Distances in this event
- Duathlon: Run 4km, Bike 20km, Run 4km
Great Notley Autumn Duathlon route
RUN-The run will first cross the field following the hedge lines then running parallel to the A131 to the southern end of the park. It then joins the path to the lakeside making a sharp right turn and following the lakeside path anti-clockwise. Once at the western end of the lake making a right turn onto the bridleway. The run then follows the course of the bridleway up the western side of the park and around the rear of the large hill heading back towards the start. Once at the foot of the hill the runners will turn sharp right up the hill, round the base of the kestrel, then down the other side returning to the transition area. The grassland and tracks are relatively smooth but if wet puddles and muddy patches can form.
Runners must take care for slippery sections and natural hazards such as rabbit scrapes and small ruts.
CYCLE- Enter the transition area by the in gate. You are responsible for ensuring your cycle is fit for the road and you have an approved hard shell cycle helmet. You must be wearing your cycle helmet, securely fastened, before you remove your cycle from the racking. Ensure your clothing is appropriate for the weather, your chest must be covered. Take your cycle to the bike out exit, to the line where you may mount the cycle. Riding in the transition area at any time is dangerous and will not be permitted. Your race number must be clearly displayed to the rear for the bike section. Number belts are permitted, the number must be fixed full size, not cut or folded.
Please take care for other competitors in the transition area.
At the exit you will cycle on to the access road, you must take care of vehicles entering or leaving the park as there will be football matches taking place elsewhere in the site. You will take the access slip road on to the A131 to the first roundabout making a left turn. At the next roundabout turn right onto Queenborough Lane then follow this route through Rayne and Willows Green until reaching the roundabout junction with the A131 where another left turn is made following the route back to the park. The cycle course consists of two laps. Take care, all the roads are open to traffic, you must ride according to the highway code and Give Way if required. While traffic is light on Sunday mornings, beware of other road users.
On the A131 just prior to the country park there are a set of pedestrian controlled lights. These are very lightly used on a Sunday morning but you must comply with them. The crossing will be marshaled to record any significant delays to athletes and make necessary adjustments to the race time.
RUN- The second run will follow the same course as the first. It will cross the field following the hedge lines then running parallel to the A131 to the southern end of the park. It then joins the path to the lakeside making a sharp right turn and following the lakeside path anti-clockwise. Once at the western end of the lake making a right turn onto the bridleway. The run then follows the course of the bridleway up the western side of the park and around the rear of the large hill heading back towards the start. Having climbed the hill to the Kestrel you descend and run directly to the finish. Your race number must be clearly visible from the front. The grassland and tracks are relatively smooth but if wet puddles and muddy patches can form. Runners must take care for slippery sections and natural hazards such as rabbit scrapes and small ruts.
There will be a water station at the start of this run and water available at the finish line.
The manageable distances and traffic free run course makes it an ideal race for novices.
The transition area will be situated in the park adjacent to the Discovery Centre, changing facilities will be available at the centre itself with competitors toilets adjacent to transition.
From the organizer
The Great Notley Autumn Duathlon is based at Great Notley Country Park in Braintree, with the attraction of a beautiful parkland venue but very accessible with good road links from the A120 and A131.
The race starts and finishes with a 4km run within the confines of the country park. You will run on a mixture of grass and surfaced paths, with a challenging hill included in the run. The transition to the cycle section is on a grass area adjacent to the access road. The cycle course is all on road, consisting of two 10km laps offering a fast but enjoyable ride through Rayne, Willows Green and Great Leighs before returning to the centre for the final run. The manageable distances and traffic free run course makes it an ideal race for novices.
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Great Notley Autumn Duathlon weather forecast
Drizzle throughout the day.
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