National Team Relays
Each year we enter as many teams as possible into the National Team Relay Championships. The unique thing about this event is that you compete in teams of 4 people rather than as individuals. It goes something like this:
Person one does the swim, they hand over to person two who does the swim, who then hands over to person three and finally four. Person four exits the swim and hands over to person one who does the bike, before handing over to person two, etc, etc. The transition areas are great fun!
The event takes place at The National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, just off the A52 (Sat Nav finder NG12 2LU). Most people make a weekend of it arriving on the Friday evening, camping, competing in either the morning or afternoon event on the saturday then camping again that night. The Nottingham Triathlon takes place at the same venue on the Sunday morning if you are feeling really motivated!
Here's some details from our Triathlon Coordinator Nick Thomas who is organising the teams for this years events:
Arriving and Camping:
People will be arriving until late at night on Friday so there's no rush to get there. I'm arriving about lunchtime. Others will get there on Saturday at various times depending on when they are racing. Please leave plenty of time to get there if you are not camping the night before! The campsite has full shower, toilet and washing facilities and an on-site shop and cost about £10 per night. There is a big supermarket a few minutes away and a decent cafe at the water sports centre. If you don't want to camp there are BnB's and hotels in the area.
We normally pitch halfway into the site, opposite the ammenities and to the right of the road. There will be a gazebo and Man Tri flags visible once they have arrived. We normally have a BBQ both nights and fresh food, meat, beer etc can be bought at the local supermarket.
Children, families and friends are more than welcome to come along too, but if you are camping it can get quite noisy on the saturday night with partying into the small hours so bring ear plugs.
If we all wear Man Tri clothing we can wave cheerily at each other and walk around in herds like Canadians at an Ironman race.
This is a brief summary. Please look at the following link and download the info pack pdf for full details including site location and contact details:
''Friday August 20th Registration will be open for all categories between 6pm and 8.30pm. Please note: NO BIKE RACKING ON FRIDAY. Saturday August 21st AM Registration will be open for all categories between 6.45am and 8.15am. PM Registration will be open for male, male vet and male junior categories only between 12.00 pm and 1.00pm. There will be no registration outside of these times''.
The team captain (first person on your list) or designated other person must register with all 4 meam members' BTF licences. If you don't have a licence you will have to buy a £5 day licence on the day before registering. Please bring £5 cash or else your team captain will have to pay for you! No Licence, no race.
Any questions, please post to the thread on the thread on the events section of our forum, however, please read the above pdf first as it's fairly comprehensive:
The Insiders Tips
Being an experienced relay's man in terms of racing and partying Paul Skipper has included below his tips to help you survive the relays. Don't forget to read the race information provided by the organisors:
- The race venue is less than a 10 mins walk from the campsite. On race day there will be gazebos up for us to congregate around.
- People usually head over to the race venue for a lap of the course Friday evening to check out the course and that the bikes are in working order.
- On race day there is a pretty lax attitude to security with people leaving their pride & joys whilst they take part in the swim/run etc. I'd bring a cable lock if you are worried, although touch wood I've never heard of anything bad happening.
- Similarly kit and wetsuits get everywhere so its worth putting things away in your bag or having wetsuits clearly labelled (prob gonna want to hang them up to dry).
- Friday Night - As far as I know there are no fixed plans. There are a couple of nearby pubs that sell food. Personally I'll probably bring some food to eat on the campsite. I think Domino will deliver to the campsite if you pay by card!
- Saturday night - BBQ time. Either bring food with you or personally I head to the local supermarket (not sure of exact directions so just follow everyone else) after the race has finished as I don't own a cool box that is good enough for over 24 hours. With that sorted it's time to chill and chat over a few beers.
- You don't need to wear your trisuit for the swim if you don't want to.
- If your serious a Turbo is a great piece of kit as you can warm up on it
- Chip in with a few peeps for the BBQ, 80 is too many for one big one!
- Earplugs are a good idea if your going to bed early on Sat
- Make sure you meet up with you team and can recognise each other.
- Make sure you decide where to handover on the swim, people in black neoprene and a swim hat tend to look alike!
Stuff to bring - This isn't a complete kit list as you will clearly need all your tri gear and a tent, etc if you are going to camp, bu I've just listed a few things that are specific to the relays:
- Torch so you can get to the toilet block & back to your tent
- BTF license of you have one so you can save £5!
- Cash. Don't recall there is a cash machine on site but I could be wrong
- Extra layer as it gets a bit chilly late at night
- Blanket or camping chair, there is a fair bit of lounging around to be done!