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Resuming the 2020 multisport event season

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The Active Training World ‘Non-Sweet Caroline Aquathlon’ on Saturday 25 July was the first event to take place since the resumption of activity.

Taking place at Taylor Merchants’ School, North London, the event was limited to 100 participants and soon sold out. There was a range of athletes taking part, from Paralympic silver medallist Lauren Steadman and IRONMAN Pro Reece Barclay to beginners giving multisport a go for the first time.

The Non-Sweet Caroline Aquathlon, so called for being the opposite of Neil Diamond’s lyrics “Hands, touching hands; Reaching out, touching me, touching you”, was the first event to take place with the lifting of restrictions and Covid-19 Secure measures in place.

Participants completed the 750m open water swim and 5km run in a time-trial format, and were given allotted times and guided in small, socially distant groups from registration to swim start where they set off one-by-one.

British Triathlon have issued event organisers with guidance on organising events with social distancing in place before, during and after the race itself, with only events who have submitted appropriate safety documentation issued event permits.

The 2019 IRONMAN World Champion silver medallist Lucy Charles-Barclay set participants off onto the swim, and it was her partner Reece who was the first participant to complete the event, saying:

“Absolutely brilliant to get back into some competitive racing. A bit of a shock to the system as aquathlons are always hard, even harder when you’ve got some really good youngsters chasing you down. Feels really good to get back out there.”

The fastest time was set by Grant Bateman (M30-39) who completed the race in 00:29:16, with Hannah Kitchen, who had represented Team GB in aquathlon at the World Beach Games in 2019, the fastest women (F30-39) and finishing in 00:30:22.

Reflecting on the event, James Shipley Race Director, said: “In our opinion the event couldn’t have gone any better! The athletes were all excited to be there and all followed the rules to make sure the event happened smoothly.

“It’s not exaggeration that almost every participant came up to us after the event thanking us for putting the event on. The guidance from British Triathlon was really helpful and ensured plans were in place from before the athlete arrived on site until they left. 

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