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

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.

Triathlon dates back to 1974 in Southern California where a group of friends started training together. there were swimmers, cyclists and runners and soon they began having races over two or all three of their sports and Triathlon was born! This great young sport was first included in the Olympics in Sydney 2000 where it proved a spectacular success.

In Britain, approximately 500 Triathlon races take place annually with 20,000 people taking part in 2005. It is possible to get involved in Triathlon from the age of 8 upwards. All you need to be able to do is swim, ride a bike and run!

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 in your area

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Oliver Heald

North West Regional Manager, 

British Triathlon

M: 07860695235


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