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The Stonehenge Triathlon – Competitor Information

Updated: May 6





Stonehenge Triathlon Competitor Information - 12 May 24
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Location / Race HQ. Durrington Leisure Centre, Recreation Rd, Durrington, Wilts, SP4 8HH, 01980 594594.


First Aid. Lifeguards at the pool and trained club members will provide first aid in the pool and around race HQ. Phil Cracknell, Medline Consultancy will provide medical cover around the course with a first response vehicle carrying essential equipment such as a defibrillator. Salisbury District Hospital is the closest A&E at SP2 8BJ, contact number 01722 336262


Risk Assessment (RA)/ Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The leisure centre RA and EAP is extant for pool activities; lifeguard and duty manager instructions should be followed in case of emergency inside the venue. An event risk assessment has been produced in accordance with British Triathlon requirements.


British Triathlon Registration and Technical Official. The event is registered through British Triathlon and a Technical Official has been appointed. The event is run under British Triathlon rules, you should ensure you are familiar with these before racing, they can be found here: https://www.britishtriathlon.org/competitionrules. Some key rules to follow are:


• No headphones can be worn in transition or during the race

• You mustn’t touch your bike until your helmet is on and the buckle fastened

• You can only mount your bike when you and the bike have completely passed the mount line

• Littering on the course is not allowed; keep any gel wrappers etc on you and dispose of correctly

• Dismount your bike before the dismount line

• Do not unclip or remove your helmet until your bike is safely returned to your rack position, with the bike re-racked the side it came out, on the saddle; this will mean reversing your bike back in. This ensures everyone has space on the rack.

• Once out of the swim, you must cover your torso before leaving transition for the bike leg. Front zip trisuits cannot be unzipped, but rear zips can be pulled down for ventilation.

• No floatation clothing is allowed (e.g. buoyancy shorts)

• Calf guards are not allowed in the swim (as it’s pool based)


Official Timekeeper and results service. LPS Events are providing race results. They will display the website information at the event, results will be posted on the club media channels as soon as possible, as well as results emailed out soonest.


Car Parking. Durrington Rec is the event car park, you’ll see signs and a marshal will guide you in. No parking is available for competitors at

Durrington Pool.


Refreshments. There will be a charity food and drink stall, please bring cash, change is especially welcome.


Swim Leg. You need to report to poolside 10 minutes before your start time. You’ll be reminded which lane you’re in and which hat colour, and lane swim direction. There will be a safety brief, including overtaking and lane etiquette. There will be 1 set of steps in the pool to aid your exit if required, which will be on one side only. If you need to use this, you will need to cross the lanes safely, taking care to avoid collisions.


Adult Route. 400m (16 lengths) pool swim, exit pool via rear emergency exits, down steps (take care, will be slippery) and left to the transition area on the adjacent multisport games area (MUGA). 19km bike as per the route map, out to Netheravon and back, marked by signs and marshals at key points. 5km run as per the map, with the detailed route marked by arrows and marshals at key points. Those competing in the aquathlon and aquabike will do the respective routes for the disciplines involved in each. The aquabike will finish with a short run/walk from transition to the finish line, around the final lap of the run course. Ensure you are familiar with this before your race starts, the map shows the approximate route.


Children’s Route. The children’s races will held on a closed road environment, utilising the adjacent school’s playing fields. For the Tri Start category, the use of swimming aids will be permitted to make it as inclusive as possible, and encourage youngsters into the sport. Each children’s category has different distances as below, bike and run will be as close as possible, but not necessarily completely accurate:


Tri Start (8 years) – swim 50m, bike 1km (1 lap), run 500m (1 lap)

Tri Star 1 (9-10 years) – swim 150m, bike 2km (2 laps), run 1km (2 laps)

Tri Star 2 (11-12 years) – swim 200m, bike 4km (4 laps), run 1.5km (3 laps)

Tri Star 3 (13-14 years) – swim 300m, bike 5km (5 laps), run 2km (4 laps)


Marshals and Volunteers. Please respect our marshals and volunteers, we can’t run the event without them. They are there to help but can’t stop or direct traffic.


Prizes. All finishers receive a medal at the finish line. Those competing in the aquathlon and aquabike should ask for the correct medal. The following adult medals will be presented on the day:


1st, 2nd & 3rd open, female, vet open, vet female. Junior open and female winners only. First team from ATC, STC, STAR clubs; based on the combined time of the first three to finish from each club.


Children’s medals will be awarded in each age category as follows:


1st, 2nd & 3rd open and female.


Timings. Slower swimmers will go first, through to the fastest, with aquabike and aquathlon going off in the last wave. The number of waves will be dependent on the total number entered into the triathlon. The event timeline is below and will followed as closely as possible:


7:30-9:00am – Registration open

8:15am – Wave 1 on poolside for race brief

8:30am – Wave 1 of 12/16 competitors starts swim, first riders on course by 08:45am

8:40am – Wave 2 on poolside for race brief

8:50am – Wave 2 of 12/16 starts swim

9:05am – Wave 3 of 12/16 starts swim

9:10am – First riders reach Netheravon

9:20am – Wave 4 of 12 starts swim

9:30am – Wave 5 of 12 starts swim

9:40am – Wave 6 of 12 starts swim

9:40am – First riders return to transition and start run

9:50am – Wave 7 of 12 starts swim

9:55am – First runners reach 2.5km turnaround on run

10:00am – Wave 8 of 12 starts swim

10:10-10:40am – Waves 9, 10, 11, 12 as required

10:15am – First runners finish

11:50am – Last runner finishes race

12:10pm – Prize giving (this is the latest time, likely to be earlier with fewer starters)


11.45am – Children’s race registration open

11:50am – Bike course open for familiarisation (parents must escort children across to and around the course as there will be no marshals out at this time)

1:00pm – Tri Star 3 on poolside for race brief (25 max)

1:05pm – Tri Star 3 starts swim

1:05pm – Tri Star 2 on poolside for race brief (25 max)

1:20pm – Tri Star 2 starts swim

1:20pm – Tri Star 1 on poolside for race brief (25 max)

1:35pm – Tri Star 1 starts swim

1:35pm –Tri Start wave on poolside for race brief (25 max)

1:50pm –Tri Start starts swim, first riders on course by 1:05pm

2:15pm – All competitors finished

2:30pm – Children’s prize giving


Registration: Registration will be in a gazebo on the grass adjacent to the pool, as per the map. All competitors must register prior to racing. Competitors must produce their Home Nation (Tri England, Welsh Tri, Tri Scotland) license or some form of photo ID. Non Home Nation members will be checked against the entry database to ensure an electronic race pass has been issued. Competitors will be numbered with a marker pen on the left arm and right leg. Anyone appearing unwell or carrying an obvious injury will be refused entry to the event for their own safety.



ADULT BIKE ROUTE MAP


BIKE ROUTE DETAILS

Most of the route is on quiet country roads. Please remain alert and abide by the Highway Code at all times. At junctions you must stop if a marshal directs you to or other road users have priority. A marshal will stop you at a junction if they judge it unsafe for you to cross. Dangerous riding will result in disqualification. There will be marshals on the course. If you are unable to continue or if you see someone in difficulties please report it to the nearest marshal so we can take action. This is a non-drafting race. Ensure you fasten your helmet before touching your bike in transition. Only mount your bike after the Mount Line. You will not be allowed to ride it out of Transition.


Directions:

1. From the pool, straight ahead and then turn right onto Recreation Road.

2. At the end of Recreation Road, turn left. Turn arrow.

3. At roundabout turn left and continue for approximately 1km. Turn arrow, marshal.

4. Turn left into Orchard End at the Rose & Crown pub roundabout and follow road to the left for approx 300m. Turn arrow, marshals.

5. Turn left into Milston Road. Turn arrow, marshals. After another 1.5km, at the crossroads with Church Road, runners may be crossing the road but cyclists will have priority. Caution Runners sign. A further 1.5km onto a short, steady descent, be aware of the junction to the left from Ablington. Continue for 1.5km until T Junction. Turn arrow, marshals.

6. At T Junction turn left, follow road down and round until you reach a junction. The descent down to Netheravon has a poor surface in places, take care, stay to the left particularly as the road bares right to the narrow bridge. Caution sign.

7. Turn right and keep on the road through the High Street turn arrow (this is a residential street rather than a shopping area) for about 1.5km until you reach a crossroads.

8. Turn right and go up the hill, past Airfield Camp. Turn arrow, marshals. Take care on this hill

as the road narrows. Straight on after the hill until the junction.

9. At the junction turn left (turn arrow) and continue straight on for approximately 5km until the t-junction.

10. At the t-junction turn right onto Salisbury Road until the junction. Turn arrow, marshals. TAKE CARE CROSSING THIS ROAD. YOU MUST STOP IF THE MARSHAL DIRECTS YOU TO.

11. At the roundabout turn right. Arrow, marshals. TAKE CARE.

12. Straight on up Bulford Hill to the roundabout.

13. At the roundabout turn right into Bulford Road. Turn right, marshal. Continue until the crossroads.

14. At the crossroads turn right into Recreation Road. Turn arrow.

15. Turn left to return to the Pool.


You must dismount before the dismount line and keep your helmet on and

fastened until you are in Transition. You will not be allowed to ride into

Transition. Stay on the left hand side to avoid cyclists going out.


RUN ROUTE MAP



RUN ROUTE DETAILS


The run route is on grass, tarmac and well surfaced track. Keep to the left at all times. There is a short part of the course along the river which is narrow. It is wide enough for 2 people to pass but not wide enough for a third person to overtake. This section is also very uneven so extra care is required. There will be marshals at various points of the course.


Directions:

1. From Transition run across the road, taking care, watching for road users and curbs. Go through the narrow opening onto Milston View.

2. Run on the path to the right for 30m then turn right along the fence where the narrow tarmac path turns into a gravel path.

3. Continue straight down past the school then turn right onto The Ham. At the end of the road turn left through a narrow metal barrier.

4. After 15m turn right and remain on narrow track along the river (very uneven surface), turn left onto metal bridge. This track is narrow so please keep to the left.

5. At the end through the metal barrier and turn right onto Church Road. Uphill, at the crossroads continue straight on. Take care crossing as this road crosses the bike route and is open to other road users. You must stop if the marshal directs you to.

6. Continue straight on, past a farm on your right until you reach a crossroads which is the turnaround point.

7. U-Turn around the cone and continue downhill until the crossroads. Straight over at the crossroads onto Church Road. Take care crossing as this road crosses the bike route. You must stop if the marshal directs you to.

8. Continue down Church Road for about 200m until the footpath and turn left through the metal barrier. This section is very uneven so extra care is required. Continue on the path, over the bridge turning immediately right and remain on the path. At the end of the path, turn right onto The Ham.

9. Continue on The Ham straight along until the left turn, retracing your steps up the narrow gravel path to Milston View.

10. Turn left into Milston View.

11. At the gate turn right. Remain on the pavement until the marshal directs you to cross the road. Take care as cyclists may be going out and coming in although they will be dismounted.

12. Once on the field, follow the tape around the field to the finish line.


Transition & Run Finish Map for Adult Events



Transition & Cycle Course Map for Children's Event


Transition & Run Course Map for Children's Event




STONEHENGE TRIATHLON RACE BRIEF - ADULTS


Welcome to the Stonehenge Triathlon, we appreciate your support for this event.


Each competitor will complete 400m, so 16 lengths of the pool, swimming on your front. If you are having problems, please turn onto your back and attract the attention of an official or lifeguard. The swim will start in the water, no dive starts are allowed. You will be given a direction of travel in your swim lane, either clockwise or anti-clockwise, please stick to it and look out for each other. Overtaking is permitted, but please look ahead and avoid head-on collisions. If you intend to pass someone, tap their feet and they should wait briefly at the next end and allow you to pass quickly. Tumble turns are permitted. Once you've completed your 16 lengths, exit the pool at the deep end and deposit your swim hat on the poolside, then leave the building down the steps; take care, they will be very slippery, as will the grass outside en route to transition! The transition area is on the all-weather sports pitch to the rear of the pool building, look out for trip hazards.


Before leaving transition, you must place a top on that covers your torso, no one is to ride or run bare chested. (If inclement weather, it may be worth putting on a gillet or jacket). You must put on your helmet and do up the strap before touching your bike. Follow the arrows and marshals out on the bike and run routes. The bike is on mostly quiet, undulating roads, open to the public. Take care on the fast descent to Netheravon; there is a righthand bend at the bottom that leads to a narrow bridge, you must stay to the left to avoid oncoming traffic. The route is narrow in places so take care and obey the Highway Code at all times. Be vigilant at junctions, and stop if required when turning right. Please follow any instructions given to you by marshals. Take on sufficient fluids during the bike leg, especially if conditions are warm and you anticipate being out on the run course for more than 30 minutes. There will be no water on the run course unless it is extremely hot. If you think you need fluids during the run, carry a bottle.


The run is on a mix of tarmac roads, trails/tracks and paths. Take care on the bridges section, they may be slippery. The paths are narrow and very uneven in places, so stay left to avoid collisions as runners may meet in opposite directions. The main danger point is the crossroads at Church Road and Milston Road. There will be 2 marshals, they cannot stop traffic, so you must obey the rules of the road; give way, then continue when safe. This is the same in both directions. The run is 5km long, with an uphill first half and downhill on the way back.


If you feel unwell on the bike or run, report to the nearest marshal who will contact race control; if First Aid is required, someone will come to you. If emergency services are required, a marshal will call 999. Look after each other, if you see someone in distress, offer assistance, it is only a race!


The finish line is outside the leisure centre after completing a lap of the playing field. While results are being processed, you can enjoy refreshments from our charity refreshment stall. Prize presentation will take place between 1200 and 1230hrs near the finish line, or earlier if possible.



STONEHENGE TRIATHLON RACE BRIEF - CHILDREN


Welcome to the Stonehenge Triathlon, we hope you enjoy your race.


Note: parents are not permitted into the transition area at any time, but our staff will aid setup and transitions during the race. They are our qualified coaches with DBS and Safeguarding qualifications in place.


Each competitor will complete (TS-50m, TS1-150m, TS2-200, TS3-300m) so (2, 6, 8, 12) lengths of the pool, swimming on your front or back. Tri Start will be allowed to use swimming aids e.g. floats and noodles. If you are having problems, please turn onto your back and attract the attention of an official or lifeguard. The swim will start in the water at the deep end, no dive starts are allowed. You will be given a direction of travel in your swim lane, either clockwise or anti-clockwise, please stick to it and look out for each other. Overtaking is permitted, but please look ahead and avoid head-on collisions. If you intend to pass someone, tap their feet and they should wait briefly at the next end and allow you to pass quickly. Tumble turns are permitted. Once you've completed your swim, exit the pool at the deep end (steps are available, but take care if crossing a lane) and deposit your swim hat on the poolside, then leave the building down the steps; take care, they will be very slippery, as will the grass outside en route to transition! The transition area is on the all-weather sports pitch to the rear of the pool building, look out for trip and slip hazards.


Before leaving transition, you must place a top on that covers your torso, no one is to ride or run bare chested. You must put on your helmet and do up the strap before touching your bike. Our transition staff will aid anyone who is struggling to lift their bikes off or onto the rack. You must push your bike to and from the mount line i.e. no riding in transition. Follow the arrows and marshals out on the bike and run routes. The bike is on Avon Valley Academy’s playing field to the rear of the school and Lifestyle Fitness. The route has a narrow passageway on the way to and from the field, so stay left, take care and look ahead at all times. Please follow any instructions given to you by marshals. You need to count your laps, so make sure you know how many (TS-1 lap, TS1-2 laps, TS-2-4 laps, TS3-5 laps). Tri Start will do 1 lap and go straight back to transition on the all-weather pitch. All other age categories will turn right at the end of each lap to complete further laps.


The run is on grass on the playing field to the side of the pool. Take care on the section in front of the pool main entrance as people may be crossing the course. Please follow any instructions given to you by marshals. You need to count your laps, so make sure you know how many (TS-1 lap, TS1-2 laps, TS-2-3 laps, TS3-4 laps). Tri Start will do 1 lap and go straight to the finish line. All other age categories will stay to the right of the finish chute and complete further laps. On your last lap, you will go to the finish line.


If you feel unwell on the bike or run, report to the nearest marshal who will contact race control; if First Aid is required, someone will come to you. We will inform your parents and they will collect you soonest.


While results are being processed, you can enjoy refreshments from our charity stall, in aid of charity. Prize presentation will take place between 1415 and 1430hrs near the finish line.

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