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Oysterman Triathlon

Triathlon: Swim 0.5km, Bike 20km, Run 5km
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A great race for all triathlete’s as there is something in it for everyone. When you get through the epic and challenging swim, you are taken away on a quiet and blissful bike ride and are then treated to the most glorious 5km coastal run to finish.

Review summary

4 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Lorraine O
"Great sunrise on your way to check in, really marked sea swim, great cycle..."


Peter j Gower
"Just a warning. I had my wet suit stolen from transition. Emailed the..."


Aurore F
"Great event in Whitstable. The sea swim is always a bit of a challenge but the..."
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How to enter the Oysterman Triathlon

  1. Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.5km, Bike 20km, Run 5km
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Oysterman Triathlon route

The sea swim course is tidal and although the swim section will take place during slack water (the time when the water is not coming in or going out) anyone in the water after 25 minutes is more likely to feel the effects of the sea more than those who complete the swim in a short time. For this reason we ask that all participants are prepared properly for the swim. On this note we would recommend that you prepare for a swim length of 750m (although the course is accurately measured at 500m). We reserve the right to direct people back to the shore after 25 minutes for their own safety. There will be 2 (possibly 3) start times for the swim. Your swim start time will be provided in your pre race information sent out 10 days before the event.


The bike route is on quiet but open roads. We have applied for a temporary road closure around the bike in and bike out section of the course to accommodate the majority of those taking part. The course is relatively flat with small inclines that shouldn’t slow people down that much, making for quite a quick bike course. Each year we focus on areas where we can make the experience even better for participants. In 2019, the bike course will be even easier to follow so that you can focus more on getting those legs spinning.

Event Details

  • Upon finishing participants will receive a bespoke medal
  • A finishers pack
  • A finishers performance t-shirt along with an immense sense of pride and satisfaction having competed in the Active Life Oysterman Triathlon.
  • Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 male finishers, top 3 female finishers as well as trophies for the age group winners.


Registration Opens: 06:00

Registration Closes: 06:45

Race Briefing: 07:00

Wave 1 Starts: 07:15

Wave 2 Starts: 07:20

Award Ceremony: 10:30 (approx.)


Participants need to register at the registration desk and rack their bikes in the transition area between 6am and 6.45am on the morning of the event. If you are local or staying over in the area, participants will be able to register between 6.30pm and 8pm the evening before. Each participant will receive a race pack at registration containing numbered stickers for their bike and helmet, their race number and timing chip.


Relay team entries are welcome. When entering on-line, one person will need to register and include the names of all participants, their emergency contact details and any medical information. Just one entry fee applies to the whole team – you are only entering one race, after all. In our triathlons, teams of 2 or 3 are equally acceptable.

A wet suit is compulsory if the water temperature is 14 degrees or below. Between 15 degrees and 22 degrees a wet suit is optional. The average temperature in August 2018 was 17.9 degrees. We would recommend using a wet suit as this will assist with buoyancy and warmth. If you don’t have your own wetsuit yet, we’ll offer you a discount code to hire a wetsuit on completion of your Oysterman booking.

Spectators are welcome!

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We are supporting poppy's plea - We are supporting 4 year old Poppy from Whitstable who is battling a rare form of cancer called neurofibromatosis. There is hope for Poppy but this particular operation can only be delivered in America. We appreciate that many of you will have your own charity you support but if you would like help Poppy, who lives not far from the start of the Oysterman course, then there is an option to add a donation to Poppy's Plea when entering the Oysterman Triathlon to help fund lifesaving treatment in the USA. Whatever you donate we'll match.

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Oysterman Triathlon reviews (4)

3.7 out of 5 stars

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

    Great sunrise on your way to check in, really marked sea swim, great cycle course on open roads, a few junctions and roundabouts, beautiful run.
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    Peter j Gower

    Did the Triathlon in 2018

    Just a warning. I had my wet suit stolen from transition. Emailed the organisers to report it and heard nothing. Not even an acknowledgment.
  • Did the Triathlon in 2018

    Great event in Whitstable. The sea swim is always a bit of a challenge but the bike route can be fast and so is the run, at the exception of the final hill.
  • Did the Triathlon in 2017

    Bike course is crap, along a dual carriage way and loop round housing estate when when compared to other options they could have chosen around whitstable (Canterbury loop or Graveny Dargate area).55pound or 60 late is very expensive for a Sprint Tri.
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