Sprint & super-sprint triathlons: 14 of the UK's best for beginners
Made the decision to do your first triathlon and want to know which one is the best for the tri newbie? Here, are what we think are, the UK's top 14 short offerings perfect for those dipping their toe into triathlon waters for the first time
8. LONDON TRIATHLON
ExCel Centre, London Docklands
We have two in equal 8th on 80 points each. The first is London Triathlon is a biggy of the multisport circuit. And by biggy we mean over 13,000 triathletes competing across super sprint, sprint, Olympic and Olympic Plus distances – plus a myriad of relay options – over two days at the ExCel Centre in the London Docklands. So big is the London Triathlon, in fact, that the race has superseded the Chicago Triathlon as the largest in the world in terms of participation.
While the Docklands-setting won’t be give famed tri beauties Blenheim, Hever or Windsor any sleepless nights, the sheer scale of the event has few rivals on the triathlon circuit. The vast army of marshalls, medics and technical officials – triathlon’s invaluable supporting cast – should take a major credit in the mammoth logistics of the operation, shepherding 13,000 athletes over the weekend in and out of the world’s largest transition area is no mean feat.
With around a third of the annual influx of over 13,000 athletes being beginners to the sport, the fast and flat London Triathlon has played host to thousands of debut triathlon experiences, becoming an important rite of passage for age-group athletes across the British Isles.
Here's why we named London Triathlon as the one of the best triathlons in the world in the world