Post Event Write Up

Team Triathlon runs as a complete success…

…and planning is racing ahead for next year!

The second annual ‘Aldeburgh Fun Relay Team Triathlon’ took place on Sunday 18th September 2016, and raised an impressive £1000 for the RNLI. Doubling in size this year with 99 teams competing, the locally-run event consisted of 297 participants either swimming, cycling or running for their team.

Kicking off at 14:30 outside the Brudenell hotel with the Mayor watching and the maroon starting, the 99 swimmers were given an energetic warmup by Mint Fitness. Supported by many volunteers including the RNLI, Iken Canoe and lifeguards from Leiston & District Swimming Club, the swimmers safely completed the 900m tide assisted swim course along the shoreline to the waiting cyclists outside the White Lion Hotel.

As the race continued, the second member of each team completed the 22km cycle travelling two laps from Aldeburgh, through to Thorpeness and Aldringham and back into Aldeburgh again. The runners then took their turn, encouraged by crowds of supporters as they ran the 5km coastal path to Thorpeness and back.

The finish line was again heavily populated by spectators this year; as teams raced to the finish to the sound of cheering and whistles it was evident that there was a fantastic amount of sportsmanship and friendly rivalry out on the course, sparked by last year’s inaugural event.

The addition of free children’s fun runs before the main event was also well supported, and this wasn’t the only addition from last year that made the event so popular; the racking of bikes in the transition area, road closure, chip timing system, professional event photo company, more awards and sponsor prizes as well as great weather proved to really enhance the event.

This year, the triathlon’s success was highlighted by the feedback it received – with one team saying the whole thing has been a triumph, incredibly enjoyable and well organised, with a positive energy throughout” and another praising the “very professional” team, the organisers are delighted with the outcome of the event. “Complimented by a witty and energetic commentary” from Race Director Matt Dye, teams were “greatly impressed with the organisation and the atmosphere of the event, from the logistics of keeping 100 teams competing smoothly and safely, to the versatility and richness of the results data, to the good support facilities and atmosphere”.

Commenting on their achievements, the organisers said “the superb support from local businesses, organisations and clubs has been brilliant for the local community, bringing a healthy feel-good factor into the area”.

With teams of all levels participating, from first time competitors to seasoned triathletes, the event has attracted a wide spread interest. The youngest competitor this year was aged just 13 (a runner), and the oldest at an incredible 78 years old (swimmer). To celebrate this, the organising team provided awards for not only the fastest overall team, but also the fastest family team, fastest all female team, and gave rewards based on combined age of the teams. The youngest team had a combined age of 61 years old, with the oldest combined age coming in at a respectable 173. This year the average team age was 118 years old, with the average age of each competitor sitting at just under 40.

There were some fantastic stories behind the teams taking part, with one team consisting of a bridal party that had their hen-do just the night before, to a team that were pulled together on the very morning of the event.

The independent event has attracted significant local sponsors including EDF who sponsored the chip timing system, and the T A Hotel Collection for their generous hospitality efforts on the day. Other major businesses that have contributed to the event include O&C Butcher, Aldeburgh Fish & Chips, Gressingham Foods and Flick & Son, and this year it was fantastic to see teams from the named sponsors participating in the triathlon.

A full list of the results from the triathlon can be found at http://www.whatsmytime.co.uk/index.php/race-results/2015-09-16-20-02-55/2016-06-07-09-45-15/aldeburgh-relay-triathlon, and the professional photos can be accessed by following this link and creating an account online – www.diss-eventphotography.co.uk. There is also a range of photographs on the event’s Facebook page (search Aldeburgh Triathlon) which is where you’ll also find the ariel video footage from the drone, and information on how to access this on YouTube.

The organisers of the event would like to thank all of the marshals that volunteered on the day, as well as all sponsors and organisations including the local council, whom without their support it wouldn’t be possible to put on such a successful event. The third ‘Aldeburgh Fun Relay Team Triathlon’ is already in the planning, and looks to be another popular event on the local and sporting calendar with a provisional date of 10th September 2017.

Not long now!

 

Hi All,

Not long now !  At least we’ve got the rain out of the way and good weather ordered for Sunday !

I’ve attached the latest team lists I have, this will be provided to the timing team and printed  tomorrow lunchtime so if there are any changes please email me before 10am tomorrow.

If there are teams made up of all Family members please let me know by then also, and/or if you all work for the same company and hadn’t told me this on your entry, so I can update the team entry categories.

The proposed transition and changeovers process is attached and the Swim course explained in the drawing, these will be included in the briefing on the day along with any changes we have had to make.

The Top 3 teams from last year have entered again plus some new contenders for the podium from what I can see…J, but the main thing is we ALL have fun and stay safe.

Don’t forget we have the FREE kids fun runs from noon and also the road closure starting at noon in front of the transition. Car parks nearby are the church carpark and the “scallop” car park (Thorpeness end of Aldeburgh)

Registration opens noon until 1.15pm on Sunday next to the Moot Hall.

Cheers,

Matt Dye

Race Director

Tel 07802 795770.

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Dear Triathlon Relay Teams

Please find attached and below the final information for next Sunday’s event (although there maybe changes on the day etc).

Team checks – please check the team entry list attached, advise me of any the names of the “a n other/tba/TBC’s” and any changes especially names/age/sex/team type,  also if you are now struggling for a team member let me know as we may have someone on the  “bench” or if you may have someone spare you can offer for the “bench” to help another team out ! On the entry list I’ve included the t-shirt size of the runner to also check.

Competitor event info and instructions attached – please read and ensure all your team are familiar with everything. Also please read the info sheet, your team did accept our terms when signing up online.

Road Closure – There will be a road closure (See attached)  in place from noon in front of the White Lion Hotel & the Wentworth Hotel so please take this into account as access will be restricted as will parking

https://suffolk.roadworks.org/

Parking – is limited nearby, however “the scallop” car park north of transition is the closest largest car park. Please don’t park outside the White Lion as we need that space for the event.

Fun run – this year we are running two FREE fun runs for children age 8 to 13, see attached for more info.

Support on the day will be:-

  • Sax Velo with a Bike stand for spares etc
  • Gilmour Piper for post-race massage
  • Refreshments – various available
  • Diss Event photography for onsite to purchase your mementoes.
  • Goody Bag per team

Chip Timing – This year we are using chip timing and there should be a display and kiosk to check your teams time and position, plus we will print results when available and they will go on the website asap.

Awards –We have several team categories, which will be announced on the day, so please stay around for the presentations as you never know what you could have won as there will only be one award per team (roll down in place).

Safety cover provided by:-

  • RNLI inshore boat & crew
  • Leiston & District Swimming Club Lifeguards and helpers
  • Coastguard
  • Iken Canoe plus others
  • St Johns Ambulance
  • Plus our numerous volunteer helpers

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday J !

Regards,

Matt Dye

Race Director on behalf of The Aldeburgh Triathlon Team

www.aldeburghtriathlon.co.uk

www.facebook.com/aldeburghtriathlon

www.twitter.com/Aldetriathlon

#AldeTri2016

@AldeTriathlon

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2016-event-information

Sea Swim Familiarisations

Sea Swim Familiarisations (aimed initially at novice and inexperienced sea swimmers), meeting at the Moot Hall on dates and times below:-

For anyone who wishes to practice sea swimming before the event  there will be familiarisation sessions held each week (weather permitting).  The meeting place will be outside the Moot Hall and the direction of swim will be decided on the day.  Experienced swimmers will be on hand to give moral support and guidance in and out of the water, however, there will be no safety cover available and individuals must take responsibility for their own safety.  Wet suits are advised, but not compulsory, and links for 2 companies providing wetsuit hire are shown on this page.  If people wish to take part in a session they must notify one of the people below at least 24 hrs prior to the session.  If no notifications have been received by 24 hrs before then it will be assumed that there is no demand for that particular session and it will be cancelled.

 

Tues 23rd Aug 6pm

Thurs 25th Aug 6pm

Sat 27th Aug 9am

Sat 3rd Sept 9am

Thurs 8th Sept 6pm

Sun 11th Sept 9am

Thurs 15th Sept 6pm

For more information or to book a place one a sea swim session please contact one of the following:

Tony Pick:  tony@coastalimages.co.uk                  07719 919484

Paul Rosher :  paul.rosher@brosltd.co.uk           07802 740185

Sea Swim Familiarisation Sessions

For anyone who wishes to practice sea swimming before the event on 13 Sep there will be 2 familiarisation sessions held each week (weather permitting) from now until Sat 12 Sep.  These will take place on Monday evenings at 5.30pm and Saturday mornings at 8am.  The meeting place will be outside the Moot Hall and the direction of swim will be decided on the day.  Experienced swimmers will be on hand to give moral support and guidance, however, there will be no safety cover available and individuals must take responsibility for their own safety.  Wet suits are advised, but not compulsory, and links for 2 companies providing wetsuit hire are shown on this page.  If people wish to take part in a session they must notify one of the people below at least 24 hrs prior to the session.  If no notifications have been received by 24 hrs before then it will be assumed that there is no demand for that particular session and it will be cancelled.

For more information or to book a place please contact one of the following:

Matt Dye:  matthew.dye@btopenworld.com       07802 795770
Tony Pick:  tony@coastalimages.co.uk              07719 919484
Paul Rosher :  paul.rosher@brosltd.co.uk           07802 740185