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A Short Guide to Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of London’s largest parks and covers over 350 acres, the park has been the location of a large number of events over the past 500 years and is closely associated with the British monarchy.

It was King Henry VIII who seized Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536 and turned the park into a large hunting park where he organised royal hunts to entertain ambassadors and dignitaries. This hunting tradition was continued with Queen Elizabeth I and the park changed little until 1625 when Charles l became king. He opened the park to the general public in 1637 and it became a fashionable place to visit. When Charles I was executed , parliamentary troops built forts in the park to defend the city of Westminster from royalist attacks.

After the restoration of the monarchy, King Charles II turned Hyde park into a royal park when he restocked the park with deer, however there were greater changes when William and Mary became king and queen in 1689. They bought Nottingham House and renamed it Kensington Palace and made it their main home in London.

It was William III who created a processional route through Hyde Park lit by 300 oil lamps and became the first road in England to be lit at night. The road was called route de roi or King’s Road but the name became corrupted to Rotten Row.

Other striking features in Hyde Park were developed in the 18th century by Queen Caroline. In 1728, she took 300 acres from Hyde Park to form Kensington Gardens, she then had made a large lake called the Serpentine by damming the Westbourne Stream. Over the next 100 years, the park was largely unchanged until King George IV in the 1820s decided to create a monumental entrance at Hyde Park Corner. It comprised the Triumphal Screen which you see today and the Wellington Arch, which was later moved to the middle of roundabout at Hyde Park Corner.

One of the remarkable structures in the 19th century was the Crystal Palace which was built-in 1851 alongside Rotten Row to house the Great Exhibition.

The park become a traditional location for mass demonstrations which have included the Chartists and the suffragettes, it is a tradition that continues up to the present day. Political debate is still keenly undertaken at Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner which has acquired an international reputation for its tolerance of free speech developed from 19th century protest movements.

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries Hyde Park has been the venue for Rock and Pop concerts including the Rolling Stones and Queen. It is the location of British Summer Time Hyde Park concerts since 2013 and the park is also the venue for the Proms in the Park concerts. Since 2007, Hyde Park has hosted “Winter Wonderland”, London’s premiere winter attraction featuring fun fair rides , markets, an ice rink, and bars, restaurants, and cafes.The park also presents a number of sporting events over the year including ITU World Triathlon and Cycling.

The park also offers various recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding. There are plenty of food and drink options with cafes and refreshment points that offer coffee, ice cream, snacks & freshly made sandwiches. They are available in various locations around Hyde Park including: Serpentine Road, the playground and Hyde Park Corner.

Walking around the park is a large number of sculptures and statues including the Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004.

For more information, visit the Royal Parks website here

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Review – ITU World Triathlon London in Hyde Park – 31st May 2015

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After the sunshine of yesterday, it was rain and grey skies that welcomed the world’s best triathletes  in a  ITU World Triathlon Series race on the  London 2012 Olympic course in the heart of Hyde Park.

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Starting with a swim in a rather chilling Serpentine, the elite men made short work of the sprint distance. However there was drama on the transition with one of the favourites, Johnny Brownlee who had a puncture which led him to be over a minute behind the leaders.

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However the other local favourite Alistair Brownlee began to dominate and won the race easily, Fernando Alarza of Spain was second with Vincent Luis of France third.

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The elite women’s race was likely to be dominated by the Americans especially the Series overall women’s leader USA’s Gwen Jorgensen, with a lot of interest in  British  former World Champion Non Stanford.

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The race saw the American’s dominating with Gwen Jorgensen always in the leading group, a surprise was the good form of the youngest British competitor Sophie Caldwell.

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The run saw Jorgensen and fellow Americans Sarah True and Katie Zaferes race into a clear lead.

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Jorgensen won easily with Zaferes in second and True in third  to complete an American clean sweep.

With Rio 2016 qualification points at stake and a large enthusiastic crowd, the ITU World Triathlon Series London  presented a wonderful showcase of elite level triathlon racing.

If you would like further information , visit the London Triathlon website here

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Review – ITU World Triathlon London in Hyde Park – 30th May 2015

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ITU World Triathlon London, Hyde Park

The Vitality World Triathlon London is one of the world’s leading triathlon events and one of only two legacy events from the 2012 Olympic games still open to public participation.

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On the first day of the  event, it was the turn of the non elite athletes from all around the world to swim, bike and run on the iconic Hyde Park course in pursuit of their own personal glory.

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Distances start from Tri It (400m swim, 15km bike, 2.5km run) and go all the way up to Olympic (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run), meaning that individuals of all fitness levels can take part and challenge themselves on the course before crossing the finish line in front of a packed grandstand.

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The swim is in the Serpentine in the middle of  Hyde Park before the bike ride and the run, with so many athletes taking part it is a bit of a logistics nightmare but to the credit of the organisers and volunteers all seem to go smoothly.

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With the up to 5000 participants being supported by family and friends adding to the large crowd , the first day of the event was well supported all over the park .

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There are many vantage spots for spectators to watch the action around the course which are free to use but if  if  you would like seats in the grandstand , tickets can be bought  to secure the best seats.

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Tomorrow afternoon is when the world’s best triathletes go head to head in a  ITU World Triathlon Series race on the  London 2012 Olympic course in the heart of Hyde Park. With Rio 2016 qualification points at stake and plenty of British interest with the Brownlee brothers, it’s represents a wonderful showcase of elite level triathlon racing.

MAIN EVENT DATE – SUNDAY 31st MAY:

Mens race – 15:05

Women’s race – 16:45

OTHER  EVENTS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY 30TH MAY

British Youth Aquathlon Championships Male 08:00
British Youth Aquathlon Championships Female 08:05
British Junior Aquathlon Championships Male 08:15
British Junior Aquathlon Championships Female 08:20
Aquathlon Medal Ceremonies 09:00 – 09:20
Paratriathlon Athlete Presentation 09:20
Paratriathlon Event 09:30
Paratriathlon Medal Ceremonies 12:00 – 12.15
AG Transition Check-in For Open Race 12:00 – 19:00
Open Age Group Sprint Distance 14:30 – 16:50
Open Age Group Tri It Distance 17:10 – 17:40
AG Transition Closes 19:30

SUNDAY 31ST MAY

Open Age Group Olympic Distance 07:00
Open Age Group Olympic Relay 11:10
Open Age Group Sprint Relay 11:30
Open Age Group Sprint Distance 11:35
Open Age Group Tri It Distance 12:50
Elite Male 15:05
Medal Ceremony – Elite Male 16:05
Elite Female 16:45
Medal Ceremony – Elite Female 17:55

If you would like further information or book tickets for the Grandstand, visit the London Triathlon website here

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