The Event Woburn Abbey The Woburn Abbey Triathlon is one of the UK’s most loved charity triathlons, and has become famed for its iconic venue and unrivalled family experience. The swim takes place in one of the lakes near the Abbey, transition is located right in front of the house with the Abbey’s grand façade being the backdrop to your whole race. Highlights of the event include stunning views of The Abbey and deer park. Another big benefit of this welcoming venue is the fact that we’re able to offer a closed road, traffic free cycle route. Not only does this mean there are fewer laps and excellent scenery for our racers, it means athletes can be confident they’re the only ones on the road. The run is on closed roads within the Estate, so nothing to worry about other than the odd deer that might have a look at you as you pass by! A STUNNING VENUE First founded in the early 12th century, Woburn Abbey started as a monastery. Edward VI gave the estate to the Russell family in 1547 and since then, a variety of leading architects have helped to create the distinctive building and gardens that can be enjoyed today.During our Triathlon, there will be an event village for registration, on-site catering and entertainment. What’s more, there’s plenty to enjoy at Woburn Abbey for spectators and kids – including a special free funfair area for kids and the thrilling Woburn Safari Park. Explore great attractions like the Woburn Abbey grounds, Duchess’ Tearoom, gift shops, and Pottery. Andrew Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford, whose family seat is at Woburn Abbey said The growth of this unique triathlon has been wonderful to be part of and I’m proud that Woburn Abbey can host such a spectacular event. It's been extremely enjoyable working with the tri for life team to broaden the vision for the event with the addition of a longer distance in 2017. I look forward to watching the continued success of tri for life here at Woburn Abbey. Directions to The Woburn Abbey Triathlon can be found here.