Printed Date: 23/01/2018

Cumbria to host one of the world’s toughest sporting races

Hundreds of endurance athletes will be heading for Cumbria to take part in one of the world’s most challenging sporting events.

Lakesman will be the county’s first on-road long distance triathlon of its kind. Participants will swim 2.4 miles in Derwent Water, cycle 112 mile around West Cumbria, then run a full marathon, 26.2 miles, in the heart of the Lake District. The quickest will finish the course in around 9.5 hours, while others could take up to 17.5 hours to complete the route.

This ambitious event has been made possible by a partnership between Allerdale Borough Council, Greenwich Leisure Ltd, Nuclear Management Partners, Carlisle-based CN Events and specialist sporting event company Sport in Action.

Event organiser Marie Whitehead, of CN Events, said: “We just could not believe that no-one has launched an on-road long distance event from Keswick in Cumbria before. Look at our landscape – it lends itself perfectly to this type of race.

“We’re expecting hundreds of athletes to sign up for what we think will be a hugely popular event and, arguably, the most scenic race of its kind in the country. Lakesman is going to be a fantastic showcase for Cumbria.”

The event takes place on Sunday 19 June 2016 and is being launched now to ensure participants are at peak fitness by next Summer. The team at Sport in Action came up with the idea for the Cumbrian race, before approaching the other partners to make it happen.

Brian Allen, co-founder of Sport in Action, said: “Long distance athletes will travel the world in search of new races and we hope that this new challenge will really capture their imagination. Lakesman has a course that’s ideal for seasoned long distance athletes who are looking for a new challenge, as well as experienced triathletes who want to take their race to a higher level. There will also be athletes who will start training this year and enter Lakesman as their very first event.

“In practical terms, the course is going to be amazing. It’s going to be a fast course, not least because the cycle and run are on road surfaces and there are no huge mountainous climbs, which means we could see some really quick times and even personal bests from our athletes.”

Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, added: “We really wanted to get involved with Lakesman because it will show people everything this area has to offer. There will also be a strong emphasis on Cumbrian produce while they’re here – from the medals the athletes will receive to the food and drink they’ll consume around the course.

“These are serious athletes who’ll bring their families to stay during the days before the event and are likely to travel here in advance to practice parts of the course, so there will be economic benefits for West Cumbria too. The swim is in the perfect setting, the cycle ride will cover an area which takes in most of our coastline, and the run will focus on the area around Keswick, which already has a reputation as Cumbria’s adventure capital. Allerdale is the perfect location for this event.”

Andy King, Regional Director for GLL said: “We’re delighted to be a partner in what I’m sure will be a superb event. For us here at GLL it is an iconic event to be associated with. We pride ourselves in delivering and supporting legacy events and programmes throughout our leisure centres and through the GLL Sports Foundation so would hope to see and encourage our members across the country to be on that start line next June!”
 
Entries to Lakesman are open now. Visit www.thelakesman.com, email info@thelakesman.com or call Megan Norwood at CN Events on 01228 612231.