Bookings open for Montgomery Canal Triathlon 2020

Published: Monday, 18 November 2019

BOOKINGS opened this month for next year’s Montgomery Canal Triathlon 2020 and places are already being filled.

Triathlon Mayor sends off cyclistsThe Triathlon, that is to be held on Saturday 2nd May is established as a popular and family-friendly event which brings people from across the country each year.  Entrants can join one, two or three sections, cycling 17 miles from Newtown to Pool Quay near Welshpool, continuing on foot for eleven miles to Morton south of Oswestry, finally canoeing for seven miles to the finish below Frankton Locks.

Coming in faster than ever

We were receiving bookings for next year's Montgomery Canal Triathlon within days of notifying past entrants, and they seem to be coming in faster than ever, Triathlon Entry Coordinator Maggie Ellis writes.

[The above picture shows the mayor starting off the cyclists this year and the one below shows some of the canoeists.]

The Triathlon is the canal’s biggest event of the year with families and friends joining every year, many from a long way away—last year we were joined by a family who live in Switzerland!

Canoes leave Queens HeadWith growing popularity we have to remember that the canal and particularly the towpath can only take a limited number of entrants, and every year we are concerned that we might have to turn away someone trying to make a late booking. So the message is to get booked early!

Highlights what has been achieved

The Triathlon highlights what has already been achieved with half the canal reopened since restoration started. Though the towpath is open throughout, participants will see lengths of the canal which still have to be reopened by overcoming road blockages or by re-watering dry sections. 

We run the Triathlon to support the next stages of restoration of the Montgomery Canal and each year we are able to make a contribution to the Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal which is seeking the last funds needed for Schoolhouse Bridge.

As usual, entrants who complete any section will receive a commemorative medallion of local slate, printed in gold for anyone who completes all three sections, silver for those who complete two, and bronze if only one section is completed.