COVID-19 & THE ROC

KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE


(updated 1st July 2020)
First and foremost, we are still 100% committed in going ahead with the race in just over 9 weeks time. We have planned rigorously to meet the new guidelines set by British Triathlon. We have extensively carried out scenario planning around the most likely government restrictions that will be in place come September and we have discussed at length with our event team and all specialist contractors the additional requirements that we need to meet in order to put the event on safely and effectively.

Having said that there are certain key elements that are out of our control that could end up preventing us from going ahead. We will see if Wales’ first minister Mark Drakeford confirms this Friday if the travel restrictions will be lifted on Monday and self contained accommodation will be allowed from the Monday after. These are basic necessary progressions needed toward reaching the position where an event like THE ROC can go ahead.

If our hopes are realised with all necessary restrictions lifted and the support from the authorities and land owners remains in place, then there will be new rules and adjustments to previous editions of THE ROC that you will need to be prepared for. These will include items like operating a staggered start, the wearing of face masks at registration, pre-determined time slots for transition access and contactless temperature checks. These along with all the rules and adjustments we will put in place will be detailed in full in the ‘ROC Race Pack 6W’ that we will send you 6 weeks prior to the race.

4 weeks prior to the race you will need to re-declare your suitability and fitness to take part in THE ROC and confirm you are fit to race.

2 weeks prior to the race you will be sent the ‘ROC Race Pack FINAL’, which will detail in full everything to do with the race including any updates since the ‘ROC Race Pack 6W’ was issued.

3 days prior to the race we will make available the ‘Race Safety Briefing’ video that you must watch in full as there will be no safety briefing just before the start.

Many of you have expressed how passionate you are about THE ROC taking place still and we share this passion with you and are 100% focused on making it happen. However, we fully appreciate that for some, circumstances might not allow you to continue toward the race without the certainty that it will go ahead. For those that are entered for THE ROC 2020, we will leave the option open to transfer to next year or request a voucher for any future race we organise for another 5 weeks, allowing flexibility for things like booking accommodation and travel arrangements nearer to the race.

Transfers can be done by clicking on the “View My Events” button at the bottom of your confirmation email, select “Change Event” and then select the race you want to move to and follow the instructions. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need help with anything more specific to your own personal situation.

Thank you as always for your continued patience and understanding to work with us in this unique situation.

THE CURRENT SITUATION

Where we are now


We welcome new entries, but please be aware of our Terms & Conditions which clearly states no refunds will be available if we eventually have to move entries to next year due to COVID-19. What we do assure you though, is that we will do everything within our powers to ensure you don’t waste your entry and you get to take on THE ROC, next year or any future year. There are 2 date options each year which you can move your entry to, you can use your entry fee to enter any of the other races we organise or you can transfer your entry to someone else (as long as it is done no later than 6 weeks prior to the race date).

We recognise that if we do have to postpone then you will share our huge disappointment and sincerely apologise now for the inconvenience this will incur. But this is unprecedented times and we ask for your support and understanding while everyone works through this difficult time.


(Updated 7th June 2020).

THE ROC 2020 takes place on Sat 5th and Sun 6th September. We moved THE ROC Spring from Sat 16th May to Sun 6th September due to COVID-19. When we did this the race was full with 200 entries, but we gave those competitors who couldn’t make the new date the opportunity to defer to either of the 2021 dates. Roughly half moved their entry and in doing so opened up nearly 100 new entries.

In the last week entries for Sunday 6th Sept 2020 have started to fill and the Saturday 5th Sept 2020 date, which was already nearly full, is now right on the brink of capacity.

As with all races still scheduled for this year, we cannot guarantee that they will be able to go ahead. Key restrictions must be lifted by the government along with other important considerations. THE ROC is quite unique however, as we cap our entry at 200 competitors and it is currently not a spectator heavy event. We can easily operate a time trial format start and transition areas have the capacity for social distancing.

These are obviously just a few points to note and we’re constantly developing our full plan to work with the local government and British Triathlon Federation guidance’s as they are announced and updated.