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Isle of Dogs Open Water Sprint Triathlon


This Open Water Sprint Triathlon takes in the Millwall Dock, South Quay in the heart of Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs in the East End of London. Experience a flat lapped bike course and a run around the Millwall Dock for 1½ laps.


Thank you

The organisers want to thank the Docklands Water Sports Centre for the use of their facility for Race HQ, The University of Sunderland in London Students for Marshalling and all other significant partners and stakeholders in enabling us to allow this event take place.


General Information



The event HQ is located at the Docklands Water Sports Centre, 235A West Ferry Rd, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3QS


Car Parking

You will be directed to the car park which is to right side of the Water Sports Centre entrance. The car park will remain closed during the cycle section of the sprint event.



Registration will be in the race HQ. It will be open on 6.00am will remain open until 6.45 am.


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 £6.00 for a day licence). You will be issued with a race number. 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 £30 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 Sunday morning between 6.00am – 6.45am. After registering you will be directed to Transition where you will leave your bike, cycle kit and running gear. Competitors will have their own numbered racking area corresponding to their race number. 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.



Event date:

Sunday 22nd September



Docklands Water Sports Centre, 235A Westferry Rd, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3QS


Entry Fees

Sprint Distance £50.00

Relay £75.00

Non BTF members +£6


Last Entries:Last online entry date 20th September at Midnight. Entries will be taken on the day at an additional cost of £10.00, if not otherwise sold out.


Minimum age: 17 years on 31st December 2019.


Race Licenses:Race licenses are required otherwise a £6 day license will be charged.




Registration and Transition open


Race briefing at race transition at Docklands Water Sports Centre.


Race start

10.00 -10.30am (approx)

Prize ceremony at Finish Area

(Please stay to watch)


Bike Route

The bike takes on a 4 lapped course around the Isle of Dogs which is flat and fast enabling cyclist maximise the benefit on racing around this course.

On leaving the water sports centre cyclists proceed left out on to the road. They are then joining the A1206 passing Mudchute, Island Gardens Docklands Light Railway. This then takes them to a mini roundabout at 1.85 miles turn left towards South Quay DLR passing through part of the Finance district of Canary Wharf. Then at 2.76 miles cyclists take a sharp left on the A1206 to start coming back towards the Water Sports Centre. Then at 3.44 miles cyclists the Water Sports Centre on the left to begin the next lap of the course.

Completing 4 laps of the course (13.76miles) cyclists comeback into transition to begin the runs section of the triathlon.

Run Route

On heading out of transition runners head along the bottom of Millwall Dock.

At 0.03 miles runners turn left on the dock and run alongside it. At 0.37 miles athletes then turn right following the dock around and at 0.60 miles athletes re-join the main dock again. Athletes then continue following the dock back into the Finance area towards South Quay DLR (1.12 miles) where they turn left on Marsh Wall until they reach 1.22 miles and then turn left again to head back down the Quay. Care needs to be taken as there are steps, they then follow these back down the Dock. They then continue passed the Pepper Pub at 1.47 miles. At 1.65 miles athletes head back towards the Docklands Water Sports Centre. On reaching the water sports centre at 1.91 miles they then begin their next lap taking in only half of the course following the same route. At 2.63 miles athletes then turn left over the bridge towards the Pepper Pub and then turn immediately left (2.89 miles) following the route back towards the water sports centre completing the run underneath the balcony next to transition having done 3.2 miles.

The Swim

The swim course follows a one lap rectangular route around the dock starting in the water next to the water sports centre. On completion of this swimmers climb out by the pontoon heading back into towards transition.

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. The following are cumulative times and for a non wetsuit swim 20 minutes will be added to each section.

Bike: 70 mins

Run: 50 mins

Prize Presentations

Prize giving will take place at the Finish area in front of the pavilion in the afternoon once most competitors have completed their event, which is expected to be about 11.00am. There will be trophies for male and female 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in each of the 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 £30 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

So that spectators can make the most of their day at the Dock Side they are encouraged to watch the swim section of the event and then make their way up to the Finish area at the Water Sports Centre 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 Water Sports Centre, on the approach to 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.


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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