Army Team Relay Tri Champs – 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 12:00

clients-armyThe Army Team Relay Triathlon Championships 2017 are to be held Wednesday 13 September 2017 commencing at 1200 hours at Eton Dorney Lake.  The race will be held on private roads with minimal traffic and is a non-drafting event.  It is requested that this Administration Order is disseminated as widely as possible.


Event. A one-lap lake swim of 300 m (wetsuits compulsory) is followed by a flat, two 5km laps on closed roads before departing for an out and back, traffic free run of 3km.  Teams of 3 will consecutively complete each stage of Swim, Bike, Run course.


Swim. The swim will be conducted in Eton Dorney Lake with the appropriate water safety cover.  The 300m swim course will be set out in advance (GPS measured) using buoys as the turn points.  Each athlete will have to complete the swim course in turn before transitioning to the bike.

Bike. The two lap bike course is on closed roads.  Each athlete will have to complete the bike course in turn before transitioning to the run.  Competitors should make note of the route which will be displayed in transition.  Static and mobile draft busters will enforce BTF drafting rules.  Approved cycle helmets are mandatory.

Run. The single out and back 3km run is flat and on tarmac.  Each athlete will have to complete the run course in turn before crossing the finish line together as a team.

Army Championship Prize Giving. The prize giving ceremony will start once the results have been finalised by DB Max but no later than 1400 hours.  All competitors are strongly encouraged to remain until the prize giving is completed.  Prizes will be awarded as follows so long as there are more than three athletes in each category:

  1. Male Team.
  2. Female Team.
  3. Male Veterans Team (over 40).      
  4. Female Veterans Team (over 35).
  5. Mixed Team – There are no age restrictions but the team must contain both male and female athletes.

Entry Process.

Online. The entry fee is £30 per three person team this includes a £1.50 online admin fee.  There is a dedicated Army link HERE.

Use of the online system is strongly encouraged, however last minute changes are inevitable and therefore entries on the day will be accepted. The entry fee covers the cost of the event and prizes.  Online registration has been designed to be simple and secure – each team entry has to be done individually so that timing chip numbers can be allocated.  Please enter all three athletes under the single entry. As long as individuals are identified correctly, it will be simple to locate members of unit teams. DO NOT abbreviate unit names and Team names must be identical for the software filters to work.

On the day entry. Cheques are to be made to Army Triathlon Association the fee will be £40.00 per three person team.  On the day entry closes at 1100 hours.

Paratriathletes and Tri-Service athletes. The event will be open to all members of the Tri-Service community and the course will be adapted as necessary to ensure that all Paratriathletes can race.  Entry to this race by members of the other services is encouraged but it should be noted that members of the Royal Navy and RAF will not be eligible for prizes.

Corporate Team Competition.  Our Sponsors and supporters are encouraged to enter as many teams as possible.  Race Entry will be ‘on the day’ for these teams.

Registration. All competitors will need to register in the DB Max gazebo 0900 – 1100 hours in order to receive timing chips.  On the day entries will need to visit the ATA Gazebo first in order to pay.


1Venue Opens0830 hours
2On the day entries0900 – 1100 hoursDB Max gazebo
3Registration0900 – 1100 hoursDB Max gazebo
4Race course open for recces0900 hours
5Transition open0900 hoursMust register prior to entering transition
6Mandatory race brief1130 hoursConducted in transition
7Race starts1200 hours
8Prize giving1400 hours


Rules. The race will be run in accordance with British Triathlon Foundation (BTF) rules. Bikes are to be in a road worthy condition and approved (ANSI / SNELL) cycle helmets must be worn for the entire cycle section.  Draft busters will be in operation on the course and competitors will be penalised / disqualified in accordance with BTF guidelines.

Results. The electronic timing system will be used to ensure accurate and timely results. All race details and results will appear on the DB Max events website and the ATA MOSS page, hard copies will NOT be available on race day, however, there will be individual timing print outs available on the day.

Travel. All travel costs for this event are to be met by competing units using their own Budget and UIN.  The postcode for Eton Dorney Lake is SL4 6QP and directions can be found HERE.  Follow the signs to the transition and registration and note there will be limited supplies of water, shelter and changing facilities.

Insurance. All athletes are advised to have their own third party liability insurance, accident and legal costs insurance cover.

Army Triathlon Association Membership. Participants do not have to be members of the ATA to race but membership is strongly encouraged.  Membership only cost £10 per year, all details including benefits can be obtained from the ATA MOSS page and by speaking to membership secretary on the day.

 Summary. The Army Team Relay Triathlon Championships 2017 at the Eton Dorney Lake is open to Regular / Reserve service personnel, from all three Services and entitled MOD civil service personnel (who must take leave and show proof of third party liability insurance).  However, only Army personnel will be eligible for prizes.  This event is a particularly good event for novices or athletes wanting to experience their first open water swim or multi-sport race.  Further details can be gained from DB Max or through the ATA MOSS page.  Please encourage online entry and any queries should be directed to the undersigned in the first instance.


Original Signed



LM Rickard


ATA Events Manager