The Wirral Triathlon is organised by Mersey Tri Club and Epic Events and takes place at West Kirby Marina. It is a sprint distance triathlon and the open water swim takes place in West Kirby marina which offers a safe and reliable open water venue.
West Kirby Marine Lake
Date and Time:
August 2017, 08:00am
0600 Registration Opens
0600 Transition Opens
0715 Registration Closes
0730 Transition Closes
0745 Race Briefing
0800 Race Start
The 750m open water swim will be conducted in a series of three waves separated by 1-2 minutes. The wave times have been selected using your submitted estimated swim times (fastest first). The event briefing will take place at 7:45am and then wave 1 swimmers will enter the water. As soon as wave 1 have started, wave 2 will enter and start, followed by wave 3. The course is a single lap 750m loop to be completed in an anti-clockwise direction. The course will be marked by large yellow buoys, which will always be on your left hand side. You will start in the water and at the end of the swim will exit onto a slip ramp into transition.
The bikes course is 21.4k long. The course starts and finishes at the marina lake. There is a small section out to the loop that you will ride twice followed by a small section back to the transition area. Please see the course map for more details. The course is undulating with two climbs that are situated at the start of each loop.
The road is not closed to traffic and so you must follow the Highway Code at all times, riding responsibly. The route is adequately signed throughout to guide you and there will be marshals at critical locations. The marshals cannot stop traffic and will not say if it is ‘clear to go’ so you must be responsible for your own safety and check for traffic.
The 5k run is a flat 2 loop course around the marina.
The transition area is located in the marina car park, directly next to the lake. There is no cycling in the transition area at any time. Please keep the amount of equipment left in transition to a minimum. Boxes are not allowed in Transition.
What do I need to enter the event?
1. A Wetsuit
2. A bicycle in roadworthy condition (mountain bike, road racing bike or hybrid).
3. A cycle helmet of ANSI standard designed specifically for cycling which fits you well.
4. You must be medically fit and healthy.
5. You must be 16 years of age or above on the date of the event to participate.
6. You must be capable of swimming the 750m distance required for the event.
Wetsuits are compulsory for all swimmers. Shortie type wetsuits are allowed, but because of lake temperatures full body cover is recommended. Neoprene hats may be worn, but your event cap must be worn over the top. British triathlon rules state that foot cover may not be worn for triathlon events. For our event, we will make an exception to this rule.
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 left 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 10 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.
As you cross the finish line, passing under the EPIC gantry, you will be awarded your finisher medal.The results will be published and emailed out to all competitors on the same day.
You must be 16 years old or over on the day of the event.
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 the Tuesday following the event.
A Wirral Triathlon t-shirt can be purchased as part of your entry for £10.
How much to enter?
Entry for the Wirral Triathlon is £40 for non BTF members and £35 for BTF members 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.
Included within your entry fee is:
A bespoke Wirral Triathlon medal
A bespoke Wirral Triathlon headscarf
A bespoke Wirral Triathlon swim cap
Free event photographs
To enter the Wirral Triathlon GO HERE
To see who's entered the Wirral Triathlon GO HERE
To edit your entry details GO HERE
Location and route details
To view a Google map link of West Kirby Marina GO HERE
To view the competitor information pack GO HERE
To view the wave start times GO HERE