National Club Relay Championships
The Club Relay Triathlon Champs to take place on 24/25 August at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottinghamshire.
Now in its 23rd year, the relay race will kick off with a 500m swim, followed by a 15km bike ride and finishing off with a 5km run. The organisers behind the event say, although the race itself is important, the Club Relay events are about having fun with the sport and with other participants. The event runs over two days with over 2400 people taking part and is rumoured to be triathlon’s answer to Glastonbury with music and camping included.
Iain Hamilton, of race organiser One Step Beyond, said: “The Club Relays has a special place in the race calendar. The event has a unique festival atmosphere and it’s brilliant to see so many athletes from across the country competing in their club colours. Of course there are those at the top end competing very seriously for national titles, but the emphasis is on fun. The National Water Sports Centre is an ideal venue with a large campsite, plenty of parking, a traffic-free course and free grandstand seating for all of the noisy spectators!”
Over the past year, interest in the sport has increased dramatically and more women in particular are getting involved and ‘giving it a tri’ for themselves. In 2012, over 700 triathlons, duathlons and aquathlons took place in England, seeing over 125,000 people competing in races and many of them for the first time.
Jem Lawson, Chair of Triathlon England, said: “It’s great news to see how interest in the sport is continuing to grow and we are excited to say that our 2013 Triathlon England – National Triathlon Championships is already proving very popular. With previous events selling-out, it shows these events are growing, and we hope that this in turn will encourage many more to get involved. Our memberships have been increasing steadily and we hope the value we offer will inspire more to get involved.”
The new Triathlon England Engagement Trailer will also be heading to the event. It provides a state-of-the-art facility for race-goers to talk to experienced members of the national governing body on a range of issues. Triathlon England staff will be on hand all day and are hoping to receive valuable feedback about the membership benefits it provides and to discuss other new initiatives currently happening within the sport.
The 14-foot trailer, which is kitted out with its own PA system and digital media area will be appearing at both this event and the final event of the Triathlon England – National Championships.
There is still one final event in the Championships series available to enter to achieve your personal triathlon challenges in 2013. The final Triathlon England – National Championship is the Essex Off Road Duathlon Championships on 27 October 2013.
Triathlon England supports the delivery of opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges in a fun and safe environment. For more details, visit www.triathlonengland.org