More than one thousand athletes swam, biked and ran their way around Hove Lawns during Brighton and Hove's newest and biggest triathlon event. The weekend started early for The Physio Rooms team, arriving on site to get set up for the following day.
Saturday brought big crowds with lots of taping, pre-event treatments and advice being given. As Saturday progressed the weather closed in and by evening time we had big winds, rain and and an angry looking sea. Josie, Lisa and the rest of the organising team had a sleepless night hoping for better weather conditions to allow the Triathlon go ahead in the morning. Sunday morning came and so did the sunshine! Blue skys and a calm sea greeted us at 06:30 on Sunday morning. The first competitors were off at 07:00 with races starting every 30 minutes for next few hours.
What an inspiring event this turned out to be! Huge crowds of people lined the streets to watch and cheer on the competitors. We saw a huge variety of competitors young and old, experienced and newbies as well as the awe inspiring athletes with disabilities. We tended and looked after those who were unfortunate enough to pick up an injury and provided some sports massage for those who had pushed themselves a bit to far while competing. We were kept very busy looking after athletes until mid afternoon.
Once things quietened on the athlete front we continued to give advice and speak with the rest of the 20,000 people who attended the event. We demonstrated our new Motion Guidance Kit which was fun and challenging. We also managed to try a few of the other exhibitor's displays. The Underground 30cal assault bike challenge was particularly tough and I think we have some work to do before we can manage a Barmob muscle up! We also loved the other have-a-go activities which included a real snow ski and snowboard slope, climbing wall, netball court, yoga tent, segway adventure and a range of sports coaching including football, cricket, rugby and even Harry Potter style Quidditch!
The event raised thousands of pounds for its official charities; Bloodwise, Breast Cancer Care, Albion in the Community and Rockinghorse, the fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, which also supports the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.
All-in-all what a great success the inaugural Brighton Triathlon and Sport and Fitness show was! There was something for all the family to enjoy with lots of new health and exercise activities and great healthy food stands to choose from. We got to treat and meet lots of new people as well as catch up with a lot of old friends. Look out for us there again next year for sure!