West Craven Sports Centre, Kelbrook Rd, Barnoldswick BB18 5TB, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser
Set at the West Craven Sports Centre in Barnoldswick, in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, next years Pendle Triathlon 2019 event is going to be a great day for elite athletes, first timers and all those in between.
The AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds returns to the city, representing the pinnacle of triathlon competition in the UK and providing more than 5,000 recreational triathletes with the unique opportunity to compete on much of the same course as the worlds best.
The AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds will be organised exclusively by British Triathlon in partnership with Leeds City Council, UK Sport and the ITU. The same experienced team who worked on the event previously will be back with plenty of credentials including Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup, Tri Liverpool and the ITU World Triathlon Series event in Hyde Park, three events well known for their event experience.
I've been lucky enough to take part in this event for 3 years running. 1st year 2016 was one of my first sprint triathlons and then i did the standard tri. Someone at my cycling club once said "if you're paying the money you may as well get your monies worth and do a longer distance!" Its about 95 quid to enter.2016 wasn't great from a logistics POV however, the last 2 years have been brilliant as they changed the route and made it one transition zone (previously been 2 transition zones). It helps that we live over the road from the lake (so it'd be rude not to be part of the event really). The junior events takes place on the Saturday morning which are hugely inspiring to watch and then you can register from approx 2pm in Roundhay Park. Oakwood and Roundhay have loads of cafe's and nice pubs and the park itself is lovely to wander round with 2 lakes, a Manor House, lakeside cafe and playground for the kids.The event:The familiarisation swim is worthwhile doing which takes place in the afternoon of Saturday. You need to register first so that you have your wrist band as proof of entry and leave a bag, clothes etc in a secure (ish) by the lake. You can set up in the transition zone up until approx 7pm on Saturday once you've registered but can revisit the transition zone in the morning to leave anything else, drop stuff off etc. Its busy first thing in the morning and limited toilets so make sure you give yourself enough time before you need to get to swim start. The event itself starts early approx 7am and has a great buzz about it. You line up in 20 mins before your swim start time wearing your coloured swim caps and have a briefing. The swim is a lovely course and then a 400metre run up to transition. 200m run from transition to bike mount line and you start on a hill (so get your gears in a low gear to start ;) closed roads make it easy to overtake people on bike. 2 laps of course for standard distance. Back into transition and run takes you up a hill out of the park (which is tough on wobbly legs). First 1.5 miles up hill or slight incline but then down hill into the city. Great support when you are in the city centre and a few loops round with water stations if required. Buses back up to roundhay park are easy to find and free for participants with a small charge for spectators.Fully recommend this event and if you don't want to go back into the city to watch the professionals in the afternoon, then staying in roundhay park and watching the pros do the swim and the rest of the event on the big screens is a great alternative.One for bucket list ;)
Roundhay Park is a great venue for the start and transitions for this event, great surroundings and a nice lake for the swim.The ride is not too challenging, but lacks a bit in scenery with it being in the city... Although that probably becomes irrelevant when you're concentrating on getting a PB! Is does also make for lots of spectators on the route and a good vibe.Similarly the run goes through one of the less salubrious parts of the city but it is fast, and once out of the park is mostly a good downhill.Finishing in the city centre is a buzz... two laps with massive crowds is guaranteed to get you moving!Lacking in events for spectators at Roundhay though, and getting from any vantage point to the finish is a nightmare.
I did this event in 2018 as it was meant to be my "A-Race" of the season in a big, well supported major event, however injury meant that wouldnt be the case, however i was overall fairly impressed by this event!I had previously read reviews about this event and had reservations over previous poor organisation in years gone by, but this has clearly been rectified as the whole event weekend was superbly organised - well sign posted car parking at roundhay park (which is free and plentiful) well organised registration, bike transition area, and the event village was vibrant with atmosphere. Shuttle buses on race day where very fruqent and made it easy to get to and from roundhay to the city centre for both me and my wife, faultless and very professional from the organisers there.The race - Swim - like others, i was unimpressed with the decision to reduce the swim to 750m due to fog, come on.....the visability wasnt that bad! A mistake by the race directors in mine and many others opinion. Anyhow, the swims where placed into waves depending on age groups so mass starts. Water quality was good. I did the swim in 16:01 which im happy with as im a rubbish swimmer.Transition from Swim to Bike is very long, approx 400m slightly uphill too, but it is fully carpeted. My bigger grip is transition to the bike start line - you have to run with you bike to the far corner of the large transition area, come back on yourself and run for what seems a lifetime, uphill too, before you can start your bike ride. This is my biggest criticism of the route, if like me you arent a Brownlee esk or an AG'er and your running along in your cycle shoes, it has calf strain written all over it!Bike - after you finally get out of your bike, you start with a deceptively little harsh climb out of roundhay! Its 2 laps of a closed road course. I liked this route, there are some super fast straight downhill sections with power bends, but you have to return back up the same sections, however for me this route finely hits the right mix of fast and challenging sections to get a good time. It has about 50ft of climb per mile so it is hitting the undulating category. I was happy with my performance, going around at 19.2mph average pace.However when you return back to roundhay park, you are faced again with a ridicolous distance to run from dismount line to transition.The Run - unfortunately for me, a calf issue i had been nursing flared up immediately upon running up a steep hill immediately out of transition - sadly i think this was aided and abetted by the long transition runs in cycling shoes.Anyhow i knew a fast run for me was gone so i just wanted to enjoy the run now, you start off going through some nice quiet housing areas, but there are a few rolling hills before going downhill towards the city centre. Disappointingly, there was no local support before you hit the centre, and a lack of water and feed stations IMO too. When you hit leeds centre, be prepared.....it aint bloody flat!!! And in my case this caused me to essentially limp up these hills due to the calf strain.Fairly reasonable crowds in the centre considering it was early doors, you do a couple of loops around the centre before coming into the finishing area, hitting the blue carpet and grandstand finish! I finished the run at 7:38 minute per mile pace, which i was happy with given the calf issue. Afterwards you recieved a nice medal and finishers t-shirt.Overall, i enjoyed this event, and i will return in 2019 hopefully fully fit
The event, hosted in the Saddleworth area will see participants carry out a 400 metre swim, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run.
Following an intense swim event hosted at Saddleworth Pool & Leisure Centre, entrants will be covering 20k of Saddleworths most challenging inclines on bike, traveling the scenic route from Uppermill to Diggle, Delph, Scouthead, Austerlands, Lees, Grotton, Lydgate, and Grasscroft before returning to Uppermill.
Following this, the 5k run will challenge participants fitness as they head out down the Pennine Bridleway to Chew Valley Road in Greenfield then turning and taking on the steepest part of the course via Kinders, Haw Clough, and Knowl Top lanes under the iconic war memorial Obelisk at Pots n` Pans, tired athletes will then be returning to Saddleworth Sports Centre via Church Road and the Bridleway.
This Triathlon is a hilly course so if you like running and cycling uphill then this is the route for you. For the entry fee you get a t-shirt and that's it, no goodie bag upon completion, no medal, no gels on drink station, just a t-shirt. The security on the transition was extremely relaxed. I walked into transition with my bike and not stopped and checked and walked in and out 3 times before my swim and wasn't stopped once. I saw Non competitors strolling around transition chatting. Anyone could of walked in and helped themselves. My wife actually saw a women competitor walking into transition with the number on the shirt not matching the one on the bike ?? I was glad my wife was there as i wouldn't if felt comfortable leaving my bike while i was out running. The route from pool to transition was carpeted which was good, the bike route was hilly and temp filter lanes for cyclist were in place at junctions which help massively. There wasn't a lot of direction signs so i was glad i could see other riders in front to track my way. The run was up quite a long and very steep road. I'm not a brilliant runner and found this very difficult. It was STEEP. The locals were fantastic and really supported all the entrants. They really made the event for me. The Marshall's around the run route were also really friendly and encouraging. Would I do this again ? No i wouldn't. I think for the money you would expect a medal and finishers bag and gels on drinks stations.
First let me say that I'm not a complainy person, and I was enjoying the event. Well organised registration, transition, etc. All the competitors were very friendly as well. Real family atmosphere. It was all going so well until about half way through the cycle when there was a well sign posted left turm at the bottom of a (another) hill. The marshall told me to go left, which I did, but then at a crossroads, there were no signs and the marshall was not interested in telling me the way. This meant that I carried straight on assuming that if I was supposed to trun left, I would have been advised by the marshall or some signage. I know marshals are voluteers, but the lady didn't seem particualry interested. Itw as not busty, as I was first there and no one directly behind me. It could have been such a good event for me, but it was let done by the signage and one or two marshals who didnt seem too interested in giving out information. Had to be praised out of them. Going wildy off track put a real dampener on the event for me. I dont know the area, so I rely on the marshals and signs. Room for improvement. May come back next year, but haven't decided 100% yet.
This pool-start triathlon was a great early season sprint course. Transition was well marshalled and signed, leading you from the pool to T1. Then out to face a very hilly 20K. Taking in three climbs up to scenic views across the Peaks valleys around Saddleworth. Following T2 it's a straight up and down climb over a very steep hill really taking the last out of your legs, before running as fast as possible down hill to the finish line. This was a well organised and marshalled race, providing a tough workout at the start of the season.