Bristol Junior Triathlon Event Distances
The Bristol Junior Triathlon
will be held on Saturday 25th July 2009. The events will be over the following
|Tristart (8 yrs old)
|Tristar 1 (9-10 yrs old)
|Tristar 2 (11-12 yrs old)
|Tristar 3 (13-14 yrs old)
|Youth (15-16 yrs old)
So for example if you are aged 8, you would be doing a 50 m swim, 0.8 km (800m)
bike ride and 0.6 km (600m) run
If you are over 16 - you may be able to enter one of the adult triathlons - please contact us for more info.
Training allows you and your body to be prepared for doing the event. You may
surprise yourself how you can improve your swimming, biking and running, and this will give you confidence for the event.
The idea is for all this to be enjoyable, so we do not recommend heavy training,
especially for young people.
You need to be able to comfortably complete the set distances for your age.
So your training will involve practising those disciplines of swim, bike and run, and building up your endurance - that's
being able to keep going.
We are not worried about speed here - if you have the endurance, you can work on
speed when you are older.
Don't worry if you can't complete those distances now - you need to do them at the
event, not now ! What you do partly depends on how you are doing those events at the
Swim Training Example: If you are nine, and can't yet manage the
150m swim distance, you need to build up your distance gradually. The usual (and fastest) stroke is front crawl, but
you can use breast-stroke in the event, and in practise. Try doing front-crawl in between a less tiring stroke, such
as back crawl. Note that back crawl (back stroke) would not be a good idea in the event, as you'd probably cause a pile-up
Swimming is all about technique, so if you can, ask a teacher, or someone else who
knows about swimming to help you with this.
Cycling: is often the discipline that people feel confident of doing.
So to prepare for this .... go cycling ! Once again, keep tabs on the distances, and don't worry about the
Running: You need to be able to steadily run the event distance.
You can start your preparation by walking, then doing runs in-between bouts of walking. Increase the running and
decrease the walking until you can manage steady running.
Try to record the distances you have done, perhaps in a simple diary, so you can
see how you're getting better.
How much training ? The top triathletes train very
hard, but we're doing this for fun. It's most important that you don't over-do it, especially with school sports
lessons and other things happening. It's also vital that you enjoy the training and preparation.
You need to sensibly fit in what you can so that you can enjoy doing the triatlhon
on the day.
Everyone is different, so maybe ask your parents, and sports teachers what they think
you should do. Also concentrate on the right things, so if for example your cycling is fine, put more of your efforts
into making sure your swimming and running are improving.
How about making your sessions more enjoyable by getting together with friends or
family ? Do the cycle or running in a scenic place, but make sure this is safe. Bristol for example has lots of
places to exercise such as Clifton Downs, Blaise and Ashton Court. Make sure you cycled on designated paths.
Combining the events: In the triathlon, you need to do all
three events together, so if possible, it might be worth trying a cycle followed immediately by a run. It's more difficult
to find somewhere to do a swim followed by a bike ride.
Safety: Always make sure you are being safe, supervised
according to your age, and healthy when you are exercising. Don't over-exert yourself, stop if you are injured,
something hurts or you are unwell. Seek a doctor's advice if in doubt. You should also warm-up and warm-down at
the beginnning and end of your exercise.
What to do next (apart from training !)
The junior triathlons cover a wide age-range, but if in doubt please ask your parents/carers for help with
the things below.
1. Please contact
us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or on
to let us know you’re involved.
2. Enter the triathlon
online - at http://www.bristoltrifestival.org/ Follow the instructions carefully. Places may go fast, so best to get this done soon. Enter your club as
"CCS Triathletes", so we can see you belong to our group. The event costs around £ 11 to enter. This is much less
expensive than regular event entries, so we think this looks like good value.
3. You need to start
thinking about the things you need for the triathlon, such as bike, helmet, clothes etc. We will post more on this nearer
3. You can get sponsored
in two different ways. Get sponsored either “offline” by using the form provided, which you can download from the bottom
of this page. Get in touch and we'd be happy to send you some printed copies.
4. OR get sponsored
online by going to our main JustGiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/ccstriathletes2009. You can direct people to this main page to donate or if you click the “I want a page like this”
link, you can create your own donation page. It’s good to make your page
as interesting and informative as possible, and please include the link to www.ccstriathletes.org.uk. If you need any help with any of this, please do get in touch, or ask a parent.
5. If you can do both offline and online fundraising,
that’s even better, as you will reach more people this way.
6. You need to let your
friends and family know you are doing the triathlon and ask them to sponsor you. You could e-mail or text
people you know to do this, or even talk to them !
7. Take part in your triathlon – hope it goes smoothly.
8. As soon as you can, collect any offline donations and send them with completed
sponsor forms to our free-of-charge sponsorship administrators, Esther White Chartered Accountants, 236 Henleaze Road, Bristol
BS9 4NG (cheques only by post please). It’s important to make sure the
Gift Aid info is correct. We may make arrangements to collect sponsor money with certain schools and clubs.
contacts regularly updated, maybe by e-mail or text, and let them know you’ve done the event. People really like to hear what you’ve been doing, and we are always encouraged by their generosity.
do contact us for any help or support we can give – we’d be glad to hear from you.
Thankyou so much – every donation makes a difference to a child’s life.