Sun City Triathlon: When is it and how you can enter

Athletes make a dash for the sea at a previous Suncity Triathlon.
Athletes make a dash for the sea at a previous Suncity Triathlon.
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Sunderland’s seafront will be showcased as competitors battle it out to be crowned the city’s triathlon champ.

Suncity Triathlon Club will host the event, which will launch from Seaburn with a 750 metre swim in the sea, before completing a 20km course which takes them from the Marriot Hotel to the National Glass Centre four times, with the final stage a 5k run to Roker Park and then back to the finishing line.

A 20km bike ride is part of the Suncity Triathlon.

A 20km bike ride is part of the Suncity Triathlon.

Around 100 competitors are expected to take part in the event, which has been running for around a decade.

Event organiser Simon Reynolds said: “Some triathlons use a pool, but this is a bit more of a challenge because it’s in the sea.

“It’s quite a picturesque course and it’s nice to showcase our seafront.

“I think that brings in people.”

It’s quite a picturesque course and it’s nice to showcase our seafront.

Simon Reynolds

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, August 13, with the build up to start at 7am and the event to launch at 7.30am, with people welcome to line the streets to cheer on the athletes.

Coffee and refreshments will be available and a race commentary will be made throughout to help spectators keep up with the race.

The fastest in the group are expected to cross the finish in around one hour and 10 minutes, but the club has said people will still be there to ensure every competitor is clapped over the finishing line.

Entry is £34, but is cheaper for members of the British Triathlon Federation.

The club also holds a duathlon, where people run 5k, cycle 20k and then run a further 5k, each spring.

More information can be found via the Suncitytri Facebook page or its site, http://suncitytri.co.uk/