How to dress for cold weather cycling

 

Let’s admit it not everyone likes to get on their bike in the very cold weather – even the hardiest of cyclists! The important thing to remember is to be prepared and dress appropriately for the weather conditions whether you are training for a forthcoming event or riding for fun. It’s always good to stay warm in cooler weather, and the best way is to wear layers.

What on earth does that mean?

If you take a cross section of an onion, you can see all the skin layers surrounding the core. Layering of your clothing works in the same principle.
When you dress in layers, you generally have three different types of clothing on your body, each with its own purpose.

Base Layer

The base layer is the one closest to your body. Its sole purpose is to help you stay warm but not get too hot, and most importantly, should serve as a way to carry perspiration away from your core. Wool is an excellent material for this, and some synthetic materials are suitable as well.

Typical Example of a Base Layer:Base Layer

Long sleeve base layer providing insulating compression for muscle support.

Middle Layer

The purpose of the middle layer is to insulate and at the same time to still continue to move moisture away from your body. This layer is “fluffier” than the base layer, keeping warmer air in close to your body yet allowing it to still circulate around you so that you don’t get too warm in periods of high activity. Of the three layers, this one will vary the most depending on the temperature and the individual person. In addition to the actual air temp, your level of activity plus the amount of sunlight and wind combined with your level of fitness and metabolism will all factor into how much insulation you will require in this middle layer. Polyester fleece is a good choice for an insulating layer. Wool polo’s or vests also work well.

Typical Example of a Middle Layer:

Casual long sleeve t-shirt in light fast-wicking Tri-Lite® fabric

Outer Shell

The outer shell primarily serves as a windbreaker and also works to thwart any good old UK showers! This layer’s first job is to keep you dry – the warmth you will feel comes from what’s underneath. The outer shell should be breathable to help get rid of the moisture you’re generating through perspiration. Lots of jackets now have rear vents and underarm zipped vents help remove the moisture.

Example of a typical outer shell:

Lightweight translucent waterproof & breathable jacket in an athletic fit

Most of All – Enjoy Riding in Any Weather

You can enjoy a great days riding using the above principle. However don’t forget your hands, head and feet. They all need insulating!

With the right gear you can safely and comfortably ride in the UK winter climate.

For further advice on clothing and ‘layering’ up for your ride why don’t you give our partners the team at Cycle Tech Hertfordshire a call on 07764 185515.

Above all ENJOY!

Hercules & Mike & the Cycle Tech Hertfordshire Team

Specialists in Mobile Bicycle Repairs
www.cycletechherts.co.uk

 

How to stay race fit ALL season…

 

By now your race season should be planned and you will be gearing up to the first event whilst easing off on the hard work you have put in your off season. The fact is, there is still some hard work to do – such as staying fit and healthy for the duration of your events timetable.

It is not unknown for an athlete to work so hard off season only to develop an injury just weeks before competition and ruin their season. We at The Flying Physios are keen to stop this from happening and so below we offer some top tips on keeping you race fit all season.

 

Keep strong all season long!

Runs, swims and biking, focus on key areas such as the glutes, quads, core and back. To avoid injury as the miles build up you need to STRENGTH train all of the muscles groups. Why? It promotes balance throughout the body and it keeps the muscles strong alleviating pressure on the joints.

Roll away the pain.

Foam rollers are something we at The Flying Physios have warmed to slowly. They are useful for rolling out some niggles and promoting replenishing blood flow into areas – similar to a deep tissue massage. Focus on the ITB, your calves and your lower back and roll AFTER stretching. A word of advice – use them gently. We see too many people bruise themselves – though not always visible- by hitting these things too hard. Also when using it on your calves roll from bottom to top- not top to bottom. Why? Because you can damage the valves in the blood vessels by forcing fluid the wrong way!

Keep a keen eye on your kit!

Tri-athletes have 2 key pieces of kit that must be maintained and attended to regularly – the bike and the running shoe. The bike needs fresh tyres every season and regularly check tyre pressure and brake pads and always wear your helmet. Your running shoes need to be changed every 400 miles or 3 to 4 months. Flat shoes like flat tyres on a car will hamper performance and are guaranteed to aggravate knees, hips and your back.

A rub makes everything better.

Recovery is a very important part of your season and your training. A sports massage by a trained sports massage therapist will help identify muscle imbalances, tension and aggravated muscle fibres and treat them. A good therapist will also identify problem areas you never knew existed and address them too. A sports massage can be performed as much as once a week but twice monthly or even once a month will suffice. At the very least, schedule a massage following every race. The Flying Physios run pre-race clinics prior to all Hercules Events.

What’s your body telling you?

Neck stiffness following a bike ride or foot issues following a run are symptoms you cannot not ignore. If you are working with a trainer speak to them about it. Advice will stop something small turning onto something much bigger. Again a massage can help.

Learn from someone else.

Coaching at any level is extremely beneficial. So seek someone with the experience you need and work with them for a while. Work outs can be enhanced and training kept within reasonable limits during race season, greatly reducing the chance of over doing it. Working with a coach is also a great way of staying motivated.

Eat like a champion athlete.

You are what you eat so pay attention to your diet. Failing to refuel or  becoming overheated and dehydrated can cause some serious issues. Take on iron and protein which both allow your body to fully recover. Food is fuel, good fuel equals good results, bad fuel… well you get the idea.

Have (n) Ice bath

Believe it or not an ice bath should be an essential part of your recovery following every workout. Ice reduces swelling and aids muscle recovery.

 

Rest, rest, rest.

A rest day is so important as a part of your training schedule off season and during race season. Rest is rest – no running, cycling, swimming or strength training. A rest will not hinder your performance, it will help it.

 

The Flying Physios are offering all subscribers and individuals participating in Hercules Events a preferential rate on our Sports massages throughout the race season. You can book a 30 minute appointment for just £20.00. To book call 01727 758846 or email jason@theflyingphysios.com

Our first Hercules Events ‘pre-race clinic’ will take place at our London Colney St Albans clinic in the week leading up to The Hercules Festival of Sport – Luton on Sunday 24th May.

 

Get the most out of your off season

 

Hi everyone and  welcome to the first of what we hope are many informative approaches to keeping you fit on and off the track, road, bike, in or out of the water and most importantly enjoying your Hercules events. This is brought to you courtesy of our partners, The Flying Physios.

Our first subject is getting the most out of your off season training that will reflect well during race season. What we are providing here are suggestions that have the potential to pay big dividends come race time. It’s time to get …. THE RESULTS YOU WANT!

 

  1. Focus, Focus, Focus.

When you are trying to be the best at one or a number of sporting disciplines it pays to be focussed on your goal, short term and long term. You obviously have your race season goals based around results and times. However you can’t achieve such goals without focussed training between races but more importantly during off season. Off season training is the foundation upon which your upcoming season’s success is built. This is the time to gradually and safely push that body to gain healthy physical responses that eventually turn into better results and more achievable times.

So what’s your training goal?

An example might be improving your watts output over a given distance by 5% or achieving a run that gradually becomes 10 seconds faster over a specific distance whilst running at a capacity that is equal to your zone 2 heart rate*. In whichever way you choose to train it’s all about the gain; gaining a better time or gaining more output to propel you around that course whilst achieving your goals safely. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your stamina.

* This heart rate is generated when you work at over half capacity. The rate that will allow you to run continually whilst holding a conversation that is made up of full sentences, not 3 word sentences.

 

  1. Identify your weakest point and work on it!

This is a given folks but when you are achieving great results in one area it’s easy to ignore weaker elements in another and as a result create a greater divide between the two. To rectify this make time for an extra session to address these weaknesses. Off season is technique time. Need help? Seek out a professional to help you achieve your goal. This is incredibly important if you need to improve your swimming stroke, running form or pedalling technique. Ideally your trainer will prescribe drills for you to follow, all of which will translate into better technique and better times during race season.

 

  1. Strengthen and protect

For all the cardiovascular that you will be doing don’t forget your strength training too. It’s a must for staying active- and by active we mean injury free. Aim for 2-3 strength sessions a week. During off season your training volume may well be lower as cycling may have taken a back burner. Utilise this available time! Seek out a Personal Trainer or look for organised classes specific to your needs. And mix it up too. Your body thrives on change and challenges. Guard against injury and re injury by considering sports massage as an essential part of your training too. They can help identify and irradiate niggles you wouldn’t know existed until race season but most importantly they speed up recovery and that means you can train more but most importantly, safely.

Remember 2015’s season is made in the off season and there is still time to make it your best so far so go out and try something new.

The Flying Physios (TFP) are here to help with your off season training. They are offering all competitors and subscribers to Hercules Events a 30 minute TFP sports massage for £22 at their London Colney clinic. The clinic is open 7 days a week- yes even Sundays! Click here or call them on 01727 758846. If you prefer they can come to you, they are The Flying Physios after all.

Happy and healthy training and racing from Hercules and TFP.

Announcing the Hercules Festival of Sport Series…

Hercules are delighted to announce that we have, new for 2015, a complete Festival of Sport Series lined up for you. You will be spoilt for choice this season as we have 4 fantastic venues spread over 3 counties with events running from May all the way through September. We are also offering huge discounts when you book the complete series so please take a look at our event pages for more information and we hope to see you at one of our events soon!







 

The Hercules Series 2015

We are pleased to announce that this year we have 4 exciting venues to choose from for your favourite festival of sport…or what if we said that you didn’t have to choose? We are now offering series bookings with huge discounts. You can compete in your chosen distance, across 4 festivals over the complete season from 24th May – 13th September. The line up is as follows:

Northwood

Northwood

Merchant Taylors' School 26th June 2016

St Albans

St Albans

Verulamium Park 18th September 2016

We have a perfect selection of terrains with a mix of road and off road routes, pool based swims and open water events to really challenge you this season.

enter now

 

 

Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans

Verulamium Park, Hertfordshire, Sunday 16th September 2018

General

Set in the historic Roman town of St. Albans, our Hercules Festival of Sport will once again be a wonderful event and an ideal end to your season.

Our swim events will take place in the new stunning Westminster Lodge pool, which boasts state of the art facilities. Our run takes place within the beautiful Verulamium Park and bike routes take place in the surrounding Hertfordshire countryside.

Alongside challenging courses for multisport events, we have designed the line up for the ‘Festival of Sport’ to offer something for the whole family, including a ‘Scootathon’ for the budding kid Olympians. The exceptional facilities of Westminster Lodge provide everything that athletes could wish for and the surroundings of Veralamium Park provide excellent spectating opportunities for your friends and family to participate also; so sign them up! All our adult events are chip timed, professionally photographed and you will receive a finisher’s medal and a technical t-shirt for your participation.


Triathlon

We have two triathlon distances on offer at the Hercules Festival of Sport St. Albans:

Novice – 200M/14K/2.5K
Sprint – 400M/20K/5K

The swim leg will begin with a processional start in the state of the art Westminster Lodge Pool. Transition will be located just a quick sprint away in the wonderful historic setting of Verulamium Park. Our bike leg will be undertaken in the beautiful Hertfordshire country side, taking in the quiet roads and picturesque villages of Hertfordshire and then its on to a fast and challenging in park run to finish.

We would recommend a road bike for the Festival of Sport St. Albans but that is by no means compulsory, as we would like everyone to have the opportunity to take part in this event.

Minimum Age: 15+

Run

We have two of the most popular distances on offer for the Festival of Sport St. Albans: 10K and 5K. Both runs will be set in the beautiful Veralamium Park and will be testing, safe and fun. There are lots of opportunities along our routes for spectators to cheer you on and you will finish in the sports village to a hero’s welcome over the finish line.

Minimum Age: 5K 11+, 10K 15+

Aquathlon

This season sees the return of the Aquathlon (Swim/Run):

Novice- 200M / 2.5K
Sprint – 400M / 5K

Our Aquathlon race will start in the state of the art Westminster Lodge pool, before heading out onto the run leg, which will be conducted within the confines of the beautiful Verulamium Park finishing to a warm welcome from friends and family in our Sports Village.

Minimum Age: 15+

Duathlon

Back by popular demand we have all 4 of our Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run) distances included in this seasons festivals:

Novice – 2.5K / 14K/ 2.5K
Sprint – 5K / 20K / 2.5K
Standard – 10K / 40K / 5K
*Kids –  400M / 1.2k / 400M          Ages 7-14

We have tailored our Duathlons to make sure that they are challenging, but provide a distance and standard for every ability. The Duathlon run legs will be contained within the superb grounds of Veralamium Park. The bike leg will take you out into the beautiful surrounding Hertfordshire countryside for a fast and enjoyable race.

*The kids duathlon will take place on the athletics track located within the park. We will supply bikes for the kids duathlon but you are more than welcome to bring your own. Also please note the kids duathlon is not a chip timed event.

Road bikes are recommended for the Hercules Festival of Sport St Albans, but by no means compulsory. We want everyone to have the chance to take part in a wonderful day of sport.

Minimum Age: Novice & Sprint Distances 15+, Standard Distance 16+

Scootathon (Ages 4-8)

Scootathons are a fantastic addition to multi-sport events, allowing budding kid Olympians to take their first steps in multi-sport eventing. Sign up your son or daughter and put their feet firmly on a sporting path.

The Scootathon involves a 200m run, followed by a 400m scoot, finishing in a 400m cycle to the finish line and our Scootathon. We will supply scooters and bikes but you are more than welcome to bring your own*. Children are guaranteed to enjoy this fun, safe and challenging race.

Children younger than 6 years old will be required to bring their own bikes and scooters.

*Please note that kids Scootathon is not a chip timed event

Free games (Kids of all ages)

We are happy to be joined by Kings Camps at Hercules event St albans. This charity is all about getting children active, having fun and learning together, and will be providing loads of fun games and activities to children throughout the day.

Gaga Ball, Parachute Games, Tug of War, Number football, Shark Attack, Zoom Ball, Pepsi Cola, Splat, Ultimate Kickball, Crazy Tag and more!

No booking necessary, just come along and join in the fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

YOUR ENTRY FEE INCLUDES:

  •  Race entry 
  • Timing chips  (Excluding children’s events)
  • Finishers T-shirt 
  • Bespoke finishers medal 
  • Access to Post race nutrition, massage and athlete area 
  • Winners’ Trophies 
  • Access to special offers from our supporting sponsors

DRAFT EVENT SCHEDULE:

Start Time: Event:
07:00 Sprint Triathlon
07:00 Novice Triathlon
07:00 Aquathlon
08:30 Duathlon
10:00 10K Run
10:00 5K Run
11:30 Kids Scootathon & Duathlon

Distances & Prices

Event: Distances: Price:
Novice Triathlon 200M/14K/2.5K £30
Sprint Triathlon 400M/20K/5K £40
Sprint Triathlon – RELAY 400M/20K/5K £20 x 3
Novice Duathlon 2.5K/14K/2.5K £25
Sprint Duathlon 5K/20K/2.5K £35
Standard Duathlon 10K/40K/5K £50
Kids Duathlon 400M/1.2K/400M £20
Aquathlon Novice 200M/2.5K £15
Aquathlon Sprint 400M/5K £20
Run 5K £15
Run 10K £20
Scootathon (Scoot/Bike/Run) 200M/400M/400M £20

Enter

Registration is now open for 2018!

Enter now

 

Routes

Cycle Routes

 

40KM
CLICK HERE

 

20KM
CLICK HERE

 

14KM
CLICK HERE

Run Routes

2.5KM

CLICK HERE

 

5KM

CLICK HERE

 

10KM (2 laps of 5KM route)

CLICK HERE

Race Day Info

Event Photos

Travel

Address:

Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2DJ

By Car:

Close to the M1 (junction 6,) A1(M) and M25 (junctions 21A and 22,) St Albans is easily accessible from all parts of the UK. We encourage visitors to travel by public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion and emissions.

By Rail:

St Albans Railway Station is just 20minutes away from London’s St Pancras international Station on the First Capital Connect Train line.  The line connects St Albans to a variety of other London underground stations including West Hampstead (Jubilee Line), Kentish Town (northern line) and Farringdon (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith and City lines). There are also frequent services throughout the day and night, between St Albans and Gatwick airport (1 hour 15 mins), Brighton (2 hours), Bedford and London Luton Airport. You can connect with London Overground ‘s North London Line at West Hampstead Thameslink station.

Hotel Accommodation:

Hotels in the local vicinity include The Clarion Hotel St Albans (01727 848849) and The Premier Inn St. Albans- Bricket Wood (0871 527 9016) Please contact the hotels direct for rates and availability.

Map:

Click here for a map of the location

Parking:

Parking – NO PARKING WILL BE PERMITTED AT THE VENUE, WESTMINSTER LODGE, ON RACE DAY, SUNDAY 17 SEPTERMBER. If you come to the park you will be directed to an alternate race day car parks. Save yourself time and energy on the morning and go directly to one of the suggested car parks:

The Maltings Car Park, Victoria Street, St Albans. It is open 24 hours a day and is only £1 to park on Sundays. The address of the Maltings Car Park is Victoria Street, St Albans. Use AL1 3HL for Sat Navs.
St Christopher’s Place Car Park; which is open from 6am to midnight and is only £1 to park on Sundays. It is accessed from Upper Dagnall Street, St Albans. Use AL3 .5DQ for Sat Navs

A link to a map and directions for all Car Parks in St Albans can be found here

Results

FAQ's

See below for the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

 

Do I need to use a road bike for Hercules Festival of Sport St. Albans?

No, a road bike is recommended but not compulsory. As long as your bike is in good working order and ‘road worthy’ you can use it.

 

Is drafting permitted on the bike at Hercules Festival of Sport St. Albans?

No, drafting is not permitted as we are a draft illegal event.

 

Can I use Aero bars on my bike?

Yes, due to the fact that our race is draft illegal Aero bars are permitted.

 

Can someone else collect my race pack on my behalf?

Yes, you can email admin@herculesevents.com in advance giving your permission to said person to collect your pack. If you are a BTF member they will need to bring your BTF Licence with them for us to cross check.

 

Are your events suitable for complete beginners?

Yes, our events are suitable for complete beginners. We have diverse mix of people that compete with us and our events are very friendly and welcoming which is perfect if you are a novice. You really can take the race at your own pace, yet our courses are challenging and competitive if you are a seasoned athlete.

 

Do you offer discounts for local clubs/teams?

Yes we offer 15% discount for local clubs and teams to encourage participation of sport in the area. Please email admin@herculesevents.com and provide us with the following details: Club Name, Club Secretary Name, Club Registered Address, Number of Members. We will provide you with an exclusive unique discount code which you can distribute to your members accordingly.

 

Do you have a bag drop?

No, we do not have a bag drop facility at any of our events and do not take any responsibility to items left at owners risk. However for those taking part in Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon you will have access to a secure transition area and your own marked bay to leave your belongings.

 

Do you need a wetsuit for Hercules Festival of Sport St. Albans?

No, wetsuits are forbidden due to the temperature of the water. We recommend that all participants race in a tri-suit or similar. Swimming costumes may be worn and clothing can be put on over the top in transition. Please be aware that there are very strict rules around dressing in the transition area so please refer to the British Triathlon Federation rule book for more information.

 

Can I be refunded if I am no longer able to participate?

No, we do not offer refunds. You can however transfer your entry to another person to race on your behalf or change to another race which may be more suitable. Both changes can be made by logging back into your EventBrite registration and selecting the option to ‘Transfer’ There is no charge for transfers however should you wish to change to an event that is more expensive you will be required to pay the price difference.

 

My training hasn’t gone to plan am I able to change distances?

Yes, we understand that these things happen. You can transfer to a different distance or to another discipline entirely by logging back into your EventBrite registration and selecting the option to ‘Transfer’ There is no charge for transfers however should you wish to change to an event that is more expensive you will be required to pay the price difference.

 

How do I adjust my estimated swim time?

Please log back into your EventBrite registration and select the option to amend attendee information.

 

What is the BTF and do I need to purchase a race day licence?

The British Triathlon Federation are the national governing body for Triathlon, Aquathlon and Duathlon in Great Britain and Hercules Events are permitted by the organisation. Each participant is required to either be a member of the BTF or to purchase a BTF Day Licence which provides you with insurance whist competing. If you are not currently a member you will need to add the licence when selecting your event on our booking form. For more information on the British Triathlon Federation and the benefits of their annual membership click here

 

Can I race for my chosen charity?

Yes, we actively encourage our participants to raise money for charity. You can wear your own t-shirts and make it as obvious as you possibility can. If you let us know in advance we can also ensure that you are given a shout out on the day to raise awareness of your mission. Given the enormity of taking on a Hercules Event and its challenges we feel that it is the perfect catalyst for raising well needed funds for those in need. Please click here to set up a Just Giving page and please feel free to contact us should you think that we as an organisation can help your efforts further.

 

Are dogs allowed at the venue?

Yes, as long as they are kept on the lead and outside of the public buildings.

Hercules Festival of Sport – Luton

Inspire Luton Sports Village, Bedfordshire, Sunday 24th May 2015

This event is now complete. Well done to all those who took part!

General


Inspire Luton Sports Village is again our incredible venue for this year’s Hercules Festival of Sport Luton. Boasting a 50m Olympic standard pool and miles upon miles of parkland and countryside, it is the perfect sports venue in Bedfordshire.

Join us for a wide selection of races including Triathlon, Aquathlon, Duathlon, Sportive, 10K and 5K run races. We even have a fun run for the little ones so that every member of the family can be involved.

The Inspire Centre’s state of the art facilities are used by elite athletes and is the venue for ITV televisions hit show “Splash”.

All our events are chip timed, professionally photographed and you will receive a finisher’s medal and a technical t-shirt for your participation.


Off Road Triathlon

We have three Off Road Triathlon distances on offer at the Hercules Festival of Sport Luton:

  • Novice – 200M /10K / 2.5K
  • Sprint – 400M / 13K / 5K
  • Standard – 800M / 26K / 10K

All our Off Road Triathlons will start with a swim leg in the incredible 50m Olympic standard pool and transition is just 50 meters from the swim exit. Then it’s out on to the cross bike course, which is a challenging rough path and off road course, set in the glorious countryside of Bedfordshire. After the bike it’s on to the run leg, which is set on picturesque, undulating trails within the Inspire Luton Sports Village. There will be lots of opportunities for your spectators to cheer you on and you will receive a warm hero’s welcome at the finish line.

Run

There will be 3 run distances at the Hercules Festival of sport Luton: 1.5K Fun Run, 5K and 10K. We have created a challenging route set within the grounds of Inspire Luton utilising the local Bedfordshire countryside. Get set for stunning views, a cross country run and watch out for the horses. Please note the following age restrictions for our run events below:

1.5K Everyone welcome
5K 11 years +
10K 15 years +

Cycling

We have 2 excellent Cyclo Sportive events available at the Hercules Festival of Sport Luton:

  • 100 Kilometres
  • 100 Miles

Both routes take you out into the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside. The courses offer a mix of speed and challenge, and are suitable for all standards of cyclist. Our routes will be well marshalled and feed stations will be available on route. We will also provide a GPX file of the route along with your race day briefing.

Aquathlon

Our very successful Aquathlon (Swim/Run) events are back and even better for the 2015 season. We have three Aquathlon distances in our Festival of Sport Luton:

  • Sprint –  400M/5k
  • Standard – 800M/10K
  • Tri Star Kids – 300M/2.5K

The swim will take place in the incredible 50m Olympic Standard Pool. The run leg will take you cross country to the surrounding park land within the grounds of the sports village. There are spectacular views of Bedfordshire on route, and all of our run courses are well marshalled with water stations on route.

Off Road Duathlon

Our successful Cross Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run) events are back with a bang! We have 2 popular Duathlon Cross distances to offer you in our 2015 Festival of Sport Luton:

  • Sprint 5K/10K/2.5K
  • Standard 10K/20K/5K

We have tailored our Duathlons to make sure that they are challenging, but provide a distance and standard for every ability. The Duathlon run legs will be within the surrounding parkland and grounds of Inspire Luton Sports Village and the bike leg will be on our cross bike route, which is a challenging rough path and off road course, set in the glorious Bedfordshire countryside.

YOUR ENTRY FEE INCLUDES:

  •  Race entry 
  • Timing chips  
  • Finishers T-shirt 
  • Bespoke finishers medal 
  • Access to Post race nutrition, massage and athlete area 
  • Winners’ Trophies 
  • Goody bag 
  • Access to special offers from our supporting sponsors

FINAL EVENT SCHEDULE:

Start Time: Event:
07:00 Standard Off Road Triathlon
07:00 Sprint Off Road Triathlon
07:00 Novice Off Road Triathlon
07:00 Aquathlon
08:00  Off Road Duathlon
08:30 Cyclo-Sportive
10:00 10K Run
10:00 5K Run
11:30 1.5K Fun Run

Distances & Prices

Event: Distances: Price:
Novice Off Road Triathlon 200M/10K/2.5K £30
Sprint Off Road Triathlon 400M/13K/5K £40
Standard Off Road Triathlon 800M/26K/10K £60
Sprint Off Road Duathlon 5K/10K/2.5K £25
Standard Off Road Duathlon 10K/20K/5K £35
Aquathlon Sprint 400M/5k £20
Aquathlon Standard 800M/10K £25
Aquathlon Tri Star 300M/2.5K £15
Sportive 100K £30
Sportive 100 Miles £30
Run 5K £15
Run 10K £20
Fun run – Child 1.5K £7.50
Fun run – Adult 1.5K £5

Enter



Online booking is now closed but we are taking on the day registrations for all events.

 

Routes

Novice Off Road Triathlon

Sprint Off Road Triathlon

Standard Off Road Triathlon

Sprint Off Road Duathlon

Standard Off Road Duathlon

Cyclo-Sportive 100km

Cyclo-Sportive 100mile

Run 5K

Run 10K

Aquathlon Run Route

Race Day Info

Event Photos

Click here for all the photos from Hercules Festival of Sport Luton

Travel

Address:

Inspire Luton Sports Village, Hitchin Road, Luton, LU2 8DD

By Car:

Leave the M1 at Junction 10a. Head north on London Rd toward Ashton Road. Continue onto Castle Street. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Park Viaduct/A505. At the second roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Crawley Green Road. At the third roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Vauxhall Way/A505. At the fourth roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Stopsley Way/A505. At the fith roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Hitchin Rd/A505. Turn left onto Butterfield Green Road. Inspire Luton Sports Village will be on your left hand side.

By Train:

The closest rail station is Luton Airport Parkway and the Inspire Luton Sports Village is a short taxi journey from the station.

Hotel Accommodation:

Local hotels include The Holiday Inn Express Luton Airport (0871 902 1622) and The Leaside Hotel Luton (01582 417643) Please contact the hotel direct for rates and availability.

Map:

Click here for a map of the location

Parking:

Parking is free at Inspire Luton Sports Village. Due to the volume of competitors there will be an overflow car park provided and you will be directed to its location on the day.

Results

Hercules Festival of Sport – Northwood

Merchant Taylors, Middlesex, Sunday 27th May 2017

General

Our Northwood Festival of Sport is set in the stunning grounds of Merchant Taylors’ School. With its rich, 450-year history, the grounds provide a spectacular backdrop to what is our most outstanding event yet. We would love you join us at this well-established and exceptional event on 27 May 2018.

Our routes will be set in the beautiful surrounds of this historic stately school and in the scenic roads adjoining the estate. Our open water swim events will take place in the picturesque private lake.

We are pleased to offer our full range of sporting events from the children’s fun run right up to a Half Iron distance triathlon; there really is something for the whole family at a Hercules Festival of Sport. So why not make a day of it? Sign up your family or friends in a team for one of our many events in the Festival and make it a day to remember.

All our adult events are chip timed**, professionally photographed and you will receive a finisher’s medal and a technical t-shirt for your participation.


Triathlon

We are hosting four open water Triathlon distances at the Festival of Sport Northwood:

• Novice – 400M/10K/2.5K
• Sprint – 750M/20K/5K
• Standard – 1500M/40K/10K
• Half Iron – 1.9K/100K/20K (8 hour maximum completion time)

Each wave will start with an ‘in water’ start in the large and sheltered Merchant Taylors private lake. The swim courses will be well marked and there will substantial water safety staff on hand and in the lake for safety and reassurance. After the swim, it’s just a short dash to the Transition Zone, which situated in a fully fenced and secure area adjacent to the lake. The bike leg will take you out on the picturesque Hertfordshire roads on interesting, fast and challenging routes. The run leg is predominately flat and is set within the confines of the stunning Merchant Taylor grounds. The finish, as always, is in our sports village where you will receive a hero’s welcome over the line.

Minimum Age: Novice and Sprint 15+, Standard and Half Iron 16+

Run

There will be 3 run distances at the Hercules Festival of sport Northwood: 1.5K Fun Run, 5K and 10K.

We have created interesting routes through the picturesque private Merchant Taylors’ grounds. Please note the following age restrictions for our run events below:

• 1.5K -Everyone welcome
• 5K -11 years +
• 10K -11 years +

**1.5K Fun Run is not a chip timed event

Cycling

We have an excellent out and back 100KM Cyclo Sportive on offer at the Hercules Festival of Sport Northwood:

• 100 Kilometres

Our route takes you out in to the outstanding Hertfordshire countryside, and into neighbouring counties. Our route will be well marshaled and a feed station will be available on route. We will also provide a free GPX file of the route along with your race day briefing.

The beauty of Sportives is that they are for everyone and every standard, so challenge yourself and ‘go long!’

Minimum Age: 16+

Open Water Swimming

There will be 2 open water swim races at the festival of Sport Northwood: 3K and 5K.

Our swim races will take place in the large and sheltered Merchant Taylors private lake. Our swim courses will be well marked and there will substantial water safety staff on hand and in the lake for safety and reassurance. There’s a distance for everyone, so challenge yourself and challenge your friends!

Minimum Age: 3K 15+, 5K 16+

Aquathlon Open Water

Back this season we have our two Aquathlon (Swim/Run) distances at our festivals:

• Sprint – 750M / 5K
• Standard – 1500M / 10K

Here at the Festival of Sport Northwood we have an open water lake swim followed by a predominately flat yet challenging run set within the handsome grounds of Merchant Taylors . Given this rural setting, the run will be a rare treat and there are lots of opportunities for spectators to cheer you on to the finish line and a warm welcome in our Sports Village.

Minimum Age: Sprint 15+, Standard 16+

Duathlon

Back by popular demand we have 3 Duathlon distances to offer this season: Novice, Sprint and Standard.

• Novice – 2.5k/10k/2.5k
• Sprint – 5K/20k/2.5K
• Standard –  10K/40K/5K

We have tailored our Duathlons to make sure that there really is a distance for every ability. Both of the Duathlon run legs will be contained within superb grounds of Merchant Taylors. The bike leg will take you out into the surrounding counties of Hertfordshire and Middlesex for a fast and enjoyable road race.

Road bikes are recommended for the Hercules Festival of Sport Northwood but by no means compulsory. We want everyone to have the chance to take part in a wonderful day of sport.

Minimum Age: Novice and Sprint 15+, Standard 16+

YOUR ENTRY FEE INCLUDES:

  •  Race entry 
  • Timing chips  (Excluding children’s events)
  • Finishers T-shirt 
  • Bespoke finishers medal 
  • Access to Post race nutrition, massage and athlete area 
  • Winners’ Trophies 
  • Access to special offers from our supporting sponsors

DRAFT EVENT SCHEDULE:

Start Time: Event:
07:00 Middle Distance
07:10 Standard Triathlon
07:40 Sprint Triathlon
07:50 Novice Triathlon
08:00 Aquathlon
08:30 Open Water Swim
09:00  Duathlon – All distances
09:30 Cyclo-Sportive
10:00 10K Run
10:00 5K Run
11:30 1.5K Fun Run

Distances & Prices

Event: Distances: Price:
Novice Triathlon 400M/10K/2.5K £35
Sprint Triathlon 750M/20K/5K £55
Sprint Triathlon RELAY 750M/20K/5K £25
Standard Triathlon 1500M/40K/10K £75
Standard Triathlon RELAY 1500M/40K/10K £35
Half Iron Triathlon (8hr max) 1.9K/100K/20K £115
Half Iron Triathlon RELAY (8hr max) 1.9K/100K/20K £55
Novice Duathlon 2.5k/10k/2.5k £25
Sprint Duathlon 5K/20k/2.5K £35
Standard Duathlon 10K/40K/5K £50
OW Aquathlon Sprint 750M/5K £30
OW Aquathlon Standard 1500M/10K £35
Open Water Swim 3K £30
Open Water Swim 5K £35
Cyclo-Sportive 100K £30
Run 5K £15
Run 10K £20
Fun run – Child 1.5K £7.50
Fun run – Adult 1.5K £5

Enter

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Routes

Cycle Routes

100KM Sportive & 1/2 Iron Distance Triathlon Cycle Route

 

CLICK HERE

 

40KM Standard Distance Cycle Route

 

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20KM Sprint Distance Cycle Route

 

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10KM Novice Distance Cycle Route

 

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Run Routes

Run route ALL EVENTS (1 Lap 5KM /2 laps 10KM /4 laps 20KM)

 

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Run route Novice Distance (1 lap 2.5KM)

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Family Fun Run (1.5KM )

 

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Swim Routes

1900M 1/2 Iron Distance Swim Route (1 and a third laps)

 

CLICK HERE

 

1500M Standard Distance Swim Route

 

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750M Sprint Distance Swim Route

 

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400M Novice Distance Swim Route

 

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Race Day Info

Event Photos

Travel

Address:

Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge Rd, Moor Park, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2HT

By Car:

By road from M3, M4, M40, M25 (south and west)
By road from M3, M4, M40, M25 (south and west) Leave the M25 at J17 or J18. Follow signs for Rickmansworth and Northwood through a series of roundabouts (2 from J17, 4 from J18) At the final roundabout follow the A404 (2nd exit, London Road) up the hill. Continue on the A404 past the Nine of Herts golf course on your right and the Olde Green Man on your left. At the Prince of Wales Pub, turn left into Batchworth Lane. Follow Batchworth Lane all the way until it ends and turn left into Sandy Lodge Road. Drive down the hill. Turn left immediately after the big Esso Station into Sandy Lane. The School entrance is 350 yards on your right.

By road from the M1
(M25 north and east traffic exit at J21/J21a and follow signs for M1 London) Leave the M1 at J5. Take the A4008, Stephenson Way, towards Watford. Bear left at the second roundabout (A411). Carry on at the mini-roundabout opposite Tesco’s and follow the one-way system into Dalton Way. Keep left and continue straight on for 200 yards. Turn right at the Bushey railway arches roundabout (following signs for Northwood HQ) and turn into Eastbury Road(which becomes Hampermill Lane) continuing straight on for 5-10 minutes. The road bends sharp left and you see an Esso Station on the right. Turn right immediately before the Esso Station into Sandy Lodge Lane. The School entrance is 350 yards on your right.

By road from London via the A40
From the A40 take the A4180 through Ruislip following Duck’s Hill Road to its end. Turn left onto the A404 – the Rickmansworth Road (which becomes the London Road). Pass Mount Vernon Hospital. At the Prince of Wales Pub, turn right into Batchworth Lane. Follow Batchworth Lane until it ends and turn left into Sandy Lodge Road. Drive down the hill. Turn left immediately after the big Esso Station into Sandy Lane. The School entrance is 350 yards on your right.

By Train:

Half-hourly Chiltern Line trains from London Marylebone take 14 minutes to Harrow-on-the-Hill. Change to Metropolitan Line north (Amersham branch) for Moor Park (10 minutes). You may also continue to Rickmansworth (23 minutes from Marylebone) and take the Metropolitan Line south one stop to Moor Park. There is generally a connecting train within 5 minutes at either station.

By Tube:

Moor Park (Zone 6) on the Metropolitan Line is a 10-minute walk from the School buildings. Plan your journey at www.tfl.gov.uk At the exit turnstiles, double back on yourself, sharp right along the walkway under the railway line. Go up the stairs and turn sharp left through the barrier
onto the path through the spinney. At the end, bear left along Askew Road, cross the road at the zebra crossing and walk on 50 yards until you see the school gates on your right (pedestrian gate to the left of the main gates). Walk up the Long Drive to the School.

Hotel Accommodation:

Hotels in the near vicinity include the Premier Inn Watford Croxely Green (0871 527 9138) and the Jurys Inn Watford (01923 422800) Please contact the hotels direct for rates and availability.

Map:

Click here for a map of the location

 

Paking:

Parking at Merchant Taylors is free for competitors and spectators and will be well signed from the school entrance.

Results

FAQ's

 

Do I need to use a road bike for Hercules Festival of Sport Northwood?

No, a road bike is recommended but not compulsory. As long as your bike is in good working order and ‘road worthy’ you can use it.

 

Is drafting permitted on the bike at Hercules Festival of Sport Northwood?

No, drafting is not permitted as we are a draft illegal event.

 

Can I use Aero bars on my bike?

Yes, due to the fact that our race is draft illegal Aero bars are permitted.

 

Can someone else collect my race pack on my behalf?

Yes, you can email admin@herculesevents.com in advance giving your permission to said person to collect your pack. If you are a BTF member they will need to bring your BTF Licence with them for us to cross check.

 

Is there a feed station on your 100K cycle route?

Yes, there is a feed station that is stocked with water, energy gels, bananas and cereal bars at the turn around point of the 100K cycle route.

 

Do you offer discounts for local clubs/teams?

Yes we offer 15% discount for local clubs and teams to encourage participation of sport in the area. Please email admin@herculesevents.com and provide us with the following details: Club Name, Club Secretary Name, Club Registered Address, Number of Members. We will provide you with an exclusive unique discount code which you can distribute to your members accordingly.

 

Do you have a bag drop?

No, we do not have a bag drop facility at any of our events and do not take any responsibility to items left at owners risk. However for those taking part in Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon and Open water swim events you will have access to a secure transition area and your own marked bay to leave your belongings.

 

Do you hire wetsuits for Hercules Festival of Sport Northwood?

Yes, we have an extensive range ‘Xterra’ Wetsuits available to hire or purchase. Send us your height, weight and length of hire to admin@herculesevents.com and we can check our stock and availability for you. Please note that if you are hiring for our event only, collection will be on Saturday 26th May at our open water swim session between 06:30-08:30 and the charge will be £20.00 for the weekend. Wetsuits can be returned after your race to a member of Hercules staff at the registration desk. For more information on wetsuit hire click here

 

Can I be funded if I am no longer able to participate?

No, we do not offer refunds. You can however transfer your entry to another event later in the season or transfer your entry to another person to race on your behalf. Both changes can be made by logging back into your EventBrite registration and selecting the option to ‘Transfer’ There is no charge for transfers however should you wish to change to an event that is more expensive you will be required to pay the price difference.

 

What is the BTF and do I need to purchase a race day licence?

The British Triathlon Federation are the national governing body for Triathlon, Aquathlon and Duathlon in Great Britain and Hercules Events are permitted by the organisation. Each participant is required to either be a member of the BTF or to purchase a BTF Day Licence which provides you with insurance whist competing. If you are not currently a member you will need to add the licence when selecting your event on our booking form. For more information on the British Triathlon Federation and the benefits of their annual membership click here

 

Can I race for my chosen charity?

Yes, we actively encourage our participants to raise money for charity. You can wear your own t-shirts and make it as obvious as you possibility can. If you let us know in advance we can also ensure that you are given a shout out on the day to raise awareness of your mission. Given the enormity of taking on a Hercules Event and its challenges we feel that it is the perfect catalyst for raising well needed funds for those in need. Please click here to set up a Just Giving page and please feel free to contact us should you think that we as an organisation can help your efforts further.

 

Are dogs allowed at the venue?

Yes, as long as they are kept on the lead and outside of the school buildings.

Open water swim sessions – great success

Saturday marked the last day of the season for open water swimming at Stanborough Lake. Hundreds of people had participated and made the sessions a huge success. We were delighted to be able to offer people the chance to swim in open water in a safe and friendly environment.

Welwyn & Hatfield Festival of Sport 3 page news feature

The Welwyn & Hatfield Festival of Sport 2014 was a huge success. Thank you to all those who helped to make it an incredible event and well done to all of our competitors who took part. Click below to read a 3 page spread in the Welwyn & Hatfield Times on what was a fantastic event.

 

 

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