THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL
Now in its 6th edition the event has once again been included as part of the British Triathlon Major Events Programme as a GB Age Group Team Qualifier for the 2018 ETU Sprint Distance Triathlon European Championships in Glasgow.
This iconic event takes in many of the landmarks of this famous Seaside resort including an open water swim in the inland Marine Lake, a fast & flat bike course on fully closed roads along the coast, followed by a similarly flat and scenic run around the Lake, Kings Gardens and under the Pier – this is a quick course and ideal for PBs! (see link for info on how to register your intent to qualify for the GB Age Group Team - CLICK HERE.
And for the 2nd time in succession Southport Triathlon will host the British Universities and Colleges Sport Standard Distance Championships - click here for more info - n.b. BUCS entries should be via your University to BUCS direct.
Along with hosting the Triathlon England North West Standard Distance Championships for the 4th year in succession - click here for further info
The event is open to all levels of triathlete from complete novices to seasoned age group competitors and is based at Waterside Lodge a modern, purpose built two-storey Activity Centre on the Marine Lake, it is also Southport District Scout Headquarters. The building has all modern services installed and is accessible to disabled users. It is easily reached on Southport Marine Drive, adjacent to the pier and beach, for details CLICK HERE.
Date & Time
Sunday 21st May 2017
The Triathlon Schedule:
13:00-17:00 - Registration open (No parking at the lodge, please park on Marine Drive car park)
05:30 to 07:30 - Emergency registration open
06:00 - Transition opens
06:45 - BUCS race briefing
07:00 - BUCS Wave 1 start (male)
07:05 - BUCS Wave 2 start (female)
07:15 - Standard Distance race briefing
07:30 - STD Distance Wave 3 – Start Male age groups up to age 39yrs (BTF age cats = U20 & D to G)
07:50 - STD Distance Wave 4 – Start Male age groups 40yrs+ (BTF age cats = H to Q)
08:10 STD Distance Wave 5 – Start: All Female age groups (all BTF age cats = U20 to Q)
08:30 - SPRINT distance race briefing
08:40 - Sprint Distance Wave 6 – Start (Male age groups U20-49yrs)
09:00 - Sprint Distance Wave 7 – Start (All female age groups and Male 50yrs+)
09:45 - Swim Course Cut Off
10:00 - Transition re-opens for kit and bike collection (access via NORTH END of TRANSITION ONLY)
12:00 - Bike Course Cut Off
12:00 - Roads fully re-opened
13:00 - Run Course Cut Off
10:00 - Presentation (BUCS)
12:00 - Prize Giving Presentation (Standard distance, including presentation of the TE NW Regional Trophies)
12:30 - Prize Giving Presentation (Sprint distance)
The Southport Triathlon consists of two races:
Standard distance – 1500m Lake Swim – 40k Bike –10k Run
Sprint distance – 750m Lake Swim – 20k Bike – 5k Run
The swim course is 750m and starts in the bay in front of Waterside Lodge – the route loops around the first island before exiting via the slipway on the opposite side of the bay at West Lancs Yacht Club, Sprint Distance triathletes will exit the water after 1 lap whereas Standard Distance competitors will be required to complete a second lap.
Road closures will be in place for the 20km Bike course which takes a left out of transition along Marine Drive and travels South adjacent to the beach onto Coastal Road and out towards the roundabout at Pontins, before returning along the same route and past Waterside Lodge, through Fairway roundabout and turning before the Plough (A565) roundabout at the Northern end of the route. On return to the transition area on Marine Drive Car Park Sprint competitors will enter transition with Standard Distance requiring a second lap.
The 5km run loop is completely flat and largely takes place on the pathway around the Marine Lake. Runners exit transition in a Northerly direction then take a right onto Fairway before taking a further right onto the wide boulevards on Promenade, then following the footpath until turning right at the side of the Theatre and Convention Centre and picking up the pathway at the side of the Lake.
The Lakeside path is then followed under the pier and closest to the Lake before turning back onto Lower Promenade heading North then turning back onto Promenade again to head South again and around the Southern end of the Lake to follow the path back under the Pier on the opposite side of the Lake and eventually back upto Waterside Lodge where the Sprint Distance participants will turn into the Finish and the Standard Distance athletes will follow the route North and back passed transition to complete a 2nd 5k loop.
What do I need to enter the event?
- 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.
- 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.
- You must be medically fit and healthy. Epic Events advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
PLEASE NOTE, there is NO PARKING available at Waterside Lodge AT ANY TIME during the event weekend including Saturday registration, please use the official car parks.
All participants and spectators should park on Marine Drive (also known as ‘Sea Wall’) Car Park on race day as it will offer the most convenient access to the venue and will cause least disruption to the residents and businesses of Southport. Please note this a Pay and Display Car Park.
The Southport Triathlon event t-shirt is included in your entry fee.
How much to enter:Standard Distance: £49 (£54 non-affiliated)
Sprint Distance: £39 (£44 non-affiliated)
Included within your entry is:
A bespoke Southport Triathlon medal
A bespoke Southport Triathlon t-shirt
A bespoke Southport Triathlon swim cap