In 1983 the very first triathlon in the UK was launched, now on 4th September Quintiles Reading Triathlon returns to its birthplace.


In 1983 the first ever event took place on the shores at the then Kirtons Farm Water Sports Centre; now the Reading Lake Hotel and Tri2O Swim Centre. The event was brought back to life in 2010, now the re-born triathlon is in it’s 6th year.


The race boasts that it gives that little bit “more for your money” with the bike and run distances being 10% over the standard distances.

There are two races distances, Sprint and Olympic.

Sprint: 750m swim, 22km cycle, 5.4km run

Olympic: 1500m swim, 44km cycle, 10.8km run

There is also a VIP entry offered

VIP Entry

VIP entry enables competitors to stay on site the night before the event, just meters away from the race registration and transition. This ensures you get the best night sleep before the races early start.

Getting there

There is no parking at the venue itself, however parking is provided within walking distance. Arriving by car: Parking for athletes and spectators has been provided by Green Park in their car park at 350 Longwater Avenue in Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP (a 10-15 minute walk from transition). The car park will be open from 0600 on the morning. Parking is free, however you are asked to make a donation.

Set Up

Race time starts will be from 7.30 onwards and are released prior to the event. Once the race times are announced, you will need to make a note of your race number and start time. The organisers recommend you arrive at the registration 75-90 minutes prior to your wave start time to allow plenty of time to  pass through registration, collect your timing Chip, and get to the Swim Start area. Entrants are called through to the swim start area 20 minutes before the official start wave, where an official briefing takes place.

Your bike rack will be labelled with your race number, where you have your own designated space.

Entrants are provided with 2 Race numbers, 1 Helmet sticker & 1 Bike sticker and a timing chip. The chip and velcro strap should be worn securely under your wetsuit.

The Swim

The Olympic distance swim will be a 2 loop course and the sprint distance will be a single loop. The details of the route which is marked by buoys will be sent in the race pack prior to the event. On event day you also have your pre race talk and kayaks on route. Each wave sets off around 60 athletes, every 5 minutes. The clear lake makes a pleasant swim with little undergrowth. Wetsuits are mandatory.

The Cycle

Once you exit the lake it’s time to make your way to the transition area where you will be able to access your numbered bay with your bike etc. The bike is a beautiful one or two lap course around the countryside, dependant upon your distance.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are two right hand turns on the Bike Course; one minor, one major. For your own safety you MUST stop and remove your foot from your pedal and place it on the ground in view of the Marshals at the major right turn; failure to do so will result in immediate Disqualification. You’ll see good warning of this junction prior to it’s arrival.

There is also one set of traffic lights on the bike course, however these are on a section of closed road near the end of each bike lap. With this, you’re allowed to go through a red light, but you are urged to do so with caution.

The Run

The race is 3 laps of the course for the sprint event and 6 for the Olympic distance. Water stations are located close to the start of each running lap, which is a mostly flat course. Entrants are required to count their own laps and on the last lap instead of turning to continue on for a further lap, they run down a straight path to the finish gantry. As always it is recommended that to ensure you know the route you check the race maps and take a look after registration. The race course is along a track around the lake, which can become a rougher terrain in poorer weather conditions.

Post Race

Once you’ve successfully made it over the finish line because we have every faith you won’t DNF, there are massages and bike repairs available on site and of course the prize giving ceremony.

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