Duck N Dash Aquathlon


The event is organised by Freedom Tri, Hertfordshire's Friendliest Triathlon club!

Sunday 6th September 2020 at 9:00 am.

The Duck N Dash is a multi-sport race combining a pool swim at Letchworth Outdoor Swimming pool, then a run in the local nature reserve of Norton Common. The distances for adults race and the adults Team Relay challenge are a 400m swim, directly followed by a 5km run.

There are also races for juniors between the ages of 8-16 years and a Team Relay challenge for those that prefer to combine the athletic talents of friends, family or work colleagues. If you would like to run or swim only and would like us to match you with a Relay partner of similar ability, please email us on: . This friendly event is open to a maximum entry of 350 participants and will feature chip-timed, age-group, male/female competition for anyone between the ages of 8-80 years that would like to test themselves in water and on land. If you can swim 8 lengths of the outdoor 50m pool and can run 5km, then this is your chance to experience the fastest-growing participation sport in the UK today. For the more competitive athlete looking for a local training opportunity, you won’t be disappointed with the superb venue and delightful setting that Letchworth Garden City has to offer.

COST: Juniors £16.50 & Seniors £23.50 with discounts available for 1 Parent & 1 Child entries and Family entries (2 Parents & 2 Children). If you are entering using the Discounted Parent/Family entries your children will be automatically entered into the race appropriate for their date of birth. Visually Impaired entry £23.50 (including free guide if required), Relay entry £23.50 per team.

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In partnership with Stevenage Leisure, TriSports, McMullens Brewery The Orange Tree Hitchin, CK Group, Suzy Hawkins Sports Massage and Templar Mortgages, Freedom Tri are pleased to stage the tenth Duck N Dash Aquathlon at the unique Letchworth Outdoor Swimming Pool.

If you would also like to support this race then contact us at:


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Entry age groups and distances

Ducklings Juniors (ages at 31/12/2020):

Tristar Start: 8 years - 50m swim (1 length) & 0.6k run

Tristar 1: 9-10 years - 100m swim (2 lengths) & 1k run

Tristar 2: 11-12 years - 200m swim (4 lengths) & 2k run

Tristar 3: 13-14 years - 300m swim (6 lengths) & 3k run

Youth: 15-16 years - 400m swim (8 lengths) & 5k run

A. Senior Men & Women, B. Male & Female Vets (40+ Years), C. Male & Female Super-Vets (50+ Years), 400m swim (8 lengths), 5k run which includes 17-18 years age-group.

Adults Team Relay Challenge - 1 swimmer (400m) & 1 runner (5k) per team (no age groups)

Approximate timings as follows:

16:30 registration for adults and juniors open
18:00 registration closes

07:30 registration for juniors and junior transition open
08:30 registration for juniors closes
08:30 registration for adults and adult transition opens
08:45 junior transition closes
09:00 first junior in the pool
09:45 registration for adults closes
10:00 adult transition closes
10:15 first adult in the pool
10:30 (approx) last junior finishes race
11:00 junior prizegiving
11:30 (approx) last adult finishes the race
12:00 adult prizegiving

Your race number will be marked on arm+/or leg. Timing chips will be distributed at Registration only. We recommend that if possible, you register on Saturday and arrive in good time to manage equipment, set-up transition and to warm-up on the morning of the race. BTF members with a valid Race Licence will be granted a rebate on display of their licence at registration.  Seniors, 20 years + £2, juniors, 8-19 years £1.  ;

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Event Name

Duck N Dash Aquathlon

Event Distance

Various depending on age group.


The race will include a pool swim and cross-country run












Freedom Tri


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Prizes will be awarded to:

Male and Female winners of each age group.

Fastest Relay team.

Junior prizegiving will be at approximately 11:00.

Seniors and relay prizegiving will be at approximately noon.

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The Letchworth Outdoor Pool is 50m and swimmers start at 15 second intervals. Letchworth Outdoor Pool is located just off Norton Common at Icknield Way, Letchworth, Herts SG6 4UF and managed by Stevenage Leisure Ltd. You can obtain further information at:

The run is on Norton Common over 2 laps for seniors and 1 or 2 laps for juniors depending on age group.

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ActiveTrainingWorld have free training plans to help you train for this event:


Other Race Information

Timing, Results, Presentation
Computerised chip-timing will be used, supported by on-site results processing. Your finish time and splits will be available soon after completing the event and posted to the FreedomTri website within 24 hours of the race ending. Please take this into consideration when listening to instructions from Race Marshalls. The presentation will take place within the Letchworth Outdoor Pool area approximately 30 minutes after all competitors have finished the race. Further information will be communicated prior to and during the event.

Parking and Transport

The bus route can be found here. Car parking is available next to the centre.

Toilets, changing rooms and showers are all available at Letchworth Outdoor Pool. Lockers are available and take £0.50 or £0.20 coins which are returned after use.

Race Briefing
The briefing will take place at 8:40 poolside; it is mandatory for all competitors to attend.

We will have an event photographer as well as our own club members taking shots of various aspects of the Aquathlon, some digital pictures may be used for the purpose of future club and event promotion. Local media will also be covering the event. Please read further details in the Terms & Conditions.

ActiveTrainingWorld offers every person who books the event the option to purchase "Refund Protection" which allows them to get a full refund of entry fees in the event of an injury, illness or other reasons specified on the policy. The link to claim your refund will be on your confirmation email along with your booking reference number. Terms & Conditions are here


By entering this event you agree to the below terms and conditions

The details of the athlete I am entering into this race will be passed onto the event organisers for the administration of the race.

The athlete's name and date of birth and the email address of the person completing the booking form will be passed onto the chip timing company. Personal details will be deleted 1 week after the event.

Where specified on the booking form, any medical information provided will be passed onto the medical team present at the event. 


1) I take full responsibility for ensuring the athlete I am entering into this race is medically fit to compete & understand that they compete entirely at their own risk or at the risk of their parent/guardian.

2) I understand that all athletes who participate in this event, do so at their own risk or the risk of their parent/guardian and that no person(s) or organisation(s) will be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss to the competitor, prior to, during or after the event.

3) I understand the organisers reserve the right to alter the arrangements and conditions, should circumstances require.

4) The athlete indicates acceptance of BTF rules.

LOCATION: Letchworth Outdoor Pool, Icknield Way, Letchworth, SG6 4UF

Location: Letchworth Outdoor Pool, Icknield Way, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, SG6 4UF