As the kids go back to school and the weather is turning well and truly autumnal the brand new SH2OUT stand headed out on the road and attended the first ever Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup in Nottingham last Saturday.
It was great to attend such an exciting event in a new location and see the RLSS UK volunteers from Colwick Park Lifeguards providing water safety cover for the elite race. The event was broadcast on the BBC and eagle-eyed viewers might even have spotted the SH2OUT branding on the buoys during the elite swim action. Mixed Relay competition is set to feature for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and five Olympians were part of the action in Nottingham. An initial 300m swim in the River Trent was followed by a 7.5km bike ride and 1.5km run before athletes handed over to their next team mate to do the same again. In total, seventeen teams of four athletes took part, including international teams from Japan, Germany, Australia and Canada. The Leeds team came home victorious after a fast and exciting competition.
The City of Nottingham Triathlon mass participation event also took place in the morning, seeing hundreds of beginner triathletes start their own campaigns for glory. After a pool swim at the Portland Centre, participants competed on bike and foot along the same course as the elites. It was great to see so many people attending an event especially those in the Go Tri aimed at getting grassroots competitors along to their first triathlon. We hope to see some of these competitors venturing out into our lakes soon!
For those looking for a more relaxed day, the spectator village provided a great vantage point to watch the action on the big screen, try their hand at a number of sports in the Sports Zone and, of course, learn about SH₂OUT and water safety from the RLSS UK stand. Lots of swimmers also filled in the SH₂OUT Swimmer Survey, which is closing at the end of September, so the last chance to get your views heard about what open water swimmers need.
Read the full report from British Triathlon with results here.