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Walden Sprint Triathlon
1st of May - 400M Swim, 23KM Cycle, 5KM Run
The event is based at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden and is a pool based swim with competitors setting off in waves 5 minutes apart, followed by a 23 km undulating bike ride on predominantly minor roads. The 5k Run is then offroad on a mix of farm and park land.
It's a perfect race for first-timers, as it's a well organised and very friendly event. The swim is in a 25m pool; the bike section is on quiet roads in the lovely Essex countryside; and the run is off-road on fields and farm tracks. Easily achievable distances for first-timers of all ages and fitness levels. Set yourself an exciting personal challenge of taking part in your first triathlon.
New Bike Route
Following risk assessments we have changed the bike route to reduce the number of times that people go past the shops at Cromwell Road (Saffron Walden) as it can get rather busy. Participants will be doing a one loop course going out to Debden and then Thaxted, then turning left and coming back into Saffron Walden. It is 23k and the route can be viewed here.
A specific training plan is available for first-timers, it can be viewed/downloaded here.
The race is known for its enthusiastic marshals who encourage you around the route. Experience the amazing feeling of achievement of completing your first triathlon. If you only enjoy one of the three sports you can enter with two friends as a relay team; one person doing each leg of the race. The venue is excellent for friends and family to cheer you on in all parts of the race."
Prizes will be given for the Overall Winner and Runner-up, Male & Female and for the Age Group Winners, Male & Female and for the Overall Relay Winners. Results will be available on our website shortly after the event.
Entry costs - £36 (BTF Member) / £39 (non-BTF Member) / Relay £54
£10 discount available to Junior category competitors (Between the ages of 16 to 18) plus an Early Bird discount of £5 for entries before 17th January.
Withdrawal Policy - Refunds up to 1st April, minus £10 administration fee.
Race instructions will be available on the WaldenTRI website and separately emailed to all competitors.
2015 Walden Off Road Duathlon WD15
WaldenTRI are very pleased to be offering our exciting Off Road Duathlon again for 2015. WD15 (Walden Duathlon 2015) a run – bike - run for both Seniors and Juniors (TriStars 1,2,3 & Youths).
The event will based around the disused airfield, next to Carver Barracks in Wimbish (near Saffron Walden, Essex). The venue gives us a variety of terrains to incorporate. The run leg will be on both the tarmac of the main runway as well as some off road scrubland and grass. The bike leg includes an exciting variety of terrains and several interesting obstacles to make it a little more fun for both spectators and participants! The airfield provides ample parking as well as a pavilion with changing, toilets & shower facilities.
For the Seniors, the distances will be a 6.2k run, 18k off road bike & 3.2k run. Relay teams of 2 are available (i.e. one person running both legs and one person cycling). For the Juniors, the distances will be as per the prescribed BTF distances, however relay teams are not allowed. The Junior distances are as follows:
- TriStars 1 (age 9-10) 1.2k run, 2k mtb & 400m run
- TriStars 2 (age 11-12) 1.6k run, 4k mtb & 600m run
- TriStars 3 (age 13-14) 2k run, 6k mtb & 800m run
- Youths (age 15-16) 2k run, 6k mtb & 800m run
- Adult race £25 (BTF Members) or £30 (non BTF Members)
- Adult Relay (2 entrants) £35 (BTF Members) or £40 (non BTF Members)
- Junior race £15 (BTF Members) or £18 (non BTF Members)
Both senior and junior events require a mountain bike, or cyclocross. Road bikes are not allowed.
(Please Note - There will be a bike cut off time of 2 hrs 30 mins fo the senior race)