6 Jun

Girl Power

Mel C and Victoria Pendleton

Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton and former Spice Girl Melanie C are set to lead relay teams in the Shock Absorber Women Only Triathlon next month.

The event will take place at Dorney Lake - home of London 2012 rowing - on Sunday 13 July and is organised by Human Race. Double Olympic champion Pendleton and the band member also known as Sporty Spice will be competing over distances of 400m swim, 21.2km bike and 5km run along triathletes who won competitions to be their team-mates.

Whilst Melanie has vowed to let her two team members decide which discipline she will take on, Victoria will be tackling the run, rather than her expert discipline. Melanie C took part in the full triathlon last year. She said: “The Shock Absorber Women Only triathlon is a fantastic celebration of women in sport. It allows ladies to compete in an environment which is encouraging and fun.

"Women contribute so much to the world of sport and these events offer a chance for all women to get involved regardless of their age or ability.” Both are passionate about encouraging women to take up sport and are prominent supporters of the Human Race Women Only series of events, which also includes a run, swim and series of cycling events (Macmillan Cycletta).

This year a new elite wave has also been added to the triathlon which will set off at the beginning of the day, giving those taking part later in the day something to cheer on and perhaps provide inspiration as they prepare for their own race.

Emma Pallant, 2013 British Triathlon Champion, who will be taking part in the event said, “I am incredibly excited to race at Dorney and see girl power in full force. No matter what shape, size or age, anyone can take part in triathlon. It’s such an inspirational sport, having inspired me to convert from a running background, and I hope you will come join me and give it a go!”

The event has distances ranging from Novice (200m swim, 5.3km bike, 2.5km run) to Super Sprint (400m swim, 21.2km bike, 5km run) and Challenge (800m swim, 31.8km bike, 7.5km run), as well as a relay over the latter distance.

Shock Absorber are title partners of the event and will be there on the day to offer expert advice on sports bra fitting and will also be dishing out spot prizes on the day. To enter, visit: http://humanrace.co.uk/events/womenonly/womenonly-triathlon