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April 20, 2021

Making Aj Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds A Covid-Secure Event

AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds on 5 and 6 June is Britain’s flagship swim, bike, run event and shows British Triathlon’s confidence and excitement in the sport resuming in a Covid-Secure way. 

We know that everyone feels differently about returning to multisport activity and events as restrictions ease, so we want to let you know the measures that we’re putting in place to help make AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds a Covid-Secure event.  

The safety of everyone attending the event and making sure you have a great time with us are our key aims, so it will look a bit different to normal but it’ll be the same great experience.  

There will be more information in the athlete guides sent out to participants in May, but here’s an overview of what you can expect in the build up to and whilst you’re with us in Leeds. 

The first point to note is that the start and finish to all races will be in Roundhay Park, helping us to make a Covid-Secure event arena in and around the park. Access to the arena will be strictly controlled. 

There are a few extra steps before you can actually get into the water this year to allow us to be Covid-Secure. Firstly, you’ll need to complete a health declaration and sign our code of conduct which we’ll send out to you in the week of the event. 

Secondly, when you arrive at the event, you’ll need to present the QR code that you receive when entering. This will only become active to allow you to enter the site once you’ve completed your health declaration and code of conduct. Once you’re in, one of our volunteers will direct you to have your temperature checked. 

Participants and any spectators, as well as event staff and volunteers, will have their temperature checked to make sure it’s where it should be before they can pass through to registration. We’re also trying to make the event as contact-free as possible, with QR codes used for access and registration, and increased hygiene measures in place on touchpoints around the venue. 

If your temperature is where it should be, then you’ll be directed onto registration and from there it’s into the usual flow of racking your bike and heading down to the start 10 minutes before your start time which we’ll let you know on 21 May.  

We’ve all got used to social distancing and mask wearing over the last 12 months and they’ll also be in place throughout the event. We strongly recommend that you wear a mask around the event site and we’ll be wearing them too. You’ll also notice there’s more space around and that you’ll have a time-trial start to help with social distancing.  

What does this mean? Well, rather than starting off in a big group, you’ll form socially distant queues in your waves and be set off one by one with a small gap to the person in front of you and the person behind you, giving you an extra bit of room whilst out on the course. 

When you’ve finished your race you’ll then either have the choice to stay in the park for the elite action on the day of your race or be asked to make your way to the exit. This will be dependent on whether or not spectators are permitted by the UK Government which should be the case providing that the roadmap is followed. 

To allow you to share the experience of AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds, we’re offering all participants the opportunity to register to bring a plus one.  

They’ll be an extra support for you and an added safety precaution as you’ll have someone on site specifically for you. If spectators are allowed, they’ll also be able to stay with you to watch the elite action in the afternoon of your race 

For more information about how to register for a plus one and on general spectating, view our dedicated blog here.  

Woman on a bike cycling through Roundhay Park in Leeds