South Tyneside triathlon for Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

COASTAL RACE ... members of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service triathlon team celebrate getting their latest sponsor.

COASTAL RACE ... members of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service triathlon team celebrate getting their latest sponsor.

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PEOPLE in South Tyneside are being invited to take part in a gruelling triathlon this summer to help football legend Sir Bobby Robson’s memorial charity.

The event, on August 10, will see competitors complete a 400m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

File photo dated 25/03/08 of Sir Bobby Robson, during the launch of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday March 25, 2012. Cancer-fighting charity the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised more than �4m, it announced today  as it celebrates its fourth anniversary. The former England football manager launched the project as he battled cancer for a fifth time on March 25 2008 with the initial target of raising �500,000. That total has been smashed and continues to rise, despite the death of Sir Bobby in July 2009 at the age of 76. See PA story CHARITY Robson. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/03/08 of Sir Bobby Robson, during the launch of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday March 25, 2012. Cancer-fighting charity the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised more than �4m, it announced today as it celebrates its fourth anniversary. The former England football manager launched the project as he battled cancer for a fifth time on March 25 2008 with the initial target of raising �500,000. That total has been smashed and continues to rise, despite the death of Sir Bobby in July 2009 at the age of 76. See PA story CHARITY Robson. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

It has been organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, A1 Multisport and South Tyneside Council, and is being held in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The triathlon will start at the new Haven Point pool, in Pier Parade, with the first competitor diving in at 7am, and every 30 seconds thereafter, and the event is open to anyone.

The cycle will see competitors ride along Sea Road and Coast Road three times – on closed roads – while the run to finish the event will take in the seafront, Gypsies Green Stadium and the promenade.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service crew manager Ed Cooper, the event’s organiser, said: “I am sure the new triathlon will carry on from the success enjoyed by many triathletes who competed in the Hebburn Triathlon over the past 13 years.

first look at the new Haven Point Leisure Centre, South Shields
first look at the new Haven Point Leisure Centre, South Shields

“This year, the competitors will have the bonus of running on the beautiful coast road of South Shields.”

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation helps cancer patients across the North East and Cumbria.”

The event is limited to about 300 competitors, and is being sponsored by the Triacademy, The Sandwich Tree, Sunderland, A1 Multi-Sport and A.Douglas Construction Ltd.

It costs up to £40 to take part.

To book a place, go to havenpointtriathlon.co.uk.

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