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Town’s first triathlon proves a winner

Posted on Monday 7th September 2015 at 10:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Active Triathlon: Prize presentation to Male Veteran category winner Simon Ward.

Around 150 athletes took part in Bradley Stoke’s first triathlon on Sunday 30th August.

Organised by Active Centres, in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and Triathlon England, the beginner-friendly event consisted of a 400 metre pool swim at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, an 18km cycle and a 5km run. The cycling stage was held along Bradley Stoke Way, which was closed to traffic from 7am to around 11.30am, while the run was mostly along paths in the Three Brooks Nature Reserve.

The sell-out event was the idea of international triathlete Akhil Viz, who has been living and training in Bradley Stoke since October 2011. It was organised on a purely voluntary basis and any profits made will be reinvested into future events and other sport development projects within the local community.

Speaking after the event, Akhil said:

“The event ran very smoothly with no major incidents. I believe this was due to the fact that everything was planned out meticulously and that the team of volunteers were comprehensively briefed to their roles and responsibilities. The majority of the credit for the successful execution of the event must go to the volunteers who arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning and saw the event through until midday.”

Feedback from participants was generally positive, with many asking if the event would be repeated next year.

Bradley Stoke competitor Simon Ward, victorious in the Male Veteran category, commented:

“I thought the event was well organised, plenty of friendly and helpful marshals and an excellent location. The course was reasonably challenging, great for supporters to see competitors more than once and plenty of space on the bike course and a lovely off-road run.”

More: Local community thanked for their support »

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Triathlon spectating and road closure details (Sunday 30th August)

Posted on Saturday 29th August 2015 at 8:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Sprint Triathlon 2015 - road closure sign.

Bradley Stoke stages its first ‘community triathlon’ tomorrow (Sunday 30th August) and residents should be aware that a large section of Bradley Stoke Way will be closed to traffic from 7am until at least 11am.

The Triathlon is being organised by Active Leisure Centres and is the idea of international triathlete Akhil Viz, who has been living and training in Bradley Stoke since October 2011.

The event consists of a 400 metre pool swim at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, an 18km cycle and a 5km run. The cycle ride will take place along a closed section of Bradley Stoke Way, while the run will mainly be along paths in the Three Brooks Nature Reserve.

The first wave of swimmers will enter the pool at 8.30am and the last at 10.10am. Course maps and information for spectators are available on the Active Triathlon website.

The road closure will extend between Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi) in the north and Great Meadow Roundabout (junction with 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/

During the road closure, traffic heading for the Willow Brook Centre will need to approach via Brook Way.

The swimming pools at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre will be unavailable for general use during the triathlon and the leisure centre car park will be closed from 6am to 1pm. Alternative parking for the leisure centre and library is available at the Willow Brook Centre.

While the road closure is in place, bus services 73 & X74 will be unable to serve Bradley Stoke Way and Savages Wood Road. The following diversions will apply:

  • Service 73 will divert via Brook Way in both directions.
  • Service X74 will be unable to terminate at the Willow Brook Centre and instead terminate on Brook Way/Linden Drive. Service X74 will pick up any intending passengers at this stop and will turn at the roundabout at Savages Wood Road to recommence its journey back to the Centre.

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Bradley Stoke’s first triathlon is a sell out

Posted on Sunday 16th August 2015 at 10:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Nick Groves (left) and Simon Ward, entrants in the Active Triathlon, which takes place in Bradley Stoke on 30th August 2015.

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.”

More: Bradley Stoke Way road closure information »

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Town to stage its first ‘community triathlon’ on Sunday 30th August

Posted on Monday 13th July 2015 at 9:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Sprint Triathlon 2015.

Bradley Stoke Way to be closed to traffic between 6am and 2pm for cycling stage of the event.

Swimmers, runners and cyclists are being invited to take part in the first community-based triathlon event to be staged in Bradley Stoke.

The Active Triathlon is taking place on Sunday 30th August 2015 and is expected to attract participants from all over South Gloucestershire.

Held in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and Triathlon England, the Sprint Triathlon event will cater for all abilities who want to be part of this fast growing sport.

Bradley Stoke Sprint Triathlon 2015 logo.

It consists of a 400 metre pool swim at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, 18km cycle and 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 Triathlon is being organised by Active Leisure Centres and is the idea of triathlete Akhil Viz, who has been living and training in Bradley Stoke since October 2011. Akhil has competed in Sprint distance triathlon, Olympic distance triathlon, Ironmans and has represented Great Britain and Gibraltar at the European and World Long Distance Triathlon Championships. He said:

“Triathlon is an increasingly popular sport and the sprint distance makes it really accessible to anyone who wants to increase their fitness or improve in a new discipline. We are really pleased at the response we’ve had so far and are expecting it to be a ‘sellout’ event.”

To help people get in shape for the challenge, Active Leisure is holding special training sessions at its leisure centres in the run up to the event.

More: Event has 150 places in total – open to over 18s »

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