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Skipton Triathlon 2020/2021

We have made the difficult but inevitable decision to cancel the postponed 2020 Skipton Triathlon, and the 2021 Skipton Triathlon.

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Due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the virus, the uncertainty whether further easing of lockdown will allow mass gatherings or events to go ahead, social distancing restrictions in the pool, run and transition areas, for the health and wellbeing of all the entrants, our numerous helpers and volunteers, we have decided to cancel the event for 2021, following the cancellation of the 2020 event. 

We understand this is extremely disappointing, we know how much work goes into training for an event of this nature and especially for those of you taking the plunge and trying a triathlon for the first time!

All entrants should have received an email, giving them the option of receiving a refund of 75 per cent of their event fee, along with their 2020 buff and medal, or to donate 75 per cent of their 2020 entry fee to Manorlands and receive their buff and medal. 25 per cent of the entry fee has gone to cover costs which had already been incurred in the preparation of the event. 

Many entrants have chosen to donate their entry fees to Sue Ryder Manorlands and we are extremely grateful for this generous donation. More info here:  

Swim 400m - Bike 22km - Run 5km

The Swim - 400m in Craven Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre

The Bike - A single-lap 22km circuit of some of the stunning countryside around Skipton

The Run - A two-lap 5km run around the glorious Aireville Park

New to Triathlon? Then read the excellent beginners guide from Triathlon England:

Download Triathlon England's Beginners Guide to Triathlon

Race Information

The Skipton Triathlon Race takes place at Craven Leisure and Aireville Park, Skipton (BD23 1UQ).

Car parking is at the Craven Auction Mart (BD23 1UD) just next door to the pool and park.

The race starts with the Swim and your start time is based upon the swim time you put on your entry for the 400meter swim.  Below is the expected start times based upon last years swim times and number of entrants. Swim times can be changed anytime upto close of entries. 

8 - 9am 9-10am 10-11am 11-12noon 12-1pm 1-2pm  2-3pm 3pm+
18-20mins 15-17mins 13-14mins 11-12mins 9-10mins 8-9mins 6-8mins Sub 6mins

The Google map below shows you the layout for the race day including all the key event areas. 

Triathlon Route Map

  • The Cycle route starts by the Gargrave Road War Memorial and heads out of town up this road.
  • It turns left along the A59 for 5km past Broughton Hall to the A56/A59 roundabout.
  • The route turns right to stay on the A59 and heads up to East and then West Marton, where you turn left onto the back road to Thornton in Craven.
  • You turn left twice in Thornton in Craven onto the A56 and the half way mark.
  • You ride down the A56 past the Tempest Pub and to the A59 roundabout where you turn right and retrace your route back along into Skipton.

Check out the full cycle route by on MapMyRide here and the full run route on MapMyRide here.

You'll dismount and return to Transition for the run, which takes you back out onto Gargrave Road by the War Memorial and along the pavement before turning back into Aireville Park. Here the run route takes you down through the park on the main path to almost the Leeds Liverpool canal and the drinks station. You turn around here and return up the park to the top before completing your first loop by running along the top wood path. One more lap to run before you dash across the grass to the finish line in the middle of the park. Here you can claim your well-earned medal, relax, pick up your time, get a massage, chat with other finishers and celebrate finishing.

Contact details and further information

Find out more about the sport of triathlon here: British Triathlon Federation

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