LETS GO AN EXTRA MILE – THE THIRD MONTGOMERY CANAL TRIATHLON – 10th MAY 2014
The Montgomery Canal Triathlon challenges participants to cycle, canoe and hike the 35 mile length of the canal in one day.
Starting in Newtown, the original destination of the canal, entrants will cycle 13 miles to Welshpool along the re-surfaced towpath. The first part of the canal is filled in, until you reach Freestone Lock after which it is in water to the Border at Llanymynech.
For canoes the Triathlon starts at the Wharf in Welshpool, with entrants paddling 11 miles, and negotiating 9 locks and 3 road crossings, before reaching the Stables at Llanymynech.
The last section of the Triathlon is over the Border into Shropshire. Walkers start along the short length used by the Duchess Countess Trust who run the George Watson Trip boat, but then the canal is dry to Crickheath. The next half mile is the subject of the second round of an HLF bid next December, followed by the newly restored pound to Redwith bridge which volunteers from the Shropsire Union Canal Society have re-built over the last 5 years, handing back the site to Canal and River Trust on the week-end of the Triathlon. The towpath has been resurfaced for most of the remaining 7 miles of restored canal to the locks at Welsh Frankton where the Montgomery canal branches off the Llangollen, so entrants will come across narrowboats at their moorings and boaters exploring the canal to Gronwen.
The event is organised in support of the Maesbury Canal Festival when over 30 boats will visit the site at Canal Central tearoom on September 5th to 7th.
All entrants who complete a section will receive a commemorative medallion made from local slate. The medallions will be printed in gold for entrants who complete all 3 sections, silver for those that complete two, and bronze when only one section is completed.
The Montgomery Canal Triathlon is organised by the Friends of the Montgomery Canal, and the Shrewsbury and North Wales branch of the IWA, and is supported by the new Canal & River Trust. The first event won the Recreation and Tourism Category of the National Waterways Renaisance Awards in 2013.
Details of sponsorship, entry details and bookings for the event can be obtained from – Peter & Judith Richards, Canal House, Morton, Oswestry SY10 8BQ Tel 01691 831455 email firstname.lastname@example.org or download from the Maesbury Canal Festival website.