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What an amazing event the Green Park 2013 Triathlon was (see the photos). The weather could not have been better but also the racing, participation, marshalling and 'cheer leading' were really great fun. Thank you for all the great feedback on the day and please feel free to email me back (email@example.com) or post on our Facebook page your comments so we can make it even better next year. If you have not already please consider 'Liking' or becoming a friend of our page. Like many events we certainly did not think of everything and the last minute surprises put our volunteer marshals and organisers under a lot of pressure so a personal thanks from me to them for all their hard work and patience to resolve those.
First let me thank all of our sponsors without whom we would not be able to run this event and raise an incredible amount of money for Red Nose Day (please continue to add to your fundraising pages, or to the event page). Thank you to our partner Organising Sponsors in Oxford Properties (and the Green Park Estate Management team of Broadgate Estates) who allow us to take over the park for the day and prepared the course for us (which was flooded only a few weeks ago), Nuffield Health who let us make extensive use of the Gym for training/coaching (with Dom) and of course on the day, My Sporting Times who are the professionals in Triathlon and provided us the guidance we needed and finally Cisco who have always provided the much needed support to allow so many staff to be involved in the organisation.
For the second year running Quintiles were our corporate sponsor who along with Oxford Properties and Cisco provided a very significant amount of funding to help cover the costs of running the event and allowing us to donate even more of the registration fees to Red Nose day. In particular I would like to acknowledge the Cisco Safety and Security Team who sponsored the First Aiders and stations around the course to ensure we kept safe and had support on hand if it were needed.
We also had an army of event sponsors to which we are also truly grateful of their services on event day, including Tony and the British Bike Hire team who did a great job at short notice to make race bikes available to us, AW Cycles who have supported us for the past 4 years and provided mechanical support for those that needed it, OnePhysioTherapy who were on hand to provide much needed massage for those that wanted it, Tony and the crew at Zest for catering to our varied needs and hosting the Prize Giving event and finally DB Max for their amazing Chip timing, Swim Marshaling and cycle racking which make the event 'professional'. Thank you to the Reading 107 team that not only gave us great radio coverage but also put in a relay team (Yvonne Wan, Debra Mann and Tony Grundy) and brought the Radio car to Lime Square yesterday, they were great sports.
Congratulations to all our winners who are listed below. If you were not in the top 5 though you can check your results on the DBMax website (under results)
Sprint Winners (Click for PDF)
Funathon Winners (Click for PDF)
Thank you to all our event partners that sponsored Prizes and items for the goody bags.
Event Timings and Race Start Times (Tuesday March 5th)
The registration tent and transition area will be open from 08:30 for you to register and to store your bike in the secure transition area/compound. You will be unable to enter the transition area without your competitor wristband to show the guards. Equally you will NOT be able to remove a bike or helmet that does not have the same number band as the one on your wrist, so please be prepared to show them (does not apply when racing). Your race start times are shown here. Please ensure you arrive at the event at least 1 hour before your start time to give yourself plenty of time to check in and store your bike. If you are in a relay team please register at the same time as you will all need to sign your disclaimers and health assessment to check in. The first Sprint race is at 11:00 and the first Funathon race is at 13:00, but check the times for your specific race. These are the final race times but if there are any issues please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Or see the registration desk for any queries on the day.
Please park at the Event Parking in 400/450 South Oak Way. This is kindly marshaled by the Rotary Club on our behalf. Please show your support by making a donation as they will be collecting for charity. Please do NOT attempt to park at the Gym as we need to minimise traffic in this area for safety reasons and to run the event.
If you did not receive an event guide or missed the race briefing you can watch/listen to the briefing here (Webex Recording) or Download the competitor guide
The 2013 event will take place on Tuesday March 5th
This event is open to anyone of any standard and aimed at mobilising the business community in raising cash in aid of the Comic Relief campaigns. For 2013 the campaign is Red Nose Day and we are offering the option for you to enter either Sprint or the shorter distance fun event, what we call the "Funathlon" forms of the Triathlon event.
Don't worry if you are new to Triathlon or are only confident in one of the 3 sports, you can enter as part of a team of three with each team member participating in one of the three sports in a relay. Alternatively you could enter the fun form of the event which is the shorter distance. Equally if you are a seasoned Triathlete, what better way to warm up for the 2013 season and encourage your work mates to find out what Triathlon is all about?
The more cash you raise the better your chance to win an Apple iPad Mini! Thanks to our sponsors EOS.
We are delighted to announce that as an individual you have the opportunity to win an iPad Mini. The iPad will be presented to the individual who raises the most money for Red Nose Day based on the cash received via their giving page. There is also an iPad Mini to be won for the 'fanciest dressed' individual who completes all three sports.
New Year Resolution? Commit to Get Fit!
To help introduce people to the event and 'Commit to Get Fit in 2013' we are delighted to say that with every registration we are offering a FREE 8-Week Coaching Plan and Coached practice sessions with Dom Dos Remedios our official British Triathlon Federation Coach for the event. These will be run from the Nuffield Health Gym on Green Park who have kindly offered free Gym access for registered competitors in the run up to the event. What better way to continue the Olympic spirit in 2013, get fit and help those less fortunate than ourselves?
Please scroll down for dates/times of the training sessions.
The Course and Race Times
The events will be run on Green Park in Reading. We will be using Lime Square as the hub for race check-in and safety briefings. The address is Lime Square, Green Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6UL. The swimming will be at the pool in Nuffield Health while running and cycling will be on roads within the Green Park perimeter. Transition between swim and cycle will be indoors/under cover. We expect the first wave will start their race at 11:00 on race day and we expect the final wave to complete no later than 15:00 although exact timings will be made known nearer the time and will be influenced by the number of competitors/waves. If you are ready to register the link below will take you to the registration site. If you need help in forming a team please feel free to post an appeal on our Facebook page, tweet or email email@example.com
Need a Bike?
If you would like to take part in the Green Park Triathlon but do not have access to a bike, we have a limited number of "Green Park" bikes that you can borrow for the event.
This is a FREE service for those who raise a minimum of �100 in sponsorship and bikes will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please check on availability before registering;
booking will be confirmed with your registration. (Note: as of 20th January all the Green Park bikes have been booked).
For a preferential rate of �30 our sponsors British Bike Hire can supply an 18 speed racing or an 18 speed high performance lightweight hybrid bike for this event. All bikes will be supplied clean and serviced. The price includes delivery and collection to and from the event, bike fit and explanation of the workings of the bike. If you do not own your own helmet they can also loan you one for the day.
British Bike Hire will also have a mechanic in attendance on the day to fix any bike problems competitors may have.
For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Tony on 07720 631482
View FunRaising or Sponsor Here
Instructions on how to donate to Red Nose Day form outside the UK
If you have already registered and would like to add more details or invite people to join a team you created
please Administer your 2MEV profile
Once our registration team receives notification of your registration they will set up a Red Nose Day giving page for you that is linked to the Triathlon event.
This will allow you to see how you are getting on relative to your fellow competitors.
The email will confirm the registration information received and include details of how to access your sponsorship page so you can personalise it as well as the
URL you can send to friends, colleagues, customers, partners or anyone you think would be willing to sponsor you. For helpful tips on how to fund raise at work take a look at the Guide to Fundraising
Green Park Triathlon Services
Thanks to our sponsors we are able to offer the following services for the competitors of the Green Park Triathlon to enhance your raceday experience and make it an event to remember:
- Precision (chip) timing from DBMax
- Changing and shower facilities from Nuffield Health
- Sports massage facilities from OnePhysiotherapy
- Secure undercover transition area
- Triathlon Coaching from Dom Dos Remedios
- Guest access to Nuffield Gym for training
Are you a Novice? Need help in training for the Run stage?
Our friends at Moti have provided a free guide to how to start running. This is an invaluable guide to assist you in preparing for
the event if you are new to running or want to build up to the big event. The perfect complement to the free Coaching with Dom. You can download The MOTI novice runner guide
Green Park Triathlon Training Sessions
Our resident British Triathlon Federation Coach, Dom Dos Remedios, has put together a downloadable training plan (PDF) covering six weeks leading up to the event.
Whether you're an experienced triathlete or triathlon first timer, those who have registered can come and "TRI" our Official Green Park Triathlon Training Sessions at Nuffield Health
with our resident British Triathlon Federation Coach, Dom Dos Remedios.
First Session: Tuesday 15th January, 12.15pm-1.15pm, Nuffield Health, Green Park.
What are the goals of the Training Sessions?
1. To meet and train other Green Park Triathlon entrants.
2. To improve your swim, bike and run fitness and technique.
3. To have fun!
Who are the Training Sessions aimed at?
ALL Green Park Triathlon competitors, whether you're a triathlon first-timer or a budding Alistair Brownlee or Chrissie Wellington, these sessions are for YOU!
When are the Training Sessions?
12.15pm-1.15pm on successive Tuesdays leading up to and following the Triathlon.
15th January - Bike (in Spin Studio) + Outdoor Run [essential kit: trainers]
22nd January - Pool Swim [essential kit: swimming costume and goggles]
29th January - Bike (in Spin Studio) + Outdoor Run
5th February - Pool Swim
12th February - Bike (in Spin Studio) + Outdoor Run
19th February - Pool Swim
26th February - Bike (in Spin Studio) + Outdoor Run
5th March - THE GREEN PARK TRIATHLON
12th March - Pool Swim
19th March - Bike (in Spin Studio) + Outdoor Run
26th March - Pool Swim
Please contact Coach Dom at email@example.com
Additional Training Options
If the lunchtime sessions are not convenient, here are some alternative training sessions you can consider after work run by Ellie and Barnes Fitness (please note these are subject to a small charge and are hosted at a different location).
Tuesday Night Running Group
6.30pm - 7.30pm (details) at Palmer Park, Wokingham Road, Reading, RG6 1LF
Thursday Night Circuit Training
6.15pm - 7.15pm (details) at Sports Centre, Crosfields School, Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 9BL
What Next after the Green Park Triathlon?
Now you have come this far, why not sign up for more events later in the year to inspire you to keep fit throughout 2013?
The following are great events put on by our partners. The Wellington Triathlon is a pool-based Triathlon like the Green Park Triathlon so a great follow-on event.
If you feel ready for a lake-based Triathlon, the Reading Triathlon is a great goal for the end of the summer.
- Sunday 7th April 2013: The Butlers Bonk Duathlon, 10km/40km/5km or 5km/20km/5km (details)
- Thursday 16th May 2013: Dinton Pastures 5km/10km (details)
- Sunday 26th May 2013: The Small Fry & Big Fish Swims 2013 1500m or 3800m Open Water Swims (details)
- Sunday 2nd June 2013: 2013 Jubilee River Swim 10km Individual & Team Relay (details)
- Thursday 13th June 2013: Dinton Pastures 5km/10km (details)
- Sunday 16th June 2013: Wellington Triathlon 2013 200m/10 Mile/5km (details)
- Friday 5th July 2013: Friday Night Swims 2013 750m or 1500m night swim (details)
- Thursday 11th July 2013: Dinton Pastures 5km/10km (details)
- Sunday 14th July 2013: Reading Aquathlon 2013 400m/2.5km, 750m/5km or 1500m/10km (details)
- Sunday 1st September 2013: Reading Triathlon Olympic distance of a 1500m swim, 44km cycle and 10km run, and the Sprint distance of a 750m swim, 22km cycle and 5km run (details)
The following is a selection of feedback that has been received from competitors participating in last year's event
"The Green Park Triathlon was such a superb event to give people new to the sport of Triathlon (Swim/Bike/Run) an opportunity to experience the wonders of a multi sport event... The organisation was second to none and everyone knew where they needed to be and when - no easy feat. The option to do the event in a team also enable so many more people to take part. If this was your first event, let it be a stepping stone to many more - don't get put off by all the pros who have expensive bikes and tri-suits, just take part and enjoy the event and sense of achievement when you finish. My three top Triathlon Training tips are; 1. Train SMARTly 2. Stay injury free (get niggles seen to ASAP) and 3. SMILE!".
Ellie Barnes � Team GB
(Ellie represented Great Britain at the European Age Group (25 - 29) Sprint Triathlon Championships in Israel on April 21st 2012.. (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run) against top athletes from across Europe!)
Thank you for organising the triathlon. It was my first attempt and took part in the Super Sprint swim as part of a relay team. It was very well organised and I hope that we raised plenty of money for Sports Relief. Thanks again, and if you organise it again next year, and I can keep swimming each week, then I might even attempt the 400 metres next time! � Rob
Many thanks for a great event and soooooo well organized! I don�t think there was anything you could have done to make it better, well informed, fantastic marshalling and signage. Lots of encouragement from the spectators. - Mark, Chris & Richard
Just to say thanks to you; I thorough enjoyed my first triathlon at green park today; fantastically well organised & equally enjoyable! I sense that I'll be participating in more triathlons now this has whetted my appetite! - Helen
I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your hard work in organising yesterday�s Triathlon event. I can�t imagine how much time and effort you have put into organising the event and as it was the first time I�d ever done anything like this and I was mightily impressed. � Gary
Thank you so much to you and MySportingTimes for all your hard work in organising such an enjoyable event and also to all the fabulous marshals out on the course who did a great job of keeping everyone going. - Vicky
We entered two teams and one individual today and have thoroughly enjoyed our day! The whole event was well laid out, clearly organized and a real pleasure to be involved with! I am sure plenty of money has been raised for a wonderful cause and we are already looking forward to the event next year! Please thank all the marshals, welcome staff and all the organizers on our behalf! Thank you for a really joyful day, even if we are all shattered now and needing a nap!! - Anna
As a team competitor, just wanted to say that I think you did a fantastic job at pulling the event together today. From what I saw it went extremely smoothly and was very successful, even down to the supply of safety pins. I know you could not do it all so a huge thanks goes to all your support team as well, because I really appreciated just turning up and participating. - Jeremy
Many thanks for organising such a great event that seemed to go smoothly for all competitors. My wife and I had a great day and raised some cash too. Looking forward to next year already! - Kevin
Can I thank you for all you did to organise the event- I know that all the money raised will make a huge difference. On a personal level completing the super sprint has given me a real sense of achievement. Can you pass on my thanks to Dom and Calum for making the training events fun. � Debi
Many thanks for the excellently organised and marshalled Green Park Triathlon Event for Sport Relief 2012. I must say that, despite my run time, I enjoyed the entire event tremendously. The volunteers at check-in were friendly and efficient. The staff at the Nuffield Health centre were fabulous, as were the shower and changing facilities and the provided towels. The transition areas were secure and neat. The course was very clearly signed, well laid out, and had many vocally supportive staff and spectators along the way, which is of course a joy. The DBmax anklebands gave good lap times. The organisers ensured that the waves set off on time, and all briefings were clear and concise. The pool volunteers did a good job of counting the lengths amongst the melee, and the lanes were not too overcrowded. Thankfully I did not have need of the mechanics nor the medical staff, but it was comforting to know they were never far away. This was my second triathlon, and I highly recommend it for beginners, as you are never far away from base. My heartiest congratulations to all who contributed, both organisers, marshalls and competitors and fundraisers.- James
Thank you for all your efforts in organising the brilliant triathlon yesterday. As a competitor, I thought the organisation was fantastic and the event ran seamlessly from start to finish. The number of marshals was also incredibly impressive and, in particular, I thought the ladies on registration, the pool side lane counters and the ladies and gentleman marshalling the bike and run courses were superb. You mentioned on the webex that you weren't trying to be a professional triathlon organiser, but you did a pretty good impression of one! - Dom
* Registration fees are non-refundable