The Lake Crichton Series is a three-race series utilising the world class, man-made Lake Crichton. Located on Frasers Road, 25 minutes south of Hornby and 2 kilometres south of Dunsandel. Lake Crichton is extremely safe. The lake is no deeper than 1.7m, naturally heated to mid 20 degrees and only about 50 metres wide. It is a most tranquil setting for a multisport event!
The Friday evening series allows for all competitors, young & old, experienced & first timers, to finish their working week with exercise. You can enter individually or in a team.
There are two race distances in both the triathlon and duathlon (detailed below). The triathlon begins with a lake swim (in water start), followed by a road bike and finished off with an off-road run. The duathlon follows the same bike and run course as the triathlon but has a short run before you get on your bike.
Ellesmere Excavation & Aggregate are the major sponsor of the Lake Crichton Series. Sandy, Leanne, Brenna and the rest of the team at Ellesmere Excavtion & Aggregate are amazing supporters of the Selwyn community, so please support them if you need any aggregate or have any excavation needs.
The 2024 dates have been confirmed!Friday 19 January, Friday 9 February & Friday 1 March
Open Single Race:
Individuals – Adult: $40, Student: $30 (incl. tertiary students)
Duathlon Teams – $50
Triathlon Teams – $60
Primary School (U14) - Race 3a Only
Individuals - $25
Open Whole Series:
Individuals – Adult: $100, Student: $70 (incl. tertiary students)
Duathlon Teams – $120
Triathlon Teams – $140
NOTE: Online entries will close at midnight the Wednesday preceding each race. There is a $10 late entry fee for all entries on the night.
Short Course Tri/Du – 150m swim/1.5km run, 8km road bike, 2.25km off-road run
Long Course Tri/Du – 400m swim/1.5km run, 16km road bike, 4.2km off-road run
Under 14 Years Afternoon Race (Primary School Race) - Race 3a only - Friday 1 March
The primary school race is on the short course distances and race route (please see the map below):
Tri/Du – 150m swim/1.5km run, 8km road bike, 2.25km off-road run
Key Race Timings
Transition and Registration open – 2.15pm
Briefing for all competitors – 3.10pm
Short Course Triathlon & Duathlon Start – 3.30pm
Entries can be made by individuals or schools, however each tamariki who enters will need to complete the entry form with their key contact information and emergency contacts.
Open Evening Race
Transition and Registration open – 5.15pm
Briefing for all competitors – 6.10pm
Long Course Triathlon & Duathlon Start – 6.30pm
Short Course Triathlon & Duathlon Start – 6.40pm
Please read and understand the attached Race Rules listed below. Make specific note that all roads are open and the minimum age to compete as a cyclist is 10 years of age.
Whilst Chris and Robyn are very accommodating to people using their lakes, please ensure you do not treat their lakes as a public waterway. Contact them if you want to make use of their lakes on 0272224480 or email@example.com
Age RestrictionsThe minimum age to compete as a cyclist in the Lake Crichton Series is 10 years.
No Road ClosuresThere are no road closures for any part of this event, all road rules, directions from race officials and police must be obeyed at all times.
Competitors are individually responsible for following the New Zealand traffic road code and are solely responsible for the consequences of any infractions.
KEEP TO THE LEFT. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CROSS WHITE OR YELLOW CENTRE LINES – this will result in immediate disqualification.
General Rules1. It is the responsibility of the competitor to know the course.2. Wearing of any headphones during this event is not permitted.3. Individual competitors cannot enter as part of a team.4. Support crew are not allowed to assist competitors in any part of the race.5. Medical personnel have the right to remove any competitor from the race.6. The race director’s decision is final.
Swim Course1. Swim goggles or face masks may be worn.2. No individual paddlers or escorts allowed. The course will be adequately patrolled by safety vessels and surfboard paddlers.3. Swimmers may be required to have race officials mark their race number on their arms and calves4. Wetsuits are optional and not necessary.5. After the swim, competitors must dress for the bike section of the race in the transition area only. No outside assistance is allow.
Bike Course1. Cycle helmets must be approved to snell or NZ standard and be worn at all times during the cycle leg.2. Cycle helmets must be fastened before your cycle is removed from the rack and remain fastened until your cycle is returned to the rack.3. Helmets must be worn at all times during the cycle section. Helmets must be available commercially and without any further modifications. Leather or vinyl hairnet helmets will NOT be allowed. Competitors not wearing approved helmets with a chinstrap and properly secured during any section of the bike leg will be disqualified.4. The following helmet standards are required:• American National Standard ASTM F1447-1994 • Snell Memorial Foundations B90 or B95 • Both New Zealand and Australian standard AS/NZS 2063:1996,NZS 5439 or AS2063.2 or CE complying with European standard EN 10785. Drafting will not be permitted on the cycle leg.6. No tandems, recumbents, fairings or any device designed exclusively to reduce air resistance is permitted to be used.7. Handle bar ends must be plugged, tyres well glued to prevent rolling, helmets and seat posts tight and wheels true. Each wheel must have a brake.8. Each participant will be INDIVIDUALLY RESPONSIBLE for repair and maintenance of his/her own bike. Assistance by anyone other than official technical support personnel will be grounds for immediate disqualification. This disallows the use of spare wheels and back-up bikes and requires that each competitor be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction.9. Participants may run / walk their bike if necessary but must have their helmet securely fastened when in contact with their bike.10. Blocking or restricting the ability of cyclists to pass is prohibited. Cyclists must ride as close to the left hand side of the road as possible, unless passing. Failure to do so will result in a four minute stand-down on the course – this judgement call cannot be appealed.11. All riding is on the left side of the road. The “normal lane” is that on the left and the “passing lane” is between the normal lane and the centre line. The passing lane should only be entered for passing or safety reasons. After completing a pass the rider must return to the normal/left lane and remain there until again trying to pass another rider.12. No drafting is permitted. The cycle draft zone is a 10 metre by 3-metre rectangle which must be maintained between riders and only entered into when the rear rider wishes to overtake. When overtaking, a competitor has 15 seconds to pass through this zone. The cyclist that has been overtaken then has 15 seconds to drop out of the draft zone. If the manoeuvre fails because the lead rider speeds up, the challenging rider must immediately drop back out of the zone and may not challenge again until 15 seconds has lapsed. First violation is a stand down; second violation will result in disqualification. In summary the zone requires a rider to ride single file with at least 3 bike lengths between the lead and the following bikes; measured from the rear wheel of lead bike and front wheel edge of following.
Run Course1. No form of locomotion other than running or walking is allowed.2. Runners must wear the race number at all times on the course. Race number must be placed on thefront of the runner’s upper clothing (or on a race belt) where it is clearly visible and must not beobscured from view.3. All runners must wear appropriate footwear during the run section of the event, no barefoot running
All competitors are entering this event at their own risk. All competitors should ensure they have sufficient competence, experience and fitness to compete safely. All competitors should have read and understood the conditions on the entry details (race rules) and must abide by these rules governing the running of this event. All competitors agree to indemnify and hold harmless the organisers and sponsors from any and all liabilities and claims made by other individuals and entities as a result of my actions, inactions, negligence or unacceptable behavior during the event. All competitors must attend and listen to the race brief prior to the start of the race, and obey all instructions given at this. The race organisers will take all reasonable and practical steps to ensure the safety of all competitors throughout the duration of the event.
Photo and Images
All competitors agree to be photographed, filmed or videoed or to have their image recorded in any way in connection with the event. All competitors agree to Selwyn Sports Trust using any such imagery in connection with the promotion and reporting of this event. All competitors understand they are entitled to request access to such images and to have copies of them at my cost.
In completing a Selwyn Sports Trust entry form, all competitors agree to providing the Selwyn Sports Trust with personal information. All competitors understand this information will be collected and held by Selwyn Sports Trust and used by its sponsors, employees, contractors and agents associated with the event for the purposes of; administering competitors entry in the event, disclosing relevant information to medical and related personnel in the event that competitors receive medical treatment during the event, promoting the event, mail-out or other communication relating to the event.
Be completing the event registration form, each competitors consent for the above purpose to the use and disclosure of my personal information under the Privacy Act 2020.
Refunds will not be administered after 5pm of the Wednesday preceding each race. All refunds prior to this date will incur a $15 administration fee. In case of natural disaster or cancellation of the event due to safety reasons, entry fees will not be refunded.
Competitors 9 years or under on race day
For parents/caregivers of competitors who are 9 years or younger on the day of the race, please note that we have set-up the race course with the highest consideration to health and safety, risk assessment and traffic management. Our age recommendation for this event is 10 years of age on the day of the race. There is a waiver that can be signed on race-day for parents or caregives to take responsibility that a Child is capable of completing each element of this event safely.
Lake Crichton Race 1 - Event Placing
Lake Crichton Race 2 - Event Placing
Lake Crichton Race 1 - Event Placing (January)
Lake Crichton Race 2a Primary School - Event Placing (February)
Lake Crichton Race 2b - Event Placing (February)
Lake Crichton Race 3a Primary School - Event Placing (March)
Lake Crichton Race 3b - Event Placing (March)
Lake Crichton Race 1 – Event Placing
Lake Crichton Primary School Race 1 – Event Placing
Lake Crichton Race 2 – Event Placing
Lake Crichton Primary School Race 2 – Event Placing
Lake Crichton Race 3 – Event Placing
Lake Crichton Race 3 – Event Placing
Lake Crichton Race 3 – Category Placing
Lake Crichton Race 2 – Event Placings 1
Lake Crichton Race 2 – Category Placing 1
Lake Crichton Race 1
Mitch Prendergast(Operations Manager)
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