over £1.2million was raised for charity by people taking part in the world’s largest and most iconic triathlon and this year is looking to be even bigger for our charities.

The Virgin Active London Triathlon is part of a portfolio of leading running, triathlon, cycling and corporate events owned by IMG Challenger World. Managing Director James Robinson said: “Every year we are amazed and thoroughly impressed by the fundraising efforts of all our participants. We are thrilled to have two well established and worthy charities such as Macmillan and Scope as Gold Partners for 2013, these charities are really making a difference and we are proud to offer them a platform on which to fundraise.”

Distances ranging from Super Sprint (400m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run) to Olympic Plus (1500 swim, 80k bike, 10k run) and the option to enter the Team Relay and either swim, bike or run to victory, provide opportunities for individuals of all fitness abilities.

Last year saw over 13,000 age-group athletes sign-up for the challenge alongside famous personalities who also caught the tri bug such as Sir Richard Branson, David Hasselhoff and Alexandra Burke. They joined London 2012 Olympic triathletes Lucy Hall, Stuart Hayes and past Olympian Leon Taylor at the Docklands waterside. Previous years have seen Jenson Button, Vernon Kay and Melanie C participate in the swim, bike and run event.

Official training days for the 2013 Virgin Active London Triathlon will be held on the 11 and 12 May 2013 at Thames Young Mariners, Ham Fields in Richmond for the second consecutive year.

The training days welcome participants of all levels of ability and experience. Experts at the training days ensure participants leave more knowledgeable, confident and prepared for the Virgin Active London Triathlon. Click here to find out more and register. is the online home of Triathlon Plus – the best source of triathlon training advice, triathlon gear reviews and triathlon news.

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