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. The pre-race briefing will be brief and will only cover important safety issues and changes.
The cycle route is long and hilly, but it is relatively straightforward. The run is a mix of track, fell and road. It will massively assist you if you study the course on a good map beforehand, OS Outdoor Leisure 5 is ideal; the map on the website is intended only as an indication and is not sufficient to navigate by effectively, you will also need a map to take with you in the race.
It's a long day for marshals and we can't keep them on the fell indefinitely therefore we have to have cut-off times for the run.
Leaving T2 (starting the run) 2.50pm
Red Tarn - before the final climb to the summit 4.20pm
There will be a sweep following the last runner. If you get to Red Tarn after 3.00pm you will be directed to either return the way you came or turn right and descend via another main path to rejoin the course at Glenridding youth hostel. You will of course then be out of the race.
Jenkins Field, Glenridding, Nr Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0PB
Follow the directions for Ullswater Steamers, turn left after the Glenridding Hotel and the field is on your right. We will be based in the big white marquee.
Car parking is at the King George V Playing Fields (Sunday only) what3words///lists.pizza.harnessed///. It will be signed, but follow the main road out of Glenridding towards Patterdale, the car park is just along the first lane on the right. There will be a charge of £5 per car all of which goes to the playing fields charity fund. There is definitely no car parking at the venue. Please do not park in the Pier car park or in the car park in Glenridding. We will fill these up very quickly for the entire day and upset everyone. It will also cost more. There is definitely no car parking at the Glenridding Hotel for our purposes, it is strictly reserved for residents. Please observe this.
It is a 10 minute walk from the car park to race registration and transition area.
The pavilion is being modified and therefore there are no toilet facilities there. There are toilets on the event site and in the centre of Glenridding village. Apparently some people were very inappropriate in the car park last year and understandably upset the sports club. Plan ahead....
There are very many places to stay in the Lake District. Gillside Camping is the nearest camp site, but there are others not far away. A quick Google search will give far more detail than I can give here. Glenridding and Patterdale have a lot of B&Bs. Keswick and Ambleside are both about 20 minutes drive away and have many more B&B and other accommodations.
Registration will be in the marquee on the triathlon field Saturday between 3pm-6.45pm. There will be emergency registration only on the Sunday morning, the time will be published in the Race 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, this must be the actual license or the official BT electronic version on your phone. If you don’t have it with you then you will need to pay an extra £5 for a day licence. This is for insurance purposes, so no arguments on this please. If you are not a British Triathlon please see below for details of your BTF Day membership. At registration you will receive your t-shirt if you entered before 19/08/2019, bike number, bib number, timing chip and strap.
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 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. Top Tip ~ If possible wear the timing chip under your wetsuit, there should then be no way that it can come off during the swim.
Please avoid crossing the timing mats once the race has started other than to record your time. Your chip will be removed very shortly after crossing the finish line, however should you manage to escape from the finish corral before your chip is removed avoid crossing any of the timing mats. THERE WILL BE A £10 FEE FOR LOST OR NON-RETUNED CHIPS
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 day_membership. 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.
The transition area is for competitors and officials only. Space is limited please only bring what is essential for the race into the transition area.MP3 players and similar devices are not allowed to be used in the transition area and this includes prior to, during and after the race. Infringements will incur a penalty.
Please ensure your bike is racked correctly. Ask an official if unsure.
There are portable toilets in the triathlon field as well as the main public toilets just over the road. There are further toilets in the main car park in Glenridding about 2 minutes walk away. Please do not use the Pier Café or Glenridding Hotel toilets prior to the race start. There are no changing facilities or showers.
In these covid times we have to do this by video. I'm not expecting any Oscar nominations. Any last minute changes will be announced over the PA.
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 - You must bring your wetsuit to registration
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. Natural England are now insisting that we check all wetsuits before the race. Please bring your clean and dry wetsuit to registration for checking. If it is damp or does not appear to be clean you will be required to wash it before you can register.
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.
Kit List for run section.
THIS IS FAR FROM AN ORDINARY TRIATHLON RUN ROUTE. The run bag has not been included as some form of handicap, two people died in one week in separate incidents on Helvellyn in 2008 The temperature on the top could well be close to freezing, it is often in cloud and raining. If you break your ankle in those conditions you will very quickly become dangerously cold as well as suffering natural shock reaction. You need something that has the capability of keeping you reasonably warm in such an eventuality. You must decide what.
The run section is 90% on rough track and goes onto the highest fells in the country. Fell running shoes are recommended. For reasons of safety you must take with you on the run some form of bag containing full body cover, foil survival blanket, whistle and suitable map of the route. There are no feed stations on the run so you must also take sufficient food and hydration with you. You must satify yourself that the map you take on the run is suitable to navigate the route by. Maps will be available to buy at registration £1.
Hydration There are no drinks stations on the run route, you will need something to drink, this must also be carried by you on the run. I strongly suggest you take two drinks bottles on the bike and make sure you drink them both before arriving at T2. Perhaps leave a bottle at your transition spot so that you set off on the run fully hydrated.
Rear Bike Light The top part of the the Kirkstone Pass is often in cloud. A working rear bike light is compulsory. It is good practice in any race and demonstrates a degree of responsibility to other road users some of whom do not have a very positive attitude towards cyclists.