So you want to get a faster race time and a new personal best. The best way to do this is to pick triathlon races with quick average completion speeds, flat and easy courses, and of course to train hard in preparation. To help you with the former two, TriRadar has found the fastest standard distance triathlons in the UK.


Shropshire Triathlon


‘The Shropshire Triathlon has been held at the fabulous venue of The Mere at Ellesmere since 1992. In 2014, The Mere was given a Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space in the UK and now attracts over 240,000 visitors a year. If you want to “Tri a Triathlon” or are an experienced Triathlete we have distances & challenges to suit you, within this fun and friendly triathlon.’


Held in the West Midlands this triathlon features an open water lake swim in The Mere and a closed to traffic road run course, making it flatter and faster than most. The registration area, swim start, transition and finish line are all in close proximity and everyone gets a finishers medal for competing. The race is suitable for Para-tri, has numbered racking, prizes, chip timing, professional photography and facilities including catering, aid stations and accessible toilets.


Swim 1500m, Bike 39km, Run 10km.


2019’s fastest finish time was 02:02:06 held by Lloyd Bebbington.


Bournemouth International Triathlon


‘Bournemouth International Triathlon is located on the west side of Bournemouth Pier. Both sprint and standard distance swims start on the award winning blue flag beach, before heading out of Bournemouth on a fast bike course towards the market town of Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest. The PB smashing run course is along the seafront promenade towards Sandbanks and back.’


Taking you across some of the best sights of Bournemouth this quick course held in West Cliff Gardens features an open water sea swim, a promenade run and provides showering, toilet, catering, chip timing and aid facilities. There are prizes to be won, and finishers medals for everyone who participates.


Swim 1500m, Bike 40km, Run 10km.


2019’s fastest finish time was 01:54:52 held by Ant Gritton.


Dorney Lake Triathlon


‘Set at the spectacular, flat, and smooth-surfaced Dorney Lake near Windsor, this event takes you around the perimeter of the iconic water.

The legendary Eton Dorney – as Dorney Lake was known during London 2012 – held 30 events throughout the Olympics, with Team GB taking a total of 12 medals. Soak up the atmosphere and invoke their heroics to inspire you to a new PB!’


This scenic triathlon held near Windsor features an open water swim in Dorney Lake surrounded by the parkland with a nearby Arboretum and Nature Conservation area. It takes racers around the flat and smooth-surfaced lake perimeter. Facilities include medical cover, aid stations, bag drop, water stations, accessible changing, showers, toilet and parking. The race is suitable for Para-tri and there’s chip timing, catering, prizes to be won, professional photography and participation medals for everyone.


Swim 1500m, Bike 40km, Run 10km.


2019’s fastest finish time was 02:24:16 held by Charlotte Houston.


Bedfordshire Triathlon


‘Active Training World is excited to announce the Bedfordshire Triathlon at Priory Country Park. The stunning 300-acre, award winning park is home to several lakes, diverse ecosystems and woodland.’


The Bedfordshire triathlon starts with an open water lake swim, transitions into a bike through Priory Business Park that leads racers to laps around tranquil country roads with views of the area’s historic Cardington Airship Hangars; finishing with a run on tarmac paths, avoiding traffic and passing by other landmarks in the area. There’s catering, parking, toilets, numbered racking, chip timing and finishers medals included.


Swim 1500m, Bike 40km, Run 10km.


2019’s fastest finish time was 01:58:20 held by Adam Talley.


St Neots Triathlon Series


‘The St Neots Triathlon is a fantastic race and a beautiful venue. Perfect for experienced athletes looking for a very fast time, but equally well suited for a novice competitor looking for a safe and friendly venue for their first open water triathlon.’


Held at St Neots Riverside Park, this race begins with an open water swim in the beautiful River Ouse, takes participants on a bike course through the area’s most scenic villages and finishes with a run course around the Riverside Park. Facilities include toilets and catering. The event has chip timing, numbered racking and finishers medals for racers.


Swim 1500m, Bike 45km, Run 10km.


One of 2019’s fastest finish times was 02:14:19 held by Danny Isaacs.


Tonbridge Triathlon


‘Tonbridge Triathlon is well known for being one of the most enjoyable triathlons in the UK.

Utilising the outstanding facilities of Tonbridge School for the swim and run; and the beautiful Kent countryside for the cycle discipline.

Elite athletes and novices are made very welcome, with sprint, standard and relay races. A great event to start off your season.’


The Tonbridge Triathlon is organised by the Tonbridge Lions Club and has a long-standing history of charitable donations from the event’s revenue. The race is held in Tonbridge School’s Sports Centre and features an easy pool swim. There are aid stations, showers, catering, numbered racking and toilet facilities. Finishers’ medals and chip timing are also provided.


Swim 800m, Bike 50km, Run 10km.


2019’s fastest finish time was 02:29:30 held by Jack Josephy.


Keyo Brigg Bomber Triathlon


‘The Keyo Brigg Bomber Standard distance Triathlon is organised by LincsQuad and consists of a 1.5km swim in the river Ancholme (this is reduced distance due to Covid controls) followed by a 32km road cycle and finishing with a 10km road run.

The course is flat, fast and ideal for both experienced triathletes and those wanting to race the longer standard (also known as Olympic) distance.’


Held in Yorkshire at the Acholme Leisure Centre this speedy triathlon has a river swim with easy sighting and is suitable for all abilities. Facilities include accessible changing, showers, parking and toilets, alongside catering, aid stations and numbered racking. The event has chip timing, prizes, finishers medals and an option to camp.


Swim 1500m, Bike 38km, Run 10km.


32nd White Oak Tri


‘The White Oak Triathlon is one of the oldest Triathlon events in England. Now in its 32nd year the event is a club organised event, for triathletes delivered by triathletes so you can be sure that the club focuses upon delivering a first class race experience.’


Taking place in Dartford around Fairfield Leisure this beginner-friendly event features a pool swim followed by a bike through the countryside and urban areas surrounding, then a run. It’s the perfect setting to pick up the pace. Facilities include catering, aid stations, showers and toilets. There’s chip timing, prizes to be won and finishers medals for all participants.


Swim 600m, Bike 44km, Run 10km.


2019’s fastest finish time was 02:09:35 held by Hamadel Ndiaye.


Stewartby Triathlon


‘Located at the Stewartby Sailing Club, in Bedford, this venue is perfect for triathlon. You will be treated to a dip in the beautiful lake waters, followed by a very fast, flat, lapped road bike course (in fact we’d say its the fastest triathlon road bike leg in the country!), finishing with a scenic, traffic-free run on paths alongside the lake into Marston Vale Country Park.’


This speedy race in the East has aid stations, numbered racking, parking, toilet and catering facilities. There’s chip timing, prizes to be won and finishers medals.


Swim 1500m, Bike 37km, Run 10km.


2019’s fastest finish time was 01:23:00 held by Joshua Chapman.


Allerthorpe Olympic Triathlon


‘The Allerthorpe Olympic Triathlon is known as one of the fastest-standard distance triathlon courses in the area, the course is perfect for people looking to get their first event in at the beginning of a new year and achieve a great time at a fantastic location.


Whatever your ability or experience you can be assured of a very warm welcome as you arrive to complete this high-quality event, renowned for its friendly atmosphere and hospitality.’


Held at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park in Yorkshire this fast paced race features an open water swim in the man-made lake, followed by a flat road bike course through surrounding peaceful country lanes and a scenic flat run. Facilities include aid stations, catering, changing, numbered racking and paring. There’s chip timing, prizes to be won and finishers medals for every racer.


Swim 1500m, Bike 40km, Run 10km.


2019’s fastest finish time was 02:00:55 held by Jonathan Chatten.


By Amy Moretsele