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This weekend's XT Festival produced some scintilating racing

Hawley Lake in Camberley hosted a festival of off-road endurance sport at the weekend. Spread over two days, the events, which included a full XTT Triathlon, XTD Duathlon, XT10 Run and XTM Mountain-bike Enduro, attracted more than 500 entrants.

On a crisp day, Hamish Batchelor braved a biting wind to win the full XTT in a shade under two hours, three minutes ahead of Cedric Lassonde. Sam Gardner was a further two minutes behind in third. Tamsin Lewis was the first woman home in 2hrs 22mins.

Batchelor was delighted with the win and equally pleased with the condition of the course: “I did the XTerra in Switzerland last week but this was more technical.”

Sunday dawned fresh and bright with a chilly wind. The XT10 consisted of a 5-, 10- or 21km run, while the XTM (a new event for the allabouttriathlons team) was a 4-hour mountain-bike enduro. Colin Wood won the XT21 in 1hr 24mins. Sam Humphrey won the enduro, completing 16 laps of a gruelling course. Winner of the XT5 Nick Druce said it had been a “great day out and fun for all the family”.

Every athlete can download free digital photos of this event from the allabouttriathlons website. Check the site regularly for updates and to keep an eye out for future events.

Profile image of Matt Baird Matt Baird Editor of Cycling Plus magazine


Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.