There are a number of great events around Hitchin run by our sister site BurntHare.


It’s here, It’s open the Hitchin Triathlon is now a yearly event run by BurntHare.  Enter here.  The Hitchin Triathlon is set in the beautiful surroundings of North Hertfordshire.  This is a sprint distance event with an outdoor 400m pool swim, a 20km bike section, the 5km run.

The Triathlon is held at Hitchin swimming pool, with the swim being 8 lengths of the outdoor pool (50m per length), you then exit the water and go straight into transition which is based next to the outdoor pool.

Upon leaving transition with your bike you will then head out onto a gently undulating course, with lots of fast flat sections, taking in some interesting sights. The route is 20.2km.

When you get back to transition you will then rack your bike and head out onto the 5km run that takes in parts of the town centre and Butts Close Park, where the event is based, starts and concludes. The run course is a jones wheel measured 5km and follows the racing line of the course (shortest possible route that can be taken).

This event is for those who are doing their first ever tri, up to the experienced racer. The course has potential for a PB too.


This event is a stripped down, fast, and furious style of triathlon designed purely for quickfire action.

It is based on our other Nitro distance event that comes from the main Hitchin Triathlon, but this series of events will have a few features.

It is a Nitro distance style triathlon designed to bring out the fun element whether it be you racing the course or using it for brick training, or for whatever purpose you like, and the best part is that it is on during the week and not on a weekend day, as the distances are short and sweet.

  • The swim a 200m blast, in the 50 meter outdoor pool in Hitchin (4 lengths)
  • The Bike is a 12km out-and-back blast to Lower Stondon
  • The Run is a 2km blast around the paths of the race venue (2 x 1km laps)

What makes it different to other triathlons?

  • It is on midweek
  • It starts after work hours but not late evening
  • The distances are short for quickfire racing fun
  • It is cheaper than others. We have stripped the event down to its basics to make it real and raw!
  • It is a stripped-down version of a triathlon so no need for cones, barriers, and all other event equipment, only signs and marshals will be in place
  • It is electronically timed but no need for chips (only the ones you can eat afterwards)


The Hitchin 5km is set in the town center of the historic Hitchin.  It is a uniquely set up course that is fast and flat and has great PB potential!  It is a great opportunity to race around the town, taking in the sites such as the historic market square, the local and unique independent shops, the historic buildings, the pathways that run by the famous church and river and not to mention to iconic steel statues that sit outside Coopers Yard!  All participants will get a bespoke medal and refreshments post-race.

The course itself is 2 laps, both being 2.5km each, it’s gradually evolved over the last few years that we have been running it.  The route is mostly on paths but some roads need to be crossed to join up the race route, but no major roads are used.  We have marshals along the entire route so it is perfectly safe. The risks along the route include concrete posts, other types of posts, bins, bus shelters, some road crossings, cobbled road sections, some tight turns, pedestrians and road vehicles. Every effort will be made to reduce these risks.


This race is unique because it is the only 10km in the known region that starts and finishes in a market square, giving this race a unique feel in that you are running amongst a historic setting with a cosmopolitan feel to it. 

The course profile is classified as flat and it has one small climb. 

The route itself is a beautiful one. It starts right in the town centre, with the first kilometer (the north loop) being on closed roads that go anti-clockwise around town. You then head out towards the Gosmore and Charlton villages to complete a clockwise south loop, before heading back into Hitchin. You complete another 1km loop that you started on, and then that all famous Town Centre finish. 

The town centre roads and roads leading out to Charlton are all closed, but once in the countryside these roads are not closed, but they are not busy and they are popular to use. 

When you enter the race you know you are getting a great event.