The Islander – Middle Distance Triathlon

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Race in this scenic, yet formidable triathlon around the island of Mersea. Great for experience triathletes seeking a unique challenge, the 70.3 tri will allow you to behold almost every corner of the island. Come for the award-winning course or for the all-important finisher's medal.
Participants
Middle Distance Triathlon
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Calendar
Sat 18th Jul 2020
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LocationPin
West Mersea, United Kingdom
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Star
4.7
(37 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8BH, UK
Start times
Sat 18th Jul 2020
Middle Distance Triathlon:
11:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Islander – Middle Distance Triathlon
Middle Distance Triathlon
RaceTypeSwimming
1.9km
RaceTypeCycling
90km
RaceTypeRunning
21km
£160.00 - £215.00
Route information
This is a flat triathlon but the terrain is a mixture of road, sand and seawall making it a unique but challenging course. This event was voted as the Third Best Triathlon in the UK at the Let's Do This Challenge Awards 2019.
Run:
It is almost as if Mersea Island was created for this event. The run measures 21km, exactly the circumference of the island. There is stunning scenery all the way round, mixed terrain and no lap run.
Swim:
The swim begins from the beach and is held at slack tide.
Cycle:
The cycle route takes competitors off The Island and along scenic Essex country lanes. Competitors will then head around Abberton Reservoir before turning back to the transition to begin the final leg.
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What's included
  • Finisher's t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Marshalled course
  • Aid Stations
  • Refreshment stations
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How to get there
Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8BH, UK
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**Address: Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8BH, UK
Car:** There are a number of parking options available near the event start line.
Event day logistics
Schedule:
1100: Race begins
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of the race in order to pick up your race pack and drop your bike.
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Island Races
Island Races has hosted a Sprint Triathlon for the last 8 years. It is a sporting event company enthusiastic about introducing a series of triathlons, duathlons, SUP races, Open Water Swims and more harnessing the natural characteristics of Mersea Island and the surrounding areas. We welcome complete beginners and seasoned athletes, seeing people challenging themselves and having fun at the same time.
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Spectator Info
The triathlon takes place on a Saturday, so you can make the most of your weekend and spend some time getting to know the local area.
There will be plenty of facilities and activities for families on the central beach.
Backpack
Kit List
Competitors are expected to provide their own equipment including a bike in good working order and a wetsuit or a tri-suit.
FAQ's
Is there parking?
Yes, there will be plenty of parking available near the race start.
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What facilities are there on race day?
There will be catering and toilet facilities onsite for supporters to enjoy and runners after the race.
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What time and where does the race start?
The event kicks-off at 1100 from the Victoria Esplanade.
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Is there parking?
Yes, there will be plenty of parking available near the race start.
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What facilities are there on race day?
There will be catering and toilet facilities onsite for supporters to enjoy and runners after the race.
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What time and where does the race start?
The event kicks-off at 1100 from the Victoria Esplanade.
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Reviews
4.7
37 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
Star
5.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
Very well organised. The location is excellent, Mersea Island and surrounding area are a gem. A varied course. Excellent before and after care.
Harry H
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1.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
I was really looking forward to taking part in this race as I grew up in the local area and have since moved away, but unfortunately I had to drop out just days before as I contracted tonsillitis. I asked Island Races what I could do about it but was told they had no withdrawal policy - effectively it was either turn up, or don't. I understand this is the case with many triathlon events, but I'm not sure why? No one should be exposed to the choice of losing their entry fee or potentially putting their health at risk by competing when ill. I really believe that when these events charge £130 there should be a withdrawal/transferal/deferral policy in place. Instead I am left feeling like I have just thrown away a substantial amount of cash through no fault of my own. I appreciate there is a big cost to putting these events on but surely there should be a plan in place for when competitors can't take part. The London Marathon, Great North Run, Cardiff Half all have policies but it doesn't seem to be the case in triathlon.
Phil G
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5.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
Amazing original course, incredible organisation and friendly family crowd. The finish area felt like a festival. A Bucket list must
Dave J
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5.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
Absolutely Loved this half distance, I got a PB & my wife’s first half and she loved it BNY 2020👍👍👍
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4.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
The Islander -what a great race !Well organised, the swim was amazing in calm warm water, fast scenic bike course, the run around the island was slightly more challenging with some tough sections over the beach. Overall I would say highly recommended and i'll definitely be back for 2020.
John M
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5.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
Brilliant event, super friendly team, well organised. The island run was epic. Great to make a weekend out of it on Mersea island and bring along the family
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5.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
This is a fantastic event; it's welcoming, well organised and also challenging. Each discipline is unique but accessible for a range of abilities. If you like triathlon, you'll love this event!
Rob F
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5.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
Having done a few triathlons at this distance before this has to be up there with one of the best. Just such a well organised event and also beautiful course.
Charlie G
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5.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
That beach run at the end was pretty challenging but being the trooper I am I pushed through the pain barrier to finish and collect that gorgeous medal at end.
Jamie M
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5.0
Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019
This was my first middle distance triathlon and it was amazing to be so local to me. A great event and fantastic race
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Recent Questions
Anthony Clarke
5/26/2019
are there cutoff times for this event
Steph Ede
5/28/2019
Hey there, just to let you know that the cut off times for the Middle Distance Triathlon are as follows- Swim: 1 hour 10 mins, Bike: 4 hours 20 mins (total time from start: 5 hours 30 mins), Run: 3 hours (total time from start: 8 hours 30 mins). Best of luck!
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