Firstly ... I'm a member of TriSpirit so know exactly how much work had to go into finding a new swim location, finding a new bike route with a similar profile and then trying to get everything pulled together in a couple of weeks, with the increased logistics of supporting a multi-stage transition a great effort. Anyone who thinks IM/Outlaw or the like could manage this I'd like to see them try ... I've done IM before and their transportation between split transitions is poor at best with long waiting for the coaches.
I really enjoyed this event, the views on the bike and the run were breath taking, I throughly enjoyed the bike and the run especially. I am not too good on the swim but this time I was not too bad. The Marshall on the course were extremely friendly and helpful. The banter with the marshals were good. I am one for getting lost but this time I did not so the signs were clear or there were Marshall. Thank you Tri Spirit for a wonderful event. I will be back next year to beat my time.
I'm going to kick this off by saying I do have a huge amount of sympathy for the organisers of this event; they had to make a last minute change to the swim venue because of algae in the original lake, which in turn meant a split transition and hefty changes to the bike route. I'm sure this will have played a part in some of the issues on the day, but I can only review based on my experience.
Beautiful Day on the lake - surprised to look over at the first wave and see people walking in the middle of the lake ! But we were subsequntly warned about it in our pre swim brief.
As within any Trispirit Event, I expect a challenge, thats what I love about their races, by the end of the race you know you've raced and earned your medal.
I have completed several races from Tri Spirits and came back for the aquabike as many of my friends were in the champs race. There was a change to make it a split venue and this in my opinion made it better. The new swim venue is nicer than the conningbrook lake (which failed a safety check). We camped over night and was nice to be on site for the race.
A change to the course in the weeks running up to the event. This was communicated well to participants by email and all the course details were changed on the website. This did result in a split transition, but this was handled much better than the British Triathlon in Leeds in 2016 which was put on by a much larger organiser.
Fantastic event. A great deal of credit to the organisers and volunteers. They dealt with the enforced changes brilliantly.
I really enjoyed this race and to be able to put this on with only 2 weeks organisation is nothing short of a miracle. The sandbank was a bit of a surprise but who really swims the course beforehand and anyway what can you do it’s not like you can turn a tap on, it was perfectly swimmable. I swam 2052 my navigation was a bit off and the wind was up so I would expect the buoys to move about.
There was walking in the swim and the swim was quite long, and lots of people got lost on the bike and run. I got a bit disorientated but other than that it was OK.
In all I enjoyed this race as my first Middle Distance triathlon however...
Start: has one toilet. Next to the parking 5 other cubicles.
I've done the owler quite a few times now and its a great race. Really well organised, friendly marshalls and race entry doesn't break the bank!
A well organised race with good quality aid stattions along the way.
I entered last years Owler Sprint Tri, it was my first since the 90's, I've done plenty of runs & athletics meetings at the Julie Rose Stadium & it's just a great venue! It was very sunny last year but this year the weather was quite the opposite but I still enjoyed it tremendously. The organisation is as good as it gets, a nice lake swim, a little weedy but no problems, followed by a bike route that has undulations but isn't extremely hilly or very flat. The run was different this year & there were a lot of puddles to splash through as the rain came down so hard but it wasn't a problem. Lots of enthusiastic helpers & marshals, also a nice crowd of family members in the stadium cheering us home. All in all a really nice event & safe to say I'll be back for my 3rd Owler next year!
A wet windy race. Made enjoyable my amazing Marshall support , planning and motivating aid stations all stood suffering in the awful conditions. Will back next year. Epic.
This was my first open water sprint triathlon & I was quite nervous about the swim. A good pre race briefing giving clear, simple instructions & on what to do if in trouble helped calm the butterflies before entering the water. Other than a bit of weed, warm swim went without hiccups. Lots of marshals guiding me to transition & heading out on a very wet course, again having been warned to take care on very wet roads. I'm off I don't mind cycling in the rain but did take extra care & good signage for the sprint made the route straight forward.