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Active Life Oysterman Triathlon

Whitstable, Kent

Tankerton Slopes, Tankerton Road, Tankerton, Whitstable, UK

Sun 7th August 2022

Starting at 07:15


Last years event was delivered as a COVID secure event. If we are subject to any further restrcitions in 2022, measures may need to be introduced to deliver a COVID secure event once more. Further details will be provided in the pre event information if necessary

Active Life Ltd has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

This is a very unique sprint distance event consisting of a 500m sea swim followed by a 20km cycle and finishing with a stunning yet flat 5km coastal run.

Set along the Whitstable coast, which is famous for its Oysters that have been farmed for nearly 2000 years. With a training day and introduction to triathlon through GO TRI sessions in the lead up to the event, it is suitable for complete beginners all the way up to seasoned triers.

Become an official Oysterman/woman, bragging rights guaranteed!

What's Included

Chip Timing
Distance markers
Finishers Medal
Numbered racking
Results on website
Secure transition
Suitable for Para-tri

  • Prizes for the top 3 male and female finishers
  • Large unique Oysterman Triathlon medal

How to Get There

Whitstable is easily accessible via the M2.

There are regular direct trains from London to Whitstable, it is then approximately 1 mile to the race start. Taxis are available, or hop on your bike.

Abacus Cars 01227 277745, Whitstable Taxis 01227 261561


Free parking is available all along Marine Parade and in the streets that lead to and from it. Alternative parking is available at Tankerton Road car park and also Gorrel Tank car park just outside the Harbour. If you have bikes on your car roof please make sure you remove them before entering the car parks as there are height barriers. Please do not park in restricted bays along Marine Parade as these relate to the transition exit for the start of the cycle route.


Marine Parade, Whitstable CT5 2BE

Course Details

This is a very unique sprint distance event consisting of a 500m sea swim followed by a 20km cycle and finishing with a stunning yet flat 5km coastal run. Set along the Whitstable coast, which is famous for its Oysters that have been farmed for nearly 2000 years in the area.


Registration Opens: 06:00

Registration Closes: 07:00

Swim Starts from: 07:15

Awards presented: 10:00


Participants need to register at the registration desk and rack their bikes in the transition area between 6am and 7am on the morning of the event.

If you are local or staying over in the area, participants will be able to register between 6pm and 7.30pm the evening before.

Each participant will receive a race pack at registration containing numbered stickers for their bike and helmet, a single race number for their clothing, a swim hat and timing chip.

relay entries

Relay team entries are also welcome.

When entering on-line, one person will need to register and include the names of all participants, their emergency contact details and any medical information.

Just one entry fee applies to the whole team – you are only entering one race, after all.

In our events, teams of 2 or 3 are equally acceptable.

Teams will receive one race pack containing one race number and one timing chip and each participant can only do a maximum of 2 sections of the race.

swim cut off

The sea swim course is tidal and although the swim section will take place during slack water (the time when the water is not coming in or going out) anyone in the water after 25 minutes is more likely to feel the effects of the sea more than those who complete the swim in a short time. For this reason we ask that all participants are prepared properly for the swim. On this note we would recommend that you prepare for a swim length of 750m (although the course is measured at 500m). We reserve the right to direct people back to the shore after 25 minutes for their own safety. There will be 2 (possibly 3) start times for the swim. Your swim start time will be provided in your pre race information sent out 10 days before the event. As in 2021 there will be a separate swim start and swim finish area with both areas partially carpeted


A wet suit is compulsory if the water temperature is 14 degrees or below. Over 14 degrees and under 22 degrees a wet suit is optional. The sea temperature in early August is normally around 18 degrees. We would recommend using a wet suit as this will assist with buoyancy and warmth. If you don’t have your own wetsuit yet, consider whether you wish to hire for a season, just for the weekend or something in between.

bike route

The bike route is on quiet but open roads, a mix of coastal, suburban, green fields and sleepy villages. The course is relatively flat with only 139m of ascent in total over the 20km course with a mix of straights and corners to contend with. We are working with Kent County Council's Highways in relation to the redevelopment of Bullockstone Road. The road is due to be widened but the timetable is not yet known. As a result we have a option B in case of some disruption.

the finish!

Upon finishing all participants will receive a stunning 10cm medal along with an immense sense of pride and satisfaction having competed in the Active Life Oysterman Triathlon.

There will be an award ceremony at approx. 10:00 by the finish area.

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 male finishers and top 3 female finishers.


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