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The 9 Bar Helvellyn Triathlon

Sunday September 6th 2015

Entries open February 1st

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1 mile swim in Ullswater - England's most beautiful lake
38 miles cycle - including the Kirkstone Pass
9 miles run up Helvellyn - 3118 feet (England's 3rd highest peak)
.....(only 75 feet less than the highest)

Brief video to give a flavour of this event Helvellyn Tri 2014

The only UK based race in Triathlete Europe's Top 10 Toughest Races on the Planet. Anyone want to argue?

This is a very challenging race, but I think if you speak to anyone that has done it you will be told it is well worth the effort. However, I do recommend you check out the race route link before deciding.

If you don't already know, the area is fabulous and well worth making a weekend visit for the race.

Kit List for run section. The run section is 90% on rough track and goes onto the highest fells in the country. Fell running shoes are recommended. For reasons of safety you must take with you on the run some form of bag containing full body cover, foil survival blanket, whistle and suitable map of the route. There are no feed stations on the run so you must also take sufficient food and hydration with you. THIS IS FAR FROM AN ORDINARY TRIATHLON RUN ROUTE. This has not been included as some form of handicap, two people were killed in one week on Helvellyn in 2008. The temperature on the top could well be close to freezing and it will probably be in cloud and raining. If you break your ankle in those conditions you will very quickly become dangerously cold as well as suffering natural shock reaction. You need something that has the capability of keeping you reasonably warm in such an eventuality. You must decide what.

Where to Stay.There are very may places to stay in the Lake District. Gillside Camping is the nearest camp site, but there are others not far away. A quick Google search will give far more detail than I can give here.Keswick and Ambleside are both about 20 minutes drive away and have a many B&B and other accommodations.

Swimmers Please Note. Throughout the year quite a lot of people visit Glenridding to check out the course; and why not? However, if you intend to swim in the lake be warned it is always cold. Even during a hot spell when it may feel warm..ish at the edge it will still be very cold further out. Go down more than a couple of feet in the centre and it will be skull crushingly cold. If you are going to swim the route don't do it without a wetsuit and get someone to hire a boat and go round with you. Last summer the Glenridding Sailing Centre who volunteer to give rescue cover for that part of the lake had to fish out a number of people checking out the course. The people at the sailing centre are very friendly, if you have a word with them they will probably keep and eye on you if they have a rescue boat out and they will hire you a canoe. Simple and inexpensive precautions could avert a tragedy.



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