Great beginners race or an early bird for the more advanced
A great triathlon if you are looking at completing one in Guildford. Excellent marshals, organisation and a good crowd of mixed abilities. I would do this one again.
Excellent organisation from sign up to the finish line. Great value for money when you sign up early, awesome medal, and everyone involved from the organisers, marshalls to the other competitors were really friendly. Bring on next year!
Generally the event was really friendly and well run and I really enjoyed it all. It was nice swimming in the 50m pool.The DJ was a nice idea but unfortunately too loud and too close to the entrance for the swim/ regitration. I couldn't hear if there was a pre race briefing! It was a cold day and an indoor queuing system for the swim would have been a good plan B. The swim was a bit stop start due to the ropes and overtaking but on the up side I didn't have to remember how many lengths I'd done! The signs on the courses were good too. I liked the warning signs for bumps/pot holes on the cycle route as i don't know the area so had no idea what lay ahead. Transition was well laid out but non race people were just chatting in the pathways and blocking paths out. The security in transition could have been tigher and a better fence to stop people just carrying bikes out would have been good. I enjoyed the off road run and didn't mind the longer bike and run. Would do it again.
This was my first ever tri, so I don't have much to compare. However... on the downside: there was less security around the transition than I was expecting, queueing outside for the pool start seemed a little haphazard, the DJ was too near the registration desks to hear anything else, so I'm not sure if there was any verbal race briefing, the deadzone could have been worked around (or given a maximum time), and the trails were in places overgrown and very flinty edge-of-a-farm field affair, and the distances were unclear (advertised at 20k ride, then website later said 22k, but Strava route was 23k, likewise run 5k, then 5.5 then 5.7). I don't mind going the extra mile, but it took a little maths to work out whether I'd beaten my original target! On the upside: the marshalls were all friendly, helpful and informative, the routes were well marked, there was a good vibe amongst the competitors and while there were a good few 'serious' athletes, it never felt daunting. A good environment and event to start out in the sport.
Firstly, let me say that I really enjoyed the Guildford triathlon; a lovely bunch of participants and a beautifull Surrey setting.
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My daughter was a first timer for the duathlon and loved it. Superbly organised, the marshalls were all really helpful and a friendly atmosphere all round. We all look forward to next year.
The entry fee of £50 was too steep compared to other similar events, and for that price there was no race t-shirt which was disappointing. Pre-race briefing was non-existant and it was difficult to find out where we were supposed to be for the start of the race. Loved being able to swim in the 50m pool. Bike route was well signposted with the exception of 1 roundabout where there were 2 options for a 'left turn' and it wasn't immediately obvious which one to take. The trail run was ok, but very narrow most of the way round which impeded overtaking
This was my first attempt at a Tri having run a number of road and off-road runs. The atmosphere was excellent and friendly, the marshalls did a great job (although a few were not sure about the chips working). Luckily the weather held out otherwise the 50 min que for the pool could have been worse. I did not find any event briefing on the morning which may have helped reduce waiting time at the pool and the poor marshalls could not be heard due to the DJ.
It was my first completed triathlon and I thoroughly enjoyed the event. It was without a doubt a success and a great first up effort.
A great first for Guildford and for me! Well organised and well attended. I'd like to see a longer rite option next year.
Only did the bike leg, but swim looked well organised, if a little cold standing around outside waiting to get in on a 9 deg C morning in your cossie! Bike dead zone, truly excellent idea for a difficult set of traffic lights but cleats and grass don't go well together to get there. Transition security struggled with the team concept, clearly not sure what to do with three guys going in to the same bike rack spot. Some of the bikes in there were > £5000 and only a tape for security. Needs an upgrade. Bike course nice, way too much drafting, no marshalls on course. IF you are the serious type, not for you. No signs on the final roundabout in the dead zone, three of us went the wrong way. Toby (race director) looked stretched, Rory's (other aat race director's) happy face was noticeable by its absence. Parking excellent, toilets good and with bog roll, would I do it again, absolutely. Glad I took a thermos of coffee.
Really impressed by the Guildford Triathlon. It was only my second Tri and much bigger than my previous race, therefore it was slightly daunting. However everybody was really nice, the event was well organised and like myself there were plenty of newcomers to the sport. I would recommend this event to anyone, from first timers to the more experienced. And very well done to the organisers.
Great event well organised all round.
Race briefing was via email, difficult to hear anything the Marshall at swim start was saying because he was next to theDJ
Looking forward to participating again next year! Well done in organising it.