Rock climbing and more in the Castle Park

People of all ages will be able to do some rock climbing and get a bird’s-eye view of the Castle Park on Saturday as the TriGrandPrix takes place in Kilkenny.

People of all ages will be able to do some rock climbing and get a bird’s-eye view of the Castle Park on Saturday as the TriGrandPrix takes place in Kilkenny.

TriGrandPrix will see approximately 1,000 people taking part in this event, swimming the Nore, cycling between 20 and 40km out the Carlow Road and finishing off with a run, varying from 3km to 10km.

There are two ideal places to capture the atmosphere of triathlons. Most of the swimmers will enter the water beside Market Yard Car Park and make a very colourful splash. Participants will be entering the water from approximately 10.30am. The transition area for swim to cycle and cycle to run will be set up in the Castle Park and this will be a hive of activity up until the late afternoon.

Caitriona Corr of Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership said the Choose to Try experience was ideal for those who would like to try a triathlon for the first time over short distances.

“We would love to see people who do some running, cycling or swimming try out this event or pick one of the disciplines and team up with others to complete the event,” she said.

In conjunction with the TriGrandPrix experience, Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is organising activities in the Castle Park, with the rock climbing wall being the main attraction. The mobile rock-climbing wall is suitable for beginners and experienced climbers with hand and footholds. Four climbers can climb at once and climbers wear a safety harness attached to steel safety wire. Other events on the day will include Ultimate Frisbee and Rounders.

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership in conjunction with the Swim Club has also organised a Junior Triathlon Experience (Splash and Dash) on Friday evening in The Watershed, for those aged 8-13. Registrations for this event is at 5pm on Friday and there are short and longer distances for all age groups. Each participant will receive a medal with the emphasis being on fun and enjoyment.

Further information on any of these activities is available on www.krsp.ie.