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Sep 8

Woburn Abbey Triathlon

September 8, 2019


One of the UK’s most loved triathlons, famed for its iconic venue and unrivalled family experience. A weekend of sporting challenge, family fun and charity fundraising, the Woburn Abbey Triathlon has so far raised close to £2.5 million for its charity partners.

Event venue: Woburn Abbey, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA

Junior Triathlon

Ages 9 to 12 years – 100m Swim, 3km Bike, 1km Run

Ages 13 to 15 years – 300m Swim, 6.8km Bike, 2.5km Run

After the success of this year’s Junior Triathlon, tri for life hopes to inspire the next generation of triathletes and fundraisers to join us at Woburn Abbey.

The start for the Junior Triathlon will be in the large lake (unless otherwise informed), which is a short 20m walk from the transition. However, we are unable to guarantee this and will update all participants nearer the event day following water treatment and testing. Parents can walk with children to the lake once they have exited transition.

The bike and run course are all on closed roads so there’s no worry about traffic. All participants are considered winners for taking part and will all receive a medal.


400m Scoot, 400m Bike, 150m Run

The scootathlon is a mini fun triathlon for children between the ages of 4 and 8 where they scoot, bike and run. Boys will race with girls at the same time in various age categories.

The race begins in front of the Abbey with a 400m scoot (any scooter is suitable) then it’s into transition, put down the scooter and pick up the bike and cycle the 400m lap. Then it’s back into transition for the last time, leaving the bike next to the scooter and then out for the final 150m run to the finish gantry in front of the Abbey to collect your medal.

Scooting, cycling and running will always be in an anti-clockwise direction and all three disciplines must be done wearing a helmet. The course is flat and takes place inside the Abbey grounds for the scoot, bike and run.

About the Organiser

Tri for Life was founded in 2007 as a registered charity with a simple ambition. Our aim was to provide a fantastic multisport event for participants and their families, and raise money for charity. To date our vision has paid off, with increasing demand for the Woburn Abbey Triathlon and, most importantly, contributing close to £2.5m for good causes up and down the country.

The Woburn Abbey Triathlon is a totally unique event, set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey, with people of all ages and abilities taking part and raising money for charity. We are immensely proud of what we have achieved so far with our fundraising. Any donation, however big or small, really has made a difference. Now in our 12th year, our mission remains the same – to raise as much as possible for good causes.

tri for life is the brain child of the late Harvey Selby who made it his mission to encourage others to get fit whilst raising money. He realised that although triathlons were one of the fastest growing sports, an event didn’t exist that combined the triathlon challenge with fundraising. Tragically, Harvey Selby was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, and although he saw a video of the first event, he was not well enough to attend. We will continue to fulfil Harvey’s legacy, combining family fun, health and fitness with supporting charities.

Our partnership with Human Race, the largest mass participation event organisers in the UK, enables us to deliver a world class event. Their knowledge and expertise have helped us grow the Woburn Abbey Triathlon to become one of the top multi-sport events in the UK, and a must-do in the triathlon calendar.

tri for life is a registered charity (charity no. 1122677) and distributes all profits from its events to other charities.


September 8, 2019
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Woburn Abbey
Woburn Park
Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA United Kingdom
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Type of Event
Distance 1
300m Swim
Distance 2
6.8km Bike
Distance 3
2.5km Run