Kit essentials


*Please take a look at our Before You Arrive Event Checklist‘ for a complete list of all the items we recommend bringing to the triathlon.*



The triathlon-specific wetsuits will not only keep you warm but will also help you swim faster as it provides you with extra buoyancy. Surf and shortie wetsuits are allowed, but these are totally different to a triathlon specific wetsuit, which is designed for open water swimming and fits like a second skin. For more information on wetsuits visit our official swim partner Zone3 at

Wetsuit Hire

If you haven’t already done so, the easiest way to hire a wetsuit for the day is to visit where you can get an award-winning Zone3 wetsuit for the day. We strongly advise you to swim in your wetsuit before the event. Practicing getting out of the wetsuit will help with your transition on the day too.

*Top tip: a nonpetroleum lubricant (e.g. Zone3 Wetsuit Glide) on the wrists and ankles will help.*



For bike hire and tri packages to suit all levels and budgets go to Fixed wheel bikes (bikes that use the pedals as a brake) are not permitted in the race. Your handlebars must not have bare open metal ends. Please obtain stoppers to plug them before coming to the race. BTF Referee bike checks can potentially stop you competing.

Bike Helmet

*A bike helmet is compulsory.*

Approved cycling safety helmets of ANSI Z90.4, SNELL B90, EN 1078 or an equivalent national standard must be worn by competitors. (NOTE: a CE mark is NOT an approval mark).

NB: any helmet bought in recent years will comply but check for damage which would stop it protecting you properly.

Triathlon Insurance

Be prepared with PedalSure our Triathlon Insurance Partner who will provide you with a 10% discount to cover you and your bike. Don’t let an accident or theft create an obstacle to your training or event day. Visit for more information.

Not sure if you need insurance? Find your answer with our guide. 

Drinks and Nutrition

Drinks on the course

There will be a water station on the Run Course and at the finish. Please get used to re-hydrating as part of your training. Remember it is vital to drink regularly during and after exercise.

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