Aquathlon (swim and run) event comes to Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

Thornbury Running ClubBradley Stoke residents are being encouraged to take part in an Aquathlon (swim and run) event being staged in the town on Sunday 8th March.

Thornbury Running Club is organising the event, which will be based at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre in Fiddlers Wood Lane.

The swim phase of the event takes place in the main pool of the Leisure Centre. On leaving the water, competitors will head out on foot into the adjoining Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve before returning to the finish line at the Leisure Centre.

Two courses are on offer, with the shorter consisting of a 500m (20 length) swim followed by a 5km run, while the longer includes a 1000m (40 length) swim and a 10km run.

The races, which may be entered by individuals or teams of two (one swimmer, one runner), are open to anyone aged 12 or over.

All participants are required to pre-enter (there is no entry on the day as estimated swim times need to be calculated in advance). Entries will close on 20th February or when the entry limit of 100 is reached.

Bradley Stoke Leisure CentreThe main pool will be closed to the public from 8am to 12 noon on the day of the event. The first swimmers will go off at 8am and the races are expected to be complete by 12:45pm.

An awards ceremony is planned to take place at 1:15pm in the Leisure Centre, with a representative from the Willow Brook Centre (main sponsor of the event) presenting the prizes.

Willow Brook manager, Scott Lahive, told The Journal:

“We are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile and prestigious sporting event that’s guaranteed to put Bradley Stoke on the sporting map. It’s yet another first for Bradley Stoke, drawing participants from far and wide. It’s testament to the can do attitude of the organisers and the town”

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