How The Triathlon Started

During the awards for a Hawaii running race, a debate ensues among competitors about who was the fitter Swimmers, Runners or Other Atheletes. One of the participants, Navy Commanders John Collings, dreamed up a race to settle the argument. He propsed combining three existing races together, to the completed in succession:

  • The Waikki Roughwater Swim (2.4 miles)
  • The Around-Oahu Bike Race (112 miles, originally a two-day event)
  • The Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles)

"Whoever finished first we'll call the Ironman" said Collins.

Guernsey's Bit

In Guernsey (it sometimes takes us a while to catch on) a similar group of athletes had heard about the new sport of Triathlon which was now spreading around the globe. A few local individuals had travelled to events in the U.K. and taken part in 'challenge' events between themselves.

In 1987 a group of 12 local Police Officers decided to put on a Triathlon event to raise money for charity. In October of that year the first organised event was held at Beau Sejour Leisure center, with the local Officers swimming 1000 metres in the pool, Cycling around the island coast road (about 24 miles) and running 6 miles, in the process raising several thousand pounds and the profile of the sport in Guernsey.

On the back of this successful event a meeting was held at Beau Sejour a couple of months later, attended by about 40 people, the decision was made from there to form the Guernsey Triathlon Club. Since that time way back in 1988 the Guernsey Triathlon Club has organised several events every year, and are now currently running a Winter Duathlon Series, a pool based 'Novice' Triathlon and a Summer Triathlon Series as well as the popular biannual Guernsey Granite Man 1/2 Iron distance event.

Triathletes from Guernsey have raced in countries all around the world, at all levels, from complete beginer, to World Championships, from the smallest events, right up to ironman. Like most sports clubs the number of members fluctuates, but at present there is a strong pool of interest. Long may it continue...

Club Sponsorship

Ana Leaf Foundation


To view the club constitution click here

To download a copy of Guernsey Triathlon Club LBG   

certificate of incorporation click here

To download a copy of Guernsey Triathlon Club LBG 

 memorandum and articles of incorporation click here


Feel free to join us on any of our training sessions.

Depending on whether there are any races, we meet by L'Aumone garage at 7am on Sundays. Please check here to make sure there are no races on the day(s) you intend to join us.

For 2014/15 here is also a group meeting at 6am on Wednesday mornings riding a set route for the first hour before a member choses a route for up to three hours before work.

We join the GIAAC for running training. Please look at their website to find out when and where they meet. Sessions for all abilities.

Friday sea swimming starts in May. Also swimming group lessons at Beau Sejour, contact Beau Sejour Swim school for details.

There are many other Ad Hoc training sessions taking place across all three disciplines, perhaps join the club Facebook group (closed group) to discover more about these. 

Coached sessions 

Tri Fitness and the Tri Fitness factory offer coached sessions for triathlon as well as general strength and conditioning and personal training sessions. See their website

Fry Fit offer group training for novice triathletes and run a series of Try-a-Tri events.See their website

GTC Constitution & General Rules

1. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage the sport of triathlon through:

2. providing an environment in which people can meet to train for and compete in triathlons, duathlons and multi-sport events     irrespective of age, ability and sex, and by organising regular competitions;

3. maintaining a club register whereby members can contact training companions;

4. providing access to specialist advice in all aspect of the sport;

5. developing membership of the Club, and

6. organising social events to benefit the Club and encourage an atmosphere in which people of similar ideals and interests can     meet to discuss any aspect of the sport.