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A fun, friendly triathlon with a great atmosphere. No matter what your level of ability you can be sure of a fantastic experience with loads of encouragement & support from the Freebird crew. A unique feature of this event is that some will be finishing the event in a glorious sunset.

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"Really enjoyable 70.3 - unique in that it's set off in reverse order, with the..."
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How to enter the Sundowner Triathlon

  1. Half Ironman

    Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21km
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  2. Sprint

    Triathlon: Swim 0.75km, Bike 20km, Run 5km
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Sundowner Triathlon routes

Half Distance Triathlon:


A leisurely midday start sees the first competitors setting off on their epic journey. The 1900 metre swim takes place in the safe, calm waters of Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. Experience the freedom and enjoyment of open water swimming with the full support of a very experienced water safety crew.

With great visibility throughout the swim and an easy to navigate swim course, you can focus your attention on achieving your best effort for the swim, whilst your supporters will be able to enjoy a view of the entire swim course as you  tackle the first discipline of the Sundowner Tri.


Having completed the swim you’ll soon experience the flat, fast quiet country roads around Allerthorpe (just 10 miles from York).

Feed stations are available on route for you to re-fuel as you tackle the beautiful, scenic 90 kilometre bike route.
The 2 lap circuit is fully signed and our Freebird marshals will encourage and direct you all the way, making the course very easy to navigate.

Completing the first lap, enjoy the fantastic support from the crowd as you take on fuel and settle down into lap two.


Swim and bike complete, you’ve just got the final part of your triathlon to go. The 21km run is made up of 3 laps, beginning with a short loop around the lakes before heading out of the park on a buzzing out and back circuit. The atmosphere on the run is amazing as runners fill the roads. With 5 feed stations on each lap, we’ll keep you fuelled as you pound out the kilometres.

Returning back to Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, enjoy those final moments and experience the crowd of supporters welcoming you back to cross the finish line having completed the Sundowner Triathlon.

Sprint Triathlon:


Starting with a 750 metre swim, in the calm waters, the Sundowner Sprint Tri kicks off this great weekend of triathlon.

Great visibility and a very easy to navigate swim course means you can focus your attention on achieving your best swim effort while we look after the smooth running of the event.

Your supporters are able to enjoy a view of the entire swim course as you experience the freedom and enjoyment of open water swimming with the full support of our very experienced water safety crew.


Completing the swim, you will soon enter the transition area, located very close to the swim exit. From here you head out onto the 20 kilometre circuit around Allerthorpe (just 10 miles from York).

You can be assured that the bike course is very easy to navigate with signs located at every road junction along with highly experienced marshals to direct you.

The Yorkshire roads are particularly flat and set in beautiful countryside. The quiet and very good surfaced roads makes the bike circuit a pleasure to ride.


Having completed 2 disciplines you now just have the 5 kilometre out and back run to go.

Heading back out of the lakeland park you’ll experience the friendly, supportive atmosphere as you start your run. As expected good signage and marshals are located at every road junction along with the enthusiasm and support form our Freebird support crew.

Having reached the turnaround point you have a final 2.5km to go before reaching the finish and the applauds of the supporters cheering you home.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • The middle-distance event comes complete with a superb post-race party and live entertainment.
  • Camping on site is also available, so you and the family can enjoy a great weekend of triathlon and post-race relaxation in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
  • Fantastic sunset photo opportunity.
  • Completing a triathlon earns you an internal and external respect.
  • Parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Food and equipment stalls
Raceday Logistics


We advise competitors to arrive at least one hour before before the start of their race to ensure they have plenty of time to rack their bikes before the first wave of competitors and also gives everyone time to find their way around the course and feel comfortable with the transition areas.

Final race information including competitor’s final start times will be emailed out to you approximately 10 days before the Sundowner Triathlon and will also be listed on the website the week before the event on here so please make sure you check your time and allow plenty of time for travel to the venue.

We will be in touch before this, keeping you up to date with any race information, training tips and ideas that might just help you achieve a PB!


Sundowner Triathlon - Swim 1900 m / Cycle 90km / Run 21km

Start Time - From 12:00 noon

Sundowner Sprint Triathlon - Swim 750 m / Cycle 20km / Run 5km

Start Time - 8:30am


You will wear a timing chip throughout the event which will track your time throughout each discipline, at the end of the course you can view your time and get a print out from our machine. Final timings and photos will be uploaded to our website within 7 days of completion of the event. (Please bear with us on this as due to high numbers of competitors this can sometimes take several days to process!)

The Freebird Events team

The Freebird Events team have a wealth of experience in triathlon, having trained others, competed in and hosted events for many years.

The difference with our events compared to many of our triathlon event competitors, is that we cater for all abilities, from first-timers to seasoned pros.

Kit List

What is the best clothing to wear for triathlon?
Most triathletes will use a trisuit for competing. The advantage of the trisuit means that you don’t have to change between the three disciplines. They are designed to be comfortable to wear and quick drying. They also save time in transition (remember you’re total finish time includes you’re transitions between swim to bike and bike to run).

It is not essential however to use a trisuit , if you are just starting out in triathlon then a swimming costume, shorts and a top for will still work very well.

Event specific's

  • Cycle helmet's are compulsory
  • No specific bike needed

Come and enjoy the beautiful sunset


How would you like to race for free:

Simply offer your services as a volunteer at any of our triathlon events in Yorkshire and we will reward you with race credit vouchers, (amongst other things), that you can use at any future Freebird Event.
  • FREE entry race vouchers which can be used in any future Freebird race
  • Official volunteers technical T-Shirt
  • Food & drink provided during your marshalling shift
  • Free parking (some venue owners insist on charging a parking fee). We will cover this for you
  • Free camping at selected events
  • A great experience as part of Team Freebird helping to deliver a fun, exciting, quality event
  • Exclusive special offers (only available to Team Freebird volunteers)
  • Team Freebird newsletter, keep up to date with the latest at Freebird Events (you’ll be the first to know of any new events)

Please follow the link to volunteer -


Can I really finish a triathlon?
As you are reading this, the chances are pretty good that you can finish a triathlon. An interest in fitness and endurance is all you need.

So long as you pick a triathlon that suited realistically to your abilities, you can finish.

What's it like to finish a triathlon?

Completing a triathlon earns you an internal and external respect by overcoming whatever the day, the course and the competition hands you.

Completing your first ever triathlon will create a great sense of pride, the satisfaction you get from crossing the finish line is an experience not to be missed.

How much time do I need to train?

Just because triathlon has 3 disciplines doesn’t mean you have to triple the training over a single discipline sport. The great thing about triathlon is that it has a training cross over effect. Your fitness from one discipline will benefit you greatly in the other disciplines. If you can train at each discipline at least once a week then you should be able to manage to complete a pool or sprint distance triathlon quite comfortably.

Do I need a specific triathlon bike?

No. If you are new to triathlon any roadworthy bike will do. Mountain bikes or hybrids are regularly seen at short distance events.

Try out triathlon, if you like the experience you can always invest in tri specific bike later on.

Do I need to wear a cycle helmet ?

Cycle helmets are compulsory for all races. You should really use a cycle helmet all the time you are training on the bike.

Ensure the straps are adjusted correctly so that the helmet fits comfortably and safely. Ask any bike shop for help in adjusting the cycle helmet for the best fit.

Do I need to train t all 3 events in one day?

Not necessarily. You very rarely link all 3 disciplines together in training. Work on each separately to build up your confidence and fitness. As you get nearer to race day, start to combine 2 disciplines together, i.e. swim and bike or bike and run.

Starting to run after being on the bike makes the legs feel strange. Practise this in training to get your legs used to the feeling.

I can only swim breaststroke, am I allowed to compete?

Yes, of course. Many triathletes choose to swim breaststroke to complete the swim discipline. Remember the swim is the first of 3 disciplines that make up triathlon. You need to reserve energy by using a swim stroke that you feel comfortable with.

Front crawl is without doubt both the fastest and most efficient stroke to swim, however if you don’t feel confident with your front crawl then choose breaststroke as the next efficient swimming stroke.

Can I enter on race day?

I’m afraid not.

Triathlons take a huge amount of organising. For pool based swims, competitors are started in batches throughout the day, competitor start lists need to be drawn up in advance to allocate swim start times for each competitor.

Triathlons are also very popular and tend to fill up before race day. As with your training, plan well in advance and enter events in good time.

I'm not very good at swimming, does that matter?

Why not? You’ve got the ideal opportunity to gain an essential life skill.

Swimming is a little like running. No matter how “pants” you feel you are, come race day you’ll be surprised how many competitors are behind you.

What is the rule about drafting on the bike?

Drafting on the bike, simply means taking shelter behind another competitor or other vehicle during the bike section. As triathlon is an individual sport, most triathlons do not allow drafting to take place.

The current drafting rule in simple terms states that a competitor closing on another competitor during the bike section must not sit behind taking shelter, but must either attempt to overtake or stay behind at a distance where shelter cannot be received. In practise, if you are closing on another competitor it is much better to overtake and get clear of the other cyclist. The competitor that has just been overtaken must then ensure they do not draft or take shelter.

For details on all rules check out the British Triathlon rule book.

Why is an estimated swim time necessary?

An estimated swim time is asked for to enable us to allocate correct swim starts for competitors. In pool based triathlons, competitors are started in batches throughout the day.

To ensure fairness to all competitors we try and place swimmers of a similar ability in the same swim waves. Obviously we must take estimated swim times on trust, but this system does work very well and allows all competitors a fair and un-obstructed swim.

Don’t worry if you do not know what you’re estimated time is for the given distance, just enter a time you feel you could complete the swim in. As you develop you’re training and get a more accurate idea of your estimated time, simply email us the details before the closing date, and we can amend the start details.

What is the age limit?

The minimum age is 15 years, determined as age at the end of the current year (31st December).

Sundowner Triathlon weather forecast

Overcast throughout the day.

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Freebird Events are hosting 10 Triathlon events across Yorkshire in 2017. From junior events to sprint distance, to middle distance including pool and open-water swims, the range of events covers a broad spectrum allowing for mixed abilities of competitors to take part throughout the year.



Sundowner Triathlon reviews

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  • Did the Half Ironman in 2019

    Really enjoyable 70.3 - unique in that it's set off in reverse order, with the aim of having everyone finishing the run around the same time as the sun's going down.
    Multi lap swim which got a little congested, but then out onto a flat, fast, 2 lap bike course (PR'd even with horrendous winds on the day) and then onto the run. Flat and fast again, 3 out and back legs (not my favourite but that's personal preference) and then in to the finish line.
    Food provided afterwards alongside the awards and a real nice feel about the event. Planning on returning for 2020.
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