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The Swashbuckler Middle Distance Triathlon

Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 22km
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A strong swim in the tidal Beaulieu River, a road bike leg in the southern area of the New Forest, and a fairly flat and sheltered run on lanes and river footpaths. Relay team option available for the middle distance, plus AquaBike (swim & cycle).

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Jamie G
"This was my first Middle Distance Triathlon and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The..."
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  1. Middle Distance Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 22km
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The Swashbuckler Middle Distance Triathlon route


Likely water temperature is 13-14 degrees. Please note wetsuits will be compulsory. Neoprene swim hats are recommended under your coloured swim hat. We also allow booties to be worn. Mass start or wave starts depending upon final entry numbers. The swim course will be 2 laps in the river & marked by buoys & patrol kayaks. You will exit on the same slipway and then follow a matted path up through the village and into the transition area. The river is tidal so there will be a bit of a current in places!


The cut-off time for completion of the bike course is 5 hours after the start time Competitors finishing after this time will not be permitted to start the run course.


RUNNERS SHOULD KEEP TO THE LEFT ON THE ROAD UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED. Tracks are gravel based – some tree routes and uneven surfaces along the river bank.

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Registration – Saturday 11th 12noon-5pm Members of British Triathlon must show a current licence or pay an extra £5 for aDay Licence. Non members will have already paid for a Day Licence which can be downloaded from our website from around 10-14 days before the race, another form of Photo ID will be required. You’ll be given a pack containing race numbers, ankle strap & timing chip, bike sticker, swim hat.

Race Briefings – Sat 11th choose either 2pm or 4pm (attendance compulsory) Will give you full details of the race to ensure you have the best day possible!

Car Parking – Sunday 12th open from 4.30am Free parking onsite for competitors & spectators – just follow signs & marshals on arrival.

Bike Racking – Transition open Sunday 12th from 4.30am

Swashbuckler Middle Start: 6am

Finishers: 10.30am - 2pm approx. At the finish we’ll collect your ankle timing chip (lost or unreturned ones are charged for at £25 each) & give you your race medal!!

The Swashbuckler Middle Distance Triathlon weather forecast

Possible drizzle in the morning.

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The Swashbuckler Middle Distance Triathlon reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Middle Distance Triathlon in 2019

    This was my first Middle Distance Triathlon and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The swim was around the beautiful Buckler's Hard and the water was flat calm and a pleasant temperature in a wetsuit. The scenery on the bike and run around the forest was great and both were relatively flat. The worst hill was the last stretch to the finish! The majority of the bike and run course was fairly sparse in terms of support and atmosphere which was tough towards the end of the run. The organisation was fantastic and I didn't encounter any problems. However, I believe the race is being organised by a new team next year.
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