A 400m pool swim, 25km bike ride and 5km run

Please familiarise yourself with the course details before the event.

Swim (400m pool)

The swim is held in the Triangle Leisure Centre's 25-metre, 8-lane pool. It is a 'zig-zag' swim: you'll swim two lengths, keeping to the left of the lane, then move on a lane until you run out of lanes (total 400m). It's worth practising diving under the rope on your turnaround - it's much quicker than stopping and ducking under the rope. When you've finished your swim, you can either exit the pool at the end of the lane or use the exit ladder.

The first swimmer will start at around 6.45am, with the slowest swimmers in the early waves. Competitors will enter the water in number order based on estimated swim times (FASTEST to SLOWEST in the wave if we have waves). Estimated times are never completely accurate, so overtaking is inevitable in the pool. Please read the Swim Etiquette notes for more info.

At the end of the swim, leave the pool and exit through the double doors to the transition area, WALKING and taking care as the floor may be slippery.

 

T1 (Transition 1)

As noted elsewhere, transition will depend on covid rules in place in June 2022. You must the marshal's guidance on flows through transition.  

Transition will take place in the tennis courts. Please familiarise yourself with the entry and exit points before the race.

After the swim, walk through the 'Swim IN' transition entry point, find your bike in the transition area, then change into your cycle kit. 

YOUR BIKE HELMET MUST BE SECURELY FASTENED ON YOUR HEAD BEFORE YOU TOUCH YOUR BIKE, OR YOU RISK BEING DISQUALIFIED.

When you're ready, unrack your bike and wheel it to the 'Bike OUT' transition exit. Mount your bike in the bike mount/dismount box, as indicated by the marshals, then set off on the bike leg.

 

 

The *new* bike route (26km)

There have been changes to the local roads so the 2022 bike course is *NEW". It is a one-lap, 25km course on lovely rural roads, going slightly further south than previous years. It is undulating throughout with 194m climb in total.

View route on Garmin | View route on BikeMap

  1. Over mini roundabout and leave the leisure centre.
  2. Cross directly over the main roundabout and proceed along the A2300.
  3. Turn right at the second roundabout towards Ansty (*there is now a new roundabout to cross*).
  4. The road rises gently and is uneven in places. At the junction, turn left, then left again at the mini roundabout onto the A272.
  5. There's a fast descent towards the roundabout at the A23. Take care on your approach to the A23 roundabout.
  6. Continue across the roundabout on the A272 towards Cowfold and take the next left just past the petrol garage.
  7. Continue to the T junction at the end of this road. Turn right and immediately left onto Truslers Hill Lane.
  8. This is a lovely new section. Proceed until the junction and turn left onto the B2117 at the Ginger Fox pub. No time for a pint!
  9. Continue straight on, up the rise and over the A23. Cross straight over the mini roundabout in Hurstpierpoint.
  10. Carry straight on. leaving the town until you meet the A2300 where you left it, turning right and back towards the leisure centre.

IMPORTANT NOTES

THE HIGHWAY CODE MUST BE OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES. Any competitors caught cycling dangerously or with disregard for the Highway Code will be penalised.

DRAFTING IS PROHIBITED. Any competitors caught drafting will be penalised. If you are overtaken, you must drop back and maintain a gap of at least 10 metres ahead of you.

Marshals will be positioned at all turns on the course to guide you. There will be signs to warn traffic, but please take care as you proceed around the course.

 

 

T2 (Transition 2)

Cycle into the leisure centre car park, then dismount in the bike mount/dismount box. This will be well indicated by the marshals. Wheel your bike through the 'Bike IN' transition entry point and rack it at your kit point, before removing your helmet.

MAKE SURE YOU RACK YOUR BIKE BEFORE REMOVING YOUR CYCLE HELMET.

Change into your running gear and head out of the 'Run OUT' transition exit. Your race number will need to be visible on your front before you start the run.

Run (5km)

The run course is an out-and-back route through the streets of Burgess Hill and out into the quiet surrounding lanes, finishing at the leisure centre.

View run route on Strava | View run route on Garmin

  • Previous entrants, NOTE that the route is now slightly shorter, limited at the start and end where there is not enough room to maintain social distancing.
  • The route is mainly along small residential streets, with marshals at key turns. Take care where the pavements end at the edge of town.
  • At the dead end of Gatehouse Lane, marshals will instruct you on crossing Jane Murray Way. For the safety of all athletes, YOU MUST OBEY THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE MARSHALS.
  • On your approach to the crossing, the marshals will tell you if it is safe to cross BOTH lanes. If the marshal indicates it is safe to cross, you may do so, taking care and using your own judgment to deem if it's safe for you to cross.
  • If the marshal deems it is not safe to cross, they will tell you to wait. When the marshal indicates it is safe to go, you may cross, again taking care and using your own judgment to deem if it's safe.
  • FAILURE TO OBEY THE MARSHALS AT THIS CROSSING WILL RESULT IN A 4-MINUTE TIME PENALTY MINIMUM!
  • Once across Jane Murray Way, run on the right-hand side of the road to the turn point.
  • There is NO water station this year.