|Bala Standard Triathlon - Latest Update 11/09/09|
|Friday, 11 September 2009 13:56|
With just a couple of days to go before the race and around 820 entrants on the start list, here's a quick update:
Parking: Sadly, the field that we normally use for parking next to the leisure centre is still waterlogged, so we have negotiated parking with the Rugby Club. It's a short walk away but can be accessed by the lake-side path (Update: The rugby club can be found here; you can also see the leisure centre to the left and lake-side path). We will put signs up on the Sunday morning. You'll need to wheel you bike and carry your stuff with you. Try to avoid the mistake of bringing too much stuff - you'll only clutter up (a very busy!) transition.
Changing facilities, showers, etc. are available at the leisure centre and lakeside watersports centre. Registration will be in the leisure centre. There will be various shops, food vans, etc. plus massage available.
The weather has been kind to us; apart from a wet day on Tuesday, we've had plenty of dry weather and the forecast is for more of the same, with a good day on Sunday. That means that the water level in the lake has dropped back to normal.
The recent rain has pushed the lake temperature down a bit - it's been down to around 13½°C but has climbed back a degree or so since then. The Environment Agency, who look after the lake levels, etc., are planning to keep the water level slightly higher than normal so as to allow for a better swim - anyone who raced at the Middle Distance this year will have also benefitted from this; it makes for better access to the exit jetty.
The run course has had a slight amendment to ensure that it is fair for all through transition, avoids the risk of crossing the bike course and is a full 10k. The map is available here.
Results will be available here soon after the end of the race.
Competitors hoping to get an Age Group place for the ETU race in Athlone in 2010 should have received an email containing the following from Mike Griffin, age-group team manager for this event, although I know that some have not, so the content is below:
I have recently taken over from Malcolm Westwood as team manager for the 2010 Athlone ETU European Triathlon Championships. Having managed this year’s race in Holten I will be hoping for even greater team success in Ireland where I am sure a great weekend will be had by all.
Good luck to those racing at Bala and to all of you for the remainder of the season. I look forward to meeting you all in the future
I will echo Mike's words in wishing good luck and safe racing to everyone who's competing on the day. Whether you're at the sharp end of the field or somewhere further back, experienced competitor or first timer, this is a superb event for all. We're looking forward to a great day and hope that you - and your supporters - enjoy the race!
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