As the Glasgow 2014 Games creep ever nearer, the final home leg of the Queen’s Baton relay well underway, and just a couple of days to go until the opening ceremony, the excitement is building.
With triathlon the first medal event of the Games, tickets in high demand from the start and now long gone, many will have been left disappointed at missing out. But there is no need to worry. If you didn’t get your hands on that all important ticket, all three races will have non-ticketed, free-to-view access so you can come along and show your support for our Team Scotland athletes: David McNamee, Grant Sheldon, Marc Austin, Natalie Milne and Seonaid Thompson.
Commenting on the Games, Team Scotland athlete Marc Austin said: “I am really looking forward to performing at the Commonwealth Games, in front of a home crowd. I would encourage everyone to come along, even if you didn’t get a ticket and support the athletes from the free-to-view spectator areas. It’s a great opportunity to be part of a home Games, and you can do your bit to make it extra special for us.”
The first event of Glasgow 2014, The men’s and women’s elite races take place on Thursday 24 July, with the women’s individual race at 11am, followed by the men’s individual race at 3pm, and will follow the Olympic format: 1500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run. The team relay gets underway on Saturday 26 July at 12.30pm and promises to be full of excitement and thrills, where each team comprises two males and two females, each completing a 250m swim, 6km bike and 1600m run.
Lukas Matys, Glasgow 2014 Triathlon Competition Manager comments: “Triathlon is one of a few events that will have non-ticketed access, allowing those who didn’t get their hands on tickets, to enjoy the Glasgow 2014 experience. We would encourage you to come along to Strathclyde Park to cheer the athletes on, and enjoy what will undoubtedly be a fantastic Commonwealth Games experience."
Jane Moncrieff, Chief Operating Officer of Triathlon Scotland adds: “With top athletes from around the Commonwealth confirmed to race, competition is set to be hot and as the host nation, for us it is arguably even more exciting: to race and perform at the top level in front of a home crowd does not happen often.
“Triathlon is a great sport to watch and Strathclyde Park will be an excellent venue for the race. We believe this event can bring inspiration to our current triathlon community as well as encourage spectators from all over the country to give this fantastic sport a go.”
Make sure you plan your journey and ensure you arrive at Strathclyde Park in plenty time for the race start. There will be no parking at Strathclyde Park for either event so you are encouraged to use public transport wherever possible – the main train station is Motherwell. If you do decide to drive expect delays and set off in plenty of time. There are bookable park and ride options available but please remember to pre-book these and consider the distance from the venue in your journey time.
The action starts at 11am on Thursday and 12.30pm on Saturday so make sure you arrive much earlier, to pick your viewing spot and ensure you get the best experience possible!
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Make sure you are part of these incredible home games and come along to Strathclyde Park on 24 and 26 July to support our Team Scotland athletes!