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: At this venue there is a mix of hard-standing pathways, trackway, and grass. The park outside of the ticketed spectator area may become muddy and wet in bad weather, which may not be suitable for wheelchair or mobility scooter users or those with limited mobility.