Standard & Sprint

Devon Duathlon

November 3, 2024
from 8:00 am

Which race? See below..


Roadford Lake was last used for a duathlon in 2016 & is a great venue for a duathlon. It starts with two laps of a 5K traffic free circuit, mostly on gravel.  The bike course, on quiet rolling roads, is so good it’s been chosen for the  National Masters Road Race Champs in 2023 & 2024. The final run is another lap of the same 5K circuit.

There’s also lakeside camping & camper van parking available! (booked separately)

This duathlon is non-drafting & run in accordance with the British Triathlon Federation rules. A TT or triathlon bike will definitely be fastest on this course. Our standard distance event is also a 2025 Age group European qualifier & will start in a single wave. We will also have a single wave Sprint competition which will be limited to 100 competitors.

We recommend first timers read our Duathlon Tips

What you get

  • Chip timing with transition splits
  • Mass start
  • Medals for all finishers (new design)
  • Prizes for category winners in 5 year age groups
  • Event caterers serving hot food & drinks
  • Professional event photos*
  • Public liability insurance
  • Professional First Aid

* photos free with Sportiva Events logo at social media resolution. Hi-res downloads with no watermark & prints are available for an additional charge


Standard Duathlon

10 Km 2 lap run
46 Km one lap bike
5 Km 1 lap run
17+ on 31st Dec 2023
Start Time from: 8:00 am
Registration from: 7:00 am
Cut Off Time: 12:00 pm

Sprint Duathlon

5 Km 1 lap run
20 Km one lap bike
2.5 Km 1 lap run
17+ on 31st Dec 2023
Start Time from: 8:00 am
Registration from: 7:00 am
Cut Off Time: 12:00 pm



Plenty of parking at the site. This will be charged at £5 per car at the entrance to the site. We expect parking to be busy so please car share where possible.


There is a medal for all finishers.
Please note we operate a one prize per person policy. So if a vet is the overall winner they will get that medal & prize & the other Vet 40s will move up one place.

Full list of award categories
Award categories are all for male & female except Team Relay which is unisex.
Prizes for top 3 provided we have at least 6 in the category two weeks before the date of the race. Otherwise the prize will just be for the winner of the category.
If we have more than 150 entries in a race we will also award prizes for Top Seniors.
Top 3 overall
Top 3 vet 40
Top 3 Vet 45
Top 3 Vet 50
Top 3 Vet 55
Top 3 Vet 60
Top 3 Vet 65
Top junior


Is drafting allowed at your duathlons?

Drafting is not allowed at our events & you need to adhere to the British Triathlon rules. You can find the full guidance here on the British Triathlon website. We have run the Donut Duathlon as a draft legal race in the past but due to safety concerns have decided to make it non-drafting. That means TT bikes and aerobars are allowed at all our events.

Why do duathlons start with a run?

They start with a run because if they started with a bike, the drafting effect would mean a large & dangerous peleton on the road. Running first spreads everyone out. For more information about duathlons see our articles Top 10 Duathlon Tips Top 10 Tips for Junior Duathletes 10 Tips for Junior Duathlons & What to wear for a duathlon.

Can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?

Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds as we start to incur costs as soon as we announce an event. However we now offer free name changes up to 7 days before an event with our booking software Eventrac and the chance to transfer yourself to a different event. Just scroll to the bottom of your email receipt and click the link which says  'online receipt'. You will then see options to transfer your entry to another event or another competitor. For all deferrals you must contact us a minimum of 7 days before the event and transfers are subject to an admin fee of £8 plus any difference in price. We've now enabled Refund Protect on all our events. That means for just 10 percent of your entry fee you can now insure against not being able to attend due to illness, injury, bereavement etc! Read what's covered when you sign up.

How do age categories work and what is the minimum age to compete?

For triathlons & duathlons your age group or your child's age group is calculated from your age on 31st December in the year of the competition. If, for example, you are 39 but turn 40 on 30th December you will compete as a Vet 40 for the whole of that year. Similarly if your child is 7 but turns 8 in December they are eligible to enter any Tristar Start event.
For events on open roads the minimum age is 15 or 17 for the longer Standard/Olympic distance events. However for our Pool-based triathlons the minimum age is 8 by 31st Dec in the year of competition or 5 for the Torbay Triathlons. And at our Donut Duathlon we have a mini duathlon with a bike or scoot followed by a run for children aged 3-7.
Just to confuse matters England Athletics (under whose rules we run most of our running events) use age on the day of the race instead of age at the end of the year.
Here is a summary of all the age groups (all ages are on 31st Dec of year of competition). Distances increase as children progress through TriStar. On our registration form just choose Tristar or Novice & you'll be automatically allocated to the correct category. The Novice events are aimed at children who are less  confident swimmers or trying triathlon for the first time.
Mini Duathlon ages 3-7 (only at our Donut Duathlon)
Mini Tri age 5, 6 & 7 (only at our Tavistock & Torbay Triathlons)
Tristar Start aged 8 (includes 8 year old novices)
Tristar 1 - aged 9-10
Tristar 2 - aged 11-12
Tristar 3 - aged 13-14
Youth - aged 15-16
Junior - aged 17-19
Novice 1 - aged 9-10 (same distances as Tristar Start)
Novice 2 - aged 11-14 (same distances as Tristar 2)
Senior - aged 20-39
Vet 40 - aged 40-49
Vet 50 - aged 50-59
Vet 60 - aged 60-69
Vet 70 - aged 70+




Roadford Lake, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, PL16 0RL

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Thank you for organising a great event, absolutely loved it. Marshall’s friendly, well organised, definitely the first of more duathlons for me, might try the standard one next year
Nick Cooper


<p>nb At all our races we operate a one prize per person policy and the top 3 overall are excluded from the Category results. So if a Vet40 comes first overall he or she will receive the prize for first overall & all other Vet 40s of that gender will move up one place in the results.</p>
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