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Getting Into Paratriathlon

If you want to get into triathlon or paratriathlon for the first time we've got all the information you'll need and dates of upcoming GO TRI Disability Novice Training Days

Getting Started

If you want to try and become a bit more active, regardless of your disability or medical condition, triathlon can be the sport for you. If you are not sure about swimming you can do a duathlon (running and cycling) and if you don’t want to cycle you could either use a tandem, tricycle or other adapted bike or do an aquathlon (running and swimming). You can use a wheelchair for the running section. 


GO TRI is a fun way to access triathlon for the first time. Join in swim, cycle or run training sessions or complete your first triathlon (or duathlon or aquathlon). The training sessions are open to all  and at the events distances start from an achievable 100m swim (4 lengths of the pool), 2.5km bike and 1km run. Approximately 16% of GO TRI participants have a disability or long-term medical condition, so don’t let it hold you back!

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A number of specific Paratriathlon events (for athletes with certain categories of disability) and events for people with any disability take place each year. To find out more, please visit our Paratriathlon events page. There are also over a thousand other open events taking place throughout the year across a range of distances and disciplines (triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon) which you can take part in as well. If you have any concerns, then please contact the race organiser and they will try to accommodate any additional requirements you may have.

Not sure if you're ready to take on an organised triathlon event? Why not create your own with GO TRI at Simply pick a swim, cycle and run from a range of fun options and complete each one in your own time, to finish your very first triathlon.


Everyone and anyone can compete in triathlon regardless of their level of ability or impairment. However, if you wish to compete specifically in 'Paratriathlon' events or have ambitions of being a Paralympian then you will need to be classified so that it can be decided which category you would fit into. To find out more about classification and how to be classified visit our classification page.


Most triathlon clubs are very accommodating and inclusive and will offer help to anyone who comes along. If you want to know more about a club before going along for the first time then it is often a good idea to get in contact before you go so that you can be assured about what to expect when you do go.

To find clubs in your local area please follow this link

Getting Advice

If you need specific advice about how to get started in your local area then please refer to the relevant contact in your area as shown below:

Scotland Calum Reid
Wales Steph Makuvise
North East Samantha Morgan-Nicholson
Yorkshire Michelle Scott
North West Oliver Heald
East Midlands Sarah Williams
East Rob Lines
West Midlands Kirsty Outhwaite
South East Kelly Wickens
South Central Jen Granger
South West David Hooper
London Jon Train


The coach education programme includes paratriathlon, and all British Triathlon qualified coaches, have access to the latest resources to support them in coaching paratriathletes. Paratriathlon is embedded in the programme at all levels allowing coaches to develop and support all athletes to achieve their own triathlon goals.

Coaches can access this information via the Learning Hub.

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