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Running track and more unveiled at Cyclopark off the A2 at Gravesend

09 December 2013
by Thom Morris

The 2.9km road circuit, just off the A2 at Gravesend, will be known as Cyclorun and is supported by the Run Kent Project.

The group will meet at the park every Sunday at 9am for a 5km run from January 12.

The Run Kent Project is part of the official Run England-England Athletics recreational running programme, their aim being to get the nation out and about in their trainers.

Cyclorun will use the existing road circuit to provide a safe, traffic free environment but can only be used when booked out specifically for the sport.

In addition to the regular Sunday morning group, Cyclorun will host a number of events.

The first to take place is the Christmas Cracker 5km and 1km run on Sunday, December 22, which is open to everyone.

Throughout 2014, the programme continues and includes a duathlon, marathon and for those looking for the ultimate running challenge a 100km trek.

Brian Hoyle, inventor of the Ultrabike, with rider Kate Bosley.

Brian Hoyle, inventor of the Ultrabike, with rider Kate Bosley.

In the meantime, trials have been taking place at the Cyclopark for the Ultra Bike.

Designed for visually impaired people, it gives them the chance to experience the freedom of independent cycling.

The Ultra Bike sound kit fixes onto the centre of the handlebars of any bicycle.

It works by emitting ultrasonic waves, like the echolocation system used by bats and dolphins. The kit contains two ultrasound sensors that detect not just what is in front of the cyclist, but what is also at either side of them.

Attached to the kit are two ‘arms’, one on either side, which feature buttons. Cyclists position their thumbs on the buttons, while still holding onto the handlebar, to steer the bike and use the brakes.

The buttons vibrate when the sensors pick up the boundary of the cycle track and if the cyclist gets too close, the buttons will vibrate to let them know so that they can turn the handlebars in the opposite direction to whichever button is vibrating.

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