June 5, 2021
Go Tri At Aj Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds
346 novice triathletes registered to take on the GO TRI distance at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds in Roundhay Park.
AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds welcomed newcomers and beginner athletes to compete at the same event as the elites and dip their toes in the world of multisport. GO TRI is British Triathlon’s low cost and short distance entry point to the sport and participants, many of whom were first time triathletes, enjoyed taking on the Roundhay Park course surrounded by a buzzing festival atmosphere of encouraging support from the side lines.
The GO TRIers embarked on a 200m swim in Waterloo Lake before transitioning to a 9.5km cycle and final 2.5km run to the finish line in front of Mansion House. GO TRI participants enjoyed the very same finishing experience that Olympic hopefuls will also encounter throughout the weekend.
One of the participants enjoying the Yorkshire sunshine, Winston Southwell, said: “It felt great. It’s quite warm but a beautiful day. This was my fourth GO TRI and first time at Leeds, it’s fantastic. Everyone is in a positive vibe and buzzing. It was a little bit of a rush getting in because of Covid but once you’re in, everything is so well laid out, it was great.”
Charlotte Ibbetson took part in her first ever GO TRI, saying: “It feels great, good atmosphere and it’s really good to cross the line as it’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this so it feels like a big achievement.
“It’s great to be amongst actual athletes and I’m going to catch some of the further races. I would do it again. I said to myself that I didn’t even want to do this one but now I actually feel great.”
Jenny Vincent, Head of Participation at British Triathlon, said: “As always, it was amazing to see so many people begin their swim, bike and run journey at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds. Having the GO TRI event share much of the same course as the elite athletes and to see GO TRI participants finish in front of the Mansion House was a great spectacle.
“Well done to everyone that took part today and we hope to see you at more events in the future.”
Andy Salmon, British Triathlon CEO, said: “It’s been a joy to watch the GO TRI take place at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds this year. Welcoming athletes of all skill levels to Roundhay Park to enjoy multisport at their own pace and surrounded by encouraging supporters, volunteers and participants exemplifies what swim, bike, run is all about.
“Congratulations to everyone who began their multisport journey today. We are dedicated to providing great experiences through swim, bike, run to people of all backgrounds and hope to see you on the start line again soon.”
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