Saturday 27 December 2014

Ever wanted to... do the Salford Triathlon?

Published 17/06/2014 | 02:30

Competitors at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

With the popularity of triathlons increasing, it is not surprising to see growing interest and demand for more events to be held throughout the year

The Salford Triathlon was held for the first time in 2003 and ran until 2007, attracting thousands of entrants each year. It returned last year and was such a success it was decided to hold it again this August.

Distances offered include sprint and standard and you can enter as part of relay team. Lengths of the sprint race include a 750m swim, a 20km ride and a 5km run. Standard and relay team distances involve a 1.5km swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run.

The swim is in the world-class swimming facility of Dock 9, MediaCityUK. The water is regularly quality tested to ensure the highest standards are maintained. It also supplemented through oxygenation.

Participants complete either one or two laps of an anti-clockwise course well marked out with buoys. The temperature of the water is usually around 18°C.

The cycle section of the race starts with a 150m run to the transition area then three or six laps of a 6.7km loop.

Race entrants are brought through Trafford Park, past the set of Coronation Street, past the Imperial War Museum and under the shadows of the famous ground of Manchester United, Old Trafford.

The final leg is the run, which takes participants along the quays, Mariners Canal, Dock 9, the Lowry footbridge and finally up to the finish line in MediaCityUK.

The run, like the cycle, is flat throughout, meaning that fast times are often posted in this event, making it particularly attractive for those aiming to run PBs.

When

August 17

How to get there/ where to stay?

Manchester is an easily accessible city from Ireland. Return flights from Dublin in August currently sit at as little as €23. In terms of accommodation, there is an array to choose from. The official hotel partner of the race is the Holiday Inn, with prices as little as £49 per night. There are numerous other options, however, with plenty of guesthouses and hotels to choose from in the city.

Highs

Posting fast times due to the flat nature of the course

Lows

It can take a little while to thaw out after the swim as the water is quite cold

Contact

Web: www.salfordtriathlon.com

Email: info@salfordtriathlon.com

Twitter: @salfordtri

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