Active families are being given the chance to see Wicksteed Park’s restored lake and new attractions up close by diving into the water when the park hosts its first ever triathlon.
The East Midlands Family Friendly Full, Sprint and Novice Distance Triathlon has been organised on Sunday June 22 by Northamptonshire-based On Your Marks Events, who specialise in events which appeal energetic people of all ages as well as serious athletes.
Entrants can take part in a full Olympic distance event, a sprint event or a novice event – with each one involving a swim in the newly-restored lake.
Participants will also run around the lake and complete a bike ride through the park and around nearby Cransley Reservoir, with the organisers encouraging people to use the event to raise money for charity.
The park has benefitted from a £2million restoration project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council to return the lake to former glories and create a host of new attractions for 2014, including a paddling area for toddlers, a beach and a 90m pontoon.
More than 50,000 cubic meters of lake silt has been removed and the lake has been deepened.
The lake was opened in 1921 by park founder Charles Wicksteed as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and well-being.
The triathlon is part of the park’s drive to continue that vision through a wide range of events which promote an active lifestyle.
Wicksteed Park Managing Director Alasdair McNee said: “The newly-restored lake and its new attractions are looking fantastic and you can’t get any closer to this wonderful resource than ‘getting in with the fish’ and taking part in the triathlon.
“We are delighted that On Your Marks Events have chosen the park and organised an event that people of all standards can take part in, whether they are doing it for fun or as a serious athlete.”
Established in 2011, On Your Marks Events organise single and multi sport events in the East Midlands, Central and South Central regions of the UK.
They cater for the full age range, with children’s and adult novice events to middle distance open water triathlons.
They like to inspire a sense of achievement with individuals and young people and encourage community spirit and fundraising for charities dedicated to eradicating meningitis and to providing counselling for families affected by the disease.
Wicksteed Park triathlon courses, for competitors 15 or over, range from Novice (500m swim, 24km bike ride, 2.5km run) to Sprint (750m, 24km, 5km) and Standard Olympic (1,500m, 40km, 10km)
The park has waived park entry fees to athletes and their families along with offering free parking to all athletes (one car per athlete), discounted rates for overnight campers at £5 per pitch per night and a 17% discount on child wristband prices.
For further information, entry charges and to enter the event, go to http://www.onyourmarksevents.org/events1/triathlon-events/wicksteed-park-thriatlon.html
Issued on behalf of Wicksteed Park
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Andrew Turner – Andrew Turner Public Relations
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