Tri Liverpool takes place on Sunday 26 July and will see 1,500 entrants swim, cycle and run past some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Thousands of spectators are expected to descend on North West England to witness the second of three races in the British Triathlon Super Series alongside age-group competitors, sprint and beginner distance entrants.
Jon Ridgeon, British Triathlon Director for Major and National events, said “Tri Liverpool is back; bigger and better than ever before with this year’s start line welcoming more first-time triathletes. The excitement and anticipation is building for what promises to be an incredible event for both those taking part, and those watching the fast paced action.”
Elite athletes including last years runner up Sophie Coldwell and elite male David Bishop will look to score valuable points in the second of the three races in the British Triathlon Super Series. 2013 Tri Liverpool champions, Brendan Sexton and Emma Pallant will both race aiming to reclaim their titles in 2015.
Age-group competitors will tackle the Standard distance of 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Sprint distance entrants will complete a 750m swim, 20K bike and 5K run – whilst ‘record numbers of beginners’ will swim 400m, bike 10K and run 2.5K to the Echo Arena finish in Liverpool.
A release from the event organizers notes that Liverpool is proud to once again host a world-class sporting event against the backdrop of the city’s most historic and iconic landmarks. Spectators are encouraged to make their way to the waterfront and witness both elite athletes and age-group competitors race the course.
Tri Liverpool is billed as a fantastic experience for spectators; the nature of the course means that onlookers can view the athletes multiple times from the same viewing spot.
Albert Dock, The Strand and the transition area at The Echo Arena offer positions to watch all of the fast-paced action taking place. Famous faces to watch out for on the day include BBC Breakfast Presenter Louise Minchin (who recently qualified in her age-group to join the Great Britain Age-Group Team at the ITU World Championships in Chicago this September). UK TV show Hollyoaks has its stars Karl Collins (Louis Loveday) and Nicole Barber Lane (Myra McQueen) who will race along side former Big Brother winner Craig Phillips.
Standard distance competitors set off in waves from 07:00 BST; with the sprint distance from 10:30, and beginners from 11:00. Elite males will complete the sprint distance, setting off at 13:00, with elite females on the start line at 14:30.
Those visiting Liverpool are advised where possible to use public transport. Car parking is available close to the Echo Arena at the QPark.