23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 22-04-2015 06:02

      Saddleworth prepares for Mill to Moors Sprint Triathlon this Sunday as applications close

      Saddleworth prepares to host the Milltown to Moors Sprint Triathlon this Sunday, April 26, as applications to the event close.

      Last year's start of the Milltown to Moor 10k Run in Oldham


      162 people have registered to take part in the race that consists of a 400 metre swim, a 20k bike ride, and a 5k run, starting at 7.30am


      The Sprint Triathlon is a new event created for this year, with those who complete the race receiving a 2015 Milltown Tri shirt.


      Alan Keane, Race Director at Oldham Community Leisure, said: “This year is the first Sprint Triathlon. The race has been sponsored by the Citizens Advice Bureau, who has helped us with a lot of the funding. The race, along with raising money for charity and a challenge for the athletes, is about raising awareness for the Citizens Advice Bureau.”


      The triathlon has been added to the list of other races created by Oldham Community Leisure, including a 7k run, 10k run and a half marathon. The race series is called Milltown to Moor.

      The Obelisk on Alderman's Hill overlooking Greenfield towards Oldham

      He added: “When we first started the races, we called them Milltown to Moor because of the route. The ‘Milltown’ part was of course because of Oldham’s industrial past, and the ‘Moor’ part is because the route gets into the hills with views out over the Peak District. The Triathlon will go into the hills too.”


      The race will begin with the 400 metre swim in the Saddleworth Pool & Leisure Centre.

      Triathalon Bike Route

      The participants will then endure a 20k bike ride, taking them from Uppermill, to Diggle, Delph, Scouthead, Austerlands, Less, Grotton, Grasscroft and then back to Uppermill.


      Then the athletes will take part in a 5k run, travelling down the Pennine Bridlewat to Chew Valley Road, before taking the steep route to Kinders, Haw Clough andKnowl Top lanes under the Obelisk war memorial at Pots and Pans.

      Triathlon Run Route


      Jonathan Phillips and son

      Jonathan Phillips, Principle Officer for Employment and Skills at Oldham Council, who is taking part in the triathlon, said: “Part of the reason I entered was just for the challenge of completing the race. Also, to help motivate myself to get fit again. I’ve haven’t done much training lately but I wanted to plan something that would help inspire me to train.

      “The other reason is that I suffer from diabetes so it’s important to exercise with that, and that’s my chosen charity too; Diabetes UK.

      Jonathan Phillips and Son


      “I’ve done one triathlon before in Stalybridge a few years ago. That was a challenge so I wanted to do another in another area.”


      When speaking about the Sprint Triathlon, Jonathan Yates from Pennine West Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “Oldham Citizens Advice is excited at the prospect of an Oldham Triathlon and wants to support the event and contribute to its success ensuring that it is the first of many.


      “Each year we help over 10,0000 Oldham residents by making sure they are receiving the financial support they are entitled to, enable them to deal with complex debt issues and maintain a roof over their head among many other types of enquiries.


      “As a charity that relies on the people of Oldham as volunteers and for donations the Triathlon with help raise the public awareness of our charity status and hopefully inspire them to fundraise for us and give their time to work within our team.”

      By Joe Wilkinson