Guernsey Granite Man Triathlon

13th September 2015
1/2 Iron Distance Triathlon with supporting Sprint distance.
Pembroke Bay, Guernsey
Mark Naftel
07781 101819

Healthspan Elite Guernsey GRANITE MAN is our Biennial prestige i/2 Iron distance event. 

We welcome athletes to Guernsey and hope you enjoy your stay. 

GRANITE MAN is scheduled to start 7.00am Sunday 13 September 2015.  

Triathlon’s Fourth Discipline.

With under two weeks to go to the Granite Man Triathlon your training and preparations should now be well underway. But one thing that you may not have considered is how to optimise your nutrition in the lead up to race day.

In association with Granite Man sponsors Healthspan Elite, Team Sky Performance Nutritionist Nigel Mitchell and Professional Triathlete Holly Lawrence give their advice on making nutrition the fourth discipline of triathlon in the run up to race day. 

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What’s more Healthspan Elite are providing all Granite Man competitors with an exclusive discount saving you 20% on their range of batch tested and Informed-Sport accredited vitamins and supplements to support your nutrition preparations. To take advantage of this exclusive discount you can simply follow the link below or enter the code HSEGRANITE when you check out. 


Granite Man Middle distance and Sprint distance triathlon are now sold out.

Join the post race buffet event here;

Enter online through Entry Central for Middle distance race HERE

Enter online through Entry Central for Sprint distance and Sprint relay HERE

Course maps can be viewed at bottom of page.

There may be a minor course change due to ongoing roadworks at Torteval in the area of the Imperial Hotel, the change will be minor, involving the safe and regulated descent of a small lane instead of the main Pleinmont Hill road and will be well signposted on the day.

 Click map links here to download





swim map








Dear Granite Man Middle Distance and Sprint Athletes, 

The  Guernsey  Triathlon  Club,  proudly  sponsored  by  The Ana Leaf Foundation and Smith Signs, welcomes  you to  our  Island  for  the  Healthspan Elite Guernsey Granite Man Middle  Distance and  Sprint Triathlons on Sunday 13 September.  We hope the sun will shine and that you have an excellent day.

Please  find  below  race  details,  if  you  have  any questions, please  do  not hesitate to  contact  me  ( or  Club President Mark Naftel (



There is a compulsory registration on the Saturday at Pembroke Bay for  all events  (Middle  Distance,  Sprint  and  Relay).  Please  see  website  for   directions.

Registration will be open from 12 noon until 4pm. All athletes are required to sign on and collect their race numbers.                         

Goody Bags will be  presented  to all competitors.           

For the relay event, one team member can register on the Saturday for the whole team, although all  members need  to be present on race morning for the race briefing at  6.40am.                      

It will not be possible to register for, or enter the event on Sunday 13 September.


The Race Director and Race Crew will be available during Registration to answer any last minute questions that you might have.


Race Details (applicable to both Middle Distance and Sprint distances unless stated otherwise) 

The  Transition  area  will  be  open  from  5.30am  on  Sunday  13  September.   All competitors should have affixed their numbers to their left leg, hand and  arm. There is a compulsory race briefing at 6.40am on race day, please listen carefully, any course changes will be notified at the briefing. The swim starts at 7.00am prompt for all events (Middle Distance, Sprint and Relay) and will be a mass start.

There will be two Aid Stations, kindly sponsored by PowerBar and Ian Browns Cycle Shop. There will be energy drinks, gels, energy bars and bananas  available for the bike section and, in addition flat cola and water for the run. The location of the Aid Stations is indicated on the Course Maps which can be found on the website.  Please ensure you dispose of all rubbish either in the bins located next to the aid stations or carry with you until the finish line.


Race Numbers/Swim Caps 

In  order  to  differentiate  between  Middle  Distance  and  Sprint  Competitors,  race numbers for the Sprint will be approx numbers 1 - 40, 40 upwards for the middle distance.

Sportstiks temporary tattoos will be supplied to all competitors, please  ensure these are applied correctly. Additionally tyvek numbers supplied  should be worn on the rear for the bike and to the front for the run, please remember your own number belt!

For the swim please ensure you listen to briefings and follow the correct course.


Relay Teams Only 

Change over from swimmer to cyclist 

The swimmer must tag the cyclist in the transition area where the bike is racked. Only then can the cyclist un-rack their bike and proceed out of transition.

Change over from cyclist to runner 

The cyclist must rack their bike first and, having done so, proceed to the  end  of transition where the runner should be waiting.  The cyclist must hand over their race belt to the runner.  The runner must then wear the race belt during the run.


All Competitors: 

Race rules 

Normal  race  rules  apply  in  line  with  the  British  Triathlon  Federation handbook. Wetsuits are recommended but  NOT compulsory. Cycle helmets must be fastened before un-racking the bike,  worn throughout the bike leg, and not unfastened and removed until the bike is racked back in transition. Granite  Man  is  a  non-drafting  race  ("draft busters" will  be  patrolling  the  bike course  and  are  under  instruction  to  issue  a  7  minute  time  penalty  if  you  are considered to be drafting).  Persistent offenders will be disqualified.  In matters of dispute, the Race Director's decision will be final



For safety reasons, competitors are prohibited from using IPod’s (or similar) at  any stage during the race. Failure to comply with this rule will result in disqualification.


Race withdrawal  

If you withdraw from the race at any point please inform a time-keeper or other race official.  It is extremely important that we are aware of all competitors’ whereabouts due to the length of the course.



There will   be   canoe   cover   for    the   swim and the club first aid officer will be in attendance. There will  be  marshals  on  the  bike  and  run courses, but the  roads remain open to the public and, as such, normal rules of the road apply. You cannot rely upon the marshals to stop traffic for you.



There are no showers available at transition after the race but the Beau Sejour Leisure

Centre have offered their shower and changing facilities to triathletes on the day. 


Sun cream 

Please make sure you have sun cream as there will be none available at the event and we have ordered a sunny day! In the unlikely event that the sun doesn't shine, no refunds will be issued, but the sea breeze still means it is very easy to get burnt!


Time restrictions for Middle Distance competitors 

For your own safety we have set time limits, within which the three parts of the race must be completed. If you are outside these time limits, the Race  Director  and/or other Race Officials reserve the right to remove competitors  who  they believe could present a danger to themselves or others.


Individual times   Cumulative times 

Swim – 1 hour          Swim – 1 hour

Bike – 4 hours           Bike – 5 hours

 Run – 3 hours          Run – 8 hours


Time   restrictions   for   Sprint     competitors

 There are no time restrictions on the race, we expect that you will all finish well ahead of the middle distance competitors.


 Toilets for competitors

The  nearest  toilets  to  the  transition  area  are  next  to  the  Beach House  Café  at 

Pembroke. Toilet locations have also been marked on the course maps in case  they are needed during the race.


Ian Brown's Cycle Shop  

Local  cycle/triathlon  shop  Ian  Brown's,  on  the  outskirts  of  St.  Peter  Port,  (see Registration Map) will be open on Saturday for any last-minute  requirements.                                                       


You can call  the  cycle shop on 01481 721581 or email



There is free all day parking close to the transition area.  There is a choice of 3 car parks along Pembroke Bay.  The furthest, but largest, car park is to the right hand side of the Beach House café as you are facing the bay, the next is to the left of the Beach House café immediately facing you as you arrive at the  bay  and the smallest (and  closest) is  next  to  registration,  further  to  the  left  of  the  bay.  We  would strongly encourage athletes and supporters to use the first two car parks away from transition to ease congestion  on  the  day  and  to  permit  free  movement  of  Race Officials'/emergency vehicles.



Spectators  are particularly  welcome  to watch  the event  and  enjoy  the  beach  at Pembroke.    There is a Café at Pembroke Bay, "The Beach  House", which serves drinks and food all day.  The green beach hut at the top of the slipway will also be open for tea, coffee and light snacks.

We hope to have a coffee van on site in 2015.

 There are public toilets in the building situated next to the Beach House.  The best viewing spots  have been highlighted  on all the course  maps and have been posted on the  website.  The Middle Distance bike and run  courses  both  consist  of  2  laps,  thus  ensuring  that  there  will  be  plenty  of opportunities to cheer on competitors.



A full set of results will be available on the day of the race.

Please  check all your details  and  make  the  Race  Director  aware  if  any  details  appear  incorrect.                                                                           

A provisional list will be posted on the website, with competitors having 72 hrs to raise any queries.


Sunday 13 September - Accommodation and Celebratory Post-Race Meal at 'The Venue', Fermain Valley Hotel

To book your places for the meal please book online via Entry Central.£15 for a very nice buffet and social evening. 


Tim Andrews

Race Director Guernsey Triathlon Club


The organisers cannot  be held  responsible  for competitors' property  lost, stolen or damaged before, during or after this event.  In entering this event you declare that you are eligible to compete as an amateur. You understand that  neither  the  sponsors  nor  the  organisers  (either   collectively  or  as individuals) shall be liable for any loss, damage  or  injury which you may suffer or which might arise directly or indirectly as a result of the race, and whether or not caused wholly or partly by the fault, or negligence, of any of the sponsors


Club Sponsorship

Ana Leaf Foundation


To view the club constitution click here

To download a copy of Guernsey Triathlon Club LBG   

certificate of incorporation click here

To download a copy of Guernsey Triathlon Club LBG 

 memorandum and articles of incorporation click here

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