Sunday 11th October 2020

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Minehead Triathlon 

Sunday 11th October 2020

Countdown to event start!








Channel Events are super excited to be bringing you the 2020 Minehead Sprint Triathlon.

After events in 2014, 2015 and 2016 delivered by Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership sadly the Minehead Triathlon didn’t run in 2017. The baton was then passed to us in 2018.  Previously a sprint triathlon with a 400m pool swim, 20km bike route and a flat seafront 5km run, we at Channel Events grasped this opportunity to shake things up a little. We are very proud to keep this event going and with the amazing success of our first two events we re striving to cement this as an amazing season finale in the British Triathlon calendar for 2020 and beyond. 

From 2018 the event will now utilise its coastal location by including a 750m mass start open water sea swim in the shadows of North Hill but within the safety of the bay. The bike route will remain unchanged due to its fast undulating character, this bike route is an out and back towards the village of Porlock on stunning roads flanked by the high moorland terrain of Exmoor National Park. The views are breathtaking. Finally, you’ll take on the 5km run route. A mix of flat paved seafront promenade and the off-road trails within the woods of Culver Cliff. A cheeky little ‘Killer Climb’ makes for a sting in the tail before returning along the sea front to finish arms aloft on the beach!


Need to update your kit before the event? Click on the Pro Swimwear button on the right to head over to their online shop. Based in local town, Bridgwater we love supporting them and in return they support us. 

What’s included in your entry?


Finisher's T-Shirt

Your 2019 Minehead Triathlon t-shirt (worth £20) will be ready to collect once you’ve celebrated across the line. Please select t-shirt size required when completing booking.

Minehead Triathlon 

Accurate Timing
Timing Chips will be used to give accurate timing throughout the course. Your total time and split times of each discipline will be printed out for you at the finish line.

Secure Transition
The transition area will be carefully marshalled and only entrants and Channel Events staff will be able to enter this area.

Wave Starts

Wave 1: 12:10 – This Wave is for all athletes taking part in the Olympic Distance.

Wave 2: 12:30 – This wave is for novices and those new to open water events and sea swim events taking part in the Sprint Distance.

Wave 3: 13:50 – General classification wave for all those seasoned triathletes taking part in the Sprint Distance.


Once you’ve crossed the line recieve your unique wooden finishers medal! They look, feel and smell great!

Marshal Points

Marshals will be positioned along the route where the event organiser deems it is appropriate. UK road traffic laws must be obeyed and marshals will be checking this. Marshals will also manage the compulsory foot down point on the bike route turn around point.

Event Safety
Safety across the event will come in the form of kayakers for the swim section and appropriately positioned marshalls for the bike and run routes. All entrants will be given details in the pre-race brief of what to do in case of an incident.

Water and Feed Stations

Water and feed stations will be located on exit of the transition area if required. N/B; be prepared to be fuelled for the duration of the event especially for the bike route.

Team Entries

Team entries are available for this event and the entry fee covers all team members. Any non British Triathlon members will need to bring an additional £5 to registration to cover their day licence. All members of the team must complete our personal details form and submit to the registration desk on event day. Team entry will require a timing chip swap during transition.

An Amazing Course

In the shadows of Exmoor National Park we bring you:

750 metre open water sea swim

20 kilometre fast undulating bike route

5 kilometre coastal run on mixed terrain with a cheeky ‘killer climb’ and a beach finish.

Fully Waymarked Course

Each section of the course will be appropriately way-marked and full details will be given in the pre-race information and pre-race briefing.

Water Safety Crew

For the swim section of the route there will be water safety craft and crews on site. The swim section heads along the coast so entrants are never further than 100m from the shore. Marshals will help you exit the water if required.

Prize Giving

Prize giving will take place on beach- weather permitting. Prize categories to be confirmed nearer the event date.

Will we see you on the sandy start line?

Everything you need to know…


Sunday 11th October 2020


The Adventure Centre, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG


750m sea swim
20km bike route
5km run route


British Triathlon Federation competition rules apply for this event. A copy of these can be found by clicking here.


Sprint Single £45.00pp – BTF Members
Sprint Single £50.00pp – non BTF Members
Sprint Team £70.00 – Per Team (non-BTF team members will incur a £5 day race licence fee payable on the day).

Olympic Single £55.00pp – BTF Members
Olympic Single £65.00pp – non BTF Members
Olympic Team £80.00 (non-BTF team members will incur a £5 day race licence fee payable on the day).

Entry terms and conditions can be found here.


Athlete Registration: 09:30 – 11:00

Bike Racking: 09:45 – 11:15

Race Briefing: 11:30 (All athletes to attend)

Wave 1: 12:10 – This Wave is for all athletes taking part in the Olympic Distance.

Wave 2: 12:30 – This wave is for novices and those new to open water events and sea swim events taking part in the Sprint Distance.

Wave 3: 13:50 – General classification wave for all those seasoned triathletes taking part in the Sprint Distance.

Prize Giving: 30 minutes after all athletes have finished.


Please use the various public car parks along the seafront and around Minehead. In an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the event we would appreciate car sharing where possible.


The course is fully way-marked and chip timed for accuracy. Open water sprint and olympic triathlon distances in line with British Triathlon Federation guidelines. Route maps and GPX files can be found on our downloads page. Olympic Distance will be a longer swim course and two laps of the bike and run courses. 


We are in the process fo working with local accommodation providers to provide discounted room rates for Triathletes. Details to follow.


Registration to be confirmed nearer the time once wave start time have been finalised. This year we intend to register you all in your waves to minimise the queuing. 


We will be operating a baggage area in The Adventure Centre itself. On the bottom of the race number in your race pack you will find a baggage slip – this will self attached around a strap of your bag you can then bring this to the registration desk before the race begins and it will be stored safely for you. Bags are left at ‘your own risk’. We do however advise that you leave your valuables in your car or with a member of your support team.



All entrants MUST attend the pre-race briefing held in the event village, times to be confirmed. Each wave will receive a second swim section briefing on the start line.


Superbly marshalled on all three sections of the route with appropriate signage. During the swim section safety kayakers will be present to support you as you swim along the coast. The bike route will be well marshalled and all route specific safety will be covered as part of the pre-race brief. By following the ‘rules of the road’ and the Highway Code you will add to the safety of the event. While out on the run section the majority of the route is traffic free, there is a short section on both the outbound and inbound directions that is on the road past the harbour. This will be well marshalled and you must follow the marshals instructions. Following the swim and run sections you will pass through transition in the same direction keeping the process smooth and flowing.


We strongly recommend that you get some training done before event day. Especially acclimatising yourself to the open water environment if this is your first open water sea swim event. We will be holding an acclimatisation swim on Saturday 5th October. You can also join our ‘mid-week warriors’ community group to help with your training. See the dedicated page here


Please see our suggested kit list in the downloads section of our site. You can get to it easily by clicking here.

Need to update your kit before the event? Head over to to the website of our friends at Pro Swimwear and get yourself kitted out.  


Fantastic spectators make every event so we’d love to see your entourage in attendance. All we ask is for spectators to respect the athletes in a positive manner and utilise the spectator areas where possible. Spectators can choose to view the event at other locations along the course but must do so in an appropriate manner and must not impede the progress of the athletes.


During the event, there will be water and feed stations on exit of the transition area. We strongly advise that you have food and fluids prepared for the event, especially while out on the bike route. Where possible we would love to see you using water bottles to reduce the amount of plastic waste from the event.

Little Van Rouge will be present in the event village selling locally produced and sourced food and drinks from their superbly restored Citroen H van.

Dana’s food takeaway is situated next to our sea front Adventure Centre (adjacent to the event village) if you feel the need for well deserved ‘Fish and Chips’ after the event. The burgers are pretty good too!


You will receive a finishers t-shirt as part of your entry. We are also looking into having  hoodies available to purchase before the event and collect on the day. 2019 version shown below, 2020 version will be uploaded once confirmed. 


Channel staff will be taking photos and the best images will be posted on our facebook page and in the website gallery shortly after the event. We would also love you to share any images your avid supporters may take during the day via our social media channels.


Provided by Channel Adventure Staff. Channel Staff will have first aid kits at various positions around the course. 


The course will be well marked with appropriate signage  markers. The exact signage used for event day will be shown during the pre-race briefing. 


Portable toilets will be available in the event village and a single toilet in the transition area. There are public toilets on the promenade next to the transition area (20p required for these).


Water is available from the drinking water tap at the rear of The Adventure Centre. There will also be drinking water containers in the transition area for you to fill up your water bottles if required. 


Whatever the weather conditions, please make sure you are appropriately equipped to deal with the environment. The event will run in conditions deemed safe by the event organisers. Should the conditions not be appropriate the events team will contact you no fewer than 12 hours prior to the event registration. See terms and conditions for our cancellation policy.

Should the sea state be deemed not safe for swimming then the event will become a duathlon with the run course being completed twice. Run-Bike-Run. 


Celebration is the key! As you sprint the last 150m to the finish line along the sandy shores of Minehead Bay we want to see your arms aloft! You’ve earned that medal, wear it with pride. Dont forget to collect your official time slip so you can prepare for a new PB when you return in 2020!


  • Race Pack
  • Bespoke Finishers Medal
  • Finishers T-shirt
  • Swim Cap
  • Amazing route in a stunning setting
  • Secure Transition
  • Accurate Timing
  • Warm Atmosphere

The Course…


The course comprises of a 750m sea swim along the coast in Minehead from West to East, an undulating and scenic 20km out and back bike course with a compulsory foot down turnaround point at Brandish Street before heading out on the 5km run course which is a mixture of tarmac promenade, road and off-road woodland trails.


POOR WEATHER SWIM OPTION: If the weather and/or sea state are deemed unsafe for swimming then the event will become a duathlon with the 5km run course being used to start the event and finish the event. 

Olympic Distance Swim course map coming soon…..


I’m not sure, is this event for me?

If you can confidently swim 100m, ride 25km and  run 5-7km, that’s great. We would love for our triathlon to be the event you work up too. We suggest that you get plenty of training in beforehand concentrating on covering the distances and would also suggest that you up your distances along with riding after a swim and running after a ride to get used to transitioning and using different muscle groups. Get involved with some Go Tri events and pool based novice and sprint triathlons over the summer. This will stand you in good stead for the Minehead Triathlon.

Is it possible to get lost?

The route will be fully way-marked with appropriate signage including distance markers. As long as you keep focused you’ll be fine. Marshals will be present at appropriate locations and sweepers will pick up behind the last entrants.

Do I have to wear a wetsuit?

We strongly advise that you do due to the extra buoyancy the wetsuit provides especially if you’ve recently turned to open water. If the water temperature is between 11 and 14 degrees a wetsuit will be compulsory, over 14 degrees you can opt to just wear your trisuit. 

I’ve never swum in open water before, can I still enter?

The swim section of the course is in the sea so it would help to have experience in open water but this is not essential as the swim route is never more than 100m from the shore. If you cannot confidently swim at least 1000m, then this event isn’t for you. We do hold NOWCA 400m open water swims every other saturday in the summer and will be running some Go Tri aquathlons leading up to the main event for you to train in the open water environment.

What if I want to enter with my mates?

Generally triathlons are about healthy competition so you may want to enter to race your mates. If you want to enter and take on the route with your mates to gain a sence of achievement then that’s awesome too. Our events are just as much about inclusion, accessibility and participation as they are about competing.   

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