Event Courses

Event Courses

This page will detail the event courses, and layout of the transitions.


Competitors start times must be strictly OBSERVED. If you are late and wish to race the Event Director will try to find a vacant slot or you will be back ended, the event officials ruling is final any form of verbal abuse will result in your instant disqualification, we are all volunteers.

  • Sprint and Standard race contestants will swim 12 lengths in total 400m. The pool swim will be in a ‘Snake’ format where you swim up and down lane one, then ducking under the lane rope to the next lane where you swim down and back up. This process is continued until the 6th lane has been swum at which point you exit the pool.
  • 31st Snake Swim Diagram

  • When you have completed your swim, exit the water, exit to the transition area (you will be directed).
  • Please arrive on poolside at least 10 minutes before your allocated swim time slot. You will be directed by the swim marshall to enter the pool.
  • When you are waiting on poolside, there will be a sheet about “Pool etiquette” for you to read. Even if you are regular triathletes please ensure you have read this.
  • You will be counted from 10 seconds and then told to commence your swim; there will be other athletes in your lane. Please swim in your lane in the direction indicated by the marshals allowing faster swimmers to overtake you when appropriate. If you wish to overtake the swimmer in front of you a gentle tap on their feet will let them know.
  • You must enter over the timing mat at transition to activate your chip (will be marshalled).

Cycle Route

Please take care in the transition area, before you un-rack your bike you must ensure that your helmet is worn with the strap fastened. Proceed with your bike to the bike start mount line (no cycling is allowed in the transition area) where you will be instructed to mount your bike and begin cycling by a marshal. You must not wear anything that impedes your hearing at any time during the race (e.g. any form of earphones, headphones, mobile phones, iPods etc).

  • The Cycle route is approximately 22 kilometres (14 miles) for the Sprint race and 42 kilometers (26 miles) for the Standard race. The Standard bike route being two laps of the Sprint course, excepting on the end of the first lap you will carry on past Hilder May Ave (where the White Oak Leisure centre is) to re-join the route of the first lap.
  • The bike route consists of undulating rural and urban terrain
  • Competitors must at all time obey the Highway code and give way to traffic when required to (you will be disqualified if you do not).
  • There will be cycle route marshals along the route and clear race direction signs (black arrow on a yellow background).
  • Please listen carefully to any instructions they give, they are there to assist with your safety but are not responsible for it.
  • The route is on the public highway where roads are not closed.
  • 31th Bike Route map

  • On mounting the bike (after the mount line) listen to the marshals instructions and only proceed when directed to do so. When directed turn right into Hilda May Avenue. At the end of Hilda May Avenue turn left into London road and proceed to the roundabout in front of Asda and then left around the side of Asda. From here the route goes towards Hextable, Swanley Village, Farningham, Hawley, Dartford, Leyton Cross, Bexley Village, North Cray Road, Ruxley roundabout and back to Swanley. The course will be well signposted and all major junctions will be marshaled. Please take GREAT care when negotiating the right hand turn into Swanley Village, this will be marshaled. When decending Ship Lane to turn left into the A225 there is a mandatory stop and foot down point, as this is a blind turn into a road carrying fast moving traffic. There are Traffic lights on the left turn from Hawley Rd A225 into Oakfield Lane, this will be marshaled.
  • The 10 Meter drafting rule will be imposed.
  • Once the last competitor is on the bike course, a sweep car will follow to ensure that no one is in difficulty and to offer assistance if needed. If you have any mechanical problems during the bike leg and are unable to fix them yourself please ask a fellow competitor to notify the next marshal on the bike route. If you notice anyone in difficulty please notify the next marshal.
  • When completing the cycle leg you will be directed by a marshal into the transition area. On reaching the dismount line you will be instructed to dismount by the marshal. Please do not remove your helmet until your bike is safely racked. Once you have safely racked your bike, proceed to the run section exit from transition.


  • The run section of the race is two laps of New Barn Park for the Sprint Race and appox 5Km or four laps of the park for the Standard Race or approx 10Km.
  • You will be given a band for every completed lap of the park, so you should run one lap with one band for the Sprint and a lap of the park with 3 bands for the Standard race.
  • There is a water station at the far end of the route.
  • 31st Run Route map


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