Cheer on town’s athletes in Hartlepool’s Big Lime Triathlon

Swimmers take part in a triathlon.

Swimmers take part in a triathlon.

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Residents are being urged to turn out in force to support athletes competing in Hartlepool’s fourth Big Lime Triathlon this weekend.

The event, which has attracted 278 entries, takes place on Sunday and begins at 8.15am with a 750m swim in the town’s marina. This will be followed by a 20k bike ride along a four-lap route, taking in Maritime Avenue, the promenade and Coronation Drive to Seaton Carew.

The final discipline is a 5k run along the promenade towards Seaton Carew and back.

Kay Stokes, triathlon activator with Hartlepool Council’s Feel Good in Hartlepool team, said: “Once again it promises to be a fantastic occasion, and I would urge spectators to line the route and cheer on the athletes. I know from previous years just how much their support is appreciated.”

Maritime Avenue will be closed from the entrance to Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience down to the promenade, affecting both Victoria Terrace and Fleet Avenue and access to the Old West Quay pub and hotel. Coronation Drive will also be shut from Newburn Bridge to Station Lane, at Seaton Carew.

Residents living in areas affected by road closures, between 8am and 9.45am are asked not to try to move vehicles until the restrictions have been lifted.

Course route maps showing road closures can be viewed at http://www.gethartlepoolactive.co.uk/big-lime-triathlon.

Spectators are also asked to take care – particularly on the promenade section of the bike ride and run – and to heed the advice of volunteer marshals, who will be on duty at various points along the route. Dogs should be kept on their leads.