The Date for the 25th anniversary Frosty is 1st March 2020
The Frosty Aquathlon is a well-established, open to all and is a highly popular swim/run race. 2020 is a significant milestone for the event as not only will this be the 25th anniversary, the swim will take place in our new pool – The Littlehampton Wave. (postcode BN16 2NA) on the West Sussex south coast.
For those who are regular attendees the new Pool building was just behind the old one which has now been completely demolished and the ground landscaped. So whilst the swim will be in a new home – an 8 lane 25 metre pool – the run course will be the same (around Mewsbrook Park before a run along the seafront promenade).
The Frosty is traditionally held on the first Sunday in March and many competitors view it as an annual curtain raiser to their new season and to find out how successful their winter training has been.
As the name suggests, it can be cold and we have even seen snow. But don’t worry, the swim is indoors and the transition at pool side, which means that you can pull on your trainers and get ready for the run in the warm.
We offer two distances:
- The Frosty: 800m pool swim and 10k run
- The Frostbite: 400m pool swim and 5k run
Entries are available on-line. The entry fee for both races are the same.
- £30.00 for BTF members
- £35.00 for non-BTF members.
Alongside your entry fee, we asking whether you would like to make a small donation to Coastal West Sussex MIND, our local independent mental health charity. We are working with Coastal West Sussex MIND as part of our #not2TUFF2talk initiative which aims to improve mental health and wellbeing through swimming, cycling and running. If you want to find out more, have a look at the #not2TUFF2talk webpage or follow us on Twitter @not2tuff2talk.
Registration is at 6.10am with the first wave of the Frosty setting off at 7.00am. The swim is in a 25m Pool and we have experienced lane counters to count your lengths. The run is well marshalled and takes in a circuit around the local boating lake before heading along the seafront promenade. The course is flat and, if your training has gone well and the weather is kind, fast. Individual and team winners are usually announced and presented with their prizes at around 10.30am.
All competitors receive a memento – we tend to avoid T-shirts or medals and the 25th anniversary memento looks great. There are a range of individual prizes for both the Frosty and the Frostbite. The longer event, the Frosty, also has a team event. The full list of prizes are as follows:
- 1st 2nd, 3rd female
- 1st 2nd, 3rd male
- 1st female junior (up to 17)
- 1st and female (up to 17)
Frosty individual prize
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd female
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd male
- 1st female vet (over 40)
- 1st male met (over 40)
- 1st female supervet (over 50)
- 1st male supervet (over 50)
Frosty team prize (1st prize only)
- Teams comprise four nominated members which must be mixed sex (at least one female and one male in each team). Each competitor enters and races individually and the four individual result are combined to produce an overall time.
If you want to find out more, scroll down to see:
- the write up in the May/June 2017 edition of Triathlon Plus, which describes the Frosty as one of the best places to test yourself
- our race report from 2019
3rd March 19 Frosty Aquathlon Race Report
The weather forecast warned against high sided vehicles and trees were blown down inland. As competitors travelled to the coast it was the case of Frosty Aquathlon versus Storm Freya and the Frosty won. High winds and torrential rain might have been expected to deter entrants, but whilst some no-shows were expected, these were few and everyone emerged from the pool to battle against the elements. What was very pleasing was that everyone who started the race, finished the race; there were no DNF’s with the only casualties being two flags that snapped in the wind.
Congratulations to Etham Fincham in the Frostbite (400m/5k) who was the defending champion. Not only did he win for a second year he managed to shave a further 15 seconds off his course record – in that wind, incredible. Anna Roberts was the first lady home in very strong 28:17. Tommy Blake won the Junior prize.
In the longer Frosty event (800/10k) Toby Nisbet was a convincing victor with Matilde Mori first female. The full results are shown below
The team competition prize has only moved out of Sussex once in the last 24 years, but a very strong Hampshire team travelled across and secured the prize for the quickest team of four by some margin. Congratulations to everyone from Southampton University Tri Club.
The Frosty signified Tuff Fitty’s launch in adopting the principals set by Mind in respect of mental health. We recognise how sport can play a positive part in mental health and are pleased to adopt the Mental health charter for sport and recreation under our banner #Not2TUFF2talk