The following newsletter went out to all competitors today
Cotswold113 2020 – Post event email
Good morning all
I hope everyone enjoyed Sunday’s Cotswold 113, and your legs are starting to feel a bit more human again
Firstly, and most importantly, thank you all for coming racing with us this year. It’s certainly been the most challenging year for us that we’ve experienced since we started in 2011, but I truly hope that we offered everyone that lined up with us this year just a little snippet of normality back for a few hours of Swim, Bike and run in what’s been a pretty crappy year for the whole world.
Triathlon in a Covid Safe environment is not the sort of racing we’re all used to doing, and it is different, but I hope that we made it work and that you all enjoyed the day in this ‘new normal’ in a totally safe environment.
I won’t waffle on for ages in this email as I’m conscious that you all have lives you want to be getting on with and are probably tired of reading my emails now, so in this final edition newsletter I’ll cover the following:
- Next year’s races
- Thoughts on Sunday’s event
Charlie and his team took thousands of photos on Sunday, and it takes a couple of days for them to sort them all, so they will be available on his website from tonight at https://www.charleswhittonphotography.com/group28183.html
You can find the finalised results from the day at https://dbmaxresults.co.uk/Results.aspx?CId=16421&RId=311
Next year’s races
Our 2021 dates are :
6th June – Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Tri
11th July – Cotswold Classic Middle Distance Tri
The two races are effectively identical, and although we traditionally have run the Cotswold Classic in August, we’ve been under some pressure for the Waterpark to move the Classic out of the Summer Holidays (understandably) as that’s their busiest period.
Although we had published that we were hoping to have entries open for both races this week, there’s been some delay with being able to fix prices with some of our suppliers (Most of the cost of entry is defined by supplier and facility cost as we rent everything in for races) as many of these companies are fighting to survive into 2021 like all of us, so are reluctant to fix quotes as quickly as they would normally
We’ll aim to have entries open online on Oct 1st, but will post up on our Social Media pages (Facebook and Twitter) once we have a fixed date in case this changes
Hopefully life will be a little more normal again next year, but if not, then at least we now have plenty of experience of how to run a Covid Safe race
Thoughts on Sunday’s race
In this modern world, getting online reviews is hugely important, so if you do fancy writing a review on the race, please can you head to https://racecheck.com/races/cotswold-113/
5 star reviews are, of course, always hugely appreciated, but I’d rather people be honest as that’s a fairer reflection on the day if you think we’re more of a 4.99 😉
We’re always after feedback so also please feel free to email me directly on your thoughts on the day instead, good or bad.
From our perspective, there were lots of bits that worked well, and some that didn’t. The changes to the bike course worked in parts, but in others really didn’t work as well as we’d hoped it would.
For next year’s races, we’ll go back to something more like our traditional course, and the changes on Sunday were really a fairly last minute thing driven by the need to remove the overlap with the run course due to Covid.
For those of you that have raced with us before, I’d be interested to hear how you thought the two versions of the course compared
Anyway, that’s it from me for this year
Thanks again for everyone that has chosen to race with us this year in these strange times
Wishing everyone a safe time over the coming months, and we’ll hope to see many of you back racing with us in 2021 and beyond
Graeme, Nicci and the 113 Events team