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…


Cholmondeley, Cheshire

We also have a tie for 5th with races from two well-known race organisers. The Castle Triathlon Series organisers are famous for catering for beginners to tri, and their middle-distance 113km Gauntlet races, while naturally tough, extend this novice-friendly approach.

While Hever and Castle Howard take the lion’s share of acclaim in the Castle Tri Series, here we’ve opted for the Cholmondeley leg of the series due to its flatter bike course and warmer lake than Hever.

The race begins with a two-lap swim in the Deer Park Mere before heading off out of the estate on a three-lap 30km course around the length and breadth of the Peckforton Hills, circumnavigating the National Trust’s Bickerton Hill en route back to the estate. The 10.5km looped run takes in fine views of Cholmondeley Castle before a finish in front of the castle.

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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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