The 2010 London Triathlon
A new facet of nervousness had been brewing in me this week, as friends and family have been asking what time they ‘need to be there‘…
Firstly then, please, anyone who’s kind enough to be thinking of coming to watch, do not feel you have to come.
Year-long self indulgent me me me blog aside, I’m not all that good at being the centre or attention, so if you’ve got other plans or places to be, or if getting up early on a Sunday is looking like a slog, then please stay in bed and enjoy yourself.
Secondly, if indeed you do want to go and watch the worlds largest triathlon in full flow then here are some details on how to do so:
• The London Triathlon starts and finishes at the Excel Centre
• The best way to get there is on public transport, specifically the DLR line, getting off at Custom House for ExCeL (or on bike).
Use Journey Planner to plan your route and check times. Note: I don’t think bikes are allowed on the DLR when the event is on.
• If you plan to get there for a certian time, give yourself at least 30 minuets to make your way from the station into Excel. It’s massive and will have thousands of lost looking and nervous people wondering around.
• Note also that watching a triathlon has long bits of waiting around. Bring a book maybe or spend the spare time finding a good spot for the run which is the most easily watchable bit (though not as fun as watching people exit the swim and struggle with their suits).
• It’s on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August.
• Sunday times of note:
• 7am - Luke and Billy set off in their wave and will be coming in around 9.30am…
• 8am - Christian (Luke’s brother) sets off, expected in at 10.29 or earlier… :)
• 7.30am - Jenson and Vernon Kay(!) set off in their wave and can be expected in any time between 10am and 11am (I have no idea how serious Vernon has taken his training).
• 9.10am - I’ll be setting off in my wave and fingers crossed, coming in very closely around the 11.10am mark!
• Whatever happens, I’m likely to be a bit tired at the end so please don’t think I’m rude. Any glazed or no smiling expressions will not be intentional.
• Most importantly if you do decide to come along at any point… think about giving it a try… go on… dare you.