Channel Triathlon beats COVID

Published on September 22nd, 2020



Over 100 triathletes took part in Folkestone Channel Triathlon on Sunday 13 September. Despite all the problems of Covid-19 (including effective social distancing and the risk of cancellation) and with great determination, Event Coordinator Joe Sullivan of Channel Rotary brought all the resources together to ensure a memorable event for everyone and to set an enviable standard for future years.

Supported by the RDHCT, the event is one of a few triathlons that includes a sea swim making it more interesting and challenging for participants. Fortunately for this year’s participants, the weather was almost ideal, pleasantly warm with a calm sea and medium breeze.

Participants of all levels of experience can take part (the oldest was 69) and the routes are carefully designed to make it a spectacle for the town, attracting sports people and spectators from all over the south east. Winners of the men’s race was Yiannis Christodoulou, women’s champion was Gina Charleton, and the first team was Beacon BeeGees.

Event Coordinator, Joe Sullivan, said: “This has been a wonderful day despite all the complications and uncertainties of Covid-19. My thanks to all our wonderful triathletes, supporters and sponsors, Channel Rotarians, family and friends who have helped to make it such a success. The Channel Tri is now an established, popular, September event and we shall be delighted to see you all again next year.”

The Channel Tri supports many local charities each year, in particular South Kent Mind, Shepway Sports Trust, Channel Rotary’s local fund., Folkestone Rescue, Folkestone Sea Rowing Club, and Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.

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