Helvellyn Triathlon Coronavirus Update


In view of the latest British Triathlon update for event organisers we have decided to suspend entries to all events while we carefully consider whether it is feasible for a small company such as Trihard to be able to undertake the massive extra administrative burden and expense needed to make our events fully covid compliant. I thank you for your patience while we do this, but we find ourselves in a continually moving target situation.

After an absolutely horrible few months for everybody we now find ourselves in a position where we may be able to to enjoy our sport later this summer. We feel confident to the point that we are now resuming entries to the Helvellyn Triathlon. If we have to cancel for any reason covid-19 related or if you find yourself stuck in a covid-19 related lockdown and therefore can't attend the event we will refund 100% of your entry fee if you entered after July 1st 2020.

There will be changes, the main ones of which are listed below. This is not a complete list and may well have to be added to and amended as time progresses. If you decide to enter you must fully accept the changed format and measures that we are obliged to put in place or consider to be appropriate. If you are not prepared to be fully cooperative, then please do not enter.

  • Time trial format -I think that we can confidently assume that social distancing will be around for a while yet. 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.
  • Non-competitive - BT have declared that all triathlons taking place within 6 weeks of public pools opening must be non-competitive for safety reasons as most will have had little or no opportunity to maintain swim fitness. This means that if public pools have not opened by July 25th it will be non-competitive. Full finish times and splits will still be published, but it will be a personal challenge event rather than a race.
  • 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 - Helvellyn is traditionally an event in which you have to carry your nutritional requirements with you. This year we will not even be able to provide water on the exit to T2, therefore as well as taking what you need on the bike leg,I suggest that you keep an extra bottle in transition to consume before setting off on the run.
  • 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.