by Ben Haworth
December 29, 2009
Outdoor event specialists No Fuss Events have announced a 2010 programme of challenging open events – from trail running to cross country and downhill endurance mountain biking to the tough triathlons and crazy water sport.
The No Fuss 2010 Event programme includes:
13 & 14 March – The Wee Triathlon, Fort William – due to popular demand the same event is offered on two days
The Benromach Three Tens Series – The epic 10 under the Ben (15 May) is again joined by 10 at Kirroughtree (10 July) and 10 More in Moray (21 August) as the much loved cross country mountain bike endurance series grows in stature
16 May – The Trail Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run
17 July – Glen Nevis River Race, Fort William – A wet and wild waterfall jumping, rapid rafting swim and scramble
24 July – The Hope Endurance Downhill, Fort William – What goes up must come down…. again and again.
11 September – The Big Ben Nevis and the Half Big Ben Nevis Triathlon – Some say this is the toughest off road triathlon on the UK circuit; we couldn’t possibly comment!
11 September – The Tour De Ben Nevis
12 September – The Highland Warrior Triathlon
09-10 October – Relentless 24 – A day long cross country mountain biking marathon
Details of the 2010 programme:
The Wee Triathlon, Fort William
Saturday 13 March (sold out) & Sunday 14 March 2010
£18 (solo) & £34 (team)
Kick start your year with a half triathlon in the Outdoor Capital. Competitors from 15 to 50+ will tackle a 400m swim, a 10 mile mountain bike ride and a 3 mile cross country run finishing in Fort William. The event is limited to 80 participants, each day, across four different categories attracting young and old alike. Would you believe it; The Wee Triathlon is fully booked on Saturday 13 March and places on Sunday 14 are filling fast.
The Grog and Gruel, traditional alehouse and restaurant http://www.grogandgruel.co.uk/ is offering free tea, coffee or hot chocolate to participants of the Wee Triathlon on Fri/Sat/Sun of Wee Tri weekend.
The 2010 Benromach Three Tens Series of Cross Country Mountain Bike Endurance events
The three races are run on an endurance format with teams and individuals competing to see who can complete the most laps of the 10 mile courses in 10 hours. Participants can compete as a solo or in relay teams of two, three or four. All events are a real family day out with entertainment and music for all. For each event race registration and pre race party commence on the Friday evening, with the race scheduled to start at 0900 on Saturday; and an après race party going on late into Saturday night for those who have the energy!
10 Under the Ben, Fort William
Saturday 15 May 2010
Solo – £45
Pair – £80
Trio – £120
Quad – £140
Now in its sixth year 10 Under the Ben is a must do for all mountain bike enthusiasts. 10 Under the Ben is the first of the three tens event series, an opportunity for recreational riders, racers, off road riders and weekend warriors to get out and get on their bikes. Riders will again be treated to an awesome course incorporating sections of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships cross country courses as well as some stunning sections of singletrack and fire roads in the shadow of the north face of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
10 at Kirroughtree, Newton Stewart
Saturday 10 July 2009
Solo – £45
Pair – £80
Trio – £120
Quad – £140
Galloway Forest Park is the venue for the second of the Three Tens event series. This venue, tucked away in the South West of Scotland, which is famous for its fast flowing singletrack and superb mountain bike trails, proved its reputation in 2007, 2008 & 2009 and the No fuss team expect record numbers to race in 2010.
In 2009 10 at Kirroughtrees was nominated in the Singletrack Reader Awards Event of the Year category alongside the World Cup in Fort William and the Singletrack Weekend, proving what a hidden gem this event really is. No Fuss were delighted with the nomination and promise this event will be even better in 2010._
10 More in Moray, Fochabers
Saturday 21 August 2009
Solo – £45
Pair – £80
Trio – £120
Quad – £140
Number three of The Three Tens Event Series sees the No Fuss Team set up camp in the North East of Scotland. 10 More in Moray is based at Milne’s High School in Fochabers. Ordequish Woods provides an excellent environment for endurance racing; the climbs are just enough of a test and the excitement of the singletrack trails like the Haggis and the Soup dragon will put a smile on the face of any off road rider.
The Cycle Jersey. Com http://www.thecyclejersey.com/ and will be offering Benromach tops for the series at a cracking rate, have a look in the No Fuss shop to see this must have attire for 2010 – http://www.nofussevents.co.uk/shop/nofussshop/1509/
The Trail Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run, Nevis Range, Fort William
Sunday 16 May 2010
Half Marathon – £20
5K Fun Run – £8
The No Fuss Trail Half Marathon is Scotland’s newest off-road challenge on some of the most scenic trails in the heart of Fort William and Lochaber – The Outdoor Capital of the UK. Although the final route of the tough 21.1 kilometre course will not be announced until January 2010 it will be suitable for walkers, first-time off-road runners and the more experienced ‘mountain goats’. Starting from Nevis Range it will be run on stages of the new Cour Trail that winds its way towards Spean Bridge offering stunning views of the Grey Corries and the Great Glen throughout.
Glen Nevis River Race_, Glen Nevis, Fort William
Saturday 17 July 2010
Entry – £30
Re introduced to the Lochaber calendar in 2008 by No Fuss, this event has enjoyed a high profile in the past as a bizarre spectacle and as a good fundraising event (funds raised going to Lochaber Mountain Rescue, the UK’s busiest mountain rescue team) and fits in exactly with the current profile of Lochaber as the Outdoor Capital of the UK. The river race involves participants negotiating a 2-mile stretch of the River Nevis on an air-bed (Lilo), navigating the Gurgling Gorge, the Leg Breaker and the Lower Falls Leap!
Hope Endurance Downhill, Nevis Range, Fort William
Saturday 24 July 210
Solo – £70
Pair – £120
The most extreme downhill mountain biking endurance race in the UK, perhaps the World, will be staged on the internationally renowned downhill track at Nevis Range near Fort William – home to the 2007 Mountain Bike World Championships. As one of the roughest, toughest, longest and most physically demanding courses on the international mountain bike race circuit, riders of this grueling event will need physical strength, quick reflexes, superb bike control and an unerring eye for the right line as they speed down the 2.82km track. They will also need huge amounts of stamina in order to ride the track as many times as possible in six hours! Can anyone beat the record 18 runs set in 2008? With the introduction of a team category for pairs and the same evening format organisers are all looking forward to another extraordinary day and night in 2010.
Hope – http://www.hopegb.com/
The Big Ben Nevis Triathlon, Fort William
& The Half Big Ben Nevis Triathlon
Saturday 11 September 2010
Big Ben Entry – £80
Half Big Ben Entry – £55
Team Ticket – 3 members – £120
If you are a multisport athlete looking for the ultimate challenge then look no further than this iconic Big Ben Nevis Triathlon. It offers competitors the opportunity to test their skills, stamina and endurance away from smooth, predictable tarmac and calm inland waters of other, more traditional ‘tri’ events. This triathlon will pit entrants against the choppy waters of a freezing cold highland sea loch (1.9km), the long, loose climbs and fast singletrack descents of Glen Nevis (90km), and the final, monster challenge – a (21km) hill run, up (and then back down) Ben Nevis, The UK’s highest and most feared mountain.
For 2010 organisers have again submitted a bid for the half distance Half Big Ben Nevis Triathlon to be the Scottish Off Road Triathlon Championship for the second year running. _ _
The Tour De Ben Nevis, Fort William, sponsored by Orange Mountain Bikes (http://www.orangebikes.co.uk/ )
Saturday 11 September 2009
Solo – £50
Pair – £90
The new Tour De Ben Nevis is the ultimate mountain bike challenge for endurance athletes and riders with a sense of adventure. It is a point-to-point 61km race in 10 stages, five of which are special timed sections, with the fastest cumulative times and the highest points combining to decide the winners. Starting from Fort William, this mountain bike endurance race and mountain marathon race rolled into one circumnavigates Ben Nevis, taking in some of the most rugged and isolated terrain in the Highlands – taking mountain biking back to the mountains. The course is undulating and varied with river and stream crossings, tough climbs and long rewarding descents.
The Highland Warrior Triathlon, Fort William_
Sunday 12 September 2010
Entry – £65
Whilst closely related in distance to what are commonly referred to as half Ironman or middle distance triathlons, the Fort William 70.3 is absolutely none of the above. Why? Its simple this race is neither common and its certainly not half of anything. This is a full on tough race that will push even the toughest of the longer distance triathletes to the limit.__
The Fort William highland Warrior 70.3 Triathlon has the potential to become a legendary race within the triathlon community. Based in the Old Fort, Fort William there will be a swim in Loch Linnhe. The cycle route passes by the Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge, ‘Prince Charlie’s Monument’ at Glenfinnan and through the mythical Glen Nevis, where Braveheart and Rob Roy were filmed. This will be followed by a run through the Leanachan Forest at Nevis Range and back to the finish.
Relentless 24, Nevis Range, Fort William_- 24 hour cross country mountain bike marathon
Saturday 09 – Sunday 10 October 2010 Relentless 24
Solo – £40
Pair – £80
Trio – £120
Quad – £160
The Relentless 24 will again take place on the world renowned Witch’s Trail and recently constructed UCI Mountain Bike World Championships courses in Forestry Commission Scotland’s Leanachan Forest with the event hub being based at Nevis Range, Fort William. Beginning with a Le Mans style racing start, more than 400 mountain bike riders from across the UK and beyond will battle it out on world-class trails, from Saturday lunchtime deep into the night, with the event concluding at 12 noon on Sunday 11 October.
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