Answers to the most common questions can be found below, however if you would like to ask a more specific question please email site@nhstriathlon.co.uk and one of our team will respond as soon as possible (usually within a few hours but please allow up to 48 hours).

What date is it?
The 9th annual Bolton Triathlon will take place on Sunday June 7th 2020

Where is the event taking place
The race will be centred around Turton Sports Centre Bolton

What distances is the event
The swim is 400m in an indoor pool
The bike is a out and back 21k scenic route on quiet hilly roads
The run is a scenic 5k

Do I have to work for the NHS to take part?
No for 2020 we are opening up the entries for everyone

Does a team have to be 3 people or can we have a team of 2, with 1 person doing 2 disciplines?
Team entries must comprise of 3 different people. In order to qualify for the NHS relay award all members must be NHS employees.

Can I enter on my own?
Whilst we want to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the event as part of a team, we will also be accepting individual entries.

How much does it cost to enter?
The cost for both the solo and individual competitors remains the same as it has done for the past 5 years. Team entry is £48 (£16 per person). If you want to enter as an individual early bird entry costs just £35 until February 29th it will then rise to £40 thereafter. This includes online entry, results, insurance, specially and commissioned finishers medal. A booking fee of £2.80 is payable to the administrators of the booking system

What time does the event start?
The first swimmers will set off at 7.30am. Swim start times will be available on the website in advance of the event.

What do I need to wear?
Swimmers- goggles are advisable and normal swimming kit is fine.

Cyclists- cycling helmets are compulsory and must be worn for the entire duration of the cycle course, failure to do so will result in you being refused to take part in the event or disqualification if helmets are removed during the ride. A waterproof jacket is also advisable if the weather is bad on the day.

Runners- normal running gear is fine.

Do I need to wear a wetsuit for the swim?
No, a standard swimming suit is fine. If you are taking part as an individual you may want to think about what to put on over your swim suit to cycle in.

Where will the swim take place?
The swim will take place at Turton sports centre

How many lengths of a pool is 400 metres?
16 lengths of a standard 25 metre swimming pool.

Are you allowed to dive in to the pool?
No, it is a shallow end start so no diving is permitted. You will start in the water.

I can’t swim front crawl, is breaststroke OK?
Yes, any stroke is fine apart from backstroke.

Are you allowed to do Backstroke during the swim?
No, only front crawl and breaststroke are permitted during the swim.

What happens if someone catches up with you in the pool?
If you are caught, please let the swimmer behind pass you when you reach the end of your length.

Are you allowed to do tumble turns during the swim?
Yes, the pool is deep enough at both ends to allow tumble turns.

Is there somewhere to leave my shoes/a t-shirt on poolside so I don’t have to run barefooted/just in my swim suit to my bike?
No.  There is only a short run from the pool exit into the transition area.

At what point will I be timed during my swim?
Your time will be taken a couple of seconds after you get out of the pool when you pass the swim timing mat which will be located near to the exit door of the pool.

Is the time I take in transition included in my overall time?
Yes, your time will start from when you push off from the side of the pool for your swim and finish when you cross the finish line, all the time you take in-between is counted in your overall time.

What is a transition area?
The transition area is where you leave your bike, cycling and running kit and the place that you will run to in order to change from the swim section of the event to the cycling stage.

The transition area will be securely managed by our race crew meaning your bikes will be safe when you are not using them, and only athletes will be allowed in this area.

How do I find the person in my team to hand over the relay timing chip?
Relay teams will hand over the wrist band at the bike transition point.

Where do I get my numbers for the bike?
A number for your bike will be included in your pack when you register. This must be attached to your bike so that we know who the bike belongs to when it is being collected from the transition area after the event.

Do I need my own bike?
You do need to bring your own bike. If you don’t own one yourself, why not ask around to see if a friend has one you can borrow. Or better still invest in your own bike and commit to a more active future! ‘Cycle to work schemes’ are an easy and affordable way of buying a bike- ask your employer today.

I don’t have a racing bike; can I use my mountain bike?
Yes, lots of people will be using mountain bikes. Any bike you use must be in a roadworthy condition and brakes will be checked prior to the event starting.

How far is 21km in miles?
12 miles- this can take anything between 25 minutes to around 1 hour to complete on a bike.

How far is 5km in miles?
3.1miles- this can take anything between 15 minutes to around 50 minutes to complete as a run.

Is the run course hilly?
The run course is mostly flat with one off road climb at the 3.5k mark

How do I train for the event?
Specific training plans for each section of the triathlon can be found here.

What do I get if I win?
The winning teams in each category will receive a trophy, as will the fastest individual entrants in each category.

When will the results be produced?
The provisional results will be available soon after the final person has finished in each race (Relay and Individual)

Where will the presentation be held?
At the Station Pub located next to the Sports Centre

Is the race chip timed?

Will the results be on the website?
Yes, a link to the results will be uploaded to the website soon after the last finisher has crossed the line.

Can I use the shower facilities at the Leisure Centre?
Yes, there are shower facilities available which you are able to use.

Are there drinks stations?
There will be drinks available on the run route and at the finish line.

More generic Q&A’s concerning your first triathlon can be found here