Around 55,000 spectators are estimated to have watched the action on Saturday and Sunday, which included Sprint-Tri, Super Sprint, Olympic and Olympic Plus distances, with 80km bike rides taking in Billingsgate and scenic central London all the way to Westminster.
Sir Richard Branson (well, of course) and dozens of other celebrities took part in the event, which also saw the culmination of the British Triathlon Super Series.
“I think I broke the rules, not sure I should have swum backstroke but it was good to have got around.” - Richard BransonThe weekend saw participants from 36 countries, ranging in age from 14 to 75, swimming, cycling and running through the heart of London.
Sadly I did not compete, even in the short 'Sprint' Triathlon, but as a very keen cyclist, I was pleased to be part of a Marshalling and Stewarding Team mainly concentrating in the bike Checking, Racking and Transition Zones. Exhausting, but good fun.
|Calm before the storm|
Saturday 8 a.m. and the event was busy right from the gun. All day through to close, the Transition area was packed with competitors either racking in preparation for later Saturday or Sunday, others starting off on their events, and others exhaustingly collecting their items from transition after completing their Tri.
|Mens Elite get a red carpet|
The Mens Elite Race was won by Britain's Ritchie Nicholls in an excellent 1:45:37 and a Brit also won the Womens Elite race, Jodie Stimpson setting a time of 1:56:48. You can read a full report of the 'Elite' races here, but just like the London Marathon, it's just as much about the amateurs, the charity competitors, the madcaps and the first-timers. All those results are here.
I didn't actually get a lot of time to watch the competing - too busy - but I'll catch up with it when Channel 4 show their program at 7am on Sunday August 14th (stupid time to schedule it)
|Full racks on Saturday|
Still, a smile from Nell McAndrew made up even for that.