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An absolute epic and relentless triathlon. One of Northern Ireland's most famous. This event is steeped in culture, history and mystery but most of all is not for faint hearted. Therefore, when you cross that finish line at the infamous White Bear Rock you will feel a great sense of satisfaction
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Sat, 31 Aug 2019
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Ballygalley, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Odeum Architecture, Ballygalley, POB94 BT40 9BQ, UK
Start times
Sat, 31 Aug 2019
Full Distance:
7:30am |
Half Distance:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The White Bear Triathlon – Half & Full
Full Distance
£132.00 - £195.00
Half Distance
£64.00 - £160.00
Route information
Long Swim/Cycle/Run distance will be lapped.
Distances - 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
  • Average time = 38 mins
  • Open water
  • 91 kcal
  • Terrain - road
  • Ascent - 4898ft (88 per mile)
  • Descent - 4905ft (88 per mile)
  • Hills - 44.36% uphill, 42.57% downhill, 13.07% flat
  • 2583 kcal
  • Average time 4:08:54
  • Terrain - mixed
  • Ascent - 1824ft (135 per mile)
  • Descent 1821ft (135 per mile)
  • Hills - 50.21% uphill, 41.49% downhill, 8.3% flat
  • 1634 kcal
  • Average time - 2:31:49
Full Distances
2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run
For all the statistics above just double as this a lapped route.
Half Swim: 1 hours
Half Bike: 5 hours
Half Run: 3.5 hours (dependant on weather conditions on Scawt Peak)
Full Swim: 2 hours
Full Bike: 9 hours
Full Run: 7 hours (dependant on weather conditions on Scawt Peak)
Will there be any CPs with food and water?
Absolutely, infact we are determined to help you put on weight. We will have home made cakes as well as other goodies to assist you around the course
Full/Half CPs:
Transition – Glenarm – Waterfoot – Cargan – Broughshane – Knockdhu – Killyglen Road
Force 12 take the safety of all of our support team and competitors very seriously. The team also happen to be registered paramedics and serving members of the emergency services helping us to provide excellent medical and safety cover.
​As a competitor you will be assured that we will be using TrailMed Ltd who will provide Paramedic Practitioner led medical cover as well as a team of Paramedics and First Aiders both on the beach and out on the route. 
You as the competitor simply need to focus on the race, let us manage the rest. 
A full water rescue team will also be in attendance with a drone overhead to keep a good eye on you. Warming facilities are situated on the beach should they be required along with tea and coffee facilities.
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What's included
  • Finishers Medal (IF You Finish!)
  • Snood And Sponsors
  • Spot Prize Goodies
  • Branded Swim Cap
  • CPS Loaded With All The Fuel You Need
  • ​Race Chip Sport Ident Dibber (GPS For Full/Half)
  • ​Safety And Paramedic Led Medical Support
How to get there
Odeum Architecture, Ballygalley, POB94 BT40 9BQ, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
Can I park nearby? 
Yes their are multiple car parks. Please do not park where cones are placed and respect the local community by not blocking driveways.
We have some fantastic accommodation in Ballygally and in surrounding villages to suit all budgets. Just let the accommodation know you are part of the WBTri for extra Bacon at breakfast LOL.
​B&B, Hotel, Cottages:
Halfway House hotel, BallyGally
Knowe Na Mara B&B, BallyGally
The Barn at Ballycairn Cottages and B&B, BallyGally
BallyGally Holiday Apartments
Cairnview B&B, BallyGally
Waters Edge, Glenarm
Kinnalargy B&B, BallyGally
​Camping and touring Caravan:
Carnfunnock Country Park, BallyGally
Cushendall Caravan Park
Event day logistics
Ballygally community hall for all distances (262 Coast Road, BallyGally, BT40 2QX)
Open from 05:00 - 06:30 on the 31st of August​
Race Brief
Full and Half distance: 06:45am sharp at Ballygally community hall.​
Start time
Full and Half: 07:30 on the 31st of August.
It is likely to be cloudy with a small chance of rain
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Force 12 Events
We love the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. 10 years of history behind the Beacons Ultra has led to the creation of the Beacons Trail Marathon, the Beacons 50 and the Beacons 100. Our water is cold, our routes are rugged and the weather just does what it wants!
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Spectator Info
Spectators and support teams are permitted!
Kit List
Mandatory Kit
Our coastal waters are known for being chilly all year round. We swim here regularly and understand the challenges related to the temperatures. The attached are marked as compulsory or advisory. Swim distance may decrease depending on race day temperature testing.
Wetsuit (Consider Investing In A Winter Suit)
Swim Cap (Supplied By FORCE 12 EVENTS)

Wet Suit Hood
Non-Webbed Gloves
Swim Socks
Thermal Wetsuit Top

The locals among you will know that the mist can roll in very quickly especially in the Glens. For those travelling from afar please take our word for it, the visibility can decrease rapidly. Please include the following with your bike when competing in the Full and Half distance discipline.

Hi-Visibility Vest/Armband (Please Keep On Person In Case Of Low Visibility)
Drink to thirst, be aware of your required levels of hydration, it’s a fine balance, just don’t over or under do it. Nutrition is key, please build this in to your training regime for the best results on race day.

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Recent Questions
Mark Greer
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Good evening, I was wondering are you having a relay option for the White Bear Half? Regards Mark
Stephy Dennis
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Hi there! Yes you can enter the half triathlon as a team :)
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