Road triathlon from Haslemere Leisure Centre, Surrey.
Located on the edge of the South Downs National Park this is a gloriously scenic location to swim/ bike/ run!
Enjoy a 400m pool swim, 20km road cycle and 5km mixed-terrain run.
King's Road, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2QT
10 June 2018 - 08:00
Secure your place by registering online. On race morning, find the number against your name on the table in registration, tell our registration volunteer that number and they'll give you your timing chip and race number.
Please share lifts where you can, the train station is a 10 minute walk from the leisure centre, or cycle.
Bag storage will be available for one small bag per person.
What to wear
Your tri suit!
Swim in the 25 meter pool at Haslemere Leisure Centre, followed by a road cycle and a mixd terrain run.
Chip timing will be used.
Team Medic will be on site.
Available within the leisure centre.
Water and bananas will be made available on the finish line!
Tough course but well sign-posted. An enjoyable event but slightly tarnished by the relatively poor organisation.
Firstly the positives:
All of the people involved were very friendly and supportive and I think there was a really positive atmosphere despite the very early start!
The swim was a zig-zag format which I found to work reasonably well and it didn't hinder my swim time as much as I thought it might.
The cycle course was really nice, quite undulating and the road surface was quite reasonable. Lots of marshalls out on the course which is always good to see!
The run course was particularly tough but offered stunning scenery. A real pleasure to run through. There were numerous gates on the run course as well as some surprinsingly steep sections which definitely added to the experience!
The finish 'line' - lots of people congregated in what was quite a small space but it definitely made for a great atmosphere!
I'm not sure who was a volunteer and who was 'staff' per se but very few people seemed to have much idea of what was going on.
At registration, numerous participants were assigned the wrong number, or the wrong chip which made working out the timings especially difficult.
Swim waves were a little mixed up amongst the slower swimmers but this didn't seem to matter too much as it tends to be only the faster swimmers that care and who therefore generally organise themselves.
In transition, I noticed that by the time the first swimmer was out, organisers still hadn't decided where the entrance to T1 should be and the 'Bike out' had not even been opened. One guy had to sprint to the other end of transition to open the barriers to allow the cyclist out. Not ideal.
The cycle route was fine although there was no mount/dismount line, just a general 'area' where you mount/dismount which was mildly confusing initially but obviously beginner friendly.
Similarly the finish line didn't seem to exist, it was an 'area' of the grass. Unfortunately it also turned out you hadn't actually finished until you handed your chip to the timing guy. A queue quickly formed where multiple finishers arrived at the same time.
Regarding the chip timing, I don't really think it worked very well at all. There were no timing mats to cross (whereby the chip is normally worn on the ankle) so I suspect a lot of times had to be somehow calculated manually. Consequently, lots of split times are missing/wrong for quite a number of participants.
I can generally forgive all of these points at it was very much a local event, which had a great atmosphere, however the cost of the event was on par with some larger and more organised races so it was disappointing to see that some corners had been cut.
Posted on 06.07.18
Loved it! Hilly & good fun. There was some confusion about swim times but I had no issues in the pool at all. Sadly my chip (and a few others i spoke to) didn't work for some reason and I'm still waiting for my results.
Posted on 11.06.18
Thanks for reviewing the race! Sorry to hear that you're still waiting for your results - I'll look into that right away for you.
I have only ever done one sprint triathlon before and it was so long ago that I had forgotten what they are like. So an early start and I'm half way to Haslemere and I have forgotten my bike helmet! Panic, turn around, back to Guildford to get it. I have gone from being nice and early, to being on the verge of late. I got there racked up my bike and just dumped my bag by it.
I evenually made it into the pool and did my swim which was very well organised.
For my transition to the bike, I may as well have taken a hair dryer, deodorant and hair gel, the amount of time it took me. Something to work on for the next one. After the nice, not too hilly bile ride, I managed to get my trainers on reasonably quickly, and started running well, until I got to the first hill. It went up, then it went up some more and carried on in the same way until the 2.5km marker. I love running but after a swim and a ride, this was brutal.
The bike and running courses were really well marked out with yellow arrows, and support near the finish area was great. Getting my finish time on a slip of paper printout at the end was great. No waiting around for email results.
My final time was 1hour 42 mins, way down the pecking order, but I reckon I could save 6 mins in transition by being a bit more organised. I definitey recommend this triathlon. It is set in lovely surroundings and the roads were nice and quiet for the bike section
See you again next year Haslemere.
Posted on 11.06.18
Thanks for the fantastic review James - and congrats on your 2nd Triathlon!