GoTri Aquathlon, Brighton Tri Club, Pells Pool

GoTri Pells Pool is back for 2018!  We'll be running four low-cost mass participation Aquathlon events (swim followed by a run) on Wednesday evenings at 7pm during the summer.

Now in its fifth year,  GoTri Pells Pool is brought to you by Brighton Tri Club's experienced events team. The Races are suitable for adults and children aged 8yrs+, whether a club member or not, who's up for doing a short swim followed by a short run.

The emphasis for the GoTri Pells Pool race series is getting involved and having some fun on a Summers evening.

Sounds pretty good. When is it happening?

Race dates to put in your diary for the 2018 GoTri Pells Pool race series are:

Races start at 7pm Sharp. You can enter the races by clicking on the dates above, or choosing your races on the buttons below:

Is it really for me?

The GoTri Pells Pool Series is open to anyone aged 8yrs or over, club member or not.  These events are a great way to get outdoors, test yourself in safe conditions, have some fun and try something new. Equally, if you're an experienced triathlete you'll be at home with us. The series is a great way to build a "water brick" into your training schedule and sharpen up your transitions.


NEW for 2018 we have an adult NOVICE wave which has been been introduced this year for those doing multi-sport for the very first time, particularly if they are nervous about the swim.  Instead of the usual 300m swim (which is 3 laps of Pells Pool) we are now providing the option for a 100m single lap.  When you enter on-line simply choose this option to compete as a Novice.

The adult event is a swim distance of either 100m or 350m, and a run of 3km.


Children will race ultra short sprint distances depending on age group.

  • RED wave (a) 8yrs - 1 width swim (25yrds/23m) followed by 1 lap run (c.1.3km - please see note below)

  • RED wave (b) 9-10yrs - 1 width swim (25yrds/23m) followed by 1 lap run (c.1.3km)

  • BLUE wave 11-12yrs - 2 width swim (50yrds/46m) followed by 1 lap run (c.1.3km)

  • BLACK wave 13-14yrs - 4 width swim (100yrds/92m) followed by 2 lap run (c.1.9km)

  • 15yrs + can race Adult distances detailed above

NOTE TO PARENTS - 8yrs run distance exceeds the Triathlon England limit of 600 meters

Younger children (8yrs to 10yrs) must wear wetsuits for the first 2 races in the series due to the expected water temperature.  This is a mandatory requirement.

Ages are based on the age you will be on the 31st December this year

Wave age categories are for guidance, children can move to longer distance waves if they are confident with them and parents consent.

Please note that by registering your children you are agreeing to the following;

  • That your child/children is/are fit to take part in the event

  • That your child/children participate entirely at their own risk

  • That you relieve the event referee/organisers/personnel of any responsibility for injury sustained to your child/children as a result of participation howsoever caused

  • That your child/children agree to abide by the rules of the Event Briefing /British Triathlon Association/GoTri; and

  • That you will remain at the event venue during the activity.

Interesting. OK, how much does it cost and how do I join in?

When booking online in advance, each race costs just £7.50 for adults (early bird entries at £5 are available if you're quick) and £2.50 for children. Online entry will close at 9am on the morning of the race. Cash 'on the door' at each event will be available, adults will cost £10, children £2.50.

What do I get with my entry?

You get a friendly local event run by an experienced team; a swim in a gorgeous open air pool in the country, a run on the beautifully tended grass of the Malling Recreation Ground in Lewes, a really cool laid back summer's evening atmosphere, changing rooms, a cup of tea, a slice of cake and timed results posted online within a few days. There's also a pub (the Elephant and Castle) just up the road for a post event drink.

Nice! Where is it, again?


The GoTri Pells Pool series is held at Pells Pool in Lewes, the oldest documented freshwater public pool in the country. The Pells Pool is a spring-fed pool - 50 yards long by 25 yards wide. There are facilities for the whole family to enjoy, from a tree-lined green lawn, sun terrace, cafe and exercise lane, to the children's paddling pool, rafts and other recreational equipment.  It also happens to be a great place for an Aquathlon.

Pells Pool, Brook Street, Lewes, BN7 2BA.

Do I need any special kit?

All you need to compete in one of our GoTri events is a swimsuit (no nudity allowed) and a pair of running shoes. You may also want to use a wetsuit for the June event when the water might be a little cooler. You can bring a t-shirt or something else to run in, but do remember that your time for the event is taken from the moment you start swimming to the end of the run.  Drying between your toes and donning your slinky run gear will be counted. In all seriousness, wear what you are comfortable in, the crowd will cheer you over the line whether you're in Lycra or cotton.

I'm not sure if I'm fit enough..

2018 will see the introduction of a novice wave for the adults which includes a 100m swim.  Provided you can swim 4 lengths of a 25m swimming pool without stopping & you're able to run/jog for 20 minutes, you are more than capable of completing one of our GoTri events. It's a challenge, of course, and that's why it's worth signing up.  Although our swim course is a continuous loop, more akin to Open Water swimming than pool laps, you will be in the safe, controlled environment of Pells Pool, never far from the side or being able to stand up in the water.

Do note, however, that if you have pre-existing medical conditions and you're not sure about how you will cope with the event, please do get an opinion from your doctor.  Safety first.

Refund policies


Brighton Tri Club regrets that due to the nominal fee involved and the set up costs surrounding the event, no refunds or deferrals are available.

Bad weather

Brighton Tri Club reserves the right to change/ substitute/ shorten the course at the event if there is bad weather. This is to ensure that the event runs safely. We regret that no refunds will be possible in such circumstances.

Event cancellation

If, for any reason, Brighton Tri Club cancels an event, an alternative date will be put forward and competitors notified. Competitors can then choose to enter the rescheduled event, or another remaining event in the GoTri Pells Pool Aquathlon Series. We regret that due to the nominal entry fees involved and the set up costs surrounding the event, no refunds are available.


Brighton Tri Club regrets that due to the nominal fee involved and the administration required to process substitutions, no substitutions are permitted.


We will be taking photographs and possibly films of the race and warm up.  By participating you are consenting to your appearance in the event being filmed, recorded, incorporated and exploited in whole or in part in any film, video or broadcast of whatever nature by all means and in all media and format for, but not limited to, advertising or marketing purposes.

Course records

  • Adult female: Naomi Fontyn 18:31 (29 June 2016)

  • Adult male: Dave Robinson 17:37 (18 July 2018)

  • Adult team Mixed: Dave Robinson and Susie Strachan 19:08 (29 Aug 2018)

  • Junior Novice wave Female: Edie Hancock 18:43 (08 August 2018)

  • Junior Novice wave Male: Johnny Hancock 16:24 (18 July 2018)

  • Adult Novice wave Female: Marina Davies 19.59 (27 June 2018)

  • Adult Novice wave Male: Billy Pickin 18:09 (29 August 2018)

  • Junior Black wave Female: Naomi Fonteyn 07:11 (13 Jul 2016)

  • Junior Black wave Male: Harvey DeVilliers 9:49 (13 July 2016)

  • Junior Blue wave Female: Edith Hancock 06:34 (30 Aug 2017)

  • Junior Blue wave Male: Tom Davies 5.52 (27 June 2018)

  • Junior Red wave Female: Charlotte Sida 6:53

  • Junior Red wave Male: Jude Clayton 06.25 (19 July 2017)