West Suffolk Triathlon
The West Suffolk Wheelers hold an annual Sprint Triathlon based at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket in September. The 2018 event was held on Sunday 23rd September.
2018 Results available here: http://racetimingsolutions.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16269&RId=956
The Triathlon comprises of a 300m pool swim, 18km bike ride and 5km run. The bike section is an undulating country route, and the run section is mostly off road and virtually flat.
The 300m swim section uses the Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre 25m pool. Swimmers undertake the 300m swim, starting at half-minute intervals, swimming up and down each lane, and then moving under the lane ropes into the next lane. Swimmers are seeded according to their stated swim time so it is important to be as accurate as you can with this detail. It will be possible to amend this time nearer the event.
At the ends of the swim section competitors move to the transition area across the Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre Car Park to collect their bike. Helmets must be fitted before moving the bike. The mount and dismount lines will be clearly marked and marshalled.
The 18km bike course is on quiet country roads however there are two right turns which are compulsory stop and foot down points on the outward leg. Failure to comply fully with the foot downs will result in disqualification. Riders are expected to follow the rules of the Highway Code. No helmet no ride (Helmets must meet safety standards, no head fairings, and be properly tightened at the chin – see Triathlon England website for details). Your number must be clearly visible from the back so marshals and timekeepers can record results.
At the end of the bike course, the bike is placed back in the transition area in the allotted racking, and the run section begins.
The 5km run section crosses Chilton Road and enters public footpaths. This crossing will be marshalled, but it is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure the crossing is safe before crossing the road. It is an out-and-back route along public rights of way. Your number must be clearly visible from the front during the run section so marshals and timekeepers can record results.
Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket IP14 1LH
Bike course on Map My Ride – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/66846842
Run course on Map My Ride – https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2069114320
Video of the bike route:
All finishers will receive a Finishing medal. Prizes will be awarded for 1,2,3 overall male and female, first place age group male and female.
2018 Results can be seen here: http://racetimingsolutions.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16269&RId=956
Changing & toilet facilities are available at the Sports Centre. There is plenty of parking at the Sports Centre and an overflow car park at the school next door. Detailed instructions will be available nearer the event. If you have entered please ensure you read and understand them..
The Sports Centre has a cafe on site which will be open throughout the event from 08:30. A menu will be posted on our website before the event.
Race Director: Sam Jackson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see our Facebook pages which we will keep up to date during the run up to the event at
Have a great race!