Blenheim Palace Triathlon
Enjoy a beautiful day out on this surprisingly technical course
never mind being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, or the home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. To our minds, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is known for one thing: playing host to one of the UK’s busiest, most beginner-friendly and beautiful triathlon events.
The Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon, to give its full name, takes place over two days and hosts around 6,000 triathletes, making it one of the biggest races in the country. If you’re not into crowds though, don’t be put off – this place never feels too full, just bustling and buzzing as streams of triathletes and their families make their way round the grounds. (Spectators have to pay the grounds entry fee but, given the setting, many seem happy to do so.)
The landscaped grounds provide a traffic-free and surprisingly technical route. After your lake swim there’s a steep and long run up to transition, which is in the impossibly grand setting of the Palace courtyard. The bike route, up to 19.8km, is twisty, rolling and brilliant fun. The run (5.7km for the full sprint distance) is also hillier than you’d expect. The atmosphere is great though, and the elite races on Sunday are part of the British Triathlon Super Series so well worth sticking around or getting up early enough to watch. Enter before 31 December and you’ll get an early bird discount. Visit theblenheimtriathlon.com.
First at Blenheim and definitely the best tri event I’ve done to date. Sunday was a real glorious occasion with wonderful atmosphere.” “Wonderful event. Thank you. Best triathlon course, organisation and event setting (this is my 23rd triathlon). Really testing too. Roll on next year.
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