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Sprint Triathlons

Sprint Triathlons are multisport events, consisting of a 750m swim, a 20k bike, and a 5k run. All of the sections are exactly half the distance of an Olympic distance, or Standard, triathlon. They are hugely popular events, either for beginners who are wanting to build experience in triathlons, or for regular triathletes who are wanting to keep match-fit and to aim for a speedy new PB. Aiming for finishing a sprint triathlon in under 90 minutes is a good place to start. These events are often part of bigger triathlon festivals, where other distances might be on offer, including Super-Sprint and Olympic options. This means that family members and friends can all take part in a weekend, whatever their standard or experience. Some Sprint triathlons take place in cities, and have indoor pool swims. Others require open-water swimming, and the bike and run sections take you out into the countryside.
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  • AUG8

    The London Triathlon

    London, London, United Kingdom

    Attracting over 13,000 participants and 30,000 spectators each year, this iconic event has become a must do event in the sporting calendar. With a variety...

    • Triathlon
    • Olympic
    • Sprint
  • SEP28

    Mumbles Triathlon

    Mayals, Wales, United Kingdom

    The award-winning Mumbles Triathlon has become a well known event in South Wales, and attracts a number of athletes from all levels and...

    £45 - £125
    • Triathlon
    • Half Ironman
    • Sprint
    • Super Sprint
  • OCT6

    Warwickshire Triathlon

    Stratford-upon-Avon, West Midlands, United Kingdom

    The Warwickshire Triathlon is a fun but challenging event set around the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The event is aimed at all abilities and...

    £59.50 - £64.95
    • Triathlon
    • Super Sprint
    • Sprint
  • JUN13

    The SportPursuit Slateman Triathlon

    Llanberis, Wales, United Kingdom

    A swim surrounded with mountains, a bike course in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and a run through an awesome slate quarry - we challenge you to...

    £26 - £190
    • Triathlon
    • Olympic
    • Sprint
    • Half Ironman
    • Duathlon
    • Swimming
  • SEP22

    Hercules Festival of Sport – St. Albans

    St Albans, East of England, United Kingdom

    Set in the historic Roman town of St. Albans, our Hercules Festival of Sport will once again be a wonderful event and an ideal end to your season.

    Our...

    £15 - £55
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
    • Duathlon
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • MAY17

    Exmouth Triathlon

    Exmouth, South West, United Kingdom

    Returning again with 8 races this year! An event that has multiple distances and category groups for you to choose from.

    This event is perfect for all...

    £15 - £31
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
    • Super Sprint
  • SEP29

    Dawlish Triathlon

    Dawlish Warren, South West, United Kingdom

    The Dawlish returns. 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...

    £22 - £41
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
    • Super Sprint
  • SEP22

    Teesdale Triathlon

    Barnard Castle, North East, United Kingdom

    The Teesdale Triathlon is one of the most popular events on the North-East calendar. It consists of a 400m (16 lengths) pool swim, followed by an 18-mile...

    £35 - £40
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
  • OCT6

    Brackley Triathlon

    Brackley, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    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...

    £18 - £55
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
    • Swimming
  • MAY17

    Bridport Triathlon

    Bridport, South West, United Kingdom

    The Bridport triathlon is a pool based Triathlon aimed at all levels of fitness and ability, the shorter distance option makes this event perfect for...

    £35
    • Duathlon
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
    • Super Sprint
  • SEP22

    Newent Triathlon

    Newent, South West, United Kingdom

    Sprint Distance Triathlon. 400m swim, 18k cycle, 5k run. A friendly, local triathlon, suitable for first timers and experienced triathletes. 26 lengths of...

    £28
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
  • SEP22

    North West Triathlon

    Nantwich, North West, United Kingdom

    The North West Triathlon is set in Nantwich, Cheshire and offers a spectator friendly venue for supporting family or friends and a fun and relaxed...

    £59.95 - £64.95
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
    • Super Sprint
  • SEP22

    End O Season Epworth Sprint Triathlon

    Epworth, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    400m pool swim, 20km bike, 5km run. The event is taking place on the 21st of September...

    £40 - £45
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
  • SEP29

    Southampton Fast Twitch Triathlon

    Dibden, South East, United Kingdom

    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...

    £47
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
  • SEP29

    MacQueen Bros. Mid Argyll Triathlon

    Lochgilphead, Scotland, United Kingdom

    The MacQueen Bros Mid Argyll Triathlon aspires to be a sporting event which promotes local community participation balanced with the right degree of...

    £36 - £42
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
  • OCT6

    Minehead Triathlon

    Minehead, South West, United Kingdom

    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...

    £45 - £70
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
  • SEP22

    Peebles Sprint Triathlon

    Peebles, Scotland, United Kingdom

    A sprint race staged in the beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders.

    Distances: Swim 750m swim, cycle 19.14km cycle and run...

    £36.05 - £45.50
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
  • SEP29

    Bedford Super Sprint Triathlon Series – The Autumn Sprint

    Bedford, East of England, United Kingdom

    The Bedford Super Sprint Triathlon Series has been on the calendar since 2004 and has attracted a whole spectrum of competitors from complete novices who...

    £35 - £60
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
  • SEP29

    East Leake Triathlon (End of Season)

    East Leake, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    The friendly atmosphere makes East Leake Triathlon a superb event for the first timer (each event we have over 150 first timers), whilst the fast flat...

    £30 - £45
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
  • APR10

    The Radley Triathlon

    Radley, South East, United Kingdom

    Set in the scenic grounds of Radley College in Abingdon, just outside of Oxford.

    The Radley Triathlon a.k.a. Good Fri Tri is a fantastic pool-based...

    £39.99 - £49.99
    • Triathlon
    • Sprint
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About Sprint Triathlons in the UK

The Sprint Triathlon consists of a 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run, making it the second shortest standard triathlon distance. It’s a great event for newbies to get to grips with the discipline and for the experienced to kickstart a season, making it one of the most popular triathlon categories in the UK. These shorter events can sometimes include indoor sections, especially for the swim, which means they can take place all year round.

It’s a good idea to be aware of the specific rules regarding equipment for any triathlon you enter. Depending on the conditions, different equipment can become mandatory for a race. We’ve put together a list of the essential items for any triathlon on our blog to help you get started.

What are the best Sprint Triathlons?

The Blenheim Palace Triathlon weekend is a great example of an event that focuses on the Sprint and Super-Sprint formats (in a truly stunning setting). In keeping with the regal settings, the Royal Windsor Triathlon offers both an Olympic distance and Sprint that is very well reviewed by our users.

Finally, the Deva Divas Sprint Triathlon has won much praise for its great atmosphere and route, but unlucky for the boys, as it’s women only.

What is the average time to complete a sprint triathlon?

For an amateur, especially if it’s your first time, anything under an hour and a half can be considered a good time. More experienced athletes might try to push for one hour and fifteen minutes or under. The top professionals expect to win races by coming in under the one hour mark.

How long should I train for a sprint triathlon?

Starting from scratch, but with a decent base fitness level, we’d recommend that you consider following our eight week training plan. This will help you to be as competitive as you’d like come race day. After you’ve completed a couple of these events, you might want to consider testing yourself with an Olympic Triathlon.