Don’t have a ticket to the Olympics? No problem! You can view the following sporting events for free. Road cycling Saturday 28 July 10am – 4.15pm: men’s road race. Sunday 29 July 12pm – 4.15pm: women’s road race.
Wednesday 1 August 10am – 11.30am: women’s time trial; 1pm – 4.15pm: men’s time trial. With the involvement of Team GB’s Mark Cavendish in the road race and the exhilaration of the time trial’s staggered starts, the road cycling promises to be the hot ticket amongst the non-ticketed events. See the Irish team in action in their quest for Olympic glory.
Marathon: Sunday 5 August 11am – 2pm: women. Sunday 12 August 11am – 1.40pm: men. Starting and finishing on The Mall, most of the 26-mile, 385 yard Olympic Marathon course will be accessible to the general public. The traditional grandstand finish in the Olympic Stadium was abandoned in October 2010 because it would have required the closure of Tower Bridge and key artery roads and risked major transport disruption. Instead, the marathon will follow the course laid down by the annual Virgin London Marathon, taking in the broad, spectator-friendly boulevards of the Embankment and parts of the City.You too can follow the fortunes of Mark Kenneally, Linda Byrne,Ava Hutchinson and Catriona Jennings.
Walking Saturday 4 August, 5pm – 6.30pm: men’s 20km. Saturday 11 August 9am – 1.20pm: men’s 50km; 5pm – 6.45pm: women’s 20km. The race walk will take place on chunks of the marathon course, with the men doing 20km and 50km, and the women taking part in the 20km. Olive Loughnane, Laura Reynolds and the Irish male walkers will help you enjoy the visit.
Triathlon Saturday 4 August 9am – 11.40am: women. Tuesday 7 August 11.30am – 2pm: men. The aerial broadcast shots of the Triathlon as the athletes sweep around Hyde Park and swim the Serpentine on a hot summer’s day will be some of the most spectacular images of the Games. With Team GB’s medal hopes resting on the lean shoulders of Alistair Brownlee, a day in the Royal Park will prove to be an exhilarating outing. Aileen Morrison and Gavin Noble need your support.
Sailing 29 July – 11 August Watch the sailing in the Dorset seaside town of Weymouth, in southern England, from the vantage point of Newton’s Cove, or on Weymouth beach where the event will be shown on giant screens. And for those with binoculars lots of opportunities to watch the sailing events from the shore whilst enjoying a picnic on the beach…. Weather permitting of course. Annalise Murphy and the rest of the Irish team will be in action throughout the fortnight.
Open Water Swimming Thursday 9 August 12pm – 3pm, women Friday 10 August 12pm – 3pm, men Enjoy the spectacle of the Olympic open water swimmers from the bridge over the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, in central London.
So don’t despair some good opportunities to see some of the Irish in action throughout the Games.