2018 Nevis Triathlon report

An update from the Caribbean on the 2018 Nevis Triathlon which attracted entrants from Slovenia, South Africa and the United Kingdom to 'the most beautiful triathlon in the world'

Chief Correspondent
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It’s not the biggest, the longest or the toughest race in the world, but the Nevis Triathlon ( is laying claim to the title of most beautiful.

In the lead up to this years event on 10th November, we re-published our own 2014 travelogue series from Paul Shanley’s experience in the Caribbean four years ago. That trip confirmed that such claims of beauty are not unreasonable!

Full links to Nevis Triathlon 2014 coverage

Here is the update on how this year played out.

The Most Beautiful Triathlon in the World moves to Oualie Bay in Nevis

Billed as the most beautiful triathlon in the world, the Nevis Triathlon took place in its new location of Oualie Bay on Nevis. Attracting participants from all corners of the globe  it proved it is gaining increasing international popularity year-on-year.

Taking place on Saturday 10th November 2018, the Nevis Triathlon is now considered one of the Caribbean’s premier events.

Both distances – long (800m swim, 90k bike and 10k run) and short (400m/40k/5k) attracted more than 40 participants, most of them international, with the taster distance Try-a-Tri being more popular than previous years.

This year, participants came from as far afield as the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Slovenia. The youngest athlete was aged 9 and the eldest – Dr Avery, aged 85. This shows that age is no barrier and The Nevis Triathlon must surely be the finest example of it’s kind with such a spread of ages. The Du Plessis family who live on the island took part for the fourth year in a row showing that locals love this event as much as visitors do.

Nevis Triathlon
Dr. Avery

The race took place at Oualie Beach with the swim in the beautiful Oualie Bay. The bike ride took the athletes around the island whilst the run leg  took athletes to the airport and back.

Jane Hansom, 2016 IRONMAN Age-Group World Champion was the overall winner and also won the ladies race while James Weeks, a local personal trainer who has helped other competitors prepare for the event, won the men’s race.

Nevis Triathlon

The event could not happen without the help of the wonderful local volunteers who help make it a safe and enjoyable race.

Organised by the Nevis Multisport, the Nevis Triathlon provides the perfect end of season triathlon and Caribbean holiday. Expect a warm welcome, fantastic race organisation and abundant local support. The local weather during November is typical of most of the year with temperatures in the low to mid 20-30s°C, with cool breezes and low chances of precipitation.

For more information and to register visit:

Getting to Nevis from the U.K. – BA offers two flights per week to and from St. Kitts on Wednesday and Saturday from London Gatwick Airport to Robert L Bradshaw International Airport. The fight duration is 9 hours and 50 minutes, including a brief stopover in Antigua. Nevis is a 10 minute ride from St. Kitts by water taxi. For the best packages and to book visit or call 0844 4930758. There are also daily flights to Antigua with BA and Virgin then with TradeWind Aviation for direct connections to Nevis on Fridays, and Sundays.

For more information about Nevis, visit the website at or follow Nevis Naturally on Facebook and Twitter.

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.


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