THE River Dee will be awash with hundreds of wet-suited competitors this weekend as one of the UK’s premier triathlons gets under way.

The Deva Triathlon, organised by Chester Triathlon Club, will begin close to the famous bandstand at The Groves on Sunday (8am).

The event, now in its 13th year, begins with a 1,500m swim down the Dee.

The swim is followed by a 40k cycle ride through Eccleston, Pulford, Rossett and Marford before the athletes head back to Chester to complete a 10k run from the Queen’s Park High School playing fields, crossing the suspension bridge and along the banks of the Dee.

Race director Dan Craigen said: “Everyone at the club is really looking forward to the event and we are expecting a great turnout of around 400 to 450 competitors.

“The event has been really well received in the past by both the competitors and spectators and we have had some great feedback which we’re sure will continue this year.

“It’s a club-run event, run entirely by volunteers, so it’s something we are very proud of.”

Craigen is keen to see that the race, which serves as the North West’s regional championship event, is open to athletes of all abilities.

He said: “While we have the kudos of being a regional event and attracting really good athletes, the event is open to everyone – from those running really quick competition times, right down to those taking part in their first triathlon.

“Anyone can take part and it’s great way to get fit.

“We would also like the public to come out and support the event on Sunday and cheer the competitors on as it gives everyone a major boost.”

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