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Mad March Triathlon
Consisting of a 250m swim, 16km cycle and 5km run, this short course provides a great way to ease back into triathlons after the winter break and is perfect for beginners and those who’ve never entered a triathlon before. Prizes will be awarded on the day for the top three places, while all finishers will receive a goody bag for their efforts. Children’s events commence after the adult race, so if you’ve got tri-loving kids, bring them along.
Red Bull Mini Velodrome
Bethnal Green, London
Red Bull continues its trend of adding twists to competitive sports with this mental version of indoor track cycling. Open qualifiers will take place on day one, with the 100 best times going through to the next day’s finals where they’ll race head to head. The technically challenging track is just 25m long and 1.8m wide and has been built to Olympic dimensions by the team who created the velodrome for the Atlanta Olympics. No experience is required – just a fixed-gear bike with no brakes – but be warned, last year’s riders reached speeds of up to 80km/h.
The Wee Triathlon
Lochaber Leisure Centre, Fort William, Scotland
The Wee Triathlon is designed specifically for newcomers to the sport. The stages are separated so you can concentrate on getting quick times for each event with no fear of tricky transitions. The day kicks off with a 400m swim (in a swimming pool), followed by a 16km off-road cycle and 5km road/trail run. The times for each stage are recorded and used to stagger start times for the next event.
Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile
With the option to run one, three or six miles (1.6, 4.8 or 9.7km), this event should be a piece of cake for any MF reader - but that’s not the point. By taking part you’ll be supporting Sport Relief and the myriad British sports organisations and charities that depend on their money to keep going. Having said that, there’s no reason why you can’t try and smash your PB, or even go for the famed four-minute mile.
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