Here’s what to expect from domestic multisport action over the weekend.
The iconic Dorney Lake hosts more multisport action this weekend, with Eton Sprints Weekend showcasing three events including the 2021 World Triathlon Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championship Qualifiers.
The qualifier takes place across a 750m swim, 21.2km cycle and final 5km run. There are also sprint and super sprint races taking place across the closed, flat road circuit and tarmac paths surrounding the lake.
Team MK Kids Duathlon 2021 – South Central
The Team MK Kids Duathlon at The National Bowl in Milton Keynes is a brand-new event for young athletes of all abilities. The run will be completed on grass and the bike section across a closed road circuit. Distances cover TriStar Start at 400m run, 1km bike and 200m run all the way through to Youth distances at 2.4km run, 10.9km bike and a final 1.6km run.
This event is host to the 2021 Europe Triathlon Standard Distance Triathlon European Championship Qualifiers.
Southport Sprint and Standard Distance Triathlon attracts triathletes of all abilities, from complete novices to elite competitors. Taking place at Waterside Lodge, a purpose-built activity centre in Southport, this event has become increasingly popular over the years, often selling out.
Participants can choose between the sprint (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run) or standard distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run), with the cycling leg being raced on closed roads and the run on the tarmac paths surrounding Marine Lake.
GO TRI Manchester Airport Duathlon – North West
McA Fitness & Events returns with more GO TRI action in Manchester, taking participants along an initial 2.5km run, followed by an 18km cycle and final 2.5km run. One of the most popular GO TRI events in the region, this event will take place across 4 waves over Saturday and Sunday.
This is a closed event in which eligible pathway and performance athletes will be invited to compete. As part of the guidelines set by the Welsh government for elite events, NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED ON SITE.
This event will act as the Welsh National Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships but will not be part of the Super Series. Instead, it will act as a trial for the European Junior Championships, the European U23 Championships and for selection into ITU Continental Cups (Senior) and ETU Junior Cups.
The distances will be the same for junior, senior and paratriathlon races, with all athletes taking on a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run to the finish. The race will be set up in a wave-based format across the same course that will be familiar to any athletes who have raced at Llanelli previously.
Scotland’s Big Reboot events a GO TRI and ‘Get Ready Race’. The GO TRI session is specifically tailored for beginner triathletes wanting to dip their toe into the world of multisport. The GO TRI will take place as an aquathlon, over a 200m outdoor basin swim and 1.7km tarmac run.
Get Ready Race
Any existing athletes in Glasgow will be welcomed to the Get Ready Race that reintroduces the sport after a lengthy hiatus for many. An informal event to refamiliarise participants with event days, sessions will simulate race conditions but will be non-competitive. This race will also be in the aquathlon format, this time challenging athletes to a 400m swim and 3.4km run.
Set up as one of the more chilled out triathlon events in the UK, this event takes place in a welcoming heated, outdoor pool on the banks of the River Arun. The town of Arundel in West Sussex invites participants to take on the standard distance (800m swim, 37km cycle, 9km run), sprint distance (400m swim, 19km cycle, 5km run) or the relay. The relay will see one swimmer, one cycling one runner racing across an 800m swim, 37km cycle and final 8km run.
For athletes looking to give the running a miss, this year sees the introduction of sprint and standard distance aquabike which takes place across a 400m swim and 19km bike for the former and double that distance for the latter.
Typically Crystal Place Triathlon, ongoing repairs to the venue’s swimming pool means this year’s event has been changed to a duathlon. This event made a comeback in 2005, taking place at Crystal Place Park, participants will cycle around the old motor racing circuit before taking on a park-based run. Distances are available for athletes of all levels, beginning with TriStar Start, all the way through to junior and adult (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) races.
A relatively new event, the inaugural Westonbirt Duathlon was a resounding success and thus it returns in 2021. The National Arboretum welcomes athletes to take on a 5km run, 22km cycle and final 5km run to the finish through spectacular natural surroundings and open roads.
British Triathlon has developed specific Covid-19 requirements focused on the practical implementation of the key government measures of social distancing and increased hygiene. The above permitted events have demonstrated their application of these additional requirements.
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