Sunday, 17 April 2022

Open Water Swimming with BTC at Elton Sailing Club 2022

This year Bolton Tri Club are hosting open water swimming at Elton Sailing Club on Tuesdays 5 to 8pm from 10th May to 28th June. Registration and on-line booking are now open for the first five weeks.  You must register before booking. You must book and pay on-line for each session before arriving.  It will not be possible to register or pay for a session at the venue as in previous years. Please follow these steps 

1. Read the safety leaflet here

2. To register complete the Bolton Triathlon Club Open Water Swimming Membership, Consent and Disclaimer form here

3. Book a session at  based on the time you plan to arrive. 

You may swim as long as you want but there are 4 arrival time slots with limits on numbers as we are only able to supervise 40 swimmers in the water at a time 

  • 5 to 5.45
  • 6.00 to 6.30
  • 6.30 to 7.00
  • 7 to 7.30
There are changing rooms and hot showers available and a cafe serving a hot meal, hot drinks, squash, snacks etc. Parking is available but is limited, so to maximise spaces in the sailing club car park please park at right angles to the kerb.

Water quality was tested on 13th April and it passes the guidelines set n the EC bathing water directive 2006/7t and the test certificate is available if anyone wants to see it. Water temp was only 12 degrees C on 10th May but hopefully it will have risen to 13 degrees or above by next week.

Safety cover will be provided by kayakers but there will be no rescue boat this year so the sessions are only suitable for competent swimmers who can swim 400m without stopping and we ask for evidence of this on the registration form

Swims cost £6 for seniors and £4 for juniors for non-Bolton Tri Club members. There is no additional registration fee this year, instead £1 out of your first session fee will be taken to register you as a BTC open water swim member. Full Bolton Tri Club members can use our  ClubSpark system to book sessions and swims will cost £4 for seniors and £2.50 for juniors 

There will be three 'introduction to open water swimming' sessions with Swimmingly coach Sarah Hill  on 17th and 24th May with 6 spaces on each session. To book on to these go to

Directions to Elton Sailing Club. Use this postcode if relying on SatNav BL8 2BR
If travelling down Bolton Road (A58) towards Bury turn right at the Wellington Pub into Kitchener Street signposted Elton Reservoir and Cygnet Hospital. 
At end of Kitchener St turn right into Buller Street. Turn left over a small bridge signposted Cygnet Hospital. Once over bridge bear right and down lane to Sailing Club.

Friday, 11 March 2022

Tameside Junior Duathlon and Adult Go-Tri Duathlon 21st August 2022

Bolton Tri Club are running these events on 21st August at the Tameside Cycle Circuit, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 9HG from 12.00 - 4.30 pm and they are now open for entries. The link to enter the Junior Duathlon is

There are different distances for each junior age group. The event is part of the Triathlon England NW Region Junior Series. Anyone can enter a lower age group event if they want to do a shorter distance than their own age group but their result will not be counted for the NW junior series. This is so we can give more children an opportunity to take part especially those who may be new to triathlon events.

After the junior events we are having an adult Go-Tri Duathlon and the link for this is 

We ran these events successfully in 2018 and 2019. It is a great venue with a 1km off road tarmac cycling track. The run is on the adjacent playing field. There will be chip timing provided by What's My Time and race commentary

Friday, 4 June 2021

BTC training sessions and how to book them.

First of all you need to be a BTC member to book a session and you can join via this link bookitzone . For bookitzone you need to create an account/register but this takes 2 minutes

If you are interested in joining but want to try a session first please contact or a committee member and we will book you in for an introductory session. After that you will need to join to attend further sessions

We now use a system called ClubSpark for session booking. This requires payment on booking. The link is below. Please save it to your favourites.  Each session comes up for booking 7 days in advance.

How to register
The first time you use it you will need to register via the red register button at top right corner of page. If you are not a tri club member but you just want to book sessions for your child who is a member then register in your name and use your dob. Once you have registered, created a password and are signed in click on the training tab on the top menu. Go to the session you want to book. It will ask if you want to book yourself in or there is an option to 'add athlete' . If you are booking your child then use the add athlete option. You will have to enter their dob and other details but you won't have to do this every time. Please enter an e-mail address for the booking confirmation and an emergency contact number for them. After first booking it will keep their details

Please note that bookitzone and ClubSpark are separate systems so you will need to register on both. 

If you are or have been a British Triathlon member ClubSpark may recognize your e-mail and ask you to register/sign in using your British Triathlon account. Please note being a Bolton Tri Club member is not the same as being a British Triathlon member.  Let us know if you have problems and we might be able to help you. You can also contact who are usually very helpful. There is a forgotten password option on the ClubSpark log in page

The sessions we have available are as follows. If they change we will update this post.
Leverhulme Park sessions
Mondays Younger Juniors run/bike 7 to 8 pm ages 7 to 10
Mondays Older Juniors run/bike 7.30 to 8.40pm ages 10 to 15
Mondays Mark's Tortoises Run group 7 to 8.10pm - seniors/14+
Mondays Neil's running groups 7 to 8.10pm - seniors/14+

plenty of space on all sessions

Turton Pool sessions
Tuesdays 8 to 9pm - seniors/14+. Limit of 20 

Smithills Junior Pool session
Thursday 7 to 8.15 - juniors who can swim at least 100m front crawl with correct breathing technique and at least 50m of backstroke and breast stroke. Limit of 16

Bolton One Swim session 
Thursday 7.30  to 8.30 - seniors/14+ must be able to swim 200m continuous front crawl. Limit of 22

Farnworth swim sessions
Saturday Juniors 3 to 4pm - all abilities but must be able to swim 100m any stroke. Limit of 30

Saturday Seniors 4 to 5.15pm - all abilities including a lane for front crawl beginners

Horwich Swim Sessions
Saturday Seniors/14+  4.00 to 5.15 pm. All abilities. Limit of 30. 

Friday Early Morning Swim From 5.00 to 6.45 am (or you can arrive at 5.30am) - competent front crawl swimmers

For swim sessions please bring along any swim training kit that you own e.g. fins, pull buoys, hand paddles, kickboards

Paying for training by direct debit
If you are going to train regularly more than once a week it will probably be worthwhile setting up a direct debit with us. To do so e-mail .  Once you have set up your direct debit you can then book sessions up to 3 weeks ahead giving 7 days notice by e-mailing

The current rates are 
Plan Monthly Direct Debit 
Individual Junior                                  18.00
Individual Adult                                  25.00
1 Adult 1 Junior                                  38.00
Small (2+1) Family                                  42.00
Large Family                                  52.00

Friday, 1 January 2021

2022 membership now open

Bolton Tri Club membership is now open for 2022 at 

If you have not used BookitZone before you will need to register but this only takes a minute or two. There is a 10% early bird discount if you renew or join before 31st January. Membership runs from the date you apply to 31st January 2023. 

Sunday, 6 September 2020

COVID restrictions in Bolton and how they apply to Bolton Tri Club

Sunday Sept 6th 2020

Our COVID officer, Maria Taylor, and I have looked at the latest Bolton Council guidance which was updated at 9.05 this morning. The full details on what you can or cannot do are at

The last section deals with sports clubs and states

Can I play sports?

We advise that sports activities should not take place with people who you do not live with at indoor and outdoor public venue, unless this is formally organised by a sports clubs or similar organisation.  

You can play a team sport only where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports-governing body guidance has been issued. A list of governing bodies which have had guidance reviewed can be found at

We are a sports club and are following guidance by our governing body British Triathlon when operating our sessions therefore we can continue. If guidance changes we will reconsider.

However to minimise risks please  stick to the measures we have put in place e.g.
  • At Leverhulme only mix with members in the group of 6 to which you are allocated
  • Social distance by 2m within you training group
  • At swim sessions keep 1m apart between reps and 2m whenever possible
  • After the swim minimise time spent in the changing room and stay 2m apart
  • Parents/spectators stay 2m apart, drop children off and pick them up but do not congregate
Please note that 90% of the recent infections in Bolton are in the 18 to 49 years age group and that low risk doesn't mean no risk. 

The club committee will review the situation at it's next meeting.

Please also note that the junior swim session that started back at Smithills on Thursday has now been moved to an earlier time 7 to 8.15pm. This is available to book on Club Spark

Stuart Carter
Club Chairman

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Club Zoom Session Strength and Conditioning 13th April

If you missed the club zoom session on Monday night you can click here to see the S&C  session plan and have a go yourself

Friday, 10 April 2020

Paula's plank and wall sit challenge

A challenge for you all! The 90 second wall squat and plank challenge. Wall squat first then straight into the plank. See if you can build up to doing it everyday. The wall squat will help strengthen the legs and the plank will strengthen the core. It’s tough ! My legs were shaking after 90 seconds ! If you need to, build it up from 30 seconds, then 60 seconds then 90 seconds ! And if you want finish with a headstand ! Ha !