I was lucky enough to be invited by the British Triathlon Federation, as part of my fellowship, to go and watch the Canary Wharf super sprint triathlon series this Thursday. What a superb event! 🙂
If you have not been to a triathlon before and have ever thought of going to see one then Canary Wharf is one to be recommended. Due to the way the course is laid out we got to see the swim go off in the docks, saw the whole swim and transition from one spot then walked about 100 yards to the edge of the cycle track to watch the 9 laps of the bike before the competitors entered transition again and then came out to run past us for their 2 lap run.
It was superbly put together, well presented and a great competition. There are the men’s and woman’s heats ahead of their final, so you get to see everything in one evening. There is also a corporate relay race in between, which was great fun too and led to me to wonder about the chances of putting together an MP team for 2012 if they would have us!
I also had a chance to meet the main sponsors for British Triathlon with GE and TATA being there to support. These two companies are putting a lot of time, money and effort into helping our fast growing sport to reach its full potential and I along with the growing throng of triathlon fans and competitors have a lot to thank them for, they are doing great work for our sport and our British team.
I was also able to meet some of the Board members of the BTF and in chatting to them was reminded of how passionate they are and just how much they put into their work to support and develop triathlon in the UK. With one recently transferring to Germany for work and yet still being back for events and meetings and our Chair being based in Switzerland but always back for events and meetings too, we should also appreciate just how much time and effort the whole triathlon family put in to ensure we have a safe, growing and popular well run sport.
The races themselves are just under 30 min long, as they re super sprint distances, so they are good fun to watch and not too long, so will keep the attention of the most wayward child too. I am looking forward to next year already whether I am there to view and support or compete. 😉