The Clacton Triathlon Weekend 2016, in aid of the Brain and Spine Foundation, takes place on 10th and 11th September.

Clacton Triathlon

The event is based at the Holland Haven Country Park, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

There is ample free parking close to the large transition area which is situated beside the sea on the Greensward at Holland Haven.

Clacton triathlon hosts three events:

  • The Clacton Children's Off-Road Duathlon for children aged 8 to 14*
  • The Clacton Off-Road Sprint & Super-Sprint Triathlon for those 15 and over* including a 750m or 400m Open Water Sea Swim
  • The 18th Clacton Standard Triathlon for those aged 17 and over* including a 1500m Open Water Sea Swim

* Ages as at 31st December 2016

From their beginnings 18 years ago, the Clacton Triathlon has supported the Brian & Spine Foundation raising almost £80,000 to help fund research into brain and spine conditions and injuries. Initially, this choice was due to the misfortune of two members of Clacton Swimming Club, an organisation to which the organisers are closely linked. The clubs motivation and choice of charity has been reinforced over recent years due to subsequent Brain and Spine related conditions which have afflicted other members, past and present, of Clacton Swimming Club. The Triathlon continues to be the annual focus for those surviving members and the families of those who are no longer with us. They all take an active part in assisting us to make the event a success.

Clacton Off-Road Sprint & Super Sprint Triathlon 10th September

Super Sprint - 400m Open Water Sea Swim, 8km Off-Road Bike, 2.5km Run

Sprint - 750m Open Water Sea Swim, 16km Off-Road Bike, 5km Run

Important: The updated Tri England rules 2016 require that the bike section of this event be classified as a Cross bike course and as such only Mountain Bikes will now be permitted for this event.

The race commences with a tide assisted sea swim along the coast and continues with multiple 4km laps of a mainly flat but challenging off-road bike course behind the sea wall towards Frinton-on-Sea and back.

This is followed by an out and back run along the top promenade of the Holland seafront before returning along the lower promenade beside the sea.

This traffic free event is ideal for those competitors who’d like to try something slightly different to round off their season and for novice competitors who’d like the challenge of a short open water sea swim with the knowledge that there is full safety cover on the water. There is  also a relay option, where three athletes each complete one discipline each.

All the Clacton Triathlon events are electronically timed with a results screen and splits printer at the finish.

The Clacton Sprint Triathlon 2016 takes place in the morning - Provisional Start from 8.30am.

Clacton Triathlon Team

Distances

Swim: 400 metre or 750 metre open water tide assisted sea swim with full safety cover. Wet suits are usually compulsory but depend on how hot the summer is!

Cycle: 2 or 4 laps of a 4km off-road course, totalling 8 or 16km. This is a mainly flat course across grass, gravel and compacted mud, but can be challenging depending on the weather! The course is clearly signposted and more than adequately marshalled – for pictures of the course please visit the Clacton Triathlon website at www.clactontriathlon.co.uk

Run: A single 2.5km or 5km lap out and back course on tarmac along the top promenade of the Holland seafront before returning along the lower promenade beside the sea. (NB. The Sprint Distance is a single 5km lap run)

Race instructions and results will be available at www.clactontriathlon.co.uk

Clacton Standard Triathlon - Sunday 11th September 2016

1500m Open Water Sea Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run

The 18th Clacton Standard Triathlon forms part of the Clacton Triathlon Weekend in aid of the Brain & Spine Foundation. The race commences with a 1500m tide assisted sea swim along the coast and continues with two laps of a 20km bike section around the Tendring District passing through a number of villages on a predominantly flat and slightly undulating course. This is followed by a 10km out and back run along the top promenade of the Holland seafront towards Clacton Pier before returning along the lower promenade beside the sea.

This event is ideal for those competitors who’d like to round off their season on a high and for those who’d the challenge of an open water sea swim with the knowledge that there is full safety cover on the water, again a relay option is available. All the Clacton Triathlon events are electronically timed with large screen results and splits at the finish.

The Clacton Triathlon organisers pride themselves on their reputation for having a great team of friendly marshals and helpers, being a great race to round off your season and a first class organised event. This is reflected in the number of competitors returning to race year after year and the numerous letters of thanks they receive after each year’s events.

As part of the registration process you can help The Clacton Tri raise funds for the Brain & Spine Foundation by adding a donation to your entry fee. If you are a UK Tax payer you can help further by ticking the Gift Aid box to allow the Brain & Spine Foundation to claim another 28p tax back from the Government for every pound you donate.

Distances

Swim– 1500 metre open water tide assisted sea swim with full safety cover. Wet suits are usually compulsory but depend on how hot the summer is.

Cycle– 2 laps of a 20km road course, totalling 40km. This is virtually flat course around the Tendring district including the villages of Great Holland, Kirby Cross, Thorpe-le-Soken and Holland-on-Sea. The route is clearly signposted and adequately marshalled.

Run- A single 10km lap out and back course on tarmac along the top promenade of the Holland seafront towards Clacton Pier before returning along the lower promenade beside the sea.

The transition area will be situated on the greensward at Holland Haven where there is ample free parking and toilet facilities.

A compulsory competitor briefing will take place before the race at approximately 7.40am. The first wave is due to depart at 8.30am.

Clacton Children's Duathlon - Saturday 10th September (Tristart only)

Junior Race - Includes both:

Tristar Start (8 Year olds) - 400m Run; 800m Bike, 200m Run

Tristar 1 (9/10 Year olds) - 1.2km Run; 2km Bike, 400m Run

Senior Race - Includes both:

Tristar 2 (11/12 Year olds) - 1.6km Run; 4km Bike, 600m Run

Tristar 3 (13/14 Year olds) - 2km Run; 6km Bike, 800m Run

The Clacton Children’s Duathlon forms part of the Clacton Triathlon Weekend in aid of the Brain and Spine Foundation. The event will be held on closed roads, grassland and paths around the Holland Haven Country Park.There is ample free parking close to the large transition area which is situated on the Greensward at Holland Haven beside the sea.

The race commences with a run along the upper and lower promenades of Holland-on-Sea and continues with multiple laps of a 1km  bike course over grass and tarmac (updated for 2016). This is followed by a short run, close to the transition area, to finish.

All the Clacton Triathlon events are electronically timed with a results screen and printable splits at the finish.

Brain and Spine Foundation

Distances

Run One– The different runs will start from various points marked on the lower promenade close to the transition area. The out and back course proceeds along the lower promenade towards Clacton Pier before returning to the transition area along the top promenade of the Holland seafront. Tristar Start - 400m; Tristar 1 - 1.2km; Tristar 2 - 1.6km; Tristar 3 - 2km.

Cycle– The 2016 Children's Bike Course has been changed to allow the use of Cyclo-Cross Bikes and is now NOT a Cross Country Course as in previous years. The course across grass and tarmac is now more technical with a couple of tight turns and a hill to tackle each lap. The course will be clearly signposted and more than adequately marshalled.  Tristar Start - 1 lap (800m) - Across Grass only; Tristar 1 - 2 laps (2km); Tristar 2 - 4 laps (4km); Tristar 3 - 6 laps (6km).

Run Two– A single out and back course on grass and tarmac along the greensward and upper promenade close to the transition area. Tristar Start - 200m; Tristar 1 - 400m; Tristar 2 - 600m; Tristar 3 - 800m.

The first start will be from 12.45pm* (Junior Races - Tristar Start & Tristar 1); 2.40pm* (Senior Races - Tristar 2 & Tristar 3)

Race instructions and results will be found on www.clactontriathlon.co.uk

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