Aquathlon Series Details

Race Information

The race series will return in 2022 to four of our usual venues on the following dates:

Sidmouth (Adults Only) – 6th March 2022

Dawlish (Adults and Juniors) – 20th March 2022

Crediton (Adults and Juniors) – 3rd April 2022

Exeter University (Adults Only) – 15th May 2022

Specific Venue Information




Exeter University

Race Format

An aquathlon is a swim > run event.

The races feature continuous rolling starts.  Each competitor will start their race when a place becomes free in the pool.

The swim is held in a heated swimming pool; transition takes place poolside; the run route is on quiet pavements / roads or, in the case of Sidmouth, along a path through a park.

The distances are (approximately for the run):

Sprint – 600m Swim, 5k Run
Go Tri – 300m Swim, 2.5k Run

Tri Start – 50m Swim, 600m Run
Tri Star 1 – 100m Swim, 1.2k Run
Tri Star 2 – 200m Swim, 1.8k Run
Tri Star 3 – 300m Swim, 2.4k Run

Race Timetable

Two Days Prior to Race Day

Start times will be published on this site, these are advisory and are used to try and get competitors with similar swim times to race together. It is a rolling start, therefore if there is space in the pool, you can probably start racing

Race Day

08:00 Registration Desk Opens

08:30 First Competitor Starts Their Race

30 Minutes Prior to Your Scheduled Start Time

Please be at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled start time in order to register and get ready to race.

At registration:

  • You will receive your race number, a numbered plastic bag (for your transition belongings that you do not want to take on the run), safety pins to pin your race number to your vest / t-shirt (if not using a race belt).
  • You will get your race number written on your right arm and left leg in permanent marker.
  • Route maps will be on display.
  • Exeter Triathlon Club members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

20 Minutes Prior to your scheduled Start Time

  • Change into your swimming gear and be ready at the poolside five minutes prior to your scheduled start time.
  • If you get cold easily, take something warm with you to put on while you wait for a start slot.  You can leave these items in the plastic bag at your transition spot and reclaim them after you finish your race.

Five Minutes Prior to your scheduled Start Time

  • Please be make your way to the pool side.
  • When called forward by the pool manager take your transition / running kit1 to the transition area and set it up ready for when you exit the pool.  Please be mindful of other competitors who have started their race; give way to them if necessary.
  • Bring the numbered plastic bag with you (that you received at registration).  Use this to line the container provided at your transition spot so that you have somewhere to put your goggles, towel, etc. prior to starting your run.  After starting your run, your belongings bag will be sealed and removed by one of the pool marshals.  You can collect this from them after you finish your race.  It’s important that the number written on your arm / leg is the same as the number on the bag.  Please check this is the case otherwise you will have to wait until the end of the race to ensure that everyone has their own belongings before we can return yours to you.
  • Make your way back to the start area and join the start queue.

One Minute Prior to Your Start

  • Ensure that you have your goggles on and are ready to start.
  • When it is your turn to start the swim, the pool manager will call you forward to the end of the lane that you will swim in.
  • The lane marshal will give you a coloured swim cap to put on (so that they can identify each competitor in their lane).
  • The lane marshal will record your name and your race number.

30 Seconds Prior to your Start

  • You will be asked to enter the water.  Please be mindful of the other competitor in your lane and stay on your side of the lane.
  • You will be given a 10 second countdown.


  • Start your swim2 when the pool marshal tells you to go.
  • Swim the designated distance for your race.  A lane marshal will keep track of the number of lengths you have completed and your total swim time.
  • Two lengths (50m) before the end of the swim, the lane marshall will place a float in the water to indicate that you have two lengths remaining to swim.
  • When you have completed your swim, exit the pool and walk3 to your transition spot by the side of the pool.
  • Put on your running kit, placing any belongings you do not want to take on the run in the plastic bag, and walk3 to the pool exit.  You must be wearing your top and your race number must be clearly visible at chest / abdominal height before you exit the building to start the run.
  • The building exit marshal will record your race number.  Be mindful of any instructions that the building exit marshal gives you.
  • The ground can be slippy with the drips of water from previous competitors.  Please take extra care at this point, especially where the start of the run is on grass.
  • Start your run.
  • Follow the run route as shown on the course map.  There will be run marshals along the run route.  Follow any instructions they give as you pass by.
  • If you need any emergency assistance during the run make this known to the nearest available run marshal and, if they can’t perform the first aid themselves, they will phone for assistance.
  • Your race will be completed when you cross the finish line.
  • The finish line marshals will record your race number and your finish time.

After the Race

  • Collect your belongings from the pool marshals.


Transition / Running Kit.  Mandatory items are: shoes, a vest or t-shirt (if not wearing a tri-suit) and race number (attached to your vest or attached to a race belt).  Optional items are things like socks and a towel.

2 There will be two people swimming in a lane.  You will have one side of the lane to yourself.  Do not move to the other side of the lane when you reach each end.

3 Running / jogging on the pool side will lead to immediate disqualification.

Age Categories

Category Age on 31st December 2022
Tri Start 8
Tri Star 1 9 – 10
Tri Star 2 11 – 12
Tri Star 3 13 – 14
Youth 15 – 16
Junior 17 – 19
Senior 20 – 39
Vet 40 – 49
Super Vet 50 – 59
Vintage 60 – 69
Super Vintage 70 – 80
Classic 80+

Terms and Conditions

“The Organiser” – Exeter Tri

“The Events” – 2022 Aquathlon Series of races described in the race information.

“The Participant” – Individual(s) who wish to enter or have entered The Event.

1. Conditions of Entry

By completing the designated entry process participants are agreeing to abide by the following terms and conditions.

2. Completion of Entry process

It is the Participant’s responsibility to provide accurate and truthful information when completing the entry process, any errors in data entered is the responsibility of the Participant.

If at any point the organiser discovers that the Participant has provided false or inaccurate personal information, or that the information provided means that the participant is ineligible to participate in the Event the organiser reserves the right to refuse entry or disqualify the Participant, without any refund of the entry fee.

3. Payment

Each Participant is required to pay the entry fee in full, along with any administration fees which may apply at the time of entry.

Once payment is received and entry is confirmed, the fee is non-refundable.

Administration fees are non-refundable in all circumstances.

4. Confirmation of entry

Entry to the event will be confirmed by email to the email address provided by the Participant only upon completion of the entry process.

5. Participant’s withdrawal policy & refunds

If the Participant wishes to withdraw from the Event they must do so by informing the Organiser in writing by email to The email subject title must be “WITHDRAWAL”. No other method of withdrawal is accepted by the Organiser. Providing the withdrawal notice is provided within the applicable time limits the Organiser will confirm the withdrawal by email to the Participant within 5 working days. If no response to the withdrawal request is received the Participant should phone the Organiser on 07730 015820.

Withdrawing from the Event is irrevocable; if notice of withdrawal is given under this section then the Organiser will remove the Participant’s name from its start lists and other official documentation.  No refund will be due.

6. Transfer & swapping of entries

Participants are not allowed to transfer or swap their entry to another person under any circumstances. Entries cannot be deferred to future editions of the Event.

Transferring or swapping of entries risks that the Organiser’s Event insurance will be voided or subject to limitations and conditions or limitations not anticipated by the Organiser. In this and in other ways attempting to swap entries creates additional risks for the Event and for the other Participants.

Any participants and other involved individuals who are found to have swapped their entries will be banned from participating in all future events promoted by the organiser, and referred to the relevant Home Nation Association who may choose to implement further disciplinary action.

7. Race information

The race information is published on the Event website. It is the Participant’s responsibility to read, understand and abide by the race information. The Organiser reserves the right to alter the race information at any time without notice.

8. Registration

Details of the registration process are contained within the race information. It is the responsibility of the Participants to attend registration during the published times. Participants are required to attend registration to collect their race packs, those unable to attend may nominate another individual to collect their race pack if that individual is in possession of the entry confirmation email and a form of photo ID of the participant.

Participants must have photo ID (driver’s licence, passport, Triathlon membership card etc) to register for the event and be issued their race pack.

Race packs will not be posted out, and can only be collected during the published times.

If you do not register for the Event you will not be entitled to compete.

9. Photography

The Organiser has the right to use images, photographs and video taken by their contracted photographers and employees at the Event without informing the Participant. These images will only be used for the purposes of promoting, reporting and broadcasting the event, and any other promotion related to the business activities of the Organiser.

Any individual who does not wish to have their image used by the organiser for these purposes must inform the organiser via email no later than one week prior to the event. Notification closer to, or after the Event can be made and the organiser will use its best endeavours to prevent images of that individual being used but cannot guarantee it.

For events where under 18 year olds are competing, Participants and event attendees are required to comply with the Photography Policy published on the event website.

10. Competition Rules

The Event is run in accordance with British Triathlon Federation Rules, which can be viewed at except where stated i.e. elite races.

It is the Participant’s responsibility to know and abide by the rules, and to ensure their equipment and its use complies with the rules.

Where cut-off times apply, the Organiser reserves the right to remove Participants that do not meet those times or have, in their opinion, no realistic chance of meeting those times. In this situation no refund will be made to the Participant.

11. Event Changes

The Organiser reserves the right to change or amend any details relating to the Event at its sole discretion due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including by way of changing distances or disciplines. This includes the right to alter start times etc.

12. Event Cancellation

If the Event is cancelled for reasons beyond the organisers control, including without limitation fire, storm, act of terrorism, “act of god”, serious medical incident, then the Participant will not be entitled to any refund or compensation of other losses and any refund that the Organiser decides to make will be within the absolute discretion of the Organiser.

13. Liability

Participation in the Event is at the Participant’s own risk. The Participant irrevocably agrees to hold harmless, indemnify and reimburse the Organiser from and for any sum, costs or expenses (including legal and professional fees) incurred, payable or paid by the Organiser to any person (including the Participant and/or any of the Participant’s insurers) in connection with any accident, loss, damage or injury (including death) arising out of the Participant’s attendance at and participation in the Event or any part thereof (except where any such injury or death is caused by the negligence of the Organiser or any of its employees) and the Organiser’s liability to the participant is excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law.

Other than as stated below, the Organiser shall not be liable for any loss, damage or expense arising from an event of Force Majeure.

The Organiser, its staff, agents or contractors shall not be liable for indirect or consequential loss or damage.

The Organiser will not be liable for any computer result errors or any technical malfunctions.

Whilst the Organiser takes every care with staging the event, the Participant acknowledges that personal accident and personal items insurance is his/her sole responsibility. The Organiser shall not be liable to the participant for any loss or damage of or to personal equipment belonging to the participant, or any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever arising out of the participant taking part in the Event; or for any loss of business; revenue or profit; loss of reputation; anticipated savings or wasted expenditure; pledges made on your behalf or by you to charity.

The Organiser will not be liable for any actions of any spectators or other third parties.

14. Medical Conditions & Information

All Participants are required to provide emergency contact details as part of the entry process, and to disclose any known medical conditions to the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to refuse entry and not to provide a refund, if a Participant fails to provide this information or the information provided is known to be false.

It is the Participant’s responsibility to ensure they have the right level of physical ability to complete the Event. If you know or are concerned that you have a medical condition which might interfere with your safe participation in the Event, before you enter you should seek advice from a relevant medical professional and follow that advice. Please see our Health Commitment Statement for more advice (below).

15. Collection & use of data

The Participant agrees and consents to The Organiser using his/her personal details provided in his/her Online Registration Form or otherwise and for the following purposes:

Event administration

(a) The Organiser requires a record of each Participant’s registration details including third party emergency contact details for internal administration purposes in order to properly conduct and to safely administer the Event.

(b) The Participant agrees to receive emails from Exeter Triathlon Club Aquathlons and British Triathlon and the Home Nation Associations containing event information and event updates before and after the event.

(c) The Organiser will also keep records of medical information provided that it is kept confidential and may be shared only with medical personnel or teams allocated to the Event. Such information shall be deleted within a reasonable time following the completion of the Event unless the participant agrees that the Organiser may use such information in relation to future events organised by the Organiser which are staged within a reasonable timeframe thereafter.

(d) The publication of the official start lists and results of the Event, and their inclusion in British Triathlon Federation’s historical results database as well as other reasonable statistical purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, the following Participant information shall be published within Event start lists and results: Name, Age, Age Category, Gender, Club and membership number as appropriate. In addition to this data, Date of Birth shall be passed to British Triathlon to enable matching of results to individual membership records, but will not be publicly published.

E-mail/SMS communications

(a) The Organiser will use the Participant’s contact data submitted on the Online Registration Form or otherwise to send the Participant information by e-mail and/or SMS relating to the Event, other events and any further categories of news and promotional information as the Participant may have requested on the Online Registration Form.

(b) The Participant acknowledges and agrees that the Organiser may send an e-mail or SMS notification following the Event inviting the Participant to submit or renew his/her registration for any future Organiser events.

(c) The Participant accepts that the Event’s appointed photography partner will be able to email them post event regarding the purchase of participant photos from the event.

(d) The Participant accepts that if he/she ticks a charity box at point of entry, their details will be passed onto said charity who will be able to contact him/her in the future.  All participant data will be managed and stored securely by the BTF in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Participant data will be passed to Exeter Tri and stored in accordance to their privacy policy which can be found at

Health commitment statement

Your health is your responsibility. The Organiser is dedicated to helping you take every opportunity to enjoy your participation in the Events safely. With this in mind, we have carefully considered what we can reasonably expect of each other.

Our commitment to you

We will respect your personal decisions, and allow you to make your own decisions about what exercise you can carry out. However, we ask you not to exercise beyond what you consider to be your own abilities.  We will make every reasonable effort to make sure the Event is organised to accepted safe operational standards for you to enjoy.We will make all reasonable steps to ensure first aid is available at the Event to an industry standard.  If you tell us you have a disability which puts you at a substantial disadvantage in accessing our event, we will consider what adjustments, if any, are reasonable for us to make.

Your commitment to us

You should not exercise beyond your own abilities. If you know or are concerned that you have a medical condition which might interfere with your safe participation in the Event, before you enter you should seek advice from a relevant medical professional and follow that advice.

It is the decision of the Participant, not the Organiser, to determine whether he or she is fit enough to participate in the Event. If the Participant is in any doubt, they should seek medical advice. It is up to the Participant where to seek that medical advice.

You should let us know immediately, if you feel unwell whilst participating in the Events. Our staff are not qualified Doctors, but there will be first aid provision in attendance at the Events.

If you have a disability, you must follow any reasonable instructions to allow you to complete our event safely.

This Health Commitment Statement sets the standards that the Organiser and the Participant can reasonably expect from each other in regards to the health of the participant.