How do age categories work and what is the minimum age to compete?
Your age group is calculated from your age on 31st December in the year of the competition. If for example you are 39 but turn 40 on 30th December you will compete as a Vet 40 for the whole of that year.
Minimum ages vary according to the event. However for our Pool-based triathlon, the Torbay Triathlon the minimum age is 8 by 31st Dec in the year of competition. (under British Triathlon rules)
Where can I find the Race Manuals for your events?
We’ll be adding a race manual for each race approx 2 weeks before they take place. This will contain all the relevant information about the event you’ve entered and will be on this page sportivaevents.co.uk/downloads/
What special kit do I need?
The special kit you need is minimal. There really is no need to buy expensive equipment before your first duathlon or triathlon
For Duathlons you need
- A road worthy bike
- A helmet
- A pair of trainers to run and cycle in
- A waterproof jacket and some gloves in case the weather is bad
For our pool based triathlons you need
- The equipment listed above for a duathlon
- A swimming costume
- Swimming goggles (not essential but most people use them)
For our Open Water Triathlons
- You will probably need a wetsuit for the South Hams Triathlon. They will probably be optional for the Geopark Triathlon. Under British Triathlon rules are compulsory if the water is below 14C. However they can be hired if you’re trying an open water triathlon for the first time
Are you events British Triathlon affiliated & do I need a day license?
All our triathlons are British Triathon affiliated and listed on britishtriathlon.org/. If you do not have annual membership you will need to buy a day license to take part (£4 in advance, £5 on the day or £1 if you are aged under 20 on 31st December of the year of competition. To keep entry costs down and encourage beginners our Duathlons are not BTF affiliated which means you do not need to purchase a day license to take part?
Can I wear my mp3 / iPod?
For your safety, music players and headphones may not be worn.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at all during the summer at Blackpool Sands. Dogs on leads are permitted at Dartington Hall. Dogs are not allowed to run with competitors.
Can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?
Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds or deferrals as we incur costs as soon as we start organising the race. We will only offer deferrals to people who volunteer to marshall at one of our races. However we do offer free name changes if you are able to find someone to take your place. If you wish to do this you must notify us at least 7 days before the race.
I can’t run this year; can I transfer my registration to someone else?
Transfers will be considered on a case by case basis. You must request a transfer by e-mail to the race directors at least 7 days before race day. No exceptions. The new participant must complete our disclaimer, that comes with the registration form, or when they enter online.
Can I alter my registration between races on the same day (eg switch from the Sprint to the Supersprint triathlon)
Yes you can be transferred if space is available. There is no partial refund if you are transferring to a shorter race. You will need to pay the difference if you are transferring to a longer race.
Are there age group prizes?
We have some great prizes provided by our sponsors. The organisers reserve the right to reduce or exclude prizes if there are insufficient entries in a particular category There is a one prize per person rule so if the first overall finisher is a vet he/she will only receive the overall prize and the 1st vet prize will go to the first eligible vet. We will publish a list of prizes before the start of each race.
Is there a registration limit?
There is a limit set for each race based on parking capacity and the nature of the routes.
Will the race be timed?
Yes, with the exception of the Donut Duathlon all our races are professionally chip-timed and results are available on the day. The Donut Duathlon, because of its smaller field size is being timed by Maddie & Jay Horton of Fully Sussed who regularly time the Stinger Duathlon they organise.
What happens if the weather is bad on the day?
Organisers reserve the right to change, shorten or even cancel the races in the event of extreme bad weather. However we will do all we can to go ahead and so far we have never cancelled a triathlon or duathlon (despite some challenging conditions)
When can I collect my number on the day and where from?
Make sure you collect your number and timing from registration, no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of your race.
Where can I park?
You will be sent clear instructions on how to get to the races and where to park in the Race Manual emailed and published on our website at least two weeks before before the events
Do I need a wetsuit for your sea triathlons?
Our sea swims for the South Hams Triathlon and Geopark Triathlon are under British Triathlon rules. Wetsuits will be compulsory if the temperature is below 14C. If the water temperature is below 11.9C we will shorten the swim(s) to 500 metres. If the temperature is below 11C the swim will be cancelled. In practice at Blackpool Sands wetsuits will normally be compulsory. At the Geopark Triathlon in July they are likely to be optional.
Can beginners take part?
Where ever possible we try to off a GO TRI Beginners race alongside the races for more experienced competitors. For example we have a GO TRI triathlon as part of the Torbay Triathlon on 17th September.