Starting with a spectacular jump from the end of Eastbourne’s historic pier, IronBourne has been described by competitors as a must-do ‘bucket list’ event. In 2022, the best age-group triathletes in the country will be battling to be crowned National Middle-Distance Champions.
Medals are awarded to the first three eligible male and female competitors in each five-year age category. To be eligible for a Triathlon England National Championship medal you must conform to the criteria in Section 24 of the British Triathlon Competition Rules: www.britishtriathlon.org/competitionrules. You must hold a valid Triathlon England race licence (Core or Ultimate membership), which must be validated no later than 5pm, three working days before the Championship race. You must also present your valid Triathlon England race licence at the event registration, failure to do so may result in you not being eligible to be awarded a Triathlon England National Championship medal.
The swim start is set to be one of the most iconic starts on the triathlon calendar, with a jump off the end of Eastbourne's historic pier!
The run will head out along the gravel path an on to Whitbread Hollow before returning and then heading out and back along the lower prom, again towards Holywell. You then head out and back to the far eastern end of the prom. In total you complete the Whitbread Hollow Loop 3 times and the Sovereign Loop twice.
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TThe run will head out along the gravel path an on to Whitbread Hollow before returning and then heading out and back along the lower prom, again towards Holywell. You then head out and back to the far eastern end of the prom. In total you complete the Whitbread Hollow loop once and the Sovereign Loop once and then finish with a shorter loop to Holywell.
The swim will start from the end of Eastbourne Pier at 6am on Sunday 10th July 2022. Bike check-in, registration and race briefing will be at the Western Lawns on the Saturday.
We will be using the same cut off times used at most long distance events:
Swim: 2 hours 20 minutes + a further 10 minutes from the swim cut off to start the bike.
Bike: 10 hours 30 minutes (after you cross the swim start timing mat) + a further 10 minutes from the bike cut off to start the run.
Run: 17 hours (after you cross the swim start timing mat).
Don't worry! There's a platform at the end of the pier that will only be about 6 feet above water level.
No, the roads will be open to traffic. Unfortunately, the cost of closing roads means that only the very big branded races can afford to close roads.
The bike consists of a 12 mile section out of Eastbourne, followed by twice around a 40 mile loop and then a final 20 miles section back to Eastbourne. The first section and the first half of the loop is on fairly big roads including some sections of duel carriageway coming out of Eastbourne, however these sections will be quiet on a Sunday morning. The second part of the route is on quiet country lanes followed by the final section back to Eastbourne via Beachy Head.