05/05/2019 - All Day
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The water temperature has been measured this morning as is currently 12.5 degrees. There will be a swim.
Please bring suitable clothing for the bike section as the air temperature is forecast to become cold on Sunday morning.
A final decision on distance will be made by the BTF refs on Sunday morning.


 Pre Race Brief

Dear Competitor,

Welcome to the Grafham Standard Distance Triathlon Race Brief. Please take the time to read and understand the following Pre race Brief.  I know you have probably read hundreds of these, but it is important that you understand our requirements and that which are required by the governing bodies.

*This is a NON Drafting Race*



Grafham Water Standard Distance Triathlon 2019
Date: 05th May 2019
Distances: Standard Distance  
New Venue: Grafham Water, Marlow Car Park, Buckden Road, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0BH


  • 06:00 Car park Opens
  • 06:30 Race Day Registration Opens
  • 06:30 Transition Opens
  • 07:25 Registration Closes
  • 07:30 Transition Closes
  • 07:35 Race Brief 
  • 07:45 Waves Start


Wave Categories Hat Colour Start Time
Wave 1 Men U40 Red 07:45
Wave 2 Men 40-49 Purple 07:50
Wave 3 Men 50+ Orange 07:55
Wave 4 All Ladies Pink 08:00

*Race Times may vary slightly if saftey denotes.*


The weather seems as though it could be kind to you but as with all British weather this is subject to change.
See the predicted forecast HERE


Parking is onsite and open from 06:00 on race day.
There is a venue car park charge, £3.50 for the day to be paid directly to the parking attendant as you arrive, so please bring your change  (I know, but that’s out of my hands!)

(Please be nice to our parking attendants they are volunteers. Anyone found being abusive to these guy’s will not be allowed to compete)


Will be open on Saturday evening from 16:00-18:00. at the venue PE28 0BH and on the morning of the event from 06:30 to 07:25. Don’t be late! Parking is onsite and open from 06:00, follow all signage. Its just 50 metres  from transition.

Please note: NOTHING WILL BE POSTED TO YOU;  Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to register and prepare yourselves (the races will start with or without you).

At registration you will receive a race pack, which should contain the following items:

  • 2 x stickers: one to be attached to your helmet, other to you bike handle bars or seat post, NO stickers attached means you will NOT be allowed in to transition.
  • 1 x race number: to be attached to your back when biking and to be attached to your front when running- race belts are advisable. If you are not displaying a number you will not be allowed to continue from transition.
  • 1 x timing chip and strap: This must be attached to your LEFT ankle, No chip, no time. If you are unsure of how to attach the chip please refer to the instructions at registration.(Please do not lose your chip it will cost you £10 for a replacement)
  • Important: BTF Day race licences will need to be purchased at £5 on the day for those who are not members of the BTF.  Remember, no licence, no race (this is your insurance).

You will only be allowed into transition if you are wearing your race number as well as your bike and helmet having a corresponding number (all found in your registration pack). Your helmet must be on your head and fastened at the entrance to transition. Officials WILL BE checking that your helmet is correctly fitted, i.e. when fastened you should only be able to get two fingers under the strap. Please ensure it is adjusted correctly before trying to get in, you will be turned away if it’s not correct. NON Draft legal bike requirements / checks will be carried out. CHECK RULE BOOK 



SWIM  (1500m)

Swim hats will be provided and must be worn.

Throughout the clockwise swim you should keep the Large RED buoys to your Right. The route is 1 large 1500m lap. When you turn round the final Bouy head back to the shore, you will be able to site from Inflatable race gantry and Zone 3 Flags  that will be on the edge of the lake as you exit the water. 

No hand or feet coverings are allowed during the swim. Neoprene under hats may be worn below your supplied hat.

This is a natural enviroment, so as you enter and exit the water take your time and be aware of slips, trips and falls. At the water exit there will be a marshal at the waters edge to give you assistance if you require it.
Medical Water Safety UK  will be on the water for your safety.  Please abide by their directions. There will also be rescue launches from “Grafham Water Sailing Club” for your safety, again please abide by any directions given.
If during the swim you find your self or witness another athlete getting into difficulty, simply turn on your back and raise one arm into the air and raise a vocal alarm.  Canoeists, resue launces or bank rescue staff will come to your aid. If you appear to be struggling in the swim or have been in the water for a long time you may be pulled out at the discretion of the safety crews.
In windy conditions the water can get a bit choppy, which will make swimming more difficult, please, use your common sense assess the conditions on the day and swim accordingly.
*Note that water safety is only provided during the race itself. Do not swim outside the race*

Is currently cold which means wetsuits are compulsory. (Please be aware of the See the rule book HERE.) We will update you during the week regarding water temperature.


You will be disqualified if found doing so.
*Note that water safety is only provided during the race itself. Do not swim 
 outside the swim race and allocated warm up times.*

TRANSITION AND MOUNT (Racks will be numbered)

We operate a clean transition, please only bring essential equipment into transition, bags will not be allowed next to your bikes and will be removed to the edge of transition. Bright coloured towels, talc, or any other forms of obvious position marking will be dealt with by the “Transition Official” potentially resulting in time penalties. You have been warned.

From the swim, run into transition and find your bike, do not touch your bike until you have put you cycle helmet on and done it up. Remember when removing your wet suit to consider others, do not leave where it will be tripped over by your fellow competitors. (Wet suits are not allowed to hang over the racking it must be left on the floor next to your bike). Run with your bike out of transition via the “Bike Out” gantry. Do not get on your bike until you reach the marked “Mount Line”  Remember at this point your race number should be displayed on your back.

BIKE (37.6km)

THIS IS A NON-DRAFTING RACE. (Drafting is cheating and will be dealt with as such)

Once on your bike leave the park with a left hand turn taking extreme care as you join the carriage way. The bike course is on open roads with no road closures, so ensure you follow the Highway Code at all times. Look out for the signs and marshals to keep you on the right course. Pay particular attention on the lanes and at the junctions. It’s YOUR responsibility to know the course, do not rely on signs and marshals. Although it is very well signed and marshalled.


Footdown Means:  Stop, Uncleating and touching one foot on the ground within the marked box. You may then proceeed if safe to do so  
NB: This is a live T Juction. There are marshals present but they will NOT help you with road safety this is your responsibility and yours alone 


This route is slightly undulating in places, but can be and is very fast in the right conditions. Roads are in very good condition which means the cars go fast too, so take extra care when using the road to negotiate bends etc. There are sweep vans and BTF motorcycles patroling the route. If you are unable to continue with your race please inform a marshal or one of the Motorcycles and they will arrange a pick up, but this could take some time to get to you.

This an open road event, Please ensure you ride to the left at all times except when over taking Do not ride in the midddle of the road,  please treat all other road users with respect, even if they don’t deserve it. Abuse of any kind from competitors will not be tolerated, please bite your tounge. 


Please make sure you undestand the requirements / format of NON draft legal racing CLICK HERE FOR RULES. “I did not know” is not an acceptable excuse.


Once back in the park you will dismount your bike in the marked “Dismount Line”, run with your bike to the “BIKE IN” gantry, rack it the same place you removed it from, you may then remove you helmet. Then run out at the opposite end of transition “RUN OUT” gantry. Remember your number should now be on your front 

RUN  (10km)

Your race number should now be displayed on your front, exit the transition at the run out sign and turn immediately left and follow the marked course (flags/ arrows/ and tapes) through the gate and out along the dam wall for one mile, there you will turn and come back, passing transition following the marked course, out and around part of Grafham lakes footpaths, for another 2 miles staying on the natural walkers and cycle path all the way round until you get to the marked turn around point.  Marshals will be on all turns, Please remember the paths are open to the public, please be courteous. As you near the final stages of the run please ensure you turn to go down the finish straight. This will be marshalled. Stay on the cycle path at all times and you won’t go wrong.

Again this is an open venue used by the public, please be “NICE” even if people are ignorant to your needs, abuse from any competitors will not be tolerated. Please bite your tounge.

Please see clothing rules HERE (Dont get caught out)

Please do not litter the countryside with your Gel wrappers. If you can carry them full, you can carry them empty untill you reach the ECO ZONE (Feed station) where you can dispose of them into the Hippo Bags.


This will take place as soon as the race is over outside registration or sooner if results become available.

(Any Uncliamed prizes will not be posted)

Triathlon Prizes: 

  • 1st Male / Female
  • 2nd Male / Female
  • 3rd Male / Female
  • 1st vet 40 Male / Female
  • 1st vet 50 Male / Female
  • 1st vet 60 Male / Female
  • 1st vet 70 Male / Female

Aquabike Prizes:



Well done you have finished… Here you will find refreshments (Pint of erdinger bananas/water and High5 recovery etc)
Prior to leaving the finish area can you please ensure your chip is removed and placed in the bin provided. There will be marshals to assist you with this.
There will be a TV screen for you to get instant results and splits.

Finish Photos will be available for free to download from our facebook page, Click HERE. All we ask is that you like our page and share as much as you like. please leave us reviews as it helps us improve the events we bring to you.


Alan and his team from Massge in the St.Neots and the local area will be on hand to ease those tired muscles See their Facebook Page.


All race results will be live to the internet as you cross the finish line so spectators/family can see your results instantly on their mobile devices. They can be found HERE



Bike retrieval at the end of the race will only be allowed once the last cyclist has left for their run and only competitors will be allowed into transition. Or, when it’s deemed safe for competitors to enter transition.

Grafham Water has very small highly invasive shrimp infestation, which is currently being contained within their waters. (pin head size, you won’t see any, I am sure.)
The shrimp is totally harmless to humans and will not affect you in anyway.
BUT if it were to get into other rivers and water courses it could have an effect on fish and other wildlife, which can significantly alter the ecology of other water sources. (They eat other fresh water shrimp)
To enable us to use this wonderful facility we have to impose the following wash system for your wet suit.

WASH (After race completion)
Will consist of a dipping system, 1st dip will be a Milton solution and then just pure water to rinse and then bagged in a black liner for transport home, The washing will be done for you; Only 2 mins of your time. Please ensure your suit and any other equipment that has come in contact with the water is completely dried after use, this will kill any rouge shrimp that may have escaped…. trust me you won’t find any .
It’s probably the best wash your suit will ever get, the Milton is harmless to you and your suit and smellsgreat, if it’s ok for your babies bottle then it should be good for you! Look at it as a free wash for your smelly old triathlon suit!


 Your support in protecting the environment is appreciated


Where to go and watch:

Grafham Water offers a lot for the children and family to do, while fellow family/friends are competing – there is an onsite cafe open all day that has food/drinks and those all important ice creams for the kids. Grafham cycles has an onsite shop and have hire bikes so you can cycle round the venue. For more information on things to do click HERE

The venue offers fantastic viewing of the Swim & Run route – you can view the whole swim and watch them as they exit the water into transition. Once they have come off the bike and started the run section you will see them pass through the venue 2 times before they cross the finish line, where you will be watching and cheering them on (a great competitor/spectator feeling).


Nicetri & Water & safety Medical will be providing first aid cover for the event. If you are injured or witness a fellow competitor getting injured please alert your nearest marshal, who will call for assistance, there are also marshals out on the course that are first aid trained..



Nicetri thank you for your support and hope to see you at future events. Please leave comments on the race both good and bad on our web site, this will help us to improve the quality of events we bring to you.
There is camping for Saturday evening if required, Limited facilities. Toilets and a cold water tap. £8 for the night.  Food and drink facilities are open for the duration of the race
On race day there will be stalls selling Tri and associated equipment, There is also a place to buy that pre race bacon butty and a cup of tea/coffee.

The race referee’s/directors decision is final. Please refresh yourself with our T&C’s before racing Click HERE


Given the time of year and the unpredictable weather please ensure you check our web site www.nicetri.co.uk and your emails prior to the race, We hope nothing changes but we reserve the right to delay, change or even cancel the event at short notice if safety deems it nessasary.

We at Nicetri Events hope you all have a great day and achieve your goals

[email protected]

Company Number:08584032
VAT ID: 199240575
Director: Keith Ritchie

Nicetri Events Ltd
1 Enterprise Court Ambuscade Road
Colmworth Business Park;
Eaton Socon;
PE19 8YU


We “Nicetri Events “accept no responsibility for any loss or injury however so caused by entering this race, as agreed in your T&C’s you race knowing of the dangers and except full responsibility for your action/s / yourself and that of those around you. You standing on the start line means you have read and understood / accepted the risks as your own and that no liability will be placed on Nicetri Events Ltd.

“Simply stunning” were the words used to describe the venue at which this 2020 ITU Standard Distance Qualifier is being hosted. Located in the heart of Cambridgeshire, near the ancient Village of Buckden & St.Neots.

The start, the swim, much of the run and the finish are all conveniently located together, making excellent spectator viewing at Grafham Water Reservoir.  The swim takes place in the lake consisting of a one lap course that is easy to navigate. Once you are out the water you’re straight out on your bike. The roads around the villages offer great surfaces for fast riding and only the odd short climb to challenge you. The bike course is fast but open, so if it’s windy make sure you’ve got your bike legs on!On returning to Grafham Water, you will conquer the one lap run course which takes you across the dam to a turn around point and back past transition. Then you take a few hard compound tracks on your way into the village Grafham. Before you know it you’ll be at the 2nd turn around point on and your way back where you will come face to face with the finish straight, located a stone’s throw from transition. anglian_water

Race Details

Standard: £65 + Booking fee
Standard Aquabike: £55 + Booking fee

Standard: 1500m Swim / 37km Bike / 10km Run
Standard Aquabike: 1500m Swim / 37km Bike
Races/Waves will start from 07.45 am and will be confirmed at a later date.

The minimum age to take part in this event is 17 years old as of 31/12/2019.

Route Maps

Standard Distance Swim

Standard Distance Bike

Standard Distance Run

Keep Racing Tidy

If you intend on using race nutrition please keep hold of the empty wrappers until you reach a suitable place to discard it. We would appreciate if you could either wait until you reach designated water stations or alternately please drop them by race signage or a marshal point so they can be collected during the race clean up. 

Arrival and Registration

Parking will be at the venue “Marlow car park” (weather permitting, if wet follow marshals and signs to local car parks) PLEASE NOTE you will collect your race pack at registration on the day of the event. Nothing will be posted prior to the event. If for any reason you don’t receive this email, full race information will be available at least two days prior to the event, HERE. Registration will be open from 16.00 – 18.00 on Saturday evening prior to the event and from 06.30 – 07.30 am on race day. Please ensure you arrive early to avoid that last minute rush.


Parking will be at the Marlow Car Park.


You will be issued with a race number which must be clearly visible either on your front or back at all times. You will also be number marked on your hand with a pen. Number belts are allowed, all we ask it that we can see your number at the timing points as a backup to the electronic system.


Transition Rules

Security will always be present in the transition area. Only competitors wearing their I.D. will be allowed in or out of this area. Your race pack will include a race number and 2 smaller labels which are to be attached to your bike and helmet, this must be done prior to entering transition. You must rack your bike in the numbered position. No riding is allowed in the transition area. Your helmet must be fastened on your head at all times whilst you are on your bike or running with your bike through transition.


Aquabike racers will start with the Triathlon and race alongside them. However, your finish time will be taken when you run over the mat on your way into Transition 2. Please do not hang around in Transition as there will still be competitors racing in and out and you may accidentally get in their way.

British Triathlon Federation Rules

BTF rules All competitors must comply with BTF rules (it is recommended that you read the BTF rules and regulations which will be applied to all races) All competitors must be licensed to race, those non BTF members will be required to pay a £5 levy for a day licence, this is payable on the day at registration. (This is not included in your entry fee) BTF members must produce their licence at registration or a £5 levy will be charged prior to racing.

Chip Timing

Chip Timing Solutions will provide computerised chip timing via an electronic chip system that you attach to your ankle. Please attach the chip to your LEFT ankle and make sure your run over the mats at the various timing points. Your finish time and splits will be available shortly after completing the event.


Race start time will be announced nearer the time (see race brief). Race Briefing will take place at 07.35 am .


Prizes are both for men and women. One prize per competitor. A full breakdown of prizes and trophies will be given before the event in the race brief.


Spectators – Where to go and watch
Grafham Water offers a lot for the children and family to do, while fellow family/friends are competing – there is an onsite cafe open all day that has food/drinks and those all important ice creams for the kids. Grafham cycles has an onsite shop and have hire bikes so you can cycle round the venue. For more information on things to do click HERE
The venue  offers fantastic viewing of the Swim & Run route – you can view the swim as they navigate their way around the Australian exit and into transition. Once they have come off the bike and started the run section you will see them pass through the venue 4 times before they cross the finish line, where you will be watching and cheering them on (a great competitor/spectator feeling).


Camping is available within the grounds of grafham (Limited facilities) Toilets will be available on site from Saturday noon.

For more details, Email: [email protected] .

For local Hotels, B&B’s and Campsites, see www.st-neots.co.uk