The Hathersage Hilly Triathlon

The most scenic race the Peak District has to offer, the Hathersage Hilly. 

Sunday 23 July 2023

Registration link will appear here when entries open shortly…

The club encourages new members to participate to the event as an athlete while older members are encouraged to volunteer. To coordinate the organisation of this event we need you to register your availabilities to volunteers using the following form:

(Please do feel free to share the registration page to your family, colleagues, and friends!)


Our novice friendly event takes place in the village of Hathersage, in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, and is easily reached from Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham. It’s an interesting and historic village, with links to Robin Hood and the Eyre family and a popular centre for walkers and rock-climbers. Why not hunt out the grave of Little John whilst you are here??  Over the years, this event has introduced many novices to the challenges and rewards of triathlon, and as ever, we intend to maintain that tradition this year.

The race is held under the Competition Rules of the British Triathlon Federation, which can be found here.

2022 Start List – click here

2022 Participant Pack – Click here


The 420 metre swim takes place in a heated, open-air pool with wide lanes making it enjoyable for swimmers of all abilities. As we will be setting the fastest swimmers off first, you will have the comfort to race you own race, in your own space. You will be asked to supply your estimated swim time when you register.

Set off every 2 minutes to minimise lane congestion, we have plenty of swimmers every year who do this event head-up breaststroke.

Please note that start times have been produced in the following way: The fastest 40 competitors (based upon predicted swim time) are off forst, we then have a short break to clear the pool, before the slowest predicted swimmers start.  There are frequent breaks in the start waves to allow the pool to clear, as we work our way through the predicted swim times to the 41st fastest.

When you’ve counted your own 14 lengths, it’s out of the pool and round the carpeted floor into….

Hathersage Hilly Swim

Transition 1

Hathersage pool court

Next door to the pool is Hathersage Parish Council’s MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) with a cushioned surface, where you will have racked your bike in it’s numbered slot before the race.  Drop your hat and googles, don a shirt with your race numbers pinned on, if you aren’t wearing a tri-suit and tri-belt, shoes on, helmet on and clipped up before you touch that bike, and wheel it out onto the road, jumping on after the mount line…..



Bike **New Route for 2022**

Sheffield Triathlon Club Road Cycle

After the swim it’s on to the 16Km bike and, with a name like the Hathersage Hilly, you know it won’t be flat! However, the hills are not so long or steep, the hill out of Grindleford being the ‘best’, and you’ll be rewarded with some stunning views of the Derbyshire countryside, including the famous ‘Surprise View’ which starts a long downhill back into Hathersage.

There are marshalls at key turns, and plenty of signage, so it’s really difficult to go the wrong way. You are expected to follow the Highway Code, and our Motorbike official will be circulating to check competitors aren’t drafting.

All the turns are left-hand, the most important as you come down the hill into Grindleford to turn left- where we have a compulsory foot down and stop, to comply with the Highway Code and make sure you’re safe! The bike finishes on the flat just after David Mellor’s famous and award winning Cutlery Factory and Design Museum, with a dismount before the line marked on the road……..

Bike Route on Strava

Froggat has major road works, and, despite hanging on and hoping, the road is now fully closed – so 2022 has a new route through Grindleford.  The major hill is slightly steeper, and slightly shorter than Froggat – but it still lives up to it’s ‘Hilly’ tag.

Transition 2

Run your bike onto the grass of Hathersage F.C.’s pitch, and rack your bike in it’s numbered slot.  Then helmet off, change into trainers if you’ve been wearing cycling shoes and twizzle your tribelt round so your number is on the front.

Lots of our novice competitors wear the same trainers for the bike and run, and have numbers pinned to front and back of a t-shirt, there’s no need to go splashing out for your first triathlon – we’ve seen mountain bikes, sit up and beg bikes, and even a wicker basket on the front. (Where else would you keep your cucumber sandwiches?)

You can grab a cup of water or sports drink from the table if you need, and it’s out of T2 onto the final leg…..the

RunSheffield Triathlon Club Run

The 6km run is almost entirely through woodland and open countryside with off road running shoes being an option if it’s wet. Again, the run has a few hills but don’t worry too much – you’ll have our team of enthusiastic volunteers encouraging you on, and it’s a long, fast downhill to the finish line!

Run Route on Strava

Check out our Run route time lapse video – approximately 10 minutes.

With your race over, there is a café at the swimming pool for hot drinks and snacks, and Hathersage village has plenty of tea shops, pubs, and outdoor pursuit shops to keep you busy.

Did we mention, It’s not flat! This year we are excited to introduce, for the first time, our king of the hill sections on both the bike and the run so you will be rewarded for all your efforts.

Spectator Zone

Our MC for the day will be on hand to keep you up-to-date with the event and help provide a cracking finish line atmosphere. Please do come along and support all the athletes.


Will be available in the ATW tent in T2 immediately your race has finished.

Event Video

Many thanks go out to Ryan Jenkinson for filming this video in 2017 for us – we think it perfectly sums up the fun had on the day, and gives you a great idea of what to expect!

Previous Year’s Results

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