Student Triathlon

Triathlon is growing in popularity amongst the student population with more student clubs affiliating to Triathlon Scotland each year and the number of student specific events being hosted growing year on year.

In 2014 triathlon became a recognised sport with Scottish Student Sport (SSS) and through this link has recruited a Sport Chair to help steer and drive the development of Student Triathlon.  To find out more about developments with SSS triathlon, contact our student triathlon Development Officer Elise Methven


To reflect the needs of students and the academic year, student clubs host a number of events geared up specifically for students.  These events are for students by students and cater for both the beginner and experienced triathlete.

Autumn Races

St Andrews University Triathlon Club host a duathlon in October.

Dundee University and Abertay University host a joint  aquathlon in October.

Aberdeen University Triathlon Club host an aquathlon in November.

Spring Races

Aberdeen University Triathlon Club host an aquathlon in March.

Edinburgh University Triathlon Club host a Sprint Triathlon in Tranent late March.

St Andrews University Triathlon Club host a Sprint Triathlon in mid-April.

Glasgow University Triathlon Club host an aquathlon in May

For details on each event and entry information, visit the host club’s webpage or our event calendar.

In addition to these student events, you can also enter any race you see on our calendar that takes your fancy.  Simply enter under the name of your student triathlon club, get some training in and go race!

Scottish National Student Triathlon Championships

The Scottish National Student Triathlon Championship race for 2016/17 academic year will be the East Fife Triathlon, 9th April 2017.  An allocation of student places are reserved and available on a first come first served basis.  Triathlon Scotland will let all student triathlon clubs know when race entry goes live.

You can read our 2015/16 Championships report here and watch our race video below.

And for those looking to experience competing alongside other students from around the UK, British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) offer duathlon, sprint and standard distance championships.  For more detail on these events, liaise with your institution triathlon club or sports union.  Dates for these events for the 2016/17 academic year are:

  • Duathlon Championships, 20th November 2016 at Castle Coombe.
  • Sprint Triathlon Championships, tbc.
  • Standard Triathlon Championships,  May 2017 venue tbc.

Finally, if you have your sights set on representing your country in triathlon, check out our Age Group Racing pages where you can learn about age groupings, how to gain selection and where the event qualifiers are due to take place.

How can I get involved in Student Triathlon?

The following student clubs affiliate to Triathlon Scotland in September each year:

However there is triathlon activity taking place at other universities, including Heriot Watt University and Napier University so if your institution is not listed here, ask at your sports union and keep an eye on sports notice boards.

What if my institution has no triathlon club?

If there is no club at your institution and you want to set one up, get in touch!  We can provide support and guidance to help you get the club up and running! Contact Elise Methven

You can still take part in student triathlon if there is no club where you study.  Simply enter races using your institution’s name and carry on as normal.  For Scottish Student Championships, as long as your place of study is affiliated to SSS then you are eligible to win a Scottish Student Championship title.

With regards training options for those of you with no local student club, use our Club Finder tool to locate the nearest club to you and join them to take advantage of the coaching sessions they offer.

What do I need to get started?

You may be surprised to know that you don’t need a lot of expensive kit to get started in triathlon.  Basic requirements for a pool based triathlon are:

  • Swimsuit & goggles
  • A roadworthy bike and helmet (no need for a fancy carbon bike and aero helmet, as long as they’re roadworthy they’re good for triathlon!)
  • Shorts, t-shirt & trainers

For more information on your first triathlon, visit our dedicated first-timer page .

What about Membership?

Each student club will have their own membership fees and structure so ask the club or sports union at your place of study for details.

Triathlon Scotland offer junior membership rates for those aged between 17-24 years, which is just £15 for the year.  Visit our membership pages for details and how to join.

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Triathlon Scotland is proud to work alongside the following partners and sponsors.

  • Equality in Sport
  • British Triathlon
  • sportscotland
  • University of Stirling
  • Winning Students Scotland
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