ATHLETES took part in a trial lap of the running course for the new Henley Highwayman triathlon event
ATHLETES took part in a trial lap of the running course for the new Henley Highwayman triathlon event.
Twelve runners from the Henley Harriers took on the 9km route, which begins in Henley and goes to the Fawley Court estate before coming back into the town via Fair Mile.
The Henley Highwayman will take place from June 5 to 7. Participants will be able to choose to run distances of 9km, 17km or 25km as well a cycle ride and a swim.
The Harriers were invited to try the practice lap by event organiser Jeremy Laming, who joined them on the run.
Tony Robinson, who captains the club, said: ?The course suits all types of runners as it has some tough sections followed by fast bits to stretch those legs. The long version would be a serious challenge for any runner, making it one of the toughest runs I have seen.
?We will now use this course regularly as a club run.
?A highlight is the stunning backdrop of the river and the Chiltern hills, which will be a pleasure for any runner tackling the course.? Hundreds of people have already signed up for the event. World champion triathlete Sophie Whitworth is offering coaching in swimming, cycling and running to those who have signed up.
Athlete Service, in Greys Road car park, is organising practice bike rides around the cycle route for entrants.