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Ambleside Sprint and Novice Triathlon


This  event in the magnificent Lake District which includes the excitement of racing next to Lake Windermere, with transition at the White Cross Bay Park, with a cycle around the shores of the lake into Ambleside and back. The run takes you on and out and back course, with a number of loops depending on the distance, towards Ambleside then turning back towards the White Cross Bay Park.



Thank you


We are grateful to all the volunteers who have given up their time to ensure the event runs safely, smoothly and professionally. We would also like to thank the Lake School for their support with the use of the venue. Thank you to the staff and General Manager at White Cross Bay Park for their help in staging this event in addition to all the other support groups, including Kentdale  Medical Services, West Moreland Police and Windermere Town Council, as without them this event would not have been possible.



General Information



The event HQ is located at main reception at White Cross Bay Park.


Car Parking

The event HQ is located at main reception at White Cross Bay Park (this is limited), therefore parking is available at the Lakes School approximately 800 metres away from White Cross Bay.



Is near transition at the bottom of the park at the Marina from 6.00am - 6.40am Sunday morning.


At registration you will be given your event pack, as well as your race number placed on your left calf. BTF members must show their membership cards (without this you will be charged £5.00 for a day licence). You will be issued with a race number and you will also have your race number written on your left calf. Your race number must be displayed at the back on the bike section and at the front on the run section. You will also receive two numbered stickers: one for your bike and one for the front of your helmet. You will be given your timing chip which will be collected from you at the end of your race. Loss or damage to your chip will incur a £20 charge..


There will be a notice board at registration. This will have a copy of the risk assessments, BTF rule book and Race Permit permanently on display. It will also be used to display information such as water temperature, general announcements and rule violations.


Preparing for Transition

Bikes can only be racked on Saturday morning. After registering you will be directed to Transition where you will leave your bike, cycle kit and running gear. Competitors will have their own allocated area for bike racking. It is recommended that you 'walk through' & familiarise yourself with the routes to/from your bike from/to the entrances and exits of transition prior to starting the race. Remember to leave your bike in a low enough gear, ready for the cycle section. There is no cycling in transition: mount/dismount your bike at the mount/dismount points. You bike racking area must not be marked with towels, balloons, powder, etc as these will be removed.


Transition will remain open to competitors throughout the day. It is a secure area patrolled by marshals. Competitors may enter and leave the area by the signed entry/exit only. You will be required to verify your identification i.e. race number, with those on the gate. No one other than competitors or race officials will be permitted into the transition area at any time.


It is your responsibility to ensure that your bike is in safe road-worthy condition, before entering transition. Any bike that is considered unsafe or hazardous to the rider or other competitors will not be allowed into transition. All handlebar ends must be plugged. Remember to check there are no punctures or flats the day before the race and before leaving for the event and ensure your helmet is securely fitting.

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Event date:

Sunday 14th June 2020



White Cross Bay Park, Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1LF


Entry Fees

Sprint Distance £33.00

Novice Distance £29.00


+ £5.00 Non BTF members


Last Entries: Last online entry date Thursday 18th July at 9am. Entries will be taken on the day at a additional cost of £5.00, if not otherwise sold out.


Minimum age: 17 years on 31st December 2019.


Race Licenses: Race licenses are required otherwise a £5 day license will be charged.





Sunday 6.00am - 6.45am near transition



Transition Open

6.00am -6.45am


Race Briefing:

6.45 -6.55am


Race Start:



Final Results and Prize Giving (White Cross Bay Reception):



On the day and late entries will be an additional £10


All races are +£5 BTF fee also for non members.

Race Briefing

You must be changed and ready for your swim race briefing in front of the lake at the specified time. You will have a separate briefing by the Swim Director at lakeside before you enter the water.        


Transition Area


Swim Route

The sprint distance will follow the red route (750m) and Novice distance will follow the green route (400m).


The start will be at the red buoy to left of the jetty and swimmers of both distance will head to the first white buoy keeping it on their left and then turn towards the 1st triangle marker buoy passing it on their right. All distances will head to triangle marker buoy 2, at this point Novice distance will turn here keeping the marker buoy on the right, making a u turn and head back towards the race start following the same route passing the 1st marker buoy on left and then marker white buoy 2 and 1 heading back into the beach landing.


Sprint Distance from Marker triangle 2 will head towards marker triangle 3 keeping it on the right, then come around marker triangle 4 with it on their left at the end of jetty number 2 and then come around the white buoy 1 with it on their left and head straight into the beach landing coming transition.


Swim map

Bike Route

Novice and Sprint Distance (Ambleside) 14Km (following the A591 into Ambleside and then through the one way system through the town centre rejoining the A591 back towards Windermere and past the White Cross Bay Park  upto the Kirkstone/ Penrith mini roundabout and turning right around the roundabout heading back to the Park turning left back onto the Park drive heading into transition (Please be careful as there are some speed bumps. You must keep left as there will be oncoming runners heading out on the right. These will be separated by cones as the road is wide.


You must abide by the highway code for health and safety. Failure to do so will mean disqualification.


NB: The A591 is the main road running between Ambleside and Windermere and therefore we must ask that you follow the routes and one way system through Ambleside with the greatest of awareness of traffic and any pedestrians that might be around at that time.


At the roundabout where you turn back towards the Park and Ambleside (Penrith/ Kirkstone pass) that you giveway to traffic abiding by the highway code). 


Novice Distance 1 lap, (14km), Sprint Distance 2 laps (28km) 3 Laps (Standard Duathlon only) 42K

The bike course will be signposted and GPS profiles can be downloaded from the event webpage. It is important that you familiarise yourself with your route before the event.


Drafting on the bike section is illegal. This is when a competitor gains an advantage by cycling in the slip-stream of the cyclist in front. Competitors should ride a minimum of 10m behind the cyclist in front, except when overtaking. If overtaking is not completed within 15 seconds the overtaking cyclist must drop back. Static marshals will check that all competitors comply with the drafting rule.


In order to monitor drafting our bike director will tour the bike route in an estate car. The legal distance you should be behind the rider in front is approximately the length of an estate car. Additionally there will be static marshals on course monitoring drafting.


Transition (T2)

You will safely dismount your bike before the dismount line and wheel your bike into T2. Here you will rack your bike, remove your helmet and change into your running gear, ensuring your race number is visible at the front.


The distances

NB: You must ensure that you follow the highway code and also complete the number of laps required as it is your responsibility and not the event teams.

Run Route

Out of transition the run heads out up the left handside of White Cross Bay Park until athletes come to the main entrance of the park at 0.3miles. Runners then turn left and continue on the pathway running adjacent to the A591 keeping to the left handside of the pathway for 0.5miles where all distances turn just passed Brockhole Park to head back towards White Cross Bay Park keeping to the left of the pathway.


Novice distance will then return back into the park towards the finish covering a distance of 1.5miles (2.4K). Sprint distance will turn at the entrance and complete one more lap out towards just passed Brockhole Park and back towards White Cross Bay Park covering a distance of 3 miles (5K) and then head back in towards the finish.


Run map

Run Distances

READ CAREFULLY:  Run distances are lapped on the course and the duathlon ONLY complete run 2.

Refreshments Stations


There will be 2 refreshments stations on course where fluid will be available:


Refreshments station 1: At the 2.4K turnabout point on the run.

You may bring additional filled bike bottles which will be stored at this refreshment station for a quick change of bottle during your bike section. You should place this bottle in the labelled box in transition when you rack your bike. A marshal will transport the box of bottles to the refreshments station ready for your bike section. This bottle should be easily recognisable. Please note we cannot guarantee the safety or security of your bottle. Your empties will be taken back to transition for collection at the end of your race.


Refreshments station 2: At the Finish. Medical supplies will be available here too.


Cut-off Times

As it is our intention to encourage all participants to complete their challenge there are no enforced cut off times for the event. However, after the following times the medical director, referee and safety officer will assess the ability of the competitor to complete the course and it may be necessary to remove the competitor in the interests of their health and safety and for the sanity of our marshals.


Bike: 1hr 30mins

Run: 60 mins


Prize Presentations

Prize giving will take place at the Finish area in front of the transition once most competitors have completed their event, which is expected to be about 10.00am. There will be trophies for male and female age category winners (1st places only) and overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in each of the 3 distances. If you are expecting a trophy you must be present at the presentations to receive your trophy.


Race Appeals Process

An appeal is a request for a review of a decision made by an official. Appeals cannot be made against judgment calls [made] by officials. Judgment calls include, but are not limited to: drafting, dangerous riding and unsporting conduct.


Appeals must be made in writing to the race official.  The time for a competitor or official team representative to file an appeal is no later than 15 minutes after his or her finishing time or the posting of the infraction, whichever is the later; however, the intention to write an appeal has to be announced within five minutes of his or her finishing time or posting of infraction.  After this deadline only announced protest will be admitted.  A fee of £15 will be charged, which is refundable if the appeal is upheld.


Withdrawal from the Race

If you withdraw from the event at any stage before the finish, please inform an event marshal. This is for your own safety, and to save us from searching for you out on the course. If you cannot complete a stage, but wish to continue with the other disciplines in the event, you may do so, but you will be disqualified from overall results. You must inform an event marshal of this as soon as you are able to do so, and don't forget to return your chip at the finish enclosure.


Spectator Viewing

Start and Finish area at the school to cheer on their competitors as they run past the finish at each run lap and at the end of their race.

Spectators are welcome to line the roadside to cheer passing cyclists but should not offer any form of assistance to the riders such as offering drinks bottles or assisting with mechanical problems.



Competitors who are publically nude at any point of the race risk disqualification. For more details see the BTF Rules & Regulations. Please familiarise yourself with these. They are available to view on the BTF website: www.britishtriathion.org  



Toilet facilities are available at the visitor's reception. There are also toilet, accessible toilet, shower and changing facilities in the Sports Centre, on the approach to the Finish area, and at the Pavilion, just past the Finish Area. These facilities may be used by the runners.


First Aid

First aid will be available on site. If anyone is in need of medical attention they should inform the nearest event marshal who will contact the Medical Director.


Abuse to Officials

Any competitor who is abusive to a race official risks being disqualified.



There are numerous camp sites in and around Windermere, and also some off the roadside heading up the Kirkstone Pass.


Pre Race training

We regret that free access to the lake or grounds  is not available to competitors prior to race day.



The organiser cannot be held responsible for competitors' or spectators' property lost, stolen or damaged before, during or after this event.



And Finally ….


We hope that you enjoy the event and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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