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Cheltenham Tri in the Park Junior & Adult Triathlon

21 Jul 2018

The 2018 has now sold out and unfortunately entries are now closed. We increased the number of entries in 2018 so we are very sorry if you have missed out on a place at our event this year.

(News about our 2019 event will be on our website in January - hope to see you all there!)

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!

Our Junior Triathlon sold out in 2017 - this year we have opened more entries! 

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.  
This year Simon Wintle Soft Tissue Therapy will be offering pre/post race massage, help and advice to racegoers and 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 to a £3 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 2017 course layout is included in the 2017 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.
Further information on team prizes will be released shortly. If you would like to enter a team (two or more entrants) from the same family, school etc please get in touch.  
Each year we donate at least £2 of each of our competitors race entrance fee to a charitable organisation. In 2017 Cheltenham Triathlon Club donated over £650 to SANE Mental Health Charity.

Our selected charity for 2018 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 7th July 2018. 

The Details:

Registration takes place in the leisure centre lobby 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 2018.

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

Our 2017 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! 







Cheltenham Tri in the Park Training Course/Workshop returns in 2018! 


Once again we are offering 16 adult participants (people who have signed up to Cheltenham Tri in the Park 2018) the chance to experience run and swim training with our club. 

The course will consist of progressive swimming and running training sessions delivered in 8 sessions over 4 weeks in the lead up to our event, designed exclusively to help introduce those new to the sport and/or reinforce best practices and good training skills for triathlon.

We hope it will give novice triathletes the confidence to prepare for Tri in the Park and future races and offer the more experienced competitors new ideas whilst training within an encouraging, coached club environment.


I was quite sure I didn’t have the skills for the swim – which I considered the most daunting part of the three disciplines. So I enrolled on the TITP workshop, which was held on the lead up to the to the Tri in the Park - a month’s course to gain experience and skills for the running and swimming elements. The workshop was held by Tri Club coaches whom all have a wealth of knowledge in coaching, training and participating in Triathlons at all levels. The two disciplines were held at the Lido and local parks for the running. This gave me the initial knowledge and confidence, to give it a go. With a certain degree of apprehension at the start and a few nudges from other Tri Club members I found the workshop hugely beneficial, having done the Tri and now looking back it was invaluable for the a less than experienced triathlete. I came away elated having finished the TITP, I have subsequently become a member of the Tri Club and since joining I have learnt a lot giving me the skills and assurance to enter other events.

M.S (TiTP Training Course attendee and new CTC member)


Our 4 week course will consist of:

Run Improver Sessions:

Monday 25th June - Pittville Park - meet at Pittville Pump Rooms 

Monday 2nd July - Burrow's Playing Field (Leckhampton)

Monday 9th July - Burrow's Playing Field (Leckhampton) 

Monday 16th July - Pittville Park - meet at POW Stadium

Evening course: 6.45 for 7pm start. 

The run improvers course is ideal for both new and experienced runners.  

Based on individuals fitness you work at your own speed improving technique. Locations vary each week and all abilities are welcome. The sessions are fully coached, typically last between 45-60 minutes with warm up, dynamic drills, technique advice, distance or speed work followed by a warm down.   


Swim Improvers Sessions:

Tuesday 26th June - Focus: Body position

Tuesday 3rd July - Focus: Breathing

Tuesday 10th July - Focus: Stroke skills

Tuesday 17th July - Focus: Race pacing

Evening course: 7.15 for 7.30 all start at Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham.

The swim improvers course is intended to improve technique and confidence in the build up to race day through progressive, fully coached, swim training sessions.

Each 1 hour session includes warm up, drill focus with progression, main set, cool down and debrief.

Tri in the Park entrants on this course will be offered exclusive coaching in separate lanes however any swimmers at immediate level or above may be selected to join in the main tri club session.

All of our training sessions will be coached by BTF qualified coaches.



The cost of the run and swim improvers 4 week course is only £25. Entrants are encouraged to attend all of the 8 sessions, however, you are welcome to sign up tp the course and select specific sessions if you so wish.  

Please select on the entry form which sessions you are able to attend.

We look forward to welcoming you to our run and swim improvers course! 



The Details:

Due to popular demand we have increased numbers to 150 junior competitors - last year we sold out so 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 in their age group categories and races will start at staggered times. Youngest racing first.

The 2017 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 (when 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 2018.


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 2018. For example, if the child’s 13th birthday is in December they will race in Tristar 3 : 13-14 years category - even though they are only 12 years old at the time of racing in July.


The Youth Category competitors aged 15/16 years 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.
Becky Drewett


Dates and Status
EventDateAvailable/TotalStatusClosing Date
Cheltenham Tri in the Park Adult Triathlon21 Jul 2018??/130Closed07 Jul 2018
Cheltenham Tri in the Park Adult Triathlon (run and swim) Training Course21 Jul 2018??/16Closed07 Jul 2018
Cheltenham Tri in the Park Junior Triathlon21 Jul 2018??/150Closed07 Jul 2018
07 Apr 2018£25.00
07 Jul 2018£28.00
07 Apr 2018£20.00
07 Jul 2018£23.00

To sign-up for this event on EntryCentral, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Event Address
Leisure@Cheltenham, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, GL50 4RN