Essex Duathlon

14 February 2021

Waves starting at 08.30am

This event is organised by Active Training World

Essex Duathlon


As part of our winter series of Duathlons ( The Ashridge Duathlon – 24 January 2021, The Dorney Duathlon – 7 February, The Bovingdon Beast – 7 March), we are very excited to be returning to this flat and fast course.

Challenge yourself to either a Middle, Standard or Sprint Distance Duathlon in Essex. The run consists of flat, tarmac, traffic free running around the former RAF Debden Airfield. The perfect course for some fast run splits! The surrounding area makes for ideal cycling with fast, undulating, scenic country roads and only 3 left turns to negotiate per lap.

We welcome athletes of all abilities and this is a perfect event to prepare for the 2021 triathlon season.

This is a non-draft legal race.

Each duathlon will begin at 08:30am in a time trial format with the athletes with the fastest predicted times going off first. The start line will be similar to a Formula 1 starting grid with athletes being kept socially distanced on the start line and starting in small waves.

Many people are understandably nervous regarding entering events again and we want to assure you that we take every measure we can to organise a safe, socially distanced event. To see this in action watch our video Covid-19 Safety at ActiveTrainingWorld Running and Triathlon Events

We want you to book with confidence so, if this event can no longer go ahead, and an alternative date isn’t found, you will be offered a virtual run or a refund of your entry fee. (Booking fees are non-refundable)

Sunday 14th February 2021
Start Time: 

8:30am – Middle, Standard & Sprint Duathlons

LOCATION: Debden Airfield, Carver Barracks, Wimbish, Saffron Walden, Essex

Online entries: Pay by major credit/debit cards



Race numbers will be collected at the the event venue on the morning of the race.

Registration from 07.00 to 08.15

The day license for Non-BTF members is included in the entry price.

There will be an online race briefing made available before the event, it is mandatory to have watched this as there will be no pre-race briefing on the day.

Please arrive in sufficient time to collect your race number.


Book your place

  • If you are booking more than 1 place, please ensure that you complete the individual details for each attendee accurately answering all the questions on their behalf.
  • Relay entries should be completed with lead entrant’s details only. Additional team members’ details will be taken at Registration on the day.
  • EARLY BIRD entries are valid until midnight 8 December 2020.
  • The BTF Day License for the event is included in the price of a Non BTF Entry




We actively welcome support and involvement from local communities, businesses and individuals. If you would like to find out more about marshalling, sponsorship or group bookings please contact us at the address below.

Spectators are strongly discouraged from attending.

If you would like more info on this event please use the email address below:


Custom designed medal for all finishers! 

There will be no prizegiving on the day but you will be able to collect your medals.

There will be full results on the chip timing website both overall and by category.

Training Plans

Whether this is your first duathlon and want to know how to prepare, or are looking to smash your personal best - following a training plan will increase your chances of improving your goals.

Visit the ATW Shop to submit your requirements for a fully customised training plan.

Course Information

The run consists of flat, tarmac, traffic free 5km & 2.2km loops heading clockwise around the Airfield formerly known as RAF Debden. The perfect course for some fast run splits!

The surrounding area makes for ideal cycling with fast, undulating, scenic country roads and only 3 left turns to negotiate per lap. Each lap is 16km with a short cycle in and out of the airfield.

Standard Course route –

Sprint Course route –

Middle Distance route –

Other Race Information

It is important that you are fit to run and have not experienced any Covid-19 symptoms in the 14 days leading up to the event.

Race Numbers
Please wear your number pinned to the front of your vest for the run.  On your back for the bike. A race belt can be used instead.

Ample hard standing parking is available at the venue, marshals will be on hand to direct you.

Changing Facilities
We will not be providing a changing area, therefore please come changed and ready to race.

Baggage Drop
There will be an informal baggage drop area for you to leave any belongings within the transition area.

There will be toilets avaialble.

If you are unable to attend due to illness, injury, family bereavement, jury service you will only be eligible for a refund on production of official evidence: Positive Covid-19 test result, Doctor’s note, Death Certificate etc.

Event Cancellation
If the event should have to be cancelled due to reasons beyond ATW’s control (for example, severe weather, local or national lockdown) entrants will be given a range of options to choose from, which will include a refund of their entry fee (less the booking fee).


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

Your details will kept in accordance with the Active Training World Privacy Policy

Your name, date of birth and email details will be onto the chip timing company. Personal details will be deleted 1 week after the event.

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


1) I am over the age of 17 (Standard Duathlon) /15 (Sprint Duathlon) as at 31/12/2021. 

2)  I declare that I am medically fit to compete & understand that I do so entirely at my own risk.

3) I understand that I enter the race at my own risk and that no person(s) or organisation(s) will be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss to myself, prior to, during or after the event.

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

5)  By entering this event, I accept BTF rules.