RAF Honington Sprint Triathlon 2016

Bury St Edmunds, GB

After last years inaugural event RAF Honington will now be one of the races in the RAF Triathlon Try-a-Tri Sprint Series. Please read the full detailed description of the event.

About this Event

RAF Honington is a BTF sanctioned event and the third race in the RAF Triathlon Try-a-Tri Sprint Series.  The
Sprint Series events are only open to military personnel, dependants, MoD civil servants and UAS cadets.  Emergency service personnel may compete by invitation only, and should approach the Race Director at the earliest opportunity (racedirector@raftri.org.uk) to inform of their intent to participate.

Limited entries will be accepted on the day, but the event cannot exceed capacity.  Personnel intending to enter on the day should first approach the race organiser to confirm eligibility.  Cash payment will not be accepted; payments on the day will be by cheque only with a valid MOD90 ID Card.

Relay entries are welcomed, rules for which are available in the Coordinating Instruction available on the RAF Triathlon Association website (www.raf.mod.uk/raftriathlon).

Race Dates.  Wednesday 6th Jul 2016

Race Venue.  RAF Honington, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 1EE 

Race Distances. 400m indoor pool swim, 25km bike ride around RAF honington Airfield on closed roads, and 5km out and back run.

Key times:

0930-1130: Registration and transition open.
1200: Race Briefing. 
1230: Transition closes, first competitors start. 
TBC: Transition re-opens. 
1600 TBC: Prize giving.  

Race Registration.  
At registration, competitors are to bring: 

Documentation.  Race confirmation e-mail, race licence (where applicable) and MOD90 ID Card.

Civilians.  Civilians are also required to produce a completed race declaration form at Appendix 1 to the Coordinating Instruction available on the RAF Triathlon Association Website.

BTF rules

The Sprint Series is a BTF sanctioned race and will be assessed to BTF standards, a comprehensive list of the rules are available on the BTF website.  Competitors should specifically note the following:

Helmet chin-straps are to be tight enough to fit 2 of the athletes fingers into the closed straps.  This will be checked at event registration entry so please have your helmet ready.

No calf guards (or lower leg coverings) in the pool.  You can put them on in transition after water exit.

Clothing with front fastening zips are to be fully fastened.

RAF Triathlon Sprint Series Rules

The restrictions introduced in 2015 have been relaxed for the 2016 season, and therefore time trial bikes, aero wheels (including disc wheels) and aero helmets are permitted this year.

If you don't have any of this gear, do not worry, as any road worthy bike is permitted, be it road or mountain.  From a safety perspective, handle bars are to be plugged and brakes are to be serviceable.

Helmets must be BSI, ANSI, Snell or equivalent standard.

Race Briefing

The race briefing will be at 1200. This is mandatory for all competitors, and will include clarification of rules, local knowledge, and anything else essential in order to ensure that your race is as safe as possible. If any competitors have any queries about the race then this is the time to ask the race referee or organiser:

Swim 400m (16 lengths)
Competitors will be started in waves at 4 min intervals at the deep end of the pool.  The start list and competitor start time will be confirmed at registration, and a printout of the start list will also be placed in the pool window.  It is the competitor's responsibility for counting the number of lengths.

Cycle 25km.  (route available at Link TBC).
The cycle route is around the RAF Honington airfield and is on closed roads.  The course is flat and allows for fast times.

Helmets.  Helmets must be fastened before mounting the cycle, worn at all times during the cycling section of the event, and not unfastened until the cycle has been returned to its original position (FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN A TIME PENALTY).

Assistance.  Any assistance other than that provided by the organisers will result in a penalty. Competitors are NOT ALLOWED TO DRAFT.  The cycle draft zone is defined as a rectangle surrounding every competitor that is 3m wide and extends 10m behind the front wheel of a competitor’s cycle.

Road Safety.  Competitors must obey all traffic signals and follow any directions given by the race marshals or officials.  Any infringement of the law and subsequent legal action is the sole responsibility of the competitor.

Run 5km.  (The run route available is at Link TBC).
The run route is an 'out and back' route, ending at the finish line outside the Gym.

***This website will be updated periodically until race day, providing you with more information as the race gets closer*** 

When & Where

6 July 2016



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