Leading UK mass participation events company Human Race, has announced that first time triathletes will be grouped together in a ‘Novice’ wave in the Diamond Triathlon at Eton Dorney on 23 September 2012.
After a summer in which Great Britain was inspired and sports clubs and events throughout the UK have announced record numbers of newcomers, the decision has been made in order to ‘offer the most welcoming and unintimidating environment for newcomers to the sport.’
New triathletes in the Novice wave will be able to benefit from an extended event briefing in which the Human Race team will run through more detailed information about safety, rules and regulations as well as offering motivation and encouragement.
The event supported by Olympic legend, Daley Thompson, has been designed to give people of all abilities the opportunity to get involved in the UK’s fastest growing mass participation sport. The day’s schedule will incorporate a wide mix of distances from Sprint to Olympic, a Team Relay as well as Scootathlon events for children aged four to eight, which involves a 390m scoot, 390m bike and 250m run.
The mix of age groups and distances will allow for experienced athlete’s to enjoy a competitive day whilst also encouraging friends and family to come and complete an achievable event for themselves; making this an event for the entire family.
What’s more, taking place in the 2012 Olympic venue Eton Dorney and so close to the home of the Royal Family in Windsor, the event is seen as a perfect way to cap a Diamond Year for Great Britain.
The first timers’ triathlon will consist of a 200m swim, 5.3K bike and 2.5K run. The open water swim is relatively short, but still enough of a challenge for anyone new to swimming out in the open water. The bike is on roads closed to traffic, so competitors will be safe as they make their way round at their own pace. Finally, participants will complete a flat run that features some excellent vantage points for any spectators who want to encourage them through the final metres of their first triathlon.
Olympic Double Gold Medallist Daley Thompson said, “What an amazing year it has been for sport in the UK. Part of any Olympic legacy should be about getting people involved in sport. The Diamond Triathlon is the perfect platform for people to do this, with swimming, cycling and running at the heart of the Olympics and the wide range of distances on offer; I look forward to seeing you there!”
The event will also serve to raise funds for Daley’s chosen charity Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Laureus runs over 100 projects working with young people within the most deprived environments around the world to ‘harness the power of sport to promote social change’.
Human Race is the UK’s largest and most diverse mass participation events company; owning and delivering over 50 events in triathlon, cycling, running, duathlon and open water swimming for over 70,000 participants of all abilities and ages each year. The company’s portfolio of events includes 11 triathlons, nine cycling events, 10 running events, 7 open water swims, 6 kid’s events and one Festival of Sport.
As Human Race points out, these events bring together an active community of people taking part in sporting events for reasons ranging from fitness, competition, charity, health, fun or to simply finish. The participants vary from nervous first timers from 4 to 80 through to World Champions. Collectively, the events also raise millions of pounds for hundreds of charities.