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Minehead Triathlon

 

Sunday 26th September 2021

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Channel Events are super excited to be bringing you the 2021 Minehead Sprint Triathlon.

After events in 2014, 2015 and 2016 delivered by Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership sadly the Minehead Triathlon didn’t run in 2017. The baton was then passed to us in 2018.  Previously a sprint triathlon with a 400m pool swim, 20km bike route and a flat seafront 5km run, we at Channel Events grasped this opportunity to shake things up a little. We are very proud to keep this event going and with the amazing success of our first two events we re striving to cement this as an amazing season finale in the British Triathlon calendar for 2020 and beyond. 

From 2018 the event will now utilise its coastal location by including a 750m mass start open water sea swim in the shadows of North Hill but within the safety of the bay. The bike route will remain unchanged due to its fast undulating character, this bike route is an out and back towards the village of Porlock on stunning roads flanked by the high moorland terrain of Exmoor National Park. The views are breathtaking. Finally, you’ll take on the 5km run route. A mix of flat paved seafront promenade and the off-road trails within the woods of Culver Cliff. A ‘Cheeky Climb’ Strava segment makes for a sting in the tail before returning along the sea front to finish arms aloft on the beach!

 

Need to update your kit before the event? Click on the Pro Swimwear button on the right to head over to their online shop. Based in local town, Bridgwater we love supporting them and in return they support us. 

What’s included in your entry?

 

Finisher's T-Shirt

Your 2020 Minehead Triathlon t-shirt (worth £20) will be ready to collect once you’ve celebrated across the line. Please select t-shirt size required when completing booking.

Accurate Timing

Timing Chips will be used to give accurate timing throughout the course. Your total time and split times for each discipline will be available on line for you shortly after the event ends.

For 2020 due to COVID-19 the transitions not be timed to allow for social distancing. 

Please place your timing chip in the buckets provided after you cross the finish line. 

Secure Transition
The transition area will be carefully marshalled and only entrants and Channel Events staff will be able to enter this area.

Wave Starts

For 2020 we have switched things around in line with British Triathlon guidance. The event will take on an individual time trial start with the faster/more experienced athletes going off first. The event will focus on participation not competition. These are just two of the measures we have put in place to socially distance athletes during the event due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Medal

Once you’ve crossed the line recieve your unique wooden finishers medal! They look, feel and smell great!

Marshal Points

Marshals will be positioned along the route where the event organiser deems it is appropriate. UK road traffic laws must be obeyed and marshals will be checking this. Marshals will also closely observe the bike course turn around point for unsafe turnings into the junction and will report back to the technical official.

Event Safety

Safety across the event will come in the form of kayakers for the swim section and appropriately positioned marshalls for the bike and run courses. All entrants will be given details in the pre-race information pack of what to do in case of an incident.

Water and Feed Stations

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and in line with British Triathlon COVID guidance, athletes are required to be completely self sufficient to maximise infection control. This means for 2020 there WILL NOT be any aid stations on the course. For this we apologise but we know you’ll fully understand. 

Team Entries

Team entries are available for this event and the entry fee covers all team members. Any non British Triathlon members will need to bring an additional £5 to registration to cover their day licence. All members of the team must complete our personal details form and submit to the registration desk on event day. Team entry will require a timing chip swap during transition.

An Amazing Course

In the shadows of Exmoor National Park we bring you:

750 metre open water sea swim

20 kilometre fast undulating and scenic bike course

5 kilometre coastal run on mixed terrain with a ‘cheeky climb’ strata segment and a beach finish.

Fully Waymarked Course

Each section of the course will be appropriately way-marked and full details will be given in the pre-race information and pre-race briefing. 

RED Buoys mark the swim course, black arrows on yellow background mark the bike course and orange arrows on a white background mark the run course. 

Water Safety Crew

For the swim section of the route there will be water safety craft and crews on site. The swim section heads along the coast so entrants are never further than 100m from the shore. Marshals cannot help you exit the water this year due to COVID-19 guidance unless it is in an emergency.

Prize Giving

Due to the current situation and in line with British Triathlon guidance there will not be a prize giving ceremony this year. Chip timing will accurately record your time and the results will be available online shortly after the event. We ask that upon completion of the event, athletes make their way to medal collection and then collect their equipment from transition as swiftly as possible. 

We are sure that you are all fully understanding of the need for this and will support us in these decisions, Thank you.  

Will we see you on the sandy start line?

Everything you need to know…

DATE 

Sunday 26th September 2021

LOCATION 

The Adventure Centre, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG

SPRINT TRIATHLON DISTANCE

750m sea swim

20km bike route

5km run route

RULES

British Triathlon Federation competition rules apply for this event. A copy of these can be found by clicking here.

ENTRY

Sprint Single £45.00pp – BTF Members

Sprint Single £50.00pp – non BTF Members

Sprint Team £70.00 – Per Team (non-BTF team members will incur a £5 day race licence fee per person payable on the day).

Entry terms and conditions can be found here. 

TIMINGS

Timings are subject to change taking the tides, weather and entry numbers into consideration.  

Athlete Registration: 08:00 – 10:00

Bike Racking: 08:00 – 10:00

Race Briefing: Virtual – Delivered via pre event video/documentation. COVID-19 guidance dependant.   

Wave 1: 10:15 – This wave is for novices and those new to open water events and sea swim events taking part in the Sprint Distance.

Wave 2: 10:30 – General classification wave for all those seasoned triathletes taking part in the Sprint Distance.

Wave 3: 10:45 – General classification wave for all those seasoned triathletes taking part in the Sprint Distance.

Prize Giving: 15 minutes after the last athlete finishes depending on the latest COVID-19 guidance. 

CAR PARKING 

Please use the various public car parks along the seafront and around Minehead. In an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the event we would appreciate car sharing where possible.

COURSE

The course is fully way-marked and chip timed for accuracy. Open water sprint and olympic triathlon distances in line with British Triathlon Federation guidelines. Route maps and GPX files can be found on our downloads page. Olympic Distance will be a longer swim course and two laps of the bike and run courses. 

LOCAL ACCOMMODATION 

We are in the process fo working with local accommodation providers to provide discounted room rates for Triathletes. Details to follow.

REGISTRATION

Registration to be confirmed nearer the time once wave start time have been finalised. This year we intend to register you all in your waves to minimise the queuing. Final details will be sent out in the race pack 2 days before the event. 

KEYS AND BAGS 

BTF COVID-19 guidelines state that we cannot provide this service. Should this change there will be a baggage drop in The Adventure Centre. 

BRIEFING

For 2020 the briefing will be delivered in the form of the pre-event information pack. Due to the current COVID-19 situation the event will be an indivdual time trial start with the faster wave entries going off first. All athletes must fully read and digest the pre-event information pack and be ready to roll on arrival at the event. 

SAFETY

Superbly marshalled on all three sections of the route with appropriate signage. During the swim section safety kayakers will be present to support you as you swim along the coast. The bike route will be well marshalled and all route specific safety will be covered as part of the pre-race brief. By following the ‘rules of the road’ and the Highway Code you will add to the safety of the event. While out on the run section the majority of the route is traffic free, there is a short section on both the outbound and inbound directions that is on the road past the harbour. This will be well marshalled and you must follow the marshals instructions. Following the swim and run sections you will pass through transition in the same direction keeping the process smooth and flowing.

TRAINING

We strongly recommend that you get some training done before event day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not be having the managed acclimatisation swim the day before. If you wish to swim at your own risk the day before then that’s up to you.

 You can also join our ‘mid-week warriors’ community group to help with your training. See the dedicated page here.

EQUIPMENT

Please see our suggested kit list in the downloads section of our site. You can get to it easily by clicking here.

Need to update your kit before the event? Head over to to the website of our friends at Pro Swimwear and get yourself kitted out.

SPECTATORS

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 guidance and the need for both social and physical distancing we ask that just for the 2020 event that you do not bring your entourage wiith you. We as much as you love the buzz a crowd gives an event but please just for this year we need to work with the guidelines and enjoy gettong back out there in the way we are allowed. Thanks in advance for your support with this decision. 

REFRESHMENTS

For the 2020 event you are asked to be self sufficient. To minimise the transfer of COVID-19 and maximise infection control we ask that you provide your own water and race fuel. This is not our style but a measure enforced as part of our BTF permit. 

Dana’s food takeaway is situated next to our sea front Adventure Centre (adjacent to the event village) if you feel the need for well deserved ‘Fish and Chips’ after the event. The burgers are pretty good too!

MERCHANDISE

You will receive a finishers t-shirt as part of your entry thanks to our fantastic sponsor the Visual Branding Group. Hoodies and caps are available to purchase from the online merchandise shop linked from our merchandise page.

Visual below is of the 2020 T-shirt

PHOTOGRAPHY

1000th.co.uk and Channel staff will be taking photos and the best images will be posted on our Facebook 1-2 days after the event. Please tag, share and comment away. 

FIRST AID

Provided by Channel Staff and Role 1 Medical. Channel Staff will have first aid kits at various positions around the course and Role 1 Medical will have a first aid hub at the event village along with an ambulance vehicle. 

COURSE MARKERS

The course will be well marked with appropriate signage markers. 

RED Buoys mark the swim course, black arrows on yellow background mark the bike course and orange arrows on a white background mark the run course. 

TOILETS

Portable toilets will be available in the transition area only this year for athletes. There are public toilets on the promenade next to the transition area (20p required for these).

WATER

Water is available from the drinking water tap at the rear of The Adventure Centre. There will also be drinking water containers in the transition area for you to fill up your water bottles if required. 

WEATHER

Whatever the weather conditions, please make sure you are appropriately equipped to deal with the environment. The event will run in conditions deemed safe by the event organisers. Should the conditions not be appropriate the events team will contact you no fewer than 12 hours prior to the event registration. See terms and conditions for our cancellation policy.

Should the sea state be deemed not safe for swimming then the event will become a duathlon with the run course being completed twice. Run-Bike-Run. We hope to have a full 750m swim course but as per the previous two years this may become a 2 lap ‘Aussie‘ style exit if the conditions are not fit for the full course. 

FINISH

Celebration is the key! As you sprint the last 150m to the finish line along the sandy shores of Minehead Bay we want to see your arms aloft! You’ve earned that medal, wear it with pride. Upon finishing please make your way swiftly to the medal collection area and then on to collect your equipment from transition. Due to COVID-19 we ask that you do not hang around after the event but make your way home. Not very sociable we know but we must stick to the restrictions to keep this event and our social enterprise alive for future years. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR ENTRY 

  • Race Pack
  • Bespoke Finishers Medal
  • Finishers T-shirt
  • Swim Cap
  • Amazing route in a stunning setting
  • Secure Transition
  • Accurate Timing
  • Warm Atmosphere

 

The Course…

The course comprises of a 750m sea swim (2 lap ‘Aussie Style’ exit) off Minehead Beach from West to East, an undulating and scenic 20km out and back bike course before heading out on the 5km run course which is a mixture of tarmac promenade, road and off-road woodland trails with a ‘Cheeky Climb’ Strava segment! 

 

POOR WEATHER SWIM OPTION: If the weather and/or sea state are deemed unsafe for swimming then the event will become a duathlon with the 5km run course being used to start the event and finish the event. 

FAQs

I’m not sure, is this event for me?

If you can confidently swim 100m, ride 25km and  run 5-7km, that’s great. We would love for our triathlon to be the event you work up too. We suggest that you get plenty of training in beforehand concentrating on covering the distances and would also suggest that you up your distances along with riding after a swim and running after a ride to get used to transitioning and using different muscle groups. Get involved with some Go Tri events and pool based novice and sprint triathlons over the summer. This will stand you in good stead for the Minehead Triathlon.

Is it possible to get lost?

The route will be fully way-marked with appropriate signage including distance markers. As long as you keep focused you’ll be fine. Marshals will be present at appropriate locations and sweepers will pick up behind the last entrants.

Do I have to wear a wetsuit?

We strongly advise that you do due to the extra buoyancy the wetsuit provides especially if you’ve recently turned to open water. If the water temperature is between 11 and 14 degrees a wetsuit will be compulsory, over 14 degrees you can opt to just wear your trisuit. 

I’ve never swum in open water before, can I still enter?

The swim section of the course is in the sea so it would help to have experience in open water but this is not essential as the swim route is never more than 100m from the shore. If you cannot confidently swim at least 1000m, then this event isn’t for you. We do hold NOWCA 400m open water swims every other saturday in the summer and will be running some Go Tri aquathlons leading up to the main event for you to train in the open water environment.

What if I want to enter with my mates?

Generally triathlons are about healthy competition so you may want to enter to race your mates. If you want to enter and take on the route with your mates to gain a sence of achievement then that’s awesome too. Our events are just as much about inclusion, accessibility and participation as they are about competing.   

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