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Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans

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This is the almighty festival of sport. With races open for all abilities and ages this is the perfect for family and friends. You'll be swimming in the stunning new indoor pool at Westminster Lodge, biking in beautiful countryside and finishing with a challenging park run. A super-friendly event.

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How to enter the Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans

  1. Sprint Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.4km, Bike 20km, Run 5km
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  2. Novice Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.2km, Bike 14km, Run 2.5km
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  3. Sprint Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 5km, Bike 20km, Run 2.5km
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  4. Novice Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 2.5km, Bike 14km, Run 2.5km
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  5. Sprint Aquathlon

    Aquathlon: Swim 0.4km, Run 5km
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  6. Novice Aquathlon

    Aquathlon: Swim 0.2km, Run 2.5km
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  7. 10K

    Run 10km
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  8. Kids Scootathon (Scoot/Bike/Run)

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  9. Kids Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 0.4km, Bike 1.2km, Run 0.4km
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  10. 5K

    Run 5km
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  11. Novice Aquabike

    Aquabike: Swim 0.2km, Bike 14km
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  12. Sprint Aquabike

    Aquabike: Swim 0.4km, Bike 20km
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  13. Standard Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 10km, Bike 40km, Run 5km
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Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans routes



The swim leg will begin with a processional start in the state-of-the-art Westminster Lodge Pool. Transition will be located just a quick sprint away in the wonderful historic setting of Verulamium Park. Our bike leg will be undertaken in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, taking in the quiet roads and picturesque villages of Hertfordshire and then it's onto a fast and challenging park run to finish.


The Duathlon run legs will be contained within the superb grounds of Verulamium Park. The bike leg will take you out into the beautiful surrounding Hertfordshire countryside for a fast and enjoyable race.


Our Aquathlon race will start in the Westminster Lodge pool, before heading out onto the run leg, which will be conducted within the confines of the beautiful Verulamium Park, finishing to a warm welcome from friends and family in our Sports Village.

5K/10K Run

Two of the most popular distances on offer for the Festival of Sport St. Albans: 10K and 5K. Both runs will be set in the beautiful Veralamium Park and will be testing, safe and fun. There are lots of opportunities along our routes for spectators to cheer you on and you will finish in the sports village to a hero’s welcome over the finish line.

The 10k is two laps of the 5k


The Aquabike race is an endurance sport composed of the swimming and cycling stages of a triathlon. The running stage is eliminated so that people who are unable to run, or do not wish to run can still participate.


Scootathons are a fantastic addition to multi-sport events, allowing budding kid Olympians to take their first steps in multi-sport eventing. Sign up your son or daughter and put their feet firmly on a sporting path.

The Scootathon involves a 200m run, followed by a 400m scoot, finishing in a 400m cycle to the finish line and our Scootathon. We will supply scooters and bikes but you are more than welcome to bring your own*. Children are guaranteed to enjoy this fun, safe and challenging race.

Children younger than 6 years old will be required to bring their own bikes and scooters. Please ensure that scooters have large enough wheels to be able to run on grass.

Please note that kids Scootathon is not a chip timed event



Triathlon (Swim/Bike/Run) - Novice – 200M/14K/2.5K, Sprint – 400M/20K/5K

Run - 10k and 5k

Aquathlon (Swim/Run) - Novice- 200M / 2.5K, Sprint – 400M / 5K

Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run) - Novice – 2.5K / 14K/ 2.5K, Sprint – 5K / 20K / 2.5K, Standard – 10K / 40K / 5K, Kids – 400M / 1.2k / 400M Ages 7-14

Aquabike (Swim/Bike) - Novice – 200M/14K, Sprint – 400M/20K

Scootathlon - 200m run, followed by a 400m scoot, finishing with a 400m cycle

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Timing chips (excluding children’s events)
  • Finishers' t-shirt
  • Bespoke finishers' medal
  • Access to post-race nutrition, massage and athlete area
  • Winners’ trophies
  • Professional photographs
  • Access to special offers from our supporting sponsors
Raceday Logistics


Collect your race pack at the registration desk


07:00-08:30* – Sprint Triathlon

07:00-08:30* – Novice Triathlon

07:00-08:30* – Aquathlon

07:00-08:30* – Sprint Aquabike

07:00-08:30* – Novice Aquabike

08:30* – Duathlon

10:00 – 5K & 10K Run

11:30 – Kids Scootathon & Duathlon

*Please note that your start time could be anytime between 07:00 and 8:30am as this is a processional start. Exact start times will be displayed the day before the event.

Kit List


We would recommend a road bike for the Festival of Sport St. Albans but that is by no means compulsory, as we would like everyone to have the opportunity to take part in this event.

We will supply bikes for the Kids Duathlon but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

For the Scootathon, we will supply scooters and bikes but you are more than welcome to bring your own. Only children younger than 6 years old will be required to bring their own bikes and scooters. Please ensure that scooters have large enough wheels to be able to run on grass.


This a great spectators event especially as there is stand in the indoor pool of the Westminster Lodge to watch the swimming from. Veralamium Park is also fantastic for spectator's to view the run.

A Race is Only as Good as it’s Organisation and the People Who Support It!

Taking on an event at a Hercules Festival of Sport is a very big challenge for most competitors. They couldn’t do it without the support of their friends and families, who are a vital part of the Sporting family.

There are lots of things that make a great event such as location, organisation, detailed planning; but we at Hercules Events believe that the key factor in making a good event great is the people.

It takes a massive effort for the Event Team and the army of volunteers to set up, organise and marshal an event. From preparing the venue and transition zone to, preparing the swim, bike and run courses to marshalling the routes and perhaps even putting a comforting arm around a competitor who has hit the wall. Without great volunteers you just can’t have a great event.

We are looking for special people who want to support our Hercules competitors and their family and friends at our events. We need people who understand the needs of exhausted competitors, who are seeing the world through tunnel vision and who need help and support from understanding and professional marshals.

We need your help with:
  • Welcoming competitors to registration
  • Organising and marshalling the Transition Zone
  • Running the feed stations to feed and water exhausted triathletes
  • Marshal the all-important bike and run legs
  • Most of all, we need people who understand endurance, triathlon and multi-sport, and individual Running, Swimming and Cycling or who are keen to learn, so that we can keep our great sport festivals growing.
In return we offer:
  • Food and refreshments throughout the day of the event
  • The experience of working at a large scale event as part of a friendly and welcoming team
  • One Free entry to any subsequent Hercules Event which you can pass onto a friend or relative if you can’t use it yourself or One Free season pass to our open water swim sessions
Without a great Events Team and great volunteers there will not be a great event. Whatever role you choose to take, you will be playing a vital part in supporting your friends and family and supporting the Multi-sport family.

Become a Hercules volunteer – We need you!
Individuals – Contact us immediately and we will get straight back to you to find out what you would like to do on the day. If you are an athlete yourself and would like to compete in one of our events we offer one free entry into any race at a subsequent event following a successful day as a Hercules volunteer, and you can pass this onto a friend or relative if you can’t compete yourself.

Groups and clubs – we are already working with groups. If you are part of a Triathlon club, running club, swim team, cycling club, scout, Cadet or Brownie Club; why not show your support by getting your club to sign up to help out. Organised clubs can make a huge difference and can reap great cross benefits by supporting each other’s events. Contact us and let’s see how we can work together to make this event a success. We will even consider making a donation to your club in thanks for the support of your members to this sporting event.

If want to support your friend or family member in a concrete way and encourage sport in your area, there is no better way to help make their day great than to step up and to be a volunteer.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44 1923 883177

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Hercules Festival of Sport family-friendly?
Yes, there are events for all ages and abilities including events specifically for the kids.
Is drafting allowed in any of the events that involve cycling?
No, this is not a draft legal event, however, the use of aero bars is permitted.
Is there a bag drop?
No, there are no bag drop facilities at this event. Please do not bring unnecessary items or equipment, any items left unattended are done so at the owners risk.

Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans weather forecast

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Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans reviews

1 out of 5 stars

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    Kieran L

    Did the 10K in 2019

    I've run a lot of races over the years and I've got to say that the Hercules Events 10k at St Albans was easily one of the worst. Firstly, why request people make an extra journey to pick up race packs the day before? Why not just post them out like everyone else does? Secondly, the pre-race briefing was completely inaudible, so it wasn't really clear where those taking part in the 10k were supposed to divert. The start wasn't time staggered meaning faster runners had to weave their way past the slower competitors. The marshalling was sporadic to say the least and the layout of the cones meant that you could cut corners or were unsure where you were mean to be running. On one occasion I was recalled by a marshal for running on the wrong path. Runners also had to negotiate their way round dog walkers, pushchairs and footballers on route. The course was also short. I know this because I beat my PB by about two and a half minutes! My wife's GPS calculated that the 5k course was 220m short, meaning that the 10k was around 440m short. There was also no drinks station on route. I sometimes take part in our local park run (Hemel Hempstead) and I would say the organisation is far better - and it's free! Hercules Events should be ashamed to charge people £20 for this race. Let's hope they learn from their experience.
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