Shropshire Triathlon

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£64.95 - £179.00Free injury protection
Challenge yourself to set a new PB on one of the fastest triathlon's in the UK. This is a special event due to the fabulous venue, incredibly well-organised day, and a course that everyone can compete on. Take on the iconic open water swim in Lake Mere and explore the Shropshire countryside.
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Where and when
Ellesmere SY12 0PA, UK
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Races summary
Here's what races are available for Shropshire Triathlon
Sprint Distance
£64.95 - £69.95
Olympic Distance
£69.96 - £74.95
Middle Distance
£174.00 - £179.00
Route information
Bike Course
  • All Olympic & Olympic Relay competitors complete one full lap
  • All Middle & Middle Distance Relay competitors complete 2 full laps
  • All Sprint & Sprint Distance Relay competitors complete 1 x lap of the cycle short course. There are 2 x specific turns you must look for and turn at
Going through the Shropshire & Welsh Countryside, the mount & dismount line will be situated just inside Cremorne Gardens. There will be one feed station on the bike course which will be in Ellesmere, by the lake, after your first lap.
After collecting your bike, walk or run to the cycle mount line where you commence the cycle section of the race. Keep to the left at all times except when overtaking. Follow the “Cycle Route” signs around the course and follow any instruction from any officials or marshals. Dismount your cycle at the end of the cycle course, do not unfasten your helmet until you have racked your cycle.
Abide by the highway code, failure to ride safely will constitute an instant disqualification. Keep hold of spent gel bar wrappers until you can dispose of them properly. Make sure you have plenty of drinks on your cycle before you start the event. Do not use the feed station at the start of the cycle lap unless you are taking part in the middle distance.
Swim Course
  • All Olympic & Olympic Relay competitors complete 2 full laps and an additional 750m
  • All Middle & Middle Distance Relay competitors complete 2 full laps
  • All Sprint & Sprint Distance Relay competitors complete 1 x lap of the cycle short course
Run Course
  • All Olympic & Olympic Relay competitors complete 4 full laps
  • All Middle & Middle Distance Relay competitors complete 2 full laps
  • All Sprint & Sprint Distance Relay competitors complete 1 x lap of the run short course
When you finish the bike course enter the Cycle Transition Area and rack your cycle.
Your race number must be clearly visible on your front before leaving the Cycle Transition Area.
It is up to you to count your laps on the run, marshals will be taking numbers as a check in the case of suspected insufficient completed laps.
There is one feed station on the run course that you pass twice on each lap and one at the finish line which will be serving High5 energy drink and water.
When you have finished the run filter into the sign posted ‘finish lane’ and continue through the finish line.
Middle Distance Competitors only
There will be a feed station at the start of the second cycle lap (half way point)
There will be;
  • HighFive Energy Source in 750ml bottles
  • Water in 750ml bottles
  • Highfive Isogels
  • Highfive Energy bars
  • Staxx protein bars
Drop your empty bottles into the wheelie bin at the feed station at the side of the road. You can retrieve your bottles if you wish after the event next to the finish line.
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What's included
  • Registration, swim start, transition and finish line all within a stones throw of each other
  • Open water swim in The Mere
  • Shropshire & Welsh countryside bike course
  • Closed to traffic road run course
  • Chip-timed results
  • Official event photographer capturing your bike, run & finish
  • Finishers medal for everyone
  • Massage, Photos and Prizes
How to get there
Ellesmere SY12 0PA, UK
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There are a number of car parks in and around Ellesmere, some of which are pay and display. A few are quite a walk away so please leave yourself plenty of time to park and walk to registration.
Below are some postcodes of car parks in the area:
  • SY12 0PA Mereside
  • SY12 OAW Cross Street
  • SY12 OHQ Talbot Street
  • SY12 OHG Cross Street
  • SY12 0PA The Moors
Event day logistics
Please note that all information is for reference only, all specific information will be released closer to the event day.
13:00 - 15:00 Registration opens
06:30 Registration opens
07:45 Middle Distance starts
08:30 Olympic Distance starts
09:55 Sprint Distance starts
Race Packs
All race day information, including bib numbers, will be emailed to competitors 7-10 days before the event. Race packs themselves will be available to collect from registration on the day nothing will be sent out in advance. Each pack will include:
  • Race numbers x2
  • Bike sticker x2
  • Helmet sticker x1
  • Electronic timing chip
Age Requirements
Participants must be the following ages to enter each distance:
  • Sprint & Olympic Relay - 16 years old
  • Olympic Distance Solo - 17 years old
  • Middle Distance - 18 years old
Cut-off Times
There will be cut-off times in place at the event which are as follows:
  • Swim - 1 hour 15 minutes from the start of the race
  • Bike - 5 hours 15 minutes from the start of the race
  • Run - 8 hours from the start of the race
Kit List
Wetsuits are mandatory for the 2000m and 1500m swims, but not for the 750m swim. Participants are asked to bring their own swim caps to the event, and if you do not have your own, please ask at registration and one will be provided for you.
All participants must have a bike in road-worthy bike in working order and a helmet.
How to Relay
After completing the swim, the swimmer passes the electronic chip to the cyclist inside the cycle transition area next to where the cycle is racked. The cyclist must not put their helmet on or take their cycle off the rack until receiving the electronic chip.
The cyclist completes the cycle course and passes the electronic chip over to the runner in the transition area only when the cycle has been placed back on the rack and their helmet has been fully removed.
The runner completes the run and hands in the electronic chip at the finish line.
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Spectator Info
Spectators welcome!
Kit List
Wetsuits are compulsory for the 2000m and 1500m swim. You must wear your allocated swim cap, which will be given to you at registration.
Make sure your bike is working properly with our pre race service check. You must fasten your helmet before taking your cycle off the rack.
Is there a minimum age requirement to take part in the Shropshire Triathlon?
16 years for Olympic Relay team members; 17 years for Olympic distance individuals; 18 years for Middle distance
Where can I find the results for the Shropshire Triathlon?
Your times will be available shortly after you have crossed the finish line and will be displayed on the TV screen which is located at the finish line. Overall results and times will be online on Monday 17th September 2018.
Can I listed to music during the Shropshire Triathlon?
In line with BTF rules any device that is used for music is not permitted in a UK Triathlon event.
3 reviews
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Did the Olympic Distance in 2019
A great, well organised triathlon. Well briefed too! The bike course is generally flat, but with a couple of real stings on the tail. The run course is not easy and a bit weird where it winds through the trees, but no complaints.
A fletcher
Did the Sprint Distance in 2019
Excellent day! Beautiful scenery and well organised. Lake was really stunning and bike route pretty.
Did the Sprint Distance in 2018
This was my first triathlon race and i will definitely be entering future tri's! The pre race information was top notch and helped me to get through the event without a hitch. Only thing I wasn't warned about were the race number tattoos.... It was horrid to remove from my leg hair and i resulted in clipping the leg hair off to remove haha! :) A small price to pay for an epic race! Look forward to booking my next race with the let's do this team! Hurrah!
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Recent Questions
Linda Dodd
I was thinking of coming to the mere tomorrow to recce the you know if I can swim in the lake tomorrow?
Steph Ede
Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately you can not swim in The Mere unless you apart of an organised event for that day! :)
Robin Knight 🤙🏼
hello, please can you tell me whether a wetsuit is needed for the swim? also are there any nearby camping spots as ill be in my van? thanks Robin.
Steph Ede
Hey there, just t let you know a wetsuit will needed for the swim. In terms of camping there is the Newnes Caravan Park a 6 minute drive from the venue located 2, Newnes Cottages, Ellesmere SY12 9HH. You can contact them on the phone at 01691 624464. All the best!
Patrick Tawns
Wondering if/what the minimum age limits are for the super sprint distance in these events?
Steph Ede
Hi there, just to let you know that the minimum age for both the Shropshire and North West triathlons is 16 years (on race day). All the best!
Steve Hoyle
What are cut-off times for Shropshire middle distance event on 8th September?
Steph Ede
Hi there, just to let you know there are the following cut off times: Swim 1 hour 15 from the start of the race (1 hour 15 to complete the swim); Bike 5 hours 15 from the start of the race (4 hours to complete the bike); Run 8 hours from the start of the race (2.45 hours to complete the run). Good luck!
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