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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 with cycle racking now available on race day
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)

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:

UK Triathlon Race Day Social Distancing

All UK Triathlon 2020 events

Social Distancing

Can we please remind you it is each and every person's responsibility to social distance, wherever they are in this country. The same will apply at ALL UK Triathlon events.

Start Format
All our pool based swims will be started as normal with the exception of an increased time between competitor starts e.g. 30 seconds instead of 15 seconds.
Open water swim events will now have very small socially distanced group starts, opposed to mass starts, based on sex & age group, allowing each competitor plenty of space to swim the course in.
Only one competitor will be allowed to register at a time. The queue for registration will be separated by ground stakes to assure a 2 metre separation. We will provide a sanitising hand station which you must use before entering registration.
Transition (in & out)
Competitors will be sent to consecutive numbered cycle racks so to avoid racking cycles next to each other. Some events will have a 10 minute time limit for racking your cycle and the same for retrieving your cycle after the event.
Race Brief
Race brief will be available to watch online at www.uktriathlon.co.uk.
There will also be a rolling live race brief at the poolside or lakeside, to prevent groups of people and allow for the 2 metre distancing measure which will be in operation.

Run Course
Virtually all of this year's forthcoming events have enough space on the run course to overtake at a distance of 2 metres, which will be the rule. Shropshire Triathlon has a section of the run course alongside the lake which is narrow. This year we are taking that section out and using the original run course which is on closed to traffic roads that are plenty wide enough to allow for good social distancing.
Finish Line
When you have crossed the finish line, we ask you not to stay in that area for any longer than required. Drinks will be dispensed for you at the finish feed area, please move away as quickly as possible to allow other finishers through.
We will not operate our results screen at the event. Provisional results will be online at www.uktriathlon.co.uk the same day.
Prize Presentation
Presentations will take place throughout the day, please observe the 2 metre social distancing if attending the presentation.

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.

UPDATE: Cycle racking now available on race day

  • 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

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 2020

You can use this information as a guide for your 2020 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


Unfortunately camping at Alderford Lake is now full for the Ultimate Events weekend​.

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 with full facilities 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

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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