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

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Lunchtime Walk – Linn Park 2

The weather on Friday was bright and sunny and quite mild for early February. We decided to walk again in Linn Park, but this time on the opposite side of White Cart, from the walk we had done a few days before.

As it would have taken a good 40 minutes to walk to the entrance of the park, we took a no. 6 bus along Clarkston Road to the entrance, which reduced the time to 7 minutes. We were starting and finishing at different points so could not take the car.

Commonwealth Games 2014

Arriving at the park we saw that it was a designated hub park for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

Hub Park

The entrance into the park is by a tarmac path so our shoes did not get as muddy as they had on the walk a few days previously. 

Entrance to Linn Park

I was familiar with this part of the park, as I had been there in 2012.  

Path in Linn Park

It was a lovely early Spring day, as the photographs above show. 

Path in Linn Park

The advantage of walking early in the year is that there are better views of the river as they are not restricted by foliage. 

Small footbridge

 A small footbridge takes visitors over the White Cart Water to the other side. Some dog walkers were there with a number of dogs, which were all very friendly.  

View of the Park

Linn House

In the photograph above a mansion house can be seen in the top right. This is Linn House, which was built around 1811 for Rev. James Hall. A short time later he became bankrupt, resulting in the house and estate being put up for auction on behalf of the creditors. 

Linn Waterfall

We were able to view the waterfall from the other side of the river and get closer than we had been on the other side of the river. 

Signpost

The park is well signposted and the above photograph shows lovely blue sky. 

Countryside in Glasgow

In the photograph above, it is difficult to believe it was taken in one of the largest cities in Europe! It looks like it was taken in the Scottish countryside and not in an industrial city. 

White Cart Water

Our walk through the park was coming to an end and we soon arrived at Snuffmill Bridge where we had started from on our walk a few days previously. It had been a great walk. We arrived back at the office for our last few hours of the working week before the weekend arrived.