Junior Triathlon Distance & Course

Distances

Group
Age
Swim
Bike
Run
Tristart 8 yrs 50m / 2 Lengths 500m 400m
Super Sprint 9 – 16rs 100m / 4 Lengths 2000m 800m
Sprint 9 – 16rs 150m / 6 Lengths 2000m 1200m
Tri 1 9 – 10yrs 150m / 6 Lengths 2000m 1200m
Tri 2 11 – 12yrs 250m / 10 Lengths 4000m 1600m
Tri 3 13 – 14yrs 400m / 16 Lengths 5000m 2400m
Youths 15 – 16rs 500m / 20 Lengths 6000m 2800m

You can enter one event, 8 year olds can only compete in the Tristart event, 9-10 years olds compete at Super Sprint Distance while 11 – 16 year olds can choose either Super Sprint, Sprint or their age specific distance.

Please note age is your age on 31st December 2017.

Swim

The swimming pool is a 5 lane 25m pool.

Competitors will set off at different times in age categories except the novices who will set off together irrespective of age.

If you get into difficulty during the swim you can gain assistance by grabbing the wall or the lane rope.

A maximum of four swimmers will be in each lane at any one time; there are five lanes in the pool. Competitors will be started together and after the first length will swim in a chain. This allows competitors to race head to head and makes timing easier. You will be told which direction to swim in by the swim marshal. You will be provided with a coloured swim cap. Please wear this so you can easily be identified by a marshal. Drop the cap in front of the swim marshal when you exit the water.

The swim marshals will be counting your lengths but competitors are responsible for completing the correct number so please make sure you know how many lengths you have to swim.

When you have completed your swim, climb out of the pool and put on your trainers and race T shirt/vest at the end of the pool. Leave through the doors at the top of the pool and follow the directions for the run course Please shout out your number as you leave the pool area.

Swimming Rules

  1. Swim in the direction you are told and try not to get in anyone else’s way. Keep to the sides of each lane, do not swim down the middle. The first length will be a sprint to gain position, drop back if you are being overtaken or are tapped on the foot. When you push off to turn, make sure another swimmer is not coming down the wrong side of the lane.
  2. You must put your trainers and on before leaving the pool area.
  3. Tumble turns will be allowed but remember there are others in your lane so take care.

Bike Course

The bike will take place on the playing fields behind the sports centre.

You MUST put on your helmet first, then pick up your bike and run/walk with it to the transition area exit point. DO NOT CYCLE IN THE TRANSITION AREA. You will NOT be allowed to leave the transition area until your helmet is on and securely fastened.

Mount your bike at the mount line, making sure your number is clearly displayed. If your number is not clearly displayed, you may receive a penalty.

There will be marshals counting laps but it is your responsibility to ensure you complete the correct number. (Age groups and the corresponding laps they must complete are included in these notes). Shout your number as you complete each lap when you pass the marshals. Remember to check if it is safe to overtake by looking behind first.

When you have completed your final bike lap, you must dismount before the dismount point. Do not cycle past this point or you will receive a penalty. Give your bike to a marshal before unfastening and removing your helmet.

You may then start the run section.

Bike Rules

  1. Helmets are compulsory. Your helmet must be an approved ANSI Z90.4, SNELL B90, EN 1078 or equivalent standard and this can be checked by looking inside your helmet.

Run Course

The run will take place on the playing fields and will follow an anti-clockwise direction all on grass.

Collect a wrist band from the ‘band station’ each time you pass. 1 band = 1 lap completed. Once you’ve collected all your bands, complete your final circuit but divert to the finish line.

Running Rules

  1. Make sure your number can be clearly seen.
  2. Wear suitable footwear – NO BARE FEET PERMITTED

Withdrawals

If you have to drop out of your race for any reason, please tell a race official immediately.