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Olympic Triathlons

The Olympic Distance, or Standard Distance, Triathlon is a multisport event consisting of a 1.5k (0.9 mile) swim, 40k (24.9 mile) bike, and 10k (6.2 mile) run. The Olympic Triahtlon is the most popular distance in the UK. It was first introduced as an Olympic sport at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and has grown in popularity ever since. In the UK, the sport rose to even greater prominence after the success of the Brownlee brothers winning Gold and Bronze at the London Olympics 2012. There are a range of Olympic triathlon events on offer in the UK. Some are big city events, such as the London Triathlon or World Triathlon Leeds, which take you past historic landmarks and have huge crowds of supporters. Other events are more scenic and rural, making the most of Britain's natural beauty, such as the popular Blenheim Triathlon. These events often offer shorter distance races as well so that beginners or family members can get involved.

23 events found
Cardiff Triathlon & Duathlon
Booked 11 times this week

Sunday, 26th Jun 2022

Cardiff Triathlon & Duathlon

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Cardiff, Cardiff

Participants

olympic, sprint, super sprint

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£65.99 – £195
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
The Marlow Classic
Booked 25 times this week

Sunday, 29th May 2022

The Marlow Classic

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Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Participants

olympic, sprint, medium (2–5km)

Star4

(14 reviews)

FilledTicket£20 – £110
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
The SportPursuit Slateman10 Triathlon & Duathlon
Booked 2 times this week

Saturday, 11th Jun 2022

The SportPursuit Slateman10 Triathlon & Duathlon

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Llanberis, Gwynedd

Participants

olympic, sprint, half ironman, super sprint, medium (2–5km)

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£26 – £179.99
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryHilly trail
The Fugitive
Booked 14 times this week

Sunday, 3rd Jul 2022

The Fugitive

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Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Participants

half ironman, olympic, sprint, medium (2–5km)

Star4.5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket£20 – £110
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat road
Dorney Lake Multisport Weekender - Runs

Saturday, 3rd Sep 2022

Dorney Lake Multisport Weekender - Runs

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Dorney, Buckinghamshire

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k, olympic, sprint, super sprint, medium (2–5km)

Star3.5

(8 reviews)

FilledTicket£20 – £35
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
Superfeet Sandman Triathlon & Duathlon
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, 10th Sep 2022

Superfeet Sandman Triathlon & Duathlon

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Isle of Anglesey

Participants

super sprint, sprint, half ironman, olympic

FilledTicket£70.99 – £184.99
Booking perksGreat scenery
Eton Dorney Triathlons
Booked 7 times this week

Sunday, 25th Sep 2022

Eton Dorney Triathlons

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Windsor

Participants

super sprint, sprint, olympic

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket£50 – £90
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
Skegness Triathlon
Booked 6 times this week

Sunday, 8th May 2022

Skegness Triathlon

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Skegness, Lincolnshire

Participants

super sprint, sprint, olympic

FilledTicket£30 – £55
Booking perksRoad
Weymouth Classic & Sprint Triathlon
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, 5th Jun 2022

Weymouth Classic & Sprint Triathlon

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Weymouth, Dorset

Participants

sprint, olympic

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£53.50 – £68.50
Booking perksGreat atmosphereTrail
The Weymouth Triathlon
Booked 4 times this week

Sunday, 26th Jun 2022

The Weymouth Triathlon

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Weymouth, Dorset

Participants

half ironman, olympic, sprint

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£55 – £155
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
The Original Swanage Triathlon Festival
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, 3rd Jul 2022

The Original Swanage Triathlon Festival

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Swanage, Dorset

Participants

sprint, olympic, medium (2–5km)

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£21 – £156.50
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryHilly road
English Riviera Triathlon

Sunday, 3rd Jul 2022

English Riviera Triathlon

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Paignton, Torbay

Participants

olympic, sprint, super sprint, medium (2–5km)

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£36 – £59
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
Exmouth Openwater Sprint Triathlon
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, 11th Sep 2022

Exmouth Openwater Sprint Triathlon

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Exmouth, Devon

Participants

sprint, olympic

Star5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket£50 – £75
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
Beyond Cotswold Triathlon (Saturday)
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, 17th Sep 2022

Beyond Cotswold Triathlon (Saturday)

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Shorncote, Gloucestershire

Participants

olympic, sprint, super sprint

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£45 – £80
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
Beyond Cotswold Triathlon (Sunday)
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, 18th Sep 2022

Beyond Cotswold Triathlon (Sunday)

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Shorncote, Gloucestershire

Participants

olympic, sprint, super sprint

FilledTicket£45 – £75
Booking perks
Wild Boar Middle Distance & Olympic
Booked 7 times this week

Sunday, 19th Jun 2022

Wild Boar Middle Distance & Olympic

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Tidenham, Gloucestershire

Participants

olympic, half ironman

FilledTicket£55 – £70
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
West Bay Triathlon
Booked 4 times this week

Sunday, 19th Jun 2022

West Bay Triathlon

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West Bay, Dorset

Participants

olympic, sprint, super sprint

Star3

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£40 – £44
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
Newport Sprint & Olympic Triathlon
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, 18th Sep 2022

Newport Sprint & Olympic Triathlon

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Newport, Newport

Participants

super sprint, sprint, olympic

FilledTicket£45 – £65
Booking perksFlat road
Royal Windsor Triathlon

Sunday, 12th Jun 2022

Royal Windsor Triathlon

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Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead

Participants

sprint, olympic

Star4.5

(11 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereFlat
Cork Standard Triathlon

Saturday, 18th Jun 2022

Cork Standard Triathlon

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County Cork

Participants

olympic

FilledTicket€80
Trail
Triathlon @ Alderford

Saturday, 18th Jun 2022

Triathlon @ Alderford

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Whitchurch, Shropshire

Participants

olympic, sprint, super sprint

FilledTicket£64.95 – £94.95
Flat trail
Abersoch Triathlon & 1k Beach Sprint

Monday, 18th Jul 2022

Abersoch Triathlon & 1k Beach Sprint

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Abersoch, Gwynedd

Participants

olympic, sprint

FilledTicket£5 – £85
Great sceneryFlat
Shropshire Triathlon

Sunday, 4th Sep 2022

Shropshire Triathlon

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Ellesmere, Shropshire

Participants

olympic, sprint

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£64.95 – £179
Great atmosphereFlat road
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About Olympic Triathlons in the UK

The Olympic DistanceTriathlon, aka the Standard Distance Triathlon, is made up of a 1500m swim, a 40k cycle and 10k run. In the UK, triathlon events are often held between the Spring and Autumn, when conditions are warmer for outdoor swimming. This distance was introduced to the Olympics at Sydney 2000. British triathletes have had great success in Olympic triathlons, most notably the Brownlee brothers.

As with all triathlon events, be aware of the kit list required for each event. The equipment required may vary from race to race, however there are a few essentials for every triathlon event that you should be aware of. We’ve put together a list of essentials for any triathlon event, which should hopefully give you a head start in your race preparation.

What are the best Olympic Triathlons?

Olympic distance triathlons are the standard length of competition recognised by the ITU (International Triathlon Union) which runs the World Triathlon Series events. The World Triathlon Leeds is an excellent example of one of the UK’s most popular events with huge crowds of 70,000 plus. Other notable big name Olympic Triathlons include the London Triathlon and Hever Castle which is treasured for taking place in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Check out our list of Olympic Triathlons to find the best event for you.

What is the average time to complete an Olympic Triathlon?

A strong time for an amateur would be anything under the three hour mark. However to get to this level will require a decent level of investment in training. Top professionals will complete these events in under two hours. Alistair Brownlee famously won gold at the London Olympics in 2012 with a finishing time of 1:46:25.

How long should I train for an Olympic triathlon?

Starting from the ground up, we’d recommend you train well for around 12 weeks prior to an Olympic Triathlon event, especially if you want to post a competitive time. Following a tried and tested training programme can help with motivation and allow you to better track your progress. There are plenty of tri clubs in the UK, which will help you through training and you can make friends along the way. After a couple of these events, why not test your mettle with a Middle Distance or even a Full Distance Triathlon?

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