Cowman Duathlon 2021

Big Cow Sports are delighted to announce that British Triathlon has appointed their event as a Qualifier for the Great Britain Age-Group Team for the 2022 World/European Championships (World Triathlon/Europe Triathlon – 2022 Standard Duathlon Qualifier).

Each year, British Triathlon select events from around the country to host qualifiers where the top age-group athletes from around the country try to qualify to represent the Great Britain national team.

These events represent the highest level of multisport activity for age group athletes internationally/in Europe, and the Cowman Duathlon will welcome athletes from across Britain to Emberton Country Park on 10th October as they seek to qualifier for the World Triathlon/Europe Triathlon Championship.

If you intend to qualify for the GB Age-Group Team at the Cowman Duathlon you must register your intent to qualify by 5 pm Friday 8th October 2021. 

Registering your intent to qualify and additional details can be found HERE. 

Back for the third year, the Cowman Duathlon will offer 4 different distances: Cowman, Longhorn, Calfman (Age-Group Qualifier) and Stampede across our tried and tested routes in the beautiful location of Emberton Country Park. Whether you are a novice or an expert in the field, Big Cow Sports will take care of you from start to finish and make sure we deliver a superb event for all to enjoy!

The Cowman Duathlon is open for all participants to enter, however only British Triathlon Core and Ultimate members will be eligible to qualify for the Great Britain Age-Group Team. For more information about membership and to join, visit the British Triathlon website. 

All finishers will receive a bespoke wooden medal and a finishers T-shirt.

Distance Run Bike Run
Cowman 21km 90km 10km
Longhorn 10km 60km 10km
Calfman (Age-Group Qualifier) 10km 45km 5km
Stampede 5km 20km 5km
  • Toilets
  • Fully marked route
  • Medical support on course & water safety
  • Secure Transition area
  • Chip timing
  • Online results
  • Awesome Event T-shirt
  • Bespoke Wooden Medal
  • Food & Drink concessions

Saturday 9th October 2021

12pm: Registration opens
3pm: Registration closes

Sunday 10th October 2021

6am: Registration/Transition Opens
730am: Cowman wave 1 (waves every 5 minutes)
815am: Longhorn wave 1 (waves every 5 minutes)
830am: Calfman wave 1 (waves every 5 minutes)
855am: Stampede wave 1 (waves every 5 minutes)

Prizes will be awarded to Top 3 Male and Female and 1st in age groups Male and Female (Vet40/Vet50/Vet60).

Time-Trial Format

Based upon BTF proposals outlined in 2020, which we successfully implemented with this event last year, this event will be run in a time-trial format. This means you will have isolated swim times, transition times, run and bike times added together to give you an overall finish time. This is just one of the number of measures taken to ensure a COVID-19 safe event.

Athletes will be asked to assign themselves to a wave when they enter.

Of course, our wish is to host an event as close to ‘normal’ to our traditional Cowman Duathlon as possible, so if by October 2021, social distancing is no longer a necessity and our event permit allows, the event shall have a mass start and a non-time-trial format once more.

For now, however, we will be preparing for the event with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

We ask that athletes wear the appropriate face coverings when collecting their race packs from registration and respect social distance guidelines when around the venue.

If you begin to feel unwell leading up to the event or have any symptoms of COVID-19 we ask that you forfeit your place and do not attend.

If the place you live in is put into tight restrictions inclusive of travel restrictions, we ask that you abide by government guidelines and do not attend the event.

A more detailed description of our COVID-19 measures can be found HERE.

Distance January 2021 – July 2021 August 2021 – October 2021
Cowman (Affiliated) £74 £80
Cowman (Non-Affiliated) £80 £86
Longhorn (Affiliated) £59 £65
Longhorn (Non-Affiliated) £65 £71
Calfman (Age-Group Qualifier) (Affiliated) £44 £50
Calfman (Age-Group Qualifier) (Non-Affiliated) £50 £56
Stampede (Affiliated) £34 £40
Stampede (Non-Affiliated) £40 £46

The entry fee for non-affiliated athletes includes £6 to cover the British Triathlon Day Membership.

Please note, if you have registered for the race using a BTF membership number you MUST present your membership card at registration or you will be required to pay £6 for a day Licence. Relay teams will get the BTF discount where one or more members of the team are BTF members.

An administration fee of 6% will be applied to each order by our online entry system partner, Results Base.

Emberton Park
Olney Rd
MK46 5FJ




Distance Run 1 Run 2
Cowman 4 Laps 2 Laps
Longhorn 2 Laps 2 Laps
Calfman (Age-Group Qualifier) 2 Laps 1 Lap
Stampede 1 Lap 1 Lap

Cowman athletes need to complete 2 laps.

Longhorn athletes need to complete 1 large lap, followed by 1 small lap.

Calfman athletes need to complete 1 lap.

Stampede athletes need to complete 1 lap.

Charity Partner – Willen Hospice

Willen Hospice is the official charity partner of the Cowman Duathlon 2021. Big Cow Sports are proud to partner with a charity that makes such a difference to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Please consider helping us raise vital funds either by making a donation or running in aid of Willen Hospice and raising sponsorship.

About Willen Hospice “We are proud to be one of the best-loved charities in Milton Keynes, because of the difference we make for people with life-limiting illnesses and at the end of their lives. While we can’t change the diagnosis, we can improve the quality of life of our patients as they face and come to terms with their illness. We help our patients to live as well as they possibly can, we listen to their needs and we also support their families. Dedicated teams provide a range of support including treatment at the Hospice or in patient’s homes; bereavement support for family members; and therapeutic services. We also work closely with GPs, hospitals, community nursing staff and social workers to make sure that our specialist care is practical, informed and supportive at all levels.” Our vision is to always be there to care. To provide that care free of charge, we rely on the generosity of the local community in helping raise £4.7 million every year – that’s £9 every minute of the day.”

Volunteer & Race for Free

Volunteer at one of our events and in exchange we will give you free entry into another similar event – find out more here.

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