Some form of back-pack will be required

1 06 2009

May has been and June promises to be an irregular training month for me. I may start in the Olympic distance race in Bruges, but racing the half distance in Brasschaat with little to no training seems pointless. And so, with one eye on my PhD and the other my race calendar, I came across an unusual race.

In an interview with Slowtwitch, ITU WCS Madrid winner Alistair Brownlee mentioned the Helvellyn Triathlon. This race is set in scenic Cumbria, on Sunday September 6th 2009 and the course offers a challenging

1 mile swim in Ullswater – England’s most beautiful lake
38 miles cycle – including the Kirkstone Pass (pictured)
9 miles run up Helvellyn – 3118 feet (England’s 3rd highest peak)

I am new to fell running and don’t quite know what to make of this rule (a whistle?):

The weather on the fells even in mid summer can be poor and the tops could well be in cloud. You will not be allowed out of the bike/run transition without full body cover weather proof clothing, map of the route, compass, whistle and suitable footwear for a fell run. Some form of back-pack will be required.

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