The start of April usually sees event activity pick up as the days get longer and the temperatures start to climb, however, this year sees the first weekend of April stage the first event of the year.
With the country having been under national lockdown since the start of 2021 and organised sport suspended as a result, Easter Monday’s GO TRI Chilly at Hampton Pool and No Frills Sprint Triathlon at Hampton Pool will be the ones to get the event year up and swim, bike, running.
British Triathlon and the Home Nations have published guidance for event organisers and event participants as part of The Big Reboot, alongside guidance for individuals and clubs and coaches to help get the sport going again now that restrictions have eased.
British Triathlon and Triathlon England have also been supporting event organisers to help them get their safety and Covid-Secure documentation in place ahead of the return of events throughout the lockdown period through the event permitting process.
Receiving an event permit means that the event has met the required standard, giving participants confidence in entering the event, safe in the knowledge that the event and it’s safety and Covid-Secure measures have been reviewed.
Measures that will be in-place include, time-trial starts to ensure social distancing and a staggered flow of participants arriving and starting their race, online briefing in advance of race day to avoid gatherings at events, increased hygiene and sanitation on site and the need for participants to complete a health questionnaire prior to the event, among others.
Events with a swim section like the two events at Hampton Pool, will be non-competitive until four weeks after public swimming pools open for participant safety, however duathlon events can be competitive given that participants were still allowed to run and cycle during lockdown.
The action on Monday at Hampton Pool will start with the GO TRI event, providing novice triathletes the opportunity to give the sport a go.
Starting in the outdoor lido at the venue, they’ll complete a 216m swim before heading for an 11km bike ride for the triathlon that will see them head towards Hampton Court Palace and ride alongside Bushy Park and crossing the River Thames before returning to the event site along the same route to start their 3km run.
Aquathlon participants will head straight from the swim to the run that runs alongside the bike course next to Bushy Park for 1.5km before turning round to make their way to the finish.
For participants in the sprint event, they’ll complete a 432m swim, a 21.5km bike leg that will see them complete a loop south of the river before crossing back over by the palace to return to the pool.
The 5km run will consist of two 2.5km laps from the pool out to the palace walls and back, with the finish line back at Hampton Pool waiting at the end of the second lap.
You can find the two events next Monday and hundreds of others across the country on the British Triathlon event search below.