How difficult is Blenheim?
Blenheim Palace Triathlon is a fantastic course to take on a triathlon and for many people it’s their first experience of the sport. Although the distances are comparatively shorter than many other triathlons, we strongly recommend putting in the required training for this event. Blenheim is not a hugely difficult event but the cycle and run course are undulating in places. You can see the cycle course in video filmed at Blenheim 2015.
The swim part of Blenheim takes part in the beautiful lake behind the Palace. It is a relatively straightforward swim but as you’ll be using a wetsuit and swimming in open water then practice is essential. The swim is often seen as the discipline that is most feared however this can be overcome by practising in open water beforehand. You can see the cycle course in video filmed at Blenheim.
What sort of bike do you need?
The cycle course at Blenheim is undulating and will require a fully roadworthy bike and helmet. Cycle safety is paramount when taking part in an event of this kind. Whilst you can use a mountain bike at Blenheim, we’d strongly recommend using a road, hybrid or triathlon bike – it will make your experience so much easier and better as you switch through the gears.
Do you supply bikes/wetsuits etc?
Unfortunately we don’t supply these directly but the official event partners can help.
For bikes we recommend contacting the official retail partner triuk.com
For wetsuit hire, then official supplier Zone 3 have a number of suitable purchase options available for Blenheim.
You can also hire wetsuits over a short-term basis through hireawetsuit.co.uk
How do I claim my free race belt, trisuit etc?
Once you’ve hit your £200 and £400 targets get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your kit. We’ll need the page URL for your JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving page with the money showing on there. We can then send on your gift.
How much do I have to raise?
We ask that those with Golden Bond and Pledge places raise £400. This is a very reasonable amount and should be no problem with the tips and support we’ll give you along the way. Please remember that your entry fee can only cover the cost of the event and does not go towards life-saving research and patient support, so please kick start your fundraising early as possible and follow our tips to make sure you raise as much as possible.
Do you have training support?
We do have dedicated training support through our friends at Tribal. They are providing free training videos through our monthly e-newsletters. Look out for the training advice and do get in contact if you’d like to know more.
Do you provide a training day?
We will have places in a dedicated Blenheim training day in May. This will provide you with the opportunity to practice open water swimming, experience transition (and practice it) and hone your running technique.
We’ll be offering free places on the training day on a ‘first come, first served’ basis to those who have beaten their fundraising target by the end of March.
Alternatively you can buy a place in the training days directly from the organisers for £49.
What time does each wave start?
Blenheim Palace Triathlon will post up the start times for each entrant around the second/third week of May on the official website. Shortly after this, you’ll get your race pack, containing your time and race guide. If you do have further queries then please contact the event organisers directly.
You can reach them via email or by phone:
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