This race is a great atmosphere with plenty of triathlon 'newbies' - over 7,000 athletes over the course of three days makes for an exciting buzz.
The course is fast and pretty much flat but the tight turns and congestion on the bike course probably doesn't lend itself to a PB.
Race 'perks' could be better. A £90 entry fee gets you a medal and a drawstring bag, but small elements of the race seem poor in comparison to others. For example, the refreshments at the finish consist only of water in plastic cups, orange segments and chopped bananas. There is no podium or awards for any age group podium positions (even local races offer trophies/prizes/medals etc). No aid stations on the bike course at all and only two aid stations on the run in close proximity to each other.
It's the last time the race will be held in Hyde Park anyway but the likelihood is that the same format will be carried over to Leeds, unless they introduce some improvement (which, in my opinion, are required).
Not the easiest logistically to get to (unless you are based in London) and it's a shame it didn't receive the public traction it deserved. Otherwise was a fun day out. Bring on Leeds!