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May 14, 2014
This July - a fantastic festival of sport is being held - and you could be among its stars. The Patriot Games is a sporting showcase from The Cumberland News in which we urge Cumbrians to literally get on their bikes.
It promises the perfect warm-up for those inspired by the excitement surrounding the Commonwealth Games, tying in with a city celebration expected to attract thousands of people to herald the global competition being in Glasgow.
And you don't even have to be an elite athlete to take part.
Anyone can sign up to compete in the inaugural Patriot Games, which includes a team triathlon as well as a tournament in which squads will battle it out in competitions of archery, tennis and rounders.
The Patriot Games are being held as part of the build-up to celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the Carlisle Patriot, the newspaper which has evolved into The Cumberland News.
As part of the event, a festival of sport is being organised by Carlisle City Council to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, with backing also from Carlisle Leisure Limited and support from the Cumbrian Sport and Physical Activity Alliance Foundation (SPAA) and Active Cumbria.
Teams of five can take part in the triathlon being run as part of the Patriot Games.
All team members have to take part in each of the three disciplines of running, swimming and cycling. The swim, to be held at Morton Pool, will be 2,500 meters in total. Each competitor must complete 500-meter swim, completed as a relay.
The cycling will be a 15-kilometre team trial, with the average time counting to the points awarded.
The run, which will finish at Sheepmount Stadium, will be 10 kilometres, with each member competing two kilometres each.
The 10 fastest overall teams in each discipline will receive points, with the team scoring the highest number of points crowned the winner.
Rounds of the team games will, meanwhile, run from July 7 with the finals as part of the sports festival on July 20. Preliminary rounds will be staged on July 7, 9, 14 and 16.
Rounders will be staged at the Sheepmount, Tennis at the Bitts Park tennis courts and Archery at The Sands Centre. The finals of each three events will form part of the festival of sport, which will also feature a variety of taster sessions for a raft of sports, as well as fun runs and Sky Ride cycling promotions.