BRIGHTON and Hove Triathlon is set to become the first UK dedicated rainbow triathlon.

Runners will be starting the event in waves (groups) and it has now been decided to include a Rainbow Wave giving competitors of all races, sexual orientations and gender identities the chance to run together.

The event has already announced a women only wave and a mates wave - giving friends the chance to race together.

Transgender newsreader Sophie Cook is the race ambassador for the Rainbow Wave.

She said: “The race offers the opportunity for the whole community to support LGBT rights. This is not about segregation, or creating a separate part of the race. It is about showing support for the LGBT community.

"It would be my hope that the Rainbow Wave becomes the largest wave in the race with allies joining together to send a clear message that homophobia and transphobia have no place in sport."

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