South Coast Triathlon - Saturday 6th July 2013
5 Events to choose from!
Martello Fields, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 1JX
Please take time to read all the information on this sheet, it will make the race far more enjoyable for you and reduce the need to ask many questions on the day. Good luck and have a great race!
Do you have family or friends supporting you at the South Coast Triathlon? We always need volunteers for the race, on all areas from timing through to finish line refreshments. No experience is necessary and every volunteer receives a pair of designer Sundog sports sunglasses worth £45.00, the official race T-shirt, food and drink for the duration and lots of thanks as we rely so much on volunteers to make the event possible. If you would like to help out between 9am until 2pm, please email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her direct on 01270 842800 she’ll be delighted to hear from you.
Staying at Seaford
There is a selection of bed & breakfasts, guesthouses, hotels and camping and caravanning in and around Seaford. If accommodation is full in Seaford then both Brighton and Eastbourne are a short drive away. For information on accommodation to fit your budget either telephone Seaford Tourist Information on 01323 897426 or visit their website.
Race Day Photography
The official race photographer will be positioned at the finish line. Please make sure you have your race number clearly visible so you can check out your photographs on the screens at the finish line.
Eating before the race
There are restaurants, pubs and bars in and around Seaford that offer good food if you want to load up on carbohydrates the day before the triathlon. There will be on site catering during the event serving hot & cold food and drinks.
Pre & post race massage is available next to the registration marquee. The massage team can help with niggling aches and strains and get you ready for the event, as well as aid recovery and reduce stiff muscles after the race!
UK Triathlon Store
If you require anything for your event then the UK Triathlon Store will be next to registration from Friday 2:00pm through to Sunday. From bikes, helmets, running shoes, wetsuits, goggles, tri suits, Timex watches, elastic laces, number belts and much more, they have everything you need to take part in triathlon. You can also visit the website at www.uktriathlonstore.co.uk if you wish to order and collect on the weekend of the event.
Main Points to Remember
Allow plenty of time to get to the venue, park, register, rack your cycle and get to the swim start for your compulsory race safety brief. Make sure you take these competitor notes with you for reference.
Know exactly your start time and how many laps of each discipline you are doing (write it on your arm in marker pen if you feel you may forget!).
The cycle course is multi lapped so make sure you adopt a method of counting laps, especially if competing in the Olympic or Relay Triathlon.
Take extra care on the cycle course, especially at the turn around points at both ends, watch for pedestrians crossing at all times. Keep to the left at all times except when overtaking.
Enjoy the race and once you have read all this information, if you still have questions please ask at registration, we are there to help!
Race Itinerary & Info
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
Follow the A259 Brighton to Eastbourne road through Seaford and follow the signs for "Triathlon Parking" in the town centre. There is allocated parking for the triathlon that is sign posted right next to the race venue. There is a £3.00 charge for the entire day with a charity donation being made. Alternatively use any of the car parks in and around Seaford. Please do not attempt to park on the seafront, as it will be closed off ready for the race. There is a rail service run by Govia between Brighton and Eastbourne, which stops at Seaford. Seaford will be busy so allow plenty of time for parking and to get to registration.
REGISTRATION (Located in the marquee on Martello Fields, close to the Martello Tower Museum)
Registration is open on Friday 2:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturday from 7:45am to 11:45pm
At registration you collect your race numbers, safety pins to attach numbers, swim cap and official T-shirt. Race numbers must not be mutilated or folded in any way, as this will constitute a 2 minute penalty and may mean incomplete or no results! Make sure your race numbers are clearly displayed on your front and back for the cycle and run sections of the race and are pinned in all four corners (if using an elastic number belt pin numbers on top left and right hand corners). It is good practice to write your name, blood group and any allergies you may have on the back of your race number in the unfortunate case of an accident!
Please note, for yours and other competitors safety, mobile phones, MP3 or any type of personal music system that restricts your hearing is not permitted whilst competing in the event.
We support membership of the BTF and therefore we recognise BTF members. In order to verify your BTF Membership please show your 2011 BTF licence at registration or you will have to pay the £5.00 difference. The £5.00 extra that non BTF members have already paid is the cost of a PRO TRI day licence that allows you to compete.
CYCLE TRANSITION AREA OPENS AT 8:15AM
(You can only rack your cycle on the morning of your race!)
Once registered you may go to the cycle transition area, which is situated next to the registration marquee.
For security purposes make sure you have your race number with you to enter and exit the transition area.
WAVE START TIMES
|Fun Triathlon 200M - 10K - 2.5K|
|09:00||All Males & Females|
|Olympic Triathlon 1500M - 40K - 10K|
|09:30||All Males, Females & Relay Triathlon|
|Sprint Triathlon 750M - 20K - 5K|
|11:45||All Males & Females|
Competitor toilets will be situated within the cycle transition area and public toilets are situated on the seafront.
SWIM (Fun 200m, Sprint 750m, Olympic & Relay 1500m)
Wetsuits are compulsory for the 1500m swim, if you don't have one you can hire one from the UK Triathlon Store or call 01270 842 331. You must wear your allocated swim cap, which will be given to you at registration. The swim starts from the beach.
|Fun swim||1 x short lap|
|Sprint swim||1 x triangular lap|
|Olympic & Relay||2 x triangular lap|
(Fun 10K, Sprint 20K, Olympic & Relay 40K)
After collecting your cycle, walk or run to the cycle mount line where you commence the cycle section of the race.
|Fun cycle||3 laps of the course|
|Sprint cycle||6 laps of the course|
|Olympic & Relay cycle||12 laps of the course|
The cycle course is on a closed road circuit that is fast and flat with a turnaround at each end. Please take extra care at the turnarounds and especially watch for pedestrians crossing on the course, as the elderly may be slow in doing so. Even though the road is closed to vehicular traffic there may still be cars on the course whether official or otherwise so obey the Highway Code. Dismount your cycle at the end of the cycle course, a marshal will tell you, do not unfasten your helmet until you have racked your cycle. You will not be allowed to take part without a cycle helmet (NO HELMET NO RACE).
Cyclists must maintain a forward distance of 5 metres between each other at all times except when overtaking when it is the responsibility of the overtaken rider to drop back to maintain this gap. Drafting marshals will strictly enforce this rule and offending cyclists will receive a time penalty then disqualification on the second offence.
COUNTING THE LAPS ON YOUR BIKE
3 laps is easy to count but 6 and 12 laps can be confusing when you are "giving it your all" around the course. A couple of tips we recommend are:
1. Strap a watch (ideally Timex Ironman) with lap counting on and every time you turn at the transition end turn point press the lap button, your watch will tell you the split time per lap and which lap you are on!
2. Cut 6 or 12 pieces of electrical tape (any colour you fancy) into narrow short lengths and stick them to your handle bars leaving half of each one folded over so you can grab it. Every time you turn at the transition end turn point you pull off a piece of tape, leaving the remaining pieces of tape which represent the amount of laps left for you to do. We record every lap of every cyclist but cannot advise you of the amount of laps you have done whilst you are competing. It is done to check that competitors have completed the required number of laps on the cycle course!
RUN (Fun 2.5K, Sprint 5K, Olympic & Relay 10K)
|Fun run||1 x out and back|
|Sprint run||2 x out and back|
|Olympic & Relay run||4 x out and back|
The run is fast and flat along the beach path. When you have completed the run, filter through the finish line. There is a feed station on each lap of the run course and on the finish line, which will be serving High5 sports drink and water.
RELAY COMPETITORS (1500m - 40km - 10km)
Each member of the relay team completes one of the disciplines in the triathlon. At registration you will be given a wrist band which you have to relay to the finish line. After completing the swim, the swimmer then passes the wrist band to the cyclist inside the cycle transition area next to where the cycle is racked, the cyclist must not take their cycle off the rack until receiving the wrist band. The cyclist completes the cycle course and passes the band over to the runner in the transition area only when the cycle has been placed back on the rack. The runner completes the run course and hands in the band at the finish line.
PRIZES, PRIZE GIVING & RESULTS
There are prizes and medals for top 3 male & female in the Olympic, Sprint and Fun Triathlons. There are prizes for all BTF 5 year age groups in the Sprint Triathlon and the Olympic Triathlon only. Prize giving will take place soon after each race has finished at the finish line, this will be announced over the P.A. system. Results will be on our website and will be available to view only, soon after each race has finished.
Important note to all competitors as your safety is paramount to us. The South Coast Triathlon is registered, sanctioned and governed by PRO TRI an independent association dedicated to delivering professional health and safety, risk assessment, rules and refereeing guidance to the UK Triathlon Race Series.