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Sunday June 7th 2015

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Important Note. This event is the event that has previously been associated with the Keswick Mountain Festival. We have run very close to canceling the races in 4 out of the 5 previous years because of the very low water temperature. Last year was right on the limit. TriHard decided that mid-June would be a much safer date. Unfortunately the KMF is unable/does not wish to change its date from its current position in the calender. This race is now part of what we hope will develop into a sport focused weekend in Keswick. Trail races of various distances are being organised by High Terrain Events and it is hoped that RatherBeCycling will be arranging some form of cycling event. This event is no longer associated with the Keswick Mountain Festival. It will still have the most scenic start/finish/transition area on the planet and will be over the same incredible course as before.

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The venue is superb and the course has to be the most picturesque in the country. It sets an early season challenge, but does not have any mega climbs on the bike and you won't have to use your hands on the run, although it is tough with about 1/2 being fell paths. It's a great event in it's own right, but will also act as a taster for what you can expect in the "Day in The Lakes" Half Ironman in June and "Helvellyn" in September.

The transition area is in Crow Park over the road from the theatre. The swim will be in crystal clear Derwent Water (wetsuits compulsory). For the Long race, the cycle section is all on road and follows a route through Keswick towards Thirlmere. Left along St John's in the Vale then along some minor roads before joining the A66 for a short and fast downhill section. It leaves the A66 at Portiscale and follows a fantastically scenic route around the lake and back to transition. The run follows the footpath along the lake shore before joining Borrowdale Rd at Great Wood. It then follows the road to the much photographed Ashness Bridge. At the bridge take the path over Walla Crag (325m) with more fabulous views and then drop back down to finish in Crow Park. For the short race, the bike is on road one lap of the lake and the run is just about flat along mainly lakeside tracks, but could be damp in a couple of places. There is no relay option in either race.

Briefing notes for both races will be emailed to all entrants and also published on this site about 1 week prior to the event. Please see the more general race information page for information about the race in general.



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