Registration is now open for a new triathlon taking place in September 2016. The event has a maximum of 1,500 places with categories for elite athletes, experienced, intermediate and new participants. The triathlon was given the go ahead by councillors at the Economic Development and Culture Committee last June and is supported by Brighton & Hove City Council.
The first Brighton & Hove Triathlon will take place on Sunday 11 September and is based mainly on Hove Lawns. A sea swim will be followed by cycling along nearby closed roads before the final run stage takes place on Hove Promenade and Lawns with the city’s iconic views as a backdrop.
Triathlons have been boosted in popularity in recent years by the success of British athletes on the international stage, including the 2012 Olympics. There are three race distances available, including the standard distance; 1500m swim followed by a 40km cycle and ending with a 10km run and the smallest distance, the Super Sprint 400m swim, 5km cycle and 2.5km run. As we enter another Olympic year, this sport is set to gain more coverage and again rise in popularity. The event has already received international entrants from across Europe including Germany, Denmark and France.
Cllr Alan Robins, Deputy Chair of Economic Development and Culture Committee, said: “The Brighton and Hove Triathlon is an excellent new event for the city and will attract many people to come along to participate or watch the sporting activity. Brighton & Hove has a strong reputation for high profile sporting fixtures and this is a welcome addition to the events calendar for 2016.”
In addition, a big outdoor Sport and Fitness show will run over both days of the triathlon weekend. The outdoor show held on Hove lawns will represent innovative health and fitness including nutrition, sports technology, a shopping village and a main stage hosting fitness classes and demonstrations. One of the main features of The Sport and Fitness Show will be several ‘Have a go’ areas creating an interactive playground for children and adults alike to sample new sports and receive coaching from industry experts.
Sports and Fitness show organiser, Lisa Clayton states, “The Sport and Fitness Show is an exciting new concept. We will be showcasing a vast array of different sports, health brands, new technologies and fitness trends all gathered together in one place. We have designed the show to inspire and capture the imagination of thousands of active families and individuals of all levels on Hove Lawns”.