Hundreds to take part in city seafront triathlon challenge

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HUNDREDS of swimmers, runners and cyclists will compete in a triathlon in Portsmouth tomorrow.

People taking part in the Wiggle Portsmouth Olympic distance triathlon will swim 1,500m in the Solent before racing through the Historic Dockyard, past HMS Warrior and HMS Victory tomorrow. They will pass Gunwharf Quays, through Old Portsmouth past Southsea Castle and along the seafront.

Participants will then complete a 40km bike ride and 10km run. There is a sprint distance race and relay.

The event has been co-ordinated with Wiggle which has its head office in Portsmouth.

Councillor Linda Symes said: ‘This is a fantastic event for the city and shows off all our major, iconic landmarks.’

Roads will be closed from 6.30am to 10am from Pier Road to The Hard, including Museum Road.

Roads including Duisburg Way and Clarence Esplanade will be shut from 6am until 1pm. Areas in Old Portsmouth, such as Battery Row, Tower Alley Tower Street, West Street, Bath Square to its junction with Battery Row will be closed from 8am to 1pm.