10 best: triathlons for beginners

We look at the best triathlons for beginners, here and abroad, so you can make the tri leap with confidence…

The Blenheim Triathlon

13-14 June

Blenheim boasts a relatively easy course, a stunning location and bags of room for friends and family members to cheer you on.

The Newent Triathlon

20 September

Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, this community-focused sprint distance race has been running for 25 years.

Ironman Austria

28 June

While no long-distance event is truly beginner-friendly, Ironman Austria is very popular with those “going long” for the first time.

The Thame Triathlon

Date TBA

Newbies are always made welcome at this pool-based sprint triathlon, which boasts bike and run legs around the pancake-flat Oxfordshire countryside.

Eton Sprints

23 May

The calm waters of Eton Dorney rowing lake are ideal for those looking to make their open-water debut.

The People’s Triathlon

23 August

This Shropshire-based event was set-up with newcomers in mind, and features a variety of beginner-friendly distances.

Vancouver Sprint Triathlon

5 July

Swim, cycle and run around Canada’s most vibrant city. It may be a sprint-distance race, but the course is a little more challenging than your average urban triathlon event.

The Bristol Harbourside Triathlon

14 June

Swim, bike and run below Brunel’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Trident Standard Distance Triathlon

29 August

This was designed to be the flattest and fastest standard-distance course in the UK, making it perfect for first-timers.

Brae Novice Triathlon

31 May

A small, intimate race around Britain’s most northerly outpost, featuring a 400m pool swim, 10km bike and a 2.5k run.