Another iconic setting for the London 2012 Games is Hyde Park, where 3,000 spectators will enjoy great views of the triathlon and marathon swimming events in the park’s famous Serpentine Lake.
One of the most expansive Royal Parks in the English capital Hyde Park has an evolving sporting heritage. As the home to numerous amateur sports clubs, such as the Serpentine Swimming Club, it has also frequently hosted large scale sports events – including the London edition of the annual ITU World Triathlon Series.
Indeed, the huge park is a space where many Londoners enjoy their daily sporting fix, providing ample space for local residents and visitors to run, cycle and swim, in a central London location.
The London 2012 organisers will make every effort to ensure that the park is returned to its usual condition once the Games have concluded. The spectator grandstand next to the Serpentine Lake for the triathlon and marathon swimming events will be carefully dismantled and Hyde Park’s standard recreational and leisure activities will be relatively undisturbed.
The open water Marathon Swimming 10km event will take place over two days on 9th and 10th of August, with the female swimmers on the first day and the male swimmers participating on the second. The 10km swim was introduced to the Olympic schedule at the Beijing 2008 Games and the distance takes just under two hours to complete for the elite men and women participants.
Triathlon joined the Olympic schedule at the 2000 games in Sydney and its course at London 2012 will see competitors start and finish at Hyde Park.
The competition commences with a 1.5km swim in the Serpentine, a 40km bike ride, consisting of seven laps around a circuit which includes Buckingham Palace, and a four-lap 10km run around the Serpentine Lake to finish.
Public facilities: The Games Mobility service will be present, plus there is a London 2012 Shop. There will also be London 2012 information points for venue and sports information, transport updates, lost and found services and pushchair and wheelchair storage.
History: Hyde Park has been open to the public since 1637 and is the most expansive of London’s Royal Parks.
What's on? Triathlon (4th & 7th August), Marathon Swimming (9th & 10th August).
How do you get there? There are numerous public transport options including national rail services to Paddington or Victoria (both around a 20 minute walk) and London Underground services to Hyde Park Corner (for arrival only, a five minute walk), Marble Arch (also for arrival only, 15 minute walk) or Bond Street, Edgware Road, Paddington and Victoria which are all around 20 minutes walking distance. There are also numerous local bus services.
Find Hyde Park on the map: here.
Location – in relation to other venues: Hyde Park is approximately nine miles to the west of the Olympic Stadium on the other side of Central London.
Location – on the tube: Hyde Park Corner (for arrival only) is around a five minute walk, whilst Marble Arch (also for arrival only) is roughly a 15 minute walk. Bond Street, Edgware Road, Paddington and Victoria are all around 20 minutes walking distance.