Olympic distance triathlons: 9 of the UK's fastest
Want a PB this season? We check out 9 of the UK's fastest standard-distance triathlon courses that will give you every chance of gaining your fastest ever time
For those at the competitive end of multisport, the quality of performance has always been judged by finishing positions over times. But that doesn’t mean it’s not nice to stop the clock in speedy fashion and when you are a mid to back-of-the-packer and unlikely to ever step on to the podium, those faster splits justify faith in your training and give confidence for the races to come.
To help you to a new PB (or PR if you’re of States-side persuasion) we’ve unearthed the following standard distance events in the UK that have historically produced some blistering times. Please note, terrain and distances differ and while all are billed as standard or Olympic distance, it is not guaranteed that each race is exactly a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run.
TRI UK Shropshire Triathlon, Ellesmere
The quiet town on the Welsh border turns into a haven for triathlon at the end of May and is often used as a qualifier for the British Age-Group teams. This means a fast time doesn't always guarantee a high finishing position, although you could count yourself unlucky to come up against someone quite as nippy as two-time Olympian Andrew Johns, who clocked 1:46:49 here in 1998.
Racing through the North Wales countryside there are three short, sharp climbs accounting for 325ft of elevation on the bike, plus another 95ft on the run, so it’s not the flattest course you’ll find, but the intimate setting means spectators can view from close quarters and provide an extra boost. It’s also notable as the race won by relative novice triathlete Chrissie Wellington in 2006 before she went on to become world age-group champion in Lausanne, Switzerland and then undefeated four-time Ironman world champion.