Event Courses

Event Courses

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

Swim

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 race contestants will swim 12 lengths in total 300m. 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.
  • Standard race contestants will swim 12 lengths of the pool, then walk back to lane 1 to do another 12 lengths of ‘Snake’ swimming. Total swim length is 600m.
  • 32nd 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 marshal 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 allow 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 to pause at the end of the lane to let you through.
  • You must enter over the timing mat at transition to activate your chip (will be marshalled).

32nd 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 time between the exit of transition and crossing Princess Road traffic lights will be neutralised and will not count towards your bike time. Also the journey back through the Princess Rd traffic lights to transition will be neutralised and will not count towards your bike time. So please relax and not worry about disadvantaged if caught by these lights in either direction.
  • The Cycle route is approximately 20 kilometres (12.6 miles) for the Sprint race and 40 kilometers (25 miles) for the Standard race. The Standard bike route being two laps of the Sprint course.
  • 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 race officials give, they are there to assist with your safety but are not responsible for it.
  • The 10 Meter drafting rule will be imposed.
  • The route is on the public highway where roads are not closed and the high way code must be followed at all times.
  • 32nd Bike Route map

  • On mounting the bike (after the mount line) listen to the marshals instructions and only proceed when directed to do so. Turn left out of Cranfield Rd into Lowfield St.
  • Go straight across the Princess Road traffic lights and turn right at the Oakfield Lane traffic lights.
  • You are now on through Leyton Cross, Bexley Village, North Cray Road, Ruxley roundabout, past Birchwood Road and left into Walnut Rd, left into Russett Way, right into Leydenhatch Lane, continuing to School lane, left at 1st mini-roundabout, right at 2nd mini-roundabout and onto Lower Lane which becomes Clement St and then Arnolds Lane. Being careful to slow as decending a steep hill down to Main Rd. (A225) where you turn left and proceed back towards Dartford.
  • If you are in the Sprint race at the Oakfield Lane lights go straight across towards the Fairfield leisure Centre.
  • If your in the standard race the first lap turns left at the Oakfield lights to re-join the bike route for a second lap. On completing the second lap go straight across the Oakfield lights towards Fairfield Leisure Centre.
  • 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 crossing 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.

Run

  • The run circuit is left out of Cranfield Rd into Lowfield St. Left at Princess Rd lights and up Princess Rd, crossing the fast-track and turn left to run along the fast track route. Crossing back over the fast-track and into the top park entrance. Follow the footpath down until reaching the football pitch on your left and run around the outside of the football pitch and back towards to path. Left at the path turning right past the skatepark on your left and left at the end to follow the path towards the run track and turn right to exit the park towards the pool.
  • You will collect 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.
  • Water will also be available at the station with the bands, near to the park exit.
  • The run section of the race is two laps of the circuit for the Sprint Race and appox 5Km or four laps  for the Standard Race or approx 10Km.
  • 32nd Run Route map

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