The MCM Triathlon – bringing MCM together through sport

– bringing MCM together through sport

 

Last weekend saw another successful MCM Triathlon here at the College, with over 400 athletes taking part. It’s just one of the ways that pupils, beaks and parents can come together as a community for some friendly competition and a lot of fun. But where did the idea for an MCM Triathlon come from? 

 

Although it now seems a firm fixture of the MCM calendar, it wasn’t until 2017 that the MCM Triathlon began. Having visited the “Live More” triathlon series in KL, Mr Duncan Ogilive, who organises the MCM Triathlon every year, realised that the College grounds were perfect for our own event. At the time, MCM had several strong athletes who were regularly competing in Singapore but were struggling to find a local competition, which led to the idea of hosting the MCM Triathlon. 

 

That first year set the high standard for what we see today, with both the young and the young-at-heart taking part; the youngest competitor was just aged 2 while the oldest was over 60.  The College joined forces with an external company, now called ‘113’ to help organise the day’s logistics, including registration for the event, setting up the transition zones and timekeeping for each race. It’s a partnership that is still going strong to this day and allows for a smooth running of the event.

 

Although the MCM Triathlon is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils and the larger community to experience a professional competition, it is much more than just a day of sport. It is a day when the Marlborough Spirit truly shines through. No matter your ability there is a way to get involved, whether it’s running, cycling or swimming as part of a team, volunteering to be a race marshal or simply cheering and clapping as a spectator, it’s a day when our whole community comes together. Our pupils always embrace the chance to participate and it’s become a highlight of the school year. For our pupil competitors, it’s also a great way to earn valuable House points. House points are awarded to everyone who takes part, even for our volunteers, as well as additional points for the podium places. 

 

Mr Ogilive, who once again organised the event this year said, 

 

“I can’t express how proud I am to have been the race director for the last seven years.  Having hosted six triathlons, and seeing over 2500 people racing around MCM over the years has been a real highlight of my time here at MCM.

 

A personal thank you to David Spence from “Live More” who helped us to launch the first event in 2017 and to Andy Foo from “113” who has enabled us to run the events since then.  It would not be possible without all the amazing staff and pupils who volunteer every year and Sunday was no different with over 100 volunteers, who were co-ordinated by Mrs Ogilvie, who has supported everything we have done over the years.

 

Thank you once again to everybody who participated over the weekend, it was great to see the community getting involved, it is a genuine privilege.”

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