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What is it?

Triathlon is a multisport consisting of swimming, cycling and running. Races are continuous with no break between the three disciplines.

Swim.  Triathlon always starts with a swim. The swim can be any stroke apart from back stroke.

Bike.  Next it is time to get on your bike – any type of bike will do.

Run.  Last but not least for the final flourish to the finish line, it’s time for a bit of running!

However, don’t worry if not all three components are for you, there are other multi-sport events associated with triathlon that maybe of interest to you.

Aquathlon = swim > run                                                               Duathlon = run > bike > run

Triathlon England is the home nation governing body for the sport of triathlon in England, and they have created their own beginners guide. Please feel free to download the guide and share. Hopefully this will help you explore and understand the sport, as a new triathlete.

If you are thinking of taking your first step into triathlon, have a look at GO TRI (link ) GO TRI offers training and short multisport event opportunities for complete beginners as a low cost. You can also look at for beginner This Girl Can waves at triathlon events – these allow you to participate alongside like minded females!

For more information on how British Triathlon are supporting the This Girl Can campaign and how you can get involved, please visit

Why is it good for me?

Think of triathlon as the ultimate in cross training! By swimming, cycling and running, many of your muscle groups will be tested in a variety of combinations. You will be surprised at how quickly you can improve your level of fitness!

As a multi-discipline sport it can also help to prevent injuries.

It is fun, sociable and can give a great personal satisfaction for first time finishers.

How much does it cost?

GO TRI events cost anything between £5.00 and £15.00, depending on the type of multisport event you choose.

As you begin to progress in the sport and look to complete your first sprint triathlon, then this is likely to cost between £25.00 and £50.00.

What equipment do I need?

Basic triathlon equipment includes:

Swimming:  1 or 2 piece costume for a pool based swim and a wetsuit if your swim is in open water. Don’t forget your towel and goggles!

Cycling: Any kind of bike: road, mountain or hybrid. Even a shopping bike is fine! All bikes should be in a roadworthy condition with brakes on both wheels. A cycling helmet is essential; you won’t be able to race without one. You will need a top (a t-shirt is fine) and shorts to ride in.

Run: All you need is a pair of trainers.