Final Race Brief

What to do on the day:

Parking:

There is very limited car parking at Horwich Leisure Centre, once this small car park is full alternative parking can be found in the surrounding residential area. Also we have additional car parking at Pure Vent Bridge Street details can be found at

http://www.purevent.co.uk/contact/

Registration:

This year we are offering competitors two different times to register for the event. Registration will take place in the Rivington Suite  at Horwich Leisure Centre. In order to relieve some of the stress on race day we recommend that if possible you register on the Friday night.

Friday 16th June 5pm – 7pm

Saturday 17th June  1.30pm – 4.30pm

Owing to the building work being carried out at the leisure centre we are operating a split transition for this years event. Therefore please allow yourself plenty of time to register and set up both transitions.
When you arrive at the Leisure Centre, follow the signs to registration or ask one of our friendly volunteers to point you in the right direction. Please find your race number from the information desk. If you are part of a team it is not necessary for all 3 team members to be present to register, one team member can register the whole team. Registration will close at 4.30pm on race day.

Upon registering everyone will collect a T-shirt, race numbers, pins, 9 bike bands, timing chip and your bike number sticker which must be securely fastened to your bicycle prior to taking it into transition.  In addition solo competitors will collect a swim transition bag ( more details below)   Your bicycle must be in a roadworthy condition and it is compulsory to wear a recognised cycle helmet.

Cyclists must ensure they securely pin one race number to the back of their t-shirt so it is visible. Runners must securely pin the other race number to the front of their t-shirt, again ensuring it is visible. Number belts are permitted. Please note competitors are the only people permitted in the transition area. Timing chips should be secured around the ankle.

 

Transition areas

This year the event has to operate a split transition. Please read the following very carefully and please allow yourself plenty of time to register and also set up your TWO transition areas.

T1 swim to bike

The first transition area is located adjacent to the pool. This transition will have scaffold type racking. You must show your race numbers and helmet to the transition marshal before racking your bike in the transition area. Because we have a much smaller transition area this year PLEASE REFRAIN FROM RACKING YOUR BIKE UNTIL YOU HAVE UNDER AN HOUR UNTILL YOUR SWIM START. Before the swim you can leave your helmet, cycling shoes and swim transition bag ( solo competitors only ) that you received in registration by your bike.

T2 bike to run

The second transition is located in the car park  between St Johns Street and New Brunswick Street .This transition is just off the closed road circuit so you will be unable to drive to this area. At this transition you will place your trainers and anything else that you might wish to use during the run. The racking in T2 is different to the normal racking found at most triathlons. In T2  you will rack your bike (once you have completed the bike section)  using your front wheel. Therefore we have three different sizes of racking to accommodate different bicycle types these will be grouped together as follows.

Green: for narrow tyres ( road bikes )

Red: for medium tyres ( hybrid style bikes )

Yellow: for large tyres ( mountain bikes)

Our transition marshals will point you in the right direction and help you determine where to place your trainers

Once you have placed your trainers or any other equipment you should then make your way to T1 to rack your bike.  We realise that this is slightly more complicated than usual so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions to our key marshalls. They will be identifiable by their bright orange T shirts bearing the “race official” wording.  To summarise we would suggest that the following is the best way to make sure that the event is as stress free as possible.

  • arrive at the venue and park
  • make your way to registration held at Horwich Leisure Centre
  • once you have registered make your way to T2 ( 5 minute walk ) and drop off your running kit
  • make your way back to the leisure centre and when you have under an hour untill your start time enter T1 and rack your bike where instructed
  • with 20 minutes before your start time  make your way onto pool side ready to swim

 

Relay Teams Transition

This year we have a separate transition area for the relay teams. T1 is located just outside the main entrance to the leisure centre and will be clearly marked. Swimmers will make their way to this area and pass the timing chip to their cyclist. There will be a designated relay handover area for the cyclist to pass the timing chip to the runner in T2.

 

The swim:

Swimmers- you must arrive on poolside, ready to swim, 20 minutes before your start time for a compulsory competitor briefing where any vital last minute information will be provided.The first wave of swimmers will start at 3pm and will complete 16 lengths of the 25m pool. There will be a maximum of 4 people in each lane at any given time and you will either swim clockwise or anti-clockwise. When you entered the event, the swim time you provided was used to calculate your swim start time. Relay teams will swim first, with faster swimmers starting later and slower swimmers starting earlier. Relay team start times can be found here. The first wave of solo competitors will begin at 3.50pm (approx). solo start times can be found here. All swimmers will be provided with a coloured swim cap and lane counters will ensure that you complete the full distance. Please be aware it is your responsibility to count your own lengths, the lane counter will notify you when you have 2 lengths remaining. Swimmers will be able to leave towels, etc in the designated area by the swimming pool exit door.  Please note backstroke is not permitted. 

Swim to bike transition:

Solo swimmers:  On completion of your swim remove your swim hat and leave it by the end of your lane and exit through the fire door at the rear of the building and follow the marked route to the transition. At registration you will have been handed a black drawstring bag with “clock onto health” written on it. This bag is for competitors to place their swimming goggles and anything else that they are not taking out of transition. This bag will be dropped off at the bag drop area which will be clearly marked. Competitors must not leave anything in the transition area once they have started their bike ride. The transition bags will be taken to the marquee at the finish area for collection.  Any thing left in T1 will also be removed and taken to the marquee and regarded as lost property. Once this bag has been dropped off competitors will walk their bikes to the mount line and can commence their bike ride.

Relay Swimmers: On completion of your swim remove your swim hat and leave it by the end of your lane and exit through the fire door at the rear of the building and follow the marked route to the relay hand over area where you will remove your timing chip and hand to your cyclist who will place it on their ankle. The cyclists can then walk to the mount line and commence their ride please be aware that runners and spectators will also be in this area so please take care when mounting your bike.

The bike:

This year  we have  a new 16km bike course on a closed traffic circuit through Horwich town centre. Competitors will complete 10 laps of this course.

This event is non-drafting (you cannot ride directly behind another competitor to shelter from the wind)  The course is closed to traffic but there may be official vehicles on the course so please take care. There will be adequate signs throughout the cycle course to guide you and there will also be marshals at critical locations.  It is not permitted to wear headphones during the cycle ride.

It is the competitors responsibility to count the number of laps but we will be providing 9 brightly coloured bike loom bands to help you with this. We suggest that these bands are placed on the handlebars of your bike.The bike band drop off is located just after the entrance to T2 on Winter Hey Lane opposite the TSB. We suggest that you familiarise yourself with its location when you are drop off your running kit. It will be signposted by a marshal and also bright yellow signs saying “Bike band drop off”  Every time you pass this spot we suggest that you drop off one of the bands. When you have no bands left you will be on your final lap. Once this lap has been completed you will enter the T2 on New Brunswick Street.

At the end of the cycle ride, cyclists must dismount at the dismount line which will be clearly marked on the day and wheel your bike into transition, do not unfasten your helmet until your bike is safely racked. Solo competitors can change into their run clothing and exit transition, following the marshals instructions.

Relay team cyclists will hand over their timing chip to their runner at the hand over point in T2

The run:

The run course is 4.3k  It is a 3 lap course in and around Old Station Park in Horwich. The course uses pavements alongside  roads in Horwich so please take extra care to stick to the pavements and be aware of pedestrians and vehicles.

At the end of each lap of the run course you will be handed a wrist band from a marshal,

Lap 1 yellow

Lap 2 green

Lap 3 yellow

It is vital that you put these wristbands on as they will show how many laps you have completed. When you have collected your second yellow wristband you will be directed to the finish line by the marshal.It will help the marshals if you push the wristband high up your arm. It is not permitted to wear headphones during the run.

What happens following the event?

Following the race you should remove your cycle from the transition area but be careful not to impede any other competitors who may still be competing. You will need to show your race number to retrieve your bicycle, friends and family members will not be allowed to retrieve bicycles on your behalf. In Old Station Park (next to the finish line) there will be a food, coffee van and entertainment. Your swim transition bag will be available to collect. You will need to hand in your timing chip.. A free sports massage will be provided by Bolton University Sports Students and solo and team pictures will be taken in front of the NHS Fun Tri wall. The presentation ceremony will take place next to the finish area in Old Station Park.

The event is being run under Triathlon England rules, please take a few minutes to read through these here 

More detailed information about each section of the triathlon can be found by clicking on the relevant tabs on the website.

On behalf of the Get Active Team we wish you a safe and enjoyable event.