The swim course will be 1000m per lap. Short race does 1 lap, long race does 2 laps.
There will be safety kayaks and a rescue launch. If you get into difficulty, don’t panic, it’s hard to sink in a wetsuit. Lie on your back and hold an arm directly upwards, one of the kayaks will then attend to you. They will then tow you to the shore or to the safety launch if necessary. The swim course will be marked with 1.5m high yellow buoys.
VISIBILITY CAN BE POOR WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU HAVE A WORKING REAR LIGHT FITTED TO YOUR BIKE.
Route on STRAVA
The roads will all be open to other traffic. It is your responsibility to negotiate safely around the route and to comply with all road traffic regulations.
There is a 3.9 mile leg out to the circuit, a lap of the circuit is 20 miles then 3.9 miles back to the transition area. The short course race does 1 lap of the circuit and the long race does 2 laps. The course is definitely undulating and very attractive but also has a drag strip along the A6 for the bums up heads down aficionados.
There are 3 unavoidable right turns within the first 4 miles, however the roads are fairly quite and visibility is good at all the locations, however remember marshals cannot control traffic and it is your responsibility to negotiate all of the course safely.
The route will be signed and all key points will be marshalled, however it is the competitor’s responsibility to know the route, so at least check it out on a reasonable map, better still drive it or ride it prior to the race. It is a long hard ride, you will need food with you and I would suggest 2 drinks bottles which you should make sure you consume before arriving at T2.
ALL MARSHALS ARE ASSISTANT RACE OFFICIALS. IF THEY CONSIDER THAT YOU ARE RIDING DANGEROUSLY THEY WILL REPORT IT TO THE OVERALL RACE OFFICIAL. THERE IS ONLY ONE SANCTION FOR DANGEROUS RIDING - DISQUALIFICATION.
Important Safety Note for 1/2 Iron Distance Race Entrants. You must bring into transition some form of bag containing full body cover, foil survival blanket, whistle, compass and ability to use it if necessary, and suitable map of the route that you are happy you can safely navigate by in the event of poor visibility - electronic devices alone are not enough. At the race briefing we will announce whether or not taking your poor weather kit with you on the run will be compulsory. If it is made compulsory you will be checked going out of transition that you have it with you, if you don’t take it with you, you will be DISQUALIFIED.
Long Course Run Route - 12.8 miles
The run is a mix of road, path and fell. Footwear is your choice, I strongly recommend fell shoes, light racing flats are not suitable. There will be an Aid Station on the long course which you will pass at about 5 miles and 9.5 miles. This will be situated where the two loops of the route come together near to the rear of the Howtown Hotel. Water and food will be available at the Aid Station. If you wish we will take a drinks bottle for you to the run Aid Station for you. Please ensure that your race number is displayed on the bottle and place in correct basket outside the registration marquee on Sunday morning.
If taking a drink at the aid station YOU MUST STOP, DRINK AND DEPOSIT YOU CUP IN THE BIN PROVIDED BEFORE CONTINUING. The slinging of plastic cups will result in your disqualification.
In the event of poor weather, particularly poor visibility, the run route may be changed. I have seen snow in June in this area. Please do not put yourself, fellow competitors and the rescue services at risk by not being suitably prepared. The last 3 ½ miles of the run are on-road.
Short Course Run Route
The route is a mix of trail and road. Footware is your choice, I would recommend off-road shoes and definately not light weight racing flats. The course follows the same route as the long couse route for the first 4.2 miles where you turn right before reaching Howtown. You cut down through Swarthbeck Farm onto the lakeside road before returning along Howtown Road to the finish. There will be no drinks stations on the route. Make sure you are fully hydrated before leaving Transition 2.
You pass this location twice after 5 miles and then again after 9.5 miles. If you want your own bottle taking to this feed please deposit it in the appropriate box outside the registration tent on the race morning. There will be labels at registration which you can put your race number on to stick to your bottle. There will be water and food there.
This section should not be necessary, however it is. This race takes place in an environmentally sensitive area. It is not acceptable to drop any litter, energy bar/gel wrappers or anything else on any part of the course. It is a criminal offence and if caught doing so by any race official will result in disqualification. It is easy to tuck any wrappers etc into the leg of your shorts while you are racing and dispose of correctly when you finish.
Fell runners please note:- in triathlon the idea is that everyone does the same route. This also applies to the swim and the bike. Taking short cuts will result in disqualification and may also jeopardise the future of the event.