Sri Chinmoy Try-a-Tri - 2024

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!
Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2024
200m swim in a heated 25m indoor pool
10km bike course on scenic and quiet roads - on any bike you like
3km easy off-road run
Online entries only £20:00
A Swim-Bike-Run-MINI event run in partnership with British Triathlon
ADVICE & GUIDANCE. Monthly emails of beginner's tips and advice from the race organisers will make sure you are well prepared.
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About the event

RACEDAY GUIDE and SWIM START TIMES for all our 2024 entrants are now online.

Our Try-a-Tri event is tailor-made for beginners, especially first-timers. With manageable "Swim-Bike-Run-Mini" 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. First timers can take the plunge into Triathlon in a friendly, low-key & low-cost event where you can use pretty much any bike (from a triathlon/TT bike to a hybrid or mountain bike) and benefit from regular guidance as you prepare for the race (we send you frequent & regular emails with Q&A on training, equipment, transition & triathlon rules, so you know exactly what to expect on race day).

For 2024 the Try-a-Tri is part of our award-winning Swim-Bike-Run series in partnership with British Triathlon, 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. SBR-Mini events are limited to around 50-80 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. Think of it is as "like a park run but with swimming and cycling too" and that gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

Number pickup and briefing will all be outdoors, each wave of only 16 people will arrive at their designated time, stow their bikes and kit, grab their race numbers and be guided to the pool where only 4 swimmers will be in each 25m lane.

Although it's a low-cost and low key event, this SBR-Mini event is a proper triathlon and entrants will have completed a genuine Tri when they cross the finish line and get presented with their Finisher's Medal.

For photos of previous Try-a-Tri events take a look at our Races Gallery and there are tips and resources for first timers here.

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 - 200m, Bike 10km, Run 3km

Start time

  • 8.00 am


  • £20


Garga Chamberlain
07 70 241 07 97
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  • British Triathlon Federation

About the Triathlon

The 3 Stages

Swim - 200m - 8 lengths of Tockington Manor's lovely 25m indoor, heated pool. With only 4 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 8 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 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 beginner-event standards)

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

We also hold 3 Duathlons (run-bike-run) at Tockington, which use the same bike loop as our Try-a-Tri. The April duathlon is a perfect warm up / stepping stone event for anyone signed up for the Try-a-Tri. Full details are at


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.