This event has now passed.

For the next one and to register see Bristol Pentathlon 2017

The Event Program

Date and details

(updated: 23/9/16)

On the 8th  October 2016 all that are keen to try (all are welcome) will aim to complete:

This is not a race, we will alls stick together, if you think you can’t swim 1000m, no one minds, just swim what you want! its only for fun.

  1. 35 problems at Bloc Climbing Centre (any grade)
  2. Swim 1000m
  3. Ride 20k – (in total, including transitions. the cycle stage is approx 14k)
  4. Run 10k
  5. Climb 12 routes (any grade)

You will need to pay all entrance costs and complete and meet all registration requirements of the each centre

The date is set. Remember this is not a race but a challenge. Don’t worry about the distance, if you want to cut it short go for it.
If you can’t swim 1000m swim 200m, don’t want to cycle 20k cut it short and meet us at the next station , it is really up to you.
Approx times: We aim not to leave anyone behind so these times may vary.
Item Time
Meeting and briefing 10:00 – 10:15
Climb 35 problems any grade 10:15 – 11.30
Cycle to Horfield swimming pool 11.30 – 12:00
Swimm 1000m 12:00-13:00
Cycle 20k around the area of ‘The Downs’ 13:00-14:30
Cycle down to The Create Centre 14:30-14:30
Run 10k along the track of the Portway river 14:30-15:30
Cycle to Redpoint Bristol 15:30-16:00
Climb 12 routes any grades 16:00-17:30
Complete and de-brief, awarding ceremony 17:30-17:45
Much needed dinner and beer 17:45 onwards

You will need to pay all entrance costs and complete and meet all registration requirements of the each centre

What will I need for the event

Bloc Climbing Centre (bouldering stage)

  1. You will need to be a member of Bloc or be able to join on the day (Bloc’s requirements apply, must have previous climbing experience of around 10 hours)
  2. Entry fee will need to be paid, currently £8.50
  3. Your standard climbing kit. (shoes and chalk bag)

Horfield Leisure Centre (Swimming stage)

  1. You will need to be a member of the pool (free, can be done on the day, but it would be better if done before as the pool is only open for 1 hour)
  2. Entry fee of £4.25 (approx) will need to be paid
  3. You will need £1 for a locker
  4. You will need your standard swimming kit

Cycling stage

  1. You will need a working bike and a helmet

Redpoint Bristol (Route climbing stage)

  1. You will need to be a member of Redpoint or be able to join on the day (Redpoint’s requirements apply), this can be done on the day, although you might prefer to pre register if you have not already
  2. Your standard climbing kit. Harness, belay, climbing shoes, Chalk.


Equipment on the day

During the Pentathlon you will need to carry everything for the stages with you at all times. There is no returning transition area to leave your kit. That means you will need to bring and carry from the start.

  1. Climbing kit. Shoes, chalk, harness and belay.
  2. Cycling kit. Puncture repair, helmet, bike lock.
  3. Swimming kit. Towel, googles, swim suit/shorts
  4. Running kit. 


You weather on the day of course is unknown until closer to the event. However, even  on the day please prepare adequately for all situations.

Finishing the BCS Pentathlon


After finishing with your pride intact and a smile on your face you need go no further, take you rightful seat in Redpoint Bristol cafe, order the largest burger they do along with the correct amount of beer and COLLECT the WINNERS FAKE REAL GOLD MEDALLION knowing you are the one of the most successful people in the world right now.

The ride to your home is compulsory. Getting Safely through your front door completes your BCS Pentathlon 2016 (not making it home will see the medallion stripped from you)

We would like to thank (even though there are 2 that we wont be visiting this time) all the climbing centres below for time and support for this event.

The Climbing Academy Redpoint Bristol Undercover Rock Ltd Bloc Climbing Centre

The stages and maps

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