MHS Tristars Aquathlon Information

Please note below information if for the event held on the 24th of June 2018 at Manor House School. Information may have changed since. 


Manor House School,
Manor House Lane,
Little Bookham,
KT23 4EN


Howard of Effingham School,
Lower Rd,
KT24 5JR

Due to safety requirements for the children’s events there will be no parking on the school site as we must maintain a traffic free environment. Parking will be at the Howard of Effingham School, who have kindly allowed us to use their site for the event. There is a public footpath between the Howard of Effingham School to Manor House School which will be clearly signposted for competitors. The map below shows the route from the Howard of Effingham to Manor House School.


9:20 Registration in the School Quad

9:50 Transition Closes

9:50 Event Briefing – Poolside Tennis Courts

10:00 Duathlon Events Start

10:05 Triathlon and Aquathlon Events Start

NOTE: All timings may be subject to change. Any changes to the programme will be highlighted at registration, please register in good time. Locations can be found on the site map below and will be signposted on the day. The triathlon starts will be staggered to maintain a safe number of competitors on the course, you will be given an approximate start time on the morning.


Registration will open at 9:20 and take place in the school quad (see map above for directions) where refreshments will also be available. At registration you collect your race number and belt/race laces if purchased.

  • Race Number – This should be worn on the front of the shirt that you will be wearing for the cycle and run, if you have a race belt you are welcome to use them. (There will be race belts available for sale on the day)

Your race number will be coloured based on the age category and event entered, when on the run route a marshal will help to direct you on the correct run course.

Arriving with plenty of time is one of the easiest ways to keep pre-race nerves down, giving you time to set up and even walk the course beforehand.

Once you have registered you will be directed over to the transition area, which will be next to the swimming pool. Only competitors are allowed into the transition area, this is a rule set by British Triathlon, marshals will be in the transition zone to help competitors should they require it.

(7. TRANSITION AREA CONDUCT: 7.1 General Rules: m.) Helpers, friends or family members are not permitted in transition areas.)

We would also ask that once you have finished your event you get the attention of a marshal in transition who will safely assist you with removing your items from transition, this is for your safety and the safety of other competitors who may still be racing.

Please see the map below for directions for the poolside spectators area and competitors entrance to transition.


This is where you will collect your bike or trainers following the swim, run or bike legs of your event. There will be different exit gates depending upon which leg of the event you are entering, these exit points will be clearly marked. These entry and exit points will also be explained to you during the pre-race briefing, and our marshals will be more than willing to help.

Transition can get quite hectic, therefore only athletes and officials are allowed into the transition zone. There will be marshals on hand to assist you with placing your bike in the correct position and to help sort out the things you will need to leave in transition.

In brief:

Things to leave in transition before the start:

  • T-Shirt with race number attached to the front or a race belt
  • Running shoes

Things to take to the swim start:

  • Swim cap (if you want to wear one)
  • Goggles (if you wear them)

In transition you will find a bike racking position, we will have plenty of space and a marshal will help you find this. This will be your area to place your bike and lay out your t-shirt, shoes and helmet, please ensure you place your items neatly and do not throw items onto the ground as they could become tripping hazards.

NOTE: Your requirements will vary depending upon which event you have entered, although the marshals will try to help as best as possible, it is your responsibility to know how many laps you’re doing and to count how many you have done.

Course Routes:


Please report to the poolside at least 10 minutes prior to the swim time you will be given on the morning. Please make sure you have your goggles and swim cap ready if you require them.

You will be called forward by the timing marshal so we would ask competitors to wait poolside in the spectator area. When your time comes you will enter the water using the steps at the shallow end of the pool and wait to be told to start. There will be no dive starts.

The number of lengths will vary depending upon the age category race you are entered into:

TriStars Start – 2 lengths (42m)

TriStars 1 & 2 – 6 lengths (126m)

TriStars 3 – 8 lengths (168m)

There will be a spectators area accessed via the Dell gate due to the other pool area access points being used for the transition zone entries. This is shown on the Quad to Transition direction map above.


The run route is a mix of tarmac and grass. The main run route is a 1.2km lap of the school perimeter. Please take note below of the run courses:

TriStars Start – The TriStars Start follow the same course as other categories until they reach the field where they run directly to the finish line.



TriStars 1 & 2 – will run the full 1.2km run course lap shown below, before entering the finish circuit.


TriStars 3 – will run two laps of the full 1.2km run course lap shown above, finish on the second time past the finish line.

We would encourage competitors to shout out their race number as they cross the finish line as this will help out our timing marshals.

NOTE: Parents/guardians/supporters are not allowed to run around the course with their children. Cheering and shouting encouragement for all competitors is, however, very welcome and encouraged.

Medals: All competitors will receive a medal as a recognition of the effort they have put in.

Timing: The timing will be carried out manually on the day, giving competitors an overall time. If you want split timing we would advise parents or guardians to do this for their children. We will also have a video camera recording the finish to assist with timing and post-race media so make sure you smile!

Refreshments: Food and drinks will be available to purchase throughout the morning from the school quad area. This is a great way to refuel after your effort and for your supporters to keep up their energy levels so they can cheer louder.

Photography: On the day our marshals will also be taking photos throughout the morning, all will be available on our Facebook page following the event. If you’d like to keep up to date with our future events and the event photos please like our page:

Results: All results will be posted online shortly after the event. An email containing a link will be sent out following the event and the link will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s great to see some parents have entered the race, there is still plenty of time for others to sign up for the GO TRI adults events before the Children’s TriStars events. The link below will take you to the sign up page: