Norwich Junior Triathlon Rules

Here is a summary of the rules for the Norwich Junior Triathlon. The event is affiliated to British Triathlon and you should also look at the full copy of the rules on their web site.


  • You can use any stroke except backstroke. You may also tread water or float.
  • You can stand on the bottom and rest if you wish before continuing your swim.
  • You can wear a swimming hat if you wish, and should wear one if you have long hair.
  • You must not wear a wetsuit, gloves, socks, snorkels or flotation devices.


  • Approved cycling safety helmets of ANSI Z90.4, SNELL B90, EN 1078 or an equivalent national standard must be worn by competitors. A ‘CE’ mark is not an approval mark and should not be treated as approval.
  • It is the child’s parent’s/guardian’s/accompanying adult’s responsibility to ensure that the competitor’s bike is in a safe and roadworthy condition.
  • Aero bars (handlebar extensions) must not be fitted to bikes (mountain bike bar-ends are acceptable).
  • All bikes must have:
    • All handlebar and bar extensions plugged
    • Properly fitted and serviceable tyres, wheels, gears and controls
    • A working brake on both wheels
  • Checks are carried out at entry to Transistion and bikes not complying with the rules will not be admitted, and you will not be able to race.
  • Your race number must be displayed on your back and your race number sticker stuck to your bike seat post
  • Your cycle helmet must fit properly and be securely fastened at all times from before you pick up your bike in Transition until after you have put down your bike in Transition following your cycle.
  • You must follow the course, ride safely and not block other competitors.


  • You can run, jog or walk.
  • Your race number must be displayed on your front.
  • Barefoot running is not permitted, neither is wearing running spikes.
  • No individual support/pacing by cycles or on foot is permitted, except where provided by the Event Organiser.
  • You must follow the marked course and complete the correct number of laps.


  • Your cycle helmet must be securely fastened before you pick up your bike in Transition and remain so until after you put down your bike in Transition once you have completed your cycle.
  • Only take into Transition the equipment you need for the event. Boxes can be used to take your equipment into Transition, but must not be left there.
  • Your equipment must not get in the way of other competitors and you must not interfere with another competitor’s equipment.
  • Equipment you have used but no longer need must be left in your space in Transition until the end of the event.
  • Transition will close before the race briefing begins and you will not be able to collect your bike and equipment until the end of the event.
  • You must not cycle in Transition – do not get on your bike before the Mount Line and make sure you get off at the Dismount Line before re-entering Transition at the end of your cycle.

General rules

  • Competitors will:
    • Practice good sportsmanship at all times
    • Be responsible for their own safety and the safety of others
    • Obey instructions from Technical Officials and marshals
    • Treat other competitors, organisers, Technical Officials, volunteers and spectators with respect and courtesy
    • Avoid the use of abusive language
    • Not dispose rubbish or equipment around the course except at clearly identified places, such as feed stations or rubbish disposal points. All items must be kept with the competitor and returned to their Transition spot
    • Not use communication devices of any type, including but not limited to mobile phones and smart watches to make/receive calls, send or receive text messages, play music, use social media or take photographs
  • In order to avoid accidents, safeguard equipment and protect personal possessions, competitors must not bring helpers, friends or family members into the Transition area when the race is in progress. At any other time only one helper, friend or family member will be permitted per competitor.

Parents / Guardians / Accompanying adults

  • No photography or video is allowed during the event unless agreed beforehand with the Event Organiser (you will be issued with a photo pass to wear). This includes photos/video taken on mobile phones.
  • No photography or video is allowed whatsoever (even with a pass) in the swimming pool building. No warnings will be given – if you take photos or video in the pool building (or one of our marshals suspects that you are) you will be asked to leave and delete any images taken, and the competitor you are accompanying may be disqualified.
  • Failure by a parent/guardian/accompanying adult to carry out the instructions from Technical Officials, or failure to abide by the British Triathlon Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers may lead to disqualification of the competitor.
  • Misconduct by a parent/guardian/ accompanying adult may include, but is not limited to:
    • threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct
    • failure to obey marshal/Technical Official instructions
    • handing water bottles or any other equipment to, or collecting from, competitors
    • tampering with the equipment of others
    • unsporting impedance