Tri-Adventure 2013 Race Report

Tri-Adventure Race report:

Location: Swinley Forest, Camberley, Surrey

Events: 4hr Experience, 2hr Sprint & 1hr Trail Run

Date: Sunday 17th March                      

The unseasonal wintery showers did nothing to dampen the final event of the Swinley Forest Trilogy for Tri-Adventure – on the country (excuse the pun), record numbers turned out to brave the rain and mud!

This event was the launch of the NEW 4hr Experience race, run in conjunction with the popular Sprint and Trail.  The Experience could be entered as a pair or a solo entry, with excellent numbers of both it was clear our racers both old and new were ready for a tougher challenge.  To keep everyone on their toes there were a few twists to the rules; mandatory check points being done in numerical order.  Dave Rollins, course planner said, “the course was fast before the rain came as the ground was hard but now it’s a mud fest, this will be particularly challenging for competitors on bike. I have also added in a section of mandatory checkpoints on foot and bike which adds an extra element when planning your strategy.”

The wintery conditions outside made the warm and inviting registration hall a welcome haven for race preparations, free tea and coffee was consumed as everyone discussed the new rules for the experience and planned strategies around the mandatory checkpoints.   Our partners Sweatshop had come along with some great kit and special offers for our participants to purchase, as well as expert advice on running shoes and apparel.

Dave Rollins (GB orienteering coach) and the friendly Tri-Adventure team were on hand to offer advice and strategy tips to the many first timers who’d come along – including a special briefing from Dave for our brave 12-14 year olds from Perse school in Cambridge who were taking part with their teachers.