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The Islander – Middle Distance Triathlon

Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21km

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Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

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Push yourself with this stunning Middle Distance Triathlon. Great for those looking for something extra, the course makes it way around the magical Mersea Island and into the heart of the Essex countryside. Come for the scenery or for the physical challenge.

Review summary

4.7
37 Reviews
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  • Atmosphere

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Kim R
"Very well organised. The location is excellent, Mersea Island and surrounding..."

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Harry H
"I was really looking forward to taking part in this race as I grew up in the..."

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Phil G
"Amazing original course, incredible organisation and friendly family crowd. The..."
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How to enter the The Islander – Middle Distance Triathlon

  1. Middle Distance Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21km
    £160–£215
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The Islander – Middle Distance Triathlon route

Run

It is almost as if Mersea Island was created for this event. The run measures 21km, exactly the circumference of the island. There is stunning scenery all the way round, mixed terrain and no lap run.

Swim

The swim begins off the beach and is held at slack tide.

Cycle

The cycle route takes competitors off The Island and along scenic Essex country lanes. Competitors will then head around Abberton Reservoir before turning back to the transition to begin the final leg.

This is a flat triathlon but the terrain is a mixture of road, sand and seawall making it a unique but challenging course.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Marshalled course
  • Aid Stations
  • Refreshment stations
Raceday Logistics

The race will begin at 09:00am.

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of the race in order to pick up your race pack and drop your bike.

Kit List

Competitors are expected to provide their own equipment including a bike in good working order and a wetsuit or a trisuit.

Spectators

The triathlon takes place on a Saturday, so you can make the most of your weekend!

There will be plenty of facilities and activities for families on the central beach.

Volunteers

There has been such amazing feedback in past years about the friendly encouraging volunteers at this event. Marshalls, first aiders, water safety and more are all loved volunteers that help make this event happen. There are many more ways you could help make this event a success. Please email [email protected] to be part of the events team!

FAQs

Is there parking?

Yes, plenty of parking available near the race start

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    Anthony C
    are there cutoff times for this event

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    Steph E
    Hey there, just to let you know that the cut off times for the Middle Distance Triathlon are as follows- Swim: 1 hour 10 mins, Bike: 4 hours 20 mins (total time from start: 5 hours 30 mins), Run: 3 hours (total time from start: 8 hours 30 mins). Best of luck!

The Islander – Middle Distance Triathlon weather forecast

Drizzle throughout the day.

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The Islander – Middle Distance Triathlon reviews (37)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

  • Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    Very well organised. The location is excellent, Mersea Island and surrounding area are a gem. A varied course. Excellent before and after care.
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    Harry H

    Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    I was really looking forward to taking part in this race as I grew up in the local area and have since moved away, but unfortunately I had to drop out just days before as I contracted tonsillitis.

    I asked Island Races what I could do about it but was told they had no withdrawal policy - effectively it was either turn up, or don't.

    I understand this is the case with many triathlon events, but I'm not sure why? No one should be exposed to the choice of losing their entry fee or potentially putting their health at risk by competing when ill.

    I really believe that when these events charge £130 there should be a withdrawal/transferal/deferral policy in place. Instead I am left feeling like I have just thrown away a substantial amount of cash through no fault of my own.

    I appreciate there is a big cost to putting these events on but surely there should be a plan in place for when competitors can't take part. The London Marathon, Great North Run, Cardiff Half all have policies but it doesn't seem to be the case in triathlon.

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    Phil G

    Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    Amazing original course, incredible organisation and friendly family crowd. The finish area felt like a festival. A Bucket list must
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    Dave J

    Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    Absolutely Loved this half distance, I got a PB & my wife’s first half and she loved it BNY 2020👍👍👍
  • Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    The Islander -what a great race !
    Well organised, the swim was amazing in calm warm water, fast scenic bike course, the run around the island was slightly more challenging with some tough sections over the beach. Overall I would say highly recommended and i'll definitely be back for 2020.
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    John M

    Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    Brilliant event, super friendly team, well organised. The island run was epic. Great to make a weekend out of it on Mersea island and bring along the family
  • Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    This is a fantastic event; it's welcoming, well organised and also challenging. Each discipline is unique but accessible for a range of abilities. If you like triathlon, you'll love this event!
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    Rob F

    Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    Having done a few triathlons at this distance before this has to be up there with one of the best. Just such a well organised event and also beautiful course.
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    Charlie G

    Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    That beach run at the end was pretty challenging but being the trooper I am I pushed through the pain barrier to finish and collect that gorgeous medal at end.
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    Jamie M

    Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    This was my first middle distance triathlon and it was amazing to be so local to me. A great event and fantastic race