Woburn Abbey Triathlon

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Date of event

Saturday 9th September 2017


Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire


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Distances & Prices

Saturday 9th September

  • WoBurner: 1900m Swim, 90km Bike, 21.1km Run £140
  • WoBurner Relay: 1900m Swim, 90km Bike, 21.1km Run £160
  • Olympic Triathlon: 1500m Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run £75
  • Olympic Triathlon Relay: 1500m Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run £100

Sunday 10th September

  • Olympic Triathlon (Relay option available): 1500m Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run £75
  • Olympic Triathlon (Elite and sub 2:30hrs): 1500m Swim, 40km Bike, 10km Run £75
  • Sprint Triathlon (Relay option available): 800m Swim, 20km Bike, 5km Run £65
  • SuperSprint Triathlon (Relay option available): 400m Swim, 10km Bike, 2.5km Run £60
  • Junior Triathlon (ages 9 to 12 years): 100m Swim, 3km Bike, 1km Run £34
  • Junior Triathlon (ages 13 to 16 years): 300m Swim, 10.5km Bike, 2.5km Run £34
  • Scootathlon (ages 4-8): 400m Scoot, 400m Bike, 150m Run £19

*Distances are approximate and subject to change. Please note that Human Race are acting as agents for tri for life (the charity) and, as such, will both take bookings and collect payment for them as an agent.

  • Entering in a group of 10 or more? You could save up to 25% – click here for more information.
  • If you would like to enter as a corporate group, click here for booking and enquiries.
  • To personalise your medal, order an iTaB engraved with your name and finish time, and make your fantastic finish medal even more special. You can order your iTaB during the entry process or using this link.

Although there is no minimum fundraising requirement to enter this event, participants are asked to donate or raise sponsorship monies to help tri for life’s partner charities Great Ormond Street Hospital and Melanoma Focus Cancer Research. You can make a one off donation when you enter or set up a fundraising page.

About the event

tri for life presents The Woburn Abbey Triathlon, set in one of the most spectacular locations in Bedfordshire. One of the UK’s most loved triathlons, it has become famed for its iconic venue and unrivalled family experience. Highlights of the event include stunning views of The Abbey and deer park, great event village and the stunning cycle route through the picturesque roads surrounding Woburn. Now in its 9th year, tri for life has raised over £2m for its charity partners. In 2016, we raised money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and Melanoma Focus.

2016 saw the event take a leap into becoming of the UK’s largest triathlons with the event expanding to two days of racing and the introduction of a new half iron distance.

Event Benefits

  • Set in the stunning location of Woburn Abbey, with views of The Abbey, Deer Park & lakes
  • Choice of several triathlon distances
  • A major tick on your triathlon bucket-list
  • Great support and camaraderie around the course
  • Closed road bike course for the SuperSprint, Sprint and Olympic distances (on Sunday ONLY – all Saturday events take place on open roads)


  • Free hoodie for WoBurner entrants
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Results texted to your phone as you cross the line
  • Free Kids Zone with inflatables, climbing wall and body zorbing


2016 Wave Times – please note that these are here as a guide only and we cannot guarantee the same times in 2017.

  • 07:15 WoBurner Wave 1
  • 08:20 WoBurner Wave 2
  • 09:10 Olympic Male 40+
  • 09:45 Olympic Male U40 and Relay
  • 10:20 Olympic Female and Mates Wave


  • 08:45 Kids Tri 9-12 BOYS
  • 08:55 Kids Tri 9-12 GIRLS
  • 09:20 Kids Tri 13-16
  • 10:45 Scoot
  • 11:15 Olympic Sub 2:30 and Relay
  • 11:50 Olympic Male 40+
  • 12:25 Olympic Male U40
  • 13:00 Olympic Female and Mates Wave
  • 13:30 Sprint Male U42
  • 13:50 Sprint Male 42+
  • 14:10 Sprint Female
  • 14:30 Sprint Mates Wave and Relay
  • 14:50 Super Sprint ALL


  • Registration and briefings will take place on Friday 8 September.
  • Registration will be from 2pm – 5pm in the registration marquee.
  • Briefings will be held at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm to allow as many people to attend as possible.
  • This is a really important opportunity to get an in-depth briefing and ask the race organisers any last minute questions.
  • You will collect your race packs and timing chips on Friday afternoon, but bike racking will be on the morning of Saturday 9 September (race day) from 6am.

Age Requirements

SuperSprint and Sprint Distances – Minimum Age 15 at 31 December 2017

Olympic and WoBurner Half-Iron Distance – Minimum Age 17 at 31 December 2017.


British TriathlonBritish Triathlon Federation: The Woburn Abbey Triathlon is governed by the British Triathlon Federation. All entrants are required to abide by all applicable British Triathlon rules and regulations, which can be read in the BTF Rulebook.

British Triathlon Federation membership fee: If you are not a current member of Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland or the Welsh Triathlon Association, you will be liable to pay a £6 day membership fee at registration (£3 for Youth & Juniors). Regret cash only, no credit cards. Please show your race licence at registration.


Whilst having a BTF licence covers your liability to take part in our events it doesn’t cover your equipment. Why not check out the equipment section and our partner Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance to see what they can offer?


Map Downloads

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These results are provisional, and any queries should be sent to our Results Crew. These are compiled and any changes are shown in the final results here around a week after the event. If you are looking for results from previous years, please visit the main Human Race Results page.



Zone3 - Hi Res - Lifestyle (169)We have partnered with Zone3 to offer you their Advance wetsuit to hire for the event. Zone3 has quickly become one of the most exciting and successful brands on the market thanks to its high performance products which year on year have achieved the highest industry reviews based on speed, comfort, price point and innovation.

The Advance wetsuit has won many awards including 220 Triathlon magazine’s “Best Buy” award and has become the market leader for first-timers and those on a budget. The suit is made from super flexible, highly buoyant neoprene for an assured swim performance.

You can:

  • Hire a wetsuit for just the event day (collecting at the event and returning to their stand after your race) for £29.95
  • Hire a wetsuit for a month (so you can try it two weeks before the event and return it two weeks after the event) for £50
  • Hire a wetsuit for the season (until 7th October 2017) for £60
  • Purchase any of the range of Zone3 wetsuit outright

Click here to check out all the options. Please note: the booking deadline to get your wetsuit in time for the event (even for day hire) is 5.30pm the Wednesday before the race.

If you’d like to hire or purchase 10 or more wetsuits in one booking, you can email with all the details (specifying the event) and Zone3 will be able to arrange a group booking for you.


We are often asked if wetsuits have to be worn at our events. But the wearing of wetsuits in triathlon is governed by British Triathlon rules and is totally dependent on water temperature one hour before the start of the event.

Water Temperature Wetsuit Rule
Water Temp less than 14 degrees Wetsuits are COMPULSORY
Water temp 14 – 22 degrees Wetsuits are OPTIONAL
Water temp above 22 degrees Wetsuits are BANNED

We do say that wetsuits in fact help with buoyancy and warmth, so we strongly recommend that you wear one if they are optional. We will keep you updated with water temperature as we get closer to the event but at Dorney Lake it is almost always an optional wetsuit swim.


You can hire a fully serviced and cleaned bike perfect for the event from our partners British Bike Hire.

British Bike Hire is one of the UK’s largest bike hire businesses who specialise in delivering great product for all categories of riders and provide excellent service. They offer a range of bikes to hire or purchase including: leisure, hybrid, mountain, racing and triathlon specifications.

Visit and book via the online portal or email for more information.

Travel & Accommodation

The event is located at Woburn Abbey, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA

By Road

Follow signs to Woburn Abbey from the M1 junction 13. From the A5, follow signs to Woburn village. Woburn Abbey is signposted from here. There is a £5.00 charge for parking which contributes to the fundraising for our charity partners. This can be paid on the day in cash (if you haven’t already paid for it with your entry).  Access to the park is free on the day of the event for all participants and spectators. You will however have to pay to enter the Abbey and Gardens.

By Public Transport

Woburn Abbey is approximately 15 minutes from Flitwick train station, the nearest station to Woburn. Flitwick train station has a taxi rank but there is no public transport directly available to Woburn Abbey from the station.

Charity & Fundraising

tri for life was set up in 2007 as a registered charity with a simple ambition. Provide a fantastic multisport event for participants and their families and encourage them to raise money for charity along the way. With eight events under our belt, it’s clear that sometimes the simple ideas are the most effective. Our vision has paid off with increasing demand for the Woburn Abbey Triathlon and, most importantly, an increasingly significant contribution to our charity partners.

VoteCharityWith your support and fundraising we have pledged to fund specific projects for our charity partners Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Melanoma Focus Cancer Research. Create your tri for life fundraising page here.

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We continue along this incredibly ambitious and exciting journey combining family fun, health and fitness and charity support and we wouldn’t be anywhere without your continued support so we would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone!

tri for life is a registered charity (charity number 1122677) and distributes all profits from its events to other charities. Profits from the 2016 Woburn Abbey Triathlon will be distributed 50% to Great Ormond Street Hospital, 25% to Melanoma Focus, 10% to a charity or charities nominated by the participants and 15% at the discretion of the trustees. A donation will also be made to the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia.

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