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PHOTOS AND RESULTS

 

 

 

 

WASDALE XIII

 

BEN TAMES THE BEAST THAT IS THE WORLD’S HARDEST HALF IRONMAN

Extract from Ben Abdelnoor's Original Blog for Inov-8 October 2013 

Our athlete Ben Abdelnoor tames the beast that is the world’s hardest Half Ironman

 

 

It’s billed as the World’s Toughest Half Ironman event, and I’ll certainly agree that the route looks exciting, if somewhat tough. It’s been on my agenda ever since last year’s inaugural event was cancelled due to extensive flooding of the bike course, white horses whipping across Wastwater and howling gales up on the fells. And yet today, one year on, as the sun rises above the Scafells lighting Yewbarrow in a warm glow and casting warmth across a steely blue lake I can’t quite believe it. A clear, bright sky with just a sliver of fading moon and a crisp autumn glow around the valley give you the perfect euphoric feeling that you need before taking on the challenge that lies ahead.

First comes the relatively straight-forward 1.2-mile swim out-and-back across Wastwater. The water is chilly at 13 degrees, feeling especially so with a 7am start. Coming out the water after 38 minutes and ‘going vertical’ is always a balancing act, but I get to my bike without any drama and onto the road to Eskdale. From here it’s a Fred Whitton-esq haul up passes Hardknott and Wrynose, followed by a whip around the Langdale valleys, up past Blea Tarn and then back over Wrynose and Hardknott: 56 miles and 7,200 feet of climbing in total, over which I take a rather slovenly 4 hours 7 minutes. Wheelbase rider Stuart Reid storms the bike leg, as part of a relay team, in 3 hours 28 minutes.

 

But I know that I’ve got my strongest discipline to finish with, and over terrain that suits me. In fact, it’d make an interesting category AL fell race: 13.1 miles and 4600 feet of ascent. Heading off from T2 transition in 15th place I’ve got my work cut out to catch my training partner Chris who I’m told is 15 minutes ahead of me… It’s an exhausting climb towards Styhead Tarn, up beneath the towering southern slopes of Great Gable, but I finally rid myself of my biking legs and get running along the Corridor Route towards Lingmell Col. The upside of being down in the field of competitors means you’ve got folk to pick off ahead of you, someone to aim for around each corner. There’s a sense of déjà vu as I tread the route of the 2012 Great Lakes race: off Scafell Pike down to Mickledore and a scramble up Foxes Ghyl and up onto Scafell Pike, before a leg stretching run out to Slight Side. By now I’ve moved into 5th place and can see two figures ahead; at Scafell I was told he was 5 minutes ahead, so I figure I’ve got him in my sights. But it’s a long run out to Eel Tarn, before we’re turned back towards Burnmoor Tarn and any thoughts of the finish. I finally catch Chris, who’s in third place, alongside the Tarn. Together we share our sufferings, offer an encouraging word to each other, and then put our heads back down. I stuff a final Snickers bar down to stave off a rising feeling that I’m beginning to bonk…

 

 

And for the final two miles we run together, trying not to cramp as we climb stiles, concentrating on not losing the way, and talking of salty crisps and sugary drinks. And, like any finish in a race, it’s just a relief to stop running, but especially so after 7 hours and 35 minutes of being on the go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRIATHLON X - ULTRA X - JUNE 18th 2023

 

NEW FOR 2023 TRIATHLON X BRING YOU THE ULTRA X - FULL IRON DISTANCE TRIATHLON

PART OF THE TRIATHLON X ULTRA FESTIVAL WEEKEND

 

DISTANCE : 140 MILES (226 km)

ELEVATION GAIN : 19,291 ft (5,880 m) 

AMBLESIDE - CUMBRIA - UNITED KINGDOM

  


 

 

 

 

FULL X - ALL NEW ROUTE 2023 - JUNE 18th 2023

 

NEW FOR 2023 TRIATHLON X BRING YOU THE ALL NEW FULL X - FULL IRON DISTANCE TRIATHLON

PART OF THE TRIATHLON X ULTRA FESTIVAL WEEKEND

 

ALL NEW UPDATED ROUTE - THE FULL X IS RUN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ULTRA X. COMPETITORS FROM BOTH RACES START TOGETHER IN THE SWIM AND COMPLETE THE SAME BIKE ROUTE UNTIL ESKDALE GREEN CHECKPOINT. COMPETITORS CAN THEN CHOOSE TO FOLLOW THE FULL X BIKE ROUTE OR ULTRA X BIKE ROUTE

 

TRIATHLON X – FULL X NEW ROUTE 2023

DISTANE 140.8 MILES (226 km)

ELEVATION GAIN 17,522 ft (5,341 m)

 

 


 

 

 

 

TRIATHLON X - HALF X - JUNE 18th 2023 

 

UPDATED FOR 2023 TRIATHLON X - HALF X - HALF IRON DISTANCE TRIATHLON

PART OF THE TRIATHLON X ULTRA FESTIVAL WEEKEND

 

DISTANCE : 70.3 MILES (113 km)

ELEVATION GAIN : 9,648 ft (2,941m)

AMBLESIDE - CUMBRIA - UNITED KINGDOM

 


 

 

 

 

TRIATHLON X - OLYMPIC X 18th JUNE 2023 - NEW UPDATED ROUTE

 

PART OF THE TRIATHLON X ULTRA FESTIVAL WEEKEND

  

DISTANCE : 31.9 MILES (51.5 km)

ELEVATION GAIN : 4032 ft (1,229 m)

AMBLESIDE - CUMBRIA - UNITED KINGDOM

 

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TRIATHLON X - SPRINT X - 18th JUNE 2023

 

UPDATED FOR 2023 TRIATHLON X - SPRINT X - SPRINT DISTANCE TRIATHLON

PART OF THE TRIATHLON X ULTRA FESTIVAL WEEKEND

 

DISTANCE : 16 MILES (25.5 km)

ELEVATION GAIN : 1919 ft (585 m)

AMBLESIDE - CUMBRIA - UNITED KINGDOM


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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