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WD15 Info

2015 Walden Off Road Duathlon WD15

WaldenTRI are very pleased to be offering our exciting Off Road Duathlon again for 2015. WD15 (Walden Duathlon 2015) a run – bike - run for both Seniors and Juniors (TriStars 1,2,3 & Youths).

The event will based around the disused airfield, next to Carver Barracks in Wimbish (near Saffron Walden, Essex). The venue gives us a variety of terrains to incorporate. The run leg will be on both the tarmac of the main runway as well as some off road scrubland and grass. The bike leg includes an exciting variety of terrains and several interesting obstacles to make it a little more fun for both spectators and participants! The airfield provides ample parking as well as a pavilion with changing, toilets & shower facilities.

For the Seniors, the distances will be a 6.2k run, 18k off road bike & 3.2k run. Relay teams of 2 are available (i.e. one person running both legs and one person cycling). For the Juniors, the distances will be as per the prescribed BTF distances, however relay teams are not allowed. The Junior distances are as follows:

  • TriStars 1 (age 9-10) 1.2k run, 2k mtb & 400m run
  • TriStars 2 (age 11-12) 1.6k run, 4k mtb & 600m run
  • TriStars 3 (age 13-14) 2k run, 6k mtb & 800m run
  • Youths (age 15-16) 2k run, 6k mtb & 800m run

Entry Costs

  • Adult race £25 (BTF Members) or £30 (non BTF Members)
  • Adult Relay (2 entrants) £35 (BTF Members) or £40 (non BTF Members)
  • Junior race £15 (BTF Members) or £18 (non BTF Members)

Both senior and junior events require a mountain bike, or cyclocross. Road bikes are not allowed.
(Please Note - There will be a bike cut off time of 2 hrs 30 mins fo the senior race)

WT15 Results

Provisional race results:

Everything you wanted to know about WT15 and never dared ask


What is it?

WT15 is a triathlon; a sporting event in which you swim, cycle and run in that order. The time taken in transition between those disciplines counts to your overall time.

How far?

The triathlon organised by WaldenTRI club in 2015 (WT15) is a ‘sprint’ distance, ideal for novices, comprised of :
  • 400m swim
  • 25km bike
  • 5km run

How long?

In 2014, most people finished WT14, which was run over the same course as WT15, in under 2 hours, but times ranged from 1 hour 10 minutes to over 3 hours. Some of the slower participants still won their age-group prize. You can set your own goals.


WT15 takes place in Saffron Walden, with race HQ at Lord Butler Leisure Centre. The swim is in the pool; the transition area, where you leave your bike, is in the tennis courts. The bike ride is 2 laps out past Carver Barracks and back down the Thaxted Road. The run is an off-road route that takes in paths across Herbert’s Farm that are not normally open to the public.


WT15 is on May 10th 2015, earlier than the event has been held previously. The first participants start at 7:30. All competitors will be finished by midday and results will be available shortly thereafter, allowing everyone to go home in time for lunch.


I don’t have a thing to wear!

You do not have to own a state-of-the-art “tri-suit”. You can wear your swimming costume/ trunks in the pool and put on a top (and shorts) in transition.

I don’t have a racing bike

So long as your bike is roadworthy, that is fine. Many people do their first triathlon on a hybrid or town bike. You will need a helmet that conforms to safety standards, but it doesn’t have to be one of those go-faster pointy ones!

I’ll be too slow

No you will not. We will start the slower swimmers early in the day with those that swim at a similar estimated pace. Most of the faster competitors start later, so you will not be holding anyone up.

I can’t do front crawl

It doesn’t matter, you can do breast stroke or a mixture of breast stroke and front crawl if you prefer. You can have a free coached swim session with Walden Tri club to see if you would like to join the club and learn to swim better.

I’m not fit enough

You may not be fit now, but it is perfectly feasible to train to do the distances involved in a sprint triathlon in 2-3 months.

Sign up to give yourself a goal and start training. Walden Tri club can provide you with guidance on a training programme.

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