Go Tri Something New In Leeds!

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For some time now, momentum has been growing behind triathlon. As a city, Leeds is fast becoming a hub for the sport. The construction of world class facilities, the development of the grassroots Go Tri programme to encourage new people into the sport and the success of the regions athletes all playing a significant part.

Take a look at what Go Tri has to offer in Leeds:

Go Tri Something New- Ladies beginner cycling sessions in New Wortley

Go Tri blog image 1  These sessions take place at New Wortley community centre and are targeted at beginners or those who would like to build up their confidence on a bike.

The group attending were all largely local to the Armley/ Bramley area. One lady hadn’t ridden a bike before and was a total beginner- she was keen to learn, so she was able to go out on rides with her partner. Other’s hadn’t been out on a bike for a few years and some were fairly confident riders. The ride leaders had to be really flexible in their approach to the sessions in order to accommodate all abilities.

With the support of British Triathlon we were able to access more bikes for week two and we saw the numbers increase. Over the first three weeks we’ve supported three none riders to successfully complete short rides, we’ve had women turn up with others having spoken positively about the session with their peers and you can already see the group forming friendships.

Go Tri blog image 2 Participants discussed signing up for the city ride in September and also a couple arranged to get together to the session on Monday nights at the Brownlee centre. The programme has already proved a hit with local women and with the excellent guidance from the ride leaders, introducing them to a range of different routes within easy reach of their community, the sessions are going from strength to strength.

To find out how you can get involved and for more information, visit: http://active.leeds.gov.uk/communitysport/Pages/Triathlon.aspx 

World Triathlon Series Leeds 2017

Go Tri blog image 3.png On the 10th and 11th of June, the World Triathlon Series was back in town for a second time. The event was bigger and better than before. The event village in Roundhay park went down a storm. Activity challenges, a big screen, event stalls and the odd freebie all helping to create a real family atmosphere.

Across the Leeds, in the city centre, people lined the streets to cheer on the elite and amateur athletes alike around the famous blue carpet finish in Millennium Square. Triathlon mania had definitely set in!

As the sun shone on the Sunday afternoon, some of the world’s best athletes descended on Roundhay park to tackle the unique challenge that Leeds offers. But before they’d even tipped their toes into the (Cold!) water, something extraordinary had already taken place.Go Tri blog image 5Over the course of the weekend people had come in their thousands to take on the triathlon challenge for themselves. Some were experienced triathletes, some were as young as 11 years old, some were para-triathletes, some had never been swimming in open water before and some were taking part in their first triathlon! It was quite a sight. Wave after wave of people of all ages and abilities swam, cycled and ran their hearts out. Some out to set a personal best, others just set out to finish.

Go Tri blog image 4  For some time now, momentum has been growing behind triathlon. As a city, Leeds is fast becoming a hub for the sport. The construction of world class facilities, the development of the grassroots Go Tri programme to encourage new people into the sport and the success of the region’s elite athletes all playing a significant part.

Come and be a part of it and Tri something New!

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Rothwell Go Tri & Junior Races

Leeds City Council, Run Leeds and British Triathlon partnered up to deliver a fantastic Triathlon event in Rothwell…

Now in its second year the Rothwell Triathlon proved an overwhelming success with the sun shining and smiles on the faces of many young people and adults taking part in Triathlon, for the very first time . Having experienced the elite racers with the likes of the Brownlee Brothers (Leeds) and Jessica Learmonth (Leeds) all competing in the World Series in June around the streets of Leeds, it was a great chance to try the sport in a fun, safe, environment locally.

The event (Triathlon) funded in part by Leeds City Councils Community committee (Outer South) saw three quality races on the day split into three age categories-

  • 7 – 10 years – 50m Swim – 800m Cycle – 400m Run
  • 10 – 14 years – 100m Swim – 3k Cycle – 1k Run
  • 14 years plus and adults (GO – Tri) – 200m Swim – 5k Cycle – 3k Run

Impressive is an understatement for some of the performances on the day, with some real potential on show with guts and determination all round to get the course completed, on what turn out to be a very hot day in Leeds.  A special mention goes to Abigail Harvey who won both the small Triathlon and the Junior Triathlon (amazing stuff!). In the GO TRI event Rob O’brien broke the course record to finish in an impressive 31m 12secs which was made even more remarkable by the fact he had a mechanical issue on the bike course.

Ben Fraser from Run Leeds commented,

“The youngsters dedicated themselves to all 3 parts of the Triathlon and didn’t let up trying their best at any point. With the run being the last challenge there was always the risk of the runners tiring but the youngsters maintained the big smiles on their faces and powered through – it was great to see so much enjoyment was clearly had!”

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Race results are below:

Small Triathlon

Position Name Time Age
1 Abigail Harvey 6m 21secs 9
2 George Harvey 7mins 32secs 8
3 Charlie Pettigrew 7mins 54secs 10
4 George Painter 8mins 08secs 9
5 Martha Marjoram 8m 10secs 8
6 Finlay McNamara 8m 12secs 8
7 Rowan Lunn 8m 13secs 8
8 Nick Fish 8m 45secs 8
9 Amy Painter 8m 50secs 9
10 Daisy McNamara 8m 52secs 10
11 Josh Turton 9m 16secs 9
12 Abigail Hickman 10m 1secs 8
13 Oliver Mooney 10m 44secs 9
14 Bronwen Mansfield 11m 03secs 8
15 George Kilner 11m 55secs 9
16 Eliza Marjoram 12m 41secs 8

 

Junior Triathlon

Position Name Time Age
1 Abigail Harvey 15m 05secs 9
2 Martha Marjoram 19m 58secs 8
3 Liam Wilson 20m 30secs 10
4 Blossom Tolhurst 20m 55secs 10
5 Morgan Farquharson 21m 21secs 10
6 Jamie Farquaharson 21m 23secs 9
7 George Kilner 23m 37 secs 10

 

Go Tri Race

Position Name Time Age
1 Rob Obrien 31m 12secs  
2 Richard Middleton 36m 32secs  
3 Robert Greaves 36m 39secs  
4 Colin Render 36m 56secs  
5 Bianca Mooney 38m 43secs  

As part of the Triathlon project we run a Satellite Triathlon training group that meets each and every Tuesday at Rothwell Leisure Centre at 3.30pm and incorporates a Run, Studio Cycle and Pool based swim.

We also run the GO TRI project which introduces adults 14 plus to Triathlon more details here –  http://active.leeds.gov.uk/communitysport/Pages/Triathlon.aspx

Any enquiries about this blog should be directed to Neil Jones, Active Sports Officer – 0113 395 0186, neil.jones@leeds.gov.uk

Go Tri Something New at Fearnville Leisure Centre

On June 2nd 2016 Fearnville Leisure Centre hosted its first Go-Tri event, a multi-sport activity for beginner triathletes. Put on in partnership between Leeds City Council and British Triathlon the event brought together people from across Leeds on what was a beautiful summers evening to take part in a 200m swim, a 2.5km cycle and a 1km run, one after the other in the style of a real triathlon.

Participants were welcomed by Francis Riley and Matt Paxton from Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club. The two explained to the curious but enthusiastic group of men and women the layout of the professionally devised course before the group embarked on what was, for many of them, their first experience of triathlon. Fearnville is a very natural fitting for such activities. The route and transitions, despite the distances not quite matching those of an Olympic triathlon gave participants a really good sense of how the sport works.

Everyone achieved great things, both finishing with very admirable times but more importantly turning up and taking part. It’s never easy to subject yourself to such intense exercise but everyone who took part in Go-Tri Something New @ Fearnville did so with smiles on their faces. Well done guys, we’ll keep you posted with upcoming events and hope to see you competing at bigger events in the future.

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