Middle-distance triathlons: 8 of the UK's best for beginners

Want to try a 70.3 but wondering which half-Ironman distance triathlon is best for first timers? Here we pick our top 8 UK middle-distance triathlons suitable for newcomers to 113km racing…


Ely, Cambridgeshire


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In equal 7th with Staffs is the award-winning Monster Middle. This is the only race here with a river swim, before a fast bike leg in the Cambridgeshire countryside and a run around the historic gem of a city, Ely, and its stunning cathedral. Entry is capped at 300 people to give athletes plenty of space on the course, and the run is held on closed roads.

“I was really impressed with the organisation and the course was top notch,” says top age-grouper and 2016 winner Dionne Allen. “The volunteers, support and fun-filled atmosphere were awesome and really made you race with a smile.”

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Hmmm, at £275, I'd rate this a 1/10 at best on price...


Could try the club run Cleveland Steelman at a reasonable ??50


I'm astonished that the Cleveland Steelman is not included here. Lovely water, mixed standard of racing, quiet roads and half the price of most of these at £50-£60. Too northern for you? Run by Cleveland Triathlon Club (I'm not associated with the club but have done the race a couple of times.)

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