02 June 2019
The Deva Triathlon is an Olympic distance triathlon held in the centre of the historic City of Chester. It is currently in its 20th Year and is run by Chester Triathlon Club members.We have had so many fantastic comments about the course being located right in the heart of the City. Transition is in the fabulous Grosvenor Park, a fantastic Victorian Park. The bike route will be a single lap (2 laps for the middle distance) into Wales via Eccleston, Rossett and Borras and back into Chester via Alford and Boughton. The run route will incorporate running over the Old Dee Bridge as well as the suspension bridge, along the Groves and in the meadows with the finish being at the Bandstand, a truly City Centre race.
Olympic DistanceSwim: starts from the Groves and is a 800m upstream / 700m downstream course this year exiting at the slip road by the Boathouse Inn. Waves are set off at 10 minute intervals from 07:00 with most waves sizes kept less than 100. The river is about 80m wide for the whole course so there is plenty of room for all.Run: The route exits from Grosvenor Park at the North West corner and proceeds along Union Street into Souters Lane before exiting along the Groves onto the Old Dee Bridge. The course then follows Eton road out to Eccleston, through Pulford, Rossett before heading east through Borras Head and Borras, it then drops onto the new fast Wrexham Industrial Estate Relief Road before heading back to Chester along Sibberfield Lane and Chester Road. Upon arriving at Sandy Lane a single lane will be closed to traffic for the return to Grosvenor Park through Boughton.The route exit transition from the South West corner and runs along the avenue for 50m before turning down to the park exit and across the suspension bridge. The route then turns left onto Lower Park Road, then enters the meadows and continues on the right fork to the T Junction, continue to the right for approximately 150m to the turn around point (make sure you cross the timing mat). The route the returns along the riverside path under the suspension bridge, past Salmon Leap and onto the Old Dee Bridge. Cross the bridge then turn right onto The Groves. For the first two laps proceed past the finish area and back onto the suspension bridge, on your third lap enter the finish chute on The Groves. There will be km markers at every kilometer. Remember: 3 laps!Middle DistanceSwim: starts from the Groves and is essentially the same as the Olympic course with an additional 200m before the turn around point making it 1000m upstream / 900m downstream, exiting at the slip road by the Boathouse Inn. Waves are set off at 10 minute intervals from 07:00 with most waves sizes kept less than 100. The river is about 80m wide for the whole course so there is plenty of room for all.Bike: The Middle distance course is two laps of the olympic course with an additional loop around Wrexham Industrial Estate only on the first lap. The route exits from Grosvenor Park at the North West corner and proceeds along Union Street into Souters Lane before exiting along the Groves onto the Old Dee Bridge. The course then follows Eton road out to Eccleston, through Pulford, Rossett before heading east through Borras Head and Borras, it then drops onto the new fast Wrexham Industrial Estate Relief Road where you complete a lap of Wrecsam Industiral Estate on the first lap only before heading back to Chester along Sibberfield Lane and Chester Road. Upon arriving at Sandy Lane a single lane will be closed to traffic for the return to Grosvenor Park through Boughton.Run: The run route follows the Olympic course to the turnaround point before heading further along the riverside path. It then doubles back towards the meadows before returning the same route. You need to complete 3 laps.The finish will be on the Groves by the bandstand.
Saturday – Registration14:30 – 17:30 Registration on The GrovesSunday – Race Day05:45 Parking Opens05:45 – 08:00 Registration on The Groves05:45 -08:30 Transition Open for racking07:00 Wave 1 (Middle) Start08:00 Wave 2 (Olympic) Start09:30 Wave 8 Start10:00 First Olympic Finisher10:30 – 13:00 Transition open for bike collection11:30 First Middle Finisher13:00 Last Olympic Finisher13:00 Presentations at the Bandstand15:00 Last Middle Finisher
Registration Parking -SaturdayWe have arranged with Queens Park High School to allow parking on their premises on Sat & Sunday. All day parking on Sat 3rd June will be £3 payable on the Gate. It is about 500m from registration. Post Code is CH4 7AE.Race Day Parking - SundayParking will be available in the Castle Car Park and the Roodee Car Park from 5:30am. We have negotiated with the owners and there will be a charge of £3 on the gate for all day parking, the Roodee now has a barrier system so take a ticket and pay at the pay station, cars entering before 08:30 will only pay £3 all day. Pay the marshal on the gate for the Castle Car Park.It is a short walk from either car park, from the Roodee Car Park walk down Castle Drive to the Groves (about 800m) or from the Castle Car Park walk down Castle Street then down Lower Bridge Street (about 800m).Please do not park on either the bike or run routes as this will severely affect the race safety.
Spectator Parking: In addition to the race car parks you can also use the Grosvenor Shopping Centre Car Park or Pepper Street Car park, both of which are multi storey car parks. Please do not park on either the bike or run routes as this will severely affect the race safety.
All our events reply on volunteers to enable them to run smoothly and to be the best possible experience for the athletes. If you can help out with this event please signup via the button below or email Chester Triathlon. Some areas are ideal for groups to cover (feed stations etc.)
Where do the race numbers go?You will receive a sticker set that consists of a personalised helmet and seat post sticker. You will also receive one race number and a race belt, you must wear a race belt. If you wear your number under your wetsuit please check it is visible when you take it off. Your number must be clearly visible on your back during the cycle and on your front during the run. Your timing chip should be worn on your left ankle. Please ensure you have the correct chip number before leaving registration.Is there somewhere to leave my shoes at the start?In your sticker set is a baggage sticker, you can attach this to the goody bag given to you at registration and leave this in a area for your wave. This can be picked up once you have finished. Please do not leave any valuables and try to keep the amount of things to a minimum as we have limited space.Is it a deep water swim and is there somewhere to warm up?It’s a deep water start, depending on timings there should be time for a brief warm up, we aim to do the safety briefing 15 mins before the start and it takes a couple of minutes. If you get in first then you should be able to get a 5 minute warm up.What happens if the river is too cold?The full 1500m swim can take place at 12.5 degrees, a shortened swim can take place at 11 degrees. If its colder than that it will be a duathlon, 5km run 40km bike 10km run but this is highly unlikely. Swim temperature will be displayed at registration and transition any changes to the race will be announced on the day.Is the swim against the current?The swim is 850m upstream and 650 downstream for the Olympic and 1050m upstream, 850m downstream for the Middle Distance. The current is stronger where the water is deepest, usually in the middle or on the outside of a bend, the current will be weaker on inside of the bend. Upstream, against the current, you will save more energy swimming on the inside of the bend, but downstream, to take advantage of the current, swim to outside of a bend.Please obey the instructions of the safety canoeists. If you get into difficulty then roll on to your back and wave and a marshal will come to you, please hold on to the end of a safety canoe and follow the instructions of the