A POPULAR sporting event returns to Chirk for its 22nd instalment this coming weekend.

The Chirk Triathlon takes place on Sunday, April 28 with more than 400 runners expected to take part.

With plenty of competitive participants and plenty of supporters, the event promises a great atmosphere and a fun day out for all in the area.

Organiser Dan Craigen said he is looking forward to the event once again this year.

“It’s certainly a good first-time triathlon in particular and it offers a chance to take part in a really nice bike route through Ceiriog,” he said.

“We get a lot of participants who will take part in the event and then go on to join the club and start taking part in more triathlons.

“On top of that, we get people who just come along and give it a go as a one off, so it really is an event for everyone.

“We get a range of people who are of different levels of ability at each aspect.

“All the marshals who help out are volunteers for the club which is really nice.”

Dan believes the triathlon is a great way of showing off what the area has to offer.

He added: “I think it’s a good way of getting people into Chirk, to show off the scenery and what the area has to offer while promoting the club and the area.

“Money made from the event goes towards training costs and first aid training or equipment – last year helped to raise money for a defibrillator.

“Overall, it helps to develop sport within the area which is great.

“It definitely helps to encourage people to take up the sport.”

The organiser has encouraged people to come along and support, and said there is still time to register to take part for those who haven’t done so yet.

He said: “It’s our 22nd year which is quite long-standing for a triathlon event – we’re one of the first events in the outdoor triathlon calendar, so we get a lot of people taking part to see what sort of level they’re at heading into the season.

“It’s a good opportunity for seasoned runners to see how prepared they are for upcoming events.

“On the day, the atmosphere is very good with people coming along and cheering on their family and friends – there’s a real buzz when the race is going on.

“If you have a bike and a pair of trainers, you can certainly take part.

“We do a relay option for people to take on the event in a group and taking on one leg of the challenge each if they would like to do it that way too.”

The event begins at 8am on Sunday and finishes at around 2pm. For more information visit http://www.chirktri.org.uk/