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To do a triathlon you need to be able to swim, cycle and run/walk. If you want to take part but only do one or two of these sports, you can enter the event as a team with 2 or 3 competitors doing different elements as a relay.
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.
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.
We cannot give exact timings until we have completed our start lists (Monday 2nd March), but as a guideline the waves this year will start between 10.15am and 1pm, The first swimmers in the Sprint will set off at 10:15am with the last starters in the Funathon starting at about 12:30 pm.  As a guideline, estimated sprint swim times can vary from 5-20 minutes, and it will normally be the slower times that will start the earliest from 10:15.  The faster sprint swimmers will probably go off between 12 and 12.30pm.  The funathon swimmers will go off immediately after the sprint.
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.
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.
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.
You will be provided with a swim cap at race registration. It is compulsory to wear a swim cap in the water so you can be seen easily by other swimmers and officials.
It is recommended you use them, but it is your choice!
Yes, any bike can be used but it must be in roadworthy condition.
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.
YES, it is compulsory you have to wear a helmet in all triathlons across the UK.
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.
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.
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.
Yes you will need to provide your own bike. but British Bike Hire will be available to rent a racing bike on the day for a very reasonable price of, http://britishbikehire.co.uk/book-greenpark.php for further details.
The 2015 event will take place on Thursday 5th March 2015
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 £100 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.
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.
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 £100. In previous years we have had competitors raise as much as £1700.
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