The Nairn Triathlon will take place on Saturday 29th September, 2012 at Nairn Leisure. With beautiful surroundings in the Nairnshire countryside and views over the Moray Firth to greet you at the finish line however you choose to race we hope it will be an enjoyable event for all.
What’s your challenge?
There are two distances for you to choose from, Novice and Sprint.
Just trying triathlon for the first time? Then the Novice race is perfect. The race will start with 16 lengths of the 25m pool, take you out on a ride of just over 11km, following country roads west of the town then a flat 3 km run along the beach front. Aimed at beginners to multi-sport, the gentle course and short distances can be taken at your own pace, breast-stroke and walking is allowed! As this race is about participation and individual challenges there will be random prizes for finishers!
Wanting to push yourself that extra mile? The “Sprint” distance is sure to challenge your competitive side. A 750m pool swim, 23km ride and 5km run across a flat course should have you clocking good times. There will be prizes for fastest times in each age-group.
Enter online now at EntryCentral:
Please familiarise yourself with the following details (I might check during briefing…) and if you have any questions just get back to me – baring in mind that I will be pretty busy over the next 24 hours but I will try to respond!
Arrival, Registration and Transition Set-up
Parking at Nairn Leisure is strictly for marshals and official cars only, parking for competitors is available at the putting green and links car parks and limited parking on Glebe Road and Viewfield Street. It is very important that you keep the bike route clear, including near the junctions on Glebe Street and Viewfield Street. Please see map below for more details.
Registration and transition open from 8.45am. Registration will close at 9.45am when the compulsory competitor briefing will take place. Please ensure you allow yourself enough time to get from the parking areas to registration. Transition will remain open intermittently throughout the day – you must follow the instructions of marshals to prevent obstruction to racing competitors.
At registration you will receive a timing chip – to be worn on your left ankle and a race number. The race number must be visible from behind on your bike therefore a race belt is recommended but if you don’t have one please pin your number low on your back. Once registered you can set-up your transition area. This year transition will be on the grass on the opposite side of the road from the pool.
As you will see from the attached wave allocation you have been arranged into lanes based on your submitted swim times. Each swimmer is set off at 5 second intervals wearing a different coloured cap. We will have lap counters however you should count your own laps too (although I know how difficult this is from my own experience!). Lap counters will tap you on the head when you have 2 laps left.
When you complete the swim, please leave the cap at the side of the pool and then exit carefully (at a walk!) through the changing rooms and out the fire exit to transition. Please note that if you are waiting for you heat that you need to be out of the way to allow racing competitors through.
Once in transition you will get into your cycle/run clothing (no nudity – there will be lots of spectators around!) - most importantly your helmet must be fastened before unracking your bike. Once on your bike it must be pushed out of transition until you have crossed the mount line. Take care at the first junction as you are turning right across incoming cyclists. The bike route is available to view here: http://runkeeper.com/user/spottiebananna/route/698195
. For Novice competitors you complete on lap of the route (12km). For Sprint competitors you complete 3 laps of the far end of the course (22.5km) – as you turn left onto your next lap the lap counter will take a note of your number. Please ensure it is visible and be prepared to shout it out!
There are traffic lights on the route – at all times you must observe the Highway Code and as such red lights mean STOP – enjoy the rest and be patient! If you go through a red light you are not only risking your life, endangering others and jeopardising the future running of the event you will also be disqualified and pulled off the course. There are also new traffic calming measures under the railway bridge on Cawdor Road. On the way out of Nairn please take care and be aware that on coming traffic may not be following the Highway Code! On the way back to Nairn you may use the narrow gap at the side of the second island if you wish but take care when rejoining the traffic.
When you return to Nairn Leisure dismount before the dismount line then push your bike back into transition, ensuring your helmet remains fastened until you rack your bike.
Those of you who completed the Sprint last year will notice that you did more than 5km last year, so no excuses if you don’t beat last year’s time!
The finish line will be next to transition where you will get a goodie bag. You can then enjoy a feast of homebaking – you’ll have earned it.
Prize giving will take place as soon as the last competitor finished gets their breath back and we have time to collate the results.
Timings for the Day (approx – please do not be late but be patient too!)
Registration 8.45 – 9.45am
Heat 1 Warm-up 10.05am
Heat 1 Start 10.15am
Heat 2 Warm-up 10.35am
Heat 2 Start 10.45 am
Heat 3 Warm-up 11.00am
Heat 3 Start 11.10am
Heat 4 Warm-up 11.25am
Heat 4 Start 11.40am
Heat 5 Warm-up 12.25pm
Heat 5 Start 12.40pm
Heat 6 Warm-up 1.10pm
Heat 6 Start 1.25pm
Last finisher around 3.00pm
Prize-giving should be no later that 3.30pm
See you all on Saturday!