Where is the registration site for the 2018 Green Park Sport Relief Triathlon?
Registration will be held in Lime Square and will open at 08:30
How should I train for a triathlon?
It is important to know that you are in a healthy enough condition to exercise and take part in a triathlon. Please see your GP for a health check to confirm you’re fit to take part. Preparation for the event is also important. Get into the habit of doing at least one swim, one bike ride and one run each week. There will also be some official Green Park Triathlon Training sessions in the weeks leading up to the event. These will be announced on the website in due course.
What is the minimum age I can compete in the Green Park Triathlon?
You must be an adult (aged over 18) to take part. If you are aged 15-17 and wish to take part, please contact us, as it may be possible to make an exception for budding triathletes, with parental consent.
What will my start time be?
We cannot give exact timings until we have completed our start lists (6th March), further information regarding timings will be available nearer the time
When will I receive my race number and start time?
You will receive an email about 4 days prior to your event; this includes all of your race day information as well as your race number and start time. You will pick up your race bib numbers and safety pins at registration on the day of the event.
Can I wear one race number?
We ask competitors to wear two numbers that are clearly visible, on the back for the cycle and on the front for the run. An elastic “triathlon number belt” is a great way to achieve this (wearing just one number) and save putting holes in your shirt with safety pins
Will I need a wetsuit?
No. You’ll be swimming in the pool at the Nuffield Health Club. Wetsuits are not permitted for pool based swim events, but trisuits are fine.
Do I need a swim cap?
You will be provided with a swim cap at race registration. It is compulsory to wear a swim cap in the water so other swimmers and officials can see you easily.
Do I need a pair of swimming goggles?
It is recommended you use them, but it is your choice!
Can I use a mountain bike?
Yes, any bike can be used but it must be in roadworthy condition and can be checked by our bike maintenance team who will be in the registration area.
Will triathlon and road bikes make a difference?
They can make a difference but not a huge amount. Road tyres are smoother and provide less resistance and aero bars put you in a more aerodynamic position on your bike but you can retro fit both of those to almost all bikes quite cheaply if you want but it really isn’t necessary, unless you want to squeeze a few more seconds off your bike time.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
YES, it is compulsory you have to wear a helmet in all triathlons across the UK.
Which helmet is good enough to use?
Your helmet must have the “SNELL”, “ANSI” or “CE” safety mark inside it. The strap must be in working order and the helmet itself must not have any cracks on it.
Do you have bike and helmet number stickers at your triathlons?
Yes we do, you will find your bike and helmet stickers inside your race envelope where you will pick up at registration along with your race bib number and pins. Before you enter transition your number stickers (which must be the same as your race bib number) must be placed on your bike (in a prominent place), and at the front of your helmet.
I see on the TV people wearing really smart triathlon gear, this is my first triathlon and I don’t know what to wear?
The most important thing is to enjoy your first triathlon! Wear clothes you feel comfortable in, shorts, t-shirts, trainers. Make sure you get to the venue in plenty of time, check to see if you have everything (you should have done that at home) then go out there and have fun.
Do I need my own bike?
Yes you will need to provide your own bike. If you are interested in renting one for the event, we have a small selection available from our event sponsor Spokes of Bagshot, please contact us PRIOR to the event by emailing email@example.com for more information.
What date is the triathlon?
The 2018 event will take place on Thursday 8th March 2018
Are there additional costs?
Once you have paid your registration fee there are no other fees to enter the event, although we do ask that you aim (or team if you are a member of a team) to raise an additional £50 through sponsorship of you competing in the event. If you participate in the coached practice sessions there will be a small fee payable for each coached session that is payable directly to the coach.
What about Refunds?
Unfortunately, as this is a charity event and we incur costs from the moment you register, we are not able to offer refunds. But rest assured any profit from your registration will be donated to Comic Relief
How much am I expected to raise?
The main objective of the Green Park Triathlon is to raise funds for Comic Relief and so we are asking all individual competitors or relay teams to set themselves a fundraising target of at least £50. In previous years we have had competitors raise as much as £1700.
Can people based outside the UK sponsor me if they do not have a UK credit card?
Yes absolutely. To do this please advise your sponsors to make payment via the Paypal interface. This does not require them to have a paypal account but is able to process payments from any country – Please see our donating from outside the UK guide