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English Riviera Triathlon & Beach Swim

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Spend a summer day on the seaside at this endurance sport festival held on the beach. Choose to participate in the triathlon, swim run, or sea swim and enjoy warm waters, picturesque views, and a good dose of healthy competition. Bring the whole family and enjoy the epic setting and atmosphere.

Review summary

2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Jason M
"A well organised event in a great location. My only reservation is the large..."


nigel v
"Lovely day, great atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a..."
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How to enter the English Riviera Triathlon & Beach Swim

  1. 750m Swim

    Swim 0.75km
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  2. 1500m Swim

    Swim 1.5km
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  3. 3000m Swim

    Swim 3km
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  4. Olympic Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 44km, Run 12km
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  5. Sprint Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.75km, Bike 24km, Run 6km
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  6. GO TRI Beginners

    Triathlon: Swim 0.3km, Bike 6km, Run 3km
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  7. Olympic Aquathlon

    Aquathlon: Swim 1.5km, Run 12km
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  8. Sprint Aquathlon

    Aquathlon: Swim 0.75km, Run 6km
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English Riviera Triathlon & Beach Swim routes

The English Riviera Triathlon, Aquathlon, and Sea Swim is an endurance festival you will not want to miss this summer.

All events will begin with a fantastic sea swim in the warm and sheltered waters of Goodrington Sands. After slicing through the waves, those doing the triathlon will hop on their bikes and complete the challenging loop around the Torbay area.

For those challenging themselves to the triathlon, know that it is not for the faint hearted, as the bike course poses some challenging climbs that are sure to get the legs and lungs burning. The bike course ends in a zooming descent towards the run course, which will take competitors along a stunning but tough off-road coastal journey, fit with steep hills and steps to challenge you all the way through the finish line and that incredible sense of achievement.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Professional chip timing
  • Medals for all finishers
  • Stunning swim with full safety cover. safety boats and marker buoys
  • Water & energy drinks for all finishers in biodegradable PLA cups
  • First Aid
  • Fully marked & marshalled course
  • Feed stations
Raceday Logistics


0600: Registration opens
0725: Olympic Triathlon & Aquathlon Briefing
0730: Olympic Triathlon & Aquathlon START
0755: Sprint Triathlon & Aquathlon Briefing
0800: Sprint Triathlon & Aquathlon START
0825: Go Tri Beginners Briefing
0830: Go Tri Beginners START
0855: 750m and 1500m Swim Briefing
0900: 750m and 1500m Swim START
0940: 3000m Swim Briefing
0945: 3000m Start

For all events, please register an hour before your race and no less than 30 minutes before.

Registration is also available on the Saturday from 16:00-18:00 on Saturday.

Kit List
  • Swimsuit/Trisuit for the swim - wet suits are not normally required for this swim, however, they are recommended to first-time open water swimmers. They will keep you warmer and provide buoyancy that will make swimming easier. Short wetsuits or armless wetsuits are also permitted.
  • Goggles
  • Bike - time trial or triathlon bikes will be quickest but because of the hilly route, a road bike will be almost as quick. Mountain bikes are also allowed.
  • Helmet
  • Trail shoes for the run
  • Change of clothes for after the event

The beach is only 20m away from registration, and spectators will be able to watch most of the swim along the promenade. This is also a great spot to cheer the runners on as they cross the finish line.


Sportiva Events needs marshals. Ask any event organiser and most will say finding enough is an ongoing struggle. So put something back into the sport you love by helping at an event. It’s generally a fun morning (or afternoon) and competitors always appreciate support from the team of marshals. And as an extra incentive they are happy to pay £20 expenses (or give you free entry to a future event) for anyone who helps out for 2-4 hours. Or they’ll pay up to £60 for anyone able to help for the whole day.

And if you’ve already entered but are injured they’ll defer your place for FREE if you volunteer to marshal & pay you £20 expenses.

Just call or text on 07866 567 894 or fill in the form at They’ll add you to their Volunteers list and get in touch a couple of weeks before our next event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be toilets or changing facilities at the English Riviera Triathlon?
Yes, toilets will be available at the Surf Life Saving Club nearby.
Where is there parking for the English Riviera Triathlon?
There is public car parking available only 50m from Race HQ which is payable upon arrival. There will also be some free parking available on nearby streets.
Will there be prizes for the English Riviera Triathlon?
Yes, there will be prizes for the Top 3 men & women for the triathlons & the 3000m & 1500m swims. These prizes are being provided by Cantina, who will also be providing refreshments on the day. In addition there will be prizes for Top 3 Vet 40, Vet 50 & winning Vet 60 for the Standard & Sprint Triathlons only. We will also award Gold, Silver & Bronze medals for the Top 3 men & women in the Aquathlon & the 750 metre swim and for in the other races where sufficient are entered.

Meet the organiser

Organisers of triathlons, duathlons, bike & running events & open water swims in Devon & the South West. We focus on creating events to suit a wide range of ages and abilities from complete novices to elite. Our events include the Torbay Triathlons, the Dartmouth Triathlon, the Dartington Duathlon & Devon Dirt.



English Riviera Triathlon & Beach Swim reviews (2)

4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Sprint Triathlon in 2019

    A well organised event in a great location. My only reservation is the large number of traffic lights on the bike course. It's very frustrating to work your socks off only to then be held up at a set of lights for a minute or more.
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    Nigel v

    Did the Sprint Triathlon in 2019

    Lovely day, great atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a challenging course with great scenery
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