The Total Motion Aquathlon

Saturday, May 19, 2018

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The Total Motion Aquathlon

The Total Motion Aquathlon returns to the iconic Tooting Bec Lido, the largest freshwater swimming pool in the UK, on Saturday 19th May 2018 for the latest edition of this increasingly popular event.  Having successfully made it's debut in the BTF VonCrank Senior League in 2017 we are proud to once again confirm that The Total Motion Aquathlon will return as a fixture in 2018.  

The event will begin with a staggered start to the 810m, 9 length swim of Tooting Bec Lido, and followed by a run of 3 loops of Tooting Common, totaling 7.3km.  As always the aquathlon will be chip timed, allowing you to receive times and splits immediately after you finish.  If you wish you may enter The Total Motion Aquathlon as a relay team with one person swimming and one running.

In 2018 Total Motion will be merging it's 2 aquathlons (The Total Motion Aquathlon & The Tooting Charity Aquathlon) into one great event, so if you are looking to compete to raise money for charity, then please contact one of our charity partners (see below) to receive your free entry code, subject to a minimum fundraising commitment.

In 2017 The Total Motion Aquathlon sold out well in advance, so be sure to enter early and secure your place poolside in 2018.  Just to sweeten the deal we are offering a 20% discount on race entry until the end of January.

Along with our event partners The Clapham Chasers Running & Triathlon ClubBody Logic Health, Kitbrix and Sundried we are really looking forward to welcoming members of triathlon clubs from around the capital alongside those competitors looking for a personal challenge.

In the run up to The Total Motion Aquathlon Body Logic Health are offering you the chance to attend one of their running form workshops where you will learn the basics for improving your running technique via a practical outdoor session in Battersea Park.  The next session is Saturday 10th March; spaces are limited, so sign up here now.

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Essential information

The Total Motion Aquathlon – 810m swim & 7.3km run
Tooting Lido, London SW16 1RU
Saturday 19th May 2018 - 10:00am
Individuals & Relay Teams (2 people)

£32.00 (+£3 BTF licence if required) 


£40.00 (+£3 (each person) BTF licence if required)

FREE places available for charity entrants

What’s great about this event?

  • 2018 London Senior League Fixture
  • BTF permitted event and run in accordance with British Triathlon Competition Rules
  • Iconic Tooting Lido, the UK’s largest swimming pool
  • Pool based, wetsuit swim
  • Pre event support and event day massages from our partner Body Logic Health
  • Free bike health check at the event from VonCrank + 50% off first use on app
  • 50% off at Sundried
  • 10% off Swim for Tri 1-1 lessons
  • Medal
  • Chip Timed – Immediate print out and online results
  • Prizes to be won
  • Early season fitness marker as you prep for your 'A' race.
  • Individual or relay team entry.
  • Option to support a local charity.

Event Q&A

What is it?

The Total Motion Aquathlon comprising a lido swim followed by a run around Tooting Common.

Where is it?

Tooting Lido, Tooting Bec Road, London. SW16 1RU

When is it?

Saturday 19th May 2018 - 10:00am

How much does it cost to enter?

£32.00 (+£3 BTF licence if required)

£40.00 (+£3 (each person) BTF licence if required)

FREE via one of our charity partners, subject to a minimum charity commitment.

Is the Aquathlon open to everyone?

The event is open to anyone over the age of 18.

Is the Aquathlon Chip Timed?

Yes, the event will be professionally chip timed allowing you to receive a print out of your splits as well as viewing the results online post event. You will receive your chip on a neoprene band to attach to your ankle at registration.

Can I enter as a team?

Yes, you can enter as an individual or in a relay team of two.

When does registration open?

Registration will be open from 1 hour prior to the start, where you will be given race numbers, timing chips and final instructions for the event.

What is the run route?

The run route will be signposted and marshaled and can be seen on the map below.  Runners will follow loops of the common before heading back to the lido and the finish.

Will there be medical supervision?

First aiders will be present at the event and there will be life guards at the pool, as well as marshals on the run course for your safety.

Where is transition?

Transition is located on the grassed area behind the lido café.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your printed race confirmation.

What do I need to wear?

Swim – Goggles, wetsuit (strongly advised),swim cap.  Please note that wetsuits are likely to be compulsory for the swim leg, with the pool temperature likely to be sub 14c.

Transition – Towel – Good to mark your position!

Run – Appropriate footwear.

Will there be refreshments?

Yes, refreshments will be available on the day.

Are there changing facilities & showers?

The lido has changing and showering facilities that are available to all competitors before and after the event.

Can spectators come along?

Spectators are more than welcome and actively encouraged, so please bring your friends and family along to cheer you on. 

Can I volunteer?

Events such as these cannot take place without the very kind help of volunteers. If you are coming along to spectate, why not get involved too? Please e-mail if you would like to help.

Is there parking?

There is a small car park at the lido and parking in the surrounding roads, although you are encouraged to arrive by other means if possible.