The ways in which swim, bike, run activity and events can operate across England, Scotland and Wales have changed within the last month. Below is a summary of the changes and what that means for your training and club activity in each Home Nation.

From Thursday 5 November, new national restrictions in England mean that organised swim, bike, run activity for more than two people must be temporarily halted until Wednesday 2 December.

Whilst we are naturally disappointed that organised sporting activity is once again on hold, we will continue to find ways to continue to support our swim, bike, run community through this time. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for news of upcoming virtual activity for all!

British Triathlon has therefore suspended event permitting in England during this period.

During the lockdown period, you can train outdoors either on your own, with the people you live with or with those you have formed a support bubble with, or with one person from another household. If you meet with someone from another household, it must be in a public place and not a home or a garden.

In person coached activity can continue so long as it is outdoors in a public place and on a 1-2-1 basis. There is no limit on the number of people one coach can see in a day, so long as each person is coached in an individual session.

Club activity can continue so long as it is only between two people, outdoors and in a public place. The Department for Education have confirmed that general sports provision for children and young people cannot continue to run.

Open water swimming venues are closed but you can still go wild swimming where appropriate. We would advise you to carefully consider the water temperature at this time of year and take all the necessary safety precautions.

In person coach training courses have been suspended until Wednesday 2 December. Virtual training courses will continue.
Elite sportspeople can continue to train behind closed doors, in line with existing regulations.

In Scotland, a new strategic framework was put in place from Monday 2 November, with varying local restrictions. Support and guidance for members, clubs, and coaches in Scotland can be found here.

From Monday 9th November, Wales has come out of the firebreak. Rules have changed slightly compared to prior the fire break as to what is allowed for organised sport indoors and outdoors. Please look here for the Welsh specific guidance.

You might also find the information on the Sport and Recreation Alliance website helpful – click here to find out more:


We have updated the FAQs on our website – you can find these here. For the latest information on Coronavirus/COVID-19, please click here.

We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for everyone involved in our sport, but we do ask for your support as we navigate through this period of uncertainty. We are doing everything we can to support members, clubs, coaches, committees and academies as well as those businesses who run triathlon events.

As you will be aware, the British Triathlon offices are currently closed and our teams are working from home, so please bear with us if you need to contact us – we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

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Ryton Tri is a long-standing triathlon club and is one of the top junior triathlon clubs in the North East as well as being one of the friendliest clubs in the North East. We cater for all standards from total novices to elite triathletes.

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