The Isle of Bute Triathlon is back!

Details of the 2013 Isle of Bute Triathlon have been announced this week.

After a one-year break in 2012 due to the refurbishment of Rothesay Leisure Centre, the event will return to the Bute calendar on Sunday, May 12 - and the organisers, local cycling club Bute Wheelers, are keen to get as many local people involved as possible, either individually or as part of a team.

There are two versions of the event to choose from: the Novice event (swim 16 lengths, road cycle 13km, run 3km) or the full-length Sprint (swim 30 lengths, road cycle 20km, run 5km).

The format is slightly changed from previous years, in that the cycle element of the novice event will stay on the road, rather than down to and back past Loch Fad as in previous years.

This programme is designed as a community event to cater for a wide range of participation, fitness and abilities, with anyone 12 years or over eligible.

If you don’t fancy doing a complete event yourself, for both Novice and Sprint events team entries are permitted: one swims, one cycles, and one runs, or some variation on this.

You can also team up with some workmates, family members or even your pet - or even take part in fancy dress! There’s even a race memento for all involved.

The organisers will again award the Calum Spiers Triathlon Memorial Trophy to the participant considered to have achieved the most from the event.

Both events will bring plenty of participants from off the island, some quite serious and some that might be described as fun seekers, but as with previous years will no doubt add something extra to the mix.

Simply, the more competitors the better for all involved; so whether you’ve done it before or never even considered it, why not give it a go this year?

It promises to be a great event in 2013. Also, it’s probably not too wise to leave it until the last minute to enter, as it’s a very popular sport these days – even if you just give an indication of your interest.

Any queries or advice on training can be directed to the club via - and keep an eye on The Buteman for further information.