Thank you for entering The Warburtons Kids Fun Triathlon, there are already over 200 children taking part in this fun charity event.
Please note dogs are not allowed on the school field where the bike course, run course and finish line are located.
Please take time to read all the information on this sheet, it will make the race far more enjoyable and reduce the need to ask many questions on the day.
Vic Bickerton, Event Director.
DIRECTIONS (for satnav RG9 1PS)
From the M40 north or south use Junction 6, (if you take Junction 4 through Henley town centre, you may encounter delays) follow signs for Watlington on the A4009, at Watlington follow the B480 that changes to the B481 to Nettlebed. Stay on the A481 heading toward Highmoor Cross, Rotherfield Peppard and Sonning Common. At Rotherfield Peppard turn left following the “Triathlon Parking” signs onto Dog Lane heading toward Henley. From this point follow signs for “Triathlon Parking”.
From the M4 head into Reading centre and take the B481 heading to Sonning Common. Immediately after Sonning Common you will come to Rotherfield Peppard where you turn right heading for Henley following the “Triathlon Parking” signs.
There is strictly no parking at the school itself. Follow the signs for "Triathlon Parking". There is a voluntary donation of £3 for all day parking that will be donated to local charities. It is a 15 minute walk from the car park to registration and will be signposted. You must not park on the main road or any residential streets. If you wish to park elsewhere, please continue straight on into Henley and park at one of the town's pay and display car parks.
We are keen to recruit extra helpers at the event, so if you know of anyone that would be interested in volunteering to marshal from 1pm till 3pm then please get in touch with Keith on 07887 780 553 or email@example.com. No experience is necessary and every volunteer receives a pair of designer Sundog sports sunglasses worth £45.00, food and drink for the duration and lots of thanks, as we rely so much on volunteers to make the event possible.
RACE DAY PHOTOGRAPHY
The official race photographers (www.theeventphotoghrapher.co.uk) will be positioned at the finish line. Approximately 15 minutes after finishing, photographs can be viewed on the screens at the rear of the finish line and purchased if wished.
Photography is not permitted at the swim section of the triathlon.
There is catering at the event serving hot & cold food & drink.
Toilets and showers are located inside the leisure centre.
THE RACE IN GENERAL
It is recommended that you arrive as early as possible to familiarise yourselves with the layout of the event. First go to registration which is in one of the white marquees located on the school field (open from 10am till 1:30pm) to register and collect the official T-shirt, race number, cycle and helmet number etc.
The race number must be worn on the front of the official T-shirt and clearly visable at all times. Please pin the number in all four corners with the safety pins provided. Elasticated number belts are permitted to save putting pins holes in the T-shirt. The number must be pinned in the top left and right hand corner, a picture of how to do it is on a banner at registration (number belts are available to purchase from the UK Triathlon Store next to registration or by mail order by clicking here). Attach the cycle and helmet stickers as directed on the sheet.
The Yellow numbered wristband is to be worn by the competitor and the Blue wrist band by the parent or guardian responsible for the child. It’s fine if you are responsible for several children, just wear all numbered bands corresponding to the children.
Register at least 60 minutes before your start time. Start times cannot be changed!
Once registered, go to Bike Transition 1 (directly outside the swimming pool exit). Place the bike on the racking and lay out everything required for the bike section of the triathlon i.e. cycle helmet, shoes, Warburtons Kids Fun Triathlon T shirt (with number attached or elasticated number belt with number attached). You can also lay out items like a towel (to quickly dry off), sunglasses, shorts and perhaps a drinks bottle.
When leaving equipment in the transition area, please note we cannot be responsible for any items that may get lost or stolen, although we are allocating security staff to specifically watch the transition area.
When you have finished Bike Transition 1 preparation, make your way to the changing rooms back via the leisure centre reception and from there through to poolside at least 10 minutes before start time. Parents and supporters are permitted to come through to the pool from the changing area and there is a dedicated spectator area.
7-8 years, 25 metres = 1 length
9-12 years, 50 metres = 2 lengths
13-16 years, 100 metres = 4 lengths
Relay triathlon, 100 metres = 4 lengths
The pool is 25 metres long, tumble turns are not allowed. Competitors will be started at regular intervals from 1:00pm until 3:00pm.
The swim course is very straightforward and there will be a verbal briefing prior to each competitors start. A swim cap will be allocated poolside which must be worn. Competitors may use their own swim cap instead if preferred. Please take extra care on the poolside floor with wet feet, as it will be slippery!
You can purchase children and adult size Aqua-Sphere swimming goggles and swimming caps at the UK Triathlon Store either at the event or online by clicking here.
When the swim course is completed, you can escort your child into Bike Transition 1 and assist them if you wish in putting on their Official Race T-shirt, helmet, shoes etc. Please take swimming goggles, towel etc. with you at that point so you don’t have to go back for them later.
7-8 years, 1 kilometre = 1 lap
9-12 years, 2 kilometres = 2 laps
13-16 years, 3 kilometres = 3 laps
Relay triathlon, 3 kilometres = 3 laps
Make sure your child walks or runs to the bike mount line as there is strictly no cycling in the Bike Transition areas. The helmet must be fastened before taking the bike off the rack.
The cycle course is flat and on grass with the exception of the first 200 metres which is tarmac. The entire cycle course is within the grounds of the leisure centre and school and is completely post and taped. Extra care must be taken at all turnaround points.
It is yours or your child’s responsibility to count the correct amount of laps on the bike. Parents/guardians may help them do this.
The bike must be dismounted at the end of the course, a marshal will instruct this.
Competitors will not be allowed to take part without a cycle helmet.
You can purchase children’s size helmets at the UK Triathlon Store online by clicking here.
7-8 years, 500 metres = 1 lap
9-12 years, 1 kilometres = 2 laps
13-16 years, 1.5 kilometres = 3 laps
Relay triathlon, 1.5 kilometres = 3 laps
When you finish the bike course, at the dismount line, the bike and helmet will be taken by a marshal and put onto the bike racking in Bike Transition 2. The bike and helmet can be collected after the race by providing a matching race number to the cycle and helmet stickers. The run is flat and completely post and taped on the school field.
It is yours or your child’s responsibility to count the correct amount of laps on the run. Parents/guardians may help them do this.
You can purchase Xtenex elasticated laces for a faster and hassle free way of getting shoes on after the swim for the cycle leg or for the run leg at the UK Triathlon Store either at the event or online by clicking here.
There is a drinks station on each lap of the run that will be serving Gatorade isotonic sports drink and water. When the required number of laps have been achieved, your child must filter on to the finish alley and continue through to the finish line. In the enclosure, finishers will be awarded their medal on the stage.
Each member of the relay team completes one of the disciplines in the triathlon. At registration a wristband is supplied that is relayed to the finish line. After completing the swim, the swimmer then passes the wristband to the cyclist inside Bike Transition 1 next to where the cycle is racked. The cyclist completes the cycle course and passes the band over to the runner in Bike Transition 2. The runner completes the run and hands in the band at the finish line.
This event is intended for all abilities to complete the challenge of the Triathlon and therefore isn’t timed and doesn’t publish results. We believe this is important to encourage all children to have a go without the pressure of coming last, or not doing as well as other children. Every child will be a winner of the Warburtons UK Kids Fun Triathlon. If you wish to individually time your child then of course you’re welcome to do so. We will also take an overall time for each competitor. You may go to the timing trailer at the finish line and request a copy of that time.
You may assist your child in Bike Transition 1. Please follow any instruction that an official may give you.
Make sure your child(ren) are well hydrated before the event (drink plenty of water).
If it is a sunny day apply sunscreen to protect against sunburn.
Check that the bike brakes, gears etc. are working correctly.
If your child is suffering from any kind of bad chest, cold, sore throat or ear infection we strongly advise they not take part.
If you have any health concerns about your child’s fitness or ability to take part in this triathlon you must seek advice from your local GP.
Many thanks to all that have made this event possible especially all at Gillotts School & Henley Leisure Centre. To our sponsors Warburtons, Go Green, Sundog, Gatorade, ASICS and Aqua Sphere. Also, thanks to The UK Triathlon Race Crew, all volunteer marshals and of course everyone that has helped in any way.