The Welsh Super Series returns for 2019, a continuation of some of last years’ favourite Welsh Super Series stages, with a blend of new events, and new locations by new organisers. Once again, the Welsh Super Series will showcase the sport of Triathlon, as well as Wales’ natural ability to hold some beautiful, yet challenging events.
The aim of the series is to be the best Non-Drafting series in the UK, and as a result, aims to attract some of the UKs top age group racers, as well as those talented athletes who are on the cusp on making the transition into elite competition. The range of events and location allows triathlon enthusiasts, seasoned club athletes, social newcomers to the sport to toe the line with some of the UKs most promising young racing talent.
2018 saw Pembrokeshire triathlete, Alex Matchett whitewash the male series with 6 wins from all 6 events, whereas the female competition was a tighter affair, with Vicky Johnston securing the series during the final stage at Anglesey’s Sandman triathlon.
Again, the series will consist of 6 events, 3 sprint triathlons and 3 olympic distance triathlons, distributed from May through to September covering the whole of Wales. From the Gower Peninsula to the coast of Anglesey; from the coastal path of Llanelli to the shadows of Snowdonia, the series is a visual experience as well as a sporting one! Information on each of the individual stages can be found on our Race the Series page, as well as links to additional activities which support each event. All stages of the Welsh Super Series 2019 are permitted by the British Triathlon Federation, and will therefore follow the BTF Competiton Rules
There are two main factors that need to be considered if competing in the series, these are:
- You are a member of your home federation, and you must be a valid member no less than three days prior to the first race.
- You can race in as many events as you wish, but your four highest scores will be counted towards the series scores.
Youth and Junior Category, even though juniors are able to compete at Olympic distance, this category will be decided solely via the sprint events where three scores will be accumulated.
You’ll be delighted to know we’ve simplified the scoring process for 2019.
There will be the same scoring process for the overall scoring, as well as the age category scoring. So…here goes,
Stages 1-5 will all be scored the same.
The winner in the overall race will earn 100 points, 2nd place will receive 90 points, 3rd place 85 points, and then the rest of the top ten will receive 5-point gaps ranging down to 50 points for 10th place. Every position thereafter will receive a 1-point reduction, meaning the top 60 finishers in both the men’s and women’s field will receive points in the overall category.
What about the people outside the top 60?
The reality is, if you’re outside the top 60 finishers across each of the stages, you’re not going to feature in the overall series standings. You will however, still feature within your age category, so the same scoring will apply to eligible competitors within each age category split, consisting of a combined youth and junior category (15-19), Senior (20-39), Veteran (40-49), Vintage Veteran (50-59), Super Veteran (60-69) and Super Vintage Veteran (70+), across both male and female fields. You must though compete in a minimum of three of the six events to win your age category. (see below for youth and junior category)
The final Stage has a twist!
The final stage will be worth ‘points and a quarter’. So, the overall winners, and respective age category winners for the final stage will earn 125 points, with second place earning 110 points, 3rd place earning 100 points, 4th place earning 90 points, 5th place earning 85 points, and then the remainder of spaces from 6th to 12th having five-point deductions down to 50 points, then as per the other stages, 1 point deductions until we reach 1 point. This will be mirrored across all age categories, so the racing truly does go to the final stage, where the Welsh Super Series Winners will be crowned.
What about the Youth and Junior Category?
Same applies, there’s three events to select so the first three will have the standard 100 point structure explained above. The final stage is a sprint, and this will be points and a quarter as per the senior competition. With only three sprint events on offer, the best two scores will be selected for the Youth and Junior Super Series award.
What will we win this year?
Slight change to the prize pot this year, we’re looking to expand, so the overall winners will now win
|Age Categories||Age Category winners will win £150|
How are the club points calculated?
Clubs will need to register their intention to compete in this years’ series. This is open to all affiliated Welsh Triathlon clubs. Once registered for the series, it’s irrelevant how many athletes you have within each event, but the top five scores will be collected.
Scores will then be added via the age group category scoring system above. So, if you came third in the Bala event within the female 50 category, you would earn 85 points for your respective club. Unlike the individual competition though where your highest 4 scores are collated, the club competition will include points from every event.
Explain that again!
Clubs – your five highest scorers across each of the six events will be accumulated to create a league. There’s prizes for first, second and third.
Your scorers however must be named club members prior to the race, and your club must be affiliated to Welsh Triathlon. THIS ELEMENT OF THE COMPETITION IS ONLY OPEN TO WELSH TRIATHLON AFFILIATED CLUBS!
Not sure if your club is still affiliated or want to get it sorted…CLICK HERE or email email@example.com with the title ‘club affiliation’. Be sure to do so before the first event and register your clubs intention to compete within the series by emailing
How do I ensure I’m a member?
If you’re not sure if you’re currently a member, please contact the Welsh triathlon office on 0300 300 3128 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with an email titled ‘membership enquiry’. If you know you’re not a member though and need to sign up, please CLICK HERE
Is it on the TV again?
The 2018 Series is still being aired! You can still see the 2018 programme across the BBC iPlayer platform under the S4C channel as well as S4Cs online service. It will be showing on Channel 4 throughout the Autumn, across six consecutive weekends from Saturday 3rd November until Saturday 8th December, and then in the new year, it goes across various platforms worldwide, including Eurosport and Sky Sports in other geographic regions.
As for 2019, yes, this too will be on Television. Welsh Triathlon will continue to work closely with Dream Team TV and the event organisers to ensure that each of the six stages are captured and demonstrate how great the sport is, as well as the great locations we have to play in!!
Right, I’m in. How do I enter?
If you’re an individual, you need to enter each of the individual stages directly with the event organisers. You can find all their entry details, as well as further information on each stage on the ‘Race the Series’ page. Alternatively, CLICK HERE Be sure though when you do register, you enter your name as it is printed on your race licence, clearly give your membership number and don’t forget to put your team/club name down!! Just make sure then that your club has registered its intentions to compete.
A big thanks to…
Welsh Triathlon would also like to express thanks to our delivery partners across the series for their work , as well as for the work they do throughout the year elsewhere. This years’ delivery partners include Healthy Life Activities, Port Talbot Harriers, Bala Big Bash Committee, Always Aim High Events and Activity Wales Events. As well as these organisations, we’d also like to thank their respective sponsors and endorsers and the local authorities and other agencies they work closely with to ensure their events are delivered effectively.
Declaration of Interest
We have a limited number of race entry packages available for elite/professional athletes who wish to compete for the overall series. If you would like to be considered for these, please submit a Race CV to email@example.com with the title ‘Race CV WSS 2019’ on or before 31st January 2019. Applications will be evaluated on a performance basis following the closing date, and once the final numbers of available packages have been confirmed.
If you wish to volunteer with us during the 2019 Season
Please CLICK HERE to fill out the volunteer registration form