Shrewsbury Triathlon Club event Darwin’s Challenge

If you like swimming and running, Shrewsbury’s triathlon club, SYTri, is calling for you to combine the two in one of Shrewsbury’s most exciting sporting events. Darwin’s Challenge Aquathlon, now in its fourth year, is a continuous, two-stage race involving swimming followed by running.

Triathlon club coach, Sam Mountain, said: “Multisport events like aquathlons and triathlons are gaining popularity in Shropshire and our events are suitable for complete novices as well as experienced athletes. No one is too slow to compete, the idea is to take part and have fun. Who knows, just like Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution, someone taking part in their first aquathlon in May could be competing in a triathlon by the end of the summer.”

This year’s event takes place on Sunday, 4 May 2014 and is a great event for children and adults alike. The indoor swim takes place at Shrewsbury School’s Pool with distances ranging from 50 to 300 meters for juniors and 400 meters for youth and adult competitors.

The juniors’ run is on flat enclosed paths and grass in the grounds of the school and the adults’ run is a slightly more undulating 5k course through Shrewsbury and along the River Severn. The adults’ route ends with a sting in the tail… the extra challenge of a climb from the river, back up to the school - Darwin's Challenge!

For more details of age categories, distances and to signup, please visit

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