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The Marlow Classic

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Take part in this superb celebration of endurance sports. Great for novice and experienced racers alike, the various different events offer something for everyone. Come for the superb views of the River Thames and historic Marlow or for the bespoke finisher's medal.

Review summary

4.2
10 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Harrison F
"Good race, well marked. People were drafting though and marshals didn't know..."

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Pete A
"I had to make a extra trip to Marlow to pick up my race number. It could have..."

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Olly A
"This was my first ever 70.3 distance and I absolutely loved it. Hectic start in..."
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How to enter the The Marlow Classic

  1. Olympic Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 37km, Run 10km
    £60
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  2. Sprint Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.75km, Bike 24.5km, Run 5km
    £70
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  3. Middle Distance Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 85.6km, Run 20km
    £110
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  4. River Swim 3km

    Swim 3km
    £25
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  5. River Swim 1.5km

    Swim 1.5km
    £20
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  6. Middle Distance Aqua Bike

    Other: Swim 1.9km, Bike 85.6km
    £60
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  7. Olympic Distance Aqua Bike

    Other: Swim 1.5km, Bike 37km
    £45
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  8. Middle Distance Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 5km, Bike 85.6km, Run 20km
    £60
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  9. Sprint Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 5km, Bike 24.5km, Run 5km
    £50
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  10. Olympic Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 5km, Bike 37km, Run 10km
    £55
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The Marlow Classic routes

All the events begin at the beautiful Higginson Park on the banks of the Thames

Olympic and Sprint Duathlon

Bike Course:

  • The bike course a simple out and back course
  • It has two hills but otherwise it is a fast and flat course
  • The Sprint distance is 24.5km and the Olympic Distance is 37km

Run Course:

  • The run course is a 5km loop along tarmac and grass footpaths
  • The course winds its way back towards Marlow and finishes at Higginson Park
  • Sprint Distance Competitors will complete 1 lap and Olympic distance competitors will need to complete 2 laps

Middle Distance Duathlon

Bike Course:

  • The course is fairly flat with only a couple of hills. These are offset by the stunning scenery
  • The course is out and back but there is a very popular three lap course at the far end of the route
  • The course measures 85.6km

Run Course:

  • The run course is a 5km loop along tarmac and grass footpaths
  • The course winds its way back towards Marlow and finishes at Higginson Park
  • Competitors will complete 4 laps

Aqua Bike

Swim Course:

  • The swim course is in the River Thames, which should help those split times
  • Olympic Distance competitors will complete a 1.5km swim
  • Middle Distance competitors will swim a 1900 lap course in the Thames

Bike Course:

  • The route is undulating but mostly it is a fast and flat course
  • The Olympic cycle distance measures 27km
  • The Middle Distance cycle is 85.6km and features a popular three lap course at the far end of the route

Triathlon

Swim Course:

  • The swim takes place in the River Thames
  • Sprint competitors will swim 750m, Olympic competitors 1.5km and Middle Distance Competitors 1.9km

Bike Course:

  • The bike course is out and back
  • It features two mid level hills but otherwise it is flat and fast
  • Sprint competitors will complete 24.5km and Olympic competitors 37km
  • Middle Distance Competitors will cycle 85.6km due to the additional three lap course at the far end of the Olympic route

Run Course:

  • The run course is a 5km loop along tarmac and grass footpaths
  • The course winds its way back towards Marlow and finishes at Higginson Park
  • Sprint Distance Competitors will complete 1 lap, Olympic distance competitors will need to complete 2 laps and Middle Distance triathletes will run 4 laps of the course

River Swim

  • There are two distances available catering to all levels of swimmers 1.5km and 3km
  • The course is a single out and back lap swim in the River Thames
  • Generally the flow of the river is calm and steady

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Marshalled Course
  • Chip timed event
  • Finisher's medal
  • Refreshment stations
  • Aid stations
  • Secure bag drop
  • Onsite car park with free parking
  • Live to web results
Raceday Logistics

SATURDAY

1400-1700 Athlete Registration for all events

SUNDAY

Duathlon

0530-0645 Transition and Bike Rack Open & Registration

0645 Athlete event briefing (Middle Distance)

0700 Start (Middle Distance)

0745 Athlete event briefing (Olympic & Sprint)

0800 Start (Olympic & Sprint)

Aquabike

05:00 - 06:15 Transition & Bike Racking Open & registration (Middle Distance)

0500 - 0645 Transition & Bike Racking Open (Olympic)

0615 All Athlete’s Event Briefing (Middle Distance)

0630 Start (Middle Distance)

0715 All Athlete’s Event Briefing (Olympic)

0745 Start (Olympic)



River Swim

0730 Athletes Registration

0815 All Athlete’s Event Briefing

0830 Start (1.5km & 3.0km)


Triathlon

0500 - 0615 Transition & Bike Racking Open (Middle Distance)

0500 - 0645 Transition & Bike Racking Open (Olympic & Sprint)

0615 All Athlete’s Event Briefing (Middle Distance)

0630 Start (Middle Distance)

0715 All Athlete’s Event Briefing (Olympic & Sprint)

0730 Start (Sprint)

0745 Start (Olympic)

Kit List
  • Competitors are expected to supply their own bike which is in good working order
  • Helmets are also compulsory
  • Wetsuits are required
Spectators

There is no fee for spectators to view this event, so come along and lend your support

Volunteers

The volunteers are what make this event special. If you would like to join this superb team of people, please email [email protected]

In return F3 events will offer you:

  • Free entries for yourself or a family member
  • Free food and drink provided at the event
  • Event clothing
FAQs

How do I receive my race number?

Race numbers should be collected on the day as well as your timing chip.

Where can I find my results?

The results will be posted on F3 events website directly after the race. You will also receive a results email which will be sent to your email address after the event.

Is there an age limit?

Competitors will need to be 17 years old on the day of the event

Questions & answers

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    Sadie H
    Can I register on race day to avoid travelling 3 hours round trip on the Saturday???

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    Steph E
    Hi there. Unfortunately the event organiser asks that you register the day before the event. It may be worth contacting them directly to see whether they can make an exception - [email protected]
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    Ross B
    How many competitors do you expect on the half iron distance race?

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    Steph E
    Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. If you ping the event organiser an email they'd be happy to give you some more specific information about the [email protected]
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    Emily b
    Hi, Do you advise wearing a wetsuit for this or will a tri suit suffice? thanks

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    Steph E
    Hey there, the Marlow Classic follows the British Triathlon Rules and Regulations. They state it is mandatory to wear a wetsuit when the water temperature falls below 16°C. The average water temperate Marlow is anything from 14°C to 22°C, to be on the safe side I would recommend wearing a wetsuit. All the best!

The Marlow Classic weather forecast

Drizzle throughout the day.

16°C
Predicted highs
10°C
Predicted lows
IconHigh chance of rain
IconLight breeze possible, up to 8mph

The Marlow Classic reviews (10)

4.2 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2019

    this is a really great event. My first 70.3 and definitely not my last. Nice and varied course, some challenging hills on the bike course, and a fun atmosphere at the finish line.
  • Did the event in 2019

    Great race and fantastic atmosphere. Particularly enjoyed the hectic swim start and running down the tow paths.
  • Did the event in 2015

    Excellent event on the River Thames and very well organised. The river swim leads to a great start to the day although be warned that the temperatures can be a little chilly! This is one of my favourite events on the calendar and leads to great weekend on the outskirts of London.
  • Did the event in 2019

    well organised race and good course. Would have been nice to have done a couple more aid stations on the run.
  • Did the Olympic Triathlon in 2019

    Great event with a lovely river swim and a run along the river path. Slightly delayed start but didn't affect the day!
  • Did the Olympic Triathlon in 2019

    Lovely course and great event with a super atmosphere. All the event volunteers were very friendly and helpful. Real pain in the proverbial to have to come the day before to register, not to mention the climate impact of everyone doing the round trip twice. Timing on the day was a bit off, race started 15 mins late and the start of the swim was rushed with the start going about 5 seconds after the last person got in the water.
  • Did the event in 2014

    This was my first ever 70.3 distance and I absolutely loved it. Hectic start in the water with all starting at the same time - my timing chip was actually pulled off me and I had to get a new one - but this added to the fun. Great atmosphere in the athlete village and it was a lovely touch being handed a beer at the finish line!
  • Did the Olympic Triathlon in 2018

    1:The day was great however having to go and pick your pack up the day before was a pain......2:The biggest thing for me was the colour of the buoys in the water, they should of been yellow, red, or orange and not blue/purple as they were very hard to see while you are swimming!!!3:The water stations were very close together which didn't make much sense cold of done with one more water station.
  • Did the Olympic Triathlon in 2018

    I had to make a extra trip to Marlow to pick up my race number. It could have been sent in the post and it seems it was possible to pick it up on the day. It was an hour round trip.
  • Did the Sprint Triathlon in 2018

    Good race, well marked. People were drafting though and marshals didn't know the rules so cheating was going on but overall was good.