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What to expect from swim, bike, run events and activity

The aim of this guidance is to provide you with key information about participating in swim, bike, run activity in the current Covid-19 environment. British Triathlon want to ensure that you know how to participate safely and outline what provisions you should expect from the event organisers who are delivering any events that you participate in.

From Monday 19 July, England moved to Step 4 of the government's 'Roadmap', the point at which the majority of legal resitrctions are removed. Whilst this is the case, the staging of events requires the support of everyone taking part.

British Triathlon and the Home Nations have been requested, and we firmly believe that it remains our responsibility as governing body of the sport, to continue to issue clear guidance to enhance safety and share best practice to provide great experiences in swim, bike, run. 

Please be aware that any planned events may be postponed or cancelled at any time and you should always check with your event organiser to keep up to date.

This updated guidance only applies in England, for information about Scotland's guidance please visit Triathlon Scotland and for information about Wales' guidance please visit Welsh Triathlon



What should I consider before taking part in an event?

  • Do not attend any event if you or anyone in your household has symptoms within the last ten days
  • If you have had Covid-19 at any point, you should consider taking medical advice before taking part in any sporting activity. It may be advisable for you to undergo some form of screening
  • You can find a full list of permitted events here

Changes to entry and pre-event information

  • The recording of all attendees on site continues - this could be through a pre-event health declaration, a scannable QR code for the NHS Covid-19 app, or through contact details of all participants
  • If you had entered your event prior to lockdown restrictions, and particularly for deferred entries from 2020, you should be asked by the event organiser to re-declare your suitability/fitness to take part
  • Event briefings and safety information may continue to be delivered in advance of the event, possibly by video message
  • Event organisers should only allow online pre-entry to events, with no on the day entry



Events following British Triathlon Covid-19 requirements:

British Triathlon has developed specific Covid-19 requirements focused on engagement with stakeholders including local authorities and public health bodies, adherence to the current legal requirements, provision of facilities for increased hygiene and clear communication to competitors about what to expect at their event. Event organisers need to demonstrate their application of these additional requirements as part of the permitting process to be issued with a permit.

This means that whatever swim, bike, run format you take part in, you will either start individually or as mass starts. Whilst social distancing requirements have been removed, consideration should be given to your fellow competitors and to the event team and volunteers.

Where spectators are attending, event organisers may place limits on the number of spectators allowed based on venue capacity and feedback from local authorities and/or venues. Spectators will be required to adhere to measures that the event organiser is implementing.

Your guiding principles when you are at an event should be:

  • Maintain high standards of hygiene throughout the event – take your own hand sanitiser, wash your hands and try not to touch public areas such as barriers
  • Arrive at the site at the times you are given – many event organisers will continue to only allow participants on site at specific times to manage the flow of people, so to aid the smooth running of the event please stick to your allocated times

Additional items you should take with you are:

  • You will need to ensure you bring the following alongside your usual items:
    • Hand sanitiser (at least 60% alcohol) and anti-viral wipes
    • A face covering to wear if requested by the event organiser (unless you are exempt)
    • Additional water bottles, fluids and snacks to carry on the bike and run
    • Warm clothes to change into
    • A soft sided bag to place at your racking location in transition
  • For a full list of suggested usual items, click the link to the detailed guidance below


There are some common themes you will find at an event following Covid-19 requirements. We ask for your support in continuing to support event organisers in delivering great experiences in swim, bike, run.

When on the event site, you should ensure that you remember the following throughout your event day experience:

  • Whilst social distancing regulations have been removed, please be considerate and respectful to other participants and volunteers
  • Maintain good hygiene. Use hand sanitiser throughout your event experience and try to minimise interaction with touch points

Furthermore, event organisers are being asked to consider continuing to adapt their events.

This could include:

  • Prescribed arrival, registration check-in and transition racking times
  • One way flows around the event site
  • Time-trial starts may still be used, alongside or instead of mass starts. This could be individual starts or small group starts
  • Face coverings may still be needed for indoor environments where crowding could be encountered
  • Management of areas where crowding could occur and/or high-frequency touch points e.g. bag drop areas, changing tents, aid stations, relay exchange zones, timing chip removal, finish recovery areas

If you experience any Covid-19 symptoms, please take the steps outlined in the government guidance here.

If you still have questions, are new to the sport or are looking for more detailed guidance, please view the guidance document below which expands on the points covered above.



Following the UK Government's roadmap, British Triathlon and Triathlon England have detailed what is anticipated to be permitted for events for each step.

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