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!







 

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

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Routes

Cycle Routes

 

40KM
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20KM
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14KM
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Run Routes

2.5KM

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5KM

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10KM (2 laps of 5KM route)

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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

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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

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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.

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Hercules Duathon – Lewsey Sports Park Luton

30th March 2014

All 2014 events are now closed but please check back soon to hear the latest news regarding the 2015 season.

General

Hercules Off Road DuathlonTRIATHLON_ENG

Lewsey Sports Park is the perfect venue for an off road Novice Duathlon. Recently completely refurbished and upgraded at a cost of £1.5 million, Lewsey offers superb modern facilities alongside the ideal setting for an off road Duathlon.

Our brand new Duathlon will involve a run, bike, run:

  • 2km Run
  • 5km Cycle (Off road)
  • 1km Run

Please note that minimum age for this event is 16 years. This is an off-road event so you will need a mountain bike.

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All 2014 events are now closed but please check back soon to hear the latest news regarding the 2015 season.

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Prices


Run 2K/ Cycle 5K/ Run 1K       £20 Non BTF Member £25 BTF Members

  • Active Luton Members get 30% off for this event

Routes

Race Day Info

Travel

Address:

Lewsey Sports Park,

Pastures Way,

Luton

LU4 0PF

How to find us:

Visit activeluton.co.uk

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