Sutton Park

Sutton Park

Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

About Sutton Park

Sutton Park was selected as the ideal venue for the Triathlon and Para Triathlon events with Powell’s Pool, the park and local roads providing the ideal topography required to host the three triathlon disciplines.

Located six miles north of the city centre, the park is a 2,400-acre national nature reserve and is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. It is also designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

At 28 acres, Powell’s Pool is the biggest of seven lakes at the park and was originally created in 1730.

The recreational use of Sutton Park started in the 19th century with two horse racing courses created while a 18-hole golf course was set up in 1889.

The park has open heathland, woodlands, seven lakes, wetlands, and marshes - each with its own rich variety of plants and wildlife, some rarely seen in the region. Cattle and wild ponies also graze on the land.

Accessibility: We will have a range of temporary accessible facilities on site. With limited hard standing pathways, areas of the park may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or wheelchair and mobility scooter users.

What to expect

Combining swimming, cycling and running, Triathlon is a true test of fitness, tactics and endurance.

Athletes will jostle for position in the open water, transition to the bike for an arduous cycling leg, then they switch to running for the final discipline.

Alongside the men’s and women’s races there is a mixed relay and two Para triathlon competitions. At Birmingham 2022 the Para events are for PTVI athletes, a classification for athletes with a visual impairment.

In addition to the sport there will be plenty to see and do at the venue. You can take part in our ‘have a go’ activities and maybe even meet an athlete or Perry the Bull, Birmingham 2022’s official mascot.

About the area - What to do and where to stay

The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield is one of the leafiest places in which to live in the UK. Excluding private gardens, more than half of the Town’s total land area is greenspace. Sutton Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe at almost 10km2, accounts for around 17% of this total but there are many other important green spaces in the Town.

Woodland and trees are an important feature of the Town’s landscape and Sutton Coldfield is home to over half a million trees: more than five for every person living in the local area.

The town centre has a significant concentration of retail and other businesses, including the Gracechurch Centre and the Red Rose Centre. There is also a range of other bustling local areas within the town boundaries and the town is well connected with good access to the motorway network and a frequent rail service on the line which runs between Birmingham city centre and Lichfield.  

To find out more about what is on in the local area, please visit: whatsonsuttoncoldfield.co.uk  

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28 July - 8 August 2022

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