Sign up for a triathlon event

With the Olympic and Paralympic Games approaching, the summer of sport is nearly upon us.

If you want to feel part of the excitement, why not join me and sign up to Tri Together, a triathlon event launched by Leonard Cheshire Disability?

Shortlisted for the British Triathlon Event of the Year 2011, Tri Together is a short distance triathlon for people of all ages and abilities to swim, bike and run together. It takes place on August 19, at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in South London.

I started competing in triathlon events three years ago, after I was diagnosed with a neurological disorder and had begun to use a wheelchair.

I had always enjoyed sport and didn’t want to give it up. I found triathlons were not only great fun, but felt inclusive too.

Everyone who is doing a triathlon knows it is tough, which is why they encourage each other along the way, creating a fantastic atmosphere. It is a great way to cement friendships and meet new people.

Tri Together is a chance for everyone over 13 to have a go at a triathlon, either on their own or in a team of two or three. The competitive distance of the course means that it’s perfect for everyone from the seasoned triathlete to the complete novice. New for 2012 is the junior race for those aged 13-16, so you can make a day of it as a family.

As well as having fun and challenging yourself, you will be raising money to help Leonard Cheshire Disability to continue supporting thousands of disabled people across the UK. I am really excited about taking part in this year’s event. So why not join me and sign up today?

To secure a place go to www.lcdisability.org/tritogether or text TRI to 80878. Race entry is from £32 for adults and £15 for children and minimum sponsorship applies.

Jane Egan

World Paratriathlon Champion