Deva Divas Race Information
Information for Competitors
DEVA DIVAS TRIATHLON WILL BE RUN UNDER BRITISH TRIATHLON RULES. FULL RULES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE BT WEBSITE , IN THEIR HANDBOOK OR AT REGISTRATION. THIS IS A NON-DRAFTING RACE AND CYCLE HELMETS ARE COMPULSORY.
DEVA DIVAS QUADRATHLON WILL BE RUN UNDER BRITISH QUADRATHLON ASSOCIATION RULES. FULL RULES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE BQA WEBSITE, OR AT REGISTRATION. THIS IS A NON-DRAFTING RACE AND CYCLE HELMETS ARE COMPULSORY.
Getting to the Meadows in Chester/Parking
The race venue is the Meadows, Elizabeth Crescent/Lower Park Road, Queen’s Park, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7BB. Parking will be on the Meadows. Please do not park along Elizabeth Crescent or LowerPark road!! We do not want to inconvenience local residents and Elizabeth Crescent is also part of the bike route.
From the motorway network, follow the M53 towards Chester to the motorway end where it becomes the A55. Leave the A55 at the junction with the A483 (Wrexham turning) and turn right towards Chester. Continue along the A483 for two miles, going straight on at junctions/roundabouts.
At the end of this road you reach a large roundabout with traffic lights (Overleigh roundabout). Stay in the right hand lane and take the fifth exit to Overleigh Road (signposted Handbridge). After about 700 yards turn right into Queen’s Park Road (just after Shell garage and before Post Office). If you go over a small river bridge (weir on the right) you have gone too far and are heading into the city centre.
Take the first turning left into Victoria Crescent (after a large office building) – the road bears around to the right (Lower Park Road) – follow this down to a sharp 90◦ turning. You will turn left off Elizabeth Crescent onto a track down onto the Meadows. Marshalls will direct you to park.
If you are coming to register on the Saturday afternoon – parking will be on the Meadows.
Please note that once parked on the Meadows on race day – no vehicles will be able to leave until the last person has finished!!! If you need to leave directly after you have finished/early then please do not park on the Meadows. Parking will close at 8am on race day.
Camping is not allowed on the Meadows but there are various campsites around Chester. Contact the visitor information office on 01244 402111 or go to their website www.visitchester.com for camping and other accommodation options.
Registration will be in the marquee on Saturday afternoon between 4pm and 6pm and Sunday morning between 6.30am and 8am. You will be issued with your race numbers, swim cap (which must be worn as it denotes your wave), timing chip, Divas t-shirt and goody bag here!
To register – Go directly to the registration desk and give them your name. Please check notice board for any late changes or important information. Don’t forget to bring along and show your BT licence otherwise you will not be able to claim your refund. If you don’t have a BT licence a BT day licence, which allows you to race, is included in the entry fee. You will be given your start pack with race numbers (2), timing chip, bike number, bike helmet number and swim hat. If you have a medical condition, please write the details on the back of your race number.
There will be several Chester Tri ladies in Registration to answer any queries and also walk you through transition!
Wetsuits are compulsory - unless the water temperature changes. It is currenly about 16 degrees!
750m – Point to point – going with the current! We will get you into the river at the ferry point opposite Sandy Lane car park. You will be counted in – please wait your turn!! Do not get into the river elsewhere – you must pass the marshals who are counting you in (safety!!).
The swim will be divided into two waves the first one starting at 8.30am – second at 8.45am. Your hat colour will denote which wave you are in. Registration will also tell you whether you are Wave 1 or Wave 2. Enter the water through the funnel to enable the marshals to count you in. There will be very big buoys (orange ones!) in the water. You must keep the buoys on your right hand side – i.e., swim to the left of the buoys. This is to ensure segregation from other river traffic.
If you are nervous or don’t feel too confident in the swim – don’t worry!! Stay to the side or near the back. There will be plenty of room – the river is nice and wide!
If you get into difficulty lie on your back with your hand in the air to signal to the canoes that you require aid. When one comes to you please listen to their instructions – do not grab onto them with both hands…we don’t want them in the water too!
Transition is right by swim exit - you will be helped up a ramp out of the river onto the pontoon then run across a path (matted) into transition (grass area) so no need for shoes at the exit. At swim exit there will be a table with handwipes - all competitors are advised to wipe their hands before proceeding to bike transition. This should reduce the transfer of any river bacteria to food / drink.
Although you can walk down to the swim start in bare feet (it is mostly grass) - I personally would use flip flops. There will be someone to bring these back to the marquee for you to reclaim at the end of the race. It would be appreciated if you did remember to do - I will keep leftover flip flops for a couple of weeks but after that they will be binned.....
Equipment - Any sort of kayak or canoe can be used - if unsure please email email@example.com, (K1, wild water kayak, sea kayak, surf ski, touring kayak, and sit on tops). Every kind of paddle is allowed, there are no restrictions in size, form or material.
(Life jackets must comply with either the European Standard ‘EN393 or 395 or International Standard ‘ISO 12402’).
You will pick up your Buoyancy aids, paddles, and canoe shoes (if needed) in transition after your swim, you will then go back to the river bank and launch your kayak. You will go slightly downstream and paddle across the river and turn clockwise around a buoy, you will then paddle upstream for 2km, keeping the swim buoys to your right.
(Please leave enough space between you and the buoys to allow paddlers coming downstream room on the inside of the river).
Just past the ‘Red House you will see another buoy, you will paddle clockwise around this and head back downstream, this time keeping the swim buoys to your left. You will paddle 2 km back to the first buoy, this time going around it anti-clockwise so your face back upstream slightly as you head back to the bank.
25K mainly on country lanes – all signposted and marshalled!
You must abide by the rules of the road, and take directions from the marshals. Anybody found to be riding dangerously will be disqualified. The first and last section of the bike route are through Queen’s Park. Ride with care to avoid residents and parked cars!
- From transition exit the Meadows and turn left onto Elizabeth Crescent (Note: The track from transition up to the gate out onto Elizabeth Crescent is reasonably steep – ensure bike is in correct gear – easy one!)
- Turn left onto Edinburgh Way
- Turn right onto St George’s Crescent
- Turn left onto Cross Hey
- Turn right onto Appleyards Lane
- Turn left onto Beeston View
- Turn right onto Eccleston Avenue
- Turn left onto Eaton Road – listen to marshals when exiting onto Eaton Road as this can be a busy road
- Continue along Eaton Road to Eccleston
- Turn right at t-junction onto Hill Road / Rake Lane – the lane narrows to go beneath a bridge approximately 200 yards from the turning. Although you have right of way from this direction please take care to avoid oncoming vehicles
- At t-junction turn left onto B5445 (Wrexham Road). Continue along B5445 to roundabout for A55/Llay turning. This is the turnaround point – Marshalls will be noting your number at this point. From here you will retrace the route back to Eccleston Avenue then
- Turn left into Hartington Street
- Turn right into Appleyards Lane
- Turn left into Cross Hey
- Turn right into St George’s Crescent
- Turn left into Edinburgh Way
- Turn right into Elizabeth Crescent and back to the Meadows.
Caution: There are speed bumps at the Eccleston end of Eaton Road and also through Eccleston village. Be aware that there will be traffic along the B5445 – the Grosvenor Garden Centre opens at 10am and vehicles will be coming/going - also in Pulford / Rossett be aware of parked vehicles by the shops/newsagents and church and more speed bumps just before the newsagents (adjacent to a small play park).
There is a pelican crossing in Rossett just after the newspaper shop - this will be marshalled and the marshals will endeavour to cross people over without having to use the lights! If anyone does use the lights you must obey the Highway Code and stop. Should this happen the marshal will take a note of your number and the length of time stopped - this will be relayed back to the timing people and that time deducted from your final time.
5K on riverside paths
Leave the bike transition and start the run, following the signs. The run will be two laps.
There will be a water station on the run route at the halfway point of the lap.
Global Bike Company
Prize vouchers are donated by Global Bike Company our main race sponsors (www.globalbike.co.uk ). For Deva Divas Triathlon, there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in age categories (depending on numbers in age categories). Winners will be eligible for one prize. For Deva Divas Quadrathlon there will be prizes for overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd as well as 1st in age categories (depending on numbers in age categories)one prize for the winner of each category (Under 23 (16-22), Senior 23-39, Vet 40, Vet 50 and Vet 60).
Bags from Aldi/Waitrose:
A bag to put all your goodies in! Many thanks to Aldi and Waitrose for kindly providing the bags.
9-Bar have given us some of their nutritious and delicious grain bars for your goody bags - www.9bar.co.uk
Tri Active will be donating all sorts of goodies to go in the bags - not necessarily the same in each bag so will be a great surprise to see what you get. They are also allowing Divas 15% discount from any item bought in the shop! www.triactive.co.uk
Donating 12 bottles of real (no chemicals!) wine and a number of wine tasting vouchers (each of these worth £79 each). The vouchers will be used as spot prizes.....
Spirit Health Club - Holiday Inn - Chester
Spirit Health Club have kindly donated 5-day passes for each Diva - www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk/clubs/chester
Berlei Sports Bras
20% off vouchers in your goody bags!
We are proud to be teaming up with Breast Cancer Now as the official Divas charity!! Any ladies who may want to race to help raise funds for BCN should contact them via their website http://breastcancernow.org
We will be using chip timing again this year provided by Nifty Entries (www.niftyentries.com) . It has proven extremely successful in past years. If you register on Saturday please ensure that you bring your chip along with you on Sunday – do NOT leave it at home, or in your hotel…or anywhere else!! Your chip will be taken off you in the Finish area – please do not leave the Finish area without handing the chip in….any chip not handed in is subject to a £10 charge!
On The Run Catering will be on site to dish up delicious bacon butties, fantastic hot dishes, cakes and numerous other tasty morsels. They will also be on site on Saturday during registration serving teas and coffees with a selection of cakes.
First aid is covered by St Johns Ambulance. They will be based on the Meadows for the duration of the race. Hopefully they will not be required!!
John Beaumont is the British Triathlon race referee for the day.
There will be a photographer out on the course so make sure you keep smiling – special big one for the finish!! J www.sportsunday.co.uk
Saturday 15th July:
16.00-1800 Registration open (You may park on the Meadows)
Sunday 16th July:
0630 Transition and registration open
0745 Transition and registration close
0750 Safety brief at Start area
0830 Race starts – Wave 1 of swimmers
0845 Wave 2 of swimmers
End! Prize giving hopefully by 11.30am
Don’t forget that no vehicles will be allowed to leave the Meadows until the last Diva has finished! Also – cycles cannot be taken from transition area until the last runner has left the area! You will need to show your race number to collect your bike.
Thank you all for entering!! Enjoy!
Sally Napthen and the wonderful team of volunteers!
Chester Triathlon Club