Places Available At USN Padstow Triathlon

  • By Paul Moore
  • Published August 19, 2011

Places are still available for this year’s USN Padstow Triathlon – one of the most unique and picturesque events on the UK triathlon calendar.

Taking place at Harlyn Bay, one of Cornwall’s most breathtaking beaches, the race is renowned for its sea swim and coastal path run, as well as its relatively flat bike course.

Having attracted 240 competitors last year, the 2011 race is expected to reach the 300 mark, with entries selling at a steady rate.

Race organiser Ben Mason said: “It’s a unique triathlon as it’s such a scenic course, and is definitely one of my favourite events.

“The swim is superb. The beach is sheltered but there is a good swell, and there are cliffs and islands all around, so it’s very picturesque. Running down into the water, it’s beautiful, as you run into the surf. It’s not heavy surf, and is just right.

“The run is done along a coastal path, which is really nice. The bike course is very simple – it’s a bit undulating but won’t blow anyone away.

“It’s a great location for clubs to come down and camp overnight and have a get-together. It’s also great for spectators, who can sit on the beach or stand on the cliffs and watch.”

The event features a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run for the standard category, while the sprint race features a 750m swim, 26km bike and 5km run. Standard entry is £40, with sprint entry costing £30. Any participant who lives in Cornwall will receive 15% off online entry fees. For further information, check out

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Paul Moore

Paul Moore

Paul Moore is the Online Editor for Triathlete Europe. When not glued to a computer he can be found writing books - most recently Ultra Performance: The Psychology of Endurance Sports and The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges. Both are available on Amazon. Paul has also written Ultimate Triathlon: A complete training guide for long-distance triathletes which is also available on Amazon.