Women's triathlon at aquatic centre

The fourth running of the Ladies Only Triathlon is on Sunday, February 16 at the Lido Aquatic Centre on Park Rd.

The ever-popular event has good entries again this year with more than 200 expected to participate and we have entries from further afield than just Palmerston North.

The key to this event is any woman over 12 years can take part, with all abilities catered for.

If you can't swim there is a duathlon option - when you run while others swim. If you can't run, you can walk the run leg. It's great, just dust off your bike and get going.

If you don't have a bike, find a mate who has one and put a team in. There is a real carnival atmosphere with lots of spot prizes.

The run course is picturesque through the Victoria Esplanade under the trees and is great on a hot day. Top junior triathletes Jaimee Leader and Lizzie Stannard got their wings doing this event and look at what they have achieved.

So give triathlon a go ladies, you don't have an excuse now.

■ Also the popular, record-breaking I Tri'd the Tri kids triathlon series is starting on February 10 at Freyberg Pool.

The numbers attending this event is now the second largest kids triathlon after the Weetbix triathlon in New Zealand. It regularly has more than 700 entries each week over five weeks on a Monday night from 5.30pm.

Our next club triathlon is on February 9 at Linton Army Camp, with three courses available to cater for all abilities.

If you have not done a tri before come along and have a go. Being off the road makes it a safe place to run and bike.

■ The Dash and Splash (run and swim) event starts again on Tuesdays from March 4 at 6.15pm at the Lido.

More than 100 people turned up for this event last year each night.

For more information go to www.triclub.co.nz

Manawatu Standard