Where we began
Following the tragic loss of Mark Tanton to meningitis, a 14 year old aspiring swimmer and triathlete, On Your Marks Events began in 2011 with the aim of encouraging novices into sport, both to achieve their own personal challenges and to raise awareness of the devastating disease, its signs and symptoms, provide support for families affected and continue research into vaccines.
Five years later, On Your Marks Events continues with the same vision, to encourage all ages and abilities to achieve their own personal challenge within sport. We have developed a wide range of challenges to suit any age and level of ability. This is further underlined in our mission statement, which has 4 main elements:
Defined by our people
The quality of our people is the essential to our ability to serve our customers. For this reason we invest in exceptional people devoted to putting the customer first and making them feel special. At our events you will meet our team of friendly and experienced staff and volunteers, many of who have been working with us since our very first event.
“Fantastic racing today at Stowe House. 13 of us from Horsham Amphibians Triathlon competed in standard and most of us in the Middle Distance. We all finished and had to say what a brilliant, well organised event it was in surreal surroundings of Stowe House. The marshalls/ volunteers were amazingly supportive, drinks and food stations plentiful! The course was hard but rewarding with some amazing long down hills with outstanding views! We really all had a fantastic day!”
"I took part in the Stowe triathlon on Sunday (Standard distance) and just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the race and am very grateful to all the organisers and volunteers who helped out, especially in making it possible to swim in the lake despite the Great Pondweed Explosion"
"Great organisation at Stowe pacesetter canicross thanks for putting on a great race!"
"It was really windy, cold and rained at times and yet this was one of the best triathlons I’ve ever done! This is because it showed compassion and strength as we battled on and everyone else remained so supportive, friendly and encouraging. We were the lucky ones as we were on the move, it must have been far worse to be stood around outside for 5 hours and yet they kept smiling! Looking forward to next year already."
"Have taken part in a number of Triathlons, Duathlons, Swims and Sportives over the last 2 years (after a couple of decades away from Triathlon!), many of them organised by On Your Marks Events and I have to say they have been difficult to find fault with. Well organised but retain that friendly atmosphere, well marshalled and good courses. My daughter (9) also took part in the excellent Brackley Tri in 2014 as well as swam as part of adult relay team at Bicester in 2015 which On Your Marks happily accommodated. Thoroughly recommend whether you are going for the win, PB, first timer or trying to just do well in your age group (like me), Keep it up!"
"Fabulous locations, friendly organisers ready to give a hand if needed, just checking out the events page for more."
"Always great events and well organised"
"Just wanted to say I had a great time at today’s event. It was my first duathlon, but won’t be my last! Lovely route, well organised, and the marshalls were all very helpful and friendly."
"Brilliant events, great locations and always well organised. Thoroughly enjoyed my run! Hats off to you, On Your Marks team!"
"I ran the Gayton 10k on Sunday - fantastic event, great route and well organised. Plenty of support dotted around the course and great encouragement towards the end. Will definitely be back"
"I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you all for a fantastic event on Sunday. It was my first multi-sport event and it formed one of my 12challenges12months raising funds and awareness of the Special Care Baby Unit at Northampton General Hospital, ..... The event staff and other participants all made me feel welcome and I received nothing but encouragement all through the event. Thank you."
"Thank you for a great event [Bicester Triathlon]. Lily loved it and all the volunteers were very helpful. Please pass on our thanks. I think we might have a new triathlete!"
"Very Impressed with the overall organisation before and on the day itself"
"Thanks for a great race in Bosworth. Lovely place, lovely people great event. Hopefully back in future"