Stowmarket Tri - The HaverSports West Suffolk Triathlon
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Stowmarket Tri - the West Suffolk Triathlon Festival is now organised by HaverSports and back for 2019! Extended this year to incorporate a new running route, this popular triathlon takes place in picturesque Suffolk. Brought to you by HaverSports, the event is sure to see a wide range of returning and new competitors!A pool swim, fast cycle through village roads and flat, sheltered run course make it ideal for novices, with a longer distance available for veterans too. The route is mostly shared between distances and events, which makes for a stunning atmosphere on the route.Chip timed for accuracy, with results available throughout the event to see competitors progress.
Triathlon Sprint, Triathlon Sprint +, Duathlon Sprint, and 1 more
Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Gainsborough Rd, Stowmarket IP14 1LH, UK
Triathlon Sprint:9:05am |
Triathlon Sprint +:9:00am |
Duathlon Sprint:9:05am |
Duathlon Sprint +:9:00am
Here's what races are available for Stowmarket Tri - The HaverSports West Suffolk Triathlon
Because the swim takes place in a pool, it is difficult to offer a full length (Olympic) triathlon. In light of this, the distances are:
Triathlon Sprint - Swim 300m, Cycle 22km, Run 5km
Triathlon Sprint + - Swim 600m, Cycle 45km, Run 10km
Duathlon Sprint - Run 6km, Cycle 22km, Run 6km
Duathlon Sprint + - Run 10km, Cycle 45km, Run 6km
The duathlon will begin with a mass start at the finish gantry beside transition around 10am. You must attend the same pre-race briefing at 9.15am.
You will head onto the run route, completing 1 lap for Sprint or 2 laps for Sprint+.
You will then make your way to transition and complete 1 cycle lap for Sprint or 2 for Sprint+.
Having finished the bike and exited transition again you will complete another lap for to finish.
There is 1 water station on the run which you will pass once per lap. You will also be provided water at the finish.
You must start within the pool and not dive in. If you wish to overtake you must tap the foot of the swimmer ahead of you then overtake them at the end of the length.
The swim will be in a pool.
You will be given an exact start time before the race. Due to restricted space beside the pool please do not be at the poolside earlier than 10 minutes before your start time, unless advised otherwise. You will be able to wait beside the pool.
You must swim on your front (front crawl or breaststroke). If you are struggling at any point in the swim and need help lie on your back and raise your hand into the air and the lifeguards will assist you. You will be starting in the deep end - if you need to use the steps to get in and out, please inform the marshals.
It is now compulsory to wear a swim hat under BTF rules. You can either bring your own, or buy a HaverSports one for £5, at registration or in advance.
We recommend you leave all your kit in transition and cover the short distance from exiting the pool to transition barefoot. This is paved and will be swept clear. Only athletes are allowed in transition - if you choose to leave any kit outside of transition, such as shoes by the pool exit to wear to transition, we are not responsible for this.
You will be given an approximate start time - you may start sooner or later than this. Your race will start when the swim starter says go having got you in the pool. Your swim time will finish when you exit the poolside area.
You will swim one length of the lane and then return, before crossing into the neighbouring lane. Having completed two lengths in each lane you will exit the leisure centre to head to transition in the car park.
You will swim up and down the lane twice, before crossing into the neighbouring lane. Having completed four lengths in each lane you will exit the leisure centre to head to transition in the car park.
While we have done our best to make this a fast course you must still abide by the highway code and follow marshal’s advice.
Our traffic management will help you to start as you turn right on Gainsbrough Road after the mount line. Further traffic management will help you to turn right onto Onehouse Road and right again onto Salthouse Lane as you exit the town. You will ride through Onehouse and Harleston before turning left onto Stowmarket Road through Haughley New Street, then left again as you pass Haughley Park. Your next left takes you south onto Warren Lane and Wood Lane as you pass through borley Green and onto Lower Road. At the end of Herron Hill you will take a left onto Finborough Road, heading back into town. You will take a left at the recreation ground back onto Onehouse Road, before turning right back onto Gainsbrough Road to finish.
If you are doing Sprint+ this is where you will carry straight on to complete a second lap instead of turning into Gainsborough Road.
For a map of the Sprint cycle route, including mile/kilometre markers, click here.
For a map of the Sprint+ cycle route, including mile/kilometre markers, click here.
You will leave transition the same way as on the bike and then head left, joining the footpath beside the leisure centre and running left on it (away from Gainsborough Road). The footpath will bring you onto Lowry Way, at the end of which you will join and cross Chilton Way. Following the footpath, you will emerge back on the road at Starhouse Lane. Here traffic management will guide you down after turning left on the road, with a second left and crossing at the bottom to join Finborough Road. Your water station will be along here. You will carry on alongside the recreation ground (where you turned left on the bike), then at the end of it turn left to cut diagonally across the park. Crossing Recreation Road, you will take the footpath to emerge on St Mary's Road. Taking the footpath at the end of the road, our traffic management team will get you across Gainsborough Road to finish.
If you are doing Sprint+ you will run past the finish line (sorry!) to complete your second lap. You can grab a bottle of water from the finish if you require it.
For a map of the Sprint run route, including mile/kilometre markers, click here.
For a map of the Sprint+ run route, including mile/kilometre markers, click here.
The car park beside the leisure centre will be used for transition.
When collecting your bike, you must have your helmet securely fastened before picking up your bike.
Upon registration you will rack your bike and must have a sticker attached to your helmet and one to your bike. You must show your helmet is attached properly (no more than two fingers between the fastened strap and your chin) to enter transition to rack your bike. When you enter transition from the swim you must wear your helmet and have it fastened before touching your bike. No helmet, no ride.
The marshals will have the decisive say on who can enter transition and who must wait. You must have your race number attached to be able to reclaim your bike at the finish, or failing that provide photo ID. Once finishers are ready to collect their gear priority for entering will be given to those who are in the process of racing.
- This event will be chip timed for fast and accurate results.
- We will be applying for a British Triathlon Federation licence.
- For the Sprint+ distance you can also enter as a relay team and complete one leg each.
- The swim is in a pool of six lanes, with Sprint+ setting off first followed by Sprint.
- There will be trophies for all winners and medals and goody bags for all finishers.
- There is a water station on the run (which you will pass twice on Sprint+) but you are responsible for your own water for the cycle.
- Toilets are available in the leisure centre.
How to get there
Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Gainsborough Rd, Stowmarket IP14 1LH, UKGet full directions
Free parking is available at the high school, with limited parking at the leisure centre car, and parking nearby Iliffe Way (IP14 1PN), Milton Road car park (IP14 1EJ), Union Street (IP14 1HW), and Ipswich Street (IP14 1BG). Please use car parks and do not park on residential streets.
Event day logistics
Registration will be open from 8am and racking will be open from 8.30am on Sunday 22 September.
When you register you will be issued your race number - this must be worn on your back for the cycle and on your front for the run. Tri belts are acceptable. You will also be issued with an ankle strap for timing, which must be worn on your left ankle throughout and returned at the finish line. You must return this chip at the end of the race - failure to do so will mean you have to cover the £10 cost of the chip.
You will have to write a number on your arm for the swim, sharpies will be availa ble to do this.
If you are not a BTF member you will be issued with a day licence. The cost of this is included in your entry.
You will be issued with two stickers, one for your bike and one for your helmet.
It is important you have your race number and bike stickers at the end of the race to retrieve your bike.
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HaverSports is committed to delivering premier athletics events, starting this in Haverhill, Suffolk. The organisation also has the goal of raising thousands of pounds for local charities. HaverSports began with Haver10 and HaverHalf on Sunday 11 May 2014, when some 360 runners raised more than £13,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care with Haverhill's first ever half marathon and 10k race. These races were the subject of a documentary.
You must wear a swim hat under BTF rules. You can either bring your own, or buy a HaverSports one for £5, at registration or in advance. Your helmet must be securely fastened. Earphones must not be worn. Your number must be rear facing. Mobile phones must not be used. Cameras must not be used. If you are wearing a front fastening tri suit, we ask that you zip it up all the way unless you have other clothes underneath.
What do I need to bring to the Stowmarket Tri?
Participants must bring and wear swim hats and cycle helmets. Earphones can't be worn. Please ensure your number is rear facing. If you wear a front fastening suit, we request that you zip it up all the way. Mobile phones and cameras cannot be used.
Are refunds available at the Stowmarket Tri?
When you book your place the entry fee is used to help fund the race. If through unforeseen circumstances you can't take part, you will be able to transfer your entry to next year or another event from HaverSports.
Is there race photography at the Stowmarket Tri?
Yes, there is race day photography. Your pictures may be used as part of future promotions. Adult's will be asked consent before any pictures of children are used. If you don't want to be photographed please let us know.
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