The following email went out to all Cotswold113 2016 Competitors today (3rd June 16)
Cotswold113 2016 – Pre race mail
It’s only days away from this year’s race, so I wanted to drop you all a quick email to let you know a few final bits of info for the race on Sunday 12th.
I’ll try not to waffle on too much as I’m conscious it’s friday afternoon, and the sun’s actually shining for once, so you’re probably keen to be outside not sat looking out a window reading my stuff
Anyway, in this mail, I’ll cover the following ;
Race info pack
Key info – Race morning
Aid Station foods and allergy info
Race weekend Shop
Race info pack
If you’ve not found it already, you can find the full race info pack in PDF to download at https://www.113events.com/cotswold-113/downloads/
It’s worth printing this off and reading through it as this contains everything you could ever need to know about the weekend. Even if you read it on the toilet (where I do my best reading, incidentally) take the time to have a look at it please as registration process is busy and it’s not always possible to get to see everyone to answer questions that are, in many cases, in the info pack
I’m pretty sure we’ve covered everything in there, but if you think there’s anything else that can go in, let me know and I’ll update it
We’re still looking for more marshals for race day, so please ask around to see if any of your friends and family that are travelling down with you would like to be involved – They get paid too or you can use their discount for next year’s races – https://www.113events.com/getting-involved/
Start List with waves and numbers
The full start list with all waves and numbers can be found here https://www.113events.com/cotswold-113/start-list/
This is downloadable as an XLS file, so if you’re trying to read it on a phone or tablet, you might struggle unless it can read excel
The start list was uploaded around a week ago, so if you’ve made changes to your entry in the last few days (i.e. changed clubs, corrected an age, been through gender surgery etc) this might not show on this list. We’ll update this in the middle of next week with the final version, which the results will be based on. If you’re worried something’s incorrect, please get in touch
113 Events are pleased to announce that Better GLL are helping out at this year’s events by offering some free passes for their facilities to all competitors. My 9yr old and I spend half our lives in the Better trampoline park in Swindon, so we’re super happy to have them onboard and involved in what we do
Their logos will be on our shirts this year, and they’ll be in attendance on race weekend with some goodies and passes for their gyms, trampoline parks, pools and other facilities.
Registration this year will be from 12:00 to 17:00 on Saturday the 11th. If you can’t get there, don’t worry as we have alternatives
1) You can get someone else to register for you – They’ll need a photocopy of your BTF license with a note on it to say that you’re happy for them to register in your place – If you’re not a BTF member, then a photo copy of another form of formal ID (i.e. passport, driving license etc) and £5 cash
The Photo ID will need to be a photocopy not an original as our BTF ref will hold these and make checks in transition that people are the person who’s name they’re racing as – BTF rules not ours, but it’s important to remember
2) We’ll have the packs ready at our house by around Thursday morning of race week, so if you’re passing Swindon on the M4, then you’re welcome round to ours to register early – The kettle’s always on at ours too
For anyone that is registering for themselves, they’ll need either their 2016 BTF license or formal photo ID and the £5 cash for a day license.
Genuinely, we cannot register you without photo ID, so please don’t forget it as without it, you won’t be racing. Sorry to be strict on this but both the BTF and our insurer insist on this and we cannot make the race happen without either of them.
By limitations of space, our transition area is unfortunately,very tight, so please be mindful of that when you’re working out which bag to bring with you. The BTF rules no longer allow plastic boxes in transition, and our BTF ref, who’s based in transition, is very strict on this. The transition area is on grass, so I’d suggest if it looks like it might be wet or has been wet the day before, that you bring a plastic bag to lay your stuff out on or in if it’s raining on the day – I can tell you by painful personal experience, that putting on wet running shoes and trying to run 13miles is not much fun
We will hold prize giving at around 14:30 by the finish area
I’ve had a few people drop me emails asking why this is as they’re planning to be finished by 10:15 and don’t want to hang around, so I thought I’d explain now to save any confusion.
Many of our competitors will not be finishing until around 14:30, and I don’t want people to feel like the race has closed and gone without them whilst they’re still battling out on the course. With the prize giving in the finish area for the time that the last of the people come through, I want to have more people in that area to give them the biggest cheers of the day as they cross the line. I’m sorry if this means the faster guys and girls have to hang around, but I hope you can all understand why I do it this way
I always like a few numbers and statistics, so here’s a few bits on this year’s 113 race ;
We have 1005 Competitors
The Average age is 19, and the oldest 61
The Furthest travelling competitor is from Italy, and the closest lives on the run course
23% of our competitors are female, and 77% male
Our most common competitor region is Wiltshire
5 competitors have their birthday on race day – what a way to spend it
As we have a tweaked new bike course for this year, we have scrubbed all the course records from previous years, so records are there for the taking this year
Key Info – Race Morning
The car park will open at 03:30 on race morning – This is controlled by Watermark, not us, so they will charge you a reduced rate of £5 cash per car on arrival. Car sharing would be great if you can as it’ll leave more spaces for spectators later in the morning and save you a few quid too
The transition will close for all competitors at 06:10 – This will mean if you’re in wave 7 for example, you could be waiting around for a while.
We have to get everyone out of transition, as by around 06:20, the first swimmers will be coming in from wave 1
The ground between transition and the toilets/start area is pretty rough, so bring some flip flops. If you leave them by the swim start, we’ll gather them all up into a smelly row behind the massage tent at the finish, so you can collect afterwards
If you’re worried about standing around for 30mins, bring a jumper and leave it with us, we’ll put any disguarded clothing in the massage tent for you to collect after the race
We will have 20 portaloos located just past where the swim start is, and it’s a walk down a gravel path, so don’t risk walking it barefooted.
There will be 2 portaloos in transition, but these will not be open until after the race starts and they’re not for using before the race as they’d be full within 30mins and then not usable during the race.
Aid Stations and food allergy info
On our run aid stations, we will have salted peanuts. We keep all containers separate and mark the peanut containers with a big P so that they’re not re-used for anything else on race day. However, the aid stations get pretty crazy at times and competitors tend to drag their hands through all the different food trays. With that in mind, we cannot even get close to guaranteeing that any of the foods will be free from peanut contamination
If you do have an allergy and still want to use the aid station food, please get in touch and we’ll see if we can come up with something
Also, if anyone wants anything specific on the aid stations, please just ask and we’ll see what we can come up.
If you want your own food on the run aid station, please mark it up in a bag with your race number, and drop it int Nicci in registration
Today, the lake has measured up at 16.2deg – I was in there last night (first time in 5 years I might add) and it was bloody cold. I’m expecting it to warm up to around 18-19deg by race day as the weather gods look like they’re going to be kind to us over the next couple of weeks We’ll 99.999% certainly be in the Wetsuit optional range, but I’ll post updates next week on our Facebook page – Facebook.com/113events
Race weekend shop
The Triathlon Shop from Bristol will be attending our race this year. You can contact them in advance if you want to pre-order any goodies for them to bring down on the Saturday
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Anyway, that’s finally it from me, and despite my intentions of not rambling on, this has probably taken you about 3 days to ready through
Anyway, we’re here to help, so please get in touch if there’s anything else you need from us before race day
Look forward to seeing you all race weekend
Graeme, Nicci and the 113 Events team
Tel: 07595 591612
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