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Welcome everyone to Top of The Mourne Triathlon 2015. We are looking forward to having you all in Kilbroney on July 18th.
Please note that no further changes to race entries will be made after 5th July Anyone who withdraws from the race after this date will not be eligible for a refund.
28th Feb 2015 – 9.00am Event Registration.
18th July 2015 – 8.30am Transition Opens.
18th July 2015 – 11.30am Transition Closes / Race Brief Starts.
18th July 2015 – 12.00pm Race begins.
To ensure that everyone has a good race and that you all remain safe please take time to read the following briefing notes.
The race takes place at 12midday on Saturday 18th August starting and finishing at Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, County Down.
Only those pre-registered can take part in the race, there will be no entries accepted to the race on the day.
For insurance purposes All competitors must possess a valid, up to date Triathlon Ireland Membership number or a One Day Licence which can be purchased online at www.triathlonireland.com.
NO-ONE WILL BE PERMITTED INTO THE RACE IF THEY CANNOT PRODUCE A TI NUMBER OR A ONE DAY LICENCE!! NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
Registration and sign in for the race will take place on race day, August 18th from approx 9.30am until 11am at Race Headquarters in Kilbroney Park.
All competitors must sign in before depositing their gear in transition.
When you sign in you will receive your goody bag, colour-coded swim hat, race number, competitor post-race refreshment armband and timing chip.
The swim will take place in two waves. You will be allocated your swim wave at sign in.
Once you have signed in you can make your way to Race Transition. The swim start is approximately 5 mins walk from transition and the race director will make an announcement when it is time for competitors to move to the swim start.
You will be crossing a main road to access your swim start so please take care. There will be marshals there to assist you.
To assist with traffic management, you can only park in designated race parking zones. We have a very big race this year and parking space is limited.
The bike racks will be numbered. Please note that due to increased competitor numbers we have made some changes to the layout of our Transition Area for 2015.
Only race competitors will be permitted into the transition area.
There will be a race briefing for all competitors by the Race Referee and the Race Safety Officer at transition at approx 11.30am and it is essential that all competitors attend this briefing.
All competitors must wear a wetsuit. This includes registered long distance swimmers. Competitors who are not wearing a wetsuit will not be allowed to take part in the race.
The swim will take place in two waves which will take place approx. 3-5mins apart.
The swim will start in the water and the start position will be marked by two large buoys/canoes. You must not go beyond this position until the race has been started. Anyone who does so will be disqualified.
If you get into trouble in the water, please follow the instructions in the Water Safety Plan.
If this is your first triathlon or if you are a less confident swimmer, stay towards the back of your wave.
On exiting the water you will have to cross the main road and run along the carriageway on the footpath to access transition. There will be marshals and police to help slow traffic, but your safety is ultimately your responsibility so please take care during this short section of the race.
There will be plenty of stewards along the route but note that the cycle will take place mostly on roads open to traffic and will pass through some major junctions, narrow winding roads, and steep hills, so your safety is your own responsibility. You are on a public highway and must observe the rules of the road at all times.
In particular please take care when cycling on the S Bend at Spelga Dam, coming down into Rostrevor Village towards the end of the cycle. This is a very steep hill. There will be a huge amount of traffic in the village & on roads leading to Kilbroney Park so please stay in your own lane.
It is your responsibility to know the race route prior to the race. Marshals are not there to show you the route and if you go off course it is your own responsibility.
The run route comprises 3 loops of a course within the boundaries of Kilbroney Park. The run route has changed slightly from previous years to improve race safety. Again, knowing your course is your responsibility. There will be marshals and directional signage.
Again this is a mixture of open and closed roads and running trails that are open to the public, with many families using them so take care.
For your comfort, there will be two water stations on the run route.
The Finish Line is located close to transition in Kilbroney
Relay Teams will be sharing one timing chip per team.
The Chip must be transferred between team members at each transition. Timing chips must be worn on the ankle. Failure to transfer chip or failure to put it on your ankle will mean you are not timed!!!!!
The team swimmer will wear the chip first. While the swim is taking place, the cycle team member must wait at the assigned cycle space in transition wearing their race number. After the swim, the swimmer must have removed their wetsuit completely before handing over the chip which the cyclist places on their own ankle. (No assistance can be given to remove wetsuit). Only then can the cyclist put on their helmet, fasten it and run with their bike to the end of transition. Bikes cannot be mounted within transition area.
Once the transition area is clear of the team cyclist, the running member can take up position in transition wearing their race number. On returning to transition the cyclist must dismount bike before entering transition and place bike back onto rack before handing over chip to runner who must place it on their ankle. Runner will do 3 laps of run and return to Finish Line. Team members must clear transition area once their leg of the race is complete.
PRIZE GIVING, SHOWERS, REFRESHMENTS AND THE ALL-IMPORTANT PARTY!!!!!!.
The prize giving and refreshments after the race are at O’Briens Race Marquee situated close to the race finish line.
Male and Female showers/changing are available at NMDC Public Amenity Centre, five minutes walk from the race finish line.
We will get the race times and category winners to you as quickly as possible after the race.