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West Lancashire Summer Triathlon

Triathlon: Swim 0.4km, Bike 18.5km, Run 5km

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This is quite simply the perfect triathlon course for a beginner. With no obstacle's getting in your way you can cruise through and just have a wonderful time. Take in the scenic views on the run, the friendly atmosphere all the way round and you are guaranteed to have a constant smile on your face.

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How to enter the West Lancashire Summer Triathlon

  1. 400 M Swim 18 5 Km Bike 5 Km Run

    Triathlon: Swim 0.4km, Bike 18.5km, Run 5km

West Lancashire Summer Triathlon route

THE SWIM – 400M

The 400m swim will be conducted in the 25m pool inside the sports centre and will require the completion of 16 lengths. Start times have been allocated using the estimated swim times submitted on entry (Slowest first). Each swimmer has been allocated a lane and a fixed start time which must be adhered to. Please refer to the start list which will be emailed to you prior to the event and will include your poolside briefing time and your swim start time. Please report to poolside for your poolside briefing time and certainly no less than 20 minutes before your start time. If you miss your allocated starting slot then you will not be able to start and unfortunately it will be race over.

THE BIKE – 18.5k

For the bike section signs will be in place similar to below, these may point left, right or straight on and will be in place before a junction or turn. At specific points on the course marshals will be in place, typically where you join a busy road or an area with reduced visibility. If a marshal tells you to slow or stop you must do so or you will be disqualified, but please be aware marshals cannot legally stop or direct traffic on the public highway in any way.

THE RUN – 5k

The run course is flat and fast and initially covers the incredibly scenic landscaped campus and lakes before following the purpose built running and conditioning trail added to Edge Hill Sport as part of the £25m million new sports centre project. The surface is an even mix of tarmac and gravel with the final 400m to the finish around the new running track. The course will be fully signposted and marshalled with a drinks station that will have water available after approx 2.3k, please ensure you remain hydrated and make use of the drinks stations as required.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • West Lancashire Triathlon finishers medal
  • West Lancashire Triathlon finishers T-shirt
  • West Lancashire Triathlon swim cap
  • Event photographs
  • Race Marshals
Raceday Logistics

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday – Registration – please register on Saturday at The Endurance Store Appley Bridge, West Lancs, WN6 9AE where possible – (10am-4pm) 10:00 To 16:00

Sunday – Emergency Registration at Edge Hill University – 06:00

Sunday – Transition Opens – 06:30

Sunday – First Race Briefing (n.b. mandatory poolside briefing 15mins before your swim start) – 07:15

Sunday – First Finishers – 10:00 (approx)

Sunday – Race start – First wave of swimmers in the pool – 07:20

Sunday – Prize Giving Presentation at the Finish Area (n.b. athletes must be present to claim Prizes) 13:15 (approx)

Final Finishers – 13:30 (approx)

COMPETITOR CONDUCT

Competitors are reminded that they share the campus, sports centre and the highway with other citizens who may not be fully aware of the event. We request that you treat both members of the public including other road users, marshals, other competitors, event officials and venue staff with respect. Any use of profanity or aggression towards any other parties will result in an immediate DQ from the event and a ban from all future events hosted by the promoters. Please try to remain courteous on the route even if some other users of the route may not offer you the same respect.

PRIZES AND PRESENTATION

Presentation will take place at 13:15 approx. It will take place at the Finish area. You must attend to collect your prize as prizes will not be posted out following the event. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories (min. entry 10 per age group):

  • Open Male 1st, 2nd, 3rd (All Age Groups)
  • Open Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd (All Age Groups)
  • Male V40; V50; V60+ = 1st place
  • Female V40; V50; V60+ = 1st place
    If you win an Open Prize, you will not be eligible for either the V40, V50 or V60 individual Prizes.
Kit List
  • A roadworthy bike
  • Recognised cycle helmet
Spectators

Spectators are welcome.

FAQs

What do I need to enter the event?

  • A roadworthy bike (mountain bikes and hybrids are acceptable) and recognised cycle helmet.
  • You must be medically sound and if you have any history of illness or injury, consult your GP beforehand.
  • You must be 15 years of age in the event year. Anyone under the age of 16 must provide written parental consent at registration on the day of the event.

REGISTRATION FAQ's & LOGISTICS

What to do with race numbers?

You will be issued with a single race number, which must be clearly visible on your back for the bike and your front for the run (race belts are recommended and can be purchased at registration).

When and where is registration?

Pre-Race Registration at Edge Hill University - Available on Saturday (1100-1600hrs) the day
immediately prior to race day.

Emergency Registration at Edge Hill Sport Main Entrance - Open Sunday from 0600hrs

Please do not leave it until five minutes before your start time to attend. Ideally you should attend Prerace Registration at Edge Hill University on Saturday before Race Day but if this is not possible please arrive at Emergency Registration at least 60 minutes before your wave briefing time. If there is a large queue you may find yourself unable to complete registration in time to race, please allow sufficient time. Emergency Registration will take place at the front of the Sports Centre on Sunday.

Whats in the Race Pack?
To register you will need to show a personal photo
ID or a valid British Triathlon Membership Card.

Collect your race pack, this will contain;

  • 1 x Race Number (req’d for access to transition)
  • 1 x Bike Frame Sticker (req’d for access to transition)
  • 1 x Custom Swim Cap
  • 1 x Custom Technical T shirt
  • 1 x Timing Chip – prior to starting the race fasten the strap by placing it around your left ankle and secure it in place using the Velcro fastener (attachment anywhere else will jeopardise an accurate race time.

n.b. please check you have the correct and matching race number, frame sticker and timing
chip before leaving registration.

Where is transition?

Transition is on the 3G Pitch closest to the rear of the Sports Centre. Transition will be open from 0630hrs and for the remainder of the event. Entries in the earlier swim times will have priority at the start of the event.

How do I enter the transition?

To gain entry to transition to rack your bike you will need to:

  • Register and collect your race pack.
  • Attach your bike sticker to the front of the frame or handlebars of your bike.
  • Display your race number.
  • Put your helmet on and ensure its fully fastened.
  • Walk to the transition entrance where you will be greeted and shown where to rack your bike
  • No boxes or large bags to be left in transition – these can be left at the opposite end of the 3G pitch away from the main transition area

OTHER FAQ's

Where do I get my event photographs?

Event photographs free to download from our Facebook page

Are dogs allowed?

THE UNIVERSITY OPERATES A - STRICT ‘NO DOGS’ POLICY ON CAMPUS! Taking a dog onto campus can jeopardise the future of this event with the University.

Can you swap entries between competitors?

Please note that the swapping of entries between competitors is strictly forbidden as it invalidates insurances undertaken by the organisers to cover the event. If you are unable to race, please follow the instructions outlined in the terms and conditions on www.epicevents.co.uk website.

BIKE RULES

What are the bike rules for the highway?

You are reminded that the cycle section takes place on both closed and open road sections, please ensure that you observe the rules of the road at all times always ride on the left and give way as required. Any reported infringements, such as crossing white centre lines, or failing to take due care will result in a DQ and may result in a prosecution by the Police.

Please recognise that Race Marshals are not permitted under British law to stop the traffic and will not do so under any circumstances. Marshals are there to give direction only. Competitors are responsible for making their own decisions as to whether it is safe to proceed or not. If in doubt competitors should stop!

Right of way
You must take the utmost care at junctions and should note in the course details that you do not have right of way at a number of sections, check that the junction is clear before continuing. You must obey the Highway Code, which is also the Law. Don't take risks to save two seconds.

Non-Drafting
This race is a non-drafting race for all categories meaning competitors are not allowed to take
shelter behind or beside another competitor or motor vehicle during the cycling segment of the race.

The draft zone is a rectangle measuring ten metres long from the front edge of the front wheel for every cycle on the route (approximately the size of an estate car). A competitor may enter the draft zone of another competitor, but must be seen to be progressing through that zone.

A maximum of 20 seconds is allowed to progress though the draft zone of another competitor. If an overtaking manoeuvre is not completed within 20 seconds, the overtaking cyclist must drop back. Time penalties and potentially a DQ for persistent offenders will be issued by the mobile Motorcycle Officials on the cycle route for any infringements.

Cycle Helmets
Approved hard shell helmets will be compulsory and must be worn throughout the cycle section. They must be fastened prior to mounting your cycle and neither undone nor removed until your bike is racked.

Bikes
It is the responsibility of all competitors to ensure that their bike is in a roadworthy condition and adheres to the aforementioned rules and regulations as specified by British Triathlon.

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    Martin C
    Hi. West Lancs Triathlon will be my first! When I book and give a swim time, can I amend that target time nearer to the event?

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    Steph E
    Hey there, just to let you know you will need to contact the organiser directly they, will then be able to amend the target finish time for you. You can contact them at [email protected] Best of luck!
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    Jill C
    As a spectator, are areas of the course wheelchair friendly ?

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    Steph E
    Hi there. This course is definitely wheelchair friendly for a spectator as it takes part at the Edge Hill University.

West Lancashire Summer Triathlon weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

28°C
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16°C
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IconLight breeze possible, up to 9mph

West Lancashire Summer Triathlon reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
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Reasons people recommend this event

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

Family-friendly

  • Did the 400 M Swim 18 5 Km Bike 5 Km Run in 2019

    We had a fabulous day at West Lancs tri this August. When you arrive there is absolutely loads of free parking available on Edge Hill campus (nice not to have to have your extra cash ready to pay for parking!). The volunteers are very friendly and helpful, the facilities for pre-race changing/toilets/food etc are great (there are even USB charging points in the ladies changing rooms!). There is a very relaxed and friendly vibe all over the venue.
    The course is a 3 lap bike and 2 lap run. Lap courses aren't everyone's favourite type of course for a sprint race, but it does mean that there are supporters all around the run course and it is easy for your friends/family to cheer you and take photos on the bike course.
    This is a great course for beginners as the bike course is relatively flat (also great for more experienced triathletes who want to put their foot down on the bike). The run course is a little undulating but not enough to call any sections a "hill", and it is all on paths so no dreaded grass run when your legs are feeling tried after the bike!
    There were free photos available on the organiser's facebook page, it's always nice to get a high resolution shot of you looking shattered at the end!
    My Dad had a fabulous day spectating, so I'd say it's also a spectator friendly course. If the weather isn't beautifully sunny, like it was for us this summer, the sports centre has plenty of seating and food and drink available.
    Overall, a lovely day out at a very friendly and relaxed race venue that ticks all of the boxes for practicalities (parking, food, drink, changing etc). Would recommend for all levels of triathlete.