Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans

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This is the almighty festival of sport. With races open for all abilities and ages this is the perfect for family and friends. You'll be swimming in the stunning new indoor pool at Westminster Lodge, biking in beautiful countryside and finishing with a challenging park run. A super-friendly event.
Sprint Triathlon, Novice Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, and 10 more
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Sun, 22 Sept 2019
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Verulamium Park, 1 St Peter's St, St Albans AL3 4SL, UK
Start times
Sun, 22 Sept 2019
Sprint Triathlon:
7:00am |
Novice Triathlon:
7:00am |
Sprint Duathlon:
8:30am |
Novice Duathlon:
8:30am |
Sprint Aquathlon:
7:00am |
Novice Aquathlon:
7:00am |
10:00am |
Kids Scootathon (Scoot/Bike/Run):
11:30am |
Kids Duathlon:
11:30am |
10:00am |
Novice Aquabike:
7:00am |
Sprint Aquabike:
7:00am |
Standard Duathlon:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans
Sprint Triathlon
£20.00 - £45.00
Novice Triathlon
£30.00 - £35.00
Sprint Duathlon
£35.00 - £40.00
Novice Duathlon
£25.00 - £30.00
Route information
The swim leg will begin with a processional start in the state-of-the-art Westminster Lodge Pool. Transition will be located just a quick sprint away in the wonderful historic setting of Verulamium Park. Our bike leg will be undertaken in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, taking in the quiet roads and picturesque villages of Hertfordshire and then it's onto a fast and challenging park run to finish.
The Duathlon run legs will be contained within the superb grounds of Verulamium Park. The bike leg will take you out into the beautiful surrounding Hertfordshire countryside for a fast and enjoyable race.
Our Aquathlon race will start in the Westminster Lodge pool, before heading out onto the run leg, which will be conducted within the confines of the beautiful Verulamium Park, finishing to a warm welcome from friends and family in our Sports Village.
5K/10K Run
Two of the most popular distances on offer for the Festival of Sport St. Albans: 10K and 5K. Both runs will be set in the beautiful Veralamium Park and will be testing, safe and fun. There are lots of opportunities along our routes for spectators to cheer you on and you will finish in the sports village to a hero’s welcome over the finish line.
The 10k is two laps of the 5k
The Aquabike race is an endurance sport composed of the swimming and cycling stages of a triathlon. The running stage is eliminated so that people who are unable to run, or do not wish to run can still participate.
Scootathons are a fantastic addition to multi-sport events, allowing budding kid Olympians to take their first steps in multi-sport eventing. Sign up your son or daughter and put their feet firmly on a sporting path.
The Scootathon involves a 200m run, followed by a 400m scoot, finishing in a 400m cycle to the finish line and our Scootathon. We will supply scooters and bikes but you are more than welcome to bring your own*. Children are guaranteed to enjoy this fun, safe and challenging race.
Children younger than 6 years old will be required to bring their own bikes and scooters. Please ensure that scooters have large enough wheels to be able to run on grass.
Please note that kids Scootathon is not a chip timed event
Triathlon (Swim/Bike/Run) - Novice – 200M/14K/2.5K, Sprint – 400M/20K/5K
Run - 10k and 5k
Aquathlon (Swim/Run) - Novice- 200M / 2.5K, Sprint – 400M / 5K
Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run) - Novice – 2.5K / 14K/ 2.5K, Sprint – 5K / 20K / 2.5K, Standard – 10K / 40K / 5K, Kids – 400M / 1.2k / 400M Ages 7-14
Aquabike (Swim/Bike) - Novice – 200M/14K, Sprint – 400M/20K
Scootathlon - 200m run, followed by a 400m scoot, finishing with a 400m cycle
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What's included
  • Timing chips (excluding children’s events)
  • Finishers' t-shirt
  • Bespoke finishers' medal
  • Access to post-race nutrition, massage and athlete area
  • Winners’ trophies
  • Professional photographs
  • Access to special offers from our supporting sponsors
How to get there
Verulamium Park, 1 St Peter's St, St Albans AL3 4SL, UK
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Location - Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Holywell Hill, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2DJ.
Getting to the venue -
By Car:
Close to the M1 (junction 6), A1(M) and M25 (junctions 21A and 22), St. Albans is easily accessible from all parts of the UK. We encourage visitors to travel by public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion and emissions.
By Rail:
St. Albans Railway Station is just 20 minutes away from London St Pancras International Station on the First Capital Connect trainline. The line connects St. Albans to a variety of other London underground stations including West Hampstead (Jubilee Line), Kentish Town (Northern Line) and Farringdon (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith and City lines). There are also frequent services throughout the day and night, between St. Albans and Gatwick airport (1 hour 15 mins), Brighton (2 hours), Bedford and London Luton Airport. You can connect to London Overground's North London Line at West Hampstead Thameslink station.
NO PARKING WILL BE PERMITTED AT THE VENUE, WESTMINSTER LODGE, ON RACE DAY. If you come to the park, you will be directed to an alternate carpark. Save yourself time and energy on the morning and go directly to one of the suggested car parks:
The Maltings Car Park. It's open 24 hours a day and is only £1 to park on Sundays. The address of the Maltings Car Park is Victoria Street, St. Albans. Use AL1 3HL for Sat Navs.
St Christopher’s Place Car Park. It's open from 6am to midnight and is only £1 to park on Sundays. It's accessed from Upper Dagnall Street, St Albans. Use AL3 5DQ for Sat Navs.
Event day logistics
Collect your race pack at the registration desk
07:00-08:30* – Sprint Triathlon
07:00-08:30* – Novice Triathlon
07:00-08:30* – Aquathlon
07:00-08:30* – Sprint Aquabike
07:00-08:30* – Novice Aquabike
08:30* – Duathlon
10:00 – 5K & 10K Run
11:30 – Kids Scootathon & Duathlon
*Please note that your start time could be anytime between 07:00 and 8:30am as this is a processional start. Exact start times will be displayed the day before the event.
Spectator Info
This a great spectators event especially as there is stand in the indoor pool of the Westminster Lodge to watch the swimming from. Veralamium Park is also fantastic for spectator's to view the run.
Kit List
We would recommend a road bike for the Festival of Sport St. Albans but that is by no means compulsory, as we would like everyone to have the opportunity to take part in this event.
**We will supply bikes for the Kids Duathlon but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
**For the Scootathon, we will supply scooters and bikes but you are more than welcome to bring your own. Only children younger than 6 years old will be required to bring their own bikes and scooters. Please ensure that scooters have large enough wheels to be able to run on grass.
Is the Hercules Festival of Sport family-friendly?
Yes, there are events for all ages and abilities including events specifically for the kids.
Is drafting allowed in any of the events that involve cycling?
No, this is not a draft legal event, however, the use of aero bars is permitted.
Is there a bag drop?
No, there are no bag drop facilities at this event. Please do not bring unnecessary items or equipment, any items left unattended are done so at the owners risk.
1 reviews
ShoeFlatGood for beginners
ThumbsUpWell organized
Kieran L
Did the race in 2019
I've run a lot of races over the years and I've got to say that the Hercules Events 10k at St Albans was easily one of the worst. Firstly, why request people make an extra journey to pick up race packs the day before? Why not just post them out like everyone else does? Secondly, the pre-race briefing was completely inaudible, so it wasn't really clear where those taking part in the 10k were supposed to divert. The start wasn't time staggered meaning faster runners had to weave their way past the slower competitors. The marshalling was sporadic to say the least and the layout of the cones meant that you could cut corners or were unsure where you were mean to be running. On one occasion I was recalled by a marshal for running on the wrong path. Runners also had to negotiate their way round dog walkers, pushchairs and footballers on route. The course was also short. I know this because I beat my PB by about two and a half minutes! My wife's GPS calculated that the 5k course was 220m short, meaning that the 10k was around 440m short. There was also no drinks station on route. I sometimes take part in our local park run (Hemel Hempstead) and I would say the organisation is far better - and it's free! Hercules Events should be ashamed to charge people £20 for this race. Let's hope they learn from their experience.
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