**STAGE 5 OF THE Welsh Triathlon Super Series 2021** (Entries open to all abilities)

Bala standard Triathlon will be taking place on Sunday 5th SEPTEMBER, 2021.

Set to be not only one of the most exciting triathlons that the UK has to offer, but also the most unforgettable races on the Welsh Triathlon super series.

The Bala Standard Triathlon is open to all, it’s the ideal race for beginners and experienced athletes alike. Whatever ability you may be, this truly is a race for everyone. 

The Bala Standard Triathlon is a closed road triathlon which starts with a 1500m swim in the waters of Llyn Tegid, before heading West along the A494 on a fast closed road circuit. Having reached the turn-point at Rhydymain, its back East along the A494, usually with a tailwind, before returning to the lakeside transition and rejoining the closed road for the run course. A flat 9.4km run to Glanllyn and back will see you finish back on the lake.

Tough Runner Uk has teamed up with the highly experienced local club, Clwb Beicio Bala to bring back the amazing event that has been one of the most popular races on the triathlon calendar for many years. We are also proud to announce that the event will be Stage 5 of the Welsh Triathlon Super Series 2021. The race will also be aired on S4C giving spectators around the country the opportunity to see it in action. 

British Triathlon Federation Rules (BTF)
BTF rules, All competitors must comply with BTF rules, (it is recommended that you read the BTF rules and regulations which will be applied to this race). Non BTF members must be licensed to race which costs £6 and is payable to BTF. This cost is included within the non member ticket price.
Please read the race specific race rules below:

*** This event is not drafting ***
Anybody caught doing so will be DSQ drafting is cheating.

Minimum age for competitors
The minimum age to take part in this event is 17.

British Triathlon Federation Rules
BTF rules, All competitors must comply with BTF rules, (it is recommended that you read the BTF rules and regulations which will be applied to this race)

All competitors must be licensed to race, those non BTF members will be required to pay a £6GBP levy for a day license. This can be purchased the same time you collect your race number.

British Triathlon Specific Rules

For all current and up to date rules please visit and read:


BIKE (closed roads)

With this race you'll get:

An awesome
race experience

Fully marked and
marshalled route

finisher medal


Special award
for top 3 finishers

chip timing

facilities & toilets

Fully trained




Martin HaleVia Facebook
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Where do I start, escape to afan was my first ever event and what an experience. The atmosphere was great the support from marshals, competitors and supporters was amazing. I 'only' did the sprint race and have got to say I've never pushed myself so hard. Afan is also an amazing place to host an event like this, I might even be back for next year!
Rob ChellVia Facebook
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AWSOME !!!!!! Big thanks to all the marshals , the lodge and the tough runner team. what a brilliant event. SO !!!! When’s the next one 👍🏻😃
Dave RoseVia Facebook
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Cracking event today in afan guy's, it was very tough and made harder by the headwinds on the bike but I will be back next year for definite.... 😂 Well done and thank you to all organisers and Marshall's on a sterling job done.. 😂
Danny Ridley Via Facebook
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My 1st duathlon really enjoyed it even the hills. Well organised and friendly. Even happier came 1st in my age category. Cheers all. 👍


Event Date – Sunday 5th September 2021
Event venue – Llyn Tegid, BALA
Event Distance – 1500m Swim, 38k Bike, 9k Run
Number of participants – 500

Directions can be found on Google maps – HERE

Nearest Postcode: LL23 7DZ
1 Tegid St, Bala

Welcome to the market town of Bala, the home of the Bala Standard Triathlon. Located in North Wales, Bala is situated in South Snowdonia on the shores of Llyn Tegid the largest fresh water lake in Wales. The lake was formed during the ice age and is an ecologically important site both Nationally and Internationally. It is owned and managed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority who have been extremely co‐operative in organisation of this event.

We would encourage all competitors, their supporters and spectators to make the most of Bala and the surrounding areas during your visit. There is plenty of accommodation, attractions and activities and these can be found at

The five community councils surrounding Llyn Tegid have many accomodation options.

Glan Llyn Caravan –
Bala Caravan Park – Abercelyn Country House – Abercelyn Cottages – www.self-catering-
Penybont Touring – Plas Yn Dre –
Bala Backpackers – Plas Coch –
The Eagles Inn, Llanuwchlyn – www.yr-
Bodiwan B&B –
Frondderw Country House-
The Royal White Lion –
Ty Newydd B&B, Bala. – 01678 520964
Bwch Yn Uchaf, Llanuwchlyn –
Pant Yr Onnen Campsite – 

There will be parking for participants at Bala Rugby Football Club for the small fee of £5. 


Each Swim wave will be called to the Jetty and counted into the water 10 minutes before their wave is due to commence. You will enter the water via the jetty on the right- hand side of the lake foreshore. Please take care when entering the water as it can be slippery under foot. The Swim will be a deep water start and participants will be guided to the start point. All athletes must remain in their allocated wave, keep their allocated number and wear their correct swim cap. It will be compulsory to wear a wetsuit in the race. The Swim will be one lap of a 1500m course, marked out by Swim Buoys. If you get into difficulty during the swim, turn onto your back, raise one arm in the air and help will make its way too you. Further details of water safety, the course and what you will be required to do will be given during the race brief.

You will exit the swim via a pontoon, Please keep your swim caps on until you have entered transition as you will also be counted out of the water.

Transition is open for all athletes from 6:15am and entry will only be allowed to those athletes wearing a security tag which matches your bike number. Transition Numbers and spaces will be allocated and linked to your race numbers. Prior to entering transition, your bike must have the allocated race number attached, and once entered, bikes must be hooked to the racking via the saddle.

Please ensure you are also wearing your numbered helmet before entering transition. You must keep the wristband on to retrieve your bikes post event.
No Bags or Boxes are allowed in transition but can be left at the bag drop within registration.
Please enter and exit transition at the designated points, DO NOT ENTER VIA THE TIMING MATS!

There will be a flow into Transition at both swim entry and run exit, ensuring that there is a directional flow of movement which will reduce congestion. Please follow this flow. Please follow any guidance given to you by BTF Technical Officials or marshals within Transition. They are here to guide and support you and ensure that the race is conducted safely.

Helmets are Mandatory, this is why you cannot enter and rack your bike in transition before the race without one. During the race, Helmets should be worn and fastened before you come into contact with your bike, and only removed once the bike has been re-racked post cycle. Please make sure that the race number is clearly shown on your back during the bike leg, and that your race number is clearly identifiable on your bike seat stem.

You will exit transition and mount the bike past the dismount line, within the tarmac area of the lake foreshore. There is then a short climb and a left turn onto the closed A494 Circuit where you will head West, through Llanycil, Parc and Llanuwchlyn towards Rhydymain. You will not need to turn off the A494, it is a straight out and back route.

The road closure will be implemented at Rhydymain, Bala and Llanuwchlyn. There are other artery roads which join the A494. Every effort has been made to ensure that the local community are aware of the road closure, and local volunteers will be manning the key points along this route.
Even though on a closed road circuit, your must adhere to the Highway Code. There will be moto-officials along the route to ensure that athletes adhere to BTF rules and the Highway code. This is a Non-Drafting race, Moto- Officials will warn athletes. Static draft busters will also be in attendance throughout the course.

Although a closed road circuit, as part of the agreement, as the road is a main trunk road across the North, Emergency vehicles and public transport will have access. There are two scheduled public buses during the period of the road closure. These will be monitored by Amberon Staff and guided through the closure. There may be the occasional Staff Vehicle and medical vehicles along the course.
Distance markers will be situated along the course at every 5Km. There will also be an emergency vehicle situated at the furthest part of the course, at Rhydymain turning point.
On your return to transition, athletes will cycle past the junction to the lakeside transition and prior to the leisure centre entrance on the A494, will make a U-Turn and then turn left into transition. This measure has been taken to minimise the risk of collision on entry towards transition.

You will exit transition for the run via the same entry gate as you entered transition following your swim. You will turn right out of transition and along the lakeside bank, head up towards the A494, where you again will head West towards Glanllyn Caravan Park. Dependant on the time following your bike leg, you will be able to run towards Glanllyn on the left-hand lane of the A494. The turning point will be as you approach the entrance to Glanllyn caravan park, before returning to the A494 and heading back to transition along the pavement.

There will be a first aider at the entrance of Glanllyn Caravan Park, as well as a water station. There will also be a water station at transition exit and at the finish.
The finish of the run will bring you back towards Transition, where you will run alongside the lake until you go behind transition and finish along the chute parallel. The final runner on the course will have a sweep cyclist.
You will be welcomed at the end with a finishers medal, a bottle of water and refreshments. Please ensure that only athletes remain within the finishing chute. First aid provision will be on hand here if required.


This event is open to people of all abilities.

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No please leave all valuables in your car. The car park is near the start/finish area. 

YES! We provide a free photographer!

Yes water will be located at the start/finish.

Due to the nature of the race we advise you to plan your race fuel and take your own water and fuel/gels on route.