It will come as no great surprise to you that we have had to cancel the 7Oaks Triathlon due to take place on 19th April 2020. The BTF cancelled all BTF sanctioned events of which the 7Oaks Triathlon is one, at least up until 30th April 2020.

This was due to be the 47th race since 1985 our club has run, and we are all just as disappointed as you will be that we are unable to do so. We have considered postponement but given the uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic and the likelihood of a crowded race calendar were events able to start again before the end of summer, we felt that this was not appropriate or practical.

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FAQs

  • When will I know my Bib Number and start time?
    • Bib numbers and start times will be issued via e-mail 2-3 weeks before the event.
  • What time does the race start?
    • The first swimmer will set off at 6:30am.
  • Can I start at the same time as my friend?
    • We take into account a range of factors when determining the swim start times to ensure the best experience for everyone in our event.   If we know in advance we may be able to accommodate such a request. 
  • Can/should I wear a wetsuit in the pool?
    • Wetsuits are not permitted in indoor swim events.
  • Can I wear calf guards during the swim?
    • Calf guards are only allowed in pool swims if you have a medical exemption.  It is useful to have this in place before race day so that we can make the relevant officials aware. Please contact us in advance if you need to wear calf guards and provide a copy of your medical certificate/practitioner’s letter.
  • Is it a dive start?
    • No – you will be invited to get into the pool at the shallow end and the starter will count you down.
  • Can I do tumble turns?
    • Tumble turns are permitted, but we reserve the right to restrict them if they might affect other swimmers in the same lane, but this is very rarely an issue.  Please check with the swim starter marshal when you get poolside.
  • Do I need special kit?
    • The essential kit is a swimming costume and goggles (we provide swim hats to use), a bike in roadworthy condition with a puncture repair kit, a water bottle, a bike helmet, bike shoes and running shoes.
  • What is a race belt and do I need one?
    • Your race number can be attached to a race belt which is worn around your waist.  You would put it on after the swim when you are in transition with the race number showing at the back for the bike leg and then simply slide it round to the front for the run leg.  Most triathletes find it faster and more convenient to use a race belt instead of having different race numbers pinned on to clothing.
  • What if I get a puncture on the bike course?
    • You are responsible for fixing a puncture on the bike course and should be carrying a puncture repair kit.  However, there are marshals on the course who will try to help you if you are unable to do it yourself.
  • Will there be any bike mechanical support on race day?
    • The Bike Warehouse, our local cycle shop and one of our race sponsors, will have a stand near the transition area for last minute bike mechanicals and basic kit repairs.
  • What is the surface of the run like?
    • There’s a bit of everything on the run - packed earth (or mud depending on the weather), grass, tarmac and tracks.
  • Will there be a water station anywhere?
    • There will be a water station on the run course
  • Are there toilets on the course?
    • There are no toilets on the course.  Public toilets are available at the Leisure Centre.
  • Can I wear earphones/mp3 player/earbuds/use a mobile during the race?
    • No! These items are not allowed in any phase of the race. Please refer to the BTF Rules.
  • If I need first aid/medical assistance during the race is this available?
    • Yes.  Paramedics will be available.  One unit will be based at the Leisure Centre and one unit will be mobile on the back of a motorbike.
  • Can I withdraw?
    • Should you wish to withdraw from the event and defer your entry until the 2021 race you can do so as long as you contact us (race@7oakstriclub.co.uk) on or before 15th March 2020. After this date we cannot defer your entry. Alternatively, you may transfer your place to another athlete by logging in to your Active Endurance account and entering the email address of the person you want to transfer your entry to on or before 15th March 2020. After they have registered and paid you will receive a refund of your race entry less a processing fee.
  • Can I transfer my entry?
    • You may transfer your place to another athlete by logging in to your Active Endurance account and entering the email address of the person you want to transfer your entry to on or before 15th March 2020. After they have registered and paid you will receive a refund of your race entry less a processing fee.
  • The race is sold out – do you have a waiting list?
    • We are proud of the fact that the 7Oaks Triathlon is a very popular race and in previous years we have sold out in a matter of days after opening for registration. We don’t maintain a waiting list.  People either transfer to a friend or defer to the following year (please see FAQs re transfers and withdrawals). If you would like to be added to our mailing list to hear about next year’s race please complete the form below.

Free photos

Sussex Photography

We are pleased to announce that Sussex Photography will be taking action shots on the day. A full gallery will be included on their website after the event and all competitors will be able to download images without charge.

King and Queen of the Hill

KOM/QOM

NEW THIS YEAR...

each rider will receive a time on the majority section of Shipbourne Hill and will be allocated a gold, silver or bronze category with the fastest male and female being crowned King and Queen of the Hill, respectively, and each awarded an individual prize.

BTF Rules

British Triathlon

It is important that you know the BTF rules that govern our race. Rules have changed recently and you should familiarise yourself with the changes. Please look at our BTF Rules summary page.

 

Withdrawal policy

Deadline 15th March

A gentle reminder on the policy for competitor withdrawal as set out in the waiver signed by all competitors on registration for the race: "Should you wish to withdraw from the event and defer your entry until the 2021 race you can do so as long as you contact us (race@7oakstriclub.co.uk)

on or before 15th March 2020

After this date we cannot defer your entry. Alternatively you may transfer your place to another athlete by logging in to your Active Endurance account and entering the email address of the person you want to transfer your enter to on or before 15th March 2020. After they have registered and paid you will receive a refund of your race entry less a processing fee."

Cancellation policy

A gentle reminder on the policy for event cancellation as set out in the waiver signed by all competitors on registration for the race: "You understand and agree that the Event organizer reserves the right to cancel the Event in the event of weather (including, but not limited to, heat, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, storms, lightning and floods), accidents, acts of war or terrorism, military conflicts or riots, or for any reason that would affect the safety and security of Event participants and/or spectators or the feasibility of the Event to be held. In the event of such cancellation or any other cancellation for any reason, there will be no refund of your payment unless authorized and paid by the Event organizer."

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