Everyone is invited to the first Builth Wells Charity Aquathlon, taking place on Sunday, August 11.

The event comprises a 400m (16-length) pool swim in Builth Wells Sports Centre, followed immediately by a 3km run around The Groe. 

Organisers Adam Johnstone and Helen Tuite thought it would be good to offer an event with a bit of a difference. It’s aimed at people who haven't taken part in an event like this before, but anyone is welcome to enter.

Adam said: "They're only short distances, so hopefully it will appeal to all abilities. You can do any stroke in the swim, and you can even walk the 3km route if you're not up to running. You'll need to be at least 18 at or before December 31 2024 to take part. But we're hoping that if it's a success, we could make it an annual event, and incorporate younger participants next year."

It costs £10 to take part. This, and any sponsorship raised, will go to the Builth Wells Cancer Research Committee to raise much-needed funds.

It will be a microchipped timed event and all entrants will receive a medal. There will be awards for winners of the different age categories.

Helen said: "We chose Builth Wells Cancer Research as we felt that cancer has touched everybody in some way.  We've kept the entry fee low to encourage more people, and we'll be sending a sponsor form to all those taking part in the hope they'll raise a bit of sponsorship for this amazing cause."

The corporate sponsors and supporters for this event so far are Freedom Leisure, Preserved Timber Products, Jewson, Hay and Brecon Farmers, Smithfield Tractors, Williams Building Contractors, Builth Wells Financial Planning and the Co-op.

Helen added: "We're so grateful for the support we've received so far from local organisations, which means that all of the money raised from individual sponsorship will go to the charity.   But we'd still welcome corporate sponsorship from other organisations who'd like to be involved."

The closing date for entries is August 4 or when the number of entrants reaches 99.  If you'd like to take part, go to entrycentral.com/BuilthWellsAquathlon2024

For more information, go to facebook.com/groups/BuilthWellsAquathlon

If you'd like further information or are interested in offering corporate sponsorship, contact Helen on 07941 416303.