New to Triathlon

New to triathlon? First, congratulations - after your first triathlon, we know you’ll be hooked! Second, for old hands and first time triathlon beginners alike, preparation is key – this section will help triathlon newcomers like you get ready for your first triathlon challenge.

What Exactly Does Triathlon Involve?

A standard triathlon event involves a continuous timed race over various distances combining the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running. Triathlon events occur in that order - a swim, followed by a cycle ride, followed by a run.

Between swim and cycle event, and between cycle event and run, you have the “transition”, triathlon’s “fourth discipline”. A good transition routine shaves minutes off your time so practice in advance! 

Triathlon Race Distances: Standard triathlon distances from super sprint to ironman triathlons - choose your distance for your first triathlon race (and future triathlons too!).

UK Triathlete Competition Status: Information about Elite, Age Group & Children's triathlon event categories in the UK.

What Triathlon Equipment Do I Really Need? The truth about what swimming, cycling and running equipment you really need for your first triathlon event.

Preparation Tips for your First Triathlon: Triathlon Tips for novice triathletes - Get ready for triathlon event day!

UK Triathlon Clubs & Volunteering at Race Events: Get involved in the UK triathlon community - Find a triathlon club or volunteer at a Just Racing UK triathlon event!


Choose Your Event:

Now you've read up on training and preparing for your first triathlon, browse our upcoming triathlon events to see which one suits you. We have an easy online booking system to help you take that first step!

On the big day, remember you won't be the only first time triathlon beginner there, and every one of the competitors was new to triathlon once! Get prepared, get fit, and enjoy the day!