'Mr Hesters' Sark Triathlon 2017
08 Apr 17
After the great success of the inaugural Sark Triathlon in 2016, we’re back for the second edition. The unique Isle of Sark is the perfect location for a fun off-road triathlon. Stunning scenery, friendly locals, and no cars! The 2017 edition has been kindly sponsored by ‘Mr Hesters’, and each competitor will receive a unique finisher's t-shirt. In this document you’ll find information about the race, how to get to Sark and where to stay. The Guernsey Triathlon Club LBG cannot wait to welcome you to the ‘Mr Hesters Sark Triathlon 2017’.
Race Co-ordinator - Sam de Kooker
Isle of Sark Shipping have kindly offered a discounted return travel price for all those competing and spectating at the Sark Triathlon. £21.50 per adult, £10.75 for under 14’s and free for under 3’s. This offer can be used for travel to and from Sark on the 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th April 2017, so you can make a weekend of it. There will be a discount code coming soon for online bookings, but until then please contact Isle of Sark Shipping directly on 01481 724059 to book your discounted travel.
Our primary sponsors - Mr Hesters, are offering a fantastic 20% off on their array of properties for the weekend of the Sark Triathlon. Please visit their website for further details and enter the promotional code: JUST TRI. Note - This can only be used for the three night stay of arrival Friday 7th April and departing Monday 10th.
There are many other accommodation options available, and details can be found on the Sark Tourism website. Keep checking the official ‘Sark Triathlon 2017’ Facebook page for further special deals on accommodation.
As the Sark Triathlon is a fun race, and to make it a more even playing field, we are highly recommending that everyone hires bikes once on Sark, rather than bringing your own. In fact we may give you a time penalty if you bring your own bike! Discounted bike rental can be obtained from ‘A to B Cycles’ and ‘Avenue Cycles’. Just say that you are competing in the Sark Triathlon to claim your discounted price. Please note that bike helmets are compulsory for every competitor during the race.
Post-Race (TBC - Most Likely the below)
All post-race festivities will take place at the Sark Island Hall. There are showers available here for all competitors. This is also the location of T2 and the finish line. A BBQ will be on offer, which you can pay for on the day, and most importantly they have a large bar for you all to re-hydrate in! The presentation will also take place here, and this is when you’ll receive your finisher's t-shirt from Mr Hester’s. If you’re planning on returning on the ferry that evening, you’ll have time for some refreshments before catching the boat.
If you’re a member of the Guernsey Triathlon Club you entry is FREE. If you’re a non-member the fee will be £10 for an individual entry and £8 per relay team member. Please note there is a small surcharge per relay team.
Race Day Schedule
8am - Ferry departs Guernsey
9am - Ferry arrives in Sark
9-10am - Collect your hire bike, and rack it at the transition area at the Sark Island Hall. Please leave your post race clothing at the Island Hall changing rooms.
10am - Head back to Creux Harbour with your wetsuit, swimming kit, trainers and run clothing.
10.30am - Registration at Creux Harbour. Collect your T1 bag and place all running kit in there.
10.45am - Race briefing
11am - First swim wave
12.20pm - First finishers arrive at Island Hall. (Don’t forget to collect your T1 bag with your wetsuit etc, which will be waiting for you at the finish).
1pm - BBQ starts
2.30pm - Results and t-shirt presentation
6pm - Return ferry to Guernsey
The ‘Sark Triathlon’ is a little different to your standard triathlon race. Due to logistics the race is a swim - run - bike format. This is because of the very steep hill heading out from Creux Harbour, which bikes are not permitted to cycle up. The main thing to remember with the Sark triathlon is it’s all about enjoying your day in Sark, and having some fun.
First up is a brisk two lap 300 metre swim around Creux Harbour. Please be aware the water temperature is likely to be 11 degrees, so wetsuits are compulsory. Before you start your swim make sure everything you need for the run is in your T1 transition bag. Your race number will be written on your hand in permanent marker so that race officials can identify you. There will be safety kayak cover from the awesome ‘Adventure Sark’ boys and girls, so if at anytime you get into difficulty turn onto your back and raise an arm. A kayaker will then be there to assist you out of the water. Due to numbers it is likely we will set people off in pre-allocated swim wave start times. When you exit the water to T1, make sure you shout out your race number to the time keepers. If you’re in a relay team, this is the point you ‘tag’ your runner into the race.
Compulsory Kit - Wetsuit - Swim Cap - Goggles
Recommended Kit - NeopreneSwim Hat - Gloves - Boots
Above: Swim Location - Creux Harbour
Once you’ve completed your swim, remove your running kit from your T1 transition bag and put your wetsuit, cap, goggles etc into the T1 bag. Put your running kit on, including your race number which should be prefixed to the top you’ll be running in, or fastened to a Tri Belt. Once you’re ready to start the run place your T1 bag with all your swimming stuff in the trailer at T1. If you’re racing as a relay team, make sure your runner has their race number on. The trailer will then be taken to the Island Hall ready for when you finish the race.
Exit T1 and go through the tunnel before heading out on the 8.7km run course. The run takes in some breathtaking views, and is likely to take your breath away as it’s hilly and challenging! The run will be well sign posted with both arrows and chalk on the floor. As well as running on public paths, you also need to go through several fields, which have a gate you need to open, and most importantly close once you have been through. There are also a couple of gates to climb over. The run first heads uphill steeply, before a dead turn around a cannon. You then follow the southern cliffs to La Coupe. Over the bridge to Little Sark, past the Sablonnerie Hotel, before a dead turn back over La Coupe to the Island Hall for T2. There will be one water station before you head over La Coupe, which you will pass twice on the run. Please check out the Strava map for more details on the course:
Kit - Trainers - Run Kit/Tri Suit - Waterproof Jacket
The transition from the run to the bike (T2) is located at the Island Hall. Collect your bike from where you racked it before the race, put your helmet on, and head out on the two lap 14km course. If you are a relay team make sure you ‘tag’ your cyclist in, and ensure they are wearing a race number. We recommend that you have one ‘tri belt’ between the team, so this can be given to your cyclist.
All the roads on Sark are dirt tracks, so please cycle the course with care. Cycling helmets are compulsory for every competitor. There will be horse and carts, as well as tractors on the roads, so cycle with caution. Again it will be well sign posted, but please listen to the marshals who will be on the course for your safety. There is a dead turn just before La Coupe on each lap, so please slow down and listen to the marshals. The finish line will be outside the Island Hall. Please check out the Strava map for details of the bike course:
Compulsory Kit - Bike - Bike Helmet
Hopefully this document has answered your questions, but if not please post on the ‘Sark Triathlon 2017’ page on Facebook with any further queries.
Total Places: 100
Places Available: ??
*Discounted for members of Guernsey Tri ClubRelay Team Surcharge
*Discounted for one or more team members of Guernsey Tri Club
For each sign-up with a card payment, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 5% (min 60p). You pay no surcharge