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Triathlon

Triathlon is an exciting multi-discipline sport made up of a swim, then a bike ride and then a run.

See Also:
Cycling, Running, Swimming

An Overview of Triathlon

Competitors race against the clock which starts as they begin the swim and stops as they cross the finish line after the run. Race distances vary depending on age and preference. Maximum distances are set for children but adults can choose to race over a number of distances.

The kit you need for swimming, swimsuit and goggles. For riding, any bike in good working order and cycle helmet. For running, trainers, t-shirt/vest and shorts.

Triathlon is a great way to get active and, by taking on the three elements of swimming, cycling and running you can keep it fun and varied too.

Benefits

Triathlon offers an all-over body work out that will tone the legs through cycling and running, and the arms and upper body through swimming. Depending on your weight and how hard you work in training, swimming and cycling eat up around 600-700 calories an hour, and running even more, perhaps as many as 900.

Involvement

For people of all ages and abilities wanting to take part, there are approximately 750 triathlon clubs in the United Kingdom with many of them offering taster sessions for people interested in taking up the sport. Information on how you can join can be found on the websites of the British Triathlon Federation, Triathlon England.

Equipment

Some clubs offer wetsuits to hire for free, so just sort yourself out with a working bike for the cycling leg!

Facts

  • Triathlon made its debut in the Olympics in 2000.
  • The Brownlee brothers won Gold and Bronze in the London 2012 Olympics.

Find Triathlon Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Go TRI

GO TRI is a fun way to access triathlon for the first time. Join in swim, cycle or run training sessions or take part in your very first triathlon event.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

British Triathlon Federation

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General Information
Contact Email
info@britishtriathlon.org
Contact Telephone
01509 226 161
ATW Team

ATW Team

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Arctic One

Arctic One

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UK Sport

UK Sport

UK Sport provides strategic investment to enable Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic sports and athletes to achieve their full medal winning potential.

BRITISH UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES SPORT

BRITISH UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES SPORT

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Head of Membership

British Triathlon is passionate about developing an environment that makes Britain the world’s leading triathlon nation, enabling success and increasing participation.

Paratriathlon Head Coach (World Class Programme, Loughborough)

At British Triathlon we take great pride in the performances of our elite athletes and the power that those performances have to inspire ‘great experiences through Swim, Bike, Run’.