TriBristol Junior Race
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The Bristol Children’s Triathlon will be held on ???????????? 2017 The event is being held at Henbury Leisure centre, attached to Henbury School. The race start is at approximately 1.00pm.
All entries must be made on-line via the events website. Once entered, please ensure that your child’s name appears on the starters list – contact us immediately if there are any queries with your entry.
No entries will be accepted on the day of the event. We regret we are also unable to swap or reallocate race numbers between competitors on race day.
Arrival and Car Parking
We would ask you to arrive at Henbury School for registration between 10.30pm and 12.30pm. Registration closes at 12.30pm. We are unable to accept athletes arriving for register after this time, as the marshals will have additional duties elsewhere, so please allow plenty of time for your journey to the event.
Competitors/parents are asked to park only in the School car park area. Car parking is free. Please then make your way over to the Leisure Centre.
Registration is being held along side the swimming pool, straight ahead as you enter the car park. At registration, the following is required of you:
- Produce your BTF Membership card you will be given a £1 refund.
- Read the race information and sign (parents) the disclaimer to confirm that you have done so.
- Collect your race numbers.
- You will be marked with your race number on the left leg and arm.
The transition area will be open from 10.30pm to 12.45pm only for racking of bikes and setting out running equipment etc. Access will be restricted by the marshals after this time. You will only be permitted access to remove equipment if the marshal considers that it is safe to do so. Only athletes are permitted to enter the transition area and you must listen to the instructions of the marshals. Penalties will be issued for unsporting behaviour by athletes or their supporters. The race finish time is anticipated to be approximately 4.30pm.
Access to the transition area will only be possible on presentation of your race number. No number, no access, no bike!
Parents and other non-competitors are not allowed in the Transition area at any time. We will have additional race officials in transition to assist competitors locate bikes and possessions.
A main race briefing will be carried out adjacent to the transition area for all athletes at approximately 1.00pm. Each age group will race separately beginning with tristars. We will endeavour to get through the age groups as quickly as possible.
Each wave to be called and assemble next to registration prior to starting. Please listen for your wave to be called.
You will be escorted to the swimming pool by a marshal, after being checked off you will be allocated a lane and swim position within that lane. There are a maximum of 5 swimmers per lane. Where possible, all waves are gender specific.
Please note that there are changing rooms, toilets and showers will be available before and after the race. Please ensure that you do not require the toilet after your wave has been called – if you miss your wave start – you cannot be added to a different wave, as this puts the timings out and WILL result in delays for prize giving later in the day.
The Leisure Centre’s pool is a six-lane 25m pool and you will be required to complete the number of lengths appropriate to your age group. This will be confirmed by the swim starter prior to allocation of your swim lane. Tri-Star Start – 50m = 2 lengths.
- Tri-Star Start – 50m = 2 lengths
- Tri-Star 1 – 150m = 6 lengths
- Tri-Star 2 – 200m = 8 lengths
- Tri-Star 3 – 300m = 12 lengths
- Tri-Star Youth – 400m = 16 lengths
Swimmers will be starting in waves according to their age group. The first wave will be for Tri-Star Start athletes at 1.00pm.
Subsequent waves will be in age group order and are set at 10 minute intervals, finishing with Tri-Star Youth athletes. The waves will start en-masse. Where there is more than one swimmer in a lane, subsequent swimmers will start at five second intervals. You will be directed by the swim marshals to your assigned lane. You will be provided with a coloured swim cap to wear during the swim.
On completing the swim, please do not run on poolside and take care when leaving the swimming pool as the floor will be wet.
If you need to overtake the swimmer in front, tap them on the foot and they must wait at the end of the lane for you to pass – do not overtake mid-lane as this is a danger to other swimmers.
The route to the transition area turns right on the access road alongside the swimming pool, before turning left to the playing field. Please follow the signs, tape and listen to the marshals. Please also be careful of running with bare feet, changes in level ground e.g. kerbs, and slipping on the grass.
Please note that:
- No clothing or equipment to be left within the pool area or outside the pool exit.
- Take instruction from your lap counter and look out for the 2 lengths to go board.
- You are responsible for counting correctly the number of laps you swim. The lane counters are there to help, but cannot be held responsible for any miscounting on your part.
- You are not allowed to wear a wetsuit or other aids that improve buoyancy or propulsion.
- If you are not able to finish the swim and need assistance from a lifeguard, roll onto your back and wave with an extended arm to a lifeguard.
- Your race will begin from within the pool: NO diving.
The cycle route is entirely off road within the confines of the adjacent playing field. The loop is approximately 800m and each age group must complete the following number of laps:
- Tri-Star Start – 0.8km = 1 lap
- Tri-Star – 1.6km = 2 laps
- Tri-Star – 4.0km = 5 lap
- Tri-Star 3 – 5.6km = 7 lap
- Tri-Star Youth – 6.4km = 8 lap
Athletes are responsible for counting their own laps – no outside help is allowed as it is considered to be coaching/instructing the athlete – this may result in a time penalty or a DQ of the athlete.
The course is flat and entirely on grass.
On leaving the transition area at the far end, you will not be able to mount your bike until instructed by the marshals at the Bike Mount line.
Please be careful of athletes/cyclists passing on your left as they complete their laps. The course is set out with a mixture of taped corridors and signs going in anti-clockwise direction. Marshals are also out on the course to guide you.
Please note that:
- Competitors must obey marshals at all times.
- Competitors must obey British Triathlon Federation race rules at all times.
- Bikes must be road legal, with two brakes and no sharp or projecting parts that might injure other competitors. Bar ends must be plugged or taped.
- Competitors must ensure they have their helmets on and fastened at all times that their bikes are off the racking.
- Race number must be clearly visible on the back whilst on the bike and on the front for the run.
- This is not a draft legal race. If competitors are deemed by the referees to be drafting, they will receive either a time penalty or disqualification at the referees’ discretion. If competitors do not understand what drafting means then the referee will explain on the day.
- The bike dismount point will be clearly marked and marshalled. Competitors must dismount completely before crossing the line.
- The Triathlon has attracted beginners and seasoned athletes alike. If everyone observes the following riding etiquette, you can all have a safe and great ride:
- Be considerate and respectful to your fellow cyclists.
- Do not swerve or make sudden movements.
- Stay left at all times – unless overtaking.
- Never overtake someone on the inside (left) side.
- Look over your shoulder for other athletes before you move over.
The run route is also entirely off-road on the right hand side of the playing field. The route will be clearly signed posted and taped, being a 600m out and back route. Each age group must complete the following number of laps:
- Tri-Star Start – 0.6km = 1 lap
- Tri-Star – 1.2km = 2 laps
- Tri-Star – 1.8km = 3 lap
- Tri-Star 3 – 2.4km = 4 lap
- Tri-Star Youth – 3.0km = 5 lap
Athletes are responsible for counting their own laps. The course is flat and entirely on grass. Your timing chip will be removed directly after you cross the finish line.
Please note that:
- Race number must be on the front for the run and clearly visible
- Whilst the run route is generally firm under foot, please beware of holes, mounds, tufts, ruts, stones, etc, etc. If the weather is damp on the day then the grassy and muddy parts of the run course will be slippery. Please take care.
- Always stay on the LEFT side to avoid collisions with oncoming runners. Please be considerate of your fellow competitors at all times.
- The drinks station is at the beginning/end of the run course.
We would ask all competitors and spectators to respect the School’s and Leisure Centre’s property at all times. In particular, please take all litter home with you or place it in one of the bins provided.
We will have an information board at registration. This will contain all the race information, swim starts. Race results will be available at the K2 Sports timing tent. Any penalties issued will also be displayed here.
Any changes to any aspect of the race will be posted on the board.
Results will be available on the K2 Sports website at www.k2sports-uk.com – there will also be a link available from the race website www.tribristol.org as soon as they are available.
We will endeavour to hold prize presentations as soon as each age group has finished. Please listen for the announcements. We regret we are unable to post prizes after the event. Please attend the presentations if you have won a prize. Any uncollected prizes will be donated to a charity raffle.
All our marshals and other race officials are volunteers. Any competitor or associated person such as family or friends, abusing our marshals will be disqualified.
If you are bringing friends and/or family to the race, and they would like to volunteer on the day, please either contact us at least two weeks in advance of the race or on the day, ask registration to inform the Race Director.
On behalf of the BAD Tri Team, we hope you have an enjoyable day. Please help us to make this a successful race for all.