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Hundreds take part in Birmingham triathlon

Swimmers finish water stage of Birmingham triathlon Credit: ITV News / Andy Bevan

The City of Birmingham Triathlon is taking place in Sutton Park this morning.

Organisers say more than 1,300 people are competing in the event - now in its third year.

Runners finishing Credit: ITV News / Andy Bevan

It involves an open water swim in Powell's Pool, a cycle around the closed-to-traffic roads within Sutton Park, before finishing with a run through heathland and woodland.

Starting in different 'waves' the Olympic male competitors were in the water at 7 am, with the last competitors expected to cross the finish line around 1.30 pm.

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What is a triathlon?

Triathlon is an Olympic race made up of three disciplines – swimming, cycling and running, completed in that order with no breaks in between. It first featured in the Olympic games in Sydney in 2000.

Six triathletes – three men and three women – are representing Great Britain at London 2012, brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Stuart Hayes, Vicky Holland, Helen Jenkins and Lutterworth's Lucy Hall.