Sri Chinmoy Somerset Try-a-Tri 2018

Portishead Open Air Pool Bristol

"The perfect beginner's triathlon"

THE PERFECT BEGINNER'S TRIATHLON - aimed at first timers, but with all the challenge you'd expect from a Triathlon!
SUPPORTERS WELCOME. Supporters will be able to watch the swim from poolside seating, and the Esplanade by the sea.
ADVICE & GUIDANCE. Monthly emails of beginner's tips and advice from the race organisers will make sure you are well prepared.
FINISHER'S MEDAL & TEE. At the finish, every finisher will receive an event tee-shirt and medal.
Online entries £39 (+BTF & card fee)

About the event

Online entry for the 2018 Try-aTri (27th May 2018)is now open via the British Triathlon Events website.Apologies for the delay - this is due to enhancements being made to the BTF online entry system.

Click here to enter online at British Triathlon website. 

Our Try-a-Tri event is tailor-made for beginners, especially first-timers, at the sport of triathlon. With manageable distances and the combination of a pool swim and a flat run course, the Sri Chinmoy Somerset Try-a-Tri is a great way to get a taste of the UK's fastest growing endurance sport. Our sponsors are Bristol Bike Centre who provide fantastic mechanical support and Run and Become, the world-famous Specialist Running Shop. We are also supported in 2018 by K2 Timing who are providing Electronic Chip Timing & online results. For photos of previous Try-a-Tri events take a look at our Races Gallery

We are also offering a Sprint Triathlon held on the same day as the Try-a-Tri, with longer distances of 400m swim, 25k bike and 5k run. Both the Try-a-Tri and Sprint Triathlon are perfect "practice races" for anyone planning to do the DB-Max Portishead Triathlon  or the Bristol Triathlon - the region's flagship multisport event.

Previous Results

Swim Start

A video of the swim start at our Try-a-Tri so beginner triathletes can see how each "wave" is started.


Swim - 264m, Bike 17km, Run 4k

Start time

  • 8.00 am


  • £39 (+BTF & card fee)


Garga Chamberlain
07 70 241 07 97
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  • British Triathlon Federation

About the Triathlon

The 3 Stages

Swim - 264m - 8 lengths of Portishead's heated, open-air pool. A stunning sea-front location for that "open water" feel without having to tackle cold water, or the need for a wetsuit.

Bike - 17k - A varied route on minor roads between Portishead Esplanade and Clevedon including the hills on Nore Road and Valley Road. Any style of bike can be used (so long as it's roadworthy, standard size and has working gears/brakes ie. not a "fixie" or fixed-gear bike).

Run - 4k - A flat, easy, three-lap circuit of Portishead's Lake Grounds.

Further info

Youth entrants (anyone who will be aged 15+ at the end of 2017) are welcome, but the course is not suitable for younger triathletes (who are not permitted to compete on public roads).

This event is held under British Triathlon Rules.

Please see below for important withdrawal/refund information:

Any questions? We're happy to help! email:

Click on the link below for details of our 4 other Multisport events in the Bristol area this year - some of which are designed to act as "stepping stones" to your first Tri:


Some words of inspiration.....

"The determination in your heroic effort
Will permeate your mind and heart
Even after your success or failure
Is long forgotten."

Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 98, Agni Press, 1983.