FAQs – Middle

When do entries close?
Entries close at 18:00 on Sunday 13th August 2017. However, they could close sooner should the event sell out. This event does have a history of selling out so don’t delay your entry. If we sell out we will operate a waiting list but there is no guarantee you’ll get a place, so to ensure you are on the start line sign up now!
Where can I find a start list?
We will publish a start list on the event page of our website shortly after entries have closed.
When do I get the race info pack?
The race info pack will be emailed to all competitors soon after entries close, either the Sunday or following Monday.
I can no longer race and need to withdraw, what should I do?
Ok, this is fine but you need to follow the withdrawal policy. You’ll receive race credit; the value will depend on when you withdraw in relation to the event date.
Can I swap between distances?
This is no problem providing the other race has space. Just contact team@monsterracing.net.
When do I need to register and rack?
Registration will be on both Saturday and Sunday….
Saturday registration only 14:00 – 16:30, there is no racking.
Sunday registration 04:30 – 06:00. Transition will be open 04:30 – 06:15 for racking. The race brief will be at 06:45 at the start line, this is a 20 – 25 minute walk away along the river. Please allow enough time. The walk will loosen you up and enable you to view the stunning river swim course you are about to embark on. Race start is 07:00.
Where can I find maps?
Check out the swim map, bike map, you’ll do 2 laps, and the run map, you’ll do 4 laps. You can export these maps to your GPS device using the export link in the route info box.
What is the profile of the course?
Click on the above link to the map. Underneath the map you’ll see the profile of the route.
What is the river temperature and do I need a wetsuit?
In previous years the temperature has meant that wetsuits have been optional. BUT that is no guarantee this will be the case this year. Like us on Facebook as we’ll post updates on there closer to the event with the water temperature.
Can I wear gloves / boots in the swim?
The race is run under BTF rules – Thermal gloves and boots are not permitted unless an exception request has been applied for. A medical note stating the reason must be submitted to us and the Technical Official on the day of the event.
Is it possible to swim in the river ahead of the race?
Whilst we do not advise you to do so, there is nothing to stop you swimming in the river. But you need to be aware that there are many users of the river (boats, rowers, people fishing) and so you need to swim on the correct side – think how they drive in France. Only swim in the river if you are a competent swimmer, it would be sensible to swim in a group, having someone watch you from the bank and make yourself easily seen as the other users of the river will not be expecting a swimmer.
Will it be a mass start or swim waves?
This event will be a started in two waves, please use an accurate swim time for a 1.9km swim when you register as the waves will be based on this. The river is fairly wide, just position yourself within your wave where you feel comfy to start.
Is there an elite wave?
There will be an Elite section at the front of the first wave. The first 25 people to enter with proof of a sub 29 minute open water swim over the 1.9km distance in 2016 will form the Elite section. Email team@monsterracing.net following entry with proof of performance and we will confirm your slot (details will be verified).
Are there any cut offs?
Yes, to ensure the safety of all athletes we are required to place cut off times for all three disciplines which are based on a running clock from the start of your swim wave. The cut off times are as specified below. Athletes falling outside of the running clock times at the conclusion of each discipline may be requested to withdraw from the race for logistical and safety reasons.
Swim – 1 hour 10 minutes         Running Clock 1 hour 10 minutes
Bike –   4 hours 20 minutes      Running Clock 5 hours 30 minutes
Run –   3 hours 00 minutes      Running Clock 8 hours 30 minutes
What nutrition is on course?
There is one aid station on the bike loop, there will be 500ml bottles of water and Hammer gels.
There is one aid station on the run lap, there will be water and Hammer Heed in cups and Hammer gels. You will pass this aid station twice each lap.
Can I camp and do I need to book?
Camping is available on Amherst Fields, with use of the toilets. Be aware this is not usually a campsite and so there are no electric hook ups. To camp all we ask is for a donation to our designated charity, CamSAR (they provide vital safety cover on race day). Sorry but no BBQ’s or smoking, any breach will jeopardise future events. BBQ = DQ from race and you will be asked to leave the venue. Be careful when using camping stoves, raise them off the ground. You do not need to book. Just turn up, make your donation and pitch your tent.
My family / friends are coming to support, what is there to entertain them?
Race HQ is based in central Ely with plenty on offer to keep your supporters amused. The swim and run laps are easily watched and your supporters could drive out to the bike loop to watch you. A spectator’s guide will be sent along with the race info pack.
Do I get a medal?
Yes and a tech t, both are cool
Where can I find the results?
You can print out your result at the end of the event, look out for the Jaguar Timing tent. All results will be emailed to you as soon as we have them from the chip timing company and they will be loaded onto our website in due course.
Where are the official event photos?
Ian-Green Photography is our event photographer. All photos will be loaded to Flickr shortly after the event. Like us on Facebook as we’ll post an update on there once the photos are live.