On 14-16 September 2012, the UK’s first Festival of Sport kicks off – held in Mount’s Bay, in picturesque West Cornwall. The three-day annual festival will be based upon core sports including triathlons, cyclosportives, beach runs, and open water swimming.
The Human Race Festival of Sport Triathlon will take place on the morning of Sunday 16 September. There will be Sprint, Olympic and Half Iron distances to choose from, all featuring ‘world class event management’ and a range of additional services including; electronic chip timing, well-stocked feed stations, finish line filming, photography, medals, mechanical support, secure bike storage and more.
The Half Iron is the most challenging triathlon distance available at the festival, featuring a 1.9K open water swim, 90K bike ride and 20K run. The event offers participants the chance to top up endurance credentials whilst also enjoying the dramatic Cornish coastline.
The 1.9K swim starts from the picturesque Mount’s Bay beach. The course will take swimmers out towards the famous St Michael’s Mount, before turning west towards Penzance across Mount’s Bay. The turning point will then take participants back towards the beach, where they will exit the sea via the slipway. Transition will be located within the festival hub to ensure that spectators can cheer on competitors during each of the three disciplines.
Participants will then take to their bikes to tackle the 90K ride, which explores the stunning scenery of rural Cornwall. Initially heading west from Marazion, cyclists will travel along the Cornish coastline for a few kilometres. The route includes a 45K loop, which participants will complete twice. On reaching Trevarrack, the loop cuts inland and north, taking riders cross-country towards the small seaside town of St Ives.
On reaching the north coast of Cornwall cyclists head west, following the stunning coastal road towards Pendeen. The route then heads back towards Trevarrack and then onto Marazion for the final transition.
The final 20K run takes runners along the coastal road through the picturesque town of Marazion. Runners will complete four laps of the undulating course, which contains one short nasty climb to test tired legs. Residents and fellow festivalgoers will be out in force to cheer participants through the final kilometres and past the finishing straight in front of St Michael’s Mount, where participants can retire for the evening in front of live music and entertainment.
Festival of Sport ambassador James Golding will be taking part in the event. “I’m really looking forward to the Festival of Sport,” said Golding, who is a cancer survivor and all-round challenge cyclist. He continued, “It is an event you can involve your family and friends in, whether you want to spend the weekend on the beach, or spend the whole weekend exercising to see how far your limits will take you.”
Golding is encouraging individuals to take part in the Wings for Life Triple Challenge, which requires participants to complete events in three of the festival’s four core sports (triathlon, sportives, open water swims, and beach runs).
“If you’re capable of doing one event you are capable doing two and if you’re doing two events you might as well do three, in for a penny in for a pound. It gives you another angle to see where your boundaries are and how far you can go to with it. I would urge participants to take up the challenge because you’re not going to get a better place, or event, or group of people to be in that position with.”
Alongside the main sporting activities, the Festival of Sport will deliver entertainment for both participants and visitors alike. Highlights will include live music and entertainment, including, Cornish rock band, Reef, as the headline act. There will also be locally sourced food by Jamie Oliver Fabulous Feasts; a beer tent and bar by Cornwall’s award-winning independent family brewers, St Austell Brewery; a Sporting Expo and athlete seminars.
Festival passes, which allow people to come and enjoy the festivities, are also available.