Race Route

Don't Forget:

  • Run Bag and Contents
  • Rear Light for Bike
  • Arrive with clean and dry wetsuit

Routes:

helvellyn-transitionTransition Area

Positioned differently this year because of last winter's flood damage. Run out goes around the perimeter of the field before joining the Pier Road (see map)

 

helvellyn-swim_routeSwim Course 1 lap 1 mile

There will be 3 swim waves based on declared swim time given on your entry form. Fastest swimmers will go in the first wave, slowest in the last wave. Please swim in your allocated wave, failure to do so will result in incorrect time calculation and make you subject to an additional time penalty. If you did not include an estimated swim time update it as per the instructions above. If the water temperature is below 13C the swim will have to be shortened, these are BT rules.

There will be safety kayaks and a rescue launch. If you get into difficulty, don’t panic, it’s hard to sink in a wetsuit. Lie on your back and hold an arm directly upwards, one of the kayaks will then attend to you. They will then tow you to the shore or to the safety launch if necessary

helvellyn-bike   helvellyn-bike-profile

Cycle 38 miles 1 lap Route on Strava

VISIBILITY IS OFTEN POOR ON THE PASS TOPS. YOU MUST HAVE A WORKING REAR LIGHT FITTED TO YOUR BIKE.

There are some challenging climbs the most notable being the 2.5 mile climb to the top of the Kirkstone Pass from Ambleside culminating in “The Struggle”. All roads will all be open to other traffic, with the exception of the Kirkstone Road (the Struggle), however we will still need to allow access to residents and emergency services so don’t assume there won’t be a car around the corner. It is your responsibility to negotiate safely around the route and to comply with all road traffic regulations. You may mount your bike once you are out of the transition field and on the Pier Road.

Safety Notes: All of the cycle section apart from Kirkstone Rd from the Ambleside boundary to the top of the pass is on open roads. Traffic could be heavy in places particularly along the A66 and on the approach to Ambleside. Your safety is your responsibility. Marshals cannot stop traffic for you; they are there purely to indicate the route.

As you approach Ambleside there may be standing traffic. If it is safe to do so it will not be considered dangerous cycling for the purpose of the race to pass standing traffic.

The descent of the Kirkstone Pass starts almost immediately you get onto the A592. It is steep and very twisty. There are Lakeland granite dry stonewalls either side. This is a long race. You may save a second or two by stretching your bike handling abilities to the limit, but you will be taking a massive risk. Don’t do it.

Dangerous cycling will result in disqualification, if you are lucky.

Please take time before you leave home to ensure that your bike is in good mechanical condition. Particularly brakes and tyres. Spot checks will be made on bikes in transition. You will have to rectify any deficiencies found. Strava link to bike route

ALL MARSHALS ARE ASSISTANT RACE OFFICIALS. IF THEY CONSIDER THAT YOU ARE RIDING DANGEROUSLY THEY WILL REPORT IT TO THE OVERALL RACE OFFICIAL. THERE IS ONLY ONE SANCTION FOR DANGEROUS RIDING - DISQUALIFICATION.

helvellyn-runRun 9 miles Fell

Although this is a fell run it takes place under British Triathlon rules which requires all competitors to cover the same route (fell runners please note). The National Park also insist that we stick to the main paths, this is to prevent further erosion and protect the landscape for future use.

Therefore, no following the old path along the wall on the initial climb onto Birkhouse Moor and no straightening out the Zig-Zag path on the decent. Any short cutting will result in DQ.

In the event of very poor weather conditions the run route may be changed for safety reasons.

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. You must satify yourself that the map you take on the run is suitable to navigate the route by. Maps will not be available to buy at registration.

THIS IS FAR FROM AN ORDINARY TRIATHLON RUN ROUTE. The run bag has not been included as some form of handicap, two people died in one week in separate incidents 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.