North Berwick Novice Triathlon


The 2024 North Berwick Novice Triathlon will be held on Sunday 12th May at 9am.

The North Berwick Novice Triathlon remains a popular event for individuals, families and friends who are new to triathlon or looking for a new achievement.

Individuals entries: Individuals who wish to swim, cycle and run must be 16 years and older (on 31st December 2024).

Relay team entries: Relay teams can be made up of two or three participants. In all teams the cyclist must be 16 years or older (on 31st December 2024). Please see below for team age restrictions:

9 and 10 yrs – swim only.  Reduced to 200m (8 lengths)

11 and 12 yrs – swim only.  Full distance of 250m (10 lengths)

13 and 14 yrs – swim and run only.  

15 yrs – can complete full event if parental permission is received for the bike section.

16yrs+ – can complete the full event. 

Please note, individuals who are not annual members of a British Triathlon Home Nation must purchase a Race Pass to take part in a British Triathlon Home Nation permitted event. A Race Pass provides membership to the sport on the day of the event, a race license and public liability insurance cover for the duration of the race.

A Race Pass costs £2 for participants aged under 24 and £8 for those aged 24 years and above.

The above costs are automatically added at the Entrycentral checkout if you are not a British Triathlon Home Nation member.

Event location and transition area: North Berwick Sports Centre

Registration on the day: Event registration will be from 07:30 – 08:30 at North Berwick Sports Centre. Please arrive in good time to collect your race number, timing device and to organise your bicycle and kit.

Briefing and start time: Race briefing for all participants will be in the sports centre hall at 08:40. The event will start at 09:00.


250m – 10 lengths of the 25m pool. There will be two heats using a ladder format. Swimmers will be set off at 15 second intervals.

You are expected to have timed your swim beforehand and will be asked to enter this on the entry form. An accurate swim time will mean that you and those around you are swimming at the same pace. This ensures a pleasant swim for everyone.


9.3k. The cycle route is along quiet roads towards the South of North Berwick with only one right hand turn.

The route will be well marked with signs and marshals. Bear in mind that marshals are not authorised to stop traffic. Cyclists should be aware that there are a number of sharp bends and narrow roads. The roads are open to the public and you must obey the highway code at all times.

You must wear a helmet when walking or running with your bicycle, including within the transition area. You must have your helmet on and fastened before you touch your bike after the swim and you also must have your bike securely racked before removing your helmet after the cycle.

Drafting (Slip streaming) is not permitted.

A map of the cycle route can be found here


3k run. Our run route takes you along the foot/cycle path through a residential area to take in a loop of the local park. The path through the park is grassy and may be slippery and muddy following wet weather. You will return to the finish line at the Sports Centre.

You must not use anything during the cycle or run that would impair your hearing or awareness of others – ie earphones.

A map of the run route can be found here

Transition area: The transition area is within the Sports Centre car park. This area is for participants only. Please ensure that you have your kit ready by your bicycle before the event starts. Once the event starts you will only be allowed into the transition area while you are participating. To ensure everyone’s safety you must not enter the transition area to collect your bicycle or other belongings until the last participant has left on their run.

Relay team transition: Relay teams will use a designated area to tag their team mate.

Timing: Your performance will be timed using ‘What’s my time’ contactless timing system.

Insurance: Event insurance is provided by Triathlon Scotland.

Parking: Please follow any instructions for parking on arrival. Parking is available at the far end of the High School car park, at the Law car park and in nearby residential streets.

Consent: By entering this event you give consent to photos being used for future publicity. Triathlon Scotland may contact you following the event to give you information about Triathlon Scotland and other events that you may be interested in.

Prize giving and thanks: The prize giving will take place soon after the last participant has crossed the finish line. This will likely to be before noon. This event is organised by a small group of volunteers with the help of the local community and East Lothian Triathlon Club. The event is non- profit making and we donate to CHAS and other local charities who promote sport and activities. Please stay for the prize giving.

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