Health Commitment Statement
Your health is your responsibility. The management and staff of Tempus Leisure are dedicated to helping you take every opportunity to enjoy your participation in our event. With this in mind, we have carefully considered what we can reasonably expect of each other. Parents/Carers are requested to uphold this commitment on behalf of a mini/youth/junior competitor.
Our commitment to you
- We will respect your personal decisions, and allow you to make your own decisions about what exercise you can carry out. However, we ask you not to exercise beyond what you consider to be your own abilities.
- We will make every reasonable effort to make sure our events are organised to accepted safe operational standards for you to enjoy.
- We will make all reasonable steps to ensure our staff are trained to deliver our events to industry standards.
- If you tell us you have a disability which puts you at a substantial disadvantage in accessing our event, we will consider what adjustments, if any, are reasonable for us to make.
Your commitment to us
- You should not exercise beyond your own abilities. If you know or are concerned that you have a medical condition which might interfere with your safe participation in our event, before you enter you should seek advice from a relevant medical professional and follow that advice.
- It is the decision of the user, not the event organiser, to determine whether he or she is fit enough to exercise. If the user is in any doubt, the user should seek medical advice. It is up to the user where to seek that medical advice.
- You should let us know immediately, if you feel unwell whilst participating in one of our events. Our staff are not qualified Doctors, but there will be first aid provision in attendance at our events.
- If you have a disability, you must follow any reasonable instructions to allow you to complete our event safely.
This Health Commitment Statement sets the standards that Tempus Leisure and the event participant can reasonably expect from each other in regards to the health of the participant.
This statement is for guidance only. It is not a legally binding agreement between you and us and does not create any obligations which you or we must meet.
Competitor Code of Conduct
The following Code of Conduct must be followed by all participants in Tempus Leisure triathlons, including mini, youth and junior events. Failure of a competitor or parent/carer/accompanying adult to comply with the Code of Conduct may lead to disqualification from an event, or the Series, or time penalties imposed. This Code of Conduct has been compiled using the British Triathlon (BT) Race Conduct rules and also the Cornwall Triathlon Series Rules and Regulations.
Competitors must conduct themselves in a proper manner and not bring the sport into disrepute. Failure to do so may result in further disciplinary action by Triathlon England and/or British Triathlon and/or Tempus Leisure. (BT Rule 22.1)
All other competitors, officials, volunteers and spectators must be treated with respect and courtesy. (BT Rule 22.2)
Threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct are not permitted, and competitors may be disqualified for using such behaviour. (BT Rule 22.3)
No individual support by vehicle, bicycle or on foot is permitted except as provided by the organisers. Competitors may not receive any assistance other than that provided by the race organiser. (BT Rule 22.7)
Failure by a competitor/parent/carer/accompanying adult to carry out instructions from officials, or failure to conduct themselves in a proper manner may lead to disqualification and/or disciplinary action against the competitor by the appropriate Triathlon England or British Triathlon or Tempus Leisure. Misconduct by a competitor/parent/carer/accompanying adult may include, but is not limited to:
threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct
failure to obey marshals’/officials’ instructions
handing water bottles or any other equipment to, or collecting them from, competitors
tampering with the equipment of others
(BTF Rule 22.8)
Any equipment that acts as an impediment to hearing or concentration is prohibited from use during an event (including transition). This includes but is not limited to mobile telephones (should be switched off if stored in transition), personal stereos and MP3 players. (BT Rule 8.1)
Competitors must exercise sound, mature judgement, carry out all reasonable instructions from officials and obey the laws of the land and observe traffic regulations. (BT Rule 21.1)
Competitors must obey instructions given by the Police. Failure to do so may result in disqualification and may lead to disciplinary action by Triathlon England and/or British Triathlon and/or Tempus Leisure. (BT Rule 21.2)
It is the competitor’s responsibility to know and correctly complete the full course of the event. (BT Rule 21.6)
No competitor shall be permitted to continue racing if, in the opinion of any race official, he or she is physically incapable of continuing without potentially suffering physical damage, loss of life or a danger to others. (BT Rule 21.8)
Competitors shall adhere to all of the rules and regulations set for an event including:
– The British Triathlon technical and competition rules as set out in the BT rule book.
– The Series rules as set out in the Cornwall Triathlon Series Rules and Regulations.
– The event specific rules as set out in the Competitor Information Pack, sent out prior to the event.
Competitors are not permitted to draft during the cycling segment of the race. Penalties will be issued for drafting violations. (BT Rule 27.1)
Officials, referees, marshals and event volunteers must not be confronted or challenged during an event. Anyone doing so will be disqualified. If you wish to challenge the result of an event or the distances an athlete has completed, the appeals procedure must be followed.
Competitors are only permitted to transfer their entry to another person through the official Series Entry Transfer process. Tempus Leisure must be notified of the transfer via a Series Transfer form which must be received and processed before the event closing date. Any transfers that have not been sanctioned by Tempus Leisure will result in disqualification of the competitor from that event and a written Series warning will be given to both the existing and the new competitor.
Competitors who are disqualified from a Series event (including Mini and Junior events) for an infringement of the rules, unofficial entry transfer or failing to adhere to the Code of Conduct will be given a written Series Warning. Any competitor that receives two Series warnings will be disqualified from the Series and will no longer be permitted entry in to other Tempus Leisure organised events. Please note no refunds will be given for disqualifications as per the Refunds policy in the Terms and Conditions.
An appeal is a request for a review of a decision made by a referee, official or marshal.
Appeals cannot be made against “judgment calls” by officials. Judgment calls include, but are not limited to, drafting, dangerous riding, number violation and unsporting conduct.
Appeals must be made in writing to the race referee within one hour of a penalty being posted or after his or her finishing time, whichever is later. A fee of £15 will be charged, which is refundable if the appeal is upheld.
British Triathlon Penalties
The following official penalties will be imposed for infringements of the British Triathlon Rules:
Disqualification – to include, but not limited to:
Threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct
Breaking road traffic regulations
Failing to obey marshals or the police
Tampering with the equipment of others
Unsporting impedance – including, but not limited to, incorrectly racked bikes, discarded equipment and the use of marking devices that impede others
Two drafting violations noted by motorcycle official OR four reports from static draft control marshals (There is no requirement for a draft control marshal to indicate that a competitor has been reported)
Course irregularities (unless the competitor returns to the point at which he or she left the course, or a point on the course prior to it, and then completes the course)
Breach of conduct by parent/guardian/accompanying adult.
Disqualification if fault not rectified after a warning – to include, but not limited to:
Illegal equipment (swim, cycle or run equipment)
Banned equipment – including, but not limited to, mobile telephones, MP3 players and personal stereos
Illegal progress (during swim, bike or run)
Two minute penalty – to include, but not limited to:
Helmet violations (unclipping helmet while in contact with cycle)
Number violation (not able to be altered after a warning)
Riding in the transition area
Markers in the transition that cannot be removed, but do not impede the progress of others
One drafting violation noted by a motorcycle official OR three reports from static draft control marshals (There is no requirement for a draft control marshal to indicate that a competitor has been reported).
Notes on penalties:
In the interests of safety, motorcycle officials will NOT provide an audible or visible warning for a drafting violation.
The race official may issue a discretionary two minute penalty for infringements not listed above.
Penalties will be posted on the penalty board by a senior official as soon as they are available. The penalty board will be provided by the race organiser and placed at an agreed position with easy access for competitors.
In the case of any competitor or his or her parent/guardian/supporter using threatening, abusive or insulting conduct, Triathlon England and British Triathlon and Tempus Leisure will consider disciplinary action against that competitor.
Terms and Conditions
“Code of Conduct” means any code of conduct specified by the Event Organiser in relation to the Event.
“Conditions” means these terms and conditions of entry for the Event.
“Entry Form” means the website pages or any other online or paper form application process specified by the Event Organiser which must be completed in order to participate in the Event.
“Event” means the event named on the Entry Form.
“Event Organiser” means Tempus Leisure Limited, Company Number 06864478, whose registered office is Gyllyngdune Cottage, 41 Melvill Road, Falmouth TR11 4AR and its appointed staff and/or agents.
“Fee” means the entry fee for the Event as set out in the Entry Form.
“National Governing Body” means the organisation or body responsible for the governance, administration and management of the sport or event on a national basis.
“Parent/Carer” means the responsible adult for those participants entering who are under 18 years of age.
“Participant” means the person named on the Entry Form who will be participating in the Event.
“Parties” means the Event Organiser and the Participant and each shall be a “Party”.
“Registration” means the process of the Participant presenting himself or herself to the Event Organiser, or any person designated by the Event Organiser, on the day of the Event to confirm the Participant’s attendance at the Event.
2. Acceptance of Conditions
2.1 These Conditions shall apply in place of and prevail over any terms or conditions (whether or not in conflict or inconsistent with these Conditions) contained or referred to in any documentation submitted by the Participant or in correspondence or elsewhere or implied by trade custom, practice or course of dealing. A variation of these Conditions is only valid if the Event Organiser gives notice to the Participant in writing in any official Event material or correspondence prior to the Event (including via email). The Participant, or Parent/Carer, shall be deemed to have accepted these Conditions upon completion of the Entry Form.
3.1 Where a Participant has been asked to declare if they have a valid membership, permit, licence or affiliation to a National Governing Body during the Event entry process and such membership, permit, licence or affiliation offers the Participant a reduction in their Fee or part refund of their Fee, the Participant shall on request of the Event Organiser produce appropriate evidence of such membership, permit, licence or affiliation at Registration on the day of the Event. In the event that the Participant is unable to produce such evidence, the Event Organiser will not offer any reduction or refund in their Fee, as applicable, and may impose the sanctions detailed in Condition 3.8.
3.2 The Event Organiser may accept junior Participants between the ages of 14-16 years for selected Events. The Parent/Carer, accepts responsibility for the junior Participant and fulfils any safeguarding requirements designated by the Event Organiser while the junior Participant takes part in the Event and complies with all parts of condition 3.6. The Event Organiser operates a full Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, providing assurances that consideration has been made for this age category of athlete participating in a senior event.
3.3 The Participant, or Parent/Carer, is aware of the nature of the Event and the associated risks involved and agrees that he/she is physically capable of competing in the Event and is to be solely responsible for his/her actions and the Event Organiser, its officers, employees, agents, affiliates, associated companies, sponsors or medical advisers are not responsible for any injury or illness that the Participant may suffer as a result of his/her participation in the Event. The Participant, or Parent/Carer, accepts that should any medical or physical condition arise prior to the Event which is likely to affect his/her ability to compete, the Participant will withdraw from the Event in accordance with these Conditions.
3.4 The Participant, or Parent/Carer, agrees to abide by all applicable laws, rules and regulations including any Code of Conduct and any relevant National Governing Body regulations. The Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of the Fees if he or she is disqualified from the Event as a result of an infringement of these Conditions, Code of Conduct or any relevant National Governing Body rules and regulations.
3.5 The Participant must complete the registration process as specified in the information pack which will be issued in advance of each Event by the Event Organiser.
3.6 Participants under 18 years of age are required to have appropriate support from a responsible adult. The responsible adult must ensure that they understand and fulfil all obligations and responsibilities as designated by the Event Organiser in line with the Event Organiser’s Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.
3.7 Where an Event requires the use of any equipment and/or personal protective clothing it shall be the Participant’s sole responsibility to provide such equipment and/or personal protective clothing which shall be in a good condition in order to comply with the Code of Conduct and/or relevant National Governing Body rules and regulations as appropriate.
3.8 Where an Event requires Participants to use a bike, the Organiser recommends that all bikes are fitted with working front and rear lights. The Organiser may refuse a Participant from entering an Event where the Organiser deems that 1. The Participant’s lighting arrangements are unsafe; or 2. The Participant’s lighting arrangements do not comply with any requirement or recommendation of a National Governing Body. The Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of the Fees if he or she is not permitted to start the Event due to the grounds set out in this Condition.
3.9 The Event Organiser may introduce cut off times as it sees fit as part of the Event rules, being limits on the time permitted to complete sections of the Event (as initiated by the Event Organiser at its sole discretion) to ensure the safe and proper running of the Event. Participants may be instructed to withdraw from the Event where they fail to complete sections within the specified cut off times.
3.10 The Event Organiser reserves the right at any time to remove Participants from the Event or prevent Participants participating in the Event if it considers such action necessary for safety reasons or to ensure the proper enjoyment of the Event by other Participants or for any other reasonable reason. No refund of the Fee shall be made if the Participant has acted negligently, maliciously, with willful misconduct or otherwise without due care and attention for the Event or other Participants, spectators and members of the public so as to cause his or her removal or where the Event Organiser reasonably considers that Participant removal is necessary for safety reasons.
3.11 The Event Organiser reserves the right to impose sanctions as identified in any Code of Conduct which may include time penalties, disqualification from the Event and/or disqualification from associated events or other events that are offered by the Event Organiser.
3.12 While the Event Organiser takes every care with the staging of the Event, the Participant acknowledges that third party liability, personal accident and personal items insurance are his or her sole responsibility.
3.13 The Participant is required to complete all age related information required on the Entry Form and shall ensure that all age limitations are complied with according to the Code of Conduct and National Governing Body rules and regulations of the Event.
3.14 All decisions and rulings by the Event Organiser, its employees and its agents are considered final. Accordingly, the Participant will comply with all Event rules and all instructions and guidelines given by stewards, marshals, and safety personnel. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that the Event Organiser will organise and run the Event and will have sole authority and be the final arbiter on all decisions relating to the safety, running and organisation of the Event, the rules of the Event, the timings/finish times and the overall position.
3.15 These Conditions are personal to the Participant and the Participant, or Parent/Carer, may not assign any of their rights or obligations under these Conditions without the prior written consent of the Event Organiser. The Participant represents and warrants that the entry to the Event is personal to the Participant and entry into the Event will not be donated free of charge or otherwise transferred, is not purchased as part of any form of business or commercial activity (save as expressly authorised by the Event Organiser), and in particular, may not be resold or offered for resale whether at a premium or otherwise and may not be used for advertising, use as a prize (including in competitions and sweepstakes), travel packages, or for any other trade purposes. Donation, transfer, resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure or cancellation of the Participant’s entry into the Event without a refund or other compensation.
3.16 The Participant, or Parent/Carer, acknowledges and accepts that circumstances concerning an Event may change from time to time for reasons beyond the Event Organiser’s reasonable control or otherwise, without the Event Organiser incurring any liability and without any rights to withdrawal being accrued by the Participant other than set out in Condition 4 below. The Event Organiser shall use reasonable means to communicate any changes to the Participant as soon as reasonably practicable.
4. Bookings and Payments
4.1 The Participant, or Parent/Carer, must pay the Fee when completing the Entry Form on or before the Event entry deadline as specified by the Event Organiser. Fees for Events are subject to periodic review by the Event Organiser.
4.2 The Participant shall not be eligible or entitled to participate in the Event until full payment of the Fee has been received by the Event Organiser. No payment shall be deemed to have been received by the Event Organiser until cleared funds are confirmed.
4.3 The Event Organiser reserves the right at its sole discretion and in extenuating circumstances to accept Entry Forms and Fees after the closing date specified by the Event Organiser and to modify the process for entry to the Event.
4.4 The Parent/Carer will be required to sign on registration.
4.5 The Participant, or Parent/Carer, may not assign his/her entry to another person without the permission of the Event Organiser. Infringement of this Condition compromises the integrity of the Event and linked events and will normally result in disqualification of the Participant, and the person to whom his or her entry was assigned, from the Event and future events, including linked events.
4.6 Participants, or Parent/Carer, shall notify the Event Organiser of their contact details which will be requested during the Event entry process. In addition, the Participant, or Parent/Carer, must supply a name and contact details to be used as an emergency contact during the event. It is the responsibility of the Participant, or Parent/Carer, to inform the Event Organiser of any changes to their personal and emergency contact details as soon as possible.
5. Cancellations, withdrawals, refunds and entry on the day
5.1 If the Participant wishes to withdraw from the Event the Participant will receive a full refund of their Fee minus a £7.50 admin fee if the Participant informs the Organiser in writing (including by e-mail) of his or her intention to withdraw on or before 5pm on the Friday of the preceding week of the Event. Event withdrawal notification will not be accepted by telephone.
5.2 Any Participant withdrawing from the Event after 5pm on the Friday of the preceding week of the Event will not be entitled to a refund of his/her Fee.
5.3 Should entry places in any Event become full, interested individuals unable to secure participation will be offered the option of joining an Event waiting list (“the Waiting List”). If a place on the same Event becomes available reasonable care will be taken to contact interested individuals on the Waiting List to invite them to register for the Event by completing the Entry Form on a first come, first served basis. The Organiser may implement Condition 5.5 in this circumstance.
5.4 At its discretion the Organiser may offer entries on the day of the Event and if available, Event availability may be advertised on the Event website. Participants on the Waiting List will be offered priority entry on the day of the Event if a space becomes available due to a Participant not signing in before Registration closes. If the Organiser offers this entry option the Organiser will contact (including by e-mail) the Participant on the Waiting List informing them of this option. The Organiser cannot guarantee the Participant will be offered a place in the Event and the Participant agrees that they may not be offered a place in the Event. The Participant shall be deemed to have accepted these Conditions upon completion of the on Entry Form and/ or placement on the Waiting List.
5.5 If a Participant withdraws from an Event and complies with Condition 5.1 and requests in writing (including by e-mail) a transfer onto another Event offered by the Organiser, the Participant will be required to pay the price difference if the requested Event Fee is higher than the Event withdrawn from. The participant will not receive any refund of the Fee if the requested Event Fee is lower than the Event withdrawn from.
5.6 The Event Organiser reserves the right to change the time, route or format or cancel parts of the Event or to organise the Event in a different format for reasons of safety, compliance with National Governing Body guidelines and circumstances beyond its reasonable control at short notice. In these circumstances the Participant will not be entitled to any refund of the Fee and there shall be no further liability of the Event Organiser whatsoever arising from such change.
6. Limitation of Liability
6.1 The Event Organiser excludes all warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
6.2 Nothing in these Conditions shall exclude or limit the liability of the Event Organiser:
6.2.1 for death or personal injury caused by the Event Organiser’s negligence;
6.2.2 for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
6.2.3 for any other liability which cannot be restricted by law.
6.3 Subject to Condition 6.2 the Event Organiser shall under no circumstances whatsoever be liable to the Participant whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any damage, losses, actions, claims, demands, proceedings, costs, charges, expenses or any indirect or consequential loss arising under or in connection with the Event.
6.4 The Event Organiser shall not be liable for any actions of any spectators or other third parties.
7. Publicity and Results
7.1 The Participant, or Parent/Carer, consents to the Event Organiser taking photographs or video footage at the Event. Photographs and video footage will be used by the Event Organiser for promotional purposes and may include printed documents or media, editorial coverage, advertising press and use on the internet. Participants who do not wish for their images to be used in such ways must inform the Event Organiser prior to the Event.
7.2 Any film, photographs (by camera or mobile phone), or any other recording of moving or still picture, and all intellectual property in connection therewith (including but not limited to copyright) shall remain the property of the Event Organiser, and where such intellectual property does not automatically vest in the Event Organiser, these Conditions shall constitute a legally binding assignment thereof and/or the Participant shall sign all reasonable documentation required to give affect thereto.
7.3 The Event Organiser will use reasonable endeavors to provide an Event finish time for the Participant however it cannot be held responsible for any technical issues which prevent the provision of such information to the Participant.
8.1 All Participant information shall be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
8.2 These Conditions (and the documents referred to in them) constitute the entire agreement and understanding of the Parties and supersede any previous agreement between the Parties relating to the Event.
8.3 Nothing in these Conditions shall constitute or be deemed to constitute a partnership between the Parties hereto or constitute or be deemed to constitute either Party as agent of the other for any purpose whatsoever and neither Party shall have authority or power to bind the other or to contract in the name of the other in any way or for any purpose.
8.4 No waiver by either Party of a breach or a default hereunder shall be effective unless in writing and signed by both Parties and any such waiver shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default of the same or similar nature.
8.5 To the extent permitted by law all provisions of these Conditions shall be severable and no provision shall be affected by the invalidity or unenforceability of any other provision.
8.6 The Event Organiser reserves the right to amend these Conditions and the Code of Conduct from time to time.
8.7 These Conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and any dispute arising hereunder shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
Parent/Carer Code of Conduct
The following Code of Conduct must be followed by all parents/carers of competitors competing in mini/youth/junior related events. Failure of a parent/carer to comply with this Code of Conduct may lead to a competitor being disqualified from the event.
Encourage the competitor to learn the British Triathlon Competition Rules, which can be found on our website, and the exact distances of each race they are competing in (e.g. how many lengths they swim, how many laps they cycle). Competitors must take responsibility for ensuring they complete the correct distances.
Parents/Carers are not permitted to assist competitors during the race. Any assistance may lead to a competitor being disqualified.
Help competitors to recognise good performance, not just results. Never punish or belittle someone for losing, making mistakes or a poor performance. Only ever encourage in a positive manner.
Never pace a competitor or run beside them. Doing so may lead to their disqualification.
If you intend to take any photographs/video footage at any event, you must first familiarise yourself with the British Triathlon guidelines to taking photos/video. Please check at registration.
Use appropriate language at all times. Swearing and abusive language is completely unacceptable, by competitors and parents/carers, and may lead to a competitor being disqualified.
Officials, referees, marshals and event volunteers must not be approached, confronted or challenged during an event. Anyone doing so will lead to the competitor being disqualified. If you wish to challenge the result of an event, or the distances a competitor has completed, the appeals procedure must be followed, but not until all the day’s races are completed.
An appeal is a request for a review of a decision made by a referee, official or marshal. Appeals cannot be made against “judgment calls” by officials. Judgment calls include, but are not limited to, drafting, dangerous riding, number violation and unsporting conduct.
Appeals must be made in writing, to the race referee, within one hour of a penalty being posted. See British Triathlon Competition Rules for details.
British Triathlon Competition Rules For Children’s Events
13 General Rules
NB: in the case of a child taking part in an event it is the responsibility of the parent(s) and/or accompanying adult(s) to ensure that the child understands these rules and that the child’s equipment, clothing, etc. is suitable, maintained, correctly prepared and used. See also the Additional Rules for Children, section 30.
13.1 Competitors must exercise sound, mature judgment, carry out all reasonable instructions from officials, obey the laws of the land and observe traffic regulations.
13.2 Competitors must follow instructions given by the police. Failure to do so will result in disqualification and may lead to disciplinary action by British Triathlon.
13.3 Competitors are ultimately responsible for their own safety and for the safety of others.
13.4 Competitors must take responsibility for knowing the rules and abiding by them.
13.5 It is the competitor’s responsibility to be properly prepared for an event and to ensure that their equipment is suitable and fit for its intended purpose.
13.6 It is the competitor’s responsibility to know and correctly complete the full course of the event.
13.7 Triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon are individual endurance events. Any teamwork that provides unfair advantage over other competitors is expressly forbidden.
13.8 No competitor shall be permitted to continue racing who, in the opinion of any race official, is physically incapable of continuing without sustaining physical damage or loss of life.
13.9 It is recommended that British Triathlon members do not participate in triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon events that have not been registered with British Triathlon. British Triathlon insurance does not cover the member while participating in such an event, which may not meet the safety standards of British Triathlon. Participation may also render the member ineligible for selection to a National team. For the purpose of these rules this applies to Age Group, Junior, U23 and Elite teams.
14 Race Conduct
14.1 Competitors must conduct themselves in a proper manner and not bring the sport into disrepute.
14.2 All other competitors, officials, volunteers and spectators must be treated with respect and courtesy.
14.3 Threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct are not permitted and competitors may be disqualified for using such.
14.4 All competitors must wear any official swim cap, bib or numbers provided by the race organiser. These must be worn unaltered and be both visible and/or readable at all times. (See Race Numbers, section 16.)
14.5 Competitors must be adequately clothed at all times, the minimum being a one or two piece non-transparent swim suit together with a running top if appropriate. All competitors must ensure that their upper body (especially the chest area) is clothed during the running sections of the event.
14.6 Race equipment must not be discarded at any point on the course but must be placed in the athlete’s allotted position in transition -see Penalties (section 21).
14.7 No individual support by vehicle, bicycle or on foot is permitted except as provided by the organisers. Competitors may not receive any assistance other than that provided by the race organisers.
14.8 Parents/Guardians/Accompanying adults: Failure by a parent/guardian/accompanying adult to carry out instructions from officials, or failure to conduct themselves in a proper manner may lead to disqualification of the competitor and/or disciplinary action against the competitor by British Triathlon. Misconduct by a parent/guardian/accompanying adult may include, but is not limited to:
• threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct
• failure to obey marshals/officials instructions
• handing water bottles or any other equipment to, or collecting them from competitors
• tampering with the equipment of others
• unsporting impedance
15 Transition Areas
15.1 In order to avoid accidents, safeguard equipment and protect personal possessions, athletes must not bring helpers, friends or family members into any transition area.
15.2 Pets are not permitted in the transition area.
15.3 Equipment must be PLACED in its allotted position and not where it may hinder the progress of other competitors. Equipment that is discarded will be regarded as a hindrance and a time penalty may be issued – see Penalties (section 21).
15.4 Cycles must be placed in their correct allotted position both at the start & finish of the cycle section. Cycles should be racked by either the seat pin or by the handlebars/brake levers unless other arrangements are provided. Cycles which are incorrectly racked may be determined as being an impedance to other athletes – see Penalties
15.5 Competitors must mount their cycles and start riding only when the parts of both wheels which touch the ground are outside the transition area (i.e. at or beyond the officially designated cycle start).
15.6 When returning to transition competitors must dismount their cycle before any part of the cycle leaves the 3m dismount zone, which should be clearly marked before the end of the cycle course. They may then walk or run with their bike to its allocated position.
15.7 Competitors must not interfere with another competitor’s equipment in the transition area.
15.8 Competitors must not use any device to mark their position in transition. Any device or marker will be removed by the referee but if this is not possible a penalty will be applied – see Penalties (section 21).
16 Race Numbers
16.1 Race numbers provided by the organiser must not be altered, cut down, folded or in any way mutilated. Numbers so treated will result in a time penalty to the competitor if the offence is not corrected.
16.2 Race numbers must be affixed to the competitor’s clothing or to a suitable race belt or bib so that the number is clearly visible at all times.
16.4 During the running phase a number must be displayed to the front.
16.5 Additional body marking may be provided by the organiser but this is not a substitute for, or replacement of, an official race number.
17 Swim Conduct
17.1 Competitors may stand, or rest on the bottom, or on a non-moving object, but may not gain unfair advantage or make progress, other than is deemed necessary to execute entry into and exit from the designated swimming course by doing so. In shallow waters, an exact point when swimming must commence and may cease shall be appointed and marked.
17.2 Competitors shall at all times swim so that they do not deliberately obstruct or interfere with other competitors. Making contact other than by accident shall be declared unsporting impedance.
17.3 Race organisers may set a time limit for the swimming section. The time limit will be determined when the event is registered with British Triathlon and be published in all race information and must be covered in all race briefings.
17.4 At the end of the specified time limit any competitor still in the water shall be ordered to retire. Competitors refusing to retire will not be insured to continue racing and may be subject to disciplinary action by British Triathlon.
17.5 At all events, both pool-based and open water, no diving is permitted unless pre-agreed at the time of registering and then only for entry at the start of the swim and for re-entry on multiple lap courses.
18 Cycle Conduct
18.1 Every competitor must ensure that his or her cycle is in a safe and roadworthy condition and conforms to the technical specifications laid down by British Triathlon.
18.2 During the event, competitors are individually responsible for the repair of their machines.
18.3 Where a competitor is preceded or followed for any length of time, or frequently passed, by the same motor vehicle not provided by the organisers, that vehicle shall be considered as being associated with the competitor and to be giving support.
18.4 Any part of the cycle course may be covered on foot but on these occasions the competitors must carry or push their own bikes.
18.5 All competitors must follow the normal rules of the road, obey all traffic signals and must follow any instructions given by the Police. Any infringement of the law and subsequent legal action is the sole responsibility of the competitor.
18.6 Competitors shall at all times cycle so that they do not deliberately obstruct or interfere with other competitors. Making contact other than by accident shall be declared unsporting impedance.
18.7 Helmets must be fastened before the competitor’s cycle is moved from its allotted place in the transition area and must remain fastened until the cycle is returned to this position at the end of the cycle section of the race. Failure to do so may result in a time penalty – see Penalties.
19.1 Competitors are not allowed to draft, i.e. take shelter behind or beside another competitor or motor vehicle during the cycling segment of races.
19.2 Bicycle Draft Zone
For all Age Group Events (except Long Distance):
The draft zone is a rectangle measuring seven (7) metres long by three (3) metres wide which surrounds every cycle on the cycle course. The front edge of the front wheel defines the centre of the leading three (3) metre edge of the rectangle. A competitor may enter the draft zone of another competitor but must be seen to be progressing through that zone. A maximum of 15 seconds is allowed to progress though the draft zone of another competitor. If an overtaking manoeuvre is not completed within 15 seconds, the overtaking cyclist must drop back.
19.3 The draft zone of one competitor may not overlap the draft zone of another competitor.
19.4 Competitors may enter the draft zone of another competitor for the purpose of overtaking as detailed above or in the following circumstances:
a) For safety reasons
b) At an aid station
c) At the exit or entrance of a transition area
d) At an acute turn, such as 180o turn around a traffic cone
e) If race officials exclude a section of the course from the drafting rule because of narrow lanes, construction, detours or for other safety reasons
19.5 When a competitor is passed by other competitors, it is his/her responsibility to move out of the draft zone of the overtaking competitor. A competitor is passed when another competitor’s front wheel is ahead of his/hers.
19.6 Side-by-side riding, while still observing the draft zone, is only allowed on courses that are fully closed to other traffic.
20 Running Conduct
20.1 No form of locomotion other than running or walking is permitted.
20.2 Competitors shall, at all times, run so that they do not deliberately obstruct or interfere with other competitors. Making contact other than by accident shall be declared unsporting impedance.
21.1 Competitors may only be penalised by readily identifiable race referees.
21.2 All infringements are to be reported to the senior race referee who will have the responsibility of posting penalties.
21.3 Penalties may be issued or disqualifications given at any time up to the announcement of the final results, except where drug testing is involved, when results must be considered provisional until test results are known.
21.4 The following penalties will be imposed for infringements.
a) Threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct
b) Breaking road traffic regulations
c) Dangerous conduct/riding
d) Diving (but see Swim Conduct, section 17)
e) Failing to obey marshals or the Police
g) Outside assistance
h) Tampering with the equipment of others
i) Unsporting impedance – including but not limited to incorrectly racked bikes, discarded equipment and the use of marking devices which impede others
j) Drafting: Four (4) reports from static draft-control marshals NB: there is no requirement for a draft-control marshal to indicate that a competitor has been reported
k) Course irregularities (unless the competitor returns to the point at which he/she left the course, or a point on the course prior to it, and then completes the course)
l) Breach of conduct by parent/guardian/accompanying adult
Disqualification If Fault Not Rectified After A Warning
m) Illegal equipment (swim, cycle or run equipment)
n) Banned equipment including, but not limited to, mobile telephones, MP3 players and personal stereos
o) Illegal progress (during swim, cycle or run)
p) Racing topless
2 Minute Penalty
q) Helmet violations (unclipping helmet whilst in contact with the cycle)
r) Number violations (not able to be altered after a warning)
s) Riding in the transition area
t) Markers in transition that cannot be removed but do not impede the progress of others
u) Drafting: Three (3) reports from static draft-control marshals. NB: there is no requirement for the marshal to indicate that a report has been made
• The race referee may issue a discretionary two minute penalty for infringements not listed above
• Penalties will be posted as soon as they are available, on the penalty board, by the senior referee. The penalty board will be provided by the race organiser and placed at an agreed position with easy access for competitors e.g. near transition or next to the results display
• In the case of any athlete or their parent/guardian/supporter(s) using threatening, abusive or insulting conduct, British Triathlon will consider disciplinary action against that athlete
22.1 An appeal is a request for a review of a decision made by a referee
22.2 Appeals cannot be made against “judgment calls” by officials. Judgment calls include, but are not limited to, drafting, dangerous riding and unsporting conduct
22.3 Appeals must be made in writing to the race referee within one hour of a penalty being posted and be accompanied by a fee of £15.00 refundable if the appeal is upheld
27 Age Categories
27.2 Age category shall be determined as at 31st December in the current year.
30 Additional Rules for Children
These extra rules or rule variances are written for children and their parents/guardians, and are intended to help make children’s events safe and enjoyable.
Please refer to British Triathlon’s Child Protection Policy re guidelines for the use of photographic and filming equipment at British Triathlon registered children’s competitions
30.1 The maximum permissible air temperature in which events can take place is 30°C.
30.2 The following maximum race distances are applicable for each age group:
Swim Cycle (Grass) Run
TriStar Start (8 years) 50m 800m 600m
TriStar 1 (9-10 years) 150m 2km 1.2km
TriStar 2 (11-12 years) 200m 4km 1.8km
TriStar 3 (13-14 years) 300m 6km 2.4km
30.6 Event organisers must obtain written consent from a child’s parent or guardian that their child has permission to compete in any given event, is fit and healthy, that their child’s cycle is roadworthy, and they agree to abide by the rules of British Triathlon.
30.7 It is the children’s parent’s/guardian’s/accompanying adult’s responsibility to ensure that the competitor’s machine is in a safe and roadworthy condition. Aero bars (handle bar extensions) must not be fitted to bicycles where cycling takes place on grass. (Please note that mountain bike bar-ends are acceptable.)
30.8 The bicycle sizing rules for adults may not apply to children’s bicycles but all cycles must, at the least, have:
• handlebar and aero bar/bar extensions all plugged
• properly fitted and serviceable tyres, wheels, gears and controls
• a working brake on both wheels
30.9 The following additional safety requirements apply to events for competitors aged 8 to 14:
• Cycling and running must take place on roads closed to vehicular traffic
• Fluids must be made available at the start and finish of both cycle and run sections
• Competitors must be visible to officials at all times
30.10 No individual support/pacing by bicycles or on foot is permitted, except where provided by the organisers.
30.11 In order to avoid accidents, safeguard equipment and protect personal possessions, competitors must not bring helpers, friends or family members into any transition area when the race is in progress.
30.12 The following penalties will be imposed for infringements:
• Threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct
• Failing to obey marshals
• Outside assistance (other than that given by the organiser)
• Tampering with the equipment of others
• Unsporting impedance
Disqualification If Fault Not Rectified After A Warning Formal Warning:
• Helmet violations on the cycle course
• Illegal equipment (swim, cycle or run)
• Illegal progress (during the swim, cycle or run)
• Topless during bike or run
Time Penalty – A time penalty will be imposed for:
• Number violations (not able to be rectified after a formal warning)
• Riding in the transition area
• Helmet violations in the transition area
The time penalty for each age category is as follows:
Tristar 1: 30 seconds
Tristar 2: 40 seconds
Tristar 3: 50 seconds