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Cotswold WOMEN ONLY Triathlon 2018 Race INFO under Total Promotions 2019 will be very similar!

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 standard of 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


200m swim - 20km bike - 2.5km run or 400m - 20km - 2.5km or 750m - 20km - 5km

Saturday 23 - Registration, Women Only Training Day, Trade Expo, Walk Through

Sunday 24 - Limited Registration, Races, Trade Expo, Prize Giving



TriFerris Promotions welcomes you to the only South West open water triathlon dedicated to Women Only. The event takes place at the Cotswold Country Park 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 and BBQ/Picnic areas; a brilliant venue to bring all the family. We hope you enjoy the weekend!


Cotswold Country Park & 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 - Speed Limit 5mph - thanks.


From London, the South East - 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 two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane. Country Park entrance is 800m on the right.

From Wales/Bristol area - M4 Junction 17, take A429 Towards Malmesbury, bypass Malmesbury on A429 and head for Cirencester, at Crudwell take right turn to Oaksey, follow road through Oaksey (The Street) to Spine Road West. you will pass turnings on the left for Poole Keynes and then Somerford Keynes, Spratsgate Lane is next on your left just after Somerford Keyes.

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 two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane. Country Park entrance is 800m on the right.


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.


visit, or call Cotswold Tourism on 01285 654180. Hoburne lodges 2 miles away see:


Camping will be 300m from swim start at Go-By-Cycle,GL7 6DS. This is a registered campsite with toilet and shower facilities within the site 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 do NOT use main entrance to the park please go to Campsite first and take short walk to registration. Sorry No Dogs Allowed.


Registration will be held in the marquee adjacent to finish shoot. All competitors should register between 2.30pm and 5.30pm on Saturday or 6.20am and 7.30am on Sunday morning. If you can't get there on Saturday perhaps a friend could register for you, that person must bring your BTF license, or copy ID and a letter of authorisation. No registration after 7.30am!!!!

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 5 days prior to event).

Free Mini Seminar/Triathlon Walk Through and SHOPPING

Saturday 3.30pm to 4.15pm meet by Registration Marquee for Triathlon Tips from swim to finisand , Route Explained. Free Of Charge. There will be a chance to shop at Saturday registration and throughout the morning on Sunday at Runners Retreat, and Smedley Wellness.


Online entries taken until midnight Thursday 21/6/18 unless full before. No entries taken race weekend. Sorry No refunds or transfers after 9/6/18.


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


All bikes must be racked between 6.25am and on Sunday and clear for start at 8am. Entrance can only be gained to the transition area by showing your race number. To rack your bike you must have attached your sticker to it and have your helmet on ready for inspection. Please rack according to your race number and rack by hooking the seat over the racking with the front wheel towards you as you look at your race number on the rack or with brake hoods. 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 from 9.30am to collect your cycle after the event you must have your race number.


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 could cost you up to £40. You must hand in your chip before leaving the finish area at the end of the event.


The swimmer must wear the timing chip and ankle band. The swimmer will then run to transition and hand the band to the cyclist who must put it around their ankle. The cyclist will then put on their 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 helmet off then pass the chip/ankle band to the runner who must put it on their ankle. to the runner. The runner completes two laps, crosses the finish line and hands in the 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 band. For those who drop out during the race please inform the Transition Director who will be situated at the transition bike exit and hand in your chip/ band before collecting your bike.


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 31/12/2018

8.00am Sprint Wave All Veterans 40+ 750m - 20km -5km(1 x long lap swim, 1 lap bike, 2 lap run)
8.10am Sprint Wave All seniors 17-39 and Relay 750m - 20km -5km (1 x long lap swim, 1 lap bike, 2 lap run)
8.20am All Super Sprint Wave 400m - 20km - 2.5km (1 x medium lap swim, 1 lap bike, 1 lap run)
8.30am All Novice Wave 200m - 20km - 2.5km (1 x short lap swim, 1 lap bike, 1 lap run)

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

The categories 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 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.


A one lap course in a clear lake - wetsuits must be worn for the 750m swim, they are not required for the 400m or 200m swim, but strongly advised as they aid swimming and buoyancy. Check out on-line deals for wetsuit hire companies, no hire on-site, but wetsuits will be for sale. 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.

Bike 20km

Fast and flat, cyclist will go left from the lake, then second left (watch out for sharp left hand bend just before junction) onto Spine Road towards Ashton Keynes cross roads, then straight over onto the Spine Road (Please take care at this junction and follow marshals instructions). Also note sharp camber/drainage near kerb on Spine Road. Then take the old A419 road to Cirencester (hardly used since the opening of the A417) 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 - this road has a couple of uneven sections where the road has been patched. You will pass the Cotswold Country Park and Beach main entrance on the left and the dismount will be 200 meters up the road on the left. Remember you must follow the rules of the road. Please note the run from transition to bike mount is on grass and carpet over gravel.

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

Run 5km or 2.5km

Again flat and fairly fast as it is on grass and hard packed paths around the lake. 5km = two laps, 2.5km =1 lap. A traffic free course - apart from near entrances/ where vehicles cross. 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 Women Only


The finish is located next to transition. You will turn left at the end of the second lap for 5km and end of first lap for 2.5km, into the finish shoot, which will be next to the high rope centre.

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 and 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. 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.

For further details of race rules see BTF Handbook or website:


The prize giving will take place at around 10.20am, near the finish. For the Sprint Event there will be prizes for the top finisher in each five year age group and first Relay. Also prizes to first three overall and first 40+ in the Super Sprint and Novice events. You must be at prize giving to receive your prize, one prize per person. A set of results will be on display thoughout the morning until after prize giving, get you results by keying in your number. They will then be displayed on Photographs will be available to purchase from:


The main activities are centred around the Country Park 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 Park Shop Cafe, Sunday at Race HQ and Waterland Cafe 32. 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 area throughout the event. The organisers are not responsible for the loss of personal property.


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


We would like to thank the people who have generously helped and supported this event such as Runners Retreat, Smedley Wellness, printers Cats Solutions, the Wiltshire and Gloucester Police, Cotswold Park & Beach, Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, My Skills For Life and of course the many volunteers, without whom we could not hold such an event.


Saturday 23 June 9am to 3pm. The training day is being delivered by a team of Tri England South West coaches. The day will be organised with novice triathletes in mind, and will be ideal for new-comers to the sport. For more information about the training day please go to: PLEASE USE WATERLAND ENTRANCE FOR TRAINING DAY.


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


Supported by

Runners Retreat
Cats printers, Swindon
Smedley Wellness

Waterland H4H
Cotswold Country Park

Official Event Charity

Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK