Sri Chinmoy Try-a-Tri - 2023

Tockington Manor School BS32 4NY 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!
PROVISIONAL DATE - Monday 29 May 2023 - to be confirmed
250m swim in a heated 25m indoor pool
10km bike course on scenic and quiet roads
3km easy off-road run
Online entries only £13:00 (+card fee) - we hope to open online entry in December 2022
A GO TRI event run in partnership with Triathlon England
ADVICE & GUIDANCE. Monthly emails of beginner's tips and advice from the race organisers will make sure you are well prepared.
Part of our Award-Winning GO TRI series

About the event

Our Try-a-Tri event is tailor-made for beginners, especially first-timers, at the sport of triathlon. With manageable "GO TRI" distances and the combination of a heated-pool swim and fairly flat bike and run courses, the Sri Chinmoy Try-a-Tri is a great way to get a taste of the UK's fastest growing endurance sport.

For 2023 we are planning to run the event as part of our award-winning GO TRI series in partnership with Triathlon England at Tockington Manor School just north of Bristol. As well as having a wonderful 25m heated pool, Tockington Manor gives us access to a scenic bike route on mostly flat roads (many of which are designated cycle routes) and an easy run on the school sports field. GO TRI events are limited to 50 entrants and have a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for first-timers, so if you want to try a tri for the first time, this event is for you!

Number pickup and briefing will all be outdoors, each wave of only 12 people will arrive at their designated time, stow their bikes and kit, grab their race numbers and be guided to the pool where only 3 swimmers will be in each 25m lane and the start will be staggered to allow social distancing. Transition will be set up to keep everyone reasonably distanced when racking their bike or completing their swim-to-bike transition. 

Although it's a low-cost and low key event, this GO TRI event is a proper triathlon and entrants will have completed a genuine Tri when they cross the finish line!

Note - the date and venue for this race are PROVISIONAL at this stage and will be confirmed before the end of 2022

For photos of previous Try-a-Tri events take a look at our Races Gallery

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 - 250m, Bike 10km, Run 3km

Start time

  • 7.30 am


  • £10 (+BTF & card fee)


Garga Chamberlain
07 70 241 07 97
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  • British Triathlon Federation

About the Triathlon

The 3 Stages

Swim - 250m - 10 lengths of Tockington Manor's lovely 25m indoor, heated pool. With only 3 in each lane at a time there is going to be plenty of space to swim at your own pace and we'll match people up in lanes with swimmers of similar speed to avoid too much overtaking. You can swim any frontal stroke - freestyle and breast-stroke are fine, but not backstroke. Nobody will judge your swim style, you just need to be able to complete the 10 lengths of 25m.

Bike - 10k - A varied route on minor roads without any climbs! Any type of bike, provided it's safe and roadworthy, can be used. Our course is 2 loops of approx 5km, with a total ascent of less than 50m across the whole course - that's pretty flat! 

Run - 3k - An easy course, 5 laps of Tockington Manor sports pitches. It's pretty flat and you can't get lost.

Further info

Youth entrants (anyone who will be aged 15+ at the end of the year in which the race takes place) are welcome, but the course is not suitable for younger triathletes (who are not permitted to compete on public roads). We regret that the course is not suitable for para-tri competitors due to pool access and run course constraints.

This event is held under British Triathlon Rules (with the usual relaxations of these in line with GO TRI standards)

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

Click on the link below for details of our 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.