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Thorpe Park Standard Distance Triathlon

Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 39.5km, Run 10km
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2018 is certainly going to be an exciting year as we have joined forces with Clapham Chasers to lay on the Thorpe Park Standard Distance Triathlon. We are also pleased to announce that the race is part of the VonCrank London League for the second year!

A lake swim is followed by a bike leg which heads out of the Park onto the surrounding local roads, and a run around the lake and through the Park on a flat, fully tarmac path. Relay option also available.

How to enter the Thorpe Park Standard Distance Triathlon

  1. Standard Distance

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 39.5km, Run 10km
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Thorpe Park Standard Distance Triathlon route

Swim – Provided By Zone3

This is a fantastic 1500m swim that will start on the other side of the wooden footbridge to the transition area. The first wave will be set off at 7:00 am; subsequent waves will go off at 10-minute intervals. The route will take competitors out around the yellow buoys before exiting up the bank.

If you get into difficulty, turn on your back and raise one arm; a safety vessel will then escort you to the bank. If you appear to be struggling in the swim the safety vessel will be able to help you out.

Wetsuits are compulsory as they provide buoyancy in the water should you encounter any difficulties. You must wear the swim cap that you were provided with at registration.

All competitors please note: United Kingdom inland waters are not completely safe for swimming. Although risks of disease are low and risks of serious infection are small, a swimmer may be susceptible to infection through immune suppression, particularly if they are not in good health at the time of swimming. You are advised not to drink the lake water.

Bike – Provided By Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance

The 40km, one loop, the route takes the following course out of transition, along the internal service road and onto the public highway and there is a map of the course below. You must take the utmost care at the roundabouts and check that it is clear before continuing.

You must take the utmost care at junctions and check that it is clear before continuing.

You should note that there is a set of traffic lights on the course which competitors will pass twice. These will be marshaled and competitors must stop if the lights are red. When you approach the lights for the second time there will be a ‘neutral zone’. If the lights are red then you will be able to wait in the zone until they go green. The amount of time that you spend in the zone will be will be deducted from your bike split.

You must obey the Highway Code, which is also the Law. Don’t take risks to save a few seconds. Please ride on the left and overtake briefly on the right before returning to ride on the left.

Please note, this is a non-drafting race and will follow the BTF rules and regulations


Having exited transition competitors will then complete a three lap, the 10km course on the tarmac paths that will take athletes through the theme Park before finishing next to the marquee.

The Relay

The relay is ideal for first timers looking for an introduction to Triathlon. A team of 3 consists of one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner with each team member handing over their timing chip (the baton) at the end of each leg. This means you only have to tackle one of the three legs to a triathlon.

Although the Relay format is a fantastic introduction to triathlon, there will also be experienced athletes battling it out for the win.  Whether you are taking part for the first time, or a regular athlete looking to participate in this team event our event is sure to be one of the highlights in your 2018 sporting calendar.

Event Details

What’s Included

Registration will be held in the event marquee next to the lake. Registration will open at 5:30 am and shut at 6:30 am. At registration, you will be asked to show your BTF membership card if applicable.

You will receive the following:

  • Timing chip (to be worn around left ankle)
  • Event number for front and back (race belts are allowed)
  • Event number for the bike
  • Coloured swim cap

Relay Teams

The timing chip will be used as the baton that is passed between team members. At registration, you will collect an envelope that will contain a timing chip and swim hat for the swimmer, a number and security tag for the cyclist (please note that only the cyclist is allowed into the transition area) and a number for the runner. The swimmer must handover the timing chip to the cyclist before the transition. Once the cyclist returns to transition they must rack their bike and exit transition before they pass it onto the runner.

Swimmer – Hat and timing chip
Cyclist – Bike number and race number on back Runner – race number on the front


Raceday Logistics

1)  Venue opens at 5:15 am
2)  Registration opens at 5:30 am
3) Transition opens at 5:45 am
4)  Transition closes at 6:40 am
5) Mandatory event briefing 6:50 am
6) The first wave starts at 7:00 am, and subsequent waves will go off at 10
minute intervals.
7) Presentation of prizes will be awarded in the marquee after the last competitor has finished and the results verified.





Race Rules & Etiquette

  • Choose your starting point in the water wisely. There will be about 80 to 100 people in each starting wave so place yourself in the crowd according to your goals and ability. If you’re a beginner who’s there just to finish, start at the back so that you don’t get trampled. Likewise, if you’re a strong swimmer and a contender, start at the front of the pack so that you don’t end up trampling those in front of you.
  • Do not draft on the bike. You can not follow behind another cyclist to gain a drafting advantage, make sure that you stay at least 10meters behind the rider in front of you.
  • Keep your helmet done up whenever you are touching your bike. This means that your helmet must be on a buckled up before you take your bike from the racking. You can be disqualified for breaking this rule so take it very seriously.
  • Treat the volunteers with courtesy and respect. Thank them when you can and follow their instructions.
  • Do not use headphones or a phone for the duration of the race (this includes in the transition area prior to the start).
  • No boxes under your bike in transition. They can be used to bring necessary items into the transition area, however, they can not remain under your bike for the duration of the race. A storage area will be provided in transition. The race will be run inline with the British Triathlon rules

Prize Giving

This will take place near to the finish line once the last competitor has finished and results have been verified.

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • 1st 2nd 3rd male and female;
  • 1st vet 40 male and female;
  • 1st Relay team

All finishers will receive a medal

Medical Cover

A medical team will be in attendance on race day. However, you should not take part in the event if you have been feeling unwell before the event. If you feel unwell at some point during the event do not ignore warning signs such as chest pains, dizziness, headaches, nausea, diarrhea or other forms of distress. It is important that you stop racing if you feel unwell and inform an event official of how you are feeling so medical staff can then attend.

If you have an existing medical condition you should check with a GP that you are able to take part. If you are able to enter, ensure that full details of your condition are written on the reverse of both your race numbers in case of an emergency. Make sure that you include all information such as current condition and next of kin details.

Entry to Thorpe Park Resort After the Race

Thorpe Park is offering all competitors and up to three guests the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the park for just £20 per person. Why not make the most of the day and scare yourself silly at one of the UK’s best Theme Parks.

After the race you will be directed back out to the car park, to obtain the discount simply show your race number to the staff at the kiosk and you will be able to enter the Park at the massively reduced rate of £20 per person.

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Born out of our own passion for racing we have organised a number of exciting, competitive and fun events that are all about taking part and enjoying the experience with fellow triathletes and club members. Race to win, or race to finish, either way any level of triathlete, regardless of their fitness, can enjoy these events and we hope to see you racing with us over the years.



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