Triathlon | Harlech 2021
Harlech 2021 Triathlon Sprint
The Sprint Triathlon begins with a 400-metre swim in Harlech swimming pool, followed by a beautiful 21.5km cycle and an impressive 5.5km run with a final stretch along the beach to the famous ‘Storm the Castle” finish.
Your swim takes place in the leisure centre pool, making it exceptionally accessible for beginner triathletes. With three to a lane and marshals counting your lengths, it's head down and get swimming!
Once you have completed your swim it's in to transition and on to the bike. Exiting transition and shooting out towards Ynys on the flat and fast coast road, you turn up towards the Castle and enter the closed road section of this exciting route. Pushing your legs to the max as you climb the hill towards Harlech, you can try and admire the impressive view, or just wait until you reach the turn-around point and watch it all rush by on the way back down. It's a simple out and back route and you will soon be back in transition ready for the run.
In the shadow of the castle, the run takes you across the beautiful dunes and along the Harlech beach. Once off the beach and running through the lower Harlech streets you are now in full view of the piece de resistance; your final challenge is to run up the 108 steps and Storm The Castle!
In line with British Triathlon Federation rules you must be at least 15 years old to take part in this race.
Registration for the Sprint Triathlon will take place on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Registration will be on the field by transition next to Harlech & Ardudwy Leisure Centre, Beach Rd, Harlech LL46 2UG. Car parking is located here too.
Saturday 14.00 - 16.00*
Sunday 07.00 - 10.30*
*Confirmed timings will be detailed in your Final Instructions which will be available on the website and via email 10 days prior to the race.
Wave Start Times
Swims will take place between 08.00 and 11.00. Your specific swim time will be confirmed by email once all entries close a couple of days prior to the event and is based on your predicted swim time on your entry form. Currently faster swimmers will start later and slower swimmers earlier.
Transition will only be open for racking on the day of the event. It is not possible to leave your bike overnight. You may not enter transition for any reason after the allocated time.
Transition will close 45 minutes before the final swim time of 11:30*.
Sunday: 07:00 - 10:45*
Equipment left in Transition after it closes will be removed and its security cannot be guaranteed.
*timings subject to change.
Cut Off Times
In the interest of athlete safety and the safety of our volunteers on the course there will be a strict finish line cut off time in place.
You should be able to complete the course in under 2:30 hours. A finish line cut off will be in operation from 13.00 and after this your result may not count.
We hold a prize giving ceremony after the racing in the Memorial Hall, approximate timings will be detailed in the Final Instructions however it is a good idea to listen out for any updates that come in over the tannoy. Sometimes the ceremony may be delayed and we wouldn't want you to miss out. We don't send out prizes after the event, so make sure you attend the ceremony and receive your big Welsh cheer!
Prize Categories for the Sprint Triathlon are:
Individual (for both men and women)
Open - Top 3
Vet 40 - Top 3
Vet 50 - Top 3
Vet 60 - Top 2
Vet 70 - Top 1
U23 - Top 1
Please see our Covid-19 updates for information on how we are delivering Covid safe events.
We are proud that all our events are bi-lingual. Signage, registration and commentary is available in both English and Welsh.