If you want to try and become a bit more active, regardless of your disability or medical condition, triathlon can be the sport for you.  It’s a fun mix of swimming, biking and running with the ability to adapt it to a format that suits you.

You can use a wheelchair or race-chair for the running section.  For cycling you use a hand-bike or other adapted bike or can do an aquathlon (skip the cycling and just do running and swimming).  If you are not sure about swimming you can do a duathlon (running and cycling) or use flotation aids to feel more confident.

Handcycling is a key component of para-triathlon

For those looking to build their confidence, to anyone seeking local and regular exercise, Swim Bike Run has something for everyone. Whether it’s learning new bike skills, swimming in open water or exploring your local area, check out what Swim Bike Run has to offer and make your move today.

Taking part in Swim Bike Run couldn’t be easier! Visit the website below to find out more: 

Swim Bike Run

British Triathlon also runs a number of specific Disability Novice Training Days each year.  If you would prefer this option keep a look out on our website for the next instalment of these!

Most triathlon clubs are very accommodating and inclusive and will offer help to anyone who comes along. If you want to know more about a club before going along for the first time then it is often a good idea to get in contact before you go so that you can be assured about what to expect when you do go.

Everyone and anyone can compete in triathlon regardless of their level of ability or impairment.

Find a Club with British Triathlon


If you wish to compete specifically in ‘Paratriathlon’ events or have ambitions of being a Paralympian then you will need to be classified so that it can be decided which category you would fit into.

There are currently six classifications in Paratriathlon:

  • PTWC: Wheelchair users. There are two sub-classes, H1 (most impaired) and H2 (least impaired);
  • PTS2: Severe impairments;
  • PTS3: Significant impairments;
  • PTS4: Moderate impairments;
  • PTS5: Mild Impairments;
  • PTVI: Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3) with one guide.

A Paralympic Sport

Did you know? … Para-Triathlon made its Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“Whether you’re thinking of the Paralympic Games or simply want to become a bit more active, triathlon can be the sport to get you there. With plenty of opportunities to get involved, you might just be a swim, bike and run away from where you want to be.”

Get Involved in Para-Triathlon

Further information:

Visit the British Triathlon website

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