Young athletes will get the chance to compete at the same venue as Alistair Brownlee and Helen Jenkins in the British Youth and Junior Aquathlon Championships on Saturday 24 July, as part of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London.
The race will take place at the Olympic venue in London’s Hyde Park, providing aspiring British talent the opportunity to experience a unique race day atmosphere in front of thousands of spectators. Athletes will be aged from 15 to 16 in the Youth event and 17 to 19 in the Junior event. The race will take place prior to the Elite women’s event at approximately 11am.
The aquathlon begins with a 400m open water swim for Youths and 750m for Juniors in the historic Serpentine. Athletes then embark on a 2.5km run for Youths and 5km run for Juniors through Hyde Park, before finishing in full view of the grandstands and running down the same finishing straight as their sporting idols.
To enter the event visit: www.triathlon-wcs-london.org. All competing athletes must be a member of their Home Nation, Triathlon England, Welsh Triathlon or triathlonscotland. To find out how to join visit: www.britishtriathlon.org/join.
The event is part of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London, an event that plays host to some of the world’s great triathlon stars for two days on non-stop action.
The likes of Brownlee and Jenkins both aiming to take part, will also welcome thousands of Age Group athletes with both Sprint and Standard distance races available to enter. This year’s event will once again feature a paratriathlon race, with more details on how to enter available on www.britishtriathlon.org shortly.
Simon Mills, Performance Development Manager at British Triathlon is excited about the event commenting: “The British Youth and Junior Championships offer our aspiring young athletes the exciting opportunity to race at one of the biggest triathlon events of the year. It will be a great experience for the young athletes racing in a world class environment in front of a home crowd.. The event will also act as a catalyst to attract more young talented athletes into the sport and showcase triathlon to the wider British sporting public.”