Royal British Legion RAF Sprint Series (incorporating Try-a-Tri) RAF Cranwell 2017

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The RAF Sprint series and Try-a-Tri returns to RAF Cranwell this July, offering an exciting race for both experienced and beginner triathletes. KEEP CHECKING THIS PAGE FOR UPDATES IN THE LEAD UP TO THE EVENT!


RAF Cranwell Sir Chris Moran Championships is a BTF sanctioned event and part of the RAF Triathlon Try-a-Tri Sprint Series.  The Sprint Series events are only open to military personnel (and dependants), MoD civil servants and UAS cadets.  Emergency service personnel may compete by invitation only, and should approach the Deputy Race Director at the earliest opportunity ( to inform their intent to participate.

Limited entries will be accepted on the day, but the event cannot exceed capacity.  Personnel intending to enter on the day should first approach the Deputy Race Director ( to confirm eligibility.  Cash payment will not be accepted, payments on the day will be by cheque only with a valid MoD90 ID Card.

Relay entries are welcomed rules for which are available in the Coordinating Instruction available on the RAF Triathlon Association website (

Race Dates.  Wednesday 12th July.

Race VenueRAF College Cranwell. 

Race Distances. 400m indoor pool swim, 25km single lap bike ride, and 5km single lap run, mostly off-road.

Cost. Race entry costs £20 for BTF members. Team entry is £30 for BTF members. Race slots can be purchased on the day £25 (individual) or £35 (team relay) for BTF members. If you do not have BTF membership an additional £5 is required in all cases to secure a temporary license.

Key times:

  • 0930-1130: Registration and transition open.
  • 1230: Race Briefing.
  • 1300: Transition closes, first competitors start.
  • TBC: Transition re-opens.
  • 1600: Prize giving. 

Race Registration (Competitor Responsibilities):

  • At registration, competitors are to bring:
    • Documentation.  Race confirmation e-mail, race license (where applicable) and MoD90 ID Card.
    • Civilians.  Civilians are also required to produce a completed race declaration form at Appendix 1 to the Coordinating Instruction available on the RAF Triathlon Association Website.

Some "Hot" BTF rules

The Sprint Series is a BTF sanctioned race and will be assessed to BTF standards, a comprehensive list of the rules are available on the BTF website.  Competitors should specifically note the following:

  • Helmet chin-straps are to be tight enough to fit 2 of the athletes fingers into the closed straps.  This will be checked at event registration entry so please have your helmet ready.
  • No calf guards (or lower leg coverings) in the pool.  You can put them on in transition after water exit.
  • Clothing with front fastening zips are to be fully fastened.

RAF Triathlon Sprint Series Rules

At the RAF Triathlon Sprint Series Championship events, all competitive equipment in accordance with the BTF rules is permissible. The restrictions introduced in 2015 have been relaxed for the 2016 season, and therefore time trial bikes, aero wheels (including disc wheels) and aero helmets are permitted this year.

If you don't have any of this gear, do not worry, as any road worthy bike is permitted, be it road or mountain.  From a safety perspective, handle bars are to be plugged and brakes are to be serviceable. 

Helmets must be BSI, ANSI, Snell or equivalent standard.

Race Briefing

The race briefing will begin at 1230 on 12 July.

This should not be missed as it will provide information specific to the event, including updates, clarification of rules and ensure that your race is as safe as possible. Any appropriate rules will be discussed at this point. If any competitors have any queries about the race then this is the time to ask the race referee or organizer.

  • Swim 400m (16 lengths)Competitors will be started in waves at approximately 3-4 min intervals at the deep end of the pool.  The start list and competitor start time will be confirmed at registration. It is the competitor's responsibility for counting the number of lengths.
  • Cycle 25km.  Route available at TBC.
  • Helmets.  Helmets must be fastened before mounting the cycle, worn at all times during the cycling section of the event, and not unfastened until the cycle has been returned to its original position (FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN A TIME PENALTY).
  • Assistance.  Any assistance other than that provided by the organisers will result in a penalty. Competitors are NOT ALLOWED TO DRAFT!  The cycle draft zone is defined as a rectangle surrounding every competitor that is 3m wide and extends 10m behind the front wheel of a competitor’s cycle.
  • Road Safety.  Competitors must obey all traffic signals and follow any directions given by the race marshals or officials.  Any infringement of the law and subsequent legal action is the sole responsibility of the competitor.
  • Run 5km.  The run route available is at TBC. Note that the whole route is within the grounds of RAF Cranwell and is mostly off-road.

When & Where

12 July 2017



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