The Pontypridd Aquathlon 2017


Taff Ely Triathlon club is delighted to announce that it is organising The Pontypridd Aquathlon 2017 event in the beautiful grounds of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, home to the historic National Lido of Wales. Following on from previous years, the Pontypridd Aquathlon will take place this year on Saturday, September 30th. The whole event will consists of a number of races for adults and children with the Adult/Youth (15-16 year olds) race in the  late morning and Tristars (up to 14 years of age) race in the afternoon.  Ages are as at midnight on 31st December 2017.

The event is open to Children aged from 8 upwards and Adults, providing an exciting non-stop swim in the Lido and a run challenge over achievable distances.

This year we have moved to a Saturday and we will also be starting things a little later than usual. We have introduced chip timing for all entrants. Another change is the addition of a relay option. Places are strictly limited for this option but we had a number of requests for this last year. We are still working on our sponsors for this year as funding streams are changing, due to this and the amount of work that goes on in the background we have introduced tiered pricing. Early entrees will pay the same as last year, so book fast.  This oage will be updated as more things are confirmed so watch this space!

General Race Information:

Each race will be a Swim in the Open-air Lido which progresses to a traffic-free Run in the park.

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There will be no entries on the day. Entries close on 22nd September 2017, if not full before. There is a small waiting list system just in case anyone drops out. Please note the Lido is open air and is usually heated to a temperature of 26-28 degrees Celsius (76-82 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Adult/Youth Race in Detail

The Adult/Youth race is open to experienced triathletes but the distances are especially suited for Novices to multi-sport events, and is also an excellent step towards a triathlon event. Starting at 11a.m, it will consist of a number of wave starts in the eight lane Open-air Lido over a distance of 400m or 16 lengths of the 25 metre pool, a short transition section, then a Run consisting of two circuits of the park to a finish near the Lido for a total of 5 km. The age categories within the Adult/Youth race are determined as follows as at 31st December:

Age Category Born between: and: Swim Run
Youth 1st January 2001 31st December 2002 400m 5000m
Open 1st January 1978 31st December 2000 400m 5000m
Veteran 1st January 1968 31st December 1977 400m 5000m
Super Veteran 1st January 1958 31st December 1967 400m 5000m
Vintage Veteran 1st January 1917 31st December 1957 400m 5000m

The Adult/Youth Race  early bird entry fee is: £20 plus admin fee (with a £3 reduction for British Triathlon/Home Nations membership). Entry fees will increase as we get closer to our event date.

Each finisher will receive a medal and a goody bag.

Children  – Tristars Race in Detail

The Tristars Race entry fee: is £12 plus admin fee (with £1 reduction for British Triathlon/Home Nations membership). Entry fees will increase as we get closer to our event date.

Age Category Born between: and: Swim Run
Tristar 3 1st January 2003 31st December 2004 400m 2400m
Tristar 2 1st January 2005 31st December 2006 200m 2000m
Tristar 1 1st January 2007 31st December 2008 150m 1550m
TriStart 1st January 2009 31st December 2010 50m 600m

These age categories are in accordance with the rules as laid down by The British Triathlon Federation (age at 31st December).

The Tristar races will start at 2:30 p.m. with the oldest competitors (Tristar 3) and progress through to the Tristar 2 races, Tristar 1 races and then the youngest Tristart races.  The youngest competitors then get a chance to see how it is done. All finishers in the children’s races will receive a medal and a drink’s bottle. Category winners and runners up will receive prizes.

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This event will operate under the British Triathlon Federation Event Registration Scheme.

Race pack available

2017 race pack race times 2017

Wave details

 race times 2017

Run Routes

Adult Race

Tristart 1

Tristart 3

Tristart 2