Ketton Triathlon Club (Juniors) (Ketton Panthers) FAQ’s
Q: When and where are “Ketton Panthers” Triathlon Club training Sessions held? A: Swimming sessions are all year long at Stamford Boys School pool. If you have expressed an interest on the membership form we’ll be in touch. These sessions are charged separately. Run and Cycle sessions are held at Ketton Sports & Community Centre, Pit Lane, Ketton. We’ll be in touch with Friday night session dates and times later. Ketton Sports & Community Centre have kindly agreed to allow us to use their facilities. To ensure we respect the other users of the facilities it’s best to arrive via the snicket (to avoid disruption to cricket matches). If you do drive / walk / cycle through the main entrance when cricket is being played, please wait until the completion of an over before passing. Children should walk with their bikes around the cricket pitch.
Q: How will I know if a training session is cancelled? A: In the unlikely event that very severe weather or coach availability requires cancellation we will try to e-mail you and update the club Facebook site (and Whatspp if in use this year). This may be at short notice so please check before you leave home.
Q: What equipment does my child need to take part in triathlon? A: For their first venture into the world of multisport you really don’t need anything special; their swim gear, running shoes, t-shirt, bike and helmet. Don’t go splashing out on fancy gear - it really isn’t necessary at first. Certain time saving devices are relatively cheap and easy to obtain – the main two being elastic lock-laces and number belts (it can be tricky putting on a t-shirt when you’re wet and slipping on a belt is much quicker) – please note though that boys (if they swim in trunks) must have their top half covered when they get on the bike and run. Equipment list: - A Road-worthy bike (road and ‘cross’ bikes are becoming very popular and certainly give the children an advantage but mountain bikes will suffice) – tyres pumped, brakes and gears working, well-oiled as a minimum please. If a bike is not roadworthy, unfortunately your child will be asked to sit out the session. - Approved helmet in good condition. No helmet = no training or racing. - Suitable Clothing (shorts, t-shirts, tracksuits, sweatshirts) for the weather. Junior tri-suits are becoming popular but are optional. - Sensible running shoes/trainers. - Lace locks and number belts will also speed on ‘transitions’ on race day. - Asthmatics: please bring inhalers if needed. - Don’t forget to bring a drinks bottle to sessions and lights if riding home at dusk / dark.
Q: Do “Ketton Panthers” operate a bike loan scheme? A: Yes, please see the website for details. We have 13 racing / cross cycles for club members to use. These are available for training and racing. Please enter races early and request a bike at least 2 weeks before a race to stand a better chance of using the bikes.
Q: What are the age groups? A: Triathlon age groups for youngsters are straightforward. There are five age categories which are based solely on the year of birth. So for 2021 they are as follows:
CATEGORY YEAR OF BIRTH Tri-Star Start 2013 Tri-Star 12011 & 2012 Tri-Star 22009 & 2010 Tri-Star 32007 & 2008 Youth2005 & 2006
Q: What are the distances for each discipline? A: Juniors race within a number of age groupings specified by the British Triathlon Federation. These age groups are based upon the ages of a competitor on the 31st December of the year in question. The standard distances by age group are detailed below. These are the maximum distance by age group and the distances vary especially for the younger age groups.
Q: Will my child have to cycle on open roads? A: All the races in the East Midlands Series for tri-stars take place in a traffic-free environment - some are on grass and some are on tarmac. The Club may utilise coned off areas of Pit Lane.
Q: My child can only do breaststroke – is this okay? A: That’s fine, although the swimming training sessions will focus on front crawl.
Q: Can I run alongside my child? A: No; that’s outside assistance and not allowed and may mean that your child is given a time penalty or perhaps even disqualified.
Q: Does my child have to be a member of Triathlon England (TE) in order to compete? A: No, but there is usually an increased entry fee (usually minimal, say £1 - £2) to cover a day licence. If they want to race in the East Midlands Series then TE membership is required.
Q: What is the East Midlands Triathlon Series (Inter-Club Championship)? A: Full details are on the clubs website / event. Please join and enter some races. The club needs your points!
Q: Which Triathlons will the club be supporting this year: A: There will be coach support at all the races in the East Midlands Series.
Q: Will the club enter my child into the East Midlands Tri Series and Triathlons: A: No, it is the parents responsibility to enter. Please enter races early to avoid disappointment as the races are very popular and don’t forget to register and inform the EM Series Membership Secretary. It will of course be possible to share lifts on the day.