Guide to Junior Triathlons

Guide to Junior Triathlons

Your child comes bouncing in saying "Mum! Dad!, guess what? I'm doing a triathlon!" You answer with enthusiasm "That's Great! Well done! A triathlon!" But one of two things will be going through your head. The first might be, "great, I know what this is" OR "A Tri....What?" It the answer is the latter please don't worry! Junior Triathlon is a brilliant way for kids to experience three sports in one go. It’s also perfect for kids with low boredom thresh holds and stacks of energy! Your child might be a good swimmer, great runner or just loves being on…

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10 Tips for Beginner Triathletes.

10 Tips for Beginner Triathletes.

We’re getting lots of questions from first time triathletes. So we’d thought we’d put together some of the most common questions into a Beginners FAQ What order do you complete the swim, bike and run? (nb this is a genuine question from a beginner) You got it! That is almost always the order in a triathlon: a swim then a bike then a run. Think about an ironman triathlon (2 ½ mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26 mile run). It wouldn’t be safe to do the swim when you’re completely exhausted. I assume you have to bring your own bike?…

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10 Tips for your first Duathlon

10 Tips for your first Duathlon

Just to be clear a duathlon is almost always a run, bike, run. Distances can vary but a typical sprint distance duathlon is a 5K run, a 20K bike and a 2.5K run. A standard distance is double those distances. The winning time in a sprint distance duathlon is likely to be around an hour with other finishers taking up to two hours. Duathlons start with a run to spread people out. If they started with a bike race there would just be a big, potentially dangerous bunch of riders. I was pretty naive the first time I tried a…

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South Hams Triathlon Race Report 2016

South Hams Triathlon Race Report 2016

After the perfect conditions of 2015 it was back to normal British summer weather for the send South Hams Triathlon on Sunday 12th June. It started with a cold choppy swim followed by a damp and skiddy bike leg and a slightly muddy run. The red/green wave containing all the favourites were first off. First into T1 was Stephen Hammond a Vet 50 who managed the 750 metre swim and 200 metre run up the beach in a very impressive 12.02, Junior Harry Preston was less than a minute behind in 12.53 with Stuart Bereton in 3rd a further 15…

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South Hams Triathlon Sell out in Record Time

South Hams Triathlon Sell out in Record Time

In only its second year the South Hams Sprint Triathlon sold out three months early. The organisers Ben Tisdall & Stewart Bergman took the decision to limit numbers to 300 mainly because the runners have to cross the bikes to access the Run. Ben Tisdall said 'we wanted to make sure we could run the event smoothly and safely so reluctantly we're having to turn people away.' We are operating a free waiting list but will not be releasing any additional places just accepting people when people who've already entered notify us they can't take part. Also new for 2016…

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The 6th Dartington Duathlon Report

The 6th Dartington Duathlon Report

This was the 6th Dartington Duathlon and the second over the longer ‘Standard’ distance of 10k run, 40k bike and 5k run. Nearly 150 competitors took to the start line in near perfect racing conditions with a temperature of around 12 degrees and not much wind. In the first 10K run, Jack Lawson, winner of our sprint event in October 2013, already had a small gap at the halfway point. He finished the hilly run in 34.27, over 30 seconds quicker than last year’s quickest Run 1 split and over a minute ahead of a small group of challengers with…

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Fourth Dartington Duathlon Race Report

Fourth Dartington Duathlon Race Report

The fourth Dartington Duathlon on Sunday 26th October 2014 was also our first over the ‘Standard’ distance of 10k run, 40k bike and 5k run. Competitors enjoyed near perfect conditions for a duathlon with a temperature of around 12 degrees and no wind or rain. Veteran Peter Waumsley built up an early lead in Run 1 and already had a decent gap at the 5k mark to finish with the best 10k run split of 34:59. But come the bike leg it was the turn of the strongest cyclists to turn on the power. Adam Gitlin managed the best bike split of…

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The First Ever Dartington Duathlon Race Report

The First Ever Dartington Duathlon Race Report

Despite the cold (2C) , blustery conditions nearly 150 duathletes took to the start line at the inaugural Dartington Duathlon on Sunday, March 24th 2013 18 year old Chris Perham took an early lead in the initial 5km run and came into transition (T1), in 17:04, nearly a minute ahead of second placed, veteran Jon Parkinson. It was a great time considering the very cold conditions that had two of the front runners pulling out with muscle strains, and the tough hill towards the end of the 5km lap. In third place was Joe Arundel. On the bike leg, however,…

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