There are SO many great triathlon and ironman events taking place all around the UK, we thought we’d put together our top seven (based on the experience of the Tri Expo team). Do have a look at our selections and let us know if you think there are any must-attend events we have missed out! Share your thoughts on Twitter @TheTriExpo or over on our Facebook page.
1. Always Aim High Adventure Triathlon Series – Slateman, Snowman, Sandman
This is a fantastic series of tough triathlons throughout the year. If you don’t mind cold water and you like a challenge on the bike and run, then these are the events for you. Tri Expo’s Becky has competed for the last four years and says “they are amazingly well-organised events with amazing scenery”. What’s not to love?!
2. Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh
The inaugural event took place a few weeks ago and Tri Expo’s Becky and Cam both took park. Becky says: “It is probably one of the toughest courses on the Ironman tour but an amazing event none the less!”
3. Outlaw Triathlon
These are brilliantly organised events and probably the most beginner -friendly long-distance triathlon event in the UK.
The Celtman is an epic race around the Torridon Mountains in the Northwest Highlands. This extreme Scottish triathlon is up there with the famous Norseman Tri. ’ Friend of the Tri Expo Paul says “In my book the Celtman is probably one of the hardest single day triathlons out there and if you’re looking for something more than an Ironman this is one to put on the bucket lists!”
5. Helvellyn Triathlon
Another iconic race – and this one is set in the Lake District. It is definitely a tough physical challenge – and the cycle includes the infamous “Struggle” and the run is up and down Helvellyn.
6. Blenheim Triathlon
This is a great event for beginners and it also hosts a top field of elite athletes. It is set in the stunning location of Blenheim Palace and racing takes place on closed roads around the palace estate.
7. Castle Triathlon Series
The Castle Triathlon Series is at five different castles (three in the England, one in Ireland and one in France), with distances ranging from super sprint up to long distance triathlon as well as something for the kids. Tri Expo’s Becky says: “Castle Howard is probably my favourite venue but they are all lovely!”