Young athletes from all over the UK will compete in this triathlon and para-triathlon event, showcasing their running, swimming and cycling talent. Athletes aim to finish each discipline and cross the line in the quickest time possible, including transition times!

A fantastic event, Triathlon both offers athletes a competitive and exciting way to enhance fitness and athleticism, as athletes venture into different disciplines and develop their mental and psychical endurance.

Fun fact: One of the earliest recordings of a ‘triathlon’ event is in 1902, which saw competitors run-cycle-canoe. Variations of the sport are recorded in France from 1920 onwards, with the ordering of bike-swim-run changing throughout: the modern triathlon event is set to swim-bike-run.

Gaining traction in the sporting community after debuting in the 2000 Olympics and 2016 Paralympics, its inclusion School Games National Finals will offer young triathletes a chance to compete in a large, Olympic-style event that they may not have experienced before.

In this year’s School Games National Finals, triathletes will compete over two days: an aquathlon (swim-run) on day one, and bike skills test and circuit race (run-bike) on day two. Day three of the triathlon will host the Mixed Team Relay.

Fun fact: A triathlete’s bike is totally different to a normal road bike, with a more aero-dynamic design and lower handlebars so that the athlete can tuck down, reducing wind resistance!

A natural progression for many athletes who want to challenge and maintain their fitness, a number of previous School Games athletes have found their way into the sport!

At this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, a few familiar faces were competing for gold. This includes Jade Jones-Hall, England’s Para-Triathlete and 2012 School Games alumni, fought her way to gold medal!

James Edgar, who took part in Athletics back in 2015, placed 22nd at the Commonwealth Games, competing for Northern Ireland.

In the women’s events Scotland’s Beth Potter crossed the Triathlon line in 12th place, having previously competed in the 1500m at the 2007 School Games National Finals. Alumni of 2015, Erin Wallace, came seventh with her Scottish teammates in the Mixed Relay.