**Entries Open 1st November 2016 at 9am**
I am pleased to announce that entries for the 32nd edition of the East Grinstead triathlon will open at 9am on Tuesday 1st November.
The race website can be accessed HERE
The safety of our competitors, volunteers and other road users has been our primary concern and we feel that the changes we are to introduce will positively reduce the risks to all parties.
The swim distance in the Sprint race will be reduced from 500 meters to 400 metres and in the Ladies Try-a-Tri from 250 meters to 200 metres. The rationale behind this change is not to give an advantage to less strong swimmers but, paradoxically, to level the playing field on the cycle leg! Those who know the East Grinstead area will be aware of the major new housing developments and road layout changes that have occurred over the years and the substantial increases in traffic volumes that have resulted? For our race this has led to significant difficulties and increased risk on the cycle leg particularly in Moat Road (immediately after the start of the cycle routes) and in the villages of Ashurst Wood (for the Try-a-Tri) and Hartfield (for the Sprint). Reducing the swim distance will mean that the cycle section should be completed by all competitors approximately one hour earlier than in past races. With less traffic on the road your ride time could be less and should certainly be safer?
Over its 30 year plus history, the East Grinstead Triathlon has changed many times (as some who are still on the Race Committee and where involved in the very first race constantly remind us!) and so whilst we cherish its tradition we need to acknowledge the world and public roads we are now racing on are not the same? As previous supporters or potential new competitors in our race I trust you will accept the changes we are making and we look forward to seeing you at the 32nd East Grinstead Triathlon on Sunday 14th May 2017
EGTC Race Director and Club Chairman
Once again, in addition to the Classic Sprint Race and the Ladies Try-a-Tri we are also running a Youth / Junior race open to 15 - 19 year olds which will have a 250m swim, 15km Bike and 2.5km bike (the same course as the Try-a-Tri). We are hoping that this part of the race will help discover the future stars of triathlon! If you know anyone who would be interested in this race, please encourage them to enter.
As last year, there will be no waiting list - once all the places have been taken entries will be closed. Don't leave it too late to enter!
Can I remind you that the rules surrounding entries are that you may withdraw from the race and receive a full refund of the entry fee, less a 5% handling fee, up to 31st March 2017. After that date there are no refunds. Entries can be transferred to another athlete free of charge up to 31st March 2017.
I look forward to seeing you on race day.