Information for Competitors
DEVA DIVAS TRIATHLON AND AQUABIKE WILL BE RUN UNDER BRITISH TRIATHLON RULES. FULL RULES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE BT WEBSITE , IN THEIR HANDBOOK OR AT REGISTRATION. THIS IS A NON-DRAFTING RACE AND CYCLE HELMETS ARE COMPULSORY.
DEVA DIVAS QUADRATHLON WILL BE RUN UNDER BRITISH QUADRATHLON ASSOCIATION RULES. FULL RULES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE BQA WEBSITE, OR AT REGISTRATION. THIS IS A NON-DRAFTING RACE AND CYCLE HELMETS ARE COMPULSORY.
Directions and parking
The race venue is the Meadows, Elizabeth Crescent/Lower Park Road, Queen’s Park, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7BB. Parking will be on the Meadows. Please do not park along Elizabeth Crescent or LowerPark road!! We do not want to inconvenience local residents and Elizabeth Crescent is also part of the bike route.
From the motorway network, follow the M53 towards Chester to the motorway end where it becomes the A55. Leave the A55 at the junction with the A483 (Wrexham turning) and turn right towards Chester. Continue along the A483 for two miles, going straight on at junctions/roundabouts.
At the end of this road you reach a large roundabout with traffic lights (Overleigh roundabout). Stay in the right hand lane and take the fifth exit to Overleigh Road (signposted Handbridge). After about 700 yards turn right into Queen’s Park Road (just after Shell garage and before Post Office). If you go over a small river bridge (weir on the right) you have gone too far and are heading into the city centre.
Take the first turning left into Victoria Crescent (after a large office building) – the road bears around to the right (Lower Park Road) – follow this down to a sharp 90◦ turning. You will turn left off Elizabeth Crescent onto a track down onto the Meadows. Marshalls will direct you to park.
If you are coming to register on the Saturday afternoon – parking will be on the Meadows (no charge).
Parking on race day will be on the Meadows – there will be an optional charge per car of £3. All proceeds will be donated to Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, MIND and BEAT.
Please note that once parked on the Meadows on race day – no vehicles will be able to leave until the last person has finished!!! If you need to leave directly after you have finished/early then please do not park on the Meadows. Parking will close at 8am on race day.
Accommodation / Camping
Camping is not allowed on the Meadows but there are various campsites around Chester. Contact the visitor information office on 01244 402111 or go to their website www.visitchester.com for camping and other accommodation options.
Registration will be in the marquee on Saturday afternoon between 4pm and 6pm and Sunday morning between 6.15am and 7.35am. You will be issued with your race numbers, swim cap (which must be worn as it denotes your wave), timing chip and Divas T-shirt here.
To register – Go directly to the registration desk (there will be a separate registration desk for quadrathlon competitors – no need for BT licence as the Quad is covered by the British Quadrathlon Association) and give them your name. Please check notice board for any late changes or important information. Don’t forget to bring along and show your BT licence otherwise you will not be able to claim your refund (triathlon competitors only!). If you don’t have a BT licence a BT day licence, which allows you to race, is included in the entry fee. You will be given your start pack with race number, timing chip, bike number, bike helmet number, kayak number (for quad) and swim hat. If you have a medical condition, please write the details on the back of your race number.
There will be several Chester Tri ladies in Registration to answer any queries and also walk you through transition!
Give yourself plenty of time to set up your transition space, rack your bike, make sure your full drinks bottle is on your bike and set out your running shoes, bicycle helmet, number belt or number pinned to a top, and for the Quadrathletes, paddles, buoyancy aid (and canoe shoes if you are using them), and place your kayak in the holding area. When you are happy with your set up visualise your race, walk your way around transition and work out your transition routines.
Wetsuits are compulsory – unless the water temperature increases, in which case it may become optional. This is a decision made on the morning. It is currently about 20 degrees!
750m – Point to point – going with the current! We will get you into the river at the ferry point opposite Sandy Lane car park. You will be counted in – please wait your turn!! Do not get into the river elsewhere – you must pass the marshals who are counting you in (safety!!).
The swim will be divided into three waves the first one (Quad) starting at 8.20am – second and third (Tri waves) at 8.30/8.40 am. Have yet to
decide which wave our AquaBike ladies will be in! Your hat colour will denote which wave you are in. Registration will also tell you whether you are Wave 1 (Quad), Wave 2or 3. Enter the water through the funnel to enable the marshals to count you in. There will be very big buoys (orange ones!) in the water. You must keep the buoys on your right hand side – i.e., swim to the left of the buoys. This is to ensure segregation from other river traffic.
If you are nervous or don’t feel too confident in the swim – don’t worry!! Stay to the side or near the back. There will be plenty of room – the river is nice and wide!
If you get into difficulty lie on your back with your hand in the air to signal to the canoes that you require aid. When one comes to you please listen to their instructions – do not grab onto them with both hands…we don’t want them in the water too!
Transition is right by swim exit – you will be helped up a ramp out of the river onto the pontoon then run across a path (matted) into transition (grass area) so no need for shoes at the exit. At swim exit there will be a table with handwipes – all competitors are advised to wipe their hands before proceeding to bike transition. This should reduce the transfer of any river bacteria to food / drink.
Although you can walk down to the swim start in bare feet (it is mostly grass) – I personally would use flip flops. There will be someone to bring these back to the marquee for you to reclaim at the end of the race. It would be appreciated if you did remember to do – I will keep leftover flip flops for a couple of weeks but after that they will be binned…
Kayak - for Deva Diva Quadrathletes
Equipment – Any sort of kayak or canoe can be used – if unsure please email firstname.lastname@example.org, (K1, wild water kayak, sea kayak, surf ski, touring kayak, and sit on tops). Every kind of paddle is allowed, there are no restrictions in size, form or material.
The Competitor is personally responsible that her equipment is in legally in satisfactory condition and that their boat is sufficiently buoyant to remain afloat and to support them in the event of capsize.
The wearing of life jackets or buoyancy aids is compulsory for all paddlers in this race.
(Life jackets must comply with either the European Standard ‘EN393 or 395 or International Standard ‘ISO 12402’).
The Course 4km – upstream 2km and downstream 2km, with 3 turn around buoys.
You will pick up your Buoyancy aids, paddles, and canoe shoes (if needed) in transition after your swim, you will then go back to the river bank and launch your kayak. You will go slightly downstream and paddle across the river and turn clockwise around a buoy, you will then paddle upstream for 2km, keeping the swim buoys to your right.
Just past the ‘Red House you will see another buoy, you will paddle anti-clockwise around this and head back downstream, in the centre of the river this time keeping the swim buoys to your left. You will paddle 2 km back to the first buoy, this time going around it anti-clockwise so your face back upstream slightly as you head back to the bank.
Get out of your kayak, leave it on the side and the marshals will return it to a holding pen. You must take your paddles and buoyancy aids (canoe shoes) all back to transition, where you will get ready for the bike leg.
The Kayak marshals can offer to help athletes to get in or out of their kayaks if needed, or due to difficult conditions ie: weather or launching, or if an athlete needs help after a capsize.
All paddlers are required to render assistance to other competitors in distress.
25K mainly on country lanes – all signposted and marshalled!
You must abide by the rules of the road, and take directions from the marshals. Anybody found to be riding dangerously will be disqualified. The first and last section of the bike route are through Queen’s Park. Ride with care to avoid residents and parked cars!
- From transition exit the Meadows and turn left onto Elizabeth Crescent (Note: The track from transition up to the gate out onto Elizabeth Crescent is reasonably steep – ensure bike is in correct gear – easy one!)
- Turn left onto Edinburgh Way
- Turn right onto St George’s Crescent
- Turn left onto Cross Hey
- Turn right onto Appleyards Lane
- Turn left onto Beeston View
- Turn right onto Eccleston Avenue
- Turn left onto Eaton Road – listen to marshals when exiting onto Eaton Road as this can be a busy road
- Continue along Eaton Road to Eccleston
- Turn right at t-junction onto Hill Road / Rake Lane – the lane narrows to go beneath a bridge approximately 200 yards from the turning. Although you have right of way from this direction please take care to avoid oncoming vehicles
- At t-junction turn left onto B5445 (Wrexham Road). Continue along B5445 to roundabout for A55/Llay turning. This is the turnaround point – Marshalls will be noting your number at this point. From here you will retrace the route back to Eccleston Avenue then
- Turn left into Hartington Street
- Turn right into Appleyards Lane
- Turn left into Cross Hey
- Turn right into St George’s Crescent
- Turn left into Edinburgh Way
- Turn right into Elizabeth Crescent and back to the Meadows.
Caution: There are speed bumps at the Eccleston end of Eaton Road and also through Eccleston village. Be aware that there will be traffic along the B5445 – the Grosvenor Garden Centre opens at 10am and vehicles will be coming/going – also in Pulford / Rossett be aware of parked vehicles by the shops/newsagents and church and more speed bumps just before the newsagents (adjacent to a small play park).
There is a pelican crossing in Rossett just after the newspaper shop – this will be marshalled and the marshals will endeavour to cross people over without having to use the lights! If anyone does use the lights you must obey the Highway Code and stop. Should this happen the marshal will take a note of your number and the length of time stopped – this will be relayed back to the timing people and that time deducted from your final time.
5K on riverside paths
Leave the bike transition and start the run, following the signs. The run will be two laps.
There will be a water station on the run route just before the halfway point of the lap. It will be bottled water – please take one on the way out and, if you don’t want to keep hold of the bottle, only throw it onto the area opposite the drinks station on your return.
Prize vouchers are donated by Tri Girl our main race sponsors (www.trigirl.com ). For Deva Divas Triathlon, there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall as well as 1st in each age category (depending on numbers in age categories). Winners will be eligible for one prize. For Deva Divas Quadrathlon there will be prizes for overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd as well as 1st in age categories (depending on numbers in age categories)one prize for the winner of each category (Under 23 (16-22), Senior 23-39, Vet 40, Vet 50 and Vet 60). There will be overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the AquaBike.
Tri Active will be donating all sorts of goodies as spot prizes – it will be a great surprise to see what you get. They are also allowing Divas 15% discount from any item bought in the shop! www.triactive.co.uk
We will be using chip timing again this year provided by Nifty Entries (www.niftyentries.com) . It has proven extremely successful in past years. If you register on Saturday please ensure that you bring your chip along with you on Sunday – do NOT leave it at home, or in your hotel…or anywhere else!! Your chip will be taken off you in the Finish area – please do not leave the Finish area without handing the chip in….any chip not handed in is subject to a £10 charge!
On The Run Catering will be on site to dish up delicious bacon butties, fantastic hot dishes, cakes and numerous other tasty morsels.
Fresh Caterers will be on site on Saturday during registration serving teas and coffees with a selection of cakes, then again for the whole day Sunday!
All the cakes at the Finish for you to enjoy are homemade by Amy Edwards Catering!! Yum!!
Dave Rigby is the British Triathlon race referee for the day.
First aid is covered by RTC Medical Solutions Ltd. They will be based on the Meadows for the duration of the race. Hopefully they will not be required!
Zen Photography (Chris Ashley and crew) will be out on the course so make sure you keep smiling – special big one for the finish!!
2019 Programme Summary
Saturday 10th July:
16.00-18.00 Registration open (You may park on the Meadows)
Sunday 11th July:
06.15 Transition and registration open
07.35 Transition and registration close
07.40 Race brief at start area
08.20 Wave 1 – Quad
08.30 Wave 2 – Tri
08.40 Wave 3 – Tri
End! 12 noon-ish for prize giving!!
Don’t forget that no vehicles will be allowed to leave the Meadows until the last Diva has finished! Also – cycles cannot be taken from transition area until the last runner has left the area! You will need to show your race number to collect your bike.
Thank you all for entering!! Enjoy!
Sally Napthen and the wonderful team of volunteers!
Chester Triathlon Club