Hercules Festival of Sport – Northwood
Merchant Taylors, Middlesex, Sunday 28th May 2017
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 28 May 2017.
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.
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+
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
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+
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:
|08:30||Open Water Swim|
|09:00||Duathlon – All distances|
|11:30||1.5K Fun Run|
Distances & Prices
|Sprint Triathlon RELAY||750M/20K/5K||£25|
|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|
|OW Aquathlon Sprint||750M/5K||£30|
|OW Aquathlon Standard||1500M/10K||£35|
|Open Water Swim||3K||£30|
|Open Water Swim||5K||£35|
|Fun run – Child||1.5K||£7.50|
|Fun run – Adult||1.5K||£5|
Registration is now closed. We will be open for on the day registrations on a first come first served basis.
100KM Sportive & 1/2 Iron Distance Triathlon Cycle Route
40KM Standard Distance Cycle Route
20KM Sprint Distance Cycle Route
10KM Novice Distance Cycle Route
Run route ALL EVENTS (1 Lap 5KM /2 laps 10KM /4 laps 20KM)
Run route Novice Distance (1 lap 2.5KM)
Family Fun Run (1.5KM )
1900M 1/2 Iron Distance Swim Route (1 and a third laps)
1500M Standard Distance Swim Route
750M Sprint Distance Swim Route
400M Novice Distance Swim Route
Race Day Info
Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge Rd, Moor Park, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2HT
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for a map of the location
Parking at Merchant Taylors is free for competitors and spectators and will be well signed from the school entrance.