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23rd September 2018

Ilkley Triathlon

Tickets go on sale 06:00 am | 1st May 2018

2018 Ilkley Duathlon Results

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The multiple award-winning

Ilkley Triathlon

2018 event will be on Sunday the 23rd of September 2018


The Ilkley Triathlon is a club run sprint distance event held every year since 1992 making it one of the longest running triathlon events held in the UK. It has a reputation for being a friendly, race, ideal for novices and first-timers with great support all the way around the course. However the course is still a challenge for more experienced athletes, indeed both Brownlees have taken part in the past.

A testament to its popularity is that it has won the UK “Race of the Year” on multiple occasions including 2015 and was nominated in the top three in 2016 & second in 2017. Ilkley Triathlon remains one of the best value for money events in the racing calendar and combined with it being set in a stunning Yorkshire countryside location it is a simply must do event.

Don’t fancy racing as an individual? Then why not get together with some friends and enter a team; one person swims, one person bikes and the third one finishes with the run. It can be a fun way to start your life as a triathlete. With a multi-lap course, full catering facilities and great views its also perfect for your supporters to enjoy the day whilst cheering you on. In recent years it has sold out within hours, so if you would like to find out what all the fuss is about and take part then don’t delay!

Entries for this event sell out within hours so don’t hang around if you would like to enter for 2018!

Key Information

  • Distance: 500m/14.5km/4.8km
  • Date: Sunday 23rd of September
  • Venue: Ilkley Pool and Lido (view location on Google Maps).
  • Start: 9:00am to 4:00pm (start times published 2 weeks before event).
  • Indoor pool swim with extra wide lanes
  • Chip timing
  • Finishers T-Shirt
  • Goodie Bag
  • Full catering facilities
  • Changing rooms & showers
  • Dedicated off street car park
  • Prices:-
    • Adult: £36/£39 (BTF/non BTF)
    • Junior: £18/£20 (BTF/non BTF)
    • Team: £42

The Course

The Ilkley Triathlon is a Sprint Distance event with a 500m indoor swim, followed by a 14.5km bike (3x laps of a 4.8km circuit) and a 4.8km run (1x lap of the same circuit). Whilst the event is taking place at the Ilkley Pool & Lido, the swim takes place in the indoor pool with extra wide lanes and not the outdoor lido.

  • Swim 500m indoor.
  • Bike 14.5km (3x laps)
  • Run 4.8km (1x lap)

The bike and run follow the same course (see map above and video below) – a 4.8 km circuit along Denton Road, Carter Lane, Curly Hill and Middleton Road. The first mile is flat; the second uphill and the third mile downhill. The course is suitable for all abilities but can be challenging if you want to make it so.

If you have any questions then email us ilkleytriathlon@gmail.com


What do I wear?

You don’t need anything specific for a triathlon, you can swim in a costume (yes wear your sports bra underneath it!) then put a T-shirt and a pair of shorts over the top and you are ready to bike & run! However, you could consider investing in a pair of tri shorts or a tri suit which are garments specifically designed to be worn throughout the event. A pair of goggles will be needed in the pool, and you will be provided with a swim cap. You will need to display your race number on the run & bike legs, for a few pounds a race belt really helps here.

Have a look at this guide here for some great tips for a first timer on what to wear and what to expect in a triathlon.

Can I get changed in the changing rooms after my swim?

Yes of course, just please let the pool side official know that this is your intention when you arrive at the pool – please be aware the clock won’t stop ticking, but yes you may.

What bike do I need?

You just need a bike which works! we have had people compete on shopping bikes with baskets on the front, mountain bikes to high end professional level carbon racers. Just make sure its serviced well and the gears & brakes work efficiently as there is a steep downhill back into Ilkley on the quite hilly course.

The circuit doesn’t really suit TT bikes should you own one, a normal road bike would be preferable. One requirement is a helmet – you will not be permitted race without one. The route is not on closed roads, but very quiet lanes – its unlikely you’ll even see a car ascending Carter Lane – but normal road rules apply. Crossing the white lines onto the opposite carriageway is an automatic disqualification for example. Please ensure your bike also has bar ends plugs.

What if I can't compete?

We can offer a £20 refund up until a month before the event – after that, we’re afraid there are no refunds.

When should I arrive?

We recommend arriving at least an hour before your start time. You have to register, set up your bike and gear in transition, change and be pool side 10 minutes before your time. You will need at least an hour to do all this – you can’t be late if you miss your start time, you can’t race!

How do I know what swim time to put down?

We need to know roughly how fast people will be so you are swimming in a lane with people of a similar speed. If you are unsure it’s better to be conservative. You could go to a local 25m pool and time yourself going at a manageable pace for 4 lengths. That will give you a time for 100m then multiply it by 5. You can change your time after registering until about a month before the event if you are still unsure.

Do I have to swim front crawl?

Not at all. Many people swim breaststroke. Please note for safety reasons with multiple people swimming in one lane, you can’t swim backstroke.

Can I do tumble turns

Yes you can. Tumble turns are permitted.


Not only us but our ace man on the mike Simon Ward has been nominated too!

Well all the effort was worth it and this year we have made the shortlist for the @220Triathlon awards for "Race of the Year"!
If you enjoyed this year give us a vote and we'll make sure we do even better in 2019!
#Ilkley #Triathlon

Results are out for the #Ilkley Duathlon!
Hope you all had a great race and will be back next year - as a triathlete!