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​​The Royal Docks plays host to one of the most popular mass participation sporting events of capital’s calendar on July 27 and 28.

The London Triathlon uses the water and the roads around the Docklands so participants see the landmarks of London during their swim, run and bike ride. As usual the turn points will include the Gallions Reach roundabout neighbouring the University of East London (UEL).

More than 30,000 spectators are expected watching 11,000 participants – including some celebrities – who will race over a variety of distances, routes and wave categories. Many will be raising money with Great Ormond Street Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support the chosen charities.


There are four adult distances available: Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic and Olympic Plus. But sometimes even these challenges are not enough for the iron men and women. They’re the Weekend Warriors.

  • The Super Sprint is a 400m swim, 10km bike ride and 2.5km run.
  • The Olympic Plus is 1,500m swim, 80km bike ride and 10km run

Warriors must complete as many triathlons as possible, during racing hours, across both days of the event weekend. The winner is the Warrior who completes the furthest distance.

The current record is held by Chris Dunn who completed a total distance of 246km over the weekend.

The course

All competitors will swim in the Royal Victoria Dock and run around the London Docklands, cheered on by the 30,000 strong crowd. The bike route varies depending on the distance, day and category you choose.

There are 2 different bike routes for our Olympic distance competitors:

  • Saturday Docklands Route – 4 laps turning at Leamouth Roundabout.
  • Sunday Westminster Route – 1 long lap turning at Big Ben followed by 1 short lap turning at Billingsgate.

For more details visit the website.