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Tri Windermere launched

Tri Windermere launched

A swim-ride-run triathlon is to be staged for the first time on and around England's biggest lake this summer

Tri Windermere will take place in the heart of some of the Lake District’s most beautiful scenery on Sunday July 4. Competitors will swim 1,500m across Lake Windermere and back before cycling 43km round the lake and then running 10km along the waterfront at Bowness.

Organiser Davy Newell, from Adventure Challenge Solutions, said: “Windermere is the most famous place in the Lake District and is home to some of the area’s most beautiful scenery but it has never had a triathlon – until now.

“There are obviously a lot of local restrictions because of it being in the National Park and with all the tourism but we have managed to come up with a programme that we think makes it potentially the best triathlon in Britain.”

The open-water swim across the width of Windermere will get underway at 8am with a mass start from Cockshott Point on the east shore. Competitors will then swim round Crow Holme Island and back to Cockshott Point.

Millions of TV viewers will already be familiar with the lake’s icy waters after Thomas “The Gladiator” Noblett, managing director of the nearby Langdale Chase Hotel, was featured swimming it for charity in ITV’s The Lakes series.

Tri Windermere competitors will follow their swim by cycling a full lap of the lake from Cockshott Point over the hilly, passing though Ambleside, Hawkshead and Newby Bridge, before arriving back in Bowness-on-Windmermere to run the last leg along country lanes and the lakeside.

Davy added: “We have been very encouraged by the fact that places have been filled up steadily since we finalised our plan. Places are still available but we expect to reach our race limit well before the day. It must be one of the most scenic events in Britain if not the world.”

The event, based in Bowness-on-Windermere, is over a standard triathlon distance.

Entry ranges from £55 for individuals up to £65 for teams. For more information, ring 01539 534095 or email davy@adventure-challenge-solutions.co.uk.

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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.

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