Liverpool to host major triathlon...
world famous waterfront is to be the stunning location for a
high-profile triathlon this summer. Around 1000 people are
expected to take part in the inaugural event, which will be based at
ECHO Arena and BT Convention Centre at Kings Waterfront and use the
city’s most famous locations as the route for the swimming, cycling
and running events.
It will be open to people of all abilities – ranging from
experienced national athletes through to novices. It will be
one of the few Triathlons able to offer a safe location and correct
distances for a children’s event, and the city council and the
organisers are hoping to encourage athletes with a disability to
As well as Olympic Distance races – 1.5k swim, 40k bike ride and 10k
run - there will also be a sprint and super sprint for people who
prefer shorter distances. The event will encourage families
and work colleagues to enter teams where one does the swim, one the
bike and one the run, handing the timing chip over as a “baton”.
It is being organised by Mass Participation Events in partnership
with Liverpool City Council and will take place on Sunday June 21,
Council leader Warren Bradley said:- “We are absolutely
determined to build upon the massive success of our year as European
Capital of Culture by continuing to host major top quality events.
The aim is to turn this into an annual event which is part of
Liverpool’s cultural calendar, and grows to become one of the best
in the country. The Albert Dock is one of the city’s best
known landmarks, and is a fantastic location to hold this event.
This a chance for participants to compete in a truly iconic
location, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd of local people to
give them a rousing Liverpool welcome. I would encourage
people to get together with their families and workmates to enter
the Triathlon and use their training as a way to get fit.
Liverpool has an unrivalled track record as a city which can put on
top quality sporting events, and this is yet another for us to add
to our amazing portfolio.”
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of Mass Participation Events,
said:- “As a company we are delighted to be creating and
organising this 'flagship event' for triathlon in the North West.
Having been closely involved in the development of the London
Triathlon into the largest triathlon in the world, and developed
triathlons from scratch in Sweden and Spain, I am excited about the
long term potential for this iconic event.
We have an experienced team in place to ensure that the Liverpool
Triathlon is second to none in terms of enjoyment and safety for
all. I look forward to being overwhelmed by the response of
participants from the North West and the rest of Britain as I
believe it will become a 'must-do' event. The Capital of
Culture status last year has given the people of Liverpool a thirst
for major events and a pride in their city which we hope to
strengthen. There is definitely a 'can-do' atmosphere in the city
and the Liverpool Triathlon is certainly a 'can-do' event for
It is expected that many of those who take part will be raising
money for local charities, and every competitor will receive a
medal. People who wish to enter the event can log on to:-
British Gas 1st to announce gas price cuts for over 7.5 million
today announced it will cut gas prices by 10% from 19 February 2009. The reduction will apply to all customers on British Gas’ standard
tariff, benefiting more than 7.5 million homes. The price cut,
which will save customers £79 on the average annual household gas
bill, is the 1st standard gas tariff cut by a major energy supplier
Managing Director, Phil Bentley, said:- “We’re very pleased to
be able to announce this price cut for our gas customers. At British
Gas we understand energy bills are a significant cost and we are
committed to providing the best possible prices for customers. This
price cut will go some way to helping customers manage their
budgets, and we will continue to do what we can, when we can.”
Over the last 12 months, the wholesale market has experienced
unprecedented volatility. In 2008 the wholesale price almost
doubled, but British Gas protected its customers from the full
impact of this increase by buying wholesale gas in advance.
Mr Bentley explained:- “Demand for gas is 4 times higher in
winter than in summer. We buy gas months before it is used so we can
make sure we always have enough for our customers, and can protect
them from sudden rises in wholesale prices. The recent dispute
between Russia and Ukraine demonstrates how important it is that we
continue to do so, as it caused a sharp rise in wholesale prices
which had fallen from last year’s peaks.”
On 19 February, British Gas will also introduce a ‘prompt payment
discount’ of up to £15 per year for customers on standard gas
tariffs who pay quarterly. For those standard tariff customers
paying by direct debit, British Gas will automatically reduce their
payments by 10% when the price cuts take effect.
These changes come on top of a recent price reduction for British
Gas’ pre-payment customers and improved information about the
company’s online product – making British Gas the first energy
supplier to meet Ofgem’s key requirements following its recent probe
into the UK energy market.
Energy efficiency – further savings
Announcing the 10% price cut, British Gas also highlighted the
importance of energy efficiency in helping customers reduce the
amount of energy they use and save money. Because of rising energy
prices and the tough economic climate, the company has seen a huge
increase in demand from its customers for expert advice on using
less energy – particularly through its website:-
Mr Bentley confirmed:- “More than 2 million customers have
filled out an Energy Savers Report, and through our advice we have
shown how households can save, on average, £175 per year on their
energy bills. While we expect gas markets to remain volatile, we
strongly recommend customers take control of the amount of energy
they use, and we’re keen to help them do this.”
As well as offering expert energy-saving advice, British Gas has a
commitment of around £1 billion by 2011 to subsidise the
installation of energy efficient products in customers’ homes.
includes the use of insulation, which can reduce energy bills by up
to £365 per year.
For further information please see our energy prices page:-