The seafront of Roker will be the place to be on 20-21 August 2022 when Sunderland hosts the British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final during a weekend of swim, bike, run in the city.
Here’s everything you need to know about the event including how you can watch…
What is the British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final Sunderland?
The British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final is one of the biggest events in the domestic calendar, bringing together the best athletes from the sport’s performance pathway alongside the opportunity for the local community to experience swim, bike and run for the first time over the weekend.
Sunderland will see British champions crowned at Senior, Junior and Youth age groups as well as hosting the Inter Regional Championships for the best 11 to 14-year-olds from across the country as athletes race in both individual and the exciting mixed relay format with teams of two females and two males battling it out.
There’s a fantastic opportunity for families and adults who are new to swim, bike and run to take part in The BIG Swim Bike Run Family and The BIG Swim Bike Run Adult events on Sunday alongside the first ever super sprint triathlon qualifier for age group athletes wanting to represent the Great Britain Age-Group Team.
When and where is the event taking place?
Taking place during the weekend of 20-21 August 2022, the two-day event will be centred around Roker’s seafront, providing a stunning setting for a weekend full of swim, bike, run.
Both days are action-packed with the first races getting underway at 8am and opportunities to watch throughout each day with over 30 different races and events taking place across the two days.
Marine Walk will be at the heart of the action with the start, finish and transition areas all located on the Roker seafront, with many fantastic places to watch the racing unfold across the routes. Find out more about the route and places to watch here.
How can I watch?
It’s completely free to spectate around the route and enjoy the swim, bike, run action around Roker and the seafront.
The start and finish line will be located on Marine Walk, but spectators can watch from anywhere along the route with the spectator map available to view here.
Free parking for spectators is available at the Stadium of Light (SR5 1SU). Visitors can also get to the event using bus or metro services. Please visit: Bus timetables | nexus.org.uk for the latest information.
For a detailed map of the road closures please visit: one.network
What else will there be available to do?
There will be more to do than just spectate, with lots going on and things to enjoy beyond just watching the racing.
On Marine Walk, there will be activation stands for you to find out more about the world of swim, bike, run, and also your chance to collect an exclusive character on the new Swim Bike Run Adventure app (find out more here).
Roker Park will host an Active Sunderland Summer Family Fun session from 10am-2pm on both days including traditional games and sports activities for the whole family to enjoy, all free of charge.
Are more swim, bike, run events coming to Sunderland?
This is just the start for swim, bike, run in Sunderland with the city earmarked to host the World Triathlon Championship Series in 2023.
Swim, bike, run extends far beyond just the major events, with Sunderland City Council delivering a wider programme of activities based around swim, bike, run, offering a whole host of opportunities to get involved.
To find out more about the opportunities available, visit the Sunderland Swim Bike Run page here.
How can I get involved in swim, bike and run?
Find out more about taking your first steps into the world of swim, bike, run by visiting our get involved page here.
If you’re interested in getting started in paratriathlon, British Triathlon are holding a talent ID event on Sunday 11 September at Eton Dorney. More information can be found here.
For more information about the British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final, visit https://britishsuperseries.com/events/sunderland-grand-final/
Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “This is the first time the Super Series Grand Final has come to Sunderland.
“Whether you’re coming along to see elite athletes in action or to cheer on family and friends taking part in the BIG Family Swim Bike Run or individual Swim Bike Run on Sunday, the triathlon promises to be a brilliant day out for spectators and participants alike with an action-packed weekend of racing unfolding along the seafront at Roker.
“There really is something for everyone including free fun activities for families in Roker Park so I’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy this sporting spectacular along our beautiful seafront.”
Andy Salmon, British Triathlon CEO, said: “We’re really excited to bring the British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final to Sunderland this weekend for what promises to be a fantastic two-day celebration of swim, bike and run.
“What is brilliant about this event is it really will showcase the breadth of the sport; from The BIG Swim Bike Run Adult and Family events to the first ever super sprint age group qualifier to the championship races and exciting format of mixed relay showcasing the country’s next generation of triathlon talent.
“This is just the start for swim, bike and run in Sunderland with already lots of fantastic work and planning going on across the city, so I’d encourage as many people as possible to come down and experience it for themselves and see how swim, bike and run really does offer something for everyone.”