The Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds hosted over 200 locals who took part in the GO TRI events today, 11 June, in Roundhay Park.
The event featured six unique start waves including a Made in Leeds, Platinum 50+ and This Girl Can with competitors completing a beginner friendly 200m swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run. There was also a splash and dash wave (200m swim and 2.5km walk/run) and peddle and plod wave (10km cycle and 2.5km walk/run) for those that didn’t fancy taking on all three disciplines
The GO TRI event forms part of a larger Tri Something New project throughout Leeds, with the aim of inspiring hundreds of local people to take on triathlon for the very first time. A range of free training sessions have been taking place in four hub sites throughout Leeds, as well as novice training days and mini GO TRI taster events. So far hundreds of people have taken part in the sessions, which continue to run until the end of the year for those inspired by the weekend’s action.
One competitor, Beverley Allen, talked to us about her experience at the finish line. “It was really good fun and there was great camaraderie between all of the competitiors in each wave. The volunteers were great at getting everybody to enjoy it.”
She added: “The training sessions have been absolutely brilliant. I did the mini GO TRI at Fearnville and an open-water swim session, I hadn’t done anything before, so they gave the confidence for today.”
We also chatted to Joanne Goodwin, who said “I enjoyed the bike ride and I enjoyed the swim once I actually got my head out the water – it was quite nice actually being in the open water. The volunteers were brilliant, I can’t fault them or thank them enough, they got me through it. They told me I could do it and I did!
“It was great actually doing something in the city that you live in, being part of something. It’s such a community, there’s all shapes and sizes doing it, its brilliant everyone has just come together and embraced the triathlon.”
Tri Something New is a programme launched by Leeds City Council and British Triathlon and supported by Sport England, which gives you a fantastic opportunity to try one of the three components of triathlon. Find out more and sign up to free sessions here.