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On behalf of the President and Members of Tonbridge Lions Club I would like to welcome you to the Tonbridge Triathlon


We have held the triathlon for 24 years and have raised over £125,000.  This year we hope to raise over £13,000.  All the proceeds go to local charities and causes who are grateful for your support.  Once again, we have given the opportunity for competitors to raise funds for our main charity, the KSS Air Ambulance (simply download the KSS Air Ambulance sponsorship form and get your friends, colleagues and relatives to sponsor you).  We shall also be raising money for Headway (a charity which supports those suffering from brain damage caused by accidents).  All the proceeds from this handbook will be donated to KSS Air Ambulance and Headway.


Our aim is, as always, to provide an event that is enjoyed by the competitors and spectators alike while raising money for local charities.


On behalf of this year’s charities, we would like to thank you for your support and hope that you and your supporters have a great day.


I am pleased to announce that we now have a new telephone number which is designed to take enquiries from any competitors who wish to enter the Triathlon – 07549 949 615.  Please leave a message and they will be answered within 48 hours.  Please do not use any other number.




Tonbridge Lions Triathlon Committee Chairman

Kent Air Ambulance Sponsor Form

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2014 Triathlon in association with the Kent Air Ambulance

Without the specialist medical services of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, the lives of 10 year old schoolboy Luke who was involved in a road traffic accident; enthusiastic horse rider Lettie who had been riding since the age of three; Alan, a retired civil servant and keen jogger; and Kevin a father of five who suffered a cardiac arrest, may have been very different. These are just some of the 1500 on average who are helped by the Air Ambulances dedicated doctor and critical care paramedic team every year. They take to the scene of serious medical emergencies the type of expertise normally only found in a hospitals A & E department. But they can only do this with the generous support of the public. The charity relies almost entirely on public donations to raise the £5 million a year needed to fund the service, 365 days a year.


Every donation makes a difference to the life saving charity. Just £1 buys a sheet of bubble wrap to keep a trauma patient warm and prevent blood clotting, £8 buys us enough drugs to buy a general anaesthetic and £33 would pay for a specialist bandage designed to actively clot a serious wound.


By taking part in the Tonbridge Triathlon and electing to support the Air Ambulance, you would not only be donating to a vital charity, but you could also be helping to save a life.


You can find out more about the work of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and read the real life stories about Luke, Lettie, Alan and Kevin by visiting www.kssairambulance.org.uk or download a sponsorship form for the event by clicking on the link above.


When you are sick, the only place you want to be is at home – in a place of familiarity and comfort.

The same can also be said for the seriously ill babies, children and young people that chYps Children’s Hospice at Home cares for.

When a life-limited or life-threatened child needs care, our specialist palliative care nurses will take the hospice to the home, so the young patient can stay with their mum, dad, brothers and sisters.

This prevents disruptive and lengthy admissions to hospital and enables families to be together through incredibly difficult times.

Parents often describe our charity as ‘a godsend’ for enabling them to treasure precious moments together as a ‘normal’ family.

We are very proud to be Kent’s longest established children’s hospice service and the only charity providing vital end-of-life, cancer and respite care in the homes of poorly children in the county.

Part of EllenorLions Hospices, we also ensure young people receive the best possible care and support when transitioning into adult services.

Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers care for the whole family, ensuring everyone is looked after throughout a child’s illness and even after they have died.

Families do not have the added worry of paying for care as everything –including nursing care, respite, counselling, bereavement support and play and music therapy - is provided free of charge.

One of the advantages of taking the hospice to a child’s home is that it is much more cost-efficient, enabling us to look after more patients.

But on the flipside one of the biggest challenges we face is letting people know we exist – chYps remains invisible because the majority of work is carried out in the privacy of the family home.

As a charity, not part of the NHS, we are reliant on community donations to help raise the £1.47million we need every year to be able to continue providing care locally, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

A donation of £35 could help provide a session of valuable respite care in the home, which brings a smile to a young patient and enables parents to get some much-needed rest.

Just imagine the difference we could make with even more….

Thank you for your support





Race Instructions





Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, Kent



The event is sanctioned by the BTF and a BTF Race Referee will be in attendance.


Car Parking


Please note that due to the popularity of the event, it is impossible to have every competitor park on site. Please follow the directions given by the marshals and follow the signs to designated town centre car parks. These car parks are located at the castle and by the town swimming pool. As it is a Bank Holiday, there is no charge payable. Signs will be posted giving clear directions from arriving via the North and South end of town. There will be no parking on site this year for safety reasons.



Race day registration will be in the reception of the Swimming Centre and will be open from 0600 hours.  At registration you will collect your race number, timing chip,bike identity stickers, safety pins and goody bag.  You may use a race number belt if you wish. 


PLEASE NOTE  For the duration of the event, your timing chip is your responsibility. There may be a charge levied if you fail to return your chip at the end of the event.  The chip should be fitted to your ankle as instructed at registration.




Race numbers should be worn so as to be visible from the rear during the cycle discipline and from the front during run discipline.  Failure to display your race number correctly could result in a time penalty.  We need to see your number to be able to give you your race time!


Body marking for the swim discipline will take place when you collect your race numbers etc. You will not be permitted into transition without revealing your body marking.


Non BTF members will have to complete a day licence form.  BTF members will be requested to produce their valid licence. failure to do so will result in the requirement to purchase a day licence.


Once registered you may proceed to transition to rack your bike.  There are NO facilities to secure your bike at registration.





No mobile phones, MP3 players , I pods or earphones are permitted within the transition area. 

Access to and from transition will not be permitted without revealing your body marking.  The bike racking will be numbered so just find your race number position.  It is important to be aware of those around you in transition as the race will be underway when most of you arrive.  You are advised to orientate yourself and to make a note of where the entry and exit points are in transition area and listen to instruction given by officials.


Athletes will be expected to adhere to BTF rules which can be found in the BTF Handbook, the website and at registration.


Medical Notes


It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are fit to take part in the event and are strongly advised to read the medical notes at the end of this document.  You may wish to record any medication that you may be taking and any medical condition that you have for the information of the first aiders and doctors in the event of an accident or other emergency.




There are facilities at the Swimming Centre


Tonbridge Lions Club does not accept responsibility for any property lost or stolen, so please look after your own property.


Race Briefing


As we have staggered start times there will be no race briefing but you are advised to read the race information posted on notice boards.  Any last minute changes will be brought to your attention before the start of the swim discipline.


It is your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of the layout of the school, centre, run and cycle courses.


You are reminded that the Race Referees decision is final.


Swim Course        400 Metres, 16 lengths    Full event 32 lengths


Please report at the swim start at least 5 minutes before your estimated start time.


Your race start time is detailed in these instructions and on the web site.  Please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to register and rack your bike in transition, it will be busy.  Spectators are allowed in the swimming pool.


You will be swimming 4 to a lane and will be called forward in race number order or as spaces become available.  If you find someone in the lane is faster than you please let them pass at the lane end (you can catch them on the bike route). Should there be space in the pool and you wish to start earlier than your allotted time please ask the Race Director in charge of the pool and he will do his best to accommodate you. If you are either a particularly fast or slow swimmer please advise the starters who will do their best to place you with others of similar ability.


You will be given a coloured swim hat to wear, this helps the lap counters.  You will be shown a board when you have 2 laps remaining.  The BTF Race Referee will be the final arbiter in the event of a dispute concerning the number of lengths completed.  Any queries should be raised after the completion of the run discipline.  Such complaint to be in writing and to be submitted no later than 20 minutes after completion.


When exiting the pool you must remove the swim cap and leave it in the pool area before making you way to the exit.  Transition is some way from the pool and you may wish to have suitable footwear available OUTSIDE the pool exit.


No outside footwear is permitted in the pool area.

Bike Course        25.00Kms     Full Event 50kms      

You tube video of cycle course  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKHqWLH1Jbg



To further ensure your safety on the cycle route we have been fortunate to obtain a road closure notice on Carters Hill, Underriver to traffic travelling in the opposing direction to the race. You must still ride in a safe and considerate manner and be able to stop in the distance you see to be clear. Despite the road closure order traffic may still get onto the road and travel in the direction opposing the race.

During the cycle discipline you must obey the normal rules of the road and the Highway Code. Any failure to follow the instruction given by a race official, marshal or Police Officer, riding dangerously is unacceptable and will not be condoned.  Exhibiting behaviour likely to bring the sport into disrepute etc. could result in injury and jeopardise future events.


Please note the mandatory BTF rule which stipulates;


Your cycle helmet must be worn and fully fastened before your bike is un-racked and must remain so until it is re-racked at the conclusion of the cycle discipline. No HELMET – No RACE!  It is your responsibility to ensure that your bike is in a roadworthy condition.


Be aware that the roads are open to the public and care should be exercised when completing the cycle discipline.  The roads may have potholes due to the winter weather etc.


Cycle Route.


Follow the direction arrows, all turns are marshalled. If in doubt go straight on!



Leave the school sports complex by the access road and turn right onto London Road.

Bear left onto Old London Road and then left onto Shipbourne Road, Care at junction, Stop Sign.

Keep on the A227 Shipbourne Road out of town, up Starvecrow Hill on through Shipbourne.  Route mainly up hill to Stone Street.

Turn left into High Cross Road after Plaxtol direction Stone Street, In Ivy Hatch bear left at the Plough PH and immediately left onto Stone Street Road.

Keep on this road down hill to the ‘T’ junction at Seal, turn left into Park Lane towards Underriver. Continue on up hill through Godden Green past the Bucks Head PH towards Underriver.  At the top of the hill, One Tree Hill Car Park, (CAUTION steep narrow  winding descent, control your speed, ensure you can stop in the distance you can see to be clear) down  into Underriver village. Continue on through the village past the White Rock PH and continue round sharp bends and remain on road until the junction with the B245 London Road.  Turn left and proceed through Hildenborough returning to the school entrance, turn right into sports complex.


The school entrance will be  controlled.


If you puncture and wish to retire walk to a marshal point where a sweep vehicle will come and rescue you. 


Any retirements from the race at any stage must be reported to a race official as soon as possible.


Run Course  5Kms/3 Miles    Full Event 10kms


The course will be the same as in previous years with the entire run route being within the Tonbridge School grounds.  It is a flat course on a grass surface for the main part. The course consists of TWO laps of the main playing fields so please ensure you complete the designated distance.


Post Race Massage


There will be a post race massage available that will be provided by a sports therapist and a  chartered physiotherapist.  Physiotherapy treatment will also be available. This will help to ease your aching muscles and clear any unwanted lactic acid.  There will be a charge for the ten minute massage and any required physiotherapy treatment.




On race day medical cover will be provided by Red Cross Ambulance.  An ambulance will be based at the school site and ready to respond to any incident whether within the grounds or on the cycle/run routes.


Below is a reminder of medical issues you should bear in mind before and during race day.




Are you still fit to compete?  Do you have a temperature?

A lot can and does happen between placing your race entry and the event itself. Entrants who are fund raising for charity often feel under pressure to take part even if they feel unwell or unfit because of the money they hope to raise.


You should never compete with a fever, as there is a risk of causing myocarditis (inflammation of the heart), which can be fatal or debilitating in the long term.  Do not compete if you feel unwell or have just been unwell.  Most medical emergencies occur in people who have been unwell or have been unwell but do not wish to miss the race.  If you feel feverish, have been vomiting, have had severe diarrhoea or any chest pains, or otherwise feel unwell, it is unfair or you your family and the event support staff to risk becoming a medical emergency. You are unlikely to perform well and do yourself justice.  There are other races but only one ‘you’.  If you are not fit then please withdraw from the event for your own safety.


What if I normally take medication?

Many entrants do have a history of medical problems or will be taking medications or use inhalers.  This information is invaluable to the medical support staff in the unlikely event of an emergency or if you collapse.  For example, knowing that you are a diabetic or asthmatic can speed the diagnosis and treatment of your problem.


Please enter your medical details on the reverse of your race number.  If you do not, it may prolong the time taken to give you the appropriate treatment.


Avoid dehydration

Listen to race announcements concerning the weather.

Start well hydrated – drink 200-300 ml of fluid

Drink 200-300 ml every 15-20 minutes during the race

Water is fine for event of less than 50 minutes

A carbohydrate/electrolyte drink may help.

Re-hydrate after the race.


Watch for warning symptoms.

Slow your pace if you start to feel unwell during the race.  Seek advice early from the race marshals or medical staff if you do not improve.  Cramps can be an early warning of dehydration – don’t ignore them.  The following can be a warning of heat related illness.


Cramps, nausea/vomiting, diarrhoea, palpitations, exhaustion.


Avoid a sprint finish

Sprint to the finish line will increase the stress on your heart.  Unless you’re an elite athlete, then a sprint finish should be avoided.