General Race Information
This page is for general information about the race, any changes specific to the current race can be found on the "Briefing Notes" page.
This race is somewhat different to the normal run of the mill triathlon and will require a little more thought and preparation than many races. This is particularly relevant if you are not used to the narrow and twisty nature of Lakeland roads and are not used to running in the environmentally very sensitive fells of this area. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO STUDY THESE NOTES even if you are a very experienced triathlete.
We strongly recommend having a working rear cycle lamp fitted to your cycle.
This applies to the longer 1/2 Iron Distance Race only. As part of the run goes onto the fells we must be prepared for poor weather. When you enter the transition area prior to the race start you must have with you some form of bag containing full body cover ie jacket and trousers that will protect you from adverse weather. You must also have a suitable map of the route, whistle and compass and the ability to use it. A decision will be made prior to the race start whether conditions warrent taking this equipment with you. We know you would prefer to run without a bag, but if you run without a bag when the decision is that it has to be taken you will be disqualified.
Race HQ Location
Park Foot Camping and Caravan Site, Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NA.
You must park in the designated triathlon field. Please do not park elsewhere on the camp site. Parking on Howtown road is not permitted as this will jeopardise safety, upset local residents and generate complaints to local police. There is a massive amount of room in the triathlon field and you couldn’t get closer. The entrance into the car park will be from Howtown Rd via the first right turn, this however is a very blind turn back out onto the road so you will not be allowed to leave this way, please leave the car park by going out into the main part of the campsite and out on the main track, as shown on the transition plan.
Important note for spectators and supporters - For safety reasons you will not be able to take your car out of the car park until the last competitor has cleared the swim/bike transition (T1). If you do take your car from the car park you will then not be able to return it there until the last competitor has cleared the bike/run transition (T2)
Camping and caravan facilities are first rate. Please book directly with Park Foot Campsite. If you do plan to camp please use in the field set aside for the triathlon as indicated on the plan. You will need to be up early on race day and it is unfair to disturb other campers not connected with the race. This field should also be quieter the night before. Before pitching please register and pay at the main site reception. Inform them that you are with the triathlon and they will direct you to the appropriate area. The camp field is next to the lake, I suggest insect repellent be included on your kit list. Please be aware, Park Foot is a large camp site and is occasionally targeted by traveling criminals. Do not leave equipment, bikes etc, insecure in or on vehicles unattended. In general if you see something you are not happy about make a note and report it to the local police.
Registration will be in the marquee on the triathlon field Saturday between 3-5pm. There will be emergency registration only on the Sunday morning time, see current briefing notes. Sunday will be a long day for athletes and marshals alike so we need to get started promptly. If you can’t register on the Saturday please let us know and please ensure you turn up in good time on Sunday morning. If you paid the lower BTF members entry fee you must produce your current BTF race licence. If not then you will need to pay an extra £5 for a day licence. This is for insurance purposes. If we are not happy you have valid insurance we can’t let you race, so no arguments on this please. If you are not a British Triathlon member and have paid the non BTF member entry fee you will be issued with a BT day license via email before race day.
At registration you will receive a goody bag containing, race numbers, bike tag, race shirt if you have ordered and paid for one and any other race goodies.
Please check that you have been given the correct timing chip - it should have the same number on it as your race number.
You will be issued with 2 numbers, a bike tag and timing chip at registration. One number is to be displayed to the front for the run and the other to the rear for the cycle section. You can use race belts but please ensure your number is clearly displayed as above. Do not pin the middle of your number to the belt as it will fold in half and be impossible to read. Race number needs to be visible for the benefit of race officials and time keepers. Please write your emergency contact details on the back of your race number. If you have any medical conditions which you have informed us of and feel that they are relevant to the race please write these on the back of your race number as well. You will also be issued with a bike number which must be attached around your bike seat pillar prior to taking your bike into transition. Your bib number will be checked against your bike number when removing your bike from transition.
You will be given an orange timing chip and neoprene ankle strap at registration. Please immediately attach the chip to the strap. If you find that you have to force it on you are doing it incorrectly, please ask rather than damage the strap. Put it on as soon as you are issued with it at registration. If you leave it in your car, house, kit bag, you won't get a time.
The transition area is strictly for competitors and officials only. This is for safety and security.
Please attach the bike number around your seat- post before checking into transition. This will be checked against your race number when you remove your bike from transition after the race.
Please also note that the use of mobile phones and iPods, etc is prohibited in the transition area as well as out on the bike and run courses.
There is a toilet block in the transition field. There are also toilets and showers on the adjoining camping field about 400m from transition. There are also lots of toilets and showering facilities on the main campsite on the opposite side of Howtown Rd which we can use. Plan ahead if possible, five minutes before the safety brief is not the best time to start thinking about it.
This will take place in the transition area prior to the start of the races and is compulsory for all entrants, the race briefing will cover route and discipline reminders and any last minute changes which have been made. Attendance is important. Time will be tight, be in your wetsuit and ready to get in the water immediately the brief finishes.
Health & Hygiene
There are simple practises that swimmers should be advised to adopt to minimise the risk of infections further:
- Cover all cuts and abrasions, however minor, with sticking plasters. You should not consider swimming if you have deep cuts.
- Wash hands in fresh water before eating after you have swum.
- Take a full shower at the earliest opportunity.
- Try not to ingest water whilst swimming.
Wetsuit Cleaning. Important
Before arriving at the race please ensure that your wetsuit is cleaned and dried from your previous swim. We ask you to do this to prevent the spread of waterborne non-native invasive species.
Please click here to find out why this is so important and what you need to do.
We have to obtain permission from Natural England to hold the swim element of this event in Ullswater as it is a SSSI. The consent is given only on condition that we ensure that any items taken into the lake are washed prior to leaving the site. There will be a wetsuit washing area in the transition. You must take your wetsuit, hat and goggles to be washed before leaving the transition area after the race. Also take your race number, once your wetsuit has been washed to the satisfaction of the steward your number will be endorsed. You may then take your wetsuit along wilth all other equipment out of the transition area. Basically we kidnap your bike until your wetsuit is cleaned.
Please be aware that waterborne non-native invasive species are a real problem. Please take some time to read the leaflet linked below and ensure that your wetsuit is clean and dry before you arrive at Glenridding.
There are countless scenarios which may cause a change to the planned arrangements for any race and it is not possible to list them all. However the more foreseeable are: Swim; There are very many reasons that may cause the swim to have to be cancelled. If that is the case then a preliminary run will be held to separate competitors before they take to their bikes. Cycle: If part of the cycle course becomes unsuitable then an alternative course will be considered or if delays are anticipated on part of the course, eg. temporary traffic lights, then a deduction in time will be made for affected riders. Run: If any part of the run route becomes unsuitable then an alternative route or diversion around the affected part of the route will be considered. ANY CHANGES TO THE PLANNED FORMAT OR ROUTE WILL BE POSTED IN THE RACE BRIEFING NOTES AS SOON AS THEY ARE KNOWN.
Most importantly have a very safe and enjoyable day.
Cut-Off Times - Long Race Only
It is our intention to give everyone who can finish the course the opportunity to do so; however it is unreasonable to expect marshals to stay on their posts for an indefinite period. You should be aware that if you pass a particular point after the cut-off time you will be doing so in the knowledge that there will be no further marshal assistance and that you do so entirely at your own risk. You will be instructed to remove your chip and marked as DNF.
- End of cycle lap 1, 24 miles, 11.30
- Transition 2 end of bike 13.45
- Aid Station 1, 5.5.miles, 15:45:00
Your timing chip will be your "baton". Runner 1 must wear the chip around their ankle. Changeover will be at the bike racking point. The cyclist may be helmeted and ready to go, but the bike must remain racked until they have received and securely fastened the timing chip to their ankle. On returning the cyclist must rack their bike before removing the timing chip. They then hand it to the runner for run 2 who must again attach it to their ankle before setting off from the bike racking point. If the chip is carried in any other way than on the ankle of the active participant the team will be disqualified.
Please see the separate race route page. Remember, BTF rules stipulate that it is the competitors responsibility to familiarise themselves with the route. There will NOT be a marshal at the point that you turn onto the second lap of the main bike route but it will be well signed.
You are responsible for your own safety. The roads will not be closed and there are no exceptions to normal road traffic regulations. Marshals cannot stop traffic; they are there purely there to indicate the route. Please take particular care on the narrow roads on the far side of the lake.
Drinks & Refreshments
Will be available on each transition exit and at the finish. Colin will have his coffee truck on the field. There are many other facilities in the town a short walk from transition.
This will be as soon as possible after the race has finished. Please be patient, the more you hassle the longer it takes. Prizes will be for the first three male/female in each age category.
British Triathlon Day Membership
If you are not a current British Triathlon Race License holder you should have paid an additional £5 for BT day membership when entered the race . This is an electronic version of the ADITL British Triathlon Day Membership form. We will have this recorded on the registration sheets and you do not need to print it and bring it with you..If you did not pay the additional £5 and you do not have a race licence then you will have to pay the additional £5 at registration.
AquaBike 1/2 Iron Distance Only
All AquaBikers will be in the Half Iron Distance swim start. Swim and bike sections will be as in the triathlon. At the conclusion of the cycle section do not return into transition. There will be a section of bike racking just after the cycle dismount on the run-in to the finish. Rack your bike here then run under the finish arch to finish. Once you have had your timing chip removed and recovered sufficiently please collect your bike from the racking as it's security cannot be guaranteed.