Strathclyde Country Park, the triathlon venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be hosting the opening leg of the 2010 British Triathlon Super Series on Sunday 23 May, and to launch the event former British and Scottish endurance runner Yvonne Murray was joined by Elite Scottish triathlete Kerry Lang, and Scottish Triathlon Junior Squad athletes Gavin Alexander and Cliona Ferguson, for a triathlon master-class in Strathclyde Country Park today.
Murray, who won gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and Olympic bronze in the 1988 Seoul Games, will be coming out of retirement to participate in the Strathclyde Park Triathlon Novice race on the 23 May as part of a relay team which will be known as Team Murray. The remaining places will be taken by journalists.
“I am delighted to be here in Strathclyde Country Park today helping to launch the first leg of the British Triathlon Super Series. It is fantastic that all the athletes, whether Elite or Novice, will get the opportunity to compete at the triathlon venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games."
Over 100 Elite athletes will complete in the British Triathlon Super Series event, which will also see the race hold ITU Triathlon European Cup status and signifies the first ever ITU Triathlon European Cup event to be held in Scotland. In addition to the Elite athletes, there will be hundreds of Age Group athletes competing in two distances; Novice - 300m swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run and Sprint - 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “The mass participation element of the first leg of the British Triathlon Super Series at Strathclyde Park will showcase the venue’s sensational landscape and impressive facilities to a whole new audience of amateur triathlete.
“This is a rare opportunity for enthusiastic Novices to race alongside the world’s best athletes in their field at what will be the triathlon venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This leg of the Super Series also has the added kudos of being an ITU Triathlon European Cup event, which will ensure the competition has a fantastic support and an impressive turnout of spectators.”