The following email went out to all Cotswold 113 2022 Competitors tonight :
113 2022 – April Competitor Newsletter
Good evening all, I hope everyone’s well ?
We’re getting closer and closer to race day on June 5th now, so I’m going to start sending you more and more info on the race weekend over the next 6 weeks. This is email is likely to be quite a long one too, and I can waffle a bit, so I’d suggest you take a seat and get a strong coffee on the go before getting started 🙂
In this newsletter, I’ll cover the following :
Race Information Pack
Mass starts and Rolling starts
As of last weekend, the race start list is now fixed and frozen, and your names etc submitted to insurers etc, so we can no longer make any name changes* or deferrals.
However, I’m conscious that as we’re posting race packs out, some of you might have moved house since you entered, and we need to catch up on any of these that we’ve not been notified of to date
On your entry confirmation email, will be your postal address. If you’ve moved house since then, please can you drop me an email with your new address please and I’ll update those on our master list so the packs get posted to the right place.
For anyone with a non UK address, we’ll have your packs waiting for you at registration on race morning.
*We can still change names on relay team members, as they’re insured slightly differently.
As mentioned above, we’ll be posting out race Bibs this year, and they’ll be landing on your door mat in the last week to 10 days running up to race day. In the envelope, you will get your race bib with your name and number on it, and a bike sticker. It’s covered in the race info pack below, but please can I use this as a first reminder that you need to stick your bike sticker on your bike before coming to transition to register on race morning. It doesn’t matter where on your bike you stick it, as we only use the race number sticker to match the bike up to the owner after the race against your race bib.
Nearer race day, we’ll send out an email address for anyone to contact for missing or lost numbers.
Traditionally, pre Covid, we used to hold registration for all competitors on the Saturday, but it seemed to be very popular to do this by post over the last couple of years, so we’ll stick with that this year to see how it works in more normal times. Don’t worry though, if you’re one of the people that still like to come along on the Saturday to get an idea of how it all works, we’ll still have stuff on for you to come and see/do.
I’ll get details out in a later newsletter, but we’ll have a couple of non compulsory briefings at the lake on the Saturday where we’ll take you through everything you will need to know and consider for the following day (We’ll do the compulsory briefing by youtube link, so you can watch our faces for radio go through the race safety points in your own leisure)
We’ll also have an opportunity to book a slot to swim our course throughout the day as I know that many of you like to get in the lake and get a taste for the water (not literally, I hope) the day before racing.
More info on the briefings and swim slots will come out around 2-3weeks before the race, so mid May ish.
Race information pack
Below is a link to download the race info pack :
We’ve included everything we can think of that you’ll need to know in this pack, but if you have any suggestions of anything else that we ought to cover, please just ask and we’ll update it.
It’s really important that you take the time to read through this please, and I’ve tried to make it as ‘reading at your desk at work’ friendly with few pictures so you don’t get in trouble for not actually working. I’ve found printing things off and putting them by the toilet at home helps too, as it’s about the only peace and quiet I get during the day at mine and Nicci’s house.
If you get any questions or need anything clarifying, please don’t hesitate to ask though, it’s what I’m here for
Mass starts and Rolling starts (plus race numbers)
Because of Covid regulations, for the last couple of years, we’ve moved from multiple mass starts, to a rolling start format. There’s been a growing trend in triathlon for a rolling start at races too, and it’s something that appears to have been very popular with our competitors over the last couple of years, so it’s something we’ll carry on with this year. However, I’m still aware that there’s a minority that want a mass style start so they can tell who they’re racing against when out on the courses, or groups of friends or a club that want a mass start so that they can all outsprint against each other at the finish line.
With this in mind, we’re going to trial a limited number (50 competitors) mass start wave to get the race started, and the following 6 waves will all be rolling starts within a 10 minute window.
Race morning start procedure will now look like this:
05:55 – Limited number Mass start from the shallow water at the lake entrance
06:00-06:10 Wave 1 Rolling Start
06:10-06:20 Wave 2 Rolling Start
06:20-06:30 Wave 3 Rolling Start
06:30-06:40 Wave 4 Rolling Start
06:40-06:50 Wave 5 Rolling Start
06:50-07:00 Wave 6 Rolling Start
In terms of starting off as small groups (4-5max) in a mass start, you can still cross the rolling start line together from a later wave if you so choose.
By Default, Waves 1-6 will be sorted by youngest First, Oldest Last respective of Gender.
However, if you like, now’s your chance to choose a specific wave and or race number, which I’ll now explain as follows:
Please can I ask that you read the following properly before getting your email in to request a wave and/or number.
Your window for requesting waves or numbers runs from now until May the 4th.
I’m going to get around 8-900 requests over the next 10 days, and as you can imagine, it’s pretty time consuming for me (I block book literally 50 hours/4days to sort this), so please can you read the following before making your request to make my life a little easier and reduce my level of headache and hairloss.
You can request any wave from 1-6 or the mass start wave*
*In terms of positions in the race and prize giving, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the mass start wave or not, and the fastest times of the day are regularly from a later wave.
You can only request any number from 10-900inc.
Relay teams can request a specific wave, but I’m afraid, cannot request a number as they’re racked separately to the solo entries so have a different number sequence
The mass start wave at 05:55 will be limited to 50 people only
You can request a group or block of sequential numbers so that you’re racked with your mates and in the same wave as them
If you’re requesting a group, please can I ask that you send me the following for each competitor within your group, as even the most seemingly unique names often have duplicates, not just your John Smith’s or Sarah Browns :
– Full Name
– Date of Birth
– Registered email address
Our racking runs numerically, so I will allocate a random block of sequential numbers so you’re racked next to each other.
Also, please can you make sure that everyone in the group that you’re requesting is on board with your idea, as we often get groups of names submitted, only to find out in a later request that some of the members want to request a different wave or number with other friends or simply don’t want to be racked with their group as they want to concentrate on their own race (This actually happens an awful lot)
You have 10 days, so no immediate rush to get your request in which gives you lots of time to clear it with everyone else, so please get it right first time, rather than emailing again and again with extra names, as once a group is blocked into numbers, I cannot always add more as the next group of numbers will run sequentially from your block
If you wanted to get yourself a specific lucky number (10-900inc), these are on first come first served basis, and tend to be really popular in the lower numbers, so when getting your request in, it’s worth listing a 2nd, 3rd and maybe even a 4th choice (number 69 seems to be very popular, as do the obvious year’s of birth etc – ie 72 or 91)
In terms of the numbers and waves, you don’t obviously have to pick a specific one, but in order to assist any decision, I’ll give you some examples of why you might want to choose a specific wave:
1) You might be the next Michael Phelps, and want clear water in front of you in the swim for your 50sec/100m pace, so want an early wave or the mass start
2) You might fancy a relative lie in, so want a later wave
3) You might want to be home in time for songs of praise, so want an earlier wave
4) You might be at the slower end of the race field, so want an earlier wave in order to not be the last person on the course during the run.
5) You might be a younger guy, and just want a later wave (or vice versa)
You can request your wave and/or numbers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org using ‘Waves and Numbers’ as the subject line.
I’m afraid with the sheer volume of emails, I won’t be able to reply to them, and the start list with all the waves and numbers listed will be on our website in around 2 weeks so you will just have to wait until that comes out
Maybe it’s something to do with the Jubilee weekend, but it’s proving harder than normal to get marshals this year for the races. We have around 200 Paid roles on the day, and we still need to fill around 30 of them.
Therefore, if you have friends, family, club mates that are coming down, or you can bring someone along, we’d welcome them to our Red team of 113 marshals on the day
They get paid too, and can choose from either £20 cash or a £40 113 Events voucher, and we’ll kit them up in a team shirt to keep, and keep them in burgers, ice creams and coffees during the day.
You don’t need any experience at all, and we’ll take them through a full briefing on the morning and partner them up with someone more experienced if required. Marshalling is good fun too, and we’ll make sure they have good time as a happy marshal is great for the race and they really help feed off the competitors.
We have two basic shifts where we still need to fill places:
Bike team 05:15 briefing to around 11:45am finish
Run team 07:15 Briefing to around a 14:00 finish
All we ask is that they’re over 16 and know their left from their right please
Drop me an email at email@example.com please
You may even fancy seeing the races from the other side yourself, and we have our other middle distance race at the same location on July 10th which we’d welcome more marshals for please
Right, if you’ve survived this whole email without falling asleep on a Friday night, then hats off to you and thanks for taking the time read through my waffle
We’re here to help, so if you get any questions or there’s anything we can help you with in the run up to the race, please just get in touch
Cheers and happy training
Graeme, Nicci and the 113 Events team