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Auckland World Sprint Qualifier filling fast

Entries for Eton Sprint Distance Tri selling out in record time

Whether it’s down to the buzz of the Olympic year, the first qualifier on the calendar for the World Age Group Sprint Triathlon is looking set to fill in record time.

The Eton Sprint Distance Triathlon on Sunday 20 May is part of the popular early-season Eton SuperSprints weekend taking place at Dorney Lake. According to John Lunt, MD of organisers Human Race, the Auckland Qualifier has seen a definite upsurge in demand.

The Eton SuperSprints event, traditionally used by experienced triathletes as an early season blast, is also a good barometer of new faces entering the sport with its accessible range of distances on offer.

Lunt believes the increase in interest is a good sign for triathlon in general. “In past years when the Eton SuperSprints has grown, we’ve seen triathlon in general increase in popularity and that’s only set to continue as the Olympics put triathlon right into the public eye.”

In 2012, this increase at the ‘beginner’ level of the sport has been followed by a similar swell in the number of people looking to represent their country at the World Age Group Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.

To find out more about the Eton Sprint Distance Auckland Qualifier and the Eton SuperSprints weekend in general visit www.humanrace.co.uk

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.