Liverpool

About 2,000 entrants take part in Liverpool triathlon

Three Graces
Image caption The athletes finished outside the Echo Arena by the Three Graces

Thousands of competitors descended on Liverpool to battle it out in scorching temperatures in the city's triathlon.

Main roads across the city had to be closed as participants swam in the docks, cycled and ran along the Strand, Upper Parliament Street and past the Three Graces.

It is the second year Liverpool has hosted the event.

Local athlete Andrew Satchwell paid tribute to the organisers and described the atmosphere as "superb".

The winner is yet to be announced as the race organisers gather all the times from the different events.

Mr Satchwell said the race was "blisteringly hot" but had a "brilliant atmosphere".

"It was so well organised, there wasn't a hitch at all and there was at least 2,000 of us changing from water to bike to running," he said.

"The atmosphere was superb and we had so many people cheering us on, which is what you need after such a long slog.

"I timed myself in at two hours and 35 minutes - I was really pleased and it made the hours and hours of training seem worth it."

The triathlon competitors had to do a 1.5km (0.9miles) swim, 40km (24.8miles) ride and 10km (6.21miles) run before crossing the finish line by the Echo Arena on the waterfront.

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