Cheltenham Tri in the Park Junior & Adult Triathlon

11 Jul 2020

This Festival is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description

Dear Cheltenham Tri in the Park Supporters: 
Based on the latest government instruction around Coronavirus / COVID-19, and in line with other national governing bodies, our governing body British Triathlon and the three Home Nations (Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland, Welsh Triathlon, alongside the Triathlon Trust) have decided to extend the suspension of all triathlon activity until at least 30th June.
All triathlon events, large and small, across the UK scheduled between now and 30th June will not be permitted. As it currently stands (at time of this email) events scheduled from 1st July are in a pending state, by the discretion of the organiser and their local authorities. Tri in the Park Junior and Adult Triathlon 2020 is set to take place on Saturday 11th July - only 11 days after the suspension is due to lifted.
After much consideration therefore, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this years event.
This may seem like an early call to make, however we do not want to compromise the quality and safety of our family friendly event.
It it far too early to know and understand the likelihood of the restrictions and suspensions being extended. Training facilities and the opportunities for our competitors to train safely currently remain limited therefore planning, organising and attempting to go ahead as scheduled in these changing times is not without multiple risks, to everyone involved. Ultimately our priority, is and always will be, to safeguard the wellbeing and happiness of our competitors, supporters, spectators and event crew.
All competitors should have recieved an email with further information and details. 
We hope you understand that we strive to achieve high standards by offering our competitors a safe, well organised and fully attended event.
Cheltenham Triathlon Club are looking forward to next year and hope that you will all join us in making Cheltenham Tri in the Park Junior and Adult Triathlon 2021 our best event yet!
Many thanks, best wishes and stay safe


GREAT NEWS - Cheltenham Tri in the Park Junior and Adult Triathlon will be held on Saturday 11th July 2020!


Cheltenham Tri in the Park  is Cheltenham Triathlon Club's family friendly off-road super-sprint triathlon set within the beautiful boundaries of Cheltenham’s Pittville Park…

An indoor pool swim followed by an off-road cycle and run around the park this triathlon is ideal for families, those who are new to the sport and seasoned triathletes looking to try something a little bit different!

We are delighted that both our Junior and Adult Triathlon events sold out two months before the closing date in 2019!

Event Information: 
Chip timing and instant results (by What's My Time) All race finishers will receive a finishers medal, refreshments and a goody bag!
Car parking, changing, lockers, showers, hot and cold refreshments will be available on site.  
We are welcoming back Charles Whitton Photography - returning as our event photographers!
This event is held under BTF conditions... at registration non-BTF members will be issued with a day license. If you are a BTF member you will be entitled a race licence fee refund upon presentation of a valid BTF ID photo membership card at registration.  


Provisional Race Day Timetable: (Tri in the Park is an afternoon event).

Once again the junior event will take place before the adult race - hopefully making TiTP perfect for families wishing to give triathlon a go!

11.30: Junior and Adult Registration and Transitions Open
12.50: Junior Triathlon Compulsory Race Briefing Poolside (10 Minutes before each wave thereafter)
13.00: Junior Triathlon Race Start
15.00: Junior Trophy/Awards Presentations
15.15: Youth Compulsory Race Briefing Poolside
15.30: Youth Start
15.30: Adult Race Compulsory Race Briefing Poolside (10 Minutes before each wave thereafter)
15.40: Adult Race Start 
17.30: Youth/Adult Trophy/Award Presentations
(Please note that timings are subject to change on the day)
Start Times and Course:
Maps of the 2019 course layout is included in the 2019 race information pack link on our website. An up to date race information pack with the all important race start times and detailed course information will be emailed to all competitors (when online entry closes) 2 weeks before race day.
Junior and Adult Triathlon detailed Information and Age Group Distances: 
Please see the seperate Junior and Adult Triathlon sub-event infomation pages for further details on the Junior/Adult event race courses and distances.
Age Group and Team Prizes:
All finishers will receive a medal. We will also present age group trophies for the male and female winners of each BTF age group category. For the Junior event we will present certificates for 1st, 2nd 3rd places with trophies for the winners of each Tristar age group category.
Each year we donate at least £2 of each of our competitors race entrance fee to a charitable organisation. 

Our selected charity for 2020 will be annouced shortly. 

Refunds: Please note that once entry is made if you are unable to compete we will be happy to hold payment and offer entry to the next race next year. Identities are carefully checked at event registration and anyone attempting to take another person's place on race day will not be permitted to race. Please try to be as accurate as possible with entry information - changes to entry details (such as name, date of birth and estimated swim time...) cannot be made once entry to the event closes on 27th June 2020. 

The Details:

Registration takes place inside the leisure centre (clearly signposted) with compulsory race briefing for competitors poolside 10 mins before start time.

Race start times will be emailed out when our online entries close 2 weeks prior to race day. Any last minute event changes, detailed information and the start list will also be published on our website and facebook event page.  

The Tristars Youth Category will race alongside adults on the adult course. The minimum age is 15 years at 31st December 2020.

Please note: This event is limited to 130 competitors so early entry is highly recommended.

Our 2019 race information pack with important information, FAQs and course details from last year is available on our website 


The Adult (and Youth) Race Course:
Swim:  The swim will be 400m (12 lengths) in the leisure centre's 33m heated pool.

Bike:  The 10km cycle is entirely off-road circumnavigating the perimeter of the park. The course does not require technical mountain bike expertise (or bravery!) however an off-road, mountain or hybrid bike is recommended. The course will be 5 laps around the park and pitch and putt golf course. 


Run:  The single lap run is off-road and mixed terrain (mainly grass) it is approx 2.5km around the park and will be an enjoyable end to the race! 







The Details:

Last year this event sold out - early entry is highly recommended!

Please note: ALL child entrants MUST be able to swim the distance specified in their age group category confidently using breaststroke or front crawl strokes only.

We would love to let all children have a go at our race however due to the safety of all of our competitors we must ask parents/guardians to ensure that children are able to exit the pool, find and collect their bicycle (on their own) and confidently cycle and run around the course. Children will have timing chips attached to their ankles (as the adults do) and in line with BTF rules must understand and be able to count their own lengths/laps.

We do, of course, have plenty of friendly marshals in the pool area, on the course and in transition to help direct, support, cheer on and aid the children whenever needed! Children will be well briefed at the start of the race and we welcome spectators encouraging competitors (providing spectators remaim outside of the course).


Start Times:

Children will race within their age group categories and races will start at staggered times. Youngest age-groups racing first.

The 2019 race pack with important information, FAQs and course details from last years event is available on our website 

Please note that the detailed course layout information and the all important race start times will be emailed out (once our online entries close) 2 weeks prior to race day. Any last minute event information and the start list will be published on our website!


Age Groups:

The minimin age for the Junior Triathlon is 8 years old at 31st December 2020.


Triathlon category:


cycle grass:


Tristar Start : 8 yrs 


1 length



Tristar 1 : 9/10 yrs


4 lengths



Tristar 2 : 11/12 yrs


6 lengths



Tristar 3 : 13/14 yrs


9 lengths



Youth : 15/16 yrs 

Race in the adult event


12 lengths


2500m  adult distance


These age groups are based upon the age of a competitor on the 31st December 2020. For example...

If the child’s 9th birthday is in December they will race in Tristar 1 : 9/10 years category - even though they are only 8 years old at the time of racing in July.

This is a British Triathlon rule - if you would like more information on BTF age-group categories please visit the British Triathlon website:


The Youth Category competitors who are 15 or 16 years old on 31st December 2020 will race in the adult race. Please sign up to the Tri In The Park Adult Triathlon. 

The Course:
The Junior Triathlon follows a different course to our adult race. It remains completely off-road, following an open and flat lapped route. The children's race will have a separate transition area to the adult race with lower bike racking for easy access. Any parents participating in the adult race may register and set up their own transition at the same time as the child.

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10 Apr 2020£25.00
18 Apr 2020£28.00
10 Apr 2020£23.00
18 Apr 2020£25.00
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Date: 11 Jul 2020

Closing Date: 18 Apr 2020

Status: Closed

Cheltenham Tri in the Park Adult Triathlon??/120
Cheltenham Tri in the Park Junior Triathlon??/150


Becky Drewett



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