Triathlon Pink makes a splash in Sunderland

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A SEA of pink ladies swam, cycled and ran for miles to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.

The first ever Triathlon Pink got under way at Sunderland’s Aquatic Centre in Monkwearmouth yesterday.

The first Triathlon Pink at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland on Sunday. First swimmer on her way

The first Triathlon Pink at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland on Sunday. First swimmer on her way

More than 100 women swam, cycled then ran as part of the female-only fun, which raises money towards the fight against breast cancer.

This month has been first time that a Triathlon Pink has been held in this country, after it originated in Australia.

Crystal Palace and Bath have already hosted triathlons, with Leeds and Basildon set to follow suit in July.

The first leg saw participants swim lengths of the Aquatic Centre, then they jumped on their bikes to complete a circuit around the Stadium of Light.

Organisers said that 98 per cent of women were taking part in a triathlon for the first time.

Children also got involved, with the youngest to take part seven-year-old Jakob Adams, from Northumberland, who easily completed a 50m swim, 1.5km cycle and 500m run.

Women had three courses, short, medium and long, to choose from.

Mandy Holloway, of South Shields, completed the long version of the route in just under an hour.

“I enjoyed it, but the run at the end was definitely the hardest part,” said Mandy, who turns 50 next month.

“I got an injury about a week ago and wasn’t sure I’d still be able to do it but I’ve managed it.”

Triathlon Pink organiser Lisa Pringle said: “We were a bit worried the night before because of the heavy rain so the course was a bit of mess first thing.

“It’s been pretty cold at times as well but thankfully it’s turned out beautiful for us.

“About 120 ladies have taken part and for most of them it’s been their first time doing a triathlon.

“Triathlons can be a bit daunting if you haven’t done it before, but the way we’ve set things up takes away the fear factor and it’s safe for everyone involved.

“We are thrilled with how the event rolled out and the feedback from competitors.”