In today’s video, I’m discussing my top 3 UK triathlon races:
Blenheim Palace Triathlon
This takes place in a beautiful setting. It is all enclosed and spectator friendly, which means it is well supported. 1000’s athletes take part. so there is always someone around to push you to compete. The lake is a lovely setting for the swim, then there’s a long transition when you come out into the palace grounds. The bikes are all racked up in front of the palace entrance and from there you ride three laps around the grounds. It’s not a flat ride and the run is undulating but there are good downhills. There’s a commentator too which helps add to the fantastic atmosphere.
The only downside of this race is that it does sell out and therefore it is a very busy race which could impact your ability to get a good time. I finished it in 1:10:22 and really enjoyed it. The Palace is great if you want to visit it afterward. More about the race here.
Eastbourne Triathlon by Tribourne
There is the option to do a standard or sprint distance. Eastbourne is lovely and I like both the setting and the route which goes up to Beachy Head. The swim starts in the sea, you head towards the pier and then turn around and come back into the bike.
It’s a tough but scenic course on closed roads. On the ride, you keep climbing and see Beachy Head before turning back to come down again. The run is virtually flat along the seafront. This race also has a commentator geeing you up and it is also well attended and organised. I completed the sprint in 1:08:25 More about the race here.
Eton Dorney Sprint Triathlon
Eton Dorney is where the rowing was held for the Olympics. It always tends to be windy there but it’s still a great place to race. I first competed there in 2021 for one of the Triathlon qualifiers.
You swim in the rowing lake then come out and do loops around the lake which is a fast flat course. The run is then on the path on an out and back course which is very flat. It’s all enclosed in one area and it feels special racing in an Olympic venue. More about the race here.