August 14, 2012, 10:36 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- All sporting eyes will be on Richmond Park in Surry on 9 September as the world's biggest duathlon returns to the south London park. Event organisers have also announced a new distance for 2012, Classic 55k, comprised of a 10km run, 40km bike followed by a second 5km run. This is in addition to the Challenge, Run and Ultra distances as well as events for women and children.
Aside from 1,750 amateur participants there will be an equal number of elite athletes sure to put on an amazing display of speed and endurance. This double distance event is also open to teams to compete as a rely. On the day Richmond Park will be closed to traffic offering athletes of all levels a safe, secure and beautiful location in which to compete.
A Competitor Village will contain triathlon specific retail outlets, drinks sampling, catering and all kinds of installations and shopping experiences.
Racing starts in the morning and will be staggered in groups throughout the day. Limited parking is provided at Richmond Park Golf Club from £7.50 but LondonTown.com, the number one Internet site for London , suggests staying close to Richmond Park and walking, or better still jogging or cycling to the event as a warm up.
It has a range of hotels in London on offer this year including Richmond Hill Hotel, which is just 15 minutes from the London Duathlon venue. This four-star property is housed in a beautiful 17 th century Grade II listed Georgian Manor House. Overlooking the River Thames and boasting a luxurious and sumptuous interior, the Richmond Hill Hotel is the ideal place to relax after a hard day of running and cycling. Room rates start at £63 per night thanks to exclusive discounts secured by LondonTown.com,.
Another discounted option from LondonTown.com is the Bingham. A luxury, four-star Georgian townhouse hotel located between the Thames and Richmond Park, the Bingham comes packed full of original features including ornate chandeliers, log fires and Art-Deco touches.