Shewalton Open Water Aquathon

Breaking News –  This event now hosts the Scottish Aquathlon Championships for 2021 !!! and is now open for entries at:

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 1st August 2021.

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.  Dunlop Drive, KA11 5AU

Race Registration will be by waves and by avoiding any queues and will open at 7.30am and be continuous to allow social distancing on all waves.  Timing chip, coloured swim cap and race number will be distributed at registration.  No bags/boxes allowed in transition only towel, run shoes, race belt and number, cap and nutrition.

SCHEDULE Aquathlon – Sunday 1st August 2021

Registration times are as follows:

Wave 1: 7.30am closes: 8.30am 

Wave 2: 7.45am closes at 8.45am

Wave 3: 8.00am closes at 9.00am

Wave 4: 8.15am closes at 9.15am

NB These times are estimated and may be revised based on entry numbers.
Start time:  Wave 1 @ 9.00am, Wave 2 @ 9.10am, Wave 3 @9.20am, Wave 4 @ 9.30am

0730 – Transition Open for Aquathlon

0915 – Transition Closes

NB There will be no race briefing so please take time to read the race details and familiarise yourself with the route.

Wave 1:

0850 – Entry for Deep Water start NB Lead kayaker will start the race via an air horn!

0900 – Aquathlon Starts Wave 1

Subsequent waves will be allowed access 10 minutes before their wave however be mindful of faster swimmers exiting the water.

750m Open Water Swim:
5km Run:

1 counterwise lap, 750m swim around Shewalton pond – wetsuits compulsory;5km out/back run on paved and forest paths through the Shewalton Woods.

It is proposed to have waves of 50 with wave 1 at 0900 and subsequent waves within 10 minute gaps.

Swim waves will be in age groups determined by entry size. This will allow for each wave to space out and provide social distancing and ensure a smooth and safe swim start for all leadfing into T1.

Facilities: Changing tent, bag drop and mobile toilets available.  Please note we do not offer shower facilities. 

No littering on course policy, doing so will result in disqualification.  This event is run by volunteers and abusive behaviour will also result in disqualification.

Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club reserves the right to curtail/amend or otherwise alter the race routing as local conditions prevail. 

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).

Refunds (minus transaction charge) will be available up to 2 weeks prior to race assuming a waiting list. Thereafter, no refund.


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.

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.