hits Burnham-On-Sea triathlon as cycling is cancelled
of athletes from across the region have converged on Burnham-On-Sea
this morning (Sunday, April 29th) as the town holds its annual
spring triathlon - however the bad weather has affected the event.
winds have led to the cycling event being cancelled, and only
the swim and run going ahead.
SuperSprint Triathlon, which is run by
Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, took the decision at 5.30am
today to cancel the cycling as the conditions were judged to be
pensioner Arthur Gilbert, who was last year named the world's
oldest triathlete and will be carrying the Olympic Torch during
May, was due to take part but pulled out at the last minute.
will be starting in waves every five minutes up until 8.30am.
Having swum 10 lengths of the pool, the athletes will then run
to their bikes racked on Seaview Road, and ride three laps (10km)
of The Esplanade, taking them down to Burnham Yacht Club and back.
their bikes again in Seaview Road, the competitors will then run
2.5km along the beach to the town jetty and back along the seafront
to the finish line, opposite the Swim and Sports Academy. The
last of the adult competitors will cross the line at approximately
Junior Triathlon will start at 9.40am and the event has been selected
to be part of the South West Triathlon Series, one of only four
events used for ranking purposes.
many of the nations top juniors will be racing, with entries
from Scotland to Cornwall, against 40 of Burnham's junior tri
team who will be cheered on by spectators.
first race is for 9 and 10 year olds (9.40am), followed by 11
and 12 years (10.05am), and then 13-14 year olds (10.30am).
for the popular event closed early this year as both the adults
and juniors races quickly reached maximum capacity.
spectators, the best viewing areas can be had at either the Swim
and Sports Academy (adult and junior swims), Seaview Road (transitions
for both adults and juniors), along The Esplanade for bike races,
and the north side of the beach from the zebra crossing (for the
event will be finished by 11.30am, with all road closures fully
open by 12 noon. The road closure from Pier Street to the Yacht
Club will open up at approximately 9.15am following the conclusion
of the adult race.
giving will be at the Swim and Sports Academy at Noon. The swimming
pool will be open to members of the public for nomal swimming