19th July - Race Day!
The Newcastle Triathlon - Saturday 19th July 2014
The Event Team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who competed at Woodhorn Museum on 19th July - what a fantastic day of racing! The support everyone has shown following the event's relocation has been amazing, and we're glad so many athletes came and had a great day's swimming, biking and running... even the weather held off for us!
Congratulations to everyone who competed - to the winners of course, but also to every single person who crossed the line (most of you with a smile!) Lots of you joined us for your first ever triathlon, we truly hope you've got the bug now and we see you again in future.
Start Lists and Race Pack Published
Please click the links below to view the start lists for the relocated Newcastle Triathlon.
The Event Has Been Relocated - Please Read On For Full Details
Organising a triathlon takes a great deal of effort and relies on the cooperation and approval of Local Authorities, Emergency Services and other relevant bodies. The event team have been working tirelessly for 2 years to bring you the inaugural Newcastle Triathlon, an event which promised to be something really special, but on 6th June we were notified that the Port of Tyne Authority had rescinded their permission to hold the event.
This decision was made following an incident which occurred in the river, relating to a training exercise which we did not organise. Since the decision there have been intensive discussions to attempt to resolve the situation, but as of 18th June the position remains unresolved and the event team had to make the extremely difficult decision to relocate the event.
The team are devastated by this situation, and we understand how very disappointing this news will be to you. Our aim now, as always, is to do all we can to look after our competitors. We also appreciate that all of your training will have focussed on this race, and we don’t want to leave you without an event at all.
At very short notice, and thanks to the help and co-operation of Northumberland County Council and Woodhorn Museum, we have secured the wonderful QE2 Country Park as an alternative venue for the event. This venue has previously hosted qualifying races for the World Triathlon and Para-Triathlon Championships, and was the first event in the country to earn the BTF’s 2-star quality mark.
What This Means to Competitors
All competitors will have the choice of receiving a full refund of their entry fee, or continuing to race at the new venue and receiving a partial refund.
The Newcastle Triathlon will now take place at Woodhorn Museum, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF (approx. 14 miles north of Newcastle). This beautiful venue boasts a 16 hectare warm, shallow freshwater lake surrounded by developing woodland and open grassland. The undulating bike course takes in stunning views of the Northumbrian coast, while the run is on a footpath that winds its way through the woodland and open grasslands that surround the lake.
While of course it won’t be the same as racing in Newcastle city centre, it will still be a fantastic race in its own right and has been a firm local and national favourite for many years. We know that many of you will want to put all your training to good use, and we hope to see you there to cheer you over the line. We will have Beginner, Sprint and Standard distance events to choose from.
Detials of the rearranged race are now online on the VO2 Max Racing Events site and we’ll be adding more information over the next few days, including course maps, race pack and the event schedule.
The “cost” of this race will be in line with all of our open water triathlons: £40 for BTF members, £45 for non-members, and an additional £20 for relay teams. If you choose to race, we will refund the difference between what you originally paid and the new, lower price. For example if you originally paid £65 for entry as a non-member, you will receive a refund of £20.
What Happens Next?
Entry has now closed, and start lists will be published soon. Anyone who did not register a preference will receive a full refund of their entry fee and will be unable to race.
The process of collating this information and performing all of the refunds will take several weeks to complete, and we ask for your patience while we deal with each individual competitor’s requirements. We guarantee that every competitor will receive the refund appropriate to their choice.
We full appreciate this news is very disappointing, and the Event Team would like to thank you all for your continuing support. We hope to see you on Saturday 19th July for a different, but still fantastic, race!