The White Bear Triathlon – Half & Full

Sat 31st Aug 2019
Odeum Architecture, Ballygally, POB94, Ballygalley, Larne BT40 9BQ, UK
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Tickets £80–£195

    Registration Perks
  • Best price guarantee
  • Free cancellation protection
  • 24/7 Support
  • Official booking partner of Force 12 Events
  • Road run
  • Trail run
  • Hilly
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Race packs collected on the day
  • 1000 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Situated on the world-famous Antrim Coast Road you will find Ballygally Beach, nestled under the Sallagh Braes and home to the historic Ballygally Castle.

Views of the infamous North channel and the Mull of Kintyre will meet you as you stand ready for a running beach start and a day of endurance, courtesy of Force 12 events.

No one can dispute the beauty of the Antrim Coast, an area steeped in history, culture and myth... but truly unforgiving for the unprepared.

Distances in this event

  1. Full Distance

    Triathlon: Swim 2.4mi, Bike 112mi, Run 26.2mi
    7:30am Sat 31st Aug 2019
    Tickets available
  2. Half Distance

    Triathlon: Swim 1.2mi, Bike 56mi, Run 13.1mi
    7:30am Sat 31st Aug 2019
    Tickets available
Course Maps
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What’s Included

NB To register for a team entry, only one person’s details are needed. We will get in touch by email to confirm teammates’ registrations.

You will Recieve

  • Finishers Medal (IF You Finish!)
  • Snood And Sponsors
  • Spot Prize Goodies
  • Branded Swim Cap
  • CPS Loaded With All The Fuel You Need
  • ​Race Chip Sport Ident Dibber (GPS For Full/Half)
  • ​Safety And Paramedic Led Medical Support
  • Course Details


    The White Bear Triathlon is Relentless

    Challenging open water swimming conditions, a relentless cycling route through the Glens of Antrim, a gradual ascending trail run up to Scawt Peak then concluding with a descent through the Sallagh Braes - are all part of your journey to the finish line at the White Bear Rock!

    Long Swim/Cycle/Run distance will be lapped.

    Half Distances

    1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run

    Full Distances

    2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run

    Race cut-off times

    Half Swim: 1 hours

    Half Bike: 5 hours

    Half Run: 3.5 hours (dependant on weather conditions on Scawt Peak)

    Full Swim: 2 hours

    Full Bike: 9 hours

    Full Run: 7 hours (dependant on weather conditions on Scawt Peak)

    Will there be any CPs with food and water? 

    Absolutely, infact we are determined to help you put on weight. We will have home made cakes as well as other goodies to assist you around the course

    Full/Half CPs:

    Transition – Glenarm – Waterfoot – Cargan – Broughshane – Knockdhu – Killyglen Road

    Raceday Logistics


    Ballygally community hall for all distances (262 Coast Road, BallyGally, BT40 2QX)

    Open from 05:00 - 06:30 on the 31st of August​

    Race Brief

    Full and Half distance: 06:45am sharp at Ballygally community hall.​

    Start time

    Full and Half: 07:30 on the 31st of August.


    Can I park nearby? 

    Yes their are multiple car parks. Please do not park where cones are placed and respect the local community by not blocking driveways.


    We have some fantastic accommodation in Ballygally and in surrounding villages to suit all budgets. Just let the accommodation know you are part of the WBTri for extra Bacon at breakfast LOL.

    ​B&B, Hotel, Cottages:

    Halfway House hotel, BallyGally

    Knowe Na Mara B&B, BallyGally

    The Barn at Ballycairn Cottages and B&B, BallyGally

    BallyGally Holiday Apartments

    Cairnview B&B, BallyGally

    Waters Edge, Glenarm

    Kinnalargy B&B, BallyGally

    ​Camping and touring Caravan:

    Carnfunnock Country Park, BallyGally

    Cushendall Caravan Park

    Kit List

    Mandatory Kit

    Our coastal waters are known for being chilly all year round. We swim here regularly and understand the challenges related to the temperatures. The attached are marked as compulsory or advisory. Swim distance may decrease depending on race day temperature testing.

    Wetsuit (Consider Investing In A Winter Suit)
    Swim Cap (Supplied By FORCE 12 EVENTS)

    Wet Suit Hood
    Non-Webbed Gloves
    Swim Socks
    Thermal Wetsuit Top

    The locals among you will know that the mist can roll in very quickly especially in the Glens. For those travelling from afar please take our word for it, the visibility can decrease rapidly. Please include the following with your bike when competing in the Full and Half distance discipline.

    Hi-Visibility Vest/Armband (Please Keep On Person In Case Of Low Visibility)
    Drink to thirst, be aware of your required levels of hydration, it’s a fine balance, just don’t over or under do it. Nutrition is key, please build this in to your training regime for the best results on race day.

    Head Torch For Full Distance


    Spectators and support teams are permitted!



    -Cycle helmets must be worn 

    -No draughting no matter how tempting 

    -Pick up all litter and leave no trace 

    -No ear phones on cycling or running route, roads will not be closed to traffic 

    -Please dismount in areas signposted 

    -Be courteous to our team members, they are their to help you succeed

    Safety & Medical

    Force 12 take the safety of all of our support team and competitors very seriously. The team also happen to be registered paramedics and serving members of the emergency services helping us to provide excellent medical and safety cover.

    ​As a competitor you will be assured that we will be using TrailMed Ltd who will provide Paramedic Practitioner led medical cover as well as a team of Paramedics and First Aiders both on the beach and out on the route. 

    You as the competitor simply need to focus on the race, let us manage the rest. 

    A full water rescue team will also be in attendance with a drone overhead to keep a good eye on you. Warming facilities are situated on the beach should they be required along with tea and coffee facilities.

    Support Crews

    For the HALF and FULL distance tri support teams are permitted.

    Will I be timed?

    Yes indeed, you will have a chip timer (dibber) for the duration of the event. All times will then be published on our site.

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