Big East Triathlon

Sunday 17th May 2020

Practical Info

800m Swim / 43km Cycle / 10km Run 1.6km Swim / 82km Cycle / 20km Run Race Start: 08:20 Location: Bradwell Marina, Waterside, Bradwell on Sea, Essex

Bradwell on Sea Long Distance Triathlon

About Bradwell on Sea

The start and finish of the race will be at Bradwell Marina near to Bradwell on Sea. Bradwell is a popular holiday destination with a variety of holiday parks and beaches. Despite being located in the depths of the Essex countryside there is plenty to do both in Bradwell and in the nearby market towns of Maldon, Chelmsford and Burnham on Crouch. The area is best known for the Dengie Marshes and St Peters Chapel, built in 654AD and destination for thousands of pilgrims every year. More information is available at the Vist Essex website.

Travel and Parking

Road: There is one road in and out of Bradwell Waterside.. the B1021, you will see Bradwell Marina on your left. Despite its seemingly remote location Bradwell is surprisignly close to large towns such as Maldon and less than 1hr 30mins from Central London.
Rail: For Bradwell leave at Southminster and continue journey using local bus services. Southminster can be reached from London Liverpool Street. Change at Shenfield from other destinations.
Bus: Direct or indirect buses link Bradwell with other Essex towns. Essex Travel Line 0870 6082608
Coach: National Express serves Chelmsford, Witham, Billericay and Basildon and links with local bus services.
Air: Southend (50mins), Stansted (75mins), London City (85mins).
Sea: Harwich (85mins).
River: If arriving by boat you will find a variety of moorings on the Blackwater Estuary. Contact Bradwell Marina for more information.

If you are staying in Bradwell on Sea or Bradwell Waterside it is recommended that you walk to the sart. Public transport may be an option for some but if you do need to drive parking is charged at £1 for the day at Bradwell Marina. Please follow guidance from the marshals.


The Green Man, Bradwell on Sea

The Green Man offers a relaxed atmosphere, serves excellent food and is in an ideal location for the race. To book call 01621776226

Park Holidays UK, Steeple Bay

Steeple Bay Holiday Park is situated just 6 miles from Bradwell Waterside and offers a variety of accommodation. To book Click Here

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The Ferry Boat Inn

The Ferry Boat is a 500 year old riverside pub in North Fambridge offering accommodation as well as renowned beer, food and hospitality. To book call 01621740208

Motorhome and campervan facilities are also available next to the event site. For more information or to book please contact [email protected] or 07891106430


The Big East Triathlon gives plenty of opportunity for spectators to see the athletes regularly throughout the entire race.

We recommend you get there for the swim start at 08:20am. All of the triathletes will be in for a very long day, many simply attempting to finish, and they would really appreciate your support. The swim is great to watch and follows a looped out and back course. Spectators can easily follow the athletes by viewing the course from the sea wall. As the athletes exit the water there is ample space for spectators to line the path leading to transition. At this point you can see the athletes in transition where they will change from swim to bike and cycle away from Bradwell on Sea.

If you would like to view the athletes on the cycle course we recommend heading to the aid station where Mayland Hill crosses with Southminster Road. If you walk up Mayland Hill you will see a great view at the top! Alternatively head out into the Dengie and investigate the area, there are plenty of small towns and villages where you can have a drink and cheer the athletes on. Please DO NOT follow athletes around the course, this is outside assistance and they will be disqualified. We also ask that you do not park anywhere which may be disruptive or dangerous to the athletes.

By the time the run gets going the athletes will really need your support! The run takes athletes to the RAF memorial, towards St Peters Chapel, along the sea wall and past the nuclear power station before going back through Bradwell Marina and the transition/finish area. All of which are well worth a visit and provide great spots to support the athletes on their journey. The athletes will complete 1 or 2 loops depending upon which distance they are doing and will pass the finish area on each lap. Bradwell Marina Cafe & Bar will be providing a bbq and refreshments here too. By the time the athletes finish they will have been racing for the best part of a day and really deserve a huge amount of congratulations!

Remember that everyone is here to help the athletes and give them a memorable day. Please cooperate with the marshals and event staff.

We look forward to seeing you at the Big East Triathlon and hope you have a great day!