Commonwealth Games 2014 – Triathlon Mixed Relay

The Triathlon Mixed Relay was scheduled to begin at 12.30, so I walked to Strathclyde Park in North Lanarkshire to catch some of the action. 

This time I took my big Canon 300mm L lens and the 70mm to 200mm L zoom lens and the 24mm to 70mm lens. Including the monopod, the whole lot weighed a ton! 

Still Warm and Dry

The sunshine, which had been around for over a week, had disappeared, but it was still quite bright, dry and warm. Strong sunshine such as that on Thursday (Day 1 Triathlon) caused problems with shadows as the road and paths were tree-lined and blocked the light on parts of the course.

The crowds were not as big as on Thursday at the main triathlon event, but were still substantial. There were many English people there to cheer on the English team which were favourites to win the event.

Start of lap One

The rain stayed off until the end of the cycle race and only affected the runners on the last part of the course.  

The running course was much shorter that it had been on Thursday and only covered a small part of the course which was in the restricted area. There are therefore no photographs of this. This was a pity as many spectators would have loved to have seen this.

Below are some photographs of the race. More photographs can be seen here.

Swimming
 
Emma Stimpson

The event was won by team England, with Republic of South Africa second and Australia third. 

All the athletes did well to compete in such a hard event and everyone was applauded as they came through the course.

Further Information:

Glasgow 2014

Strathclyde Park

Commonwealth Games Glasgow – Triathlon Photographs

The Commonwealth Games Triathlon was held today in Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire. It was a beautiful and sunny day with temperatures at over 23c. There was a large crowd of people in the park well before the Ladies Race started at 11.00 and finished around 13.30.

The triathlon involved a swim of 1500 metres, a bike ride of 40 kilometre and a 10 kilometre run. The swimming part was held in the Loch which has had special filters installed to prevent infection to the swimmers.

The bike ride was round the road surrounding the park, which was pretty tough because it does have a few steep hills which can tire riders out quite quickly – I know this from experience!

The winner of the Ladies event was Emma Stimpson, with Kirsten Sweetland second and Vicky Holland third.

Women’s Race Photos

Ladies swimming

 

Cycle event. Winner Emma Stimpson is third left

 

Second overall, Kirsten Sweetland leads the bunch

 

Third overall, Vicky Holland

 

Kate McIlroy and Kirsten Gentle
 
The main bunch
Fabienne St. Louis of Mauritius

Men’s Race Photos

Unlike the women’s race, where there were no Scottish competitors, there were three in the men’s race. This gave the crowd an incentive to cheer on their countrymen but they cheered all the competitors in equal measure to help lift them. Alistair Brownlie was first, Jonathan Brownlie was second and Richard Wilson was third.

Swimming

 

Race favourites Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee of England

 

Chasing bunch

 

Tom Pechard
Brownlee brothers and Marc Austin of Scotland
Grant Sheldon of Scotland leads this bunch
Jason Wilson (L) and Kyle Jones
Brownlee brothers
Christopher Walker at 47 was oldest competitor
Youngest competitor, Harry Speers 

Well done to everyone who competed today. It was a very warm and humid day but they carried on and did the best they could.

Glasgow Getting Ready for the Commonwealth Games

On the way home from work this evening I went up to George Square in Glasgow to see the activities in the main square in the City. It was a lovely sunny and warm day with temperatures of 22c. 

‘Big G’

‘Big G’
The Big G is the centrepiece in George Square at the moment as the Games are about to begin. It is taller than a double decker bus and is 5.5m (18-feet) high and 10.2m (33.5-feet) in circumference. 

It weighs four tonnes, which is the same weight as an African elephant. It is made from mild steel and aluminium and has been painted in the Games colours of red, green, yellow and blue. Surrounding it is a circular garden of flowers.  

‘Big G’ with City Chambers in the background

 

Side view of ‘Big G’

 

Get photos taken with Games background

 

Piper outside City Chambers welcoming competitors

 

Piper outside City Chambers welcoming competitors

Outside the City Chambers were a piper and a drummer welcoming guests to the Chambers as they arrived.

Another view of ‘Big G’ showing City Chambers

 

Buying the last of the tickets

There was also a superstore where people could buy merchandise. It was very big inside with a variety of goods for sale, including traditional Scottish goods such as Harris Tweed bags, purses and wallets, Heather honey and haggis.

Supertstore

On the way home,  Central Station lower level was mobbed as there was a dress rehearsal at Celtic Park for the opening ceremony. I supposed we will all have to get used to the crowds for a few days.

Further Information:

Glasgow 2014 – All the information about the games.
Scotrail – Rail travel details