Race Instructions

Please make sure you read these before the event.

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This years Race will be on Sunday 11th June 2017 


Course familiarisation day

On Sunday May 14th we'll take you out for a guided tour of the courses more details here 


Registration takes place on the SATURDAY EVENING before the race from 17:00 until 18:30.  It will be in the Leisure Centre car-park by the entrance to the tennis courts (the swim in/bike out area). We strongly recommend you register at this time.

The Triangle Leisure Centre
Jane Murray Way (A273)
Burgess Hill
RH15 8WA

Registration will also be open on the morning of the race in the Leisure Centre foyer between 06:00 and 06:45am. There is plenty of free parking. Please note, the transition area will be closed off at 06.50am so please give yourself plenty of time to rack the bike and sort out kit and allow for numerous toilet breaks!! You will need to be pool side at least 5mins before your start time.

Registration will be split into four sections based on your race number. There will be a number of start list sheets listed alphabetically so that you can look up your number.

You will need to sign the registration sheet and leave an emergency contact number

If you have a valid BTF licence you need to show it at registration. If you don't have it then you will have to pay £3 for a licence. If you register on Saturday but don't have it you still have to pay £3 but can get a refund Sunday when you bring it.

If you don't have a BTF licence we need to give you a day licence (the extra £3 entry fee paid for this).

If you have registered as non-BTF but subsequently joined we can refund you £3 but you will need to show your licence.

You will also receive:

2 race numbers.  1 is to be displayed on your back whilst cycling and the other on your front whilst running.

Bike and Helmet number stickers with one spare

Please look out for body markers by the registration and transition areas, your race number will be written in indelible ink on your left leg and hand. 
On race day competitors should go to the transition area, with your bike and helmet numbers attached. You will then rack your bike and lay out kit etc. 

Please be aware of competitors who have already started and keep clear of swim exit route. Toilets, changing rooms and lockers are adjacent to the pool - lockers take £1 coins.


Race Briefing

Please ensure that you allow sufficient time for you to attend the compulsory race briefing at 06:45.  This will be held just outside the transition area (the Swim in/Bike out area). All important safety notices and any course amendments will be explained at the briefing.

The Race Director will give the briefings.  Please feel free to ask him any questions.


General Race Rules:

The use of MP3 players or mobiles whilst racing is prohibited as are tumble turns. You will be penalized for using either.

Any competitor, (including their family or friends) abusing our marshals or fellow competitors will be immediately disqualified.

Only competitors and officials are allowed within the fenced transition areas. You must show your race number to gain access to and exit from transition.

All competitors should comply with the race etiquette. This includes allowing faster swimmers to pass. Marshals will show a 'give way' sign to any swimmers who are causing an obstruction.  Swimmers must comply with the marshal's instruction. Please read the swim etiquette section to avoid any confusion. 

Please remember to be courteous to the marshals.  They are all fellow triathletes who are officiating voluntarily.


Cycling Safety Notice

BTF race rules require that a cycle helmet is worn for the duration of the cycling discipline.  The helmet must be put on BEFORE you take your bike from the rack in the swim-cycle transition and it can only be removed once the bike has been racked in the cycle-run transition.

Cycles must not be ridden in the transition areas.  Cycles must be mounted and dismounted within the designated areas immediately outside the transition zone.  Listen to the marshal's advice they are there to help and advise you.

You must be aware that all of the roads will be open to normal traffic flows.  You must comply with the Highway Code. Cycle on the LEFT and if you are overtaking a slower rider pull in once you are past.

Remember that you will NOT have priority at junctions and, therefore, comply with all normal traffic signs and especially 'Give Way' and 'Stop' signs.  Please be especially aware of horses and riders if you do encounter them please make them aware of your presence by shouting ahead "Rider on the right" slow down and give a wide berth.

Any cyclist who is reported by marshals; officials; police; other road users; competitors or spectators for riding dangerously or without due care will be disqualified without recourse to an appeal.  Dangerous riding includes (but is not limited to) riding in the centre or to the right side of a road, cutting across the centre white line at a junction and failing to obey a marshal's instruction.

This event does not allow drafting. There will be a number of static and motorcycle borne marshals monitoring the cycle course.  Any infringement of the drafting rules will result in a minimum 3 minute time penalty and may result in disqualification.

The drafting rules allow 30 seconds for a rider to over take a slower rider.  It is the responsibility of the overtaken cyclist to drop back and maintain the gap once the faster rider has his or her wheel in front of yours. 



The Aquabike will follow the same route as the triathlon bike route and will continue into transition (T2) as per the new BTF rules. You will then exit T2 via the run route where your time will stop and your race has finished. You then continue (along the swim in route) to the finish line where you can have your final race photo  taken and receive your race medal and goodie bag.


Run Course

Competitors do not have right of way on the run course.  The route includes sections on footpaths.  Please watch out for pedestrians and other road users.  Remember to give horse riders a wide berth and when approaching from behind, let them know you are there! 


Aid Stations

There are NO aid/fuel station on the bike route and one aid station, supplying water at 2.5km on the run section. Competitors are therefore advised to carry their own drink bottles/gels etc.

If you are unable to carry empty bottles or bar/gel wrappers back to transition please drop them with a marshal so we can clear up afterwards.  PLEASE RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT. 


Medical Notes

On race day medical cover will be provided.  An ambulance will be based at the Leisure centre and ready to respond to any incident whether within the grounds or on the cycle/run routes.
It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. Please record an "In Case of Emergency" number on the reverse of your race number. If you need assistance please alert a marshal.

If you normally take medication or have a medical condition.
Many entrants do have a history of medical problems or will be taking medications or use inhalers.  This information is invaluable to the medical support staff in the unlikely event of an emergency or if you collapse.  For example, knowing that you are a diabetic or asthmatic can speed the diagnosis and treatment of your problem.

Please enter your medical details on the reverse of your race number. If you do not, it may prolong the time taken to give you the appropriate treatment.

General Information

The Race Director can, if necessary, alter swim times up until 2 weeks before the event. Please do this through the website. Please be as accurate as you can with your anticipated swim time.

The one thing we do ask for is feedback as this helps us to shape the race. Some of you may have noticed that a lot has changed over the years and this has all resulted from the comments and advice that we have received.  Again, please give the feedback through the website.

Please familiarise yourself with all the information on the website and if you have any questions please email the race director.


Prizes & Presentation

Plentiful goodie bag for all finishers
FREE DOWNLOADABLE race pictures courtesy of Sussex Sports Photography
Lots of spot prizes

Spot Prizes will be given at the award ceremony in the transition area. All you need to do to take part is to just put ONE of your race numbers in the bucket by the trophy table when we do the awards.  You must be at the ceremony to win a spot prize. If your number is called and you are not there, then it will be redrawn.

The presentations for prize winners will be held in the transition area as soon as the results have been collated. If it's poor weather we will move it to the canteen area in the centre. We regret we are unable to post prizes after the event (unless prior arrangements are made). Please stay for the presentation if you have won a prize.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st, 2nd & 3rd triathlon overall place Male & Female (Trophy & Prize)
  ****Overall placed Males & Females will be excluded from their age group awards

1st Aquabike overall place Male & Female (Trophy & Prize)

x5 triathlon Age group winners Male and Female U20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ (Trophy & Prize)

The spirit of Triathlon award Male and Female (Trophy only)

Prizes and trophies will be presented as soon as possible after the race has finished. 


Your results will be avalable when you cross the line. All Results will be available shortly after the race finishes in the results section of the website


Estimated swim start times:

Swimmers will start in 10 -15 second intervals in race number order starting at #1.

7:00am - 7:25am 1 to 85
7:25am - 7:55am 86 - 170
8:01am - 8:10am 171 - 255
8:10am - 9:00am 256 upwards

 A full start list will be available 2 weeks before the event here


Have a great day and a winning race

Steve McMenamin
Race Director