The Wirral Triathlon is organised by Mersey Tri Club and Epic Events and takes place Sunday August 31st, at West Kirkby Marina, Wirral. It is a sprint distance triathlon and the open water swim takes place in West Kirkby marina which offers a safe and reliable open water venue. The event starts with a 750m open water swim followed by a 21k cycle, finishing with a 6k run. The cycle course is a 2 lap undulating route and the run course is a leg sapping 2 lap course along the beach and nearby footpaths. The event is ideal for novices, experienced competitors and elite racers. Come and join us for a great triathlon event which is sure to become a classic on the North West calendar.
What do I need to enter the event?
1. A bicycle in roadworthy condition (mountainbike, roadracing bike or hybrid).
2. A cycle helmet of ANSI standard designed specifically for cycling which fits you well.
3. You must be medically fit and healthy.
4. You must be 16 years of age or above on the date of the event to participate.
5. You must be capable of swimming the 750m distance required for the event.
Swimmers start from 8:30am and there will be several waves based upon age and gender. The course is a single loop 750m, it will be clearly marked with large swim buoys and water safety cover will be provided. it is complusory for all swimmers to wear a triathlon wetsuit for this event and you will be required to wear a swim cap (which will be provided at registration).
The 21k bike is an undulating two loop course which starts and finishes at the marina lake. 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 6k run is a 2 loop course which starts by heading along the beach, then loops back on footpath to begin lap 2. By the time you reach the run course, your legs may be a little weary, so whilst the soft sand may feel cushioned, it will also sap the final ounces of energy from your legs. Needless to say, irrelevant of your experience or training, you'll be glad to reach the finish.
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 (goes under your wetsuit if possible), 2 race numbers for rear of your cycle top and front of your run top (number belts allowed) and a numbered sticker for your bike. You will need to rack your bike in the enclosed transition area and then lay your equipment next to your bike. All equipment must be in the transition area. 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.
There will be a briefing 15 minutes before your swim start next to the transition area and you will then be allowed to enter the water to warm up and line up. Please do not be late for this briefing as it may contain important changes to the event which may affect you.
What happens after the race?
Following the race you should remove your cycle from the transition area but be careful not to impede any other competitors who may still be competing. You will need to show your number to retrieve your bicycle, friends and family members will not be allowed to retrieve bicycles. Refreshments will be available following the event and the prize giving will take place as soon as results are available. Full results will be available on this website on the same evening of the event.
How will my entry be confirmed?
Entry for the Wirral Triathlon is £40 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.