With the sport of triathlon becoming increasingly popular, in 2000 Greater Manchester’s councils created a role for a Triathlon Development Officer who would encourage the sport at a grass roots level in schools and the community. The interest was incredible and it was from here that the Millennium Waterfronts Triathlon was born.
The MWT combined the north west regional championships and national championships for under 21’s – with 500 people competing for the titles, including famous names such as Richard Allen, Richard Stannard, and Jodie Swallow.
The success of that first event was proved when Salford won the right to hold the National Triathlon Championships in 2001 – attracting 1,000 competitors from all over the world – including a host of big names for the elite races such as Simon Whitfield and Leanda Cave.
Those national championships also proved to be an important rehearsal for the Triathlon events at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester which ran over the now tried and tested course. Over 100,000 spectators lined the route to view one of the few free Games events in the UK and the atmosphere they created was amazing as Simon Whitfield and Carol Montgomery raced to gold!
A legacy of the Commonwealth Games event was the awarding of a leg of the 2003 World Cup to Salford. Further successful events in the following years allowed Salford City Council to bid to host the 2010 ITU Triathlon World Championships. The bid however was unsuccessful.
The event was not held since 2008 for a number of reasons including the major building work within MediaCityUK around the area used for transition.
After successful Triathlons in 2013,’14 and ’15 with over 2,000 competitors, Salford Triathlon has become a permanent fixture on the calander every year.