Holmfirth Junior Duathlon
Sunday 25th April 2021
Brooksbank Cycle Track, Hammerstone Leach Lane, Elland, HX5 0TA
Starting off the return to racing for the Yorkshire Junior series!
Planning is based on similar social distancing guidelines used in the 2020 event held in August.
For regular attenders at our event, we have had to make a number of changes to the organisation to comply with current guidelines surrounding social distancing and infection reduction. Here is a summary of the main changes:
The only useable indoor facilities will be the toilets.
There will be a health questionnaire for each athlete to complete, confirming their fitness to compete and identifying other supporters attending with them.
Instead of group starts, each athlete will start individually, activating their chip timing as they cross the start line. Athletes will be asked to self- seed by age group with the faster starting first to reduce unnecessary overtaking. This will also prevent congregating in a start area and also take any pressure off having to be at the start line at a prescribed time.
There will be no prizes or medals. (This event does not have a swim section and is therefore not covered by British Triathlon ban on competitive events. However, with just 4 weeks to put this event together and uncertainty as to the number of competitors to expect, it will be a last-minute expenditure on give-aways)
Before leaving home:
Please ensure your bicycle is road-worthy and that the brakes are operating safely. Change into your race kit. Complete the health questionnaire. Remember to bring a full drinks bottle.
Parking is at Brooksbank School, Victoria Rd, Elland, West Yorkshire HX5 0QG. There is plenty of parking please follow direction of the marshals in the car park. Do not park on the road or block the entrance to the track, thank you.
Registration opens at 11:30am. Locate the Registration desk (or Tent), produce your BTF race licence and health questionnaire, and collect race number, bike identification sticker and chip.
Please take care crossing the bike course and use only the crossing point provided to cross to the grass run/start/finish/viewing area. Please keep to the designated viewing areas, do not duck under tape, please follow marshal instructions at all times. This is for your safety and the safety of all athletes racing.
Race belts are permitted, please wear your number on the back for the cycle section and on the front for the run section. Otherwise please pin your number at four corners on the front of your vest/t-shirt.
Fix bike sticker to the seat post.
Any additional information to this document will be emailed out a few days before the event, and last minute changes will be visibly displayed at Registration.
Start Times Approximate start times
Tristart Girls 1:00pm
Tristart Boys 1:10pm
Tristar 1 Girls 1:20pm
Tristar 1 Boys 1:40pm
Tristar 2 Girls 2:00pm
Tristar 2 Boys 2:20pm
Tristar 3/Youth/Junior Girls 2:40pm
Tristar 3/Youth/Junior Boys 3:00pm
Transition will be appropriately sized to meet social distancing requirements. Transition is restricted to competitors only. There are marshals in transition to assist the younger athletes. Numbered Racking. Please rack you bike once you have your stickers on. Access to the transition area will be managed during racing. Please follow instruction on how to rack your bike, rack your bike on your race number on the racking. On entry to Transition your helmet must be on your head and fastened so that the strap does not hang below the chin and the helmet does not fall off when your head is bowed. You will be asked to demonstrate the effectiveness of your brakes by applying both brakes and pushing the bicycle forwards and backwards to evidence the locked wheels. Make sure you note your bike position and where to enter and exit the transition area for your bike and run sections.
For security competitors must collects their own bike after the race, so have your race number to collect your bike from transition. If you have any questions, please speak to the race official or race marshals in transition area.
Run 1 will commence at the Start point and you will complete your indicated number of run laps. Then follow the course to the transition area to collect your bike.
The bike will be completed on the tarmac circuit in an anti-clock wise direction. On entering transition, you must put on and secure your helmet before touching your bike. Do not ride in the transition area. Push your bike and follow the bike out sign and mount after the mount line. Drafting or taking pace from another rider during the cycle section is not allowed. Follow the course to complete your indicated bike laps on the inside of the track, overtake on the right, then follow bike in sign to transition. Dismount your bike before the dismount line. Push your bike back to rack your bike back in your spot before removing your helmet. Follow Run Out sign.
Follow the direction of the course and complete your indicated laps before you enter the finish chute.
Please make a note of your run and cycle laps. It is the responsibility of each competitor to count his or her own laps. If you do too few laps your time will not count. If you do too many laps your time will stand and not be adjusted.
Laps Run1 Bike Run2
TS 1 2 1* (TS Run 2 is a shorter lap)
TS1 3 5 1
TS2 4 8 1
TS3/Y/J 5 10 2
The race official may give time penalties if competitors; ride in transition, draft/take pace of another bike, do not secure helmet correctly, do not rack bike correctly. For full rules see British Triathlon website. Don’t worry too much, have fun!
British Triathlon discourages the attendance of spectators. However for those attending please use only the crossing point to cross the cycle track. Please do not try to cross any part of the course while competitors are on the course especially the bike section. Do not run alongside children. Please give positive encouragement to all the children!
We would like all children taking part and parents/supporters to enjoy the day and behave fairly. Please do not obstruct other children during the race, be aware of others racing around you, treat others how you would hope to be treated. Aggressive or rude behaviour towards other competitors, marshals or officials from children or parents/supporters will not be tolerated and will lead to disqualification. REMEMBER THIS IS NOT THE OLYMPICS, EVERYONE IS VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME, HAVE FUN!
Refreshments of tea/coffee and buns will hopefully be available. Toilets are available.
Time My Race will produce results from Chip timing.
We hope you have an enjoyable day and support all the children throughout the event.
However, things sometimes go wrong so please support all the children and remember the volunteers on the day are giving up their time for this event.
Remember to have fun and cross the line with a smile!
Participants – via event web site link
The organiser is in need of 15 volunteers to help set up and marshal the Holmfirth Junior Duathlon on Sunday 25th April between 10am and 4pm (or part of). It is at the Brooksbank School cycle track in Elland.
Marshall Volunteers/offers of help on the day – please contact John Levick on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07910 565770