The Parbold Duathlon is 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.
The Farmers Arms
Date & Time
Starting at 8:30am on Sunday 13th 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
Parbold Duathlon will consist of a run section, followed by a bike section and then, lastly, another run section.
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.
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.
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.
After you cross the finish line under the giant red inflatable gantry, 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.
Event t-shirts are an optional purchase and can be pre ordered together with your race entry. The cost for an event t-shirt is £10.
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 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.
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 15th March 2016.
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. 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.
To enter the event CLICK HERE
To see the entire entry list CLICK HERE
To edit/amend your entry details CLICK HERE
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