In 1983, the UK's first ever triathlon was held at the Kirton's Farm Water Sports Centre in Reading. The race attracted endurance athletes from Britain and abroad, attracted by the unique opportunity to compete over a 1-mile swim, 40-mile cycle and 13-mile run, all in one go.
In September 2010, triathlon returned to the venue, now the Tri2O Swim Centre, as athletes competed over “Sprint” (Swim 750metre / Cycle 14-mile/ Run 5km) and “Olympic” (Swim 1500m / Cycle 28mile/ Run 10km) distance courses. Over 500 athletes competed on a warm and sunny day and the revived event brought rave reviews from competitors, spectators and from the British Triathlon Federation.
This year, the Reading Triathlon is back once again and will be held on Sunday 11 September 2011.
The organisers, My Sporting Times, hope that this historic triathlon will appeal to both novice and experienced athletes alike with Sprint Distance, Olympic Distance and Olympic Distance Team races to choose from. The swim is in open water at the Tri2O Swim Centre. The bike course then takes athletes through the beautiful and gently undulating Berkshire countryside and finally the run course takes athletes around the Tri2O lake to finish in front of the spectacular Copthorne Hotel.
The multi-lap courses also provide plenty of opportunities for family and friends to watch the action.
Prizes will be awarded to the fastest finishers and every competitor will receive a Reading Triathlon Finishers Medal and T-Shirt.
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