The Olympic distance race will be held on Sunday 24th July at Ardingly Reservoir.
This race is open to all members. We want to encourage everybody to have a go at the event given that the emphasis for most is on having the opportunity to do an Olympic distance event in a familiar and supportive environment. It is also cheap and involves little traveling or additional costs. We don't have marshals around the course although the bike and run routes are well signed.
The 1500 swim will be a 2 lap course in the reservoir. For those who are a little worried about the swim distance, rest assured that the route is along the normal swim lanes for Saturday morning swimming and there will be a safety boat and a canoeist in the water at all times.
Transition area is set up on the grass adjacent to the car park.
The 40 km bike course is essentially a slightly shortened route of the course used for the middle distance event last year. It is a bit lumpy but not that bad and quite enjoyable - especially on the down hill parts on the return section.
The 10km run is on the paths around the reservoir. It is wholly off road and, while there is likely to be some pedestrian traffic, it is safe and flat.
The briefing is at 0645. The swim starts in one wave at 0700.
We really want people to have a go at this -irrespective of ability or speed or any thing else. The main point is having a go at this distance and seeing what happens. Mark Jordan and Steve Alden are more than happy to speak to any body who wants to ask any questions that are not covered in the information sheets and entry forms.
- Entry Form * fill in and return
- MSTC Olympic distance general information to particpants
- MSTC Olympic Distance terms * fill in and return
- Run Assessment
- Bike Assesment
- Swim Assesment
- Mapped route
The middle distance event will be held at the same venue on Sunday 29th August. Again we want people to have a go at the distance, even if it is as part of a relay team or to do one or two of the elements. The course is exactly the same as that for last year and, as such, an extended route from that of the Olympic distance.
The middle course has been set as:
1. an open water swim over a 1.9 Km course in the Ardingly Reservoir. The course is 3 laps of an out and back route of 600 metres per lap (300 metres out - 300 metres back) with an additional 100 metre swim to the finish at the slipway.
2. a cycle route of 79.25 Kms that will be held entirely on open public roads, where there will be unrestricted vehicular, pedestrian and other traffic. It is a relatively hilly, testing and technical course.
3. a 20-ish Km run over a course that is mainly on off-road, public footpaths and bridleways adjacent to the Ardingly Reservoir.
The start will be at 0700, just after a briefing. Arrangements will be similar to those for the Olympic distance but with a water station for the second lap of the bike course and a water station at the run turn round point.
Middle Distance Documents:
Steve Alden, James Dear and Mark Jordan are working on the admin at the moment and will get the entry forms etc out in the next couple of weeks.