In short: Fiddly transitions but flat bike course and friendly run. In full: I'd heard really good things about Nantwich Tri and given the cost, expensive for a sprint, I had high expectations. The set up for transitions is a little complex given that T1 and T2 are in different locations but the directions given helped and as long as you give yourself enough time you'll be fine. A word of advice though, don't get to T1 too early as it is on the small side and you'll only be let in 20 minutes before your swim time.
The swim is in an outdoor brine pool at at 16 lengths of a 33m pool, slightly longer than a typical sprint. You'll set off at 20 sec intervals and swim 4 lengths of a lane before switching to the next. The first lane is a little crowded but seem to thin out after that.
After T1, you're out on to an estate and quickly free of Nantwich and on to the roads. Junctions were well marshaled and the course well sign posted. The roads are not closed but this does not cause any issues.
T2 is nice and open and the run for the sprint was 4 laps of a 1.3km park route. Nice and flat and plenty of opportunity for high 5s and encouragement from your supporters. The run is in a park so ideal for partners who are left holding the baby / babies!
The finish is manned by a commentator, although he was busy putting in the ground work with a lovely assistant when I crossed so no name check (not that I am bitter).
All in all a good race. Where did it fall down?
V expensive and the goody bag was nothing to write home about, a medal and bottle of Gatorade (come on, you can do better than that). No chip timing and the real time results broke at 10:30 so you had to wait until the next day for results. Even then, there was no notification and I could only find them by going on the Tri247 website. And don't get me started on the costs of photos from the event. Date of review: May 30, 2012
In short: Fanastic first time race In full: I entered the Fun distance as I had been telling myself for a long time now that I was going to do a Tri event. Booked myself in and started training. A nice short distance and pool based, perfect for anyone who has never done a tri before. The bike course is undulating but there are no major hills to cause any problems then the run is around the park so nice and flat. Fantastic Race and would reccomend to anyone who is thinking of dipping their toe into tri. Beware it's addictive!! Well organised, everything went very smoothly. Date of review: May 25, 2011
In short: Fantastic Pirate support for beginners of all standard In full: If you've never done a tri before and have no idea where to start then this is a must. Camp the night before if you want to gain tips, advice and practical help from Pirates of all abilities. Date of review: December 5, 2010
In short: Careful you could get hooked.... In full: What a day, scorching temperatures but such such fun. Fantastic "Team Pirate" support and further great support from the crowds all the way round. Marshals and helpers were excellent, nothing was a problem to be sorted quickly. A great day, and will do again Date of review: May 26, 2010