RAF Honington Duathlon

Bury St Edmunds, GB

The inaugural RAF Honington Do-a-Duathlon is to take place on 12 Oct 16. Duathlon is an athletic event that consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg in a format bearing some resemblance to triathlons.  The RAF Do-a-Duathlon is a sprint distance duathlon around RAF Honington Airfield on closed roads.  The event will consist of a 5 kilometers run, a 20 kilometers bike, and a 2.5 kilometers run.


The event is a BTF sanctioned event and is open to everyone (military personnel, dependents, MoD civil servants and UAS cadets).  Emergency service personnel may compete by invitation only, and should approach the Race Director at the earliest opportunity (racedirector@raftri.org.uk) to inform of their intent to participate.


Limited entries will be accepted on the day, but the event capacity cannot exceed.  Personnel intending to enter on the day should first approach the Deputy Race Director (sprintseries@raftri.org.uk) to confirm eligibility.  Cash payment will not be accepted, payments on the day will be by cheque only with a valid RAF F1250/MOD F90 ID Card.

Relay entries are welcomed rules for which are available in the Coordinating Instruction available on the RAF Triathlon Association website (www.raf.mod.uk/raftriathlon).

Race Date
 Wednesday 12 October 2016.

Race Venue.  RAF Honington.  

Race Distances
. 5km run, 20km closed road bike ride, 2.5km run.

Key times:

  • 0930-1130: Registration and transition open.
  • 1230: Race Briefing.
  • 1300: Race starts.
  • TBC: Transition re-opens after the last runner is out on the course, managed access may be available beforehand.
  • 1500: Prize giving (or 20 mins after the last competitor is back) 


Race Registration (Competitor Responsibilities)

At registration, competitors are to bring:

  • Documentation.  Race confirmation e-mail, race licence (where applicable) and F1250/MOD F90 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.
  • Clothing with front fastening zips are to be fully fastened.
  • All handlebar ends are to be plugged


RAF Triathlon Sprint Series Rules

So what is permitted? 

Road bikes, Mountain bikes, Hybrids and Time-Trial bikes are all permitted this year, as are deep-section and disc wheels as well as aero helmets.

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


Race Briefing

The race briefing will be at 1230 sharp. 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:

Run 5km.   

Cycle 20km.  Route is shown under course details on this site.

  • 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 2.5km.


When & Where

12 October 2016



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