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Now organised by Total Promotions - go to: or email:

In the 20th Year of organising the Cotswold Triathlon, Tri Ferris Promotions have handed over the Cotswold Triathlons to some of the regular Crew who will be orgainsing ALL the Cotswold Triathlons and Duathlon as Total Promotions. Everything is and will be just the same as usual and Lorraine and Kevin are still involved but as part of the Crew. Ex international runner Debbie Gunning has taken over the main duties as Race Director for Total Promotions with the crew and general organisation the same as usual. Tri Ferris Promotions will still be organising the Big Cotswold Swims with Lorraine Ferris as Swim Director. "Having organised triathlons firstly with 220 magazine since 1989 and starting up Tri Ferris Promotions in 1999 I've decided to let some younger crew take charge so I can have a few more holidays! Thanks to everyone who has supported the Events over the years, including the many loyal competitors, sponsors and fantastic volunteers - hope you have enjoyed as much as me. See you at the Cotswold Triathlon September 2019 as Total Promotions Crew or Big Cotswold Swims on 6 July and 14 September 2019 as Tri Ferris Promotions. Keep Tri-ing" Lorraine


May 2018 - Waves From 8am

Race Information 2018, under Total Promotions 2019 will be very similar!

400m swim - 20km bike - 5km run and Relay also 200m - 20km - 2.5km

Saturday 05 - Registration, Trade Stands, Free Mini Triathlon Seminars, Triathlon England Open Water Swim Course.

Sunday 6 - Limited Registration, Trade Stands, RACES

2018 Start List is available here


Total Promotions welcomes you to Cotswold Country Park and Beach, which is part of Britain's largest water park; Cotswold Water Park. The Park's lake is usually used for swimming, canoeing, wind surfing and fishing and is set in a beautifully landscaped area which has a children's beach and play areas, a beachfront cafe, volley ball courts, climbing area and BBQ/Picnic areas; a brilliant venue to bring all the family. We hope you enjoy the weekend!


Cotswold Park and Beach, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Nr Cirencester, Glos, GL7 6DF. We are very grateful to the Park for the hire of their facilities and with this in mind, please treat all the facilities and the surrounding countryside with respect and leave them as you find them. 5MPH Speed Limit.


From London, the South East and The South West - M4 Junction 15. Take dual carriageway A419 towards Swindon, then follow A417/419 towards Cirencester. After approx 10 miles take B4696 Spine Road, sign-posted Cotswold Water Park. Carry on along Spine Road for about two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane; Cotswold Country Park and Beach in on the right.

From Gloucester area take A417/A419 passing Cirencester and head towards Swindon. Approx four miles from Cirencester turn off at Junction for B4696 Spine Road, sign-posted Cotswold Water Park. Carry on along Spine Road for about two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane; Cotswold Country Park and Beach in on the right.

Map Of Area is available here


On Saturday please park at Waterland Outdoor Pursuits and say "Triathlon Registration" at gate. From Spine Road follow orange Tri Ferris Promotions Parking signs to gate 200m on right. Not the main gates with barrier or you will be charged £12. Sunday parking is at Cotswold Country Main Entrance 800m from Spine Road on right (Not at Waterland) gates open 6.05am. All competitors and spectators will pay £2 per car; please have correct change ready. Dogs allowed at Cotswold Country Park on leads please.

To download a printable site map (Adobe Acrobat format) please click this link.


Badminton Horse Trials are taking place between Tetbury and Bath so lots of accommodation booked in Cotswolds but plenty of hotels in Wiltshire just as close to start. Call Wiltshire Tourism 01793 464578. visit: Call Cotswold Tourism on 01285 654180, Hoburne lodges 2 miles away see:


Camping is 300m from swim start at Go-By-Cycle,GL7 6DS This is a registered campsite with toilet, shower facilities and some electrical hook-ups. Book at: From Spine Road, turn right into Spratsgate Lane and take first turning on left camping, first gate on left; Please go to Campsite first and take short walk to registration. Sorry No Dogs Allowed at campsite.


Registration will be held in the marquee adjacent to finish shoot. All competitors should register between 2.00pm and 5.30pm on Saturday. If you can't get there perhaps a friend could register for you, that person must bring your BTF license if a member or copy of ID if non-meber and a letter of authorisation. Or on Sunday morning between 6.20am and 7.30am, but expect a queue (get there early). Sorry No registration after 7.30am, if you are late you don't race!!

At registration you will be required to show your BTF Race License (excluding those Non BTF members, who must show some form of photographic identification). You will be issued with a T-shirt, a race numbers, a timing chip and ankle band, a swim hat and a bike sticker which must be attached to your cycle before entering transition. For Relay event only one person from the team need register.


Non BTF members must show some form of photographic identification (day licence fee already included in entry fee and sent via email before the event).


Saturday 3.30pm by Registration Marquee - Open Water Swim Tips and route explained, 4pm Transition Tips and be inspired by Shirley Yarde, Hawaii Ironman, World and European medallist. Free of charge to all but those not competing will have to pay to park. Runners Retreat and Smedley Wellness will be on hand for those last minute purchases from 2.00pm to 5.30pm on Saturday and throughout the morning on Sunday.


10am - 12 noon Saturday 5 May, to book a space or for more inf go to: (a small fee will be charged).

LATE ENTRIES/Withdrawals

On-Line Entries Close 3.5.18.


Upon entering the transition area to rack cycles, your right leg will be marked with your race number.


All bikes must be racked between 6.25am and 7.55am on Sunday and transition clear by 8am for the start. Entrance can only be gained to the transition area with your race number. Your bike must have a sticker with your number on and you must show your cycle helmet upon entry. Only competitors with race numbers will be allowed back into transition to collect cycles after the event, which must be shown when leaving the transition area. Please rack according to your race number. Only a small kit bag is allowed in transition, lock valuables in your vehicle; large bags and boxes can prove to be obstructive to other athletes. When collecting your bike after the event, you can do so from a special entrance near to the car park.


Your timing chip, which must be worn at all times, must be fastened securely with the Velcro strap around your left ankle. Please do not lose your chip or you will be asked to pay for it which will cost you 40. In the unlikely event that you forget to put on your chip please call out your number at the finish. You must hand in your chip before leaving the finish area and exchange it for your Super Sprint Medal.


The swimmer must wear the timing chip and ankle band. The swimmer will then run into transition and hand the band to the cyclist. The cyclist will then put on helmet, collect their bike from transition and run with their bike to the mount line. When the cyclist returns they should rack their bike take off their helmet, then pass the chip/ankle band to the runner who must put it on their ankle. The runner completes two run laps, crosses the finish line and hands in the chip and ankle band. Only the cyclist will be able to retrieve their bike from transition after the event.


If you drop out of the race for any reason after you have registered could you please inform a member of the registration team and hand in your timing chip and band. For those who drop out during the race please inform the Transition Directors Phil Yarde who will be situated at the transition bike exit and hand in your chip and band as soon as possible - this is important for safety reasons.


If you feel unwell on race day please don't race. If you have any medical condition including asthma or any allergies please write the details on the back of your race number and put a small X on front in waterproof pen.

START TIMES - remember age at 31/12/18

8.00am All Women (17-75) Age Group C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N 400m-20km-5km
8.08am Men Veteran 50+ J,K,L,M,N (50-75) 400m-20km-5km
8.13am Men Veteran H (40-44) and ALL RELAY 400m-20km-5km
8.18am Men Veteran I (45-49) and Age Group Men C,D,E (17-29) 400m-20km-5km
8.23am Men Age Group F,G (30-39) 400m-20km-5km
8.33am Novice/Youth Event, All Male and Female (15-75) short distance 200m-20k-2.5k

Be at the start line 5 minutes before your start time for a final briefing.

The categories for both men and women are as follows:

  17 - 19 = C 20 - 24 = D 25 - 29 = E 30 - 34 = F
35 - 39 = G 40 - 44 = H 45 - 49 = I 50 - 54 = J 55 - 59 = K
60 - 64 = L 65 - 69 = M 70 - 74 = N 75 - 79 = P 80+ = Q
Relay = R Short/Novice Event = Novice Youth 15 - 16 = Youth

Please note: Age Category is age At 31/12/18.

The Start

This is located at Waterland Watersports Beach - go right from transition as you look towards the lake - take path through trees past toilets.

Swim 400m/200m

A one lap course in a clear lake - wetsuits are compulsory for both swims. If you get into trouble in the water roll onto your back, put you hand in the air and a canoeist will help you. Don't panic or try to climb onto the canoe, hold onto the tail of the canoe and listen for instructions. Take care on short run to transition, if wet the grass can be slippery. Check out on-line deals for wetsuit hire there will be NO hire on site.

Bike - 20km -The roads are open to traffic so take care.

Fast and flat, cyclist will go left from the lake, then second left (watch out for sharp left hand bend just before junction 250m from start) onto Spine Road towards Ashton Keynes cross roads, then straight over onto the Spine Road (Please take care at this junction, slow down, be prepared to stop and follow police/marshal instructions). Note deep drainage near kerb on Spine Road. At next roundabout take first turn onto the old A419 road to Cirencester (hardly used since the opening of the A417), straight on at new roundabout near Dobbies and at the Tesco roundabout take the second left (take care remember any traffic on roundabout have priority) before turning left into the Cirencester Business Park. Cyclists will then negotiate a couple of mini roundabouts before taking the road towards Somerford Keynes, do not cut the corner when turning right at final roundabout (you will be disqualified). You will pass The Park main entrance on the left and the dismount will be 150 meters up the road on the left. Remember you must follow the rules of the road and the roads are open. Please note the run from transition to bike mount will be on carpet laid over gravel.

To download a printable cycle route (Adobe Acrobat format) please click this link

Run -5km

Again flat and fairly fast as it is on grass and hard packed paths around the lake. A two lap traffic free course - apart from near main entrance and Waterland entrance. Care should be taken when running near childrens' play area and information centre as other park users may be crossing to use the facilities.

Click here to view Run Route Cotswold Super Sprint


The finish is located next to transition. You will turn left at the end of the second lap, into the finish shoot, which will be next to the high rope centre.

Novice/Youth Event 200m - 20km - 2.5km

From the start swimmers will turn left at the first large buoy and then head for the buoy near finish ramp. The bike course is the same as that detail above. The run course is one lap around the lake.

A FEW RULES - No ipods, MP3s or mobile phones to be used whilst racing or in transition

Race Numbers - Your number must be worn on the front (if using number belt on back for cycle). Numbers must not be folded, cut down or mutilated in any way.

Cycle Helmets - BSI, ANSI or SNELL approved helmets are compulsory and must be worn throughout the cycle section. They must be fastened prior to removing your bike from the rack and neither undone or removed until after re-racking your bike.

Transition - No riding is allowed in the transition area at any time. You must run with your bikes to the mount zone and on your return to transition dismount in the zone before entering transition. Check out where mount and dismount lines are before the race. No mobile phones in transition please, no mp3 players whilst competing.

Cycle Conduct - Competitors must make sure that their cycle is in a safe and roadworthy condition. All competitors must keep to the left and overtake on the right. Please take note of signs and obey marshal instructions.

Drafting - This is a non-drafting race for all categories. During the cycle section competitors must not take pace behind or beside another competitor or vehicle. You must be 10 metres behind the front wheel of the competitor in front, apart from when overtaking - there is no side-by-side riding. When overtaking you must pass the competitor in front within 20 seconds. It is the responsibility of the cyclist being overtaken to drop back once the overtaking cyclist's front wheel is ahead of his/hers. Competitors are not allowed to draft from any vehicle including the lead vehicle.

Disqualification - The following infringements will result in disqualification: Abusive language, breaking road traffic regulations, dangerous conduct/riding, failing to obey marshals or the police, nudity, outside assistance, unsporting impedance, 2 x drafting violations, course irregularities (short cut), tampering with other competitors equipment, littering on course. For further details of race rules see BTF Handbook or website:


Please exchange your timing chip for your Cats Super Sprint Medal at the finish. The prize giving will take place at around 10.25ish, near the finish. There will be prizes including OTE Nutrition for the first finisher in each five year age group and first Relay. Also prizes to first male and female and first youths M/F in the Novice/Youth Event. You must be at prize giving to receive your prize, one prize per person. Results will be displayed on a screen throughout the morning and at prize giving, then displayed on If you require a printed set of results please leave an SAE at registration. will be taking photos of you which will be available to purchase after the event.


The main activities are centred around the Park and Beach with the Swim Start/Finish, Bike Start/Finish, Transition, lapped Run and Race HQ all located on site. Spectators are asked not to take their cars out onto the bike course. It is important that spectator traffic is not generated both for the safety of the competitors and also to minimise any inconvenience to other road users. Vehicles attending or following any rider will result in that rider being disqualified.


Food and drink will be on sale on Saturday from the Shop Cafe near the entrance and on Sunday at Race HQ. Post race massage will be available. The massage cost will be 5 for 10 mins or £10 for 20 mins.


Please report any lost property/Children to the commentator who will be in the finish enclosure throughout the event. The organisers are not responsible for the loss of personal property.


We would encourage anyone to take up the challenge of triathlon to help raise funds for their favourite charity, TriFerris Promotions would prefer your choice to be Cancer Research UK. For on-line fundraising visit


We still need a few more people to help including: leg markers (6.30am to 7.55am) bike marshals (8am to 10.00am). All volunteers receive a special CREW T-Shirt, food, refreshments, £15 voucher for future events. You can still feel part of the event without racing. You will be individually briefed upon check in. Volunteers registration 7.25am. If you can help in any way please email: or call: Lorraine Ferris on 01793 853933.


We would like to thank the people who have generously helped and supported this event such as, Title Sponsor Cats Solutions Ltd, OTE Nutrition, Total Fitness Bath, Runners Retreat, the Wiltshire and Gloucester Police, Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, My Skills For Life and of course the many volunteers, without whom we could not hold such an event.


Write to: Total Promotions, 4 Lindisfarne, Woodshaw, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 8LQ. Tel: 01793 853933.


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Click on image for website links

Cats printers, Swindon

OTE Sports Nutrition
Runners Retreat
Cotswold Country Park
British Triathlon
Cats printers, Swindon

Official Event Charity

Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK