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Race preview: Newlands Duathlon
Posted on: Thursday 31st March 2011
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8k trail run/44k road cycle/4k multiterrain run
The Newlands Duathlon is scheduled to take place on Sunday 17th April and is regarded as one of the country's toughest duathlons, involving cycling over two challenging mountain passes. With last years male and female winners Phil Addyman (Ryton Tri) and Angela Armstrong (Carlisle Tri) back on the start line the competition is guaranteed to be fierce.
Based from Newlands Adventure Centre, near Keswick the event comprises an 8k trail run based around Catbells area, a 44k road cycle taking in the climbs of Whinlatter & Honister passes, followed by a further 4k run in the Newlands Valley. The first 8k run takes competitors out along the Allerdale Ramble, which is a spectacular undulating trail along the base of Catbells. This is followed by the steep rocky climb up to the col at Hause Gate midway between Maiden Moor and Catbells. There are some stunning views across Derwentwater for anyone wishing to help alleviate the pain on this ascent. From here, the route goes straight across the grassy col leading into a traversing descent back to T1 at Stair.
The 44k bike course passes through Braithwaite village and heads up over the forested climb of Whinlatter Pass, followed by a long sweeping descent to the Vale of Lorton. The route then passes through Gatesgarth via a stunning section along the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere, leading onto the lower slopes of Honister Pass. Starting with a gradual incline the route winds it's way up through this dramatic valley, which is flanked by the imposing sides of Fleetwith Pike. The second part of this climb is very steep with gradients of up to 25%, finishing with 'The Wall' at the top of the pass. This is a good point to catch your breath, take in some amazing views & marvel at the old mine workings built into the hillsides before a steep & technical descent to Seatoller. The final stage of the bike course winds through the spectacular Borrowdale Valley, turning left at Grange, then following the road along the western side of Derwentwater & back to T2.
The second 4k run, shorter & 'easier' than the first, heads out along the minor road to the farming hamlet of Littletown. There's a final sting in the tail up the old mining track before finally stretching the legs on the fast descent to the finish. With spectacular views of the Skiddaw massif in front it's worth savouring the moment at this point and feel the sense of achievement from completing such a challenge.
The event also includes a relay category where One person cycles and the other runs. This is open for male, female & mixed teams and is ideal for specialist runners/cyclists or beginners who would like to test themselves over a single discipline.
Newlands is also the final counter in the High Terrain Events Duathlon Series. Unlike the previous three races in which the bike leg consisted of mountain biking, anyone with aspirations of winning the overall series will need to prove their ability on the road. Current series leaders are Simon Gibbs (Wallsend Harriers) and Susan Rigby (Bike Shop Hexham), but with a number of athletes still in contention both titles are still wide open.
We are pleased to announce Up & Running Keswick as our main sponsor. They will be supporting the event with some fantastic prizes, a £10 voucher off running shoes to all participants and providing free sports nutrition and hydration products during the event.
The event is suited for all abilities, particularly those who relish a challenge. So if you are new to multisport come along and enjoy this friendly and informal event in one of the Uk's most beautiful areas.
For full details and online registration visit www.highterrainevents.co.uk