adidas TERREX Adventure Race

by Ben Haworth 6

The adidas TERREX Adventure Race has been accepted as part of the Adventure Race World Series in 2010. The four day nonstop adventure race through Cumbria ticks all the boxes to enable it to become one of the qualifying races for the World Series. It is the first time in 4 years that an Adventure Race in the UK has been part of this series. The race is packed with challenges for all, and makes a journey through the Lake District.

International Teams – The adidas TERREX Race hopes to attract a plethora of International Teams to compete in the race and experience the wild terrain that the Lake District has to offer. Other countries that are hosting qualifying races include – Poland, Argentina, Portugal, Australia, Sweden, New England, Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador and France. More information on all of these races can be found on

In pursuit of World Champions, the Adventure Racing World Series is the recognized qualifier for the Adventure Race World Championship. For the qualifying teams at the end of the series The World Championship Race – The Bimbache Extrem – is being held in Castilla and Leon (Spain) on September 30th – October 9th

Perhaps this year more than any other it is very fitting that one of the World Series Races should be in the UK as at the end of 2009, for the first time ever a British Team brought home the title of the Adventure Racing World Series. Team Helly Hansen Prunesco crossed the line after 5 days covering a distance of nearly 900km.

Nick Gracie (a member of the winning team) commented: “I am very excited that the Adidas Terrex race has joined the Adventure Race World Series. There is a huge Adventure Race community in the UK and we have produced a number of strong teams over the year. Having a world series event will help focus UK teams and encourage more to compete on an international level. For visiting international teams the Lake District is the most beautiful area of England and the race is being planned by a very strong local racer, Bruce Duncan, who will make sure the race is challenging but fun.”

adidas Terrex Race Details:

Date August 27th – 30th August 2010
Who 4 person teams mixed (no support crew required) single sex teams can enter however they will be classed as non-comp
Where Cumbria, The Lake District, the North West of England
Registration fee £1350 per team – Prologue FREE and available to teams not competing in main event
Race time 3-4 days
Total race distance 400 km (short course approx 200km)
Prizes Various Prizes from Adidas / TERREX and other associated sponsors and friends.
Meeting Point Keswick, Cumbria – The exact time and place to be announced.

Details about the Race:

Teams can expect to traverse the fells by foot, swoop down singletrack on a bike and to paddle across the vast lakes. Not to mention a few hidden surprises to keep the team on their toes. It is sure to be a true test of each athlete’s mental and physical stamina.

The adidas TERREX adventure race is open to all levels of experience. It will challenge the elite and international adventure race teams and offer shorter courses for novices – no one will miss out on any of the drama or excitement to be found in the Lake District.

What is Adventure Racing?

The vast majority of adventure races include trail running, mountain biking and a paddling event. Navigation and rope work are also featured in all but the shortest races, but race organisers pride themselves on racers being challenged by the unexpected and races often also include, rafts, in line skating, coasteering, swimming, canyoning and even river boarding.

Comments (6)

  1. £1350 … are they having a laugh?

  2. Err no.. normally don’t post on forums like this – but feel the urge to put the record straight. I’ve been running events like this for 5 years and never made penny from any of the long ones. Once or twice I’d been better off giving everyone £50 and telling them to go home. But hey I’m addicted in a funny kind of way.

    What I do know is if you speak to ANY of our 4000 competitors and ask them did you get value for money I’m pretty sure will be a big yes.

    So please don’t knock it until you have seen what is involved in an event like this. I doubt you will, but why not come along and volunteer – I’ll feed and water you and make sure your not out of pocket with fuel. Then feel free to comment on the price..

    Have a good day.

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