Race info for Junior Triathlon
Sunday 19th August 2018 – 3pm
Please read this information carefully as it contains some key information regarding your race. Any last minute amendments to the race information will be published here on the event website.
RACE VENUE AND PARKING
The event will take place at the Castle Green, Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, NE69 7DF. There will be many competitors visiting Bamburgh for the event and with limited street parking available we are advising all competitors to use the EVENT CAR PARK where a substantial amount of additional parking has been made available in the village next to St Aiden’s Church. The parking fee is £3 for all day parking and it is a 2 minute walk from the race venue. The car park will be well signposted, as you arrive into Bamburgh follow the signs for ‘EVENT PARKING’. Please avoid parking curbside in the village to prevent congestion during the race as this forms part of the bike course.
ARRIVING ON SITE
When you arrive on site follow the signs to REGISTRATION.
Please ensure that you find a safe place to rest your bike while you register as you cannot enter Transition until you have your registration pack.
If you registered for the race as a BTF member, you will be required to show your licence at registration. If you do not have your licence with you, you will be required to purchase a day licence for £5. If you registered as a non-member then you will have pre-paid for your day licence when you registered. Your licence includes 3rd party insurance for the event.
Please check you have received the following items before leaving registration:
- Swim Hat (compulsory for the swim).
- Your Race Timing Chip and strap – please ensure that this is attached to your LEFT ankle prior to the race start. No chip, no time!
- 2 Race numbers – displayed on your back for the bike phase and on your front for the run. If you are using a number belt, you will only need one number.
- 2 Bike Numbers. Stick one to the front of your helmet and the other onto your bike so that it is clearly visible.
You will need to bring the following items:
- Wetsuit (compulsory)
- Shorts, Swimsuit or Trisuit (to be worn under your wetsuit)
- Cycle/Run T Shirt (unless you are wearing a trisuit.
- Cycle Helmet (that fits!)
- Running Shoes
There are NO changing available inside the cricket pavilion, this is for official use only. If you need to deposit a bag for collection after the race there will be a designated BAG DROP area within the transition area. Please deposit all bags here as this helps improve safety by keeping the Transition area clear. This area is manned by event staff, but please be aware that bags will be left at your own risk, and that the event organisers will not take responsibility for your belongings that you leave here.
Transition is the area set out to hold your bike and kit for the swim, bike and run stages. You will use this area twice, once to change from your swim to your bike, and the second time from your bike to your run. Access to Transition will only be given to competitors and you are allowed one companion in transition area before the race to help you set up your equipment. Before you enter, please ensure that you have your bike numbers attached and also your helmet. Once in Transition, head to your racking position according to your race number.
Once the race has started, only competitors will be allowed into transition.
This will take place next to Transition. It is compulsory to attend the briefing as all safety notices will be issued here together with any course amendments. The Race Director and Race Official will talk you through the course and the race rules. It is also your chance to ask any questions you may have regarding the event.
If at any time after you have registered you decide to withdraw from the race, please notify a marshal or advise the race director. This is especially important if you withdraw at any time during the swim phase.
It is the responsibility of competitors to do their own continuous Risk Assessment of the course and to be responsible for their own safety.
RACE START TIMES
The provisional start times will be as follows:
Tristar 1 – 3pm
Tristar 2 – 3.20pm
Tristar 3 – 3.40pm
All competitors should be ready to race at 3pm. Following Tristar 1, we will run the races as close together as we can, so that competitors don’t have a long wait, but we’ll make sure there’s enough separation between races to ensure the courses are safe.
PLEASE NOTE WETSUITS ARE COMPULSORY. The races will start on the beach in front of Bamburgh Castle and the course will involve a run on the diagonal to a buoy, swim 100m parallel with the shoreline to another buoy and then back along the diagonal to the start point. Tristar 1 will complete 1 lap, Tristar 2, 2 laps and Tristar 3, 3 laps.
The course will be clearly marked by buoys and there will be a water safety team consisting of marshals in the water & kayaks. We recommend that you immerse yourself in the water prior to the race start to familiarise yourself with the conditions and water temperature.
If at any time after you have registered you withdraw from the race, please notify a marshal or advise the race director. This is especially important if you withdraw during the swim phase.
If you get into difficulty during the swim please turn on your back and raise one hand in the air and assistance will come to you and if necessary take you to the shore. Please do not swim if you feel unwell or are recovering from a virus or infection.
In the unlikely event that conditions do not allow the swim to take place, the race will be run as a duathlon, run-bike-run event.
If you get into difficulty during the swim please turn on your back and raise one hand in the air and a kayak will come to you and if necessary arrange for a safety boat to take you to the shore. Please do not swim if you feel unwell or are recovering from a virus or infection – seek advice from your GP.
TRANSITION TO BIKE T1
On exiting the sea at the end of the swim, there is an approximate 300 metre run up to Transition 1 (T1).
Once in transition, you must secure your helmet strap before removing your bike from the rack and it must not be undone until your bike is replaced on the rack after finishing the bike section.
After you exit T1, walk/run your bike up to the MOUNT LINE, which will be marshalled and clearly marked.
The bike course consists of laps around the perimeter of the cricket pitch (600 metres):
Tristar 1 – 2 laps
Tristar 2 – 3 laps
Tristar 3 – 5 laps
TRANSITION TO RUN
Once you have completed the necessary laps, dismount from your bike before the DISMOUNT LINE and run/walk your bike into T2 to your numbered racking spot – do not unfasten your helmet until your bike is securely racked or you will be penalised.
The run course consists of laps around the perimeter of the cricket pitch (500 metres)
Tristar 1 – 2 laps
Tristar 2 – 3 laps
Tristar 3 – 4 laps
Approaching the finish, you will be guided into a chute to the finish line in front of Bamburgh Castle.
Only after all the races have finished will you be allowed into Transition to collect your bike and equipment. Please present your race number to retrieve your bike.
The race presentations will take place at the Pavilion after the races have concluded.
We’ll be playing some groovy tunes & there’ll be food and refreshments available for purchase. The evening Sprint Triathlon will be taking place at 5.30pm, so don’t hurry away, take in the stunning location and lap up the atmosphere!