In Guernsey (it sometimes takes us a while to catch on) a similar group of athletes had heard about the new sport of Triathlon which was now spreading around the globe. A few local individuals had travelled to events in the U.K. and taken part in 'challenge' events between themselves.
In 1987 a group of 12 local Police Officers decided to put on a Triathlon event to raise money for charity. In October of that year the first organised event was held at Beau Sejour Leisure center, with the local Officers swimming 1000 metres in the pool, Cycling around the island coast road (about 24 miles) and running 6 miles, in the process raising several thousand pounds and the profile of the sport in Guernsey.
On the back of this successful event a meeting was held at Beau Sejour a couple of months later, attended by about 40 people, the decision was made from there to form the Guernsey Triathlon Club. Since that time way back in 1988 the Guernsey Triathlon Club has organised several events every year, and are now currently running a Winter Duathlon Series, a pool based 'Novice' Triathlon and a Summer Triathlon Series as well as the popular biannual Guernsey Granite Man 1/2 Iron distance event.
Triathletes from Guernsey have raced in countries all around the world, at all levels, from complete beginer, to World Championships, from the smallest events, right up to ironman. Like most sports clubs the number of members fluctuates, but at present there is a strong pool of interest. Long may it continue...