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Minehead Triathlon

Sunday 2nd October 2022

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Channel Events are super excited to be bringing you the 2022 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 and 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 four events we’re striving to cement this as an amazing season finale in the British Triathlon calendar for 2022 and beyond. 

From 2018 the event has utilised its coastal location by including a 750m open water sea swim in the shadows of North Hill but within the safety of the bay. The bike route is fast and undulating with an out and back route 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!

 

 

What’s included in your entry?

Finisher's T-Shirt

Your 2022 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 online for you shortly after the event ends.

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

Wave 1: 11:15 – General classification wave for all those seasoned triathletes this wave will be a mass start. 

Wave 2: 11:30 –  This wave is for novices and those new to open water events and sea swim events. This wave will be an individual time trial style start. 

The above start styles for each wave have been set following feedback from previous events. 

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 Stations

There will be a water station 50m after transition out  which can be accessed from both the bike and run courses. 

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 £6 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 using our 2 lap ‘Aussie’ style exit course

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 can help you exit the water should you wish. 

Prize Giving

Back for 2022!!

Will take place in the event HQ area 15 minutes after the last athlete finishes

Will we see you on the sandy start line?

Everything you need to know…

DATE 

Sunday 2nd October 2022

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 £51.00pp – non BTF Members

Sprint Team £70.00 – Per Team (non-BTF team members will incur a £6 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: 09:00 – 11:00

Bike Racking: 09:15 – 11:15

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

Wave 1: 11:15 – General classification wave for all those seasoned triathletes this wave will be a mass start. 

Wave 2: 11:30 –  This wave is for novices and those new to open water events and sea swim events. This wave will be an individual time trial style start. 

The above start styles for each wave have been set following feedback from previous events. 

Prize Giving: 15 minutes after the last athlete finishes. 

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 triathlon distances in line with British Triathlon Federation guidelines. Route maps and GPX files can be found on our downloads page.  

LOCAL ACCOMMODATION 

We are in the process of 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 times 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 

 We will be providing a bag drop this year. Use the baggage tag attached to your race number to mark your bag and then hand into the team on the bag drop tent! . 

BRIEFING

For 2022 the briefing will continue to be delivered in the form of the pre-event information pack. 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. For 2022 we hope to bring back the managed acclimatisation swim the day before. 

 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. 

 This event is really spectator friendly. Crowds make the event so please do bring your entourage and help create a great atmosphere. 

REFRESHMENTS

For the 2021 event you were asked to be self sufficient to minimise the transfer of COVID-19 and maximise infection control. This may still be the case in 2022, we will update this nearer the time based on the government guidance 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 2021 T-shirt as a guide.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Paul Rubery from Image 5 Photography 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.

A selection of his images will be available online shortly after the event.  High resolution versions and prints will be available to buy with 100% of the profit going to Exmoor Search and Rescue Team to help them keep their vital equipment and resources stocked. 

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 and event HQ for athletes. There are public toilets on the promenade next to the transition area (20p required for these) for spectators.

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. A water station will be located 100m after transition out for the run section. 

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! You can then make your way over to the transition area to collect your equipment. 

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 sense 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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