H Events
 
 
 Race Update and reminder- No 1 of 3
 
This email is an update for competitors entered in 2022 and a one off reminder for previous competitors. Below is some news and tips on this years event. Please read and pass onto anyone in your team who may not receive the mail.
 
For first timers, we will do a face to face briefing with our Race Director on site at the event compound at 1.00pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 19 Nov. 
 
 Swim Contingency Plans
Many locals from Newcastle would be aware that Newcastle Harbour is currently unusable as a swim venue due to the large amount of floods waters continuing to flow from the Hunter River. While the harbour does recover quickly, to make sure that we can stage the swim leg of the event, we have been granted approval for a contingency swim location, if the harbour is unusable. This location is the southern end of Nobbys Beach, which has great water quality. If we move to this new location the swim and location of the event comound will both change, however the cycle and run legs will remain mostly unchanged. We will make an announcement regarding this on the week of the event. Either way we will be able to host a triathlon. 
 
 
 
A message from Sparke Helmore in their 140th anniversary year.  
 
 
 Download a poster for the office. 
 
 
 
 
Price rise and souvenir shirt cut off reminder. Extended to midnight Mon 7 Nov. 
 
 Price rise and souvenir shirt cut off 7 Nov - 11.59pm. 
Let your friends, colleagues or family know to get in quick. Tell them to GET MOVING! Please send this on. 
 
ENTER SPARKE HELMORE TRIATHLON NOW
 
 
 
Course Information and News
 
The course map is below and can be downloaded. The swim and event compound will move if we move the swim location, as per the above notice. The course is similar to last year but does have some areas that have changed. We should also remind you that, while roads are closed (with a substantial Traffic Management Plan in place) for this event, in a busy City environment some parked vehicles will be on the course. Please pay attention to your direction and speed at all times. If a motorist or pedestrian attempts to leave/cross  the course area during the event, we ask you to revert to normal road/pedestrian rules and report the incident to one of our Traffic or General Marshals. Your safety and the safety of the general public is paramount to the continuing success of this event.
 
A Video Race Briefing and Course description are available below. You must watch this for your race distance before you participate. Course points to note:
  1. The event compound is on the western end of Foreshore Park  just east of Customs House, Crn of Wharf and Watt St. 
  2. The swim course will start for the Sprint (7.30am start at swims from Customs House Jetty) and Enticer (9.30am start from Queens Wharf eastern side) 
    1. ALL swims finish at the Customs House Jetty
    2. There are scaffolding stairs below the water line for you to easily exit the water. 
    3. Nobbys SLSC will be implementing a substantial water safety plan
    4. You are never more than 35m from the shore. 
    5. Note the swim leg for the Sprint Distance is out and back and the Enticer Distance is one way from Queens Wharf to the Customs House stairs. (with the tide) 
  3. The cycle leg is mapped below and in the Video Briefing. Some points to note:
    1. The Sprint Distance is 6 laps of the course and the Enticer is 3 laps. 
    2. ​You only enter the Horseshoe Beach Rd on the way out (east) only (not on the way back) for each lap. 
    3. Please pay attention for rogue pedestrians at all times
    4. There are speed humps along Shortland Esplanade. 
    5. The turn point for all courses is the same
    6. There is only one substantial climb on Fort Drive. Please stay left to allow passing. Never pass on the left!
    7. There is one substantial descent. Please control your speed, in particular on the Nobbys roundabout turn. 
  4. The run leg is a simple 2.5km loop and is well signposted and marshalled . There is a ramp over a garden edge near the pilot station. Please be careful when using this ramp. 
 
 
Race Kit collection times
 
Race Kits can be collected from the Admin tent just east of Customs House on Wharf Rd Newcastle:
  1. Saturday 19 Nov - 11am - 4.30pm
  2. Sunday 20 Nov - from 6.00am until 30 minutes before race start
Please bring your phone for our quick QR code pick up system. There is a secure bag area for bags and phones on Sunday at the Admin tent. 
 
 
 
 
Compulsory Race Briefings . Please watch your event distance. 
 
Enticer Video
video enticer
 
Sprint Video
 
sprint video
 
The need for SPEED!
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Needs some extra speed. Then call in and see Scott from Bicyle Centre Hunter Valley. They also have loads of experience in Triathlon and every sort of cycling. If you need a service pre race, you need to get in quick. Call in to Garnet Avenue in East Maitland, contact Scott on 0249336620 or check out the Facebook link from the logo. 
 
 
THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS
 
 
Frequently asked questions. 
 
  1. Can I wear a wetsuit? - Yes if the water temp is under 24 degrees celsius. The water is 22 at the moment. 
  2. Do i have to wear a swim cap in the swim? - Yes, it is a safety requirement. 
  3. What sort of bike do i need? - any roadworthy bike and an Australian Standard helmet.
  4. Can one person pick up the team kits?- Yes, if all team members have signed or agreed to the race waiver. Available HERE or on race day. 
  5. Can i change a team member? - Just email paul@hevents.com.au to make a change up to the Wednesday. On race weekend, just make sure the person has signed the waiver. Download HERE
  6. Were can i park? - There is plenty of paid parking in Argyle St and Bolton St parking stations and the Honeysuckle. The tram will be working from Wickham interchange. Bikes not allowed on the tram. Just ride them!
  7. Where do team members meet to change over? - Cyclists and Runners wait in the bike compound at their bike. You will be instructed were on race day. You must change over the timing chip. 
  8. Can I wear shoes from the swim to the bike compound? - Yes just leave some thongs or old joggers at the swim exit (out of the way of other swimmers). 
  9. Can we bring a team tent to the event? Yes, team marquees are available for hire or you can bring your own. Contact paul@hevents.com.au for more information. 
  10. Can I bring spectators to the event? Yes. COVID restrictions are not currently in place. 
 
Need more answers. Contact local Event Director Paul on 49348138 or paul@hevents.com.au .
 

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Posted by: Paul Humphreys
7 November 2022

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