Just starting out
New to triathlon and wondering where on earth to start?

We have regular weekly training sessions in swim, bike and run, with qualified club coaches to help you develop your skills and fitness levels. We particularly pride ourselves on bringing beginners into the sport, with all disciplines having beginners sessions.

All our sessions cater to beginners, and the best thing to do is just come along and try a few sessions out!

Check out our Calendar and Facebook page for session dates, times and locations. There are sessions almost everyday which try to cater for all levels, we’re a friendly bunch and we never leave anyone behind!

If getting in the pool or joining the squad swims worries you, our Saturday technique session at City Baths is a great place to start. We have lanes that cater for all swim abilities, and the coaches will be able to assess your swimming level and let you know whether you should join the squad sessions, or attend a few technique sessions before doing so. Swim sessions are £4.00 for members and £5.00 for non‐members. Non‐members can join 1 session and should be people who are considering joining the club.

The bike Turbo sessions run from October until April on Thursdays, and have a varied programme for all abilities so anyone can benefit from attending these. Sessions are £2.50, non members may attend 3 tasters at £2.50, but must join after that. The summer Thursday and winter weekend bike rides are open to Chester Tri members, non-members may join us for 3 rides after which it is hoped they they will join the club.

A great place to start is our Tuesday night run group from Total Fitness. You don’t have to be a member to join the run and you will meet our coaches and club members who will happily give you the advice you are looking for. The Tuesday night run is split into groups by ability. Speak to one of our coaches who will help you join the right group.

We also have a track session every Wednesday which is perfect for seeking advice on where to start and what you need to do to help you reach your goals. Pop on down and we can help you take the next steps or just make a start. Track sessions are £2 for members and £4 for non-members. These two sessions are definitely the perfect place to start if you need to build your confidence.

Session costs

Member cost
Non member cost
Max No. of sessions before joining
Swim Sessions £4.00 £5.00 3
Turbo £2.50 £2.50 3
Thursday Ride Free Free 3
Weekend Ride Free Free 3
Tuesday Night Run Free Free Unlimited
Track Session £2.00 £4.00 Unlimited

Other resources

GO TRI is powered by Triathlon England to encourage more people into triathlon and is purpose-designed for beginners and those who want to build in confidence.

There are training plans, an online training log, a number of guides on all aspects of training and Triathlon tips and a great FAQ section. They also hold a great number of GoTri events all around the country, aimed at those just starting out.


This Girl Can, a Sport England Campaign, is a national celebration of active women everywhere who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

With female participation in triathlon at an all-time high, the campaign aims to encourage a new wave of women, to take their first step into the sport during 2017 as part of the This Girl Can campaign.


British Triathlon, and its Home Nation’s Associations of Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland and Welsh Triathlon, is the governing body for the sport of Triathlon. It has resources on the website including training plans for beginners, tips from the GB team, and a wealth of information when you are ready to things further.


www.humanrace.co.uk  –  article on training for beginners
www.triradar.com  –  Training plans for beginners and beyond
www.trigirl.co.uk  –  article covering all aspects of getting started in Triathlon