The Leeds Triathlon takes place on Sunday 11th September 2016 at Leeds Roundhay Park, one of the UK’s largest public parks and a magnificent setting for this annual sporting event.
An open water swim in the park’s Waterloo Lake provides a scenic introduction to the race, and this is followed by a fast cycle on quiet but challenging roads and a run section through the grounds offering great views of the parkland, mansion and scenery beyond.
The impressive park attracts crowds of spectators who come to cheer on the competitors at the many viewing spots along each leg of the course. It makes for a wonderful day out for friends and family, with plenty of open space for picnics and games as well as a play area, tropical world centre, lakeside café and walking trails.
The organisers of the event, Xtra Mile Events, are looking forward to welcoming up to 750 competitors at this popular triathlon that includes a standard and a sprint distance. The standard distance comprises a 1500m swim, a 44km cycle and a 9.4km run. The sprint distance takes place on the same course and comprises a 750m swim, a 24km cycle and a 6.4km run.
The Leeds Triathlon is also a GoTRI+ event for triathletes just starting out, offering all the enjoyment of the triathlon but over shorter distances: 400m swim, 11.5km cycle and 3.35km run. There is a limited number of places available at a very special rate of £15.
In addition to individual entries, the Leeds Triathlon welcomes relay teams in both the standard and sprint distance races. This is a fantastic opportunity for corporate and other teams to race together and share the achievement of a great sporting event. There is a relay team prize for the team with the overall best time.
Registration for the Leeds Triathlon is open at http://www.xtramileevents.com/events/, with individual entry fees of £65 for the standard distance and £59 for the sprint distance race. Team relay entries are available for £77 or £72 respectively. The first wave of the Leeds Triathlon starts at 08:00 am. Entries close on 7th September 2016 or when sold out.
Bone Cancer Research Trust is the official charity partner for the Leeds Triathlon and athletes wanting to join their team should go to http://www.bcrt.org.uk/support-our-work/events-challenges/adrenaline-challenges/leeds-triathlon/ for further info.
Spectators are welcome to watch all stages of the event which is usually extremely well supported. Swimmers are easily visible from the lakeside, while cyclists can be seen leaving and returning through the ornate gates of Roundhay Park on Carriage Drive. For the final leg, runners wind their way up the slope and into the wooded area of Roundhay Park, which offers plenty of viewing points, and there is a grand downhill finish along the drive in front of the Mansion. There is also ample spectating space on the exciting approach to the finish line.
Athletes are advised to register for the Leeds Triathlon on Saturday 10th September. Alternatively it is possible to register on the Sunday morning of the race, but athletes must be ready in time for the pre-race briefing in the transition area at 07:40.
Saturday 10th September 2016
12:00-17:00 Event registration at Leeds Roundhay Park
Sunday 11th September 2016
06:00 – 07.30 Registration for athletes who have arranged this with the organisers only
06:30 Transition opens
07:40 Race briefing for all distances (compulsory)
07:40 Transition closes – no bike racking after this time
08:00 Wave one
12:30 Transition closes
13:00 (approx.) Prize giving at the finish line area
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The Leeds Triathlon is a fantastic autumn event on the UK triathlon calendar and one that we look forward to each year. It is a challenging triathlon set in magnificent Roundhay Park, where we are able to make full use of the beautiful green parkland and open expanses of water for the swim, cycle and run legs. For competitors and spectators it is a memorable day as there are many great viewing points where friends and family can cheer on athletes, creating a fantastic atmosphere all around the course. It is also a popular event for relay teams wishing to enter with friends or work colleagues.
“We would encourage anyone wishing to enter the Leeds Triathlon to do so quickly, as the 750 spaces are quickly filling with just over one month to go.”
The 2015 men’s individual standard distance winner was Pete Shuttleworth, with a time of 02:09:24, and the women’s title was taken by Hannah Bridger with a time of 02:35:11. The 2015 men’s individual sprint distance winner was Jonathan Chatten with a time of 01:17:22, and the winner of the women’s was Kirsteen Young in 01:31:21.
Registration for the Leeds Triathlon is open and entries close on 7th September 2016 or when sold out.
Entry costs are from £59 for individual entries or from £72 for team relay entries. GoTRI+ entry is currently £15 going up to £30 soon.