LOUTH TRIATHLON 2015 - FINAL PRE RACE INFORMATION
SBR Events – LOUTH TRIATHLON
FINAL RACE INFORMATION
MERIDIAN LEIDURE CENTRE, WOOD LANE, LOUTH, LINCOLNSHIRE LN11 8RS
SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2015
Please note that all athletes will be required to show some form of photographic identification
Welcome to the 2nd Louth Sprint Triathlon 2015
We would like to welcome everyone to the 2nd Louth Sprint Triathlon organised by SBR Events Limited, with the assistance of the Meridian Leisure Centre (MLC), Magna Vitae and Monks Dyke Tennyson College.
Confirmation of Entry
Competitors are requested to check on the list of entries posted on the web site to confirm that they are on the race.
BTF Race Rules
You are recommended to familiarise yourself with the British Triathlon rules and regulations. Under these rules it is mandatory that all competitors must wear an approved helmet, that all cycles must be in a road worthy condition and that all competitors are insured by third party civil liability insurance – British Triathlon Members are insured as part of their membership package, and all other competitors will be required to purchase a Day Licence-this is supplied as part of your £41 entry fee. If you require further information about Race Rules, please visit www.britishtriathlon.org or telephone the British Triathlon Federation on 01509 226161.
We have been asked to highlight that BTF Rule 9.1 states “competitors shall use no aids other than caps, goggles, nose clip and costume.” It has been deemed that Calf Guards (Compression Socks) are not allowed to be worn in a non-wetsuit swim. You will be asked to remove them prior to the swim if you are wearing any, if you refuse we have been advised that you will be disqualified.
All athletes MUST produce their race licences at registration. If you forget your licence, or you have not paid the BTF levy due with your application, you will have to pay £5 for a BTF day licence at registration.
In line with British Triathlon rules, to be eligible to take part in this event competitors must be at least 15 years old on or before the 31st December 2015. In additional anyone under 18 years old must have parental permission to take part in the event. For more information visit:
What Will You Need?
As this event attracts all types of athletes, from complete novices to international standard athletes, you will see bikes ranging from £25 to £5000 in value. There are certain items which you will need: a swimming costume or swimming trunks, swimming goggles are also highly recommended but not compulsory. A road worthy bike, a quality cycling helmet: these are available from a variety of sports retailers prices start from around £30.
All other items such as elastic laces, specific triathlon clothing and tri-bars are not a necessity but will help you on the day.
Directions to Louth.
The Meridian Leisure Centre is to be found along Wood Lane in Louth BUT PLEASE NOTE SEPARATE CAR PARKING VENUES. Louth is located approximately:
Lincoln 26 miles-45 minutes
Sleaford 35 miles-60 minutes
Skegness 23 miles-36 minutes
Grimsby 16 miles-26 minutes
For local information including accommodation please look here:
Please Note: there is no parking for athletes at the MLC
There are 100 parking places for the event at The Waterloo Housing Group on Gresley Road located at LN11 8FD. The parking is free, but you do have a short 5-8 minute walk to the MLC. There will also be 100 spaces at Monk’s Dyke Tennyson College - which will involve a short walk along Monks Dyke Road to their playing field where transition will be based (at back of MLC) PLEASE DO NOT PARK at MLC car park, this is reserved for members of the gym only. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON MONKS DYKE ROAD as this will impede cyclists on the race.
Saturday 17:00-18:00 & Sunday 07:45 – 10:00
The registration area will be in race village sited next to transition in the Monk's Dyke Technical College sports field located along Monks Dyke Road. If you park in Gresley Road, walk towards the MLC, follow the run channel along the left hand side of the MLC and into the Race Village. If you park at Monk’s Dyke Technical College – just walk along Monks Dyke Road towards the sports field & turn right into the field.
Please ensure that before registering you know your race number. This can be found either from the competitors entries list on our race website or on the board by the registration area. Go to the registration tent to collect your race numbers, wrist band and timing chip. (For those who register Saturday the Timing chips will be handed out Sunday morning in an EXPRESS LINE on presentation of your bib number & Tyvek wrist band).
If you have paid for a BTF Day Licence when entering, this will be issued to you at this point. If you are already a BTF Day Licence holder, then you will be required to show your 2015 British Triathlon Federation Race Licence. If you are unable to do this, for any reason, then you will be required to purchase one for £5 before being allowed to register. There will be NO exceptions to this ruling. If you have a 2015 British Triathlon Federation Race Licence, please bring it with you. Please note that all athletes will be required to show some form of photographic identification if you do not have a 2015 British Triathlon Federation Race Licence. This is to stop people exchanging entries & ensures that all competitors are insured to compete in the event.
Check it has your correct race number. Contained within will be 2 Tyvek race numbers and 1 frame sticker.
2 Tyvek race numbers - you need to wear 1 on your front for the run, and 1 on the reverse for the bike-if you use a race belt you need only attach one to this belt.
1 Small white sticker with your race number - place onto the handlebar stem of your bike, facing forward. This ensures that ONLY YOU can collect the bike out of transition at the end of the race.
1 Tyvek wristband - you need this and a race number to put your bike into transition. Please keep these safe, without them you will be refused entry into the transition area.
1 Timing Chip - this is attached to your left ankle with the chip facing outwards. Do not lose your Timing Chip as you will need it to race.
The Transition Area is situated on the grass sports field. This is a fully secured area for competitors only, it is where you will keep your bike during the swim and run sections. When you first enter the Transition Area to rack up your bike you must show your race number, your wrist band, have your helmet clipped on your head and the bike must have the race number on. You will also be asked to show both your race number & bike frame number when taking your bike out at the end of the race (you do not need to show any race numbers when travelling from swim into T1). This is for your security. Please understand this will cause queues during peak times, but it is for your benefit. The Transition Area will not close during the event, so please understand that if you are not racing that you will be asked to make a clear way for racing competitors.
It is important that you understand all of the entrance and exit points of the transition before you start. There are also specific points where you must mount and dismount your bike. An important rule that must be adhered to: ‘competitors are required to fasten their helmet before touching their cycle in the transition area.’
The Team Event
Only one person is required to register for the whole team, but will be required to show ALL of the 2015 BTF Race Licences or they will need to pay £5 per person if they are not registered with the BTF. All relay team tags will take place by the team’s bike racking position, inside the transition area. The swimmer will finish their swim, exit through the fire doors and then run to tag their team cyclist inside the transition area. The cyclist’s bike must stay racked and the cyclist MUST not touch their helmet until the swimmer has tagged the cyclist. When the team cyclist finishes, he/she must re-rack their bike before tagging the team runner. All tagging will take place by passing the Timing Chip to the next team member.
Race Briefings – 08:40 & 09:30
These will take place at the transition area. If you are unsure about anything please attend. The Race Briefings will inform you of any last minute route changes and safety points. If you have any questions or queries on race day, please ask them after Race Briefing.
Race Start 09:00
The first wave of competitors will start at 09:00, the timekeeper will start 8 swimmers at 4-minute intervals. It is expected that the last competitor will start at 10:52am. THE RACE WILL START ON TIME SO PLEASE ARRIVE AT POOLSIDE 10 MINS EARLY.
Providing fast and accurate results is the most critical part of any race. Each athlete is given a “chip” that generates a unique signal when it crosses through an antenna field. By using a database to assign each participant’s personal information to each chip, timing software can easily calculate each participant’s time and finish place.
To maximise the success of getting your time there are a few things required:
a) Wear the chip!
b) When attached to the strap wear it just above your LEFT ankle with the chip pointing away from your leg. Our antenna fields will be positioned about this height, if you wear it anywhere else it may not be read.
When fitting your chip some people find it useful to smear a small amount of lubricant around that area to prevent any chaffing. If you have run between the antenna and worn your chip correctly we will have a time for you. On most occasions we will have full provisional results next day on our website - www.sbrevents.co.uk Please return your chip back at the finish line especially if you have to retire early. You will incur a charge of £10 if you fail to hand it in.
Race Numbers must be worn on the back during the bike & the front during the run. Numbers must be pinned at all four corners. Number bands are allowed but it is recommended that two be worn. One number band for the top of the number & one number band for the bottom to stop your number creasing up and becoming unreadable.
The Swim – 400 Metres (16 Lengths)
The swim will take place in the 25 metre indoor heated pool at Meridian Leisure Centre. Swim 16 lengths – 400 meters, you cannot walk along the bottom of the pool. Please arrive on poolside approx. 10 minutes before your start time. The timekeeper will start waves of 8 swimmers every 4 minutes. Your start time will be worked out from your estimated swim time that you fill in on your entry form. By doing this it is hoped that you will be with competitors of a similar standard during the swim section. There will be other competitors in the same lane during the race, it is the responsibility of the faster swimmer to overtake, but also remember that it is much easier to swim behind someone. It is your responsibility to count your own 16 lengths. There will be a marshal on poolside to randomly check that competitors are swimming 16 lengths. You will be supplied with either a latex or silicon swim hat, although it is not compulsory to wear this hat. If you wish to get changed for the bike element after the swim, you may either use the swimming pool changing rooms or change inside the transition area - nudity is not allowed.
Please Note: Competitors only allowed on the poolside. There is a separate upstairs viewing balcony for non-competitors.
The Bike – 22KM
From the swim, exit through the side door at the top end of the pool, you will then run along our chute straight into the transition area. The surface through the Race Village is a mixture of tarmac path & grass. The route:
· Exit the sports field turn right onto Monks Dyke Road. At the roundabout turn left onto St Bernards Road. At the T-junction and the 1st foot down point turn right onto Eastfield Road. After approx 1.6km turn left onto Ticklepenny's Lock. At the T-junction turn right onto Alvingham Road. Turn left onto Yarburgh Road. Turn left onto Westfield Road and at the Y junction turn right onto Brackenborough Road. At Covenham St Mary turn right onto Ings Lane through Yarburgh & 2nd foot down point turn right from Yarburgh Road to Alvingham Rd, left over Ticklepenny’s Lock & at T-junction 3rd foot down point turn right back onto Eastfield Rd & return to transition.
All of the roads that we use for the cycle section are open to the public; please adhere to all rules of the Highway Code, including 30 MPH speed limits. Please note that you are not allowed to take pace from other competitors during the cycle section, this means that you are not allowed to ride closer than 7 metres to another rider unless overtaking. You only have 15 seconds to overtake another competitor. When you reach the end of the bike section, dismount your bike at the appropriate point, re-rack your bike back into your original racking position and then take your helmet off.
Please note that there are 3 foot-down policies. This means that at 3 junctions on the bike course you must put a foot down and STOP, check the roads and if safe proceed. Traffic Management is not being used at these junctions, whilst it would make it easier for some competitors egressing the junction, it would impede a competitor who was trying to ingress the junction. Failure to adhere to ANY of the foot down points will result in DISQUALIFICATION. A Marshal will be making record your race number if you fail to stop. You will not be informed at this point but your time will not be recorded & you will be issued a DQ & highlighted on Referee’s Penalty Board at Chip Timing Tent.
The Run – 5.35KM
On leaving the transition area, follow the race marshal’s directions onto the run course. On leaving the transition area, run through MLC field, & through car park & turn right onto Wood Lane. The run course is fully marked with signage, we have also placed marshals at certain junctions. The route uses a mixture of pavements, very small sections of roads and part of the Railway Walk. Railway Walk has been closed for the duration of the race. Please do not use steps at end of Railway Walk (these will be taped off) – use the ramps. Please be aware that there might be other uses on the roads and pavements.
The bike is in yellow and the run is in pink.
The bike and run course will be set up from Saturday morning.
There will be trophies in the following age categories:
Louth Triathlon (Fastest Man & Fastest Woman)
Winners of the Lincolnshire Triathlon Series (Fastest Man & Fastest Woman)
The Presentation will take place at approximately 12:00 or within 30 minutes of the last competitor finishing. Please be in attendance to collect your prize.
The safety of our competitors is paramount. Onsite during the event will be Chase Medics, on the day there will be a team of medics and paramedics plus an Accident and Emergency ambulance equipped to NHS standard, with manual defibrillator / cardiac monitors, ventilators, and pulse oximetry. If before, during or after the event you feel that you require any type of medical care, please do not hesitate to contact an event marshal. A field support tent will be at the Race Village and the ambulance based at a point in the village of Alvingham.
We request that all competitors write their next of kin & contact details on the back of their race numbers using a waterproof pen. If you have any type of medical condition or are taking any type of medication please write a large ‘MC’ on the bottom left of your race number. Please write your medical condition fully on the back of your number also. This will only be used in the event of you being involved in an accident.
Penalties & Appeals
ALL penalties issued by the British Triathlon Race Referee will be displayed on a Penalty Board at the Timing Tent. Appeals against these penalties must be made in writing to the race referee within one hour of a penalty being notified and be accompanied by a fee of £15.00 refundable if the appeal is upheld. It is your responsibility to check this Penalty Board.
You will be able to collect a print-off detailing your times including your various splits. Provisional results will be available to download on www.sbrevents.co.uk from the Monday following the event.
If you wish to withdraw from the event, then please follow the guidelines contained within our ‘Terms & Conditions of Entry’. Please note that under no circumstances will any race credits be issued without following these guidelines. Please note that you are not allowed to give your entry away, all competitors will be asked to show some form of photographic identification before they are allowed to register.
Race Office Closure
The SBR Events Limited office will be closed from Friday 04th September at 12:00pm. Please do not leave messages or send emails regarding this event, as we will be on site setting up for the event. We are on site setting up from Saturday if you want to find us & you are also welcome to assist with set up (before registration) at 5pm.
Race Volunteers – Please Help
THERE ARE STILL SPACES FOR MARSHALS ON THIS EVENT 7AM-1PM. No event like this can run smoothly without the help of many marshals. If you have friends or family that will be supporting you at the event, why not ask them if they would be willing to give up a couple of hours to help marshal. All marshals will receive hot food & drink upon arrival, a goodie bag with snacks and a race voucher giving £20 off a future SBR Events event. If you would like further information about becoming a race marshal please email email@example.com giving your name/email/mobile. You do not require any previous experience or knowledge on triathlon to become a race marshal; any training required will be given on race day.
Other SBR Events Limited Events
SBR Events Limited will be organising a number of other multi-sport and running events throughout 2015 and 2016. For more information about SBR Events Limited and our events please visit www.sbrevents.co.uk
It takes a great amount of work to organise an event such as this. Special thanks go to our Team of Officials that help to organise all of our events, Meridian Leisure Centre staff for their support, Monk’s Dyke Tennyson College & Magna Vitae for use of their venues, Louth Triathlon Club for their continued support plus all of our athletes for entering.
Any questions related to the event can be answered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
All the information here is believed to be true at the time of going to press. Changes may be required ensuring that the event is organised safely and within the law, these changes will be made without notification. The organiser has the final decision.