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Helvellyn Triathlon 2015 – in pics

New course record set by Alex Lawton, on a gloriously sunny day in the Lake District

Did you race Helvellyn Triathlon last weekend? The Lake District enjoyed plenty of sunshine for this year’s race – but it's still one of the hardest on the UK calendar.

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After swimming 1.6km in crystal clear Ullswater lake, athletes must face ‘The Struggle’ on the 60km bike leg, involving 455m of climbing to the top of Kirkstone Pass, finishing with a 14km run up and down the mountain of Helvellyn (950m). 

This year’s men’s race was won by Alex Lawton, who set a new course record of 3:27:05 – more than 1min faster than 2007 winner Alistair Brownlee – while Bonnie Van Wilgenburg won the women’s race in 4:18:23. Full results here.

Were you racing in Helvellyn last weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

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VLHC

This race had been on my bucket list for a while and it didn't disappoint. Brutal and amazing in equal measures. Fantastically organised and great support along the way from the marshals, local community and friendly competitors. Without a doubt the best end to a season I've ever had...and I'm glad it is the end given my quads still hurt now five days later.

Mixedgrill

Two years ago I inadvertently found myself cheering people on in this race and thinking "I'd love to be able to do that", feeling nothing but awe for those who were doing it. Actually completing it this year was a dream come true. Hardest race I've done, but absolutely amazing. Apart from the struggle, the bike was heaven. The swim was gorgeous. The "run" was horrendous, but not being a fan of heights, getting up Swirrel edge was a fantastic feeling. Amazing marshalling, they had a long day out there and never stopped encouraging us. Best race ever!

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