A big welcome from the organisers, marshals and officials of the Nidderdale Sprint Triathlon. We hope you will have a safe and enjoyable race.
Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre
Low Wath Road
Tel: 01423 711442
Parking is at the Riverside Car Park, Low Wath Road. The cost is £2.00 for the day. From here it is a 300m walk to the Centre. Return to the road, cross over and turn right on the pavement to the Centre and Registration.
Registration is open from 10:00. Please register at least an hour before your start time. Start times will be available on the Nidderdale Triathlon website.
Registration will be located in the Leisure Centre.
BTF members must present their current membership licence. Failure to do so will mean paying £5 for BTF day licence before receiving your race pack.
If you paid the higher entry fee, you have already paid for a day licence but will need to show some form of identity. A debit card will suffice.
At registration you will receive a bag containing:-
Please check all these items are in your pack. Safety pins will be available.
This race will be held under British Triathlon Federation rules so make yourself fully conversant with these. You can view the rules HERE.
Littering will not be permitted at the Nidderdale Sprint Triathlon. Competitors who have been witnessed littering will incure a penalty.
The safety briefing is a written document available on the official Nidderdale Triathlon website. Copies will also be available at Registration along with the rules relating to drafting on the bike leg. Please make sure you read both carefully. You will be required to sign that you have read and understood them. If you have any questions or require any more assistance, please ask at the Registration Desk.
On occasion the weather can be particularly unfavourable; something we have no control over. Nidderdale Sprint Triathlon reserve the right to amend the event to a more suitable format should weather conditions prove to be unsafe. In the most extreme cases we may have to cancel the event. In the event of the triathlon having to be cancelled we will not be able to issue refunds. This decision would not be taken lightly and would be a last resort.
Throughout the day hot and cold drinks and a variety of food will be available for purchase from the School Hall, next door to the Leisure Centre.
There is a small spectator viewing area in the pool building. Spectators are most welcome, you will be able to see a lot of the race, but please follow these basic rules to ensure the safety of yourself, officials and all competitors.
Attach your numbered stickers to your bike and helmet, then take your bike and race kit to the Transition Area near the Finish. Place your bike in the correctly numbered slot on the bike racking. Place your bike helmet, shoes and any clothing you will use for the Bike or Run sections alongside your bike. Anything else must be removed to the edge of the transition area. Keep all your race equipment within the confines of your own bike space. You should be able to view your number on the racking from where you place your race equipment. Your Race Numbers should be attached so that your number is visible on your back while cycling and on your front while running. Number belts are permitted.
Only competitors and race officials will be allowed into the transition area. Under no circumstance will spectators be allowed to enter this area. This is for everybody’s safety and security.
When checking your bike into the transition area before your race, you will be asked to show both your race numbers and bike and helmet stickers (attached to your bike / helmet). After your race you will be asked once more to show your race number. This must match your bike and helmet stickers number.
Any bags, non-race kit or valuable items can be left in the lockers in the changing village. A returnable £1 coin will be needed.
Please arrive on poolside at least 10 minutes before your start time complete with coloured swim hat and timing chip on your ankle. Your details will be checked on poolside. Competitors will start at one minute or 30 second intervals based on your estimated swim time. Enter the pool when told to do so and start when told. No jumping in. Expect there to be up to four swimmers in your lane. The other swimmers should be of a similar standard. If you catch someone up tap their feet to let them know you are there. If your feet get tapped please allow them to pass at the end of that length. Swim in the direction explained by the Swim Lap Counter. The Swim is 400m or 20 lengths. You are responsible for counting your own lengths. However the lap counter will try and signal when you have two lengths remaining
When you finish your swim, climb out and walk to the exit at the end of the pool.
The run to Transition is about 200m so you can leave a pair of shoes inside the sports hall which you pass through straight out of the pool (for the safety of all competitors, please do not leave any shoes or clothing on pool side or outside the pool exit door).
If you need to leave glasses these can be left on the bench behind your counter. Follow the signed and carpeted route to the Transition Area.
Go to your bike and put on any additional clothes you want to wear. Fit and fasten your bike helmet BEFORE you touch your bike. Remember your Race Number must be visible from the back.
Follow the signs marked BIKE OUT. Run along the front of the school building and on to the drive. Cross the MOUNT LINE, defined by the speed bump on the road, and then get on your bike.
You must wear an approved Bike Helmet during the cycle section. Follow the large yellow Cycle Route signs. The Cycle course is 20km, marshalled and fully signed.
It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the bike course. Please take great care while cycling as you are sharing open roads with other traffic. Nidderdale is a rural area and large pieces of farming machinery filling the road is a very real possibility. You must comply with the Highway Code and follow the normal rules of the road at all times. You do not have any special priority and must give way as normal at road junctions. Race Marshals do not have the authority to stop traffic and are only there to give you directions.
You are responsible for your own safety. In particular:
Enter the Transition Area following the TRANSITION IN signs. Return your bike back to your place on the racking and re-rack your bike BEFORE removing your helmet. Make sure your Run Number is visible from the front during the run before heading out onto the final leg.
The Run is 5km comprising an outward leg, 2 laps and a return leg. Expect pedestrians, dog walkers and other competitors on the route. Please be kind and considerate to them. There will usually be a grass verge you can run on.
The Run route is well marked with large, yellow direction arrows marked RUN and there are marshals at turn points and crossings to direct you. Follow the signs. Keep to the footpaths and do not run on the road. You will run on tarmac, hardcore and grass surfaces; some of which are very uneven so keep your eyes open. After leaving Transition at RUN OUT follow the path to Low Wath Road. Keep left along the path for approximately 200m where a Marshall will direct you across the road. Give way to any traffic. A narrow hardcore path leads to Millennium Bridge. Turn left here to start Lap 1. Keep left on the path to the turn point and double back to the bridge. Now cross the Millennium Bridge and collect your first band, follow the path to the right and pass the drinks station. Continue on the pavement to your right past the houses. Keeping right cross Pateley Bridge bridge. Turn right into the recreation ground and follow the path back to the Millennium Bridge. Here you will begin your second lap. As you cross the Millennium bridge for the second time you will be issued with another band to prove you are on your second lap. As you approach the Millennium Bridge from the recreation ground at the end of your second lap you will be directed left towards Low Wath Road and up to the finishing line on the grass next to transition.
Once you cross the line, you will enter a small finish compound. Here you will find a supply of water. Before you leave the compound please remove your Timing Chip and place in the collection bin close to the exit. Timing Chips not returned will incur a £10 replacement charge.
Results will be displayed on the Nidderdale Triathlon Website.
The prize giving will be at the finish line once the last competitor is back. Prizes will be given to the 1st 2nd and 3rd Female and Male, 1st Female and 1st Male Vet (40+) along with one for 1st Female and 1st Male local competitors.
RayNet for providing race communications on the bike leg. NYPTri for signs, fencing, cones, marshals bibs, help on the risk assessments and lots of little things. Up and Running in Harrogate for the race bags. Last but not least all our amazing volunteer without whom the Sprint Triathlon would not be possible.