Southend Triathlon runners 2020

FAQs

The first wave of swimmers will enter the water at 8:30am. If you are in the first wave, we advise arriving by 8am to give yourself plenty of time before the race starts.

Yes, the race will be chip-timed. You will have a waterproof chip strapped to your ankle which will time the whole event.

We have applied for an official Permit from British Triathlon and are currently awaiting approval.

Yes, this event is suitable to participants of all abilities. The routes are almost completely flat which makes it ideal for both first-timers and experienced triathletes.

We are not accepting any sign ups on the day. Our online bookings close on 10th July (or earlier depending on when the event sells out!)

You will have the opportunity to pick up your race pack at an allocated time the day before the event (Saturday 18th July) or on the morning of the event. If possible we recommend picking up your race pack the day before to avoid queues on the day.

This year we are only accepting individual entries however team entries are something we may consider for 2021.

Yes there is ample parking onsite and also in the car park opposite the Event hub. Please note that parking charges will apply.

We recommend arriving at least half an hour prior to your wave start time.

We strongly recommend that you wear a wetsuit, however there are different rules based on the water temperature. Please note that it is mandatory to wear a wetsuit if the water is below 14°C and it is forbidden to wear a wetsuit if the water temperature is above 22°C. The Race Official will measure the water temperature in the morning of the event and all participants will be informed of the temperature during the safety briefing. We will also monitor the sea temperature leading up to the event and will post updates on our Facebook page.

No, it is not compulsory to fundraise for this event. However, all additional sponsorship is greatly appreciated as your entry fees only help to cover the cost of the event. Any extra fundraising would help us to continue ‘Making every day count’ for the patients and their families that we care for.

No, there is no deadline to complete the race.

Yes, we will have a safety crew in the water and spotters on the shore to ensure the safety of our participants during the swimming element. The bike route and run route will also be heavily signposted with plenty of friendly and supportive marshals to keep you safe and cheer you on.

  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin will be open for drinks/snacks
  • The Bagelry
  • Plenty of toilets available in the toilet block
  • Tri N Swim Well for wetsuit hire
  • Water station in the transition area

Yes, all finishers will receive a well-deserved medal. 

Yes, all swimmers will enter the water a few minutes before their wave sets off to allow some time to adjust to the sea temperature.

You will be emailed details of your allocated wave time prior to the event. All important event information will be sent via email so please ensure to read all communications carefully before you arrive.

No, there is strictly no swapping waves allowed on the day for safety reasons. If you have a specific wave you would like to be in or if you would like to be put with a friend, please let us know by the end of June to ensure we can accommodate this. Any requests after this date will not be accepted.

The waves will be allocated by age categories. If you would like to be in a specific wave or swim with a friend, please ensure you let us know before the end of June. There will be no swapping of waves allowed after this date.

Unfortunately if you arrive too late to enter the water with your allocated wave, you will not be allowed to take part in the race. For this reason please make sure you arrive in plenty of time before your wave starts to ensure you are completely ready.

Yes! If you are an affiliated Triathlete, please ensure you bring your membership card as proof of ID. If you fail to show this when you collect your race pack you will be subject to an additional £5 charge for insurance purposes.

No, if you have already collected your race pack you do not need to sign in on the day. If you are picking up your pack on the day then yes you will need to come to the Registration area to collect your timing chip/race number.

There are a couple of traffic lights on the race route. Please note that when taking part in the triathlon you MUST follow the rules of the road and stop at red lights, and give way at junctions and roundabouts. If you do stop at a red light, a marshal will take note of your race number and the stoppage time will be deducted from your chip timing result.

The results will be published as soon as possible after the event has finished. Please allow us some time as there will need to be some manual amends for stopping at traffic lights etc.

Yes, trophies will be awarded to the First Male, First Female, and First Triathlete under 18.

Yes, please click here to check out the routes.

Pre event bookings will close on Friday 10th July, or possibly earlier if the event sells out. The event is capped at 450 participants so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

If you find yourself struggling or feeling unwell during the swim, please float on your back and put your arms in the air so you are easily visible to one of our spotters or a member of our safety crew who will be able to assist you.

If you are unfortunate enough to get a puncture whilst taking part in the event, you are responsible for repairing this. However, if you are unable to do this then we do have a support crew who will be able to pick you up (with your bike) and take you back to the Event Hub.

Yes, Tri N Swim Well will be in the Event Hub providing wetsuit hire – and the proceeds will be donated to Havens! However if you would rather purchase a wetsuit instead of hiring one, they will also be selling wetsuits, goggles and swim accessories.

There are no water stations on the route so we strongly recommend that you take a bottle of water with you especially on the bike route. There will be water available at the Event Hub and you will be able to fill up your bottle in the Transition area. If you forget your bottle, we will have limited bottled water available at the finish.

Yes, we will have a manned baggage tent where you can leave your belongings. The only items that you can leave in the transition area are your race essentials e.g. cycle helmet, cycle/run shoes, wetsuit, change of attire for the race only. Any other personal items will not be allowed in the transition area so you can leave this in the baggage tent, locked in your car or with a trusted friend or family member.