These are some of the most commonly asked questions about our events. Click a question to reveal the answer.
I have never done an event like this before, and am worried about entering?
Whilst there will be some very fit athletes competing to win the races the majority of people are competing against themselves and enjoy the immense satisfaction in completing the event. We strongly encourage competitors of all ages and fitness levels and make every effort to support the first and the last over the line. Competitors are set off at different times, so someone may have the slowest time yet still finish ahead of other competitors.
You need to decide if you are fit enough to get around the course (in your own time), but it is normally your mental strength that will stop you entering. JUST GO FOR IT, we’re behind you all the way.
Do I need to have a top of the range bike?
No, you can enter on a Penny Farthing if you want to (I can’t guarantee it would fit on our bike rack!). The top athletes spend a fortune on their bikes to reduce every second they can, but most people are competing against themselves and if you feel more comfortable cycling on a touring bike than a specific road race bike then feel free, but obviously this is going to slow your over all time down.
Will there be refreshments on the way round?
Yes there will be refreshment points around the course, this will include water and juice, as well as a few energy/morale boosters like jelly babies or malt loaf, these are free to all competitors. At the start/finish line there will be refreshments for spectators to purchase.
How do I know if I am in the race?
If you entered through our online system, you will receive an acknowledgement email confirming your entry. If you entered with a paper entry form and cheque, take a look at your bank statements to see if your cheque has been cashed. If it has, you are in. You will also receive an acknowledgement email or letter if you have entered early enough.
We shall put an entry list up on this website too, so you can keep checking here from time to time. Please make sure the details we have for you are correct.
Can someone else register for me?
For our one day events, you have to register yourself in person, and you must show some form of photo identification when you register. You must show your race licence (if you have one) and your ID and must also bring your cycle helmet for checking and your bike for racking.
Can I wear a number belt?
Yes, but your number must be clearly visible at all times otherwise you may be subjected to a two-minute penalty as per British Triathlon Rules. You must not fold or cut down your race number in any way. Do make sure you write your medical information on the back of your number.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
We are often asked if wetsuits have to be worn at our races. But the wearing of wetsuits in triathlon is governed by British Triathlon rules and is totally dependent on water temperature one hour before the start of the race.
The rule is:
- Water temp = less than 14 degrees - wetsuits are COMPULSORY
- Water temp = between 14 degrees and 22 degrees - wetsuits are OPTIONAL (i.e. you can choose whether to wear one or not)
- Water temp = above 22 degrees - wetsuits are BANNED
We do say that wetsuits in fact help with buoyancy and warmth, so we strongly recommend that you wear one if they are optional. We will keep you updated with water temperature as we get closer to the event.
Can I wear my race numbers underneath my wetsuit?
Yes. The race numbers we supply really are waterproof and tearproof. Take care when you put your wetsuit on over the numbers ~ ask a friend to help you. When you take your wetsuit off, your numbers should remain intact, provided you have pinned them securely in all four corners.
Do I have to be a member of Triathlon England, triathlonscotland or the Welsh Triathlon Association?
No. If you are not a member of the sport’s governing body, you must bring some form of photo ID with you and you will be required to pay a day membership fee at registration. You are recommended to familiarise yourself with British Triathlon’s rules and regulations that will be applied to this race, otherwise you may be penalised for breaking any rule. Ignorance is no defence! See British Triathlon’s Website for more information on rules, membership and much, much more. For further information phone British Triathlon on 01509 226161.
You've got my age group wrong.
Your age group is determined by your age at December 31, and not your age on race day (in accordance with British Triathlon Rules).
When will I receive my race numbers?
For most of our events, you will only receive your race numbers when you come to registration. We generally do NOT post out race numbers. There are a few exceptions, such as our running events, where we do post out numbers.
I have entered the race, but now I can't do it. I have injured myself; become pregnant; got to go away on business; etc. Can I have a refund?