Sportiva Events is proud to bring you the 2019 edition of the Geopark Triathlon and Aquathlon, a festival of endurance sport right on the beach! All-new this year is a 3000 metre stand-alone swim option.
Beginner Friendly Triathlons in South West
The Fugitive Half Iron Distance is the only long distance event in the Thames Valley. a fairly flat scenic course taking in the views of Marlow and the surrounding areas.
This is the 10th year of the Fugitive Sprint & Olympic Distance Triathlon, consisting of a river swim, cycling and running. The event has attracted 1000s of participants over the year and is open to all levels of participant and encourages first time triathletes to the event.
West Bay is a unique sea side attraction and is the gateway to the Jurassic coast amongst the beautiful Dorset countryside.
It offers extensive play areas to keep adventurous families entertained for hours, and for nature lovers, runners and cyclists, acres of wide open spaces and paths.
With what we hope will be flat sea's, a scenic undulating bike course and testing runs this event is ideal for a late season open water Olympic ,sprint and Super-sprint triathlon.
(Undulating bike and run courses are route specific)
The Dawlish returns for 2019. Well be using Dawlish Warren for the HQ and the sea swim. We also hope to have a childrens event (with a sea swim & traffic free bike & run) in the afternoon.
Located in the iconic Cardiff Bay, this triathlon is one of the most unforgettable city races on the calendar! You'll be part of an elite group who have swum in the world famous bay, this is followed by a fantastic, fast cycle route along completely closed roads. The triathlon is rounded off with a spectacular run along the Cardiff Bay barrage. The event village and transition (one of the most beautiful and striking in the sport) will be held on Roald Dahl Plass in front of the Wales Millennium Centre.
With Olympic, Sprint and Mini Sprint distances available, there's something for every ability at the Cardiff Triathlon!
The swim will take place in the fresh water private lake set in the lower part of Bowood Estate. You will enter the water on the pontoon and start between the marked buoys, and swim around the still waters of the lake. The exit will be on the pontoon, which leads into a sloping climb towards transition. Transition will be located on the finely manicured lawns and under the shadows of Bowood House. Racking will be numbered according to waves. The cycle route will take you into the 'wilder' parts of Bowood Estate, looping around the grounds past Bowood Golf Course, Osprey Farm, and including Lord Lansdownes private driveway, which is inhabited with game fowl. Once completing the cycle, you will head out onto a scenic run around the gardens passing the secret waterfall & temple.
This event will consist of three separate races, a sprint, a classic and a half iron distance triathlon. With race HQ based at Weymouth College, this is the ideal location for all of the family.
The very first triathlon event to take place in the UK was held at the Kirtons Farm Water Sports Centre back in 1983. The venue has now become the Tri2O Swim Centre, based adjacent to the Reading Lake Hotel.
The Reading Triathlon has been run and organised by the experienced events team at My Sporting Times (who also run the Tri2O Swim Centre) since its inception many years ago. Due to diversification of their business, and their close links with the Tri2O Triathlon Club (which was founded at the Swim Centre by a small group of keen triathletes), MST handed over the organisation of the event to the club. We have continued to work closely in partnership with the MST Team to ensure continuity, benefit from their expertise and experience, whilst also bringing fresh ideas to make the event the best local triathlon ever.
The DB Max Portishead Sprint Triathlon will continue to be on Saturday, giving competitors and spectators the chance to still really enjoy their weekend. A great coastal location with a superb outdoor 33m pool venue means this event is continuing to create a buzz in the Bristol area. With a top sponsor on board and some renowned triathlon clubs in the vicinity of the venue, this race is set to continue it's soaring popularity.
This event is organised by Oxford Tri, one of the leading and biggest triathlon clubs in the country.
The venue is at Radley College, which is an independent boarding school set on an 800 acre estate just south of Oxford.
The swim will take place in a 25m indoor pool. Swimmers will start in waves and will be grouped based on expected swim time (to be declared on entry form).
The bike course consists of a single lap of the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside surrounding the college. The course is fairly flat with a couple of gentle inclines.
The run course is two laps of a car-free loop in and around the college grounds.
An open water swim in a sheltered area of the picturesque Bowleaze Cove, in Dorset, a ride through the lovely Dorset countryside, and and a run out through Waterside Holiday Park and on into a nature reserve for what is a most beautiful and calming run, before your last hill of the day back into Bowleaze Cove.
Welcome to the Midsomer Triathlon, the Event is held at Midsomer Sports Centre, Midsomer Norton near Bath. BA3 2SY, formerly known as South Wansdyke Sports Centre. The venue is family friendly with a great skate park and playground, cafe and terrace. The Triathlon is run under British Triathlon Federation rules and Race Permit. It is organised by Midsomer Tri, a group of local Triathletes wanting to bring a Triathlon to the area following in the footsteps of the much loved old Wansdyke Triathlon. We positively encourage all abilities and age groups to take part and we regularly have competitors aged over 70 racing.
First timers are very welcome and we're available to answer any questions to help prepare for the race. It's also a challenging course suitable for competitive Triathletes.
Be part of the sprint distance triathlon in this picturesque seaside resort. The event is open to both adults and children age 14 and over and has the fantastic finish line atmosphere we have at all of our events.
If you are looking for a race with an enclosed stunning sea swim; sea views, fantastic village support, topped off with one of the most breathtaking scenic runs then this is the perfect triathlon for you.
The Saundersfoot Triathlon offers athletes travelling down to support friends, family or club members who are tackling the Ironman Wales a chance to take home their own medal! Taking place on the Saturday before, the event is open to both adults and children aged 14 and over.
Sprint Distance Triathlon. 400m swim, 18k cycle, 5k run. A friendly, local triathlon, suitable for first timers and experienced triathletes. 26 lengths of the pool, picturesque slightly undulating cycle through Taynton, Highleadon and Malswick. The run route mostly follows the route of the Park Run, two laps of pathways, grass and road around the school grounds
The award-winning Mumbles Triathlon has become a well known event in South Wales, and attracts a number of athletes from all levels and experience.
The Mumbles Tri offers athletes three course distances in the idyllic setting of Mumbles Bay for the Swim, the famous Gower Roads for the bikes and a picturesque run along the stunning shoreline of the Mumbles Bay.
The Mumbles Triathlon can be entered by anyone who feels they are capable of competing. There is gender separation, so men and women compete for first place in their respective category.
The event will utilise its coastal location by including a 750m mass start open water sea swim in the shadows of North Hill but within the safety of the bay. The bike route will remain unchanged due to its fast undulating character, this bike route is an out and back towards the village of Porlock on stunning roads flanked by the high moorland terrain of Exmoor National Park. The views are breathtaking. Finally, youll take on the 5km run route. A mix of flat paved seafront promenade and the off-road trails within the woods of Culver Cliff. A cheeky little Killer Climb makes for a sting in the tail before returning along the sea front to finish arms aloft on the beach!
For another year in the South West of England there will be an open water triathlon dedicated to women. It will once again take place at The Cotswold Country Park and Beach, part of Britains largest water park; the Cotswold Water Park and venue for the very popular Cotswold Sprint Triathlon. The Waterland lake is usually used for swimming, canoeing, wind surfing and fishing. It is set in a beautifully landscaped area which has a childrens beach and play areas, a beachfront caf, volleyball courts and BBQ/picnic areas; a brilliant venue to bring all the family.
The increasingly popular Henley-on-Thames Triathlon is in its ninth year and takes place at Henley Leisure Centre and Gillotts School.
The town is perhaps best known for the annual Royal Regatta, which attracts some of the world's finest rowers. Conveniently situated just outside the picturesque town of Henley on the edge of the Chiltern Hills and the banks of the River Thame.
We want to encourage more women to have a go! Any age, any ability, just get together for the camaraderie and challenge, whilst raising vital funds for research into beating cancer. The event is aimed at all abilities, at all levels of fitness, from complete novice to club and pro triathlete, as well as charity and fun competitors.
UK Triathlon has dedicated a section of the event solely to The Pink Wave and is working in partnership with Cancer Research UK to raise money for research into all 200 types of cancer. Open to all women who want to take part. All abilities welcome. High 5's, cheers, and a lot of pink guaranteed!
Places are sure to fill up quickly, so secure your place and enter now.
A pool based Sprint Triathlon situated on the edge of the beautiful New Forest National Park. The bike course heads out towards the historic village of Beaulieu, with the run course going out towards the village of Dibden Purlieu. A great event for novices and experienced Triathletes alike.
Now approaching its 8th year this family friendly triathlon has the swim section at the new simming pool at Brackley Leisure Centre with transition area immediately outside. Family pool based triathlon with enclosed junior events and an adult rural bike around surrounding villages with attractive offsite & fully enclosed traffic free bike and run.
Adults choose a one or two lap 14 or 28km bike course and a one or two lap 2.5 or 5km run course, both taking in the beauty of Brackley and surrounding villages and countryside.
Sprint distance Aquabike. Swim and bike only option for the sprint distance. Those opting for the aquabike complete the course as normal but head straight for the finish after the bike section.
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What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Triathlons
If you’re just starting out, the best thing to do would be to book a Super Sprint or Sprint distance triathlon as these are the shortest two. There are lots of different ranges of abilities in triathlon so there’ll always be people actually ‘sprinting’ the Sprint distance but generally Sprints and Super Sprints are the best to get a feel for the sport. You can see the specific distances here.
Different Triathlon event types
- Super sprint triathlon: 400m/10km/2.5km
- Sprint distance triathlon: 750m/20km/5km
- Olympic distance triathlon: 1500m/40km/10km
- Half Ironman triathlon: 1.9km/90km/21km
- Ironman distance triathlon: 3.8km/180km/42km
Triathlons are an all day affair, so get a group together and go to the pub for lunch afterwards. Our experience is that most events happen in cool areas such as Dorney Lake in Windsor, so it’s a great excuse to escape the city for the day. They draw good crowds, and you’ll always have people cheering you on. Super Sprints tend to be very quick, so depending on your fitness level, you might want to choose a Sprint distance so you have enough time to enjoy each stage of the race. On average, Sprint triathlons will be over and done within 1.45–2 hours so it’ll go by in a flash.
Find the right triathlon for you
It’s important to have the right kit, you need a wetsuit that allows you to move and a good bike. We’ve collected a few of our favourite tris for beginners below, they’re great fun and certainly won’t disappoint. Best of luck from all of us here at LDT.