The University of Bath push-start track was the setting for the latest Di v Darren challenge for Sky Sport’s popular Game Changers programme.
Presenters Di Dougherty and Darren Campbell joined members of the British GBR 2 four-man bobsleigh crew at the track shortly before the crew headed off to Sochi for the Olympic Winter Games. The Sky Sports pair met crew members and then had a go on the track themselves.
Campbell in particular is used to speed – he joined Bath Bullet Jason Gardener in Great Britain’s gold medal winning 4x100m relay quartet at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
But who won the Di v Darren bobsleigh challenge? You’ll have to wait to find out on a future edition of Game Changers, which is screened at 9am on Sky Sports 1 on Saturday (15 February). For more photos see our Facebook site.
Game Changers is the latest high profile programme to use the push-start track. A team of celebrities, including Sir Steve Redgrave, Darren Gough and Anthea Turner recently tried out the track to prepare themselves to tackle the skeleton and bobsleigh challenge on Channel 4’s The Jump. Bath’s Amy Williams, Vancouver 2010 skeleton gold medallist was on hand to show them the ropes.
The track also made an appearance on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen last week, with wine master Peter Richards trying out a skeleton start.
The 140m push-start track is the only one of its kind in the country and was designed to help some of Britain’s top winter sports athletes practice their starts away from the ice.
The track was constructed with the support of Sport England’s Lottery fund and sponsors VT Aerospace. It was used for the first time in December 2001 and officially opened in February 2002 by Lord Glentoran, a bobsleigh gold medallist at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games and then known as Robin Dixon, and Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath.