The #51fiver is back in 2024. After yet another sell out year in 2023, we are excited to go again at our awesome Standard Distance Triathlon event held at Lake 32 of the Cotswold Water Park.

The race sells out year on year, so enter early to ensure your place for 2024 on one of the fastest standard distance courses in the UK..! We will also after a successful first year be offering an Aquabike option at this event.

The event starts as always with a 1500mtr swim in the famously clear waters of lake 32 and consists of a 1 lap swim. It is then out of the swim ramp and in to the nearby transition.

It is then out on to the fast, flat bike course of 40k. The route takes in some of the most picturesque areas and villages of the Cotswold including Ewen, Kemble, Crudwell, Charlton, Minety and Ashton Keynes. The road surfaces in the area are very good, and there are long stretches of the course to really open up the taps and go for it.

After a quick dash back in to transition it is out on to the 1 lap run of the local area. The course is pancake flat and is all on tarmac so is super fast and is a big hit with all of our competitors.

All these things combine to make this the perfect venue for a Triathlon and mean the #51fiver Cotswold Standard Distance Triathlon is the ideal event for beginners, the experienced athlete and those looking for a standard distance PB.

Race Information

Race Distances
1500mtr lake swim, 40k bike, 10k run

Race Start Time
You will have a choice of race starts within the wave you are selected in. At the start line you will be able to head in for the mass start, or you can hold back and be in the rolling start where competitors start one at a time every 2 or 3 seconds.

Race start times are from 06:30. 

Race Entry


Early Bird (9th November to 31st January 2024)- £60
Standard Entry 1 (1st February 2024 to 29th February 2024) - £65
Standard Entry 2 (1st March onwards) - £70


Early Bird (18th October to 31st January 2024) -  £90
Standard Entry (1st February onwards) - £110

Individual Aquabike

Early Bird (9th November to 31st January 2024)- £55
Standard Entry 1 (1st February 2024 to 29th February 2024)- £60
Standard Entry 2 (1st March onwards) - £65


We are pleased to be able to offer Klarna as a payment option for this event, meaning that you can secure your place now for 2024 and pay in instalments with no added interest.


Spectators are permitted at this event.

Club Entry

If you would like to make the #51fiver Cotswold Standard Distance Triathlon a club race, please contact us for more details. We also offer discounts for club group entries. We can also guarantee racking together and same wave starts. Please contact James on 07929 059 796 or to register your interest.

Race Routes

To view the #51Fiver Cotswold Standard Distance Bike route, please click here

Take an ‘Erecce’ of the #51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon Bike Route HERE.

To view the #51Fiver Cotswold Standard Distance Run route, please click here


Parking the will be available a walk of approx. 1000 metres from transition. Please follow the signage from the main road.

Registration and Briefing Times

Registration is on Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00 and Sunday from 05:15 to 07:20 (TBC). You do not receive anything by post

There is a short briefing on the day at waters edge..

What do you get from DB Max at the #51fiver Cotswold Standard Distance Triathlon?

  • Chip timing including splits and run laps
  • Medal and goodies for all finishers
  • Beginner friendly racing
  • On-site catering with hot food and drinks
  • Live to web results
  • Race Photography from Charles Whitton Photography

Marshals and Volunteers

To successfully run our events we require the help and support of marshals and volunteers. If you are able to assist at one of our events or have friends, family, work colleagues or enemies who may be able to help, then please contact James Higgs on in return we offer free entry in to future DB Max events

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Venue & Accommodation


For details on the venue and how to get there, please click here. The postcode for Sat Navs is GL7 6DF.

Getting Here

Getting to the venue couldn’t be easier and it is situated only a short distance from Jct 17 (Chippenham) or Jct 16 (Swindon) of the M4. Car journey times from major cities are:-

London – 2 hours
Birmingham – 1 hour 30 minutes
Bristol – 50 minutes
Cardiff – 1 hour 20 minutes
Swansea – 2 hours
Exeter – 2 hours
Nottingham – 2 hours 30 minutes


How does transition work in a triathlon?

You have your own numbered spot in transition and you leave your bike here. When you exit the water in to transition following the swim, get to your bike and before touching it put your helmet on and do it up. Once you have done this you can un-rack your bike and run/walk to bike out. At bike out there will be a mount line (this will be signed and marshalled) and get on your bike. When you have completed your bike, come back to bike in (again this will be signed) and the dismount line, get off your bike and run/walk with your bike back to your spot. Once there, rack your bike and at this point you can unclip your helmet and take it off. From here you run/walk to run out to complete your run.

Transition will be well signed and marshalled. Please fell free to ask marshals for advice.

Can I wear headphones at a triathlon?

Headphones are not permitted at any point during a triathlon.

Do I need to wear a wetsuit for this event?

Wetsuits must be worn when the lake is in a certain temperature range. Please see section 4.2 and 4.4 on the link HERE.

What is the minimum age to take part in 51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon?

The minimum age for this event is 16 on the day of the race.

Am I allowed to mark my spot in transition?

No, you are not allowed to mark your spot in transition, You must remember where your bike is. The end of each row will have the numbers in the range to help you identify where you are.

What do I need in transition?

The obvious answer is your bike. You are also permitted to take in a small rucksack with your belongings in. You must have your helmet and running shoes and if you are using them bike shoes.

Do I need to wear a bike helmet?

Yes, you must wear a helmet at all times you are in contact with your bike.

Do I need a super duper bike to compete in this event?

No, as long as your bike is roadworthy any bike will do (someone once took part on a Penny Farthing). However, make sure it is safe for use.

Are dogs allowed at this event?

Yes, but they must be kept on leads and any mess cleared up.

And Finally

The DB Max event team look forward to welcoming you to Lake 32 of the Cotswold Water Park on race day.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the #51fiver then please do not hesitate to contact or call 01225 632 103.

The terms and conditions for the event can be read at the following URL.

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