On Sunday 31st July 2016 Maldon will host two triathlons, Sprint and Olympic.
The three part event consists of an Open Water Swim in the River Blackwater, Cycle on the quiet and scenic roads of the Dengie Peninsula and a lapped Run around the beautiful Promenade Park and Hythe Quay for the finisher.
The event is designed with spectators in mind, hosting an array of events for the whole family, with cafes lining the race course.
The little town of Maldon is an ancient town in Essex situated where the River Chelmer and the River Blackwater meet before joining the sea. The town has a rich and varied history, offering a wide variety of places to visit and enjoy.
Promenade park is the centre of summer fun with various children's playgrounds and a summer splash park, which will be open during the race.
The Maldon triathlon has a variety of options for transport.
Arriving by car: The simplest route to Maldon via car is the A12. Maldon is linked to the A12 by the A414 and B1019, from here Promenade Park will be clearly signposted.
Arriving on the train: There is no direct station to Maldon, so those travelling via train will have to take a train and catch a bus for the remainder of their journey. From London Liverpool st the easiest access station with buses are Chelmsford or Witham. Please bear in mind there may be Sunday service adjustments.
Arriving by Bus: Direct or indirect buses run across the county and Essex Travel Line can be contacted for further details on: 08706082608.
Arriving by Coach: National Express serves Chelmsford, Witham and Colchester and links with local bus services.
Arriving by River: If arriving by boat you will find a variety of moorings on the River Blackwater. Contact the river ballif on 01621 854477.
If you live nearby or are staying locally is is recommended that you walk to the park on the morning of the race, this will help to reduce congestion around town and save money on parking (as well as time getting in and out of the car park).
Parking is charged per hour or £6 for the day. Please follow guidance from the marshals.
Registration takes place from 8.45am.
The Maldon triathlon swim takes place in the tidal River Blackwater swimming laps along the riverside in view of the spectators. Those completing the sprint distance complete one lap and olympic double up with two. The swim will be tougher for those who have little experience swimming with the tide and are only used to open water or pool swims as they will be working with the tide. The swim starts in waves from 10.40 am and will close at 11.55 am sharp. Sprint athletes swim 750m and the olympic distance is 1.5 km.
Bikes can be racked from 8.45 am. After completing the swim portion of the race, the cycle portion of the race begins taking athletes out of Promenade Park and onto the Dengie Peninsula. The ride takes place on public roads and so cyclists are required to obey the rules of the road. The route passes through small towns and villages with a flat fast finish over the marshes. The sprint distance is 28km and the olympic is 25km.
The course is set to finish back where it started, in front of spectators at Promenade Park and across the Hythe. The majority of the course is paved, with a few areas of trail and uneven terrain. Sprint athletes will complete 2 laps of the grounds, with olympic athletes completing 4 laps. The park will be filled with amusements and facilities for spectators and competitors who will be able to collect their Sundried bags after completing the race, along with their medals. The sprint run is 5k, whilst the olympic distance triathletes finish after 10k.
Online entry which started at £54 has now closed, however participants can still enter on the day and the price starts at £60.
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Keep your eyes peeled for Sundried on Sunday, our founder Daniel Puddick will be taking part and you will also find our token bags, sports wipes and water bottles make an appearance.Maldon, Essex on Google Maps