A GLORIOUS Mid Wales morning saw over 200 competitors take to the Montgomery Canal to compete in a unique triathlon event.

Entrants were drawn from far and wide, with one competitor travelling from France to take part, running, cycling and canoeing their way down the 35 mile course from Newtown to Welsh Frankton on Saturday, May 18, with a supporting cast of over 60 volunteers to aid competitors.

The Triathlon was given a ceremonial start by Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards assisted by Cllr Sue Newham, Mayor of Newtown.

Funds contributed by the entrants' sponsors will support the ongoing restoration of the canal, organisers say.

“A lot is happening on the canal this year with continuing improvements to the towpath, new canalside nature reserves and the restoration to Crickheath Wharf,” said Christine Palin, chairman of the Friends of the Montgomery Canal.

“The Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal is hoping to raise the last funds needed to rebuild the last bridge blockage in Shropshire,” she added.