When is registration open?
Saturday from 14:30 until 17:00 at Registration in Grosvenor Park.
Sunday from 05:45 until 08:00.
Where do the race numbers go?
You will receive a sticker set that consists of a personalised helmet and seat post sticker. You will also receive one race number, you must wear a race belt, if you do not have one we have some spares. If you wear your number under your wetsuit please check it is visible when you take it off. Your number must be clearly visible on your back during the cycle and on your front during the run.
Your timing chip should be worn on your left ankle. Please ensure you have the correct chip number before leaving registration.
Is there somewhere to leave my shoes at the start?
There is nowhere to leave any shoes at the start or at the swim exit.
Is it a deep water swim and is there somewhere to warm up?
It’s a deep water start, depending on timings there should be time for a brief warm up. If you get in first then you should be able to get a 5 minute warm up.
What happens if the river is too cold?
The full 1500m swim can take place at 12.5 degrees, a shortened swim can take place at 11 degrees. If its colder than that it will be a duathlon, 5km run 40km bike 10km run but this is highly unlikely. Swim temperature will be displayed at registration and transition any changes to the race will be announced on the day.
Is the swim against the current?
The swim is equally up and down stream. The Middle distance goes downstream for 200m first before going upstream to the turaround point and then back to the swim exit. The current is stronger where the water is deepest, usually in the middle or on the outside of a bend, the current will be weaker on inside of the bend. Upstream, against the current, you will save more energy swimming on the inside of the bend, but downstream, to take advantage of the current, swim to outside of a bend.
Please obey the instructions of the safety canoeists. If you get into difficulty then roll on to your back and wave and a marshal will come to you, please hold on to the end of a safety canoe and follow the instructions of the marshal.
What happens in transition?
There are no transition tours this year, you can view the transition area on Sat.
When can I rack my bike?
Transition will be open from 05:45 on Sunday, you cannot rack your bike on Saturday. Racking is not numbered and a marshal will indicate where you should rack, racks will be filled from one end to the other as people arrive, please do not rack except where you are told to. Make a careful note of where your bike is so you do not get lost when you are racing. You may not mark your position in any way.
You may only enter through the ENTRANCE gate, you must ensure your bike, your helmet and your body are marked with your number before attempting to enter transition.
You should aim to rack your bike 1 hour before your race start.
What time does transition close?
Transition will remain open for later waves to rack after the first waves have started. We would ask everyone to make sure they are racked in plenty of time to get to the start. Please take care in transition as there may be people racing when you are racking.
When will I be able to get my bike after the race?
Once you have finished, please remove your bike as soon as possible and vacate the site.
Are there any showers?
There are no showers this year. The swimming pool is not available this year.
We have arranged with Queens Park High School to allow parking on their premises on Sat & Sunday. All day parking on Sat 3rd June will be £3 payable on the Gate. It is about 500m from registration. Post Code is CH4 7AE.
Race Day Parking
Parking will be available in the Castle Car Park, Queens Park High School and the Queens Park University campus from 5:30am.
Please do not park on either the bike or run routes as this will severely affect the race safety.
We strongly request that spectators do not come into Grosvenor Park and do not gather in groups, they must also adhere to social distancing at all times.
If possible please avoid bringing spectators.
No nutrition will be provided this year as we are not permitted to hand out goody bags.
High5 Aqua Gels and bottled water will be available at the Meadows Drinks station on the Run Course. This will be self service and you must ensure all litter is deposited in the bins provided. Littering on the course will result in disqualification.
Saturday – Registration
- 14:30 – 17:00 Registration in Grosvenor Park
Sunday – Race Day
- 05:45 Parking Opens
- 05:45 – 08:00 Registration in Grosvenor Park
- 05:45 -08:30 Transition Open for racking
- 07:00-07:20 Middle Distance Start
- 08:10-08:30 Olympic Distance Start
- 08:30 Aquabike Start
- 10:00 First Olympic Finisher
- 11:30 First Middle Finisher
- 13:00 Last Olympic Finisher
- 15:00 Last Middle Finisher
The prize giving will take place at the bandstand, approx. 13:00 and consists of:
Overall winners; Male & Female prizes for both Olympic & Middle
- 1st £300 cash
- 2nd £150 cash
- 3rd £100 cash
Age groups: Winners only, trophies
Athletes are required to attend the presentation to receive their awards.
Age category shall be determined as at 31st December in the current year.
Age group winners who also win an overall prize will receive both prizes, no roll down.