Can anyone be a triathlete?

Yes, absolutely anyone can be a triathlete. Anyone who can swim, bike and run can participate in a triathlon, which also means that physically challenged people can race. The most famous team in the triathlon world is Team Hoyt, comprised of a father who races with his physically challenged son in marathons, duathlons and Ironmans (triathlons) all over the world. Check out Team Hoyt for more information or for a life time's worth of inspiration!

Do you have to be a life time athlete to be a triathlete?

Nope! Triathletes come in all shapes and sizes. When you see the brochures or visit the race website, you'll only see pictures of a super fit muscle man wrapped in a wet suit and a great tan. In reality, the average person that comes in after he crosses the finish line is the average Joe and Jane. They are mother, fathers, grandparents, full-time job holders and other people like that. They don't train full time and have sponsors; they work 9-5! The average triathlete participating in mini-triathlons looks like that guy sitting next to you at work.

Why would I want to compete in a triathlon?

Because triathlons are only THE best race you can do! No, really, they are.

Triathletes tend to be very healthy individuals; they are very organized in daily life; and are very fit. Who can say they are too healthy and can't afford to be any healthier? Who can say that they are very well organized in their daily life and can only suffer from being any more organized? Who, out there, can say that they are as fit as they would like to be and would not like to be any fitter? Enough said!

Also, triathletes tend to be a great group of people to hang out with. They are like-minded and normally have a majority of interests in common. 

How long are triathlons?

Novice - is the shortest in distance. The swim distance is 200m, the bike is less than 10km and the run is 2.5 km.

Sprint - is the next step up. The swim distance is 400m, the bike is less than 20km and the run is 5 km.

Standard Triathlon - is your lifetime tri-challenge: The swim distance is 1500m, the bike is 40km and the run is 10km.

Why do TryTri ask for an estimated swim time?

It is important that you give an as accurate as possible estimate of your swim time over the swim distance in your event so that we can place you in a wave of swimmers who are about the same ability as yourself. So, if you're not sure, hop in your nearest pool and get timing! If you find that your swim time changes, just let us know before the event!

Can I use any stroke during the swim?

You can use any forward stroke except backstroke. This can easily be confused with the distress signal, therefore backstroke is not allowed. We recommend that you swim front crawl or breaststroke.

Can I use a mountain bike?

You can use any bike as long as it is in good working condition. Your brakes and general condition of your bike will be checked before you enter transition. If you are concerned about the working condition of your bike then we advise you to have a professional check before the event.

Does my helmet meet safety standards?

Your helmet will pass the safety inspection as long as it has no cracks in it, no damage and bears a CE & EU safety mark inside it. The strap must also be in good working order.

Is there water available on the bike course?

There will only be a water at the finish. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough fluid to keep yourself hydrated on the cycle.

Can I use Tri Bars?

You can use Tri-bars as long as they are secure and have no sharp edges.

What is drafting?

Getting too close to the rider in front and saving energy from the wind shield. Try to maintain a 7x3m box around the back of the rider in front. As a general rule, either pass the person in front or stay well behind.

What is the advantage of using a road bike?

It will allow you to cycle faster on the roads as the tyres are smoother and provide less resistance. The frame is generally lighter, reducing the effort required. It is not essential but will make the cycle slightly easier.

How can I check race results?

We aim to publish race results within 24 hours after the race on our website under Results.

What training do I need to do prior to the event?

Although our events are suitable from novice level, it should be remembered that multi-sport events can be strenuous, and you will need to prepare your body (and mind) for this. For more advice and guidance you might try joining a local triathlon club, working with a coach, and reading books and internet resources on the topic. A good place to start is British Triathlon: http://www.britishtriathlon.org

When do I get my race pack?

Race packs are available for collection on event day – your pack will include your race bib, chip timer and swim hat.

What kit do I need to bring on the day?

There are several things that you will need on the day to help you to perform your best. The following is a list of our suggestions - talk to other triathletes and develop a list to best suit you.

  • Warm/suitable clothes for prior to and after the event
  • Safety pins - for race number
  • Race numbers - attached to your race t-shirt or race belt, with any medical conditions clearly written on the back of both numbers. You will need to show your race numbers to get into transition 
  • Triathlon suit - all-in-one, two piece or equivalent; or swim costume, t-shirt and shorts.
  • Goggles
  • Bike – leave it set up in transition in a low gear so you can get going easily!
  • Spare inner tube and tyre levers (in case you get a flat tyre en route) - probably best to store these in an under-saddlebag, crossbar bag, or similar 
  • Tyre pump - probably mounted on your bike 
  • Helmet (with the straps undone and untangled - ready to quickly put on). Your helmet must be put on BEFORE you TOUCH your bike in transition
  • Talc - leave ready-sprinkled in your cycle shoes (your feet may be wet after your swim) 
  • Towel - to dry your face/hands with after your swim 
  • Bike shoes (if using a separate pair of clip-in shoes) 
  • Drink bottle - with your preferred drink in, stored on your bike 
  • Energy bars/gels - taped to your bike, or stuffed in a pocket
  • Run shoes (some people prefer elasticated laces to aid the speed at which these can be put on)
  • Socks - if you prefer these with your bike and/or run shoes 
  • Another good tip is to memorise your bike position in transition, and walk through each stage of coming in and out of transition before you start your event


Do I have to wear my race numbers in the pool?

No, at registration you will be given an envelope with your race number in but you will only need your race numbers for the cycle and run - have them pinned on ready in transition, on your t-shirt/top or race belt.

Events Transfers/Withdrawals/Refunds Policy 

In respect to any request for a race transfer, withdrawal, and/or refund, we will implement the following policy:

Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances after a Race Entry has been submitted.

A withdrawal from a TryTri event can be made at any time prior to an event. If you are withdrawing at least 14 days before an event, you can request a Race Transfer to another event (instructions on how to do this are below) or substitute another person into your place. Within 14 days of the event, transfers or substitutions are not available. 

Transfer your entry to someone else

You can transfer your entry to another person up to 14 days before the event. Within 14 days of the event, substitutions are not possible. All transfers must be authorised by the event organisers by contacting [email protected]

Transfer your entry to another ReesLeisure event

You can transfer your entry to another event in the same year or the following year up to 14 days before the event. Within 14 days of the event, transfers are not possible. All transfers must be done by contacting the event organisers ([email protected]) and a £5 fee will be charged.
The withdrawal policy can be downloaded here.

Can anyone accompany me into transition?

No, sorry - for security and safety reasons only competitors showing their race numbers are allowed into transition - no friends, family, colleagues or spectators. This ruling and security measure helps to keep your equipment safe and secure in the transition area.

Can I jump a red light during a race?

No, cyclists must obey the Highway Code at all times. You will be penalised if caught breaking it. Your time will be recorded when stopped at traffic lights and deducted from your final time.

Can people come and spectate at your events?

Spectators are always welcome! Our venues have plenty to keep you entertained, with great viewing points from which to watch the competitors.

What time do your events start?

Start times are displayed on the event details on our website. All competitors are emailed the event booklet and start list between one and two weeks prior to an event, and this information is also available to download from the website.

How do I change my estimated swim time?

This is no problem - we understand that competitor's swim times can change, e.g. due to injury or increased fitness or ability. If your swim time changes, please drop us an email on [email protected] and we’ll amend it for you. You will be able to do this until 14 days prior to an event.

I haven't received an email confirming my entry - what do I do?

Occasionally emails sent from us are treated as spam or junk mail. If you do not receive your confirmation email, please email [email protected] and we can resend it for you.

Do I have to wear a wetsuit for TryTri Events?

For our pool-based events we ask that you do NOT wear a wetsuit - the water temperature is too warm for this piece of equipment. 

Can under 16-year olds enter your events?

We are sorry but due to child protection and insurance restrictions, we do not currently allow any under 16-year olds to enter adult distance events but we do have children’s distances available. Take a look here for the May Day children triathlon or here for the brand new StSwithuns Triathlon