Brighton Marina has hosted The Brighton Triathlon since 1990, it provides a fantastic location for the sport.

The 2016 race will take place on Sunday 25 September. Entries are now open.


The Brighton Marina Triathlon is a relaxed and friendly triathlon, often quoted as being the best value people have had all season.

Added to this Brighton Marina provides excellent facilities for all the family with plenty of shops, cafes and bars, tenpin bowling to name a few plus the parking is free and the views worth the visit alone.

This is a great race for the ‘been there done that and got the t shirt [there is no t shirt] triathlete’. It is one you can come back to year on year and enjoy consistent racing without some of the normal triathlon issues:

NO DRAFTING ISSUES – the hills see to that!

NO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS – there are only two waves heading off within 5 minutes of each other (vets, women, relay and an open race).

NO NEED TO COUNT – beyond two that is!


The tri consists of a 800m swim, 32km bike ride and an 8km run:

The Swim
In 2016 the swim will be an 800m sea swim and start from Black Rock.

The Bike
The cycle is challenging.  Heading out along the coast road past the renowned Roedean school before winding its way up through Ovingdean farm village, on up to the Sussex downs and along the edge of Brighton Race course.  A long fast decent back towards the Marina completes the all left turn circuit back onto the coast road – ready for a second lap.

The Run
The run is then fast, flat and scenic. A straightforward out and back along the under cliff walk that links the Marina to Rottingdean, you can either gaze out to sea or keep track of your progress against the other competitors – depending on how well you are doing.


The start and finish will be in Brighton Marina. The Marina is situated 1½ miles east of Brighton Pier on the A257 for the pier follow M23/A23 from London all the way down to the sea front. The Marina is well signposted and has its own access road.

Continue straight across the roundabout as you come in on the Marina access road, toilets are located opposite the Katarina pub on upper level behind the petrol station.

Car parking
Free parking is in the multi-storey car park that you will see to your right as you drive in on the Marina access road. Turn right at the roundabout immediately at the bottom of the access road, you will see McDonalds just before the transition area in front of the Bowlplex/David Lloyd Centre.

Important notes
If you have bikes on your car roof please make sure you remove them before entering the car park. Do not park in restricted bays. Although security is generally reliable parking is at your own risk.

You must register by 6.45am and must have your race number marked on your arm an receive a bike number helmets must be inspected and they must be minimum ANSI 90.  Please present BTA licence if appropriate.

Race briefing
This will take place next to the transition at 7.00am.  The race will start at 7.15am.

This will take place as soon as possible after the last finisher.  98% finish within 3 hours, 80% in 2 hours 15minutes.

Competitors/marshals want to go home, should you have a problem eg a puncture and are unlikely to finish within the 3 hours please abandon the race.

If you withdraw from the race at any stage, for safety reasons please report to a time keeper.

Wetsuits are mandatory for the swim.  This is for safety reasons, although the water temperature at this time of year is more than fine, air temperature can be a problem.

The swim will be 800m starting and finishing from Black Rock.

If you are swimming into a canoeist it is likely you are going off course!  If you are prodded by a paddle it is likely you are going off course! Please don’t fight back. In the event of difficulty please turn on your back and raise your hand in the air.

We will walk you to the race start in your respective waves immediately following the race brief. This is from the beach approx 200m to the East of the marina sea wall.

The swim will be in two waves separated by two minutes. Approximately 60 people per wave open race, first vets and women second, if you are a novice please mark N on your entry form. Please seed yourself within your wave.

Please do not use flip flops for the swim to bike! We provide a numbered and sectioned shoe change area on the beach. Either use your race shoes or a spare pair of trainers (you can use toggle fasteners or recommend elastic laces).

BIKE (Map)
The Brighton Triathlon cycle route is a challenging two lap course taking in some local natural beauty sights along the way.

You will head out along the coastal A259 road where you will pass by the world renowned Roedean Girls School and its magnificent central building overlooking the English Channel.

Taking a left turn at the first roundabout the course then heads through the farming village of Ovingdean.  This is where the course starts to climb upwards and where there are some tight turns to be accounted for.

Through Woodingdean a left turn is made at the traffic lights but make sure you are in a low gear as the road steepens sharply for the next thirty metres. At this moment you are at the top of the South Downs and will head towards Brighton racecourse where a left turn at the lights will take you on to Wilson’s Avenue, a long fast downhill that has been used as part of the Tour De France route before. I hope that you enjoyed it, because a second lap awaits you.

After dismounting your bike and you’ll then head out onto the run

The run is completely traffic free and takes in the scenic under cliff walk that links Brighton Marina to Rottingdean.

If you’re going well you can track the competitors ahead of you, if not just gaze out to sea and the white cliffs.

The course is out and back and is another chance to post some fast times.

This is where the finish awaits as you make your way back to the Marina.