Great event. Competed in 2016 and 2017. It's wonderfully set up for evertyone. All ages and abilities. The pool is fabulous to swim. The bike route takes in some wonderful areas of guildford, and the run is, well it's a run after a swim and a bike ride. My legs never seem to work for at least 1k. But that's the fun of the event.
This beautiful area deserves a good triathlon, and we finally have it! This lovely, friendly Tri is organised by AAT - easily the best local race organisers i know, and certainly the chaps with the unrivalled local knowledge (the trail runs are second to none). My challenge to AAT now is to arrange an Olympic distance Tri!
The deadzone does not work if the marshall team dont manage it correctly. the lights debacle was a joke. i waited 2.5 minutes at a red light for him to check me on a green for the dead zone. why? it should have been as I arrived not I leave, after beng held up 2.5 minutes. you need to thoink this through.
Swim finish was in the middle of the pool, not by the ladder. Confusion regarding dead zone on the bike.
The course itself was lovely, and I would race it again because it's local to me. However I did feel that the organisation was poor. Registration was due to open at 6:00 but was running late and seemed disorganised. Then we had to wait around as transition wasn't open. Transition was on an AstroTurf pitch so had tiny pebbles on it which isn't ideal when runnnig around barefoot. There was some confusion about the non-competing zone at the start of the bike leg; it was mentioned in the pre-race emails but I overhead people saying it wasn't in effect whilst setting up in transition. With no race briefing I think this was unclear for a lot of racers. Everything seemed to run late from the offset....
Guildford Triathlon is a fun race, I certainly recommend it and plan to race again next year.
On the whole I enjoyed the experience, but it could have been much improved.
wonderful day. Better markings on the run and I didn't get lost thankyou but someone didn't quite think the swim and changed from previous year so couldn't get out of the pool. End with steps!!!!!
Enjoyed this race, plenty of marshals on ride and run but they could have been better placed for the run.
Very good race however was no race briefing and some of the marshals didn't fully know how the dead zone worked and to stop your timing chip meaning my time is slightly incorrect! The run is a challenging trail run but great views.
Improved swimming prep in terms of waiting in doors but a little disorganised in terms of setting people of against expected swim time. Transition, bike and run all good. Nice run route (even with the hills). A good local event, will be back again.
Registration seems flawed that they don't check your name and number, just leave the competitor to state their number. No security check of who you are. There was no race briefing which caused problems. It was hard to understand the timing system (too manual and not passive enough) and where/if there was a dead zone. Some directions were not obvious following changes from 2016 which a briefing could have addressed. No aid stations, only refreshments at the finish (banana,water,flapjack,brownie).
Thank you for putting on this event right on my doorstep. The facilities were great. The swim entrance was perfect, however the exit needs tweaking a bit. Thank you for publishing the routes ahead of time. Thank you to all the helpful and encouraging marshals. It definitely helped to have you on the roads and trails. I'm looking forward to next year already!
It was good to have the bikes stored on the AstroTurf, no mud, - it was also great to start the swim inside - although there were lots of people going 'early' out of sequence, I'd like to see this better controlled. The run was over very uneven rough ground in places, I nearly twisted my ankle at one point. I would appreciate more information earlier, rather than finding it out on the day.
First tri, disorganised swim start and very difficult swim pool exit had to swim across 4 lanes to steps as I couldn't pull myself out of the deep end. Good cycle route and run was certainly all terrain route.
Overall a good event but the run was a bit misleading with the signaling and thus some participants ended up in wrong turns.
well organised, good facilities and easy to navigate
I volunteered last year due to plantar fasciitis so getting to participate this year was really special especially as it as my first medal triathlon event! There didn't seem to be a race briefing or not that I heard and I think they started the swim at the wrong end of the pool! I felt so sorry for the first 100 people as they were being pulled/dragged from the pool. It seemed they got it the wrong way round and by the time I exited the swim it was safely and thankfully via the steps. The transition for the bike seemed to be a long way from the pool so thankfully I had my trainers (at my own risk). The bike route was beautiful but I did see a few people go in the wrong direction. The run route was definitely trail, again I saw a few people go in the wrong direction. My run time didn't register. I wanted to do it in under two hours. My watch time was 1:50 so I don't really care about the official time. The medal was cool. The scenery was stunning. The event organisation needs improving.
Issues with swim exit, communication around what constitutes 'dead zones' and how these zones are administered. Poor run course marking on the open field sections. Would expect better race day organisation as it's not the first event and is £45 to enter.