Nuffield Health Tri Relays
Eton Dorney Rowing Lake will transform into a fun-filled festival of Triathlon, as it plays host to the third annual Nuffield Health Tri Relays – an event dedicated entirely to triathlon relays. Traditionally a solo sport, competitors of all natures, from club athletes through to groups of friends, families and colleagues, will get together in teams of three to a take on a combination of swimming, cycling and running.
A triathlon is one of the trickiest and most difficult types of event you can try, but the challenge is what makes it great. It comprises of a swimming section, followed by a large bicycle ride, and finally a long stretch of running.
For anyone who has ever done an event involving one sport, such as a 10K run, and found themselves bored by the end, a triathlon might be the exciting fitness challenge you’ve been looking for! Combining three sports – swimming, cycling and running, a triathlon provides a varied and challenging workout that test your fitness and endurance across multiple disciplines.
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What is a triathlon made up of?
The distance of a triathlon can vary, but the race will always begin with a swim start. Depending on the length of the course this could be in a swimming pool or an open water swim such as a lake or sea.
The swimming section of the triathlon is then followed by a cycling section – beginners don’t need to splash out on an expensive new bike, if you already own a mountain bike you can use that for your first few races! The cycling section is considered by many triathletes to be the most challenging part of the endurance event, with standard triathlon courses incorporating a 40km bike leg.
The final leg of the triathlon is a run. Again, the distance will vary depending on the length of the course, but a 10k run is considered standard for a triathlon.
Between stages there is also a transition, which is often referred to as the fourth discipline. The transition area is where you change your kit between stages, for example switching from your cycling gear to your running shoes. The time it takes you to do this is counted as part of your total triathlon time, so serious triathletes will have got their transitions down to a fine art.
What are the benefits of taking part in a triathlon?
Triathlons are great for those who are looking to improve their fitness, lose weight but don’t like the idea of doing a regular marathon of running event. The varied stages keep training and competing challenging and interesting, providing a total body workout. Those prone to running injuries may also benefit from the swimming and cycling sections, as the movements are lower impact on joints.
Regardless of sprint length, triathlons are typically divided into age groups. This means that you will be competing alongside other triathletes who fall into the same band for age and sex as you, with the exception of triathletes who fall into the separate elite category.
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Ironman UK Wales
This event is well established as having one of the most challenging bike and run courses on the IRONMAN calendar. It also boasts the most spectacular swim location of any IRONMAN event, and the inspiration gained from one of the most vocal and enthusiastically-supported events with tens of thousands of spectators who turn out for race day on all three disciplines.
The Nuffield Health Tri Relays offers three formats for competitors to choose from:
Team Relay – 500m Swim, 21.2km Bike, 5km Run
Grab a couple of mates, get yourself to Dorney and each take on one element of the triathlon. Perfect if you want to get involved in the camaraderie of triathlon and love swimming but aren’t as strong at cycling or running (or vice versa).
Team Time Trial – 500m Swim, 31.8km Bike, 5km Run
This format is perfect if you and two mates all love triathlon. All three of you will swim together, cycle together and run together as a unit. Your final time will be taken when all 3 of you cross the finish line. Normal drafting rules do not apply – we will set you off first on the day so that you can draft and use each other to post the fastest time possible.
Triple Relay – 500m Swim, 15.9km Bike, 5km Run
Once again, you need a team of 3, all 3 of you will take on the swim leg in a relay format – you swim, pass the metaphorical baton to your mate who swims, before the final team member then swims. You will then all move on to the cycle leg in the same order as you did the swim, before all finishing up with the the run in the same order. So it will be swim, swim, swim, bike, bike, bike, run, run, run. This format has the beauty of a leisurely transition between each leg while you wait for your team mates to finish their legs. There will be a specific transfer area in both swim transition and run transition for the handover of timing chips to occur and we will also provide an area for the first 2 team members to join the final member to cross the line together.
DISTANCES & PRICES
Team Relay: 500m Swim, 21.2km Bike, 5km Run
Team Time Trial: 500m Swim, 31.8km Bike, 5km Run
Triple Relay: 500m Swim, 15.9km Bike, 5km Run