Wicksteed Park’s restored lake to host triathlon

Wicksteed Park's restored lake
Wicksteed Park's restored lake

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 for 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. Competitors will set off from 8.30am.

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 benefited from a £2 million 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’s 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.”

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, click here.