Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Triathlons For 2018

Following another successful season of triathlon events, I would again like to express my thanks for the continued support that Bielby Parish Council has shown to the events organised by Freebird Events from Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. We are now in the planning stage for our 2018 season and I would like to share our new event dates with you:

Saturday 4h July - Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon and Junior Aquathlon
This event is a short distance triathlon ideally suited to novice triathletes or those who prefer a shorter race. It has a 750m swim a 20km cycle ride and a 5km run
Following the swim in the lake at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, competitors will complete the 20km cycle route, which heads out from the Park towards Melbourne, turning left at Campy Lane. The route then progresses to Bielby via Mill Lane, then via Crudhall Lane and Carr Lane to Join the A1079  (West bound). Following a left turn at the roundabout the riders head back through Allerthorpe to return to Allerthorpe Lakeland Park.
After a quick change, competitors then complete the 5km out and back run which takes them left from the Park towards Melbourne and then 1st left at Marketbridge Lane. They turn around near Oakbridge Farm and return along the same route to finish back at the Park.
The first swimmers will start at 9:00am and we would expect everyone to be finished by around 11:00am.
We have added a new children’s race for 2018. This will be a Junior Aquathlon, which is a swim and run event for 8 to 14 year olds. This event will stay entirely within the grounds of Allerthorpe Lakeland Park and will follow on after the Senior Triathlon has finished. The children’s events are a great way of introducing the sport to the next generation of triathletes and are always great fun to watch.

Provisional date Sunday 8th July – Yorkshireman Triathlon
We have submitted plans for a new Long Distance triathlon event that will just use the lake at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park for the swim section before heading away from the area and over towards Pocklington and the Yorkshire Wolds for the cycle and run sections. The event is set to finish in Pocklington town centre, and apart from the swim and the ride towards Pocklington it will take place entirely to the North side of the A1079 road. We are awaiting approval from the East Yorkshire Event Safety Advisory Group before we can announce this event officially.

Sunday 5th August - Allerthorpe Classic Triathlon and Super Sprint Triathlon
The main triathlon of the day is the Classic Triathlon, which uses the same distances as used in the Olympic Games triathlon, 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
We also hold a very short distance Super Sprint triathlon on this day, starting and finishing before the main race. This is primarily a taster event for anyone wishing to sample what triathlon is all about and usually attracts a small field of mainly novice triathletes.
The Super Sprint triathlon will start at 8:00am with a 400m swim in the lake. The cycle route then heads out from the Park towards Melbourne, turns 1st left along Marketbridge Lane, left onto Crudhall Lane then Carr Lane to join the A1079 (West bound). Turning left at the roundabout riders continue through Allerthorpe to return to Allerthorpe Lakeland Park to start their run.
The out and back run again heads towards Melbourne and turns 1st left onto Marketbridge Lane. The turnaround point this time is near Eastfield Farm. Runners then return along the same route to the finish at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. We would expect everyone to be finished by 9:00am

The Classic triathlon starts at 9:30 with a 1500m lapped swim in the lake. The cycle route turns left out of the Park and continues through Melbourne before turning left onto General Lane (B1228) to Bubwith. At the crossroads in Bubwith riders turn left onto the A163 then through Harlthorpe and Foggathorpe before turning left onto Southfield Lane to Seaton Ross. Continuing via Mill Lane to Bielby riders then complete the lap by following Crudhall Lane and the A1079 (Westbound) then left at the roundabout to return to Allerthorpe Lakeland Park.
The run in the Classic triathlon heads left out of the Park towards Melbourne then left at the Sumo UK factory. They return via Mill Lane, Bielby and Marketbridge Lane before turning right at the end of Marketbridge Lane, back towards the finish at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. We would expect the last finishers to be completed before 1:30pm.

Saturday 1st September – Sundowner Triathlon and Sprint Triathlon
The main triathlon of the day is the long distance Sundowner Triathlon comprising a 1900m swim, 90km cycle and 21km run.
We also hold a Sprint distance race in the morning with a 750m swim, 20km cycle & 5km run format.
The Sprint distance triathlon follows exactly the same route as that described above for our Allerthorpe Sprint triathlon held in June. It will start at 8:30am and will be finished by 10:30am.

The long distance Sundowner starts with a 1900m lapped swim in the lake at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. Competitors then head out on a 2 lap cycle route that initially follows the same route as the Classic triathlon (Melbourne, A163, Bubwith, Harlthorpe and Foggathorpe). Then instead of turning left towards Seaton Ross, riders continue to Holme upon Spalding Moor, then turn left onto the A614 and left again onto Harswell Lane towards Everingham. After Everingham, riders then turn right to Bielby and then continue along Crudhall Lane to Hayton before joining the A1079 (West bound). At the roundabout riders turn left and continue through Allerthorpe. Riders will then complete a second cycle lap to cover the full 90km cycle distance before turning left back into the Park.
The 3 lap run starts with a lap around the lake at the Park then turns left out of the Park and 1st left onto Marketbridge Lane. This time the turn around point is approximately 200m before the Bielby end of Marketbridge Lane. Runners return to the Park back along Marketbridge Lane to complete each lap. This will be the busiest part of the triathlon and we will have safety marshals at each end of Marketbridge Lane to advise any motorists of what is happening and how to proceed. Every care will be taken to avoid inconvenience to any local residents.

The main Sundowner Triathlon will start at 12:00 noon and will be finished by 8:00pm at the very latest. Most runners will have completed their run well  before 7:00pm.
After the race we will be holding an awards presentation in our lakeside marquee at the Park.

We take great pride in organising safe enjoyable and memorable events, and we want to be a good neighbour to the local residents who live on or near the routes we use for our triathlons. We will do all we can to ensure this is the case at all of our Allerthorpe based triathlons. With all of our triathlon events, competitors must comply fully with the Highway Code, they must not ride in groups and they all must wear cycle helmets. We will have marshals at every turn point on the full cycle and run routes and will use NEG approved motorcycle referees (who are often police officers), who will patrol the race routes ensuring competitors are complying with the rules and riding safely.

I look forward to another season of safe and enjoyable triathlon events in 2018.

May I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2018 and to again to thank you for the support given by the Parish Council.

Kind regards
Peter Mathieson

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