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Epic Duathlons

Parbold Duathlon, March 2016

 

 

The infamous Parbold Duathlon is back.  Situated in the rolling Lancashire countryside and based from a pub!  It has become a North West classic on many a calendar and is one of our oldest and most popular events.  The event is limited to only 150 competitors and, as a demonstration of its popularity, it always fills well in advance of the closing date. 

  

Address 

The Farmers Arms 

Bispham

Parbold

Lancashire

L40 3SL

 

Date & Time

Starting at 8:30am on Sunday xxx March 2016

 
The Duathlon Schedule:

07:00 – Registration & Transition opens

08:00 - Registration closes

08:00 - Tri Kidz 1k race start

08:15 - Transition closes

08:15 - Compulsory race briefing

08:30 - Duathlon Start

11:00 - Prize presentation

 
The Course:

Parbold Duathlon will consist of a run section, followed by a bike section and then, lastly, another run section.

 

The Run

Both run sections are identical.  They are 3.2 miles in length, consisting of 2 laps of a 1.6 mile course.  The run is undulating (which many of you will know as Epic Events code for ‘hilly’) and it takes place entirely on rural roads.

 

The Bike

This is where the course gets more fun.  The bike route is 16.8 miles in length and is made up of 3 laps of a 5.6 mile loop.  Hidden along the route is the monster known as Parbold Hill, which will try to destroy your legs on each one of your 3 laps.  Like the run, the bike course takes place on rural country lanes.

 

What do I need to enter the event?

1. A bicycle in roadworthy condition (mountain bike, road bike or hybrid). Your bikes will be subjected to a brief check before entering transition, if it is unsafe to ride you will not be allowed to start. Please check headsets, wheels, tyres, brakes, bars (inc bar ends) are all safe and secure.  If in doubt, get it serviced by your local dealer.

2. A recommended cycle helmet 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.

 

On the day:

Try to register as early as possible to allow time for racking and dealing with any surprises.  At registration, you will be given an electronic chip which you wrap around your left ankle.  You will also get 2 race numbers for the rear of your cycling top and the front of your running top (number belts are allowed if preferred) and 2 numbered stickers for your helmet and bike.

 

You must show your number before racking your bike in transition (no exceptions).  You will match your number with the number on the rack and place your bike in the correct position together with any bike/run clothing.  All other equipment must then be removed from transition to minimise disruption for other competitors. 

 

Transition/Start area: 

The transition area is located in the school playground directly next door to the Farmers Arms public house.  All of your race equipment must be left within this area.  There is no cycling in the transition area at any time. 

 

The start/finish is located in the Farmers Arms car park and can be identified by the giant inflatable red gantry.  From the start, you will complete your first run.  Upon completion you will enter transition and collect your bike.  You will then walk/run with your bike to the MOUNT LINE.  Do not mount your bike until you are over this line and take care whilst out on the road.  Upon returning from your 3 laps of Parbold Hill, you must dismount before/at the same MOUNT LINE.  Once dismounted you can run/walk your bike back into transition and place it back on the rack.  DO NOT REMOVE YOUR HELMET UNTIL YOUR BIKE IS SAFELY RACKED.  All that is left is to change back into your running gear, exit transition (following marshals’ instructions for safety) and nail that last final run.

 

The Finish:

After you cross the finish line under the giant , red, inflatable gantry you will collect your finisher’s tshirt and prizes will be awarded at the race presentation.  This will either be at 11am or after the last person has completed the course.  Results will be posted on our website, usually the same day.

 

Refreshments:

The Farmers Arms public house will be open during/after the event. They provide a wide variety of food and drinks.  Please pop in and support them as they kindly loan us their facilities for the day.

 

Parking:

Parking for competitors is available in the Farmers Arms car park.  Once full, marshals will direct you to other areas.  Parking is NOT permitted on Bannister Lane between the pub and Jackson’s Lane together with Bentley Lane at the end of the run lap or on Chorley Road, just after the pub.  Athletes parking here will not be allowed to race.  Where possible please try to car share as parking is very limited.  The car park will be strictly for competitors only.  If you have friends or family coming to support you please advise them that parking on the course around the Farmers Arms pub is not permitted.  There is a good viewing point for the cycle section at the top of Parbold hill (at the end of the Strava Challenge section) for spectators.  Cow bells and banners are compulsory.

 

Strava Challenge

New for this year is the Strava Challenge. Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segment (Parbold Hill). To be eligible for the Strava Challenge you will need to be a member of our Epic Events Strava Club. You can join the club by CLICKING HERE.  Once you are a member, to enter the Strava Challenge you need to upload your bike and run onto Strava following the event, and the winners will be selected randomly. You will have to be quick as the winners will be selected on Tuesday at 12 noon on xxx March 2016.

 

Tri Kidz:

In addition to the Parbold Duathlon, there will be a free Tri Kidz 1k running event for children taking place at 8am, with medals for all finishers.  There is no online registration for this event. You will need to register your child(ren) on the day.

 

How much to enter:

The cost to enter Parbold Duathlon is £30.  CLICK HEREto enter.  You will receive a confirmation email and your name will be listed on the entry list.  Once the event is full you will be unable to enter online.  There is no waiting list.

 

Important links:

To enter the event CLICK HERE (not yet available)

To see the entire entry list CLICK HERE (not yet available)

To edit/amend your entry details CLICK HERE (not yet available)

 

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 (not yet available)

 

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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 2016

 

The world’s best team event is back for another year. The epic Fire Fighters '2UP' Duathlon is a unique event which takes place every March in conjunction with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue. The North West event is open to all competitors (not just hardcore fire fighters) and will raise money for Christie Hospital Manchester and Epic Kidz charity.

This event is one of our newer events and is fast becoming a firm favourite with competitors. It is a sell out every year so don’t hang around, grab your run/bike buddy and test yourselves against the gruelling Lancashire terrain.

 

Address 

Rivington & Blackrod High School

Rivington Lane

Bolton

BL6 7RU

 

Date & Time

March 2016 at 08:30am (Date TBC)

 
The Duathlon Schedule:
 

06:45 – Car park opens

07:00 – Registration & Transition opens

07:55  Tri Kidz briefing

08:00  Tri Kidz race start

08:00 – Registration closes

08:10 – Transition closes

08:15 – Compulsory race briefing

08:30 – Duathlon Start

11:30 – Prize presentation (approx)

 

The Course:

Fire Fighters '2UP' Duathlon will consist of a run section, followed by a bike section and then, lastly, another run section.

 

What makes this event a little more interesting is its 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 however you cannot draft other teams.

 

The Run

Both run sections are identical.  They are 1 x 5.6k loop around Rivington Country Park.  The run is undulating (which many of you will know as Epic Events code for ‘hilly’) and it takes place entirely on trails.  Initially you will climb up the side of the school and then recuperate on a nice wide flat section through the woods before winding your way over to the start of the “Pike” climb.  Because we are nice at Epic Events, we don’t make you climb all the way to the pike.  As you start your descent on the cobbled path back to the school you get a beautiful view over Bolton and towards the coast.  We recommend trail or fell shoes (but it isn’t compulsory).

 

The Bike

Once you are nicely warmed up from a quick dash up the hills of Rivington you are ready to hit the bike.  The bike route is 37.2k in length and, again, it is one single loop that will take in the sights of Rivington, Belmont and Anglezarke.  Hidden along the route are a number of cheeky little hills to test your legs and lungs.  Within a few minutes of being on your bike you will get chance to get the blood pumping by tackling the infamous Sheep House Lane.  You will have a short recovery whilst you cruise down through Abbey Village before you begin the steady climb back towards Chorley.  Don’t be fooled into thinking “Sheep House” is all that we will throw at you.  As you get to Chorley we turn you into the lumpy country lanes and sneak you over to the devil known as the Anglezarke climb.  If you had any strength left in your legs then this little monster should sort out the men (& women) from the boys! 

 

For this section of the event you are allowed to ‘draft’ with your partner (riding in their slipstream to share the workload).  Please note, the rules do NOT allow you to draft from other teams on the course.  If you are spotted doing this, this will result in disqualification.  You must also ride in single file and not 2 abreast on the road.  The road is not closed to traffic and you must follow the Highway Code at all times, riding responsibly. 

 

There will be adequate signs to direct you on the course as well as marshals at key points to assist.   The marshals cannot stop traffic and will not tell you if it is safe to go.  It is your responsibility to check for traffic and stay safe.

 

Remember

It’s a TEAM race and team members must run together and bike together on each section. Your time will only be taken from when the 2nd person from each competing pair crosses the line. No dumping your partner mid race because they are “too slow”! Pick your teammate wisely!

 

Transition/Start area:

The transition area is located on the school tennis courts.  All of your race equipment must be left within this area. 

 

The start/finish is located on the road leading to the school, directly outside the tennis courts and can be identified by the giant inflatable red gantry.

 

From the start, you and your partner will complete your first run.  Upon returning back to the school you will enter transition and collect your bike.  You will then walk/run with your bike to the MOUNT LINE.  Do not mount your bike until you are over this line and take care whilst out on the road.

 

Upon returning from your bike loop, you must both dismount before/at the same MOUNT LINE.  Once dismounted you can run/walk your bike back into transition and place it back on the rack.  DO NOT REMOVE YOUR HELMET UNTIL YOUR BIKE IS SAFELY RACKED.

 

All that is left now is to change back into your running gear, exit transition, nail that last final run and cross the finish line with your partner and a smile.

 

What do I need to enter the event?

All you need is: -

  1. A bike which is in a roadworthy condition (mountain bike, road bike or hybrid is fine). You will be subject to a brief check and if found to be unsafe to ride, you will not be allowed to start. Please check that your headset, wheels, tyres, brakes, bars (including bar ends) are all safe and secure. If in doubt get it serviced by your local dealer.
  2. A recommended cycle helmet, designed specifically for cycling and fits correctly. You will be asked to fasten your helmet during the safety check and if it is found to be ill fitting you will be asked to adjust it or exchange it.
  3. A pair of trainers (trail or fell shoes would be ideal).
  4. A willing partner to race with.
  5. You must be medically fit and healthy. Epic Events advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
  6. You MUST be 16 years of age or over on the day of the event.

On the day:

Try to register as early as possible to allow time for racking and dealing with any surprises.  At registration, you will be given an electronic chip which you wrap around your left ankle.  You will also get 2 race numbers for the rear of your cycling top and the front of your running top (number belts are allowed if preferred) and 2 numbered stickers for your helmet and bike.  You must show your number before racking your bike in transition (no exceptions).  You will match your number with the number on the rack and place your bike in the correct position together with any bike/run clothing.  All other equipment must then be removed from transition to minimise disruption for other competitors.

 

The Finish:

You will cross the finish line under the giant red inflatable gantry to a round of applause.  You can then wear your Fire Fighters 2UP t-shirt with pride.  Prizes will be awarded at the race presentation.  This will either be at 11:30am or after the last person has completed the course.  Results will be posted on our website, usually the same day.

 

Parking:

Parking is available on the school car parks (x3).  Please car share where possible as parking is limited.  Once full, there is a small, free, public car park opposite the school.  Please note, once you have parked your car on the school car parks you will not be able to leave until after the race has finished. 

 

Tri Kidz:

There will be a free childrens 1K run on race morning.  All finishers will get a Tri Kidz medal.  Registration is on the day at the main registration tent.  The Kidz briefing will be at 7:55am with a race start at 8am.

 

Strava Challenge:

New for this year is the Strava Challenge. Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segments. To be eligible for the Strava Challenge you will need to be a member of our Epic Events Strava Club. You can join the club by CLICKING HERE.  Once you are a member, to enter the Strava Challenge you need to upload your bike and run onto Strava following the event, and the winners will be selected randomly. You will have to be quick as the winners will be selected on Tuesday at 12 noon on 17th March 2015.

 

How much to enter: 

The cost to enter the Fire Fighters 2UP Duathlon is £30 each (£60 per team).  CLICK HERE to enter.  You will receive a confirmation email and your names will be listed on the entry list.  Once the event is full you will be unable to enter online.  There is no waiting list so please do not email/ring to ask us.

 

Useful Links

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO'S ENTERED

CLICK HERE TO CHANGE YOUR ENTRY DETAILS

 

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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