Now, while we know everything there is to know about offering the best value bed and breakfast the Lake District has to offer, our knowledge of triathlons is not so encyclopaedic. However, we do meet hundreds of runners, cyclists and swimmers a year, so we’ve heard time and time again what the area has to offer to them.
However, what we didn’t quite realise was how tough a terrain the Lakes really provided. That’s all changed now that Triathlon 220 has crowned the Triathlon X, which was recently held in Ambleside, as not only the UK’s toughest triathlon, but the world’s toughest triathlon.
It was the first time Triathlon X has featured in the magazine’s charts, but it shot straight to the number one spot based on rankings of feature including the elevation, average finishing time and even the psychological effect it has on the competitors.
Of the 11 Ironman triathlon’s featured, Triathlon saw off competition from the likes of Snowdonia and Norway to claim its title. Triathlon 220’s editor, Helen Webster, said: “A bike route on the legendary Fred Whitton cyclo-sportive route and a run up Scafell Pike and down again makes the new-entry Triathlon X the world’s toughest triathlon,” according to The Westmorland Gazette.
As well as providing tough terrain for the competitors, many of them found that the route carved out by organisers YHA Ambleside was actually a pleasure in some respects. There are no laps involved and the course takes in some of the most iconic areas of natural beauty you’ll find in the Lakes.
You can sign up for next year’s event here.