The Phoenix Sprint Triathlon is ideal for those looking for their first sprint OW triathlon, as an early season warm- up or as a recce for the Avenger middle distance triathlon later in the month.
Ragley Hall is situated near Alcester, B49 5NJ just off the A46. Ragley Hall is an established open water venue and Evesham Vale Triathletes are very pleased to be organising their second sprint distance triathlon in such a great location. The swim is one 750m lap of the lake.
The bike ride (taking in part of the Avenger route) is an undulating ride on a mix of A and B roads.
The 5km run is in the scenic parkland of Ragley Hall on grass and some tarmac.
The race is run under BTF rules, a copy of which will be available at registration. Maps of the course will be available on the www.eveshamvaletriathletes.co.uk website. This is a non- drafting race.
Prizes will be awarded for age categories (M and F) 15-16 (youth), 17-19, 20-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ based on age at 31st December 2015. There will also be spot prizes. Goody bag to all competitors. Chip timing.
Loved this race. Super cheap to enter and just oh so easy on race day.
From car park to registration to transition set up, real close proximity and done in a flash. There was a quick race briefing and then three waves for the lake. Simple anti-clockwise route and no congestion.
The bike course is the real jewel in the crown here, awesome country roads and at one point found myself with no one in sight and just endless green valleys either side. There’s a cheeky little climb in there but totally manageable.
The run is trail-based, all round Ragley Hall, with mild undulation.
This is a brilliant race full stop, particularly if you want a speedy time but a little bit of challenge thrown in to keep you on your toes. Definitely a perfect and friendly race for first timers to enjoy.
Race profile is pretty low and wasn’t overloaded with info in the weeks and months before the race, which is obviously different to the bigger events. The organisers might want to keep it relatively small and perhaps its better for it. Definitely one to sign up for and put in your schedule regardless, it’s a fantastic event!
Posted on 14.05.18
First things first: I haven't done the race - and I likely never will. I had heard that it is well organised and the course is scenic. Add to that, that the race is more or less on my doorstep, I thought this would be nice to blow off the cobwebs. I registered for the race a month before the race, but within days found out I could no longer do it.
I contacted the organiser immediately through the details on the race registration website (entrycentral) and asked what their cancellation policy was because nothing was stated and asked to withdraw from the race. I heard nothing back. So after a week, I contacted the organisers through alternative details (through entrycentral directly) asking to withdraw and also asking what their refund policy was.
If someone had gotten back to me within a couple of days letting me know that the organiser gave no refunds, that would have been fine. After all, the organiser has had expenses to set-up the race and also for admin. However, what happened instead was that 5 days before the race, I received an e-mail, stating that I had contacted them too late and that at this late stage (5 days before the race), I could not get a refund, but as a gesture of goodwill, they offered to transfer my entry either to a friend or to next year. I was not amused being blamed for contacting the organiser late, when they could not be bothered to respond for 3 weeks.
Later on, I found out through other triathletes as well as through groups on facebook, that the organiser is notorious for being unresponsive and that this has been raised quite a few times. Other athletes said they had had a similar experience and would never ever consider doing this race again. It's a shame. I want to support local club races, but if communication is such a nightmare and policies are not clearly stated, I cannot recommend the race.
Posted on 12.07.15