The St Ives Surf Lifesaving Club Biathlon 2018 is to be
held on Saturday 30 th June. This is 2km run race from St
Ives to Carbis Bay followed by a 1.5km open-sea swim
back.

The 17th Biathlon is an event organised to raise much
needed funds for equipment and kit for its many members.
For those of you not familiar with surf lifesaving, it’s the
sport that keeps beach lifeguards fit and ready for action,
with many of the club’s members going on to qualify as
beach lifeguards when they are old enough. The club
sessions also teach sea competence and safety
awareness to local children alongside competing against
other clubs in Cornwall, Devon and Wales.

The atmosphere of the Biathlon grips the whole town.
Around 200 competitors take part each year, and the area
in front of the Sloop on the harbour front starts to fill up
with twitching, nervous athletes from early afternoon.
These athletes study each other and the sea conditions,
many already wearing the iconic Biathlon T-shirt given to
all competitors. Some of the cooler ones wear a T-shirt
from a previous year – a good way to psyche out the
opposition!

There is anticipation for the race itself, but
even those not competing look forward to Biathlon night
as a great celebration when St Ives is in party mode.
There is a stage outside the Sloop with live music to
coincide with the event, and as everyone who competes
gets a free beer token, the night always goes with a swing.
Sandy Toes Stays will be supporting our own family
member who is entering the event for the first time this
year. So watch this space for more pictures and an
update on the event.

There is a stage outside the Sloop with live music to
coincide with the event, and as everyone who competes
gets a free beer token, the night always goes with a swing.
Sandy Toes Stays will be supporting our own family
member who is entering the event for the first time this
year. So watch this space for more pictures and an
update on the event.