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Howgills Pool Triathlon August 12th 2017

Based in the little, picturesque town of Sedbergh, the triathlon is a 400m pool swim at Sedbergh School, followed by a 30.7k ‘out and back’ cycle ride, finishing with a 8.3k run which takes in the beautiful views from the top of Winder Fell. This triathlon is suitable for beginners through to elite athletes.


Sedbergh School

Station Rd


LA10 5HG

Website: http://www.sedberghschool.org/


Date & Time

Saturday 12th August 2017 at 9:30am

The Triathlon Schedule:

08:00 - Registration & Transition opens 

09:30 - Triathlon start (first wave)

12:30 - Registration closes

12:50 - Transition closes

13:30 - Last swim wave


The Course: 

Howgills Triathlon will consist of a 400m pool swim, a 30.7k road cycle and a 8.3k run.


The Swim

The swim will take place at Sedbergh School. Swimmers will start from 9:30am through to 1:30pm, based upon ability level. You will complete 16 lengths of a 25m pool. There will be 3 people in each lane at any given time. When you enter, your estimated swim time will be used to calculate your swim start time. Faster swimmers will start later in the morning and slower swimmers will start earlier. Buoyancy/neoprene shorts are not permitted in the pool swim.


You will be provided with a swim cap and there will be lane counting marshals. Due to the large number of competitors and the limited pool time, we have had to introduce a 15 minute cut off for completing the swim section. If you are still in the pool at 15 minutes you will be asked to stop swimming and continue on to the bike section. You will not be disqualified and you can continue the race however you will not be able to complete all 16 lengths. You will need to arrive on poolside 15 minutes before your start time to be present for the compulsory briefing.


The Bike

The bike route is 30.7k in length and is an undulating ‘out and back’ route.


The event is non-drafting and you must not ride 2 abreast on the road. 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 Run

The 8.3k run route is one of the most challenging in the North West. As you leave transition, you only need to look up to see the peak of Winder Fell. The course is out and back, initially on quiet lanes, turning to open fellside and then the climbing begins in earnest. You will be treated with a spectacular view as you reach and turn at the trig point, then it is all downhill as fast as your tired legs will allow.


Transition/Start area: 

The transition area is located in the courtyard of Sedbergh School, directly next to the swimming pool. You may leave an old pair of trainers at the exit from the pool but not obstructing the door. All other race equipment must be left within the transition area. Boxes are not allowed in Transition.


There is no cycling in the transition area at any time. To start, you will complete your swim, exit the pool via the rear fire door and run to transition to collect your bike. The path can be slippery when wet so please take care. 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 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. 


What do I need to enter the event?

  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. You must be medically fit and healthy. Epic Events advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
  4. You MUST be 16 years of age or over on the day of the event.


On the day:

You will need to register at least 1 hour before your start time where you will be given:
Timing Chip
Swimming Cap
Races Numbers
Bike Sticker
Event Headscarf
You need to attend the event briefing on poolside 15 minutes before your swim start.

The Finish:

The finish line is under the giant red inflatable gantry located by transition area on the Courtyard. Results will be posted on our website, on the same day.



You can park on the surrounding streets for free. There are also several pay and display car parks available to use within Sedbergh.


Strava Challenge

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 Monday following the event.


Event T-shirts

The Howgills Triathlon event t-shirt is an optional purchase and can be pre ordered with your race entry. The cost for the event t-shirt is £10.


How much to enter:

The cost to enter Howgills Triathlon is £40 for a solo entry and £50 for a relay entry (team of 3). 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. Entries will close either at 12 noon on 10th August or when the event fills up, whichever occurs first.


Included within your entry is: 

A bespoke Howgills Triathlon medal

A bespoke Howgills Triathlon headscarf

A bespoke Howgills Triathlon swim cap

Important links:
Click here to see your swim start time - NOT YET AVAILABLE
Route details: 
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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