First ever Hull triathlon to be held this summer

Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by KCFM

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The event in July will see hundreds of athletes run, swim and cycle around the city centre.

The organisers of Hull’s first ever triathlon hope that this summer’s event could eventually become a qualifier for the European and world championships.

Events co-ordinator Graeme Wrightson says it’ll be a scenic route:

“The swim’s going to be within Princess Dock. The athletes will get out, get on their bikes and that’s a multi-lap route which takes them around the city, around Queens gardens and then they’re back for a run which takes them all the way around the marina, past The Deep, over Myton Bridge. So it’s a good scenic route.”

He says the Tour de Yorkshire has helped boost their athletic numbers:

“We’re lucky to have a big influx of cyclists at the moment, people are really wanting to get out there and get on their bikes; And the same with running. The Park Runs, they’re encouraging people to get their running trainers on. So most of our athletes come to us with a cycling and running background. It’s usually the swimming that’s the weakness.”

But Graeme believes Hull is slightly behind when it comes to hosting sport events and this needs to change:

“If we look at all the other major cities, they’ve all got marathons, they’ve got half marathons, they’ve got triathlons and sporting events which are already quite established and Hull seems to be just taking notice. With the City of Culture, I think people are now saying, ‘Yeah, we want these events’.”

He thinks Hull has lots of potential to host similar sports events in the future:

“It’s nice and flat, so it opens it up to not being too difficult a race, there isn’t going to be any big hills. We’ve got some great locations for swimming. We’ve got a great link to the continent so we’re hoping people will hop on the ferry and come and race here.”

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Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by KCFM

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