Sports enthusiasts from South Gloucestershire and further afield have snapped up all the places in Bradley Stoke’s first triathlon, being held on Sunday 30th August.
Active Centres, in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and Triathlon England, is hosting the sprint event which consists of a 400 metre pool swim at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, an 18km cycle and a 5km run. The cycle ride will be held on closed roads along Bradley Stoke Way to ensure the event is safe as well as fun, while the run will mainly be along paths in the Three Brooks Nature Reserve.
The start list is expected to published soon on the event website theactivetriathlon.com
Two of those who have committed to the challenge are locals Nick Groves and Simon Ward, who are both hoping to set personal bests.
Nick, aged 28, is the assistant manager at Kingswood Leisure Centre and decided to enter the triathlon as one of his fitness goals for the year. Although a keen swimmer, he has only attempted a couple of sprint triathlons in the past and says that his cycling will be the biggest challenge. He said:
“I am pretty strong in the pool but the cycling is where I am going to lose the time. Hopefully, I can make some of it up in the run.”
Bradley Stoke resident Simon, aged 40, is a more seasoned triathlete, having competed in more than 25 around the country. He recently completed a 180-mile cycle ride from Manchester United FC’s ground at Old Trafford to Bristol City’s at Ashton Gate. The epic ride raised funds for local boy Morgan Walker who has cerebral palsy and recently travelled to the USA for what is hoped will turn out to be a life-changing operation. He said:
“Sprint triathlon is a great way to get a taste for the sport, it’s how I started. I am really pleased that there is one being held in Bradley Stoke, it’s going to be a great day for those taking part as well as the local community.”
Bradley Stoke Way road closure on Sunday 30th August
In order to stage the Active Triathlon event, Bradley Stoke Way will have a road closure in place between 6am and 2pm on Sunday 30th August.
All traffic will be re-routed via Brook Way.
The road closure will extend between Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi) in the north and Great Meadow Roundabout (Baileys Court Road) in the south.
The bike race course will stop just short of Patchway Brook Roundabout, so will not infringe upon the roundabout itself.
Volunteer marshals will on duty to help ease traffic flow and prevent any confusion.
For residents living in areas on the east side of Bradley Stoke Way (e.g. Champs Sur Marne, Webbs Wood Road) marshals at the roundabouts will guide traffic across Bradley Stoke Way.
For residents in The Worthys, entry/exit will be via Winterbourne Road.
For maps and full details of the diversions, visit http://theactivetriathlon.com/residents/
Image: Map showing traffic management in the Savages Wood Road / Champs Sur Marne area (click to enlarge).
This article originally appeared in the August 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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