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.
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+
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+
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+
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:
||Kids Scootathon & Duathlon
Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2DJ
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.
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.
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.
Click here for a map of the location
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.