The Firefighters 2UP Duathlon, A Day Out For Mandy & Lorraine

This was the second time me and my team mate Lorraine had entered this event, although last time we did it, it had been at Myerscough so obviously a big change. We came to watch it last year and saw how tough it was, but you know how time dulls those memories!!

Anyway fast forward to just after Christmas with a quiet night ahead, an hour later I’d entered Lorraine and myself for it. Then I thought I’d better confess- she took it well and we forgot about it for a while. We are very local to the area and so know the route, plus we know how hard they like to make these events (Marc Laithwaite that’s you) so no excuses for us not being prepared.

We even had a day of reccying the route and a couple of practice cycles around it. We had watched Parbold the week before, so were praying for nicer conditions than the rain they had. The prayers paid off and the day dawned, well cloudy, but at least not wet as some of those descents needed dry roads that’s for sure.

We got our mountain load of kit out of the car, and along with our bikes trundled to the registration and transition area. It was well organised so we had our bikes sorted quickly. The what to wear question loomed again so we faffed again for a while. Anyway we finally made decisions and went to the start area for the race briefing. A great part of these events are the number of people you know, the friendliness as well of the ones you don’t. Some slightly nervous people in the crowd of starters including us. We went off in the third wave right at the back…..

The first run was tough but we kept it steady and passed quite a few up the hills(thanks to our trail running training). We were massively impressed by the visually impaired runner/guide. Very inspirational. Got to the top of the incline of the first run and then set off down to the end of the first lap via the tooth rattling cobbled section.

Into transition, collect bikes and add clothes ready for the bike leg. Obviously I’d also swopped my legs for someone else’s, as they felt really heavy at first and I found Belmont much more difficult than normal. Fortunately it being a team event gives you the added motivation to keep going. We were steady on the bike and when we reached the dreaded Anglezarke climb I felt better than I did at the start and enjoyed the bike leg. Anyway we were still glad to get back into transition. I have to say there were some choice swear words up those hills and amazement that anyone could manage to fit so many into a bike loop of a duathlon!!!! It’s a skill that’s for sure (written with heavy sarcasm…)

Back to transition and the second run, again another leg swop had happened and it took some will power to keep them going till normal service resumed. It resumed and we felt good for most of the second run. It was great to see the finish and felt good as soon as we crossed the line.

Even though it’s really tough I enjoyed having taken part, the organisation was great, the support near transition was brilliant, and the camaraderie between most teams was very enjoyable.
We’ve already talked about it for next year, think that was mostly delirium but we would recommend anyone who’s pretty fit and tough to have a go as you get a great sense of achievement having done it.

Thanks to everyone at Epic Events and the Endurance store

Amanda Walsh/Lorraine Thompson

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Lakeland Loop Sportive, April 26th, A North West Classic!!

The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive
Sunday April 26th

One of the original North West classics. The Lakeland Loop starts from the stunning surroundings of Great Langdale and tackles the mighty Hardknott and Wrynose passes. It’s a challenging day out on a bike for any rider.
Don’t miss out, CLICK HERE to join us.


Join the EPIC EVENTS Strava Club. It’s free to register and we’ll be running competitions at all our events in 2015. We’ll also be running special competitions throughout the year, with prizes up for grabs.

The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive
Sunday March 22nd

Classic loop of the Eden Valley. Starting in Penrith with a food stop at Appleby, the roads are quiet and rolling, without any significant climbs found in central Lake District. The Eden Valley is a hidden gem for cyclists and this is a spring classic.
Don’t miss out, CLICK HERE to join us.

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Clitheroe & Ulverston Triathlons Are EPIC

Clitheroe Triathlon, Sunday April 19th
400m Swim – 30k Cycle – 7k Run

Clitheroe Triathlon has been a North West event for many years and caters for novices through to elite competitors.The swim is the easy bit and the fun begins on the bike. The 30k route is ‘undulating’ with Jeffrey Hill providing the steepest and stiffest challenge of the day. The run is a 2 lap cross country course, so be prepared for a bit of mud on the route.

It’s a great way to start the year and the perfect ‘leg tester’ before the serious summer racing begins!!

To read more and to enter click here now

Ulverston Triathlon, Sunday April 5th
400m Swim – 28k Cycle – 5.8k Run

Ulverston Pool Sprint Triathlon is our ‘INSPIRE TO TRI’ event for 2015. We want to see the biggest number of novices at the event and we want you to introduce someone to the sport of triathlon.

We all know someone who hasn’t taken the first step yet, so it’s your job to encourage them, advise them and support them on the day!!

There’s also a free Tri Kidz aquathlon event, for children. Why not ‘Inspire to Tri’ and bring along your kids, bring a novice and let’s see how many we can introduce to the sport!

To read more and to enter click here now

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EPIC Lakes Swim Series, Coniston, Sunday August 17th

The Finale for the 2014 EPIC Lakes Swim Series. Coniston takes place Sunday August 17th and the theme is ‘SPARTAN ARMY’. RT2_0148

There’s 500m, 3.8k and 1 mile options. Come along and join us for a great day out and Coniston.

CLICK HERE for more information and to enter


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EPIC Lakes Swim Series, Royal Ullswater, Sunday July 13th

On Sunday July 13th, in Jenkins Field Glenridding, the annual EPIC Lakes Swim ‘Royal Ullswater’ will take place. Once more, open water swimmers will rule the waves and Union Jacks will fly high.  Traditionally our most popular EPIC Swim, there’s an option of 500m / 1 mile / 3.8k courses. Bring your family, picnic on Jenkins Field and enjoy an EPIC day out.

If you would like to know what to expect on Sunday July 13th, watch the video below:

Come and join us for a great day out, to read more and to enter the event CLICK HERE NOW



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Bolton Bash Cycle Sportive



Starting from Bolton, A 60 miles tour of Lancashire with shorter 30 miles option

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Starting from Penrith Leisure Centre, great route through the Eden Valley

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EPIC Lakes Open Water Swim Derwent Water, Biggest Ever!!

It’s official, 2 weeks to go and it’s already the biggest Derwent EPIC Lakes Swim ever with over 650 entered so far. The swim series is themed once again and ‘Baywatch’ is the chosen subject for Derwent Water. There’ll be more fake blond epicwigs and posing than you can ever imagine!!

You have the option of swimming 500m, 1 mile or 3.8k. There are wave starts to break up the masses and there will of course be communal singing as per EPIC tradition.

Make sure you join us for a celebration of open water swimming at the EPIC Lakes Open Water Swim Derwent!!

To read more and to register CLICK HERE NOW

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