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Blenheim Palace Triathlon

5 races scheduled · 7000 participants · Sat 11th Sep 2021 · Blenheim Palace Grounds
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About this event

This is one of the UK's most picturesque triathlons, and is the perfect day out for the whole family. A brilliant season opener, it is also the world's ONLY triathlon located at a World Heritage Site.

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We share a passion for the active world. We believe in the power of sport to change behaviours, build communities and make a difference. We're for the first-timers, the fast-timers, the old-timers and the good-timers. We know this space better than anyone, yet we still learn something new each day. We're here with a purpose, for a purpose. We don't just talk about it. We just do it. We work and play as one team. Limelight Sports. Creating an active world. Together.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Wed Oct 28 2020

What's included:

  • Free Event Tech-T
  • Free event branded swim hat
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Event race pack inc race number and bike number (collect on race day)
  • On-course nutrition
  • Post-event hydration
  • Training Guides
  • Timing service including tracking, text message and online look up
  • Stunning closed road course
  • Entry into the Palace grounds
  • Event village entertainment
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Sprint - Saturday
Sat 11th Sep 2021

Swim 0.75km, Bike 19.8km, Run 5.4km

Super Sprint - Saturday
Sat 11th Sep 2021

Swim 0.4km, Bike 13.2km, Run 2.9km

Super Sprint - Sunday
Sun 12th Sep 2021

Swim 0.4km, Bike 13.1km, Run 2.9km

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4.8
18 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
ShoeFlatGood for beginners
ThumbsUpWell organized
Tina
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5.0
Did the Super Sprint - Sunday in 2019
Great experience for my first triathlon with 6 friends all first time too! So much so we have recruited more to the team and want to come back in 2020!! … read more
Charles C
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5.0
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Fantastic event all round. Great for a first tri. Lovely swim, then nice to cycle on closed roads. Transitions can feel long but apart from that excellent course. … read more
Joao B
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5.0
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
This was such an amazing experience. I left wanting to repeat it next year and improve my PB. Can't beat Blenheim! … read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Will there be toilets at the Belnheim Palace Triathlon?
Yes, there will be toilet facilities in the car park, at the event village, near the swim start area.… read more
FAQ
What happens if I lose my chip timing device on the route?
You will be charged £20 if you lose your chip while it is in your possession. … read more
FAQ
Can I fundraise for a charity?
If you would like to take part and fundraise for a charity please email [email protected] and use the subject line '2021 CHARITY PLACES'. Please include the details of the charity you wish to fundraise for.… read more
Route description
Route description

The swim is an open water (and freshwater) swim in the lake. The bike course consists of a gently rolling route circling the estate, while the run is a scenic offering around the Queen's Pool.

The Sprint Team Relay is a great introduction to triathlon. Teams of 3 will have one member complete each element of the event, eg one member swims, one bikes, and one runs. The 'baton' or timing chip is passed between teammates in transition, then all members of the team will meet and cross the finish line together.

Sprint: 750m Swim, 19.8km Bike, 5.4km Run

Sprint Team Relay: 750m Swim, 19.8km Bike, 5.4km Run

Super Sprint: 500m Swim, 13.3km Bike, 2.9km Run

Tina
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5.0
Did the Super Sprint - Sunday in 2019
Great experience for my first triathlon with 6 friends all first time too! So much so we have recruited more to the team and want to come back in 2020!!
Charles C
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5.0
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Fantastic event all round. Great for a first tri. Lovely swim, then nice to cycle on closed roads. Transitions can feel long but apart from that excellent course.
Joao B
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5.0
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
This was such an amazing experience. I left wanting to repeat it next year and improve my PB. Can't beat Blenheim!
James R
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4.7
Did the Super Sprint - Sunday in 2019
What can I say? Ideal setting, great organisation well thought out course and closed roads! And not to mention the most regal of transition areas. The only negative is the cost for spectators (£40 or thereabouts for two)
Stuart
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5.0
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Fantastic event, it gave a real sense of being part of something epic and special. Organisation, marshalling etc was fantastic and flawless for such big event !! Cant wait to do it again next year !!
Chris M
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4.7
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Amazing setting.. Great place to swim, to transition is scenic and challenging. Varied and fast cycle course. Run scenic. Crowd support amazing. Slick organisation.
Hannah O
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4.0
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Please put some padding down over the red matting where you rack your bikes! I really hurt my foot when I trod on a stone!
Tom S
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5.0
Did the Super Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Cracking event!!! It was so easy when we arrived and smooth throughout the day! Had the best time - thank you all
Jeff
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5.0
Did the Super Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Forget watching from the comfort of your armchair,this event caters for all, sign up for 2020 give it a tri !!!
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
First time doing this event and from<br />the start it was a great day. The event as a whole was very well organised and coordinated. Event area loaded with stands an stalls and plenty to do for the kids. The event itself was layed out well, really enjoyed the cheeky uphill run after the swim to transition. Transition was well organised with no areas were a #hangingout triathlete could go wrong and both the bike and running routes being enclosed challenging but fun. Further loads of first time and experienced triathlete took part which made for a great atmosphere. One piece of advice is to arrive as early as possible, I had 2 hours which ment for a non rushed look round, checking swim start, finish, transition entry exits and as it's a lap course noting where I had to cut of or merge on both the bike /run routes.<br />Recomend this event to anyone.<br />Challenge yourself or stay the same ! <br />Jay Goodman <br />
Daisy H
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4.7
Did the Sprint - Sunday in 2019
Fantastic experience, great for beginners and experienced alike. Although bike course can get a little congested as it’s 3 laps
Did the Super Sprint - Saturday in 2019
A fantastic one for my first triathlon! The organisation was amazing and everything was easy to find! The team made me feel so at ease and made my first one, the first of many so thank you! The Bloodwise team are so supportive and really do help you get round!
Ben
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5.0
Did the Sprint - Sunday in 2019
Brilliant event, would recommend and look forward to doing again. The bike course is fast and really fun.
Araminta N
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5.0
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Loved it! Beautiful course, well organised, great atmosphere. All round very good fun and great to do as a group of friends.
Henry
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5.0
Did the Sprint - Sunday in 2019
The event was very well organised with great volunteers and a good atmosphere! Be prepared for a 450m run after the swim but the course setting is stunning - would recommend!
Dan
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4.0
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Took over 1hour 40 minutes to get out of the grounds..did the ww marshals and helpers were fantastic.
Julian
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4.7
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Great - but it was very uncomfortable running on the Red Carpet with bare feet! So lucky with the weather again...
Craig
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4.3
Did the Sprint - Saturday in 2019
Great experience, extremely hot weather which made the course tougher but a good supply of water and sports drinks on the run course
4.8
18 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
ShoeFlatGood for beginners
ThumbsUpWell organized
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Logistics and schedule

It is strongly advised that you arrive at Blenheim Palace at 90 minutes before your race time. It will take time to park, register, collect your race pack, and prepare for the event.

Participants need to be at the Swim Assembly point 20 minutes before your race wave is due to take place.

Chip Collection Times:

Saturday 07:45 - 14:00
Sunday 07:00 - 14:00

Start times will be available on the website 2 weeks before the event.

TIMING CHIPS MUST BE WORN ON PARTICIPANTS ANKLES.

*During the swim portion of the triathlon it is advised that you position the chip under your wetsuit.

*For the cycling portion bike numbers must be correctly attached to the bike and helmet being used by the cyclist.

Then participants will rack their bike in the row relevant to their race waves, placing their bike, helmet, and equipment at any marked position on your designated row. There will NOT be individually numbered racks for participants so please remember where you have racked your bike.

In the TEAM RELAY, the timing chip acts like a baton relay so only one person from the team needs to have the timing chip at any one point.

Spectators

Spectators can purchase tickets to watch the event. These will go on sale soon.

Volunteers

For further info on registering as a volunteer, please contact [email protected]

How to get there

1 Bothy Cottages, Blenheim Palace Grounds, Woodstock OX20 1PY, UK

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By Car

From the M40, exit Junction 9 and follow road signage to Blenheim. There is no charge for competitor parking.

By Train

The nearest train station is New Oxford Parkway. The S3 bus runs from Oxford to Woodstock at approx. 30-minute intervals.

Parking

There are car-parking facilities for cars and coaches. Car parking is free for competitors, but it is important to pre-book access tickets for supporters to ensure they have access.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Will there be toilets at the Belnheim Palace Triathlon?
Yes, there will be toilet facilities in the car park, at the event village, near the swim start area.
FAQ
What happens if I lose my chip timing device on the route?
You will be charged £20 if you lose your chip while it is in your possession.
FAQ
Can I fundraise for a charity?
If you would like to take part and fundraise for a charity please email [email protected] and use the subject line '2021 CHARITY PLACES'. Please include the details of the charity you wish to fundraise for.
FAQ
I am an elite triathlete, can I enter this event?
There is an elite field reserved for the best triathletes in the world, To find out more about how to enter as an elite, please contact British Triathlon.
FAQ
What is the difference between the general and premium sprint?
The premium sprint allows you to compete in the first wave of the day.
FAQ
I have a disability can I still participate?
We are an all-inclusive event and do our utmost to accommodate participants with disabilities.  Please contact our Customer Service Team, with a description of your disability. We will assess this and establish if it is possible to compete and what we require to make this feasible.
FAQ
When should I receive my race pack?
Your race pack will be delivered to you in plenty of time before event weekend. Team relay captains will receive the race pack for their whole team. If you do not receive it please contact [email protected] This pack will contain essential items for your race including a security wristband, bib number and safety pins, helmet, bike sticker, timing chip, and vehicle access pass.
FAQ
Do I need a wetsuit?
Wetsuits are compulsory for this triathlon for the safety of our participants. Your wetsuit will keep you warm and improve your swimming speed; a wetsuit provides you with extra buoyancy and the higher you are the faster you swim. Your wetsuit must be a neoprene and we recommend a full body wetsuit, it can be a ‘shorty’.
FAQ
Can I listen to headphones during the event?
No, personal music devices are not allowed as you will not be able to hear marshals or others around you.
FAQ
Is water available during the races?
Water will be handed out on the run course and at the finish line. There will be no water stations on the bike course – it is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough fluid to keep yourself hydrated on the bike leg.
FAQ
Does my bike helmet meet safety standards?
Your helmet will pass the safety inspection as long as it has no cracks in it, has no damage to it and bears a CE & EU safety mark inside it. The strap must also be in good working order.
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