Safety Cover at the London Triathlon by Jim Duffy

The 7th and 8th August witnessed the largest triathlon in the world return to London for its 22nd year and Swim Safety provided the water safety crew of over fifty who supervised the swimming event at the iconic Royal Victoria Dock. Four members of Liverpool Canoe Club were part of the water safety team.The weather was challenging with persistent rain on the Saturday, a suspension of the swim course due to a lightening threat and strong winds. The rain and strong winds continued in the Sunday.

The London Triathlon hosted 10,200 triathletes who swam, ran and cycled to raise money for charity, with some of the city’s most iconic landmarks serving as their backdrop. Estimates suggest that some 30,000 spectators provided support and encouragement for the determined athletes.This year, the money raised will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support.All competitors swam in the Royal Victoria Dock and ran around the London Docklands. The bike route varied depending on the day and distance chosen.The races all started at the ExCeL Centre, Royal Victoria Dock and each will follow a slightly varied route across central London.The length of the triathlon route depended on which event the athletes took part in:

• Olympic – Saturday & Sunday: Swim 1500km, Bike 40km, Run 10km

• Olympic Plus – Sunday: Swim 1500km, Bike 80km, Run 10km•

Olympic Team Relay – Saturday: Swim 1500km, Bike 40km, Run 10km

• Sprint – Saturday & Sunday: Swim 750km, Bike 20km, Run 5km

• Sprint Team Relay – Saturday: Swim 750m, Bike 20km, Run 5km

• Super Sprint – Saturday: Swim 400km, Bike 10km, Run 2.5km

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