Oxford United’s Nicky Wroe signs up for Blenheim Palace Triathlon

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Oxford United midfielder Nick Wroe and the team’s head of sport science Alasdair Lane have signed up to participate in the upcoming Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon on the 7-8 une 2014.

Wroe, on loan from Preston North End until the end of the season, will be participating in the individual Sprint, tacking a 750m swim, 19.8km bike and 5.7km run around the grounds of the spectacular World Heritage Site. He will be joined by U’s fitness expert Alasdair Lane who is a qualified triathlon coach.

The pair will join Holly Pickett and Amy Chivers from the club’s women’s team, who have already signed up to the sell-out event which is known as the season opener and perfect for first time triathletes.

Wroe said “I competed in a little triathlon a couple of years ago which I really enjoyed, but I have never trained specifically for a race so will be looking to get some tips and advice from Alasdair. The Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon in June seemed like the perfect goal for me to work and train towards over the coming months.

“I am also a keen cyclist and like to swim, especially during the off season as I find both disciplines help to give the joints a little rest while staying relatively fit. I have a good fitness base with my football but will be looking to get some miles in on the bike and plenty of laps in the pool where I can.”

Alasdair Lane, who has been Head of Sport Science at Oxford United since 2012, has taken part in more than ten triathlons over six years.

Lane said “It’s great for Oxford United FC to be supporting a local event, especially one as renowned as the Blenheim Palace Triathlon. As a qualified triathlon coach I’m feeling a little pressure to finish ahead of Nicky so it’s safe to say it’s set to be another competitive day for the U’s!“

The Sky Bet League 2 club has also signed up its own triathlon relay team which includes women’s 1st team members Holly Pickett and Amy Chivers, with each team member taking on one leg of the event; either the swim, bike or run leg. The U’s women’s team were last year one of the founding members of the newly established Women’s Super League2 (FA WSL2 League).

Lane added “It’s great to have the women taking part in the triathlon. Taking part as a relay team is a great introduction into the sport and will hopefully inspire them to take on the whole thing next year. Over the next couple of months I’m going to be supplementing Nicky and the girls’ football training with some triathlon drills to make sure they do Oxford United proud in June!”

Every year The Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon attracts a fantastic elite field and up to 7,000 triathletes to conquer one of the world’s most picturesque events. Previous years have seen the famous Brownlee brothers, Team GB’s Vicky Holland, and seven time Multi Sport World Champion Richard Stannard take part in the event.

In recent years, spectators have also cheered celebrities including the likes of Pippa Middleton, Jenson Button, Iwan Thomas, Charlie Webster, Roger Black and Austin Healey as they tackled the challenging course.

Limited tickets still remain for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon. To register, go to www.theblenheimtriathlon.co.uk

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