Triathlons have seen enormous growth in both popularity and availability during the last decade, which has been great to see. This year’s line-up of events looks better than ever, so we thought we would take a look at some of the best ones happening in and around London. With there now being so many types of triathlon to participate in, you will be able to find one that suits you no matter your age, fitness or ability (so no more excuses!).
Blenheim Palace – 9th and 10th June
The Bleheim Triathlon has always managed to attract marquee participants to its elite level race, with Jenson Button posting a very impressive time in last year’s event. This year is no different with the Palace managing to secure the Brownlee brothers and Helen Jenkins as competitors in the elite race. The circuit itself certainly makes the most of the amazing setting with the swim in the Palace’s lake, the transition area in the royal courtyard, and the run and cycle taking in much of the sprawling manicured gardens that Blenheim is famed for. Competition takes place over two days and there are different lengths and relay options available. Hurry though, as today is the last day to get your ticket! Here’s their website for more info.
London Triathlon – 22nd and 23rd September
The London Triathlon takes in lots of the famous sites that dominate the city’s skyline with the main action happening in the docklands stretch of the Thames. The event usually attracts large crowds so if you like to have people cheering you when you are struggling to finish that final 100m run this could be the event for you! There are lots of different entry options available including a seniors option and a relay event if you would prefer to do it with friends, so there should be something for everyone! The date also means there is still plenty of time to sign up and get into shape, plus the Thames will be at its warmest (NB still v.cold!). For more info head over to their website.
Shock absorber women-only Tri – 10th June
If you would prefer to participate in a triathlon in a ‘girls all in it together’ kind of environment at the Olympic sailing event location then look no further. The Shock Absorber event on the 10th June offers 4 options; the novice, sprint and challenge plus a relay option. Prices start at £62 and the closing date for entries is on the 4th June. The event offers a very flat run and cycle plus calm water for the swim, which should make it ideal if you are still finding your feet in the triathlon world. For more info please go to the human race website.
Chantilly Triathlon – 26th August
The Chantilly triathlon, as you would expect from the name, located slightly further a field just outside of Paris (map). This is part of the Castle Triathlon series which turns some of the UK and Europe’s finest historical buildings into great triathlon locations for the weekend. More suited to the more proficient triathlete, prices start at £50 for adults but there are obviously other logistical costs to take into consideration. The views, beautiful gardens and amazing architecture will really make this a sports event to remember and *almost* take your mind off the pain your are in! There are a huge number of options for taking part, including a family event with 2 adults and 2/3 children making up a team, which could be a great way to get the kids into a great sport at an early age! For more info here is the Castle Tri Series website.
Jenny Clark Try a Tri – 17th June: Catering exclusively for the novice and first-time triathlete. More info here.
The Olympics triathlon event – 4th and 7th August: We couldn’t finish without mentioning the big triathlon event of the year, where GB are in a good position to win at least a couple of medals. There are just over 80 days to go and we are already very excited!
We also thought you might enjoy this video which made us laugh, and will hopefully be recognisable to anyone who has had friends/relatives who have become slightly obsessed with triathlons…