5 Apr

Million Pound Investment In Strathclyde Park

Strathclyde Country Park

Strathclyde Country Park will receive a £1.2 million investment ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The money is to help ensure the park's loch will be ready to host the triathlon competition at the Games.

Recently several events in the park have had to be cancelled due to blue-green algae in the loch which can cause skin blisters, vomiting and abdominal pains. Last August, the Great Scottish Swim was called off because of health fears. Organisers have already announced that this year's event has been moved to Loch Lomond.

Alistair Brownlee

The Commonwealth triathlon is expected to attract a vast array of world class athletes, including Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee (pictured). The race involves a 750-metre swim in the opening leg, then 40 km of cycling and 10km of running.

A North Lanarkshire Council said: "In common with most open water areas, Strathclyde Loch suffers occasional, natural, microbial outbreaks which prevent some immersion sports taking place. The proposal to build a temporary dam to ensure a world-class event goes ahead unhindered is, according to the experts consulted, an entirely appropriate measure."

A spokeswoman for Glasgow 2014 added: "The water quality problems are not unique to Strathclyde Loch - blue-green algae is a problem in the majority of water spaces in the UK."