Standard Aquathlon

Tavistock Aquathlon

May 4, 2025
from 8:00 am

Which race? See below..

Overview

Tavistock Aquathlon uses the amazing Olympic legacy 50m pool at Mount Kelly. It’s not just 50m’s long but has three meter lanes!

After the swim you run out through the back of the Mount Kelly grounds to start the final 10K run. It uses the old railway line and is mostly traffic free apart from a short section on a quiet lane.

What you get

  • Finishers medals for all + podium prizes
  • British Triathlon permitted*
  • Silicone swim hats on request (see Sustainability)
  • Event photographs*
  • Secure transition
  • Numbered racking
  • Toilets & showers
  • Professional First Aid
  • Public Liability Insurance

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

RACE STATS

AQUATHLON (SWIM RUN)

16 length 800m swim
1 lap 10k run
AGE
16 on 31 Dec 2023
Start Time: 8.00 am
Registration from: 6:30 am

AQUABIKE (SWIM BIKE)

16 length 800m swim
2 laps 36k bike
AGE
16 on 31 Dec 2023
Start Time: 8.00 am
Registration from: 6:30 am

TRIATHLONS

Standard, Sprint, Tristars &
Swim Bike Run novice events
AGE
5+ on 31 Dec 2023
Start Time: 08:00
Find out more & register

EVENT INFORMATION

Parking

There are two areas to park. The first is just past the school (approaching from Tavistock) on the right. We recommend you download the free what3words app & use this link to take you there – https://w3w.co/sudden.fills.lend
The second area is the prep school car park. It’s just a few minutes walk from transition. However it is also a few minutes drive as you have to go the long way round by car. The prep school operates a one way system there so make sure you enter by the rear entrance at what3words location – https://w3w.co/stones.above.hears

Please do not park in the small swimming pool car park as it’s reserved for marshals who will be out on the bike & run courses.

Medals & Awards

Medals for all finishers + special podium medals for top 3 male & female in all Tristar Categories plus Sprint, Standard & Go Tri.
For standard & sprint we will offer special medals for Top 3 male & female overall, Vet 40, Vet 50 & Vet 60.

FAQs

What are gear restrictions?

Gear restrictions are designed to ensure children do not push gears that are too big (or two high). This is to ensure riders are not pushing too hard a gear and potentially damaging developing bodies, and to offer a level playing field in races. Please see the British Triathlon Gear & Maximum Rollout Distance Tables to see the exact gears required. At our Sprint Torbay Triathlon on Sunday 7th April, which is a South West Junior Series Event, we will be checking all gears for Tristar 1, Tristar 2 & Tristar 3 competitors. If gears are too high we will use the adjustment screws to disable the top one or two gears on the bike.

How environmentally friendly are you?

We're doing our best to minimise our environmental impact. Here are a few of our initiatives. Trees Not Tees For all the events where we include a t-shirt, we're now offering the option to plant a tree instead. We've partnered with Treesnottees.com to make this happen. Avoiding Single Use Plastics We use paper cups designed to be fully recycled back into high grade paper. Medals now optional We know quite a lot of competitors are not interested in finishers medals so they are now optional. We make a £2 charity donation for every medal not selected. Swim hats on request We still supply swim hats for our open water swim events as they help the water safety teams keep track of swimmers. However for all our pool events, swim hats are now on request to reduce wastage. Zip Ties & waste We only use reusable zip ties. We minimise single use plastics & sort rubbish for recycling after our events. Food is not wasted For events, such as our cycling sportives, where we're know for our excellent feed stations, all left over food goes to the local foodbank. Reducing Car use In Devon where most of our events take place this is easier said than done. However at our Burrator 10K running race we offer a £5 discount to anyone who commits to walking or cycling to the event. We'll be looking to add this to other events in the future. To read more about our sustainability policies read our article

Will there be timing chips at your triathlons?

Yes, these are provided and should be attached with the velcro strap to your left ankle. Please ensure it is not covered up by a wetsuit or tracksuit or we may not be able to read your chip. Please return your chip at the end of the event.

Do I need to be a member of a club to enter?

No, all our events are open to all whether you're a member of a club or not.

My kid(s) want to try triathlon. How do they get started?

What Triathlon is all about?  Click here for our Guide to Junior Triathlons Or to find a local junior triathlon club use the Club Find on the British Triathlon website - www.britishtriathlon.org/clubs If you can't find a local triathlon club with a junior section the next best thing is to get your child involved with the local swimming club, running club or cycling club. For example Mid Devon Cycling Club offers excellent junior bike coaching at Torbay Velopark for children aged 7 and above.

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.

Can I alter my registration between races on the same day (eg switch from the Sprint to the Supersprint triathlon)

Yes you can. If you are transferring to a more expensive option (eg moving from GO TRI to Sprint you will need to pay the difference. There is no partial refund if you are transferring to a shorter race.  Just scroll to the bottom of your email receipt from Eventrac and click the link which says  'online receipt'. You will then see options to transfer your entry. We are also happy to transfer your entry to a different event for a charge of £8 provided you contact us a minimum of 7 days before the date of the event.

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+

What special kit do I need?

The special kit you need is minimal. There really is no need to buy expensive equipment before your first duathlon or triathlon For Duathlons you need
  • A road worthy bike (hybrids, mountain bikes & gravel bikes are all fine)
  • A helmet
  • A pair of trainers to run and cycle in
  • A waterproof jacket and some gloves in case the weather is bad
For our pool based triathlons you need
  • The equipment listed above for a duathlon
  • A swimming costume
  • Swimming goggles (not 100 percent essential but almost everybody uses them)
For our Open Water Triathlons
  • You will probably need a wetsuit for the Dartmouth Triathlon.  They are usually optional for the English Riviera Triathlon and for the Dawlish Triathlon.  Under British Triathlon rules are compulsory if the water is below 14C. However they can be hired if you're trying an open water triathlon for the first time
Other recommended kit
  • A race belt. These can save you time in transition as you can just clip on your number instead of having to put on a t-shirt with your race number on. Display your number at the back for the bike leg, then turn it to the front for the run. Sportiva Race Belts cost just £6.95 from our Shop
  • Elastic laces . These cost from about £5. They replace the normal laces in your trainers and can really speed up the switch from biking to running!
  • Trisuit. This is a one piece suit suitable for a complete triathlon. See our Triathlon Tips article for further details.
  • Bottle cage & bottle for your bike. These cost from about £10 . The bike is the easiest place to take on fluid in a triathlon or duathlon so definitely a good idea to get one.

Are your events British Triathlon affiliated & do I need a Race Pass?

All our triathlons are British Triathlon affiliated and listed on britishtriathlon.org/. In late 2023, British Triathlon changed their Day Membership scheme to a new Race Pass system. You will now pay £8 for a Race Pass if you are aged 25 or over by 31st December in the year of competition. For anyone under 25 by that date the race pass costs £2. So if you're over 25 & planning to compete regularly a British Triathlon membership probably makes more sense. Find out more at www.britishtriathlon.org/join Swim Bike Run events, formerly GO TRI, aimed at beginners do not require a Race Pass which means the cost to take part is as little as £5.  To keep entry costs down our Donut Duathlon and our Open Water Swims are not British Triathlon affiliated which means you do not need to purchase a day membership to take part. The Donut Duathlon is run under British Triathlon rules however.

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LOCATION

Mount Kelly, Parkwood Road, Tavistock, PL19 0HZ

Event Gallery

Absolutely the best. Professional run event, even better than the "bigger" events. So welcoming, knowledgable marshals, nice bling, and results up within a minute of crossing the line. Many could learn from these guys!
Gary Warden reviewed Sportiva Events – 5 star

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