Those of you who swim regularly at Top Barn will be aware of the ‘swimmers itch’ problem. The owners of the lake have made big efforts to try and eliminate this problem and last week undertook a large weed clearing exercise. Whilst this has reduced the amount of weed in the lake significantly there are still reports of some people suffering from ‘swimmers itch’. Whist ‘swimmers itch’ poses no risk to public health the symptoms are not pleasant and can last for up to a week.
As a respectable club with a reputation for making the right decisions for the welfare of competitors the decision has been made to run the event as a Duathlon.
We respect that some competitors may not be happy with this decision but our immediate concern is to run a safe and enjoyable race. We recognise that people may be experiencing their second disappointment following the same issue last year. For this reason we are offering a full refund to anybody who wishes to withdraw from the event. Alternatively you could choose to defer your entry to the Droitwich Sprint Triathlon on the 27th July. If you wish to defer, or request a refund, please confirm before the 29th June.
The Race Information Pack can be downloaded from the link below,
The Pack contains directions to the venue and details of the course. However, the swim will be replaced with a run around the lake (1 lap for the sprint, 2 laps for the double and 3 laps for the triple). Please read the information and familiarise yourself with the bike and run routes.
Registration opens at 6am on Sunday morning but if you live locally, or intend to camp, there will be provisions to register on Saturday late afternoon. Please allow plenty of time before your race to complete the registration process. Wave times are as follows,
Triple Distance 7am
Double Distance 8am
Sprint Distance 9am
We remain committed to delivering a top quality event at a bargain price and we look forward to seeing you on the start line on Sunday morning.
Worcester Triathlon Club