Shewalton Open Water Aquathon

Breaking News –  This event now hosts the Scottish Aquathlon Championships for 2020 !!!
Welcome to the support page for the Shewalton Aquathon.  This is a fairly new race but uses the proven facilities of the Irvine Triathlon and the experienced organisers and marshals of Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club.
This race will take place on the 2nd August 2020 – Note: This race is on the same day as the Irvine Open Water Sprint Triathlon.
Race Info
750m Swim, 5km Run
Swim will be a deep water start with 1 counter clockwise loop of the Shewalton Pond with 3 left turns and two right turns exiting on the ‘beach’. Transition will be approximately 30 yards beyond this exit. Safety cover will be provided by canoe, kayak and paddle board assistance.
Note that wetsuits are compulsory for this event.
The run route will turn right out of T1 following a tarmac pathway to the main road, turn right and head towards Shewalton woods, a left turn then an out and back course through scenic woodland trails to the turn point at 2.5km and re-trace your steps back to the finish.
Runners shall be directed to run on the left at all times.
Entry Fee/Prizes/Race Start
BTF members/non members £26/£30.
Please note to be eligible for a Scottish Championship medal you have to be a member of Triathlon Scotland.  You can still compete in the event if you are not a member.  Please bring your Triathlon Scotland membership with you to registration (if applicable). Age groups for Scottish medals are in separate male and female 5yr bands eg 30-34, 35-40. If you are interested in joining Triathlon Scotland, membership gives you lots of benefits including reduced race entry fees, details can be found here:https://www.triathlonscotland.org/membership/
Note that a minimum age category of Youths A (15-16) applies to this race. Parent/guardian consent will be required for this age category therefore Youth A competitors will require a parent/guardian to complete a medical consent form at registration on the day of the event otherwise they will be unable to compete. Any problems or further info required please contact the race director.
Prize giving: once the last competitor has crossed the finish line approx 10.15-10.30am
Race start time will be 0900 prompt with competitors seeded by cap colour.
NB Entries are not transferable and photographic ID may be requested at registration.
Entries are made through EntryCentral,
https://www.entrycentral.com/shewaltonaquathon
Race Limit
The entry will be set at 110 participants and allocated on a first come first served basis.
Entry Deadline 
Sunday 21st July unless capacity is reached beforehand.
Parking
This will be available on the approach road to Irvine papermill and motorists will be directed to the parking area as they arrive.
Registration is a short 5 minute walk from this point.
Facilities 
There will be a changing tent provided for both male and female competitors provided by ‘Finesse Marquise’. 
Portable toilets will also be made available on site.
Registration and Race Packs
Registration will take place at the area adjacent to T1 by the ‘Pond’. Timing chip, coloured swim cap and race number with pins will be distributed at this point.
Transition 
Transition will open at 0730 and close at 0830. Only a towel, run shoes, race belts and nutrition can be left in this area. No boxes or bags will be permitted in T1 after 0830.
Race briefing
The race briefing will take place at 0845 on the pathway by the water’s edge by the race director and a representative of Triathlon Scotland.
Timing
Chip timing will be provided by ‘What’s My Time’ who consistently work with Ayrodynamic Triathlon club to provide quality timing in a prompt and professional manner.
Race etiquette and littering
The Irvine aquathlon will be marshalled by volunteers from Ayrodynamic who will endeavour to ensure your race is memorable. However any participants abusing the volunteers physically or verbally will be disqualified as advice given by the marshals is to ensure your safety for the race duration.
As the venue is part of the North Ayrshire bird sanctuary and of protected wildlife littering will also incur disqualification.
NB there will be a water station at the entrance to Shewalton woods outwards and inwards with a litter drop zone confined to this area. Competitors must not litter out-with this zone.
Route maps
Route maps will be available at the registration area and although the route will be well marshalled it is the responsibility of the participant to have read and understood the course route. 
http://www.mapometer.com/swimming/route_4401840.html
https://www.mapometer.com/running/route_4669173.html
Bag drop
A tented area will be provided in which to drop bags in a secure location. Bags will be labelled according to race number and will be released on proof of number when you wish to collect it on conclusion of your race.
Catering and Hospitality 
The well renowned Ayrodynamic post-race buffet with hot drinks, sandwiches and cakes will be provided on site with all donations received being donated to the Ayrshire Hospice.
Prizes
The prize giving will take place once all competitors have crossed the finish line.
Medical Cover
This will be provided by St. Andrews Ambulance.
Event rules
The race falls under the ruling of the British Triathlon Federation whose rules on multi-sport can be found on the BTF website.