We have learned a lot since events were initially wiped out by coronavirus. In September Trihard held the Helvellyn Triathlon with 500 entrants. The event went very well and the day was in no way diminished by measures that we had to put in place to make it covid-secure.
People are now well used to measures such as face covering and social distancing so not too many reminders were necessary. We did have to have individual starts of just a few seconds to establish distancing in the swim, but that really did not detract from the event for 99% of the participants, it was still very much a race.
For the time being we have to assume the measures that are currently in place will still be in place next August. Like everyone else I very much hope that is not so. If nothing changes as well as all of the social distancing measures then the race will have to have individual starts of a few seconds, but it can be competitive.
- Time trial format - British Triathlon insist all sanctioned events must be in TT format while social distancing rules apply. This means that each swimmer will start individually. The fastest declared swimmer will set off first, followed by the second fastest and so on.
- Transition area - The current BT view is that bike racking social distancing can be 1m+. At all other times 2m applies. Time spent in transition pre and post race must be kept to an absolute minimum. A strict one way system will apply at all times. You really do only need to bring what you need for the race to transition, therefore large bags and boxes are banned. This Ikea Frakta bag is ideal, and only 40p.
- Aid Stations - We cannot provide food or drink for you during the race. For the full and half distance races we will provide bags for you to put your own food/drink in and we will take them to the aid stations for you out on the course. They will be placed in number order, you must stop, take your own food/drink and place the bag back neatly in position before continuing. There will be emergency water only on the course. You can keep food/drink at your transition place.
- Catering - We are currently working with our caterers to ensure that we can safely deliver our planned pre-and post-race food. We are hopeful that this can be achieved, but if not , an appropriate refund will be made.
- Camping - Is permitted but there are limited toilet/washing/ showering facilities. If you do intend to camp it will greatly assist if you can be self-sufficient in terms of facilities. Clearly this is not always possible if you are under canvas. On site facilities will be regularly cleaned but will be closed overnight from late evening. There will be some portable toilets for overnight emergencies.
- Spectators - This is the advice from British Triathlon
Spectators are to be discouraged from attending events. However, it is acknowledged that non-competing persons may need to attend the event with a competitor. All non-competing persons must maintain social distancing from all other people and refrain from being in high traffic areas.