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Ultimate Triathlon

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Voted #2 in 220 Triathlon's "Top 10 Beginner Iron Races" Read More ...

If the long distance is not for you then the UK Ultimate 1/2 or UK Ultimate 1/4 may be...

Date: Sunday 16th August 2020
Venue: Alderford Lake, (formerly Dearnford Lake),
Whitchurch, SY13 3JQ
Swim: Lake: (Freshwater lake with no currents and no weed)
Starts From: 0700hrs
Distances: 2.4 mile swim - 112 mile cycle - 26.2 mile run
Minimum Age: 18 Years (on race day)

Entry fees from:

£299 (non BTF) until 26th July 2020

Please Note: Competitor Race Day Information will be emailed out to competitors 7-10 days before the event.
Don't want to go it alone? Take part as a relay team of 2 or 3 and share the challenge of swim, bike and run!
We just need the team captains info to complete an entry form and your team is good to go!
Limited number of places - Secure Yours NOW!


For more information, see the sections below:

Race Day Social Distancing

All UK Triathlon 2020 events whether swimming pool or open water swims

Each competitor will be started at 30 second intervals. There will be a 2 metre overtake gap required on the swim, cycle and run courses.

Social distancing measures and guides will be implemented where necessary from car parking, registration, cycle racking, feed stations, through to finish line.

Relay teams will have their own timing chip therefore not be required to pass anything between themselves during the race and stay at least 2 metres apart.

The Event

The UK Ultimate Triathlon is like it says, the ultimate triathlon challenge. This demanding and much sought after 'iron distance' event will return yet again to the beautiful Alderford Lake venue in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

If the long distance UK Ultimate Triathlon is not for you then the UK Ultimate 1/2 Triathlon or the Ultimate 1/4 Triathlon may be.

  • Probably the fastest 'iron distance' in the country
  • Freshwater multi-lap lake swim with Australian exit in between laps
  • Picturesque countryside cycle & run routes, ideal for PB's
  • Swim start, transition & run finish all within a stone's throw of each other
  • Fantastic picturesque venue with on-site facilities including showers, parking and lakeside cafe
  • Spectator friendly venue, great for supporting friends and family
  • Includes finishers medal and official race T-shirt

Start Times & Cut Off Times

All competitors for the Ultimate will start at 07:00

The cut off times for the Ultimate Triathlon and Relay are as follows:

Swim: 2 hours 30 minutes after start time

Bike: 10 hours 30 minutes after start time

Run: 17 hours after start time

Course Maps

PDF Documents: click each to open or download

Ultimate Triathlon - Main Arena
Ultimate Triathlon - Swim Course
Ultimate Triathlon - Bike Course Start/Finish

Cycle Course

Run Course



If you are not local to the event and are planning to book accommodation please take a look at our places to stay information and map of the area.

Camping and/or Caravan available at

Bradley Hall Rural Escapes (Glamping Pods)

Abbey Green Farm

Green Lane Caravan Park

Bramblewood Caravan Park

Mile Bank Farm

Roden View

Hadley Park Whitchurch

Sunny Oak Caravan Park

Pasta Party Booking

Alderford Lake Cafe are offering a pre-race pasta menu the night before the race. The first sitting will be served approximately 15 minutes after the race brief and will offer a choice of homemade pasta dishes served with salad & french bread and a choice of drinks & icecream included.

The cost is £15 per head and booking is essential.

Example menu

To book or for more information simply call Alderford Lake Cafe on 01948 665914.

More information about your race

Please take some time to read all the event information, it will make it far more enjoyable for you and reduce the need to ask questions on the day. Good luck and have a great day!

Race Day Information 2019

You can use this information as a guide for your 2019 event. Full and up to date 2019 competitor race day information with your race number and start time will be emailed to you 7-10 days before the event. WE DO NOT POST ANYTHING OUT - you will collect your race numbers, tattoos, stickers etc. at registration on the day.


Most memorable race I have ever participated in

The ultimate triathlon uk - anutterly amazing experience that I will never forget ! A massive thankyou to allthe team who supported me throughout- I would not have crossed that finish linewithout them . This event will will change your life - go on and get out thereand have a go !!!! Thanks team

Jane Briggs #10

I just wanted to say, what an event you guys put on! Ireally can't thank all the marshals and helpers enough for making the UKUltimate the event the highlight of my triathlon career so far. The helpfulnessand sheer enthusiasm of each and every person, who stood for hours in the hotsun handing out drinks and directing traffic really helped me to complete myfirst Iron distance event.

I can still hear the cheers and shouts of encouragementnow!

If anyone deserves a medal, it's these guys. I reallycan't thank you all for an incredible event and I'll be back for certain!


Neil Dallywater #35

I've just completed the 2018 Ultimate. What a fantasticevent from start to finish. The things I loved about today's event would be fartoo long to list here. But I would like to make a special mention for themarshals. They can makeor break andevent and today they were exceptional.

For anyone thinking of doing a triathlon, this is theone. Stunning location, great course, excellent organisation, the best marshalsin the business. Everything to love.

Mark Lysons #66

Having previously done anIronman branded event, this was the complete opposite. It was so laid back,relaxed and really catered well for first timers. All possible questions wereanswered during the race briefing and everyone on site that day - mashalls,volunteers and participants all had a real sense of team spirit and you couldfeel each one wishing you well and wanting you to succeed.

The swim was ace. Great lake, shallow, clean, warm and easy tonavigate.

The bike course was the only real downside of this event. Thefirst half was lovely windy country roads which were good to cycle on. Thesecond half as you headed back into Whitchurch has some appauling roadsurfaces, roundabouts to navigate and very fast moving traffic shooting past.One aid station was on a hill - not easy to grab a drink! The second was on atight bend so again, not easy to use.

The run course was a mixture of trails around the lake, acrossthe grass and down a road. Apart from it being too hot and no shade (not theorganisers fault we actually had a sunny day!) the run course was good andpretty flat.

I think were were some issues with timing as it has taken 5 daysto get my results though, and my transition times are mixed in with my swim andbike so I don't actually know what my accurate splits were. This is however afew minor downside on what was a great day and a big achievement.

I would 100% recommend this triathlon dispite its few flaws withthe bike route. That is made up for by the helpfulness of every single marshallI met and the overall experience of the day.

Cheaper than an Ironman branded event and a great experience -if you are going for a long distance tri then I recommend this one.

Becky Brown #11

Entry Form

Ultimate Triathlon 2020


(Price per race entry or per relay team)

Please select your race from the drop down list below. The price will adjust automatically.

Telephone Entry

If you would prefer to enter over the phone please call

01270 842800 and secure your place today!

(Lines are open Monday to Friday, between 9:30am-3:00pm).


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