How to compete in an East Region Triathlon

If you enjoy training at Tri-Force Juniors and want to compete in local triathlons next summer, read how to get involved.  

What is the East Region Junior Race Series?

British Triathlon provide racing opportunities through a series of races in the 10 Triathlon England regions for children aged 8 to 16 during spring and summer 2020.  The focus of the Junior regional race series is on individual competition. The league consists of races that count towards the overall season’s individual position.  For each triathlete their best five race results count, four must be triathlons and the final one can be another triathlon or an aquathlon, duathlon or aqua bike. 

The winner of each triathlon event receives 1000 points and the following placing’s receive an adjusted score on a sliding scale depending how far they are behind the first placed athlete.  The scores count towards the East Region League standings that can be viewed online at the British Triathlon East Junior Race series.

Which counties are included in the East Region?

Triathletes from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk compete in the East Region.  To join in the East Region Junior Race Series, you must either live within the East area or be a current member of an East Triathlon registered club.  

What events are available in the East Region series

The East Region organise a series of triathlons (swim/bike/run), duathlons (run/bike/run) aquathlons (swim/run) and aqua bike (swim/bike) races which form part of the East Region Junior Race Series.  

Where are the East Region events held?

The events are held across the East Region.  For more information view the calendar of events for 2020.  Most junior Triathlons are hosted at a school in safe surroundings and cost approximately £20 to enter.  The children swim in a 25m swimming pool and they cycle and run on the school fields. All the events are marshalled and race officials from the Eastern Region officiate.

The Discovery Triathlon (5/7/20) is open water swimming and a cycle course on a closed tarmac road.

The local East Region races are available to the following age groups. Age groups are based on the child’s age at 31stDecember 2020:

  • TriStart – Aged 8
  • TriStar 1- Ages 9 and 10
  • TriStar 2 – Ages 11 and 12
  • TriStar 3 – Ages 13 and 14
  • Youth – Ages 15 and 16

What you need to know before entering an East Region race

  • The races are entered individually, not by the club.  
  • Your child will need to be a member of Triathlon England to be included in the East Region race series.  However, you can enter any of the East Region Races without joining British Triathlon – so if you don’t plan to enter at least 5 races and aren’t concerned about the ERL, then you don’t need to join British Triathlon. 
  • British Triathlon membership costs £26 and in your welcome pack you won’t receive a membership card but can access an e-membership card in the member area.  You can add a photo and then you must show your child’s card on your phone when you sign in at an event.
  • The age groups used in racing are based on a child’s age at the 31 December of the year the race takes place, and so these could be different for children in the same school year group.
  • Once you know which group your child will register in you can review how far they will swim/run/cycle here.  When you sign up you will be asked for an approximate swim time for your swimming race so the organisers can sort the race order.  You can always estimate this and then change it nearer the time by contacting the race officials.
  • The East Region races fill up quickly so sign up as soon as possible. If an event is full it’s worth putting your name on a reserve list as children sometimes drop out.
  • If you need to pull out of a race you can often get a refund and it enables someone else to race.

What you need to take to an East Region triathlon?

Just like Tri-Force training you will need to remember a variety of equipment if you are entering an East Region triathlon!  Below is a list of things to bring with you:

  • Bike (checked and in working order) 
  • helmet that fits correctly
  • shoes (running shoes and/or cycling shoes only if you are using cleats, elastic laces) 
  • goggles & swim hat 
  • race clothes – swimming costume, tri-suit, t-shirt, sunglasses (optional)
  • Race belt
  • towel 
  • talcum powder (to put in your shoes) 
  • Water bottle
  • Wet suit for Discovery Tri
  • Phone to show British Triathlon membership
  • Safety pins to secure chip timer and race number if wearing a t-shirt
  • Spare set of warm clothes

Inter-Regional Championship (“IRC”)

The East Region will select an Eastern Region team of three boys and girls from TriStar 2 and TriStar 3 based on their performance in the three IRC events hosted in the East Region.  One of these is always the open water Discovery Triathlon event.  

All places in the East Region IRC team are based on the single highest position achieved across one or more of the IRC qualifiers. 

The team then compete at the ‘Big Weekend’ the National Triathlon Championships in September.  This is part of the Under 20’s Festival that includes the final race in the Youth and Junior Super Series. 

Tri-Force Juniors represent East Region at National Triathlon Championships 

In September 2019 Antonia Jubb from Tri-Force won the Girls TriStar 3 event at the National Triathlon Championships. Tri-Force’s Florence Crowley and Hannah Barker were part of the East Region team that came third overall at the event. Christy Durbin and Eva McCabe both from Tri-Force raced in the Youth Under 20’s Festival.

Youth and Junior Super Series

If you compete in the East Region races as a TriStar 3 triathlete, the following year you can attend a Performance Assessment Weekend to enter the youth super series events.  This is a series of 6 national races held across the UK.

Dates for the East Region Race Series – 2020

To view the East Regions race series, local races and club races please visit our 2020 Race calendar

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