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The Strength of Spirit Games - Rehabilitation Triathlon is back on Plymouth Hoe this June! There's so much to look forward to at this years event where spectators can show their support to those taking part in this year's trirathlon. Take a look at what you can expect to see at the event.


Where and when is it?

The Strength of Spirit Games Rehabilitation Triathlon takes place on Thursday 27 June, 11am to 5pm at Tinside Lido and on Plymouth Hoe. Spectators can watch competitors swim from the balcony above Tinside Lido.

The Plymouth School Sports Partnership Junior Rowing Challenge runs from 10am to 11.15am on Plymouth Hoe.


What's On

Visitors can look forward to a thrilling day at the Strength of Spirit Games Rehabilitation Triathlon, hosted by the Royal Navy and sponsored by AECOM and The Royal Marines Charity. The games will see service personnel on recovery duties and veterans will compete in the swim, bike and row events. Teams include international representatives from the United States Marine Corps and Royal Netherlands Marine Corps.

The Strength of Spirit Games have been expanded to include The Plymouth School Sports Partnership Junior Rowing Challenge. Junior school children, from military families will take part in the Strength of Spirit Games on Plymouth Hoe for the first time. This exciting event will have pupils from 20 primary schools competing in a demanding rowing challenge.


Food and drink

You'll find a great range of food and drink available to purchase from the C&G Catering stalls across the Hoe. Please try using cash to make your purchases from the food and drink stalls as there can sometimes be signal issues on site.

We'd also encourage you to bring along your own reusable coffee cups and water bottles. There is a free water fill station which can be found next to the Plymouth Naval Memorial to help you stay hydrated!


How to get here

There are plenty of ways to travel to the Strength of Spirit Games on Plymouth Hoe including bus, train, car, ferry, car, bike or by foot.

Travel by bus

Bus services run reguarly to Royal Parade which is a 10 minute walk from Plymouth Hoe where the action takes place. 

For bus timetables please use this link:

For journey planning please either call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or use this link:

Travel by park & ride

All visitors arriving by car are encouraged to use Plymouth’s Park and Ride services to Royal Parade which is approximately a 10 minute walk up to the Hoe.

Visitors are encouraged to check the bus timetables before travelling.

Parking at the Park and Rides is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the Park and Ride sites are full by the time you arrive, don’t worry. Please park in the city centre.

Travel by car 

From the North
The main route is via the M5 motorway and then continuing on the A38 Expressway via Exeter. Leave the A38 at Marsh Mills interchange and take the A374 which is clearly signed for the city centre. It takes about 3.5 hours from London to Plymouth.

From the West
Leave the A38 at Manadon interchange and take the A386 into the city. It's about 1.5 hours from Truro.


There are plenty of car parks in the city centre within walking distance of the venue. You can find somewhere to park on the Plymouth City Council parking page. The nearest car park to the Hoe is the Theatre Royal Car Park.

Check if you can help cut the cost and environmental impact of travelling by car with the car share scheme

Disabled Parking

Disabled parking is available in Ballard House car park (West Hoe Road, PL1 3BJ) for approximately 30 car parking spaces for blue badge holders, plus the use of on-street parking.

For more information on the city, you can find maps of Plymouth on the Visit Plymouth website.


Access Information

The Strength of Spirit Games takes place on Plymouth Hoe, which is accessible to all with wide tarmac paths. All paths are suitable for wheelchairs and prams. There are grassy areas too and some seating.


Road closures

The following road closures will be in place for the Strength of Spirit Games Rehabilitation Triathlon on Thursday 27 June.

  • Lockyer Street / Osbourne Place (from junction with Citadel Road to entrance to the Hoe) road closure and parking suspension 8.30am to 4.30pm on 27 June.
  • Hoe Road (from Hoe Approach to the junction with Madeira Road) directional closure between Hoe Approach and Citadel mound 8.30am to 4.30pm on 27/6/24. Parking restriction from 9am on 26 June to 4.30pm on 27 June. Full road closure between Citadel mound and Madeira Road roundabout 8.30am to 4.30pm and parking suspension 7am to 4.30pm on 27 June
  • Citadel Road (from the junction of Lockyer Street to Hoe Approach) directional closure 8.30am to 4.30pm 27 June. Parking restriction from 9am on 26 June to 4.30pm on 27 June
  • Hoe Approach – Directional closure 8.30pm to 4.30pm on 27 June


The Strength of Spirit Games is part of Armed Forces Week in Plymouth, including Armed Forces Day in association with Babcock International, on Saturday 29 June.

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