Following on from the list of HIM and “Full Distance” events, and on the back of the comment that Ironman events are not necessarily ‘fun’ and conducive to keeping people involved in the sport long term, thought we should have a list of Fun Events.
Not long distance endurance feats, and not newby try-a-tri events, a shorter distance event with something that makes it stand out from the norm.
I’m not sure if there’s anything especially fun or different about it, just a good old fashioned local race (including the price). I only mentioned it in respect of non-standard distances. 2020 hasn’t been formalised yet but is pencilled in for 10th May. I’ve sttached a link to last year fyi.
Helvellyn - cheap entry and good refund policy. Odd distance, tasy bike section including The Struggle, run up Helveylln.
Sussex Middle - cheap entry again, £90 for the middle and 20% discount if enter early. Deceptively difficult bike course, 1.2km vertical ascent over approx 80km. No massively big hills, constant up and down. 4 x 20km loop - the first 14km is climb climb climb, then a tricky descent down a country lane Run is about 18km, with 350m of elevation. One big hill you do 4 times. Its mostly off road. Bit of rain and it becomes really fun. Slipping all over the place. Year I did it was like an OC race, loads of people with covered in mud from slipping over.
Crystal Palace Oly. Think it was 9 laps on the bike course. Quite a lot of fun overtaking on a technical course. Even more fun remembering how many laps I’d done. And yes, I had some tape on my top tube, but did I take that tape off at the start of the lap, in the middle, or at the end?
I did it once, but really didn’t like it that much. Mainly as the roads were so shitty. Coming down the hill at the end of the lap was a bit sketchy trying to do it at speed, with so many other riders, and being bumped and battered all over the place by the road.
The short sharp climb each lap on the bike and run give it a nice test however.
I used to play American Football there, so finishing on the running track wasn’t such a big deal when you’ve played loads of games on the infield!
Having said all that, being so local, it’s probably one I’d do again if I was free!
My favorite is without a doubt the Triathlon X Half for that one. I know it’s not exactly a prime starter event, but it’s just got the potential to throw so much sh!t at you in one day that you have to love the madness of it.
The old Bala Half is still a favorite of more standard events. Hope it’ll come back some day.
I’ve been eyeing up The Roc since it has swim-bike-run-bike which sounds fun, especially with Snowdon in the mix.
But generally I can’t think of a single big-league event that comes across as “fun”. Even Slateman is far too “m-dot lookalike” to get me in a good mood about it. I really enjoy the small low-key club events, far more entertaining.
I’d love to hear about any more wacky ones, e.g. with MTB requirement?