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Our previous competitors love it and many come back year on year. Here's what they have to say!

Feedback from the 2019 Race

Great event! My first tri and I loved it. Shame I had to rush off (daughter's birthday party) - I will be back next year and will stay for the post event fun too! Massive THANKS to ALL of the organisers and marshalls!

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A brilliant event - really enjoyed my first triathlon, it was such a well organised, friendly event. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers and marshals x

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Fantastic event and very friendly! Thank you Mid Sussex Tri Club! 👍👊😘

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Absolutely loved this event - it was my first of this event, everything went so smoothly. The friendliest marshalls, I was smiling the whole way round, and love love our medals! Thank you guys for a fantastic race. I’m def coming back next year 

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It was great to participate this year instead of marshaling! And I got to see from the other side how lovely and supportive all the MSTC marshals are and the difference it makes when you're out their feeling exhausted!

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Hi there, just wanted to say really enjoyed today’s race. Fantastic support, marshals and organisation - went very smoothly and will look to come back next year!

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Fabulous event today, so well run and so well organised, such friendly marshalls. Thank you!

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My first MST today and I loved almost all of it....with the exception of a pesky horse which ended my race early. However, this bad luck (arguably poor horse riding) actually exposed me to the kindness and professionalism of a whole bunch of people. NHS legends aside, MSTC did themselves proud today and special thanks go out to Paul, Adam and the lovely lady who took the race pictures. Without you all a bad incident would have been a terrible one - you are an asset to the race. Also I must thank those riders who stopped, especially one gentleman who will have undoubtedly lost a chunk of time. I don’t know who you are...but thank you so much for getting me and bike to the lay-by. Finally, thank you to the first responders race medical team. Your prep work saved time when the ambulance arrived and you looked after me superbly. Oh...and that tank of gas and air was pretty damn fine too. So, broken collar bone and some road rash...it’s not great but I wear it as a badge of honour. Great race, and great people. Not so great horses obviously 😂 See you next year.

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You do a great job of this year-on-year. The race briefing, finish area on the field (complete with beer and cake), and prize-giving with quirky spot prizes are brilliant. 300 people singing Happy Birthday at 7am is quite a thing. You should be hiring out big Steve M for events. The new Race Director did a good job as well, needless to say. Big shout out to the marshals. Being supported by fellow triathletes on the course makes a big difference, particularly for the novices. Cow bells and tiny flags - genius. And being supported by a marshal dressed as a bear on the A272 - that's the stuff of legends.

Needless to say all our team had a great time at the event. They were impressed by the new medals, the beer and all the usual Mid-Sussex hospitality.

Minor niggles:

  • Chip timing. Doesn't bother me personally but I think people expect it nowadays. The instant gratification of being able to get a printed ticket with your time on at the finish is the main appeal I think.
  • New run route back in through the car park has a few pinch points with runners coming both ways having to give way at the zig-zag barrier. Might be worth coning off some of the parking spaces down the side of the leisure centre to provide a clearer route as well.
  • Rake the cut grass on the finish field for the runners - it was a pain to run through. No one really complained about running over the ditch - just the cut grass.

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I do not think there could have been a better event for this first-timer. Being familiar with the environment and the people, all I had to worry about was my race plan. It was great fun.

I did feel sorry for the marshals on the Jane Murray way. Even when they got out of their way to try to slow down / stop traffic, drivers didn’t seem particularly willing.  I wonder if the town (or district) would be willing to perhaps have a sign there (either way of the crossing) inviting drivers to give precedence to the race? I have seen this elsewhere.

Signage at the intersection of Baylis Cres and Saxby Rd (on the way back) was lacking, I thought. When I reached that intersection, I had no idea which way to go. I was lucky that I saw a competitor in the corner of my left eye as my gut instinct was to go right. I have seen on Strava that one competitor with a fast time did go right and had to backtrack.

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Hi MSTC, Well done for yet another cracking Triathlon. So well organised, thank you :)

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Thank you all for a wonderful race on Sunday. I had been longing to do your race for a couple of years but had been unable to. It was such a well organised race, from the registration on Saturday, made easy by so many helpers, to the race itself. All questions answered immediately, good directions (particularly the bear marshal at one turning on the bike!!) and fantastic atmosphere. There were a number of us from Freedom Tri Crowborough, and all had a great race. The only feedback a number of us wanted to say was that it was a shame that the older age grouper winners weren't acknowledged. Thank you again for a wonderful race.

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I just wanted to write and say thanks for taking the time to reply and to provide the advice. The event was fantastic and brilliantly well organised. A huge congratulations to you and the team; your hard work really paid off. I swam my best ever 400m time too (albeit that wasn’t a hard benchmark). I think I’ll be joining the Tri club when I’m back from holiday in a couple of weeks.

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Hiya!! Great day today, THaNKYOU!! When are the times being posted?!?!

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Feedback of race day...Blooming loved it! Marshals were awesome (the big bear needs a mention), everyone was friendly and supportive. There were no stupid questions or answers... tri members recognised you from familiarisation day and checked how you were enjoying it - fab!! See you next year. Thanks for the great bling!

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Thank you so much for a wonderful triathlon - well organised extremely friendly and supportive and also : well done for arranging the sunshine 😊

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COMMENTS REGARDING THE PRIZE GIVING TIMINGS BEING INCORRECT

The race was a great event and I throughly enjoyed it, the issue with the results didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment at all, but thanks for putting your hands up to it!

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First thanks yet again for a brilliantly setup race and weather! I think there maybe an issue with timing though so Steve said to send in my times. from my watch i should be very close to 1hr 8mins 30 secs. Hope its easy to sort out. number 430. Cheers

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Hi All, great race today but as I am sure you already know there was a timing issue. My total time was 1:09:09 but I know people who won prizes with 1:14 as there time. Not sure if there is anything you can do but was told to email to let you know. Also in terms of making the event better I think having numbered racking would allow transition to stay open like REP do at Aryndel Lido mean not so much hanging around at the start for the faster swimmers.

Chris

Mid Sussex Triathlon finisher, 2018

"A thoroughly well-organised and friendly event, which seemed to attract first-timers and experienced triathletes in equal measure.

"This was my first ever triathlon and I found it extremely welcoming from the very first step of hearing about, finding online, and entering, through the small amount of simple communications before the event, to the day itself. The event director and his team put in a visibly enormous amount of effort to make a well-run day that was great fun to be a part of. Each section was well run, loads of helpful, friendly, and encouraging marshals on hand with a smile and a supportive word. Good signposting around transition and out on the course, and clear instructions.

"The competitors were a friendly bunch too, I could not have asked for a better or more welcoming and fun introduction to the world of triathlon and I will definitely be back for more."

Scott

Mid Sussex Triathlon finisher, 2018

"I wanted to personally thank you for my first triathlon experience. I entered as a dare in the winter hoping that my pals would join me, they didn't. Instead, i convinced two of their wives to enter with me. It was a first for us all and we found everyone to be welcoming, friendly and full of useful advice.

"To be honest, we were all a little nervous when we arrived bright and early but speaking to other participants and marshals really put our nerves at ease So, i have no other events to compare this one with but credit where its due, we were well informed, treated well and felt welcome to be there. Everywhere was well marked out and there wasn't a question i could have asked that hadn't already been answered. I had a compete lifestyle change to get me in shape for this event and have now got the buzz. I will be completing another triathlon asap and will 100% certainly return to mid Sussex triathlon next year, bringing with me as many friends as possible!

"I can't thank you and your team enough for the most enjoyable morning I have had in many years. Thank you!"

Martin

Manager, 4Sight Vision Support

"On behalf of 4Sight Vision Support and our 5 Visually Impaired triathlon competitors, thank you all so very much for all that you and Ben, Callum and Chris have done in recent weeks and on Sunday to make it possible for Julia, Belinda, Tim, Philip and Bernice to take part in this event.

"For Kip and me, it was fantastic to see what a thrill they all got from competing. I shall never forget Belinda's pure excitement after she had finished her cycle ride and, I think, incredulity that she had done so well. She was still buzzing when we left! Bernice too enjoyed it so much that she's wanting to train to do the whole thing (if possible) next year. Callum and Chris were absolute star pilots, and Julia was amazed as her cycle time was considerably faster than last year."

Ruth

Mid Sussex Triathlon finisher, 2018

"I am writing to say a huge thank you for Sunday. A year ago I set myself the challenge of finishing the Mid Sussex Triathlon. It's been a great journey and I have now achieved something which at one time wouldn't have been possible.

"One of the reasons that my dream became a reality was the nature of this particular triathlon, its ethos and the fact that you showed an interest in my endeavour from the beginning. You have always been encouraging, offering to take me on a bike ride (although I was too lacking in confidence to take you up on the offer at the time), full of words of wisdom along the way, and quick to answer emails.

"The day itself was a triumph of organisation, I felt part of an exclusive club, everyone I met was encouraging, friendly and there was only support for the No 3 on my arm! The marshals were magnificent in every way - I could not have felt more encouraged. It is the perfect triathlon for a novice. Anyway, I will be back next year with a personal time to beat. With very best wishes to you and the rest of the team."