Following a hugely successful ITU Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, today, Monday 18 September, British Triathlon has unveiled the 2018 British Triathlon Age-Group Major Events Calendar, providing the chance for Britain’s top age-groupers to prepare for their own medal-winning success over the coming 12 months.
The announcement comes in conjunction with the reveal of the 2018 Triathlon England National Championships and details the key dates for age-group athletes on the 2017 calendar. This includes all Triathlon England and British Triathlon Age-Group Championships as well as the Great Britain Age-Group Team qualification events taking place next season.
The British Duathlon Championships are set to kick-off the competitive season on Sunday 25 March 2018 and for the second consecutive year, the Bedford Autodrome Duathlon organised by Nice Tri Events has been awarded the honours. This will be followed by the British Standard Distance Triathlon Championships which, following a successful 2017 event, will again be hosted by ITU World Triathlon Leeds. With the British Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships location still to be decided, the final event will be the British Middle Distance Triathlon Championships, to be held at The Festival of Endurance, at Hever Castle.
Triathlon England will begin their championship season with the National Duathlon Championships on 17 March 2018 at Clumber Park. The National Standard Distance Triathlon Championships will be held at the Southport Triathlon on 20 May 2018, whilst the National Aquathlon Championships will take place at the Monster Racing Aquathlon on 7 July 2018. Thorpe Park Sprint Distance Triathlon will be holding the National Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships on 3 June 2018, whilst the final Triathlon England Championship, the National Middle Distance Triathlon Championships, will be held at Vitruvian Triathlon on 8 September 2018.
It’s great to be able to return to many of our previous locations for championships as well as welcoming athletes to some brand-new venues, with each having been chosen for it’s fantastic location and ability to stage a show-stopping event
As in previous years, 2018 will provide high quality events for all age-group athletes with the prospect of earning the right to wear the Great Britain Age-Group Team Tri Suit.
Marking a change for the coming season, Great Britain Age-Group Team qualification events for ITU sprint and standard distance triathlon championships will be moving in line with the European qualification process so that athletes qualify a year in advance of their particular championship. 2018 will therefore represent the changeover year in which age-group athletes have an opportunity to qualify for both the 2018 and 2019 ITU Triathlon World Championships. This change offers age-group competitors additional opportunities in 2018 to qualify for the team.
British Triathlon Director Major and National Events, Jon Ridgeon, said “We’re delighted to be able to fully confirm the 2018 British Triathlon Age-Group Major Events calendar, offering all our athletes fantastic locations for them to compete for British titles over the coming 12 months.
“It’s great to be able to return to many of our previous locations for championships as well as welcoming athletes to some brand-new venues, with each having been chosen for it’s fantastic location and ability to stage a show-stopping event.”
Duncan Hough, Triathlon England Director Rules and Technical, said “It’s fantastic to see a nice mixture of events chosen for the Triathlon England National Championships, with some old favourites working alongside new additions.
“I’m looking forward to what is set to be another fantastic season of triathlon.”
All of the individual events comprising the 2018 programme offer athletes the chance to experience competing at the leading age-group races across the Home Nations. Each event demonstrates some of the highest quality event-management and will give each competitor an opportunity to achieve their personal triathlon challenges in a safe and enjoyable environment.