2nd August 2020
The Waterside, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 7EE
Olympic Distance £60.00
Non BTF members +£5
Last Entries: Last online entry date 31st July 2020 at 9am. Entries taken after the 1st August or on the day of the event will incur an additional cost of £10.00, if not otherwise sold out.
Minimum age: 17 years on 31st December 2020.
Race Licenses: Race licenses are required otherwise a £5 day license will be charged.
Bike racking and registration will take place on Sunday 4th August between 5.30am - 6.30am only.
This Triathlon event in the magnificent harbour town and regenerated area of Seaham, which includes the excitement of a sea swim then followed by a multiple lapped cycle course along the North East coastline, with transition near the legendary and renowned Tommy Monument. The run takes you on a multiple on a three lapped course along the coast with one or two climbs.
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 Seaham Town Council/Durham County Council for their support with the use of the venue. Thank you to Seaham Marina Organisation for their boat crew, Northumbria Police/ Durham Constabulary, Friends and Family as without them this event would not have been possible.
Final Race Instructions and General Information
The event HQ is located at the venue at Tommy Monument, Seaham Beach Town Centre.
Various retail parks and also opposite the Marina.
Registration will be in the reception at the Race HQ at the Tommy Monument at the following time:
Sunday 5.30am - 6.30am (Only)
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.
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 announcemnts and rule violations.
Preparing for Transition
Bikes can only be racked on Sunday 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 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
The swim route will start from a channeled position. Swimmers will then enter the water heading right and toward the first yellow marker buoy. They will then turn left, coming around the marker buoy on their left heading towards the next yellow marker buoy. Swimmers will take this marker buoy on their left and head towards the orange marker buoy, keeping the coast line on their left. Upon reaching the orange marker buoy, passing a whit ice berg, they will then turn left. Heading towards the next orange buoy they will then take this on their left. Al swimmers must complete two laps of the swim therefore after turning left here all swimmers must head towards the yellow marker buoy, passing the white ice berg on their left to start the next lap.
After two laps swimmer head towards the swimming out marker flags and purple carper to exit the water and up the stairs and ramp into transition to do T1.
NB any swimmers cutting the swim short and not exiting the water at the correct point will be disqualified.
Runners turn left of transition following a line around the back of the transition area. They then turn right at the end of the path following North Rd to the their left handside. Then at the next turning to the right opposite the Tommy memorial, and what will be race finish, they then continue to follow the road around the monument car park keeping the Tommy monument to their left handside. At the end of the car park runners turn left along the promenade from 0.19Km then dropping down onto the a pathway at the 0.25Km mark. They then continue on dropping down a ramp towards the sea promenade at 0.4Km for about 80m where care has to be taken down the ramp and few steps. Runners then continue straight ahead to the 0.49Km point where they turn to head back down the sea front until they come to 1.15m turnabout point. They then head back along the sea front.
They then head back along the sea front until they come to a ramp at 1.32miles. They then head up this ramp until they come to the 1.35mile point and then turn left along the pathway next to North Rd (B1287). Runners then continue around the pathway and turning (1.54 miles) and then continue along the coastal Rd.
There will be 2 refreshments stations on course where fluid will be available:
Refreshments station 1: At the 1.3 mile point on the run
Refreshments station 2: At the Finish. Medical supplies will be available here too.
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.
There will be a cut off time for completing the whole race of 3.45hrs maximum.
Prize giving will take place at the Finish area in front of the Tommy Monument once most competitors have completed their event, which is expected to be about 11.00am. There will be trophies for male and female winners for the overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners . 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
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 HQ entrance opposite Glebe Rd.
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 (True Care Medical services).
Abuse to Officials
Any competitor who is abusive to a race official risks being disqualified and a life ban from Triathlon racing.
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.
Race briefing in transition and Transition closes
Race Start all categories
Prize ceremony at Finish Area
Upon leaving transition athletes turn left and take the roundabout and start heading along the B1287 on North Rd towards Sunderland where the road meanders along the coast.
Section 1 0 - 1.66 & 4.75 miles
Section 2 1.66/ 4.75 to 2.22
Cyclists at 1.66 take the first roundabout heading straight ahead towards Sunderland coming to the ext roundabout. Athletes then join the A1018.
Section 3 2.22 to 3.19 /5.21
At the next roundabout Athletes stay on this road for just less than a mile passing Ryhope on their left. Athletes continue down this road and take the roundabout and then head back towards Seaham passed the Tommy memorial and take the next roundabout in the harbour area to take the next lap.
The total number of laps that need to be completed are 4 (40.8Km).
Runners then continue down the road for approximately 400m (1.73miles). And then turn left down the ramp back towards the sea front promenade. On reaching the promenade runners turn right and then head back along the coastal front promenade and begin their next 2 laps.
After they have completed three laps in total they then head back towards the sea front and Tommy monument at the sea front centre.
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 15m 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.
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.
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