Anyone looking to really put their endurance to the test this year is encouraged to sign up for the Hanningfield Triathlon – a gruelling race which takes place across water bike and foot.
Entry for the Hanningfield Triathlon – which takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Hanningfield Reservoir – is open now. The event is organised by Essex & Suffolk Water in support of the charity WaterAid, which is helping to bring clean drinking water, safe sanitation and hygiene education to people around the world.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday 18 May, and participants can choose between sprint or standard distance, or team up with friends or family to form a relay team and compete together. With sections on water, on bike and on foot, this Triathlon challenges you to take on whatever Mother Nature throws at you!
The cycling and running routes take place in the glorious countryside around the Essex Wildlife Trust visitor centre at Hanningfield and Essex & Suffolk Water’s Cafe on the Water. The swim is a challenging open water course in the actual reservoir – the only time of the year this is allowed due to safety considerations.
Event organiser and Essex & Suffolk Water Project Engineer, Steve Cottis said:
“It’s great to be bringing the Hanningfield Triathlon back for the sixth year, especially after the great feedback we had from people who took part in 2018.
“The event gives you a unique opportunity to test your endurance in the beautiful surroundings of Hanningfield, all while raising money for WaterAid.”
Christine Mellor, Water Industry Partnerships Manager, WaterAid, said:
“It’s fantastic that Essex & Suffolk Water will be holding the Hanningfield Triathlon to raise money for WaterAid once again. The positive changes that follow for communities with access to water and sanitation, are incredible. These basic resources can transform lives and for the first time, people can see a better future for themselves and for their children.”
“WaterAid is delighted to have such incredible support and I’d like to thank all of those who’re energetically taking the plunge in May.”
The Blackwater Tri Club, from Maldon, will once again be providing assistance with equipment and volunteers to marshal the course.
Essex & Suffolk Water would like to remind everyone that swimming in Hanningfield Reservoir can be dangerous and is not permitted, except under careful supervision at events such as the triathlon. For more information about safety at reservoirs see