Frequently asked questions

Burrator 10K

How do we get our race numbers & timing chips?

They will be posted out approximately 7 days before the race for the Burrator 10K. For other races we organise they are normally collected on the morning.

Will this race count for points on RunBritain?

Yes it will

Is there a medal for all finishers?

Yes there is a medal for all finishers & special podium medals for the Top 3 men & women & for other catgories depending on numbers.

Is the course exactly 10K

Yes the course has been accurately measured and certified by England Athletics.

What’s the minimum age for the Burrator 10K, 5K & childrens race?

Under England Athletics (Runbritain) rules the minimum age is 15 for road 10Ks (and 16 for trail races). Age is on the date of the race.

For the 5K the minimum age is 12 on the day of the race.

There is a 1K for children under 8 (and children as young as 3 are welcome accompanied by a parent) and a 2K for children aged 8 – 12.

COVID 19

Are your 2021 events going ahead with the Covid Crisis?

We plan to run a full programme of events in 2021. The government does seem committed to keeping grass roots sport wherever possible.

We anticipate that all 2021 events are likely to need to incorporate social distancing,  time trial starts and restrictions on numbers so are planning our events around those requirements.

Devon Grit FAQ

Are the Devon Grit routes fully marked out?

We thought long & hard about this & in the end decided not to. Please  Read our Article which explains why, in more detail, & also explains how to use the GPX files. The final GPX files for all routes will be released the Tuesday before event day.
However, based on earlier feedback, we will be putting out some arrows particularly on the first section of the routes.

events management

Do you offer Event Management Services such as timing?

We now offer RFID & NFC based Chip Timing to other race organisers. See Crunch Timing We also have a range of event kit available for hire. We’re happy to discuss your other event management requirements. Just get in touch via our Contact Form.

General FAQs

My kid(s) want to try triathlon. How do they get started?

What Triathlon is all about?  Click here for our Guide to Junior Triathlons

Or to find a local junior triathlon club use the Club Find on the British Triathlon website – www.britishtriathlon.org/clubs

If you can’t find a local triathlon club with a junior section the next best thing is to get your child involved with the local swimming club, running club or cycling club. For example Mid Devon Cycling Club offers excellent junior bike coaching at Torbay Velopark for children aged 7 and above.

Can I buy a Sportiva Events T-shirt, hoodie or race belt?

We now have a shop selling our clothing, gift vouchers etc  sportivaevents.co.uk/shop

What is the sizing for the tshirts & hoodies?

Please see our tshirt sizing chart below.

Titan Sports Customer Size Chart

Can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?

Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds except to people who volunteer to help marshal at one of our events. However we now offer free name changes with our new booking software Eventrac. Just scroll to the bottom of your email receipt and click the link which says  ‘online receipt’. You will then see options to transfer your entry.

We are also happy to transfer your entry to a different event for a charge of £8 provided you contact us a minimum of 7 days before the date of the event.

Can I alter my registration between races on the same day (eg switch from the Sprint to the Supersprint triathlon)

Yes you can. If you are transferring to a more expensive option (eg moving from GO TRI to Sprint you will need to pay the difference. There is no partial refund if you are transferring to a shorter race.  Just scroll to the bottom of your email receipt from Eventrac and click the link which says  ‘online receipt’. You will then see options to transfer your entry.

We are also happy to transfer your entry to a different event for a charge of £8 provided you contact us a minimum of 7 days before the date of the event.

How do age categories work and what is the minimum age to compete?

For triathlons & duathlons your age group or your child’s 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. Similarly if your child is 7 but turns 8 in December they are eligible to enter any Tristar Start event.

For events on open roads the minimum age is 15 or 17 for the longer Standard/Olympic distance events. However for our Pool-based triathlons the minimum age is 8 by 31st Dec in the year of competition or 5 for the Torbay Triathlons. And at our Donut Duathlon we have a mini duathlon with a bike or scoot followed by a run for children aged 3-7.

Just to confuse matters England Athletics (under whose rules we run most of our running events) use age on the day of the race instead of age at the end of the year.

Here is a summary of all the junior age groups (all ages are on 31st Dec of year of competition). Distances increase as children progress through TriStar. On our registration form just choose Tristar or Novice & you’ll be automatically allocated to the correct category. The Novice events are aimed at children who are less  confident swimmers or trying triathlon for the first time.

Mini Duathlon ages 3-7 (only at our Donut Duathlon
Mini Tri age 5, 6 & 7 (only at our Tavistock & Torbay Triathlons)
Tristar Start aged 8 (includes 8 year old novices)
Tristar 1 – aged 9-10
Tristar 2 – aged 11-12
Tristar 3 – aged 13-14
Youth – aged 15-16
Junior – aged 17-19
Novice 1 – aged 9-10 (same distances as Tristar Start)
Novice 2 – aged 11-14 (same distances as Tristar 2)

How do I join your mailing list?

Just CLICK HERE if you’d just like to join our mailing list. We won’t pass your name or email address on to anyone else!

Do you have season tickets?

We don’t offer season tickets but do offer discounts of up to 25 percent if you book two or more events at the same time.

Do you give money to charity?

We are not a charity but do plan to partner with local charities on our events. We’ve just announced our first partnership with Exeter Deaf Academy and the Exmouth Triathlon. We are offering free fund raising places and also making a donation for every volunteer the Exeter Deaf Academy provides. Click here to find out more.

Are your events British Triathlon affiliated & do I need a day membership?

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 membership to take part (£6 or £1 if you are aged under 20 on 31st December of the year of competition. The exception is our GO TRI /Beginners events which do not require a day membership. To keep entry costs down our Donut Duathlon is not British Triathlon affiliated which means you do not need to purchase a day license to take part. However it is run under British Triathlon rules.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs on leads are permitted at all our events except for the Dartmouth Triathlon at Blackpool Sands. Blackpool Sands does not allow any dogs during the summer season.

Do the events have cut-off times?

We try and avoid cut-off times to make our events as inclusive as possible. However we do recommend you choose the shorter race option if your estimated times exceed the following

Devon Duathlon (10K, 40K, 5K)

If you expect to take over 3 1/2 hours we recommend you choose the sprint option

English Riviera Triathlon

If you expect to take over 4 hours 50 minutes we recommend you choose the sprint option.

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?

All our races are professionally chip-timed with RFID chips and offer splits for each component of the race and for T1 and T2. Results are available on the day.

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)

Are there age group prizes?

As a minimum we have prizes for both men and women for Top 3 overall, Top 3 Vet 40 & Top 3 Vet 50 and 1st Vet 60 in the main race. We also have special medals for all Tristar and GoTri categories. Depending on entry numbers we will also have awards for Juniors, Vet 60 podium and for Top 3 Seniors.

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 aim to publish a list of prizes before the start of each race.

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 which you’ll find on the event pages for each event.

Do I need a wetsuit for your sea triathlons, swims & swim runs?

Our sea swims for the Dartmouth Triathlon and English Riviera 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 English Riviera Triathlon in July they are likely to be optional. For our English Riviera Sea Swim we also apply British Triathlon rules. It is the same day as the English Riviera Triathlon so wetsuits are likely to be optional. Wetsuits are also likely to be optional at the Dawlish Triathlon in September.

Can I wear my mp3 / iPod?

For your safety, music players and headphones may not be worn.

Where can I find race results?

We normally post them first on our Facebook page but you can also find results from all our past races on our Results Page.

Can beginners take part?

Where ever possible we try to off a GO TRI Beginners race alongside the races for more experienced competitors. We now have a Beginner Triathlon Page that lists all our GO TRI events or other events that are suitable for beginners – sportivaevents.co.uk/beginners-triathlon/

And don’t forget for our pool based events you can swim any stroke and stop every length if you wish. You definitely don’t need to be superfit to take part! See our 10 Tips for First Time Triathletes

We’re based in Devon so not all our GO TRI events are flat. So here are our GO TRI & beginner-friendly races with ratings based on difficulty

Donut Duathlon – Very Easy: flat, fast & traffic free

Torbay Triathlon Spring –  Very Easy: flat, fast & traffic free

Exmouth Triathlon – Easy: moderate climb on the bike leg but run is flat

Dartmouth Triathlon (formerly the South Hams Triathlon) – Hard: the 20K bike is hilly although the run is quite flat

Geopark Triathlon – Easy: gentle climb on short bike and a couple of tough little hills on the run

Torbay Triathlon Autumn – Very Easy: flat, fast & traffic free

Dawlish Triathlon – Easy: sea swim and then a pretty flat bike & run.

Dartington Duathlon – Fairly hard: two climbs on the bike & a hilly run

I haven’t received an email confirmation or anything in the post?

We do not normally send out any information in the post (with the exception of the Burrator 10K. Occasionally emails do not get through so please email or Whatsapp us & we’ll resend the email confirmation. Race packs with numbers etc are collected on the morning of the race (and usually available the afternoon before). We publish Start Lists the week before the event (usually on the Tuesday). Race Manuals are sent out at around the same time. You can also view the Race Manuals by scrolling down the individual event pages. Here’s the full list

Results

Where can I find race results?

We normally post them first on our Facebook page but you can also find results from all our past races on our Results Page.