Last September saw the arrival of a new and exciting event in Jersey, the Super League Triathlon.
I was lucky enough to be invited along to enjoy the whole weekend and I’m already excited to check it out again this year. The atmosphere was fantastic, with families couples and friends all able to get involved and enjoy the competitive spirit of the weekend.
If you’re not familiar with Super League Triathlon, you can experience the event in all it’s glory on 29th and 30th September 2018 in Jersey. It’s a major event on the world’s sporting stage, bringing 50 of the world’s best triathletes, including numerous Olympians, to the Island to complete.
This year there is an addition to the event, giving the public chance to take part on the very same course as the triathletes, but there’s still something missing… the super women of the Channel Islands!
Jodie Stimpson, one of Britain’s brightest triathlete talents, has called upon women in Jersey and Guernsey to get involved in Super League Triathlon this year. Four times more men than women have so far signed up for the Super League Triathlon Age Group category, which is open to everyone over 15 years of age. There are limited spaces and sign up is available now through the Super League Website.
Commonwealth Games gold medalist and runner up for the World Triathlon Series 2013, Jodie Stimpson, will be competing in Jersey in September 2018. She is a tough, super competitive and fearless triathlete that is inspiring women and girls all over Britain to embrace the sport.
Jodie wants more women in the Channel Islands to give the triathlon a try this year. She says: ‘For me I don’t think there are many other sports which are so welcoming no matter your gender or capability – from first timers to elites. It’s a special thing to share the love of triathlon, which I’m sure you will get addicted to once you have done just one!’
She continues: ‘I feel very lucky and extremely grateful that I get to do what I love the most every day, being able to have it as my career is the most precious thing. It’s of course a huge part of my life and in turn my family’s life but it gives us an amazing bond. I’ve seen some fantastic places and met some absolutely brilliant people. I have a huge extended family thanks to triathlon!’
Islanders can race the same course as Jodie this year in the Super League Age Group races. They are open to all with individual men’s and women’s events, alongside thrilling mixed relays. People who are new to triathlon can try the Super Sprint race of a 400m swim, 10k bike and 2.5k run. Those who want to be even more ambitious can try the Enduro race, which does the same format twice and back to back. The individual and relay races will take place on the morning of Sunday 30th September giving the participants enough time to smash the course, get some recovery and settle in to watch the pros in the afternoon. Each participant will receive a Super League Triathlon goodie bag, finishers medal and be invited to attend an awards ceremony.
Gender equality is at the forefront of many people’s minds at the moment and Super League Triathlon organisers are certainly keen to entice more women in to this amazing sport. Limited numbers can sign up for the Super Age Group races in Jersey, so grab your spot now on the website and lets show them some girl power!
I look forward to supporting all the triathletes at the event in September, see you there?