This exciting new addition to the Sussex triathlon calendar fulfils a longstanding ambition by Alex Clarke, the owner of The George Hotel in Rye, to stage a local triathlon. The George are one of the main sponsors of the 1066 Relay, a 33 mile running event over the 1066 Country Walk, which has raised £3000 for local charities in 2011 and 2012. So I was delighted to be asked to look into the possibility of putting on a triathlon with a strong coastal theme.
The sea swim off Winchelsea Beach will certainly get both the Sprint and Standard distance events off to a flyer; followed by a very scenic but testing cycle route going out through Pett Level, Pett and Guestling, before returning via a nerve-tingling descent of Battery Hill and along the coast road to the finish! The Sprint cycle route is 20.43kms; the Standard cycle route is 31.30kms. Both the 5kms and 10kms runs will take place entirely within Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
I am indebted to Rob Cass, Rother DC's coastal defence officer, for his expert advice on finding the most suitable venue for a sea swim. I would also like to thank Barry Yates, the manager of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, for allowing us to stage the runs within the reserve. Many thanks also to Icklesham parish council who have kindly allowed us to use the Harbour Field recreation ground in Winchelsea Beach to stage the event; and to Rye Bay FC who are kindly allowing us to use their clubhouse as our HQ. And finally I would also like to thank Pett Level Rescue Association and Hastings & St. Leonards Voluntary Lifeguards who will be overseeing the safety aspects of the sea swim - without their combined efforts, this event simply wouldn't be taking place!
Nick Brown, event organiser