Traithlon becomes duathlon as fears over Strathclyde Loch remain

THE organisers of the GE Strathclyde Park Triathlon have taken the decision to cancel the swim section of Sunday’s event and replace it with a run section, turning the event into a duathlon.

As previously reported in the Times & Speaker adverse and unusual weather conditions over the last few months have caused North Lanarkshire Council to close Strathclyde Loch to immersion sports.

Close monitoring of the water quality in the Loch has been conducted, but despite recent tests that show the water quality in the loch is improving, the current predictions for poor weather ensure the risk level remains uncertain.

This follows the decision to cancel the Great Scottish Swim which was due to take place at the park this weekend.

British Triathlon expects over 500 competitors from all over the UK to take part in the event which will be split into a 1500m run, a 38km bike ride and a second 10km run.

A spokesperson said: “This decision is regrettable, but the decision to cancel the swim has been taken to ensure competitor welfare.

“The status of the event as a championship, age group qualification race, and British Triathlon Super Series, with associated prize funds, will be unaffected.

“We are unable to offer a full refund as the majority of event costs remain to deliver a duathlon, however a partial refund of 25 of original entry fee is available to any age-group competitor who wishes to withdraw from the race.

To claim this refund competitors should e-mail British Triathlon} with their full name, address and age category no later than 5pm on Wednesday (August 29), any claims received after this date cannot be processed.

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