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Triathlon Training Weekends Supported by Sport England and British Triathlon

Triathlon Training Weekends

Friday 16th June – Monday 19th July and
Friday 30th June – Monday 3rd July 2017

Cost: £145

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Based at Bendrigg Trust, these courses are supported by Sport England and British Triathlon and are for visually impaired adults and guides.

As triathlon courses, the main activities included are swimming, tandem cycling and running. Groups will be split according to ability and experience with sessions tailored to everyone’s needs. No experience is necessary.

The cost covers all accommodation, meals, coaching and use of equipment.


The course begins with a 6pm briefing. Please arrange to arrive between 4.30-5.30pm. Pick up can be arranged from Oxenholme train station if required. After dinner these will be a short practical activity and an introduction to triathlon.

Saturday – Sunday

Both days will consist of a series of workshops and practical sessions including cycling, running, swimming, stretching, core strength, injury prevention, competition, nutrition, equipment and training.
Triathlon activities will finish by 5pm on Sunday with an opportunity on Sunday evening to relax or take part in something completely different (e.g. climbing).


Participants will depart after breakfast with the option for drop-off at Oxenholme train station (latest drop off 10am). If participants need to leave on Sunday or early on Monday please let us know. Towards the end of the weekend coaches will make individual action/ training plans with everyone who would like to do so.


We aim to have the same number of visually impaired and sighted participants. You are welcome to come as a pair or we can pair you up. In this case we usually change partners several times through the weekend.

We are happy to take guides who have no previous experience of triathlon or guiding. You will receive training alongside the visually impaired participants and will need to be prepared to guide on the practical sessions as well as in between times; mealtimes, evenings, etc. We will not ask you to pilot a tandem with a visually impaired person until you are competent and confident to do so.

Triathlon Training Groups

When booking please say which group you think you fit into best (outlined below). After you have booked we will ask for some more details of your previous experience, if any, so that we can plan ahead to make it work for everyone.

Taster Group for the Unlikely Athlete

You would like to have a go at cycling, running and swimming but have never had the confidence or know how to get going.This group will have a gentle introduction to all 3 activities. Ideally you will be already fit enough to walk briskly for an hour.

Beginner group for the Novice/ Intermediate Athlete

You have already had a go at some or all of the activities. You will have ridden a bike before and are able to swim at least 1 length (25m). This group will have workshop/ training sessions in all 3 activities. You will already be fit enough to walk briskly for at least 2 hours.

Advanced Group for the Established Athlete

You are already experienced in at least 2 of the activities. You will be able to cycle at a brisk pace for at least 2 hours and run at least 5k continuously in under 30min. This group will do some substantial running and cycling sessions. Swimming will be according to ability. We will look at aspects of competition including tapering and transition.

Please also see our general course information detailing domestic arrangements, travel, guide dogs and weather.