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Dinton to host unique paddleboard and running event

Dinton Supathlon

Dinton Pastures will host a brand new event as paddleboarding will be combined with running in a first of its kind event in the UK.

The SUPathlon, which combines stand-up paddleboarding and running, will take place at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Sunday 14th July and can be completed by teams of two or individuals.

Competitors will first complete 1km of paddling on Black Swan Lake which will then be followed by 5km of running along the established course used for the Dinton Pastures Summer 5km/10km series.

Race organiser Ellie Barnes of Barnes Fitness said: “The Dinton SUPathlon is, as far as we’re aware, the first event combining a SUP challenge followed by a run and entries are coming in steadily.

“We’re giving entrants the choice of completing both legs on their own or competing as a two person relay team, with one taking on the paddleboarding and the second tackling the run.

“If you’re a runner who has yet to climb on a SUP board, this is your chance to find a partner who has and create a winning team.

“The SUP course involves two laps of a 500m course, and we are providing full on-water safety cover.

“While it’s not a difficult course, it’s also not suitable for complete novices, so we are asking that anyone wanting to take part in the SUP leg confirms they’ve had some paddling experience.”

Dinton Pastures Activity Centre manager Tanya Lee said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this new event which we believe will serve as a great introduction to Dinton Pastures as a centre for stand-up paddleboarding.

“We’re currently offering SUP taster sessions every Saturday morning which are ideal for anyone who wants to take part but has yet to try paddleboarding. The minimum age for the Dinton SUPathlon is 15, and there will be commemorative medals for all participants.”

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