UK triathlon events

any good?

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01/11/2013 at 13:04

hi guys, I'm looking at doing a couple of Sprint distance events next year to ease myself into triathlon before the big one in 2015. I've been looking at some of these I'm thinking about the Stratford one to start, anybody done any with these guys? 

01/11/2013 at 13:34

i did the ultimate half this year - it was ok event, but the marshalling was pretty poor and allowed people to shortcut the route.

01/11/2013 at 13:46

Stratford has been done many a person off this forum as their 1st tri - it's one of the better ones to do as a beginner

there are plenty of other tris around that are equally as good so check out the events section of the BTF website or the same on for some more ideas.  not all 2014 events are listed yet and won't be until race directors have finalised their plans but there should be enough listed.


01/11/2013 at 14:19

nice one, the UK triathlon events do look very beginner friendly and Stratford isn't too far from me. The Birmingham event would have been ideal as I live near Sutton park, but I'll be away after doing the Wales marathon. Doh!

01/11/2013 at 14:43

I supported at the Warwickshire one which is similar I think - they had bags of fun and was very inclusive.  I'm doing Stratford next year as well

01/11/2013 at 15:02

yeah,I think the Warwickshire one is pretty much the same as the Stratford one)I may well see you then suckutupbuttercup ...can that name be abbreviated?lol

01/11/2013 at 15:05

I've already spelt it wrong! bloody phone lol

Cake    pirate
01/11/2013 at 15:05

They are the same race just a different name for it. I've done a few of these guys races and while they are pricy but very beginner friendly and should see you there mate.  I'd echo what FB said through and take a look around and see what you can see.

01/11/2013 at 15:18

cheers cake and FB, I'll do that. I'm looking to enter another towards the end of the season too.

01/11/2013 at 15:26

I'm with Cake, they are a little pricey but well organised and quite a nice course, i did Sutton park too, the 8 laps on the bike was fun, bit of an up hill then a real fast decent for half the lap, the only trouble was the "wild cows" one poor chap fell off his bike avoiding one and another racer was chased into a bush

I did Stratford (or Warwickshire) as my first tri and will be there next year too, they do a nice BBQ, if you put a slow swim time down you'll get a later start and time to get a burger down, I considered getting one in T1 but didn't have the correct change.

Check out trifinder and triuk websites for events, theres loads

Cake    pirate
01/11/2013 at 15:32

While your looking you might be interested in bristol tri as your first open water tri next year. Don't know the date off hand Biased because it's run by a lovely pirate but loved it when did it a few years back. Well worth the petrol.

Golden Boots    pirate
01/11/2013 at 17:24

+1 for Bristol when I did it two years ago! It was their first event and was superb!


May go back again this year actualy. When is that cake?

Cake    pirate
01/11/2013 at 17:50

 Dude I think we where there at the same time. It's july time normally I'm sure if there is a date set yet the bristol massive will let us know.

01/11/2013 at 18:50

29th June, May be doable for me, though I may have to get some open water experience first. JP, I'll be putting a slow swim time down anyway as I can't actually swim much at the moment anyway, good enough excuse for a burger I reckon lol.

01/11/2013 at 18:51

I'm down for Stratford again.  Its a bench mark race for me and was my first ever tri.  I agree that it is beginner friendly and if you put down a slow swim time then you get a chance to see how others get through transition and some of the mistakes to avoid.  Watching others is a great way to learn without making the same mistakes yourself

01/11/2013 at 19:01

well I'm definitely sold on Stratford now SuperCaz I'll get it booked next week 

01/11/2013 at 19:19

There should be at least 4 of us from here attending, so keep an eye out for us and come over and say hello.  At least one of us will have pirate kit so we should be easy to identify

01/11/2013 at 19:24

Just call me Buttercup - it's probably easier

02/11/2013 at 09:59

is the stratford an indoor swim? Not done a pool based tri before so might give it ago. Cant be that different i guess



02/11/2013 at 13:24

Yes it is pool based.  Everyone is set off at 15 second intervals so that you get some clear water in front of you.  The pool is divided into 3 lanes.  You do 4 lengths in the first lane, dunk under the lane rope, do 4 lengths in the second lane and then repeat for the last lane before getting out.  It makes counting lengths easy and keeps the pool fairly clear.  Each lane is very wide so there is room to overtake slower swimmers if necessary

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