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Epic Duathlons

Parbold Duathlon, March 8th 2015

2015 EVENT IS NOW FULL AND CLOSED. THERE IS NO WAITING LIST, PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL AND ASK TO BE ADDED TO IT.

 

What is the Parbold Duathlon?

 

The Parbold Duathlon is back March 8th 2015, starting at 8:30am. The event will be based at the Farmers Arms Pub, Bispham, Parbold, Lancashire and starts with a 3.2 miles run followed by a 16.8 miles cycle and a final 3.2 miles run which is a repeat of the first route. This event is a North West classic and one of the oldest events on the calendar. The event is limited to 150 competitors and will fill well in advance of the closing date. 

 

What do I need to enter the event?

 

1. A bicycle in roadworthy condition (mountainbike, roadracing bike or hybrid). Your bikes will be subjected to a brief check before entering transition, if they are unsafe to ride you will not be allowed to start. Please check headsets, wheels, tyres, brakes, bars etc or get it serviced by your local dealer.

2. A helmet of ANSI standard designed specifically for cycling which fits you well. You will be asked to fasten your helmet upon entering transition and if it is ill fitting you will be asked to adjust or exchange it.
3. You must be medically fit and healthy, epicevents advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
4. You must be 16 years of age or above on date of event.

 

The run:

 

Both run sections are 3.2 miles in length, consisting of 2 laps of a 1.6 miles course. The run is undulating and takes place entirely on rural roads.  The first run and the second run are identical in distance and route. 

 

The bike:

The cycle course is where thing get a little tougher. The course is 16.8 miles in length, made up of 3 x 5.6 miles laps. On each of the laps you will climb Parbold Hill (3 times in total). Your bicycle should be roadworthy and it is compulsory to wear a recognised cycle helmet, this event is non-drafting (you cannot ride directly behind another competitor to shelter from the wind) and you must not ride 2 abreast on the road. The course is not closed to traffic and you should follow the highway code at all times, riding responsibly. There will be adequate signs throughout the cycle course to guide you and there will also be marshals at critical locations. The marshals cannot stop traffic and will not tell you whether it is 'clear to go', it is your repsonsibility to check for traffic.  

 

The transition area:

 

The transition area will be at the Farmers Arms Public House and all of your race equipment must be left within this area. There is no cycling within the transition area at any time. As you return from the first run, collect your bike and walk to the mount line, do not mount your bike until you have reached this point and take care on the road. At the end of the cycle ride, dismount at or before the dismount line which will be clearly marked on the day and wheel your bike into transition, do not unfasten your helmet until the bike is safely racked. Change into your run clothing and exit transition, following the marshals instructions.

 

What to do on the day:

 

On the day you should register at least an hour before your start time, you will be given an electronic chip which wraps around your ankle, 2 race numbers for rear of your cycle top and front of your run top (number belts allowed) and 2 numbered stickers for your helmet and your bike.

You must show your numbers before racking your bike in the transition area, the racking will be numbered and you should place your bike in the correct position. Once you have placed your cycle and run clothing with your bicycle, all other equipment must be removed from transition area to minimise disruption for other competitors.

 

How do I enter?

 

Entry for the Parbold Duathlon is £30 and is only available online by following the link below. You will be sent a confirmation via email coupled with appearance of your name on the entry list. If you are able to enter online then places are still available, the ability to enter will be removed when the event is full.

 

To enter the event click here
To see who's entered click here

To change your entry details click here

 

What happens following the event?

 

All finishers collect your momento at the finish line and prizes will be awarded at the race presentation after the last person has completed the course. Refreshments will be available on the day and a full results service will be provided.

 

Location and route details:

 

For a google map location for the event GO HERE
To view the cycle route GO HERE
To view the run route GO HERE
To view the competitor information pack GO HERE

 

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Saturday Morning Summer Aquathlon Series

What is the Saturday Morning Summer Aquathlon Series?

 

The Saturday Morning Summer Aquathlon Series takes place every Saturday throughout the summer and consists of a 400m open water swim, followed by 5k trail run. They are a great way to train for triathlon events throughout the summer and an ideal event for any novice who wishes to gain more experience. A coached open water swim training session takes place from 8:30am - 9:15am and this is immediately followed by a 400m mass start swim and 5k trail run. You can opt to compete in the aquathlon only or join us for the swim beforehand also.

 

What do I need to enter the event?

 

1. A wetsuit, swimming and running kit.
2. You must be medically fit and healthy, epicevents advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
3. You must be 14 years of age or above by 31.13.13 to participate.

 

The swim:

 

The coached open water swim takes place from 8:30-9:15am and there are 3 groups: novice/intermediate/advanced. The novice group focus on technical skills, the intermediate and advanced groups complete structured swim sets ranging from 2000-3000m in length. At 9:15am the coached swim ends and is then followed by an aquathlon event. The swim portion is 400m and will be completed as a mass start (number of waves dependent upon number of participants).

 

The run:

 

The 5k trail run course is the same each week and is completed immediately following the 400m open water swim. There will be a transition area close to the water exit and you should leave shoes before starting the coached swim. You should also complete the coached swim in your tri-suit or clothing for the aquathlon run (no time to change between swim and aquathlon).

 

What to do on the day:

 

On the day you should arrive 8:00am and register / collect your number. There will be a short briefing at 8:20am and you will enter the water at 8:30am for the coached swim. Please do no arrive later than 8:00am as this will delay the start of the swim. You can choose which group you would like to join and this can change each week. At 9:15am the coached swim will end and the aquathlon will begin. If you wish to swim only, you may use the 400m aquathlon swim course as a cool down swim. If you do not wish to swim beforehand and only wish to do the aquathlon, you should arrive no later than 9:15am and register for the aquathlon only.

 

How do I enter?

 

The coached open water swim session alone (1 hour) is £5, payable on the day, there is no additional charge for the aquathlon. If you do not wish to complete the coached swim session beforehand and would like to compete in the aquathlon only, the fee is also £5.

 

The event HQ is:

 

3 Sisters Waterski Club
Langate Lane
Wigan

 

CLICK HERE for map location

 

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Tuesday Night Summer Duathlon Series

What is the Tuesday Night Summer Duathlon Series?

 

The Tuesday Night Summer Duathlon Series are FREE EVENTS. They take place every Tuesday throughout the summer and consist of a cycle time trial followed by a run. The courses and distances vary each week and you are responsible for your own timing. They are a great way to train for triathlon events throughout the summer and an ideal event for any novice who wishes to gain more experience.

 

What do I need to enter the event?

 

1. A bicycle in roadworthy condition (mountainbike, roadracing bike or hybrid).

2. A helmet of ANSI standard designed specifically for cycling which fits you well.
3. You must be medically fit and healthy, epicevents advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
4. You must be 17 years of age or above by 31.13.13 to participate.

 

The bike:

 

The cycle course varies each week and is generally between 11-15 miles in length. The start point for the cycle course is 1 mile from the event HQ, you should ride this mile for the purpose of warming up. The course is fully marked and therfore very easy to navigate. The first rider leaves at 6:45pm from the start line and you choose when you wish to start (leaving a minimum 10 seconds between you and the rider in front). Start your watch as you begin the cycle, stop your watch at the finish line and then ride back to the event HQ.

 

The run:

 

The run course varies each week and is generally between 2-4 miles in length. The run starts and finishes from the same designated point, outside the event HQ. The run course is not marked, but is very easy to navigate (e.g. 1.5 miles out to a specific point and back). You will time yourself for the run section.

 

What to do on the day:

 

On the day you should arrive 6:15pm and register / collect your number. Your name is added to the race board and following the cycle and run sections, you should then add your times to the board, next to your name. There is a briefing at 6:35pm and participants then ride to the start point to begin the cycle. Following the cycle you will then ride back to the event HQ, put your bike in your car and change into running shoes. You should start the run within 15 minutes of ending the cycle section. Following the run, there is free tea/coffee and biscuits.

 

How do I enter?

 

The event is FREE to enter on the night, simply turn up and register at 6:15pm. You can read more about the event and see the route for each coming week by CLICKING HERE.

 

The event HQ is:

 

The Endurance Store

Appley Lane North

Wigan

WN6 9AE

 

CLICK HERE for map location

 


 

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UK Fire Fighters 2UP Duathlon, March 15th 2015

What is the Fire Fighters '2UP' Duathlon?

 

The Fire Fighters '2UP' Duathlon is a unique event which takes place every March in conjunction with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue. The event is open to all competitors (not just fire fighters) and will raise money for Christie Hospital Manchester and Epic Kidz charity. The event will be based at Horwich School, Rivington, Lancashire. This event is a unique format which requires teams of 2 to compete together throughout the event. You and your partner must run together and cycle together and the rules stipulate that you must remain within 20m of each other at all times. During the cycle section, drafting between you and your partner is allowed.

 

What do I need to enter the event?

 

1. A bicycle in roadworthy condition (mountainbike, roadracing bike or hybrid). Your bikes will be subjected to a brief check before entering transition, if they are unsafe to ride you will not be allowed to start. Please check headsets, wheels, tyres, brakes, bars etc or get it serviced by your local dealer.

2. A helmet of ANSI standard designed specifically for cycling which fits you well. You will be asked to fasten your helmet upon entering transition and if it is ill fitting you will be asked to adjust or exchange it.
3. You must be medically fit and healthy, epicevents advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
4. You must be 16 years of age or above on the date of the event to participate.

 

The run:

 

Both run sections are 5.6k in length and take place on bridleways and trails. The course is 'undulating' and team members must run together for each section. Your time will be taken when the 2nd person from each competing pair crosses the line.

 

The bike:

 

The cycle course is 37.2k in length and includes the challenging climbs of Sheephouse Lane and Anglezarke quarry. For this section of the event you are allowed to 'draft' with your partner, riding in their slipstream to share the workload. Note that the rules do not allow you to draft from 'other' teams on the course, this will result in disqualification. Your bicycle should be roadworthy and it is compulsory to wear a recognised cycle helmet, this event is non-drafting (you cannot ride directly behind another competitor to shelter from the wind) and you must not ride 2 abreast on the road. The course is not closed to traffic and you should follow the highway code at all times, riding responsibly. There will be adequate signs throughout the cycle course to guide you and there will also be marshals at critical locations. The marshals cannot stop traffic and will not tell you whether it is 'clear to go', it is your repsonsibility to check for traffic.  

 

The transition area:

 

The transition area will be at Horwich School, Rivington and all of your race equipment must be left within this area. There is no cycling within the transition area at any time. As you return from the first run, collect your bike and walk to the mount line, do not mount your bike until you have reached this point and take care on the road. At the end of the cycle ride, dismount at or before the dismount line which will be clearly marked on the day and wheel your bike into transition, do not unfasten your helmet until the bike is safely racked. Change into your run clothing and exit transition, following the marshals instructions.

 

What to do on the day:

 

On the day you should register an hour before your start time, you will be given an electronic chip which wraps around your ankle, 2 race numbers for rear of your cycle top and front of your run top (number belts allowed) and 2 numbered stickers for your helmet and your bike.

You must show your numbers before racking your bike in the transition area, the racking will be numbered and you should place your bike in the correct position. Once you have placed your cycle and run clothing with your bicycle, all other equipment must be removed from transition area to minimise disruption for other competitors.

 

How do I enter?

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO'S ENTERED

CLICK HERE TO CHANGE YOUR ENTRY DETAILS

 

What happens following the event?

 

All finishers collect your momento at the finish line and prizes will be awarded at the race presentation after the last person has completed the course. Refreshments will be available on the day and a full results service will be provided.

 

Location and route details:

 

For a google map location for the event GO HERE
To view the cycle route GO HERE
To view the run route GO HERE
To view the competitor information pack GO HERE
To view the wave start time GO HERE

 

 

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