|Runners approaching the hole in the wall|
The Helvellyn Triathlon is known as one of the hardest triathlons in the UK. It starts with a one mile swim in Ullswater before competitors head out on the bike course, a 38 mile bike course which includes The Struggle on Kirkstone Pass, and then a 9 mile run up, over Helvellyn (England's highest peak after the Scafells).
|nice downhill stretch from Birkhouse Moor|
A couple of years ago, I took my family along to watch the Helvellyn Triathlon. We saw the swim and the start and finish of the bike. This year, I thought I would do a walk over the classic route, up Striding Edge and down Swirral Edge, which would give us the advantage of seeing the runners who were going up Swirral Edge and then around to Whiteside Bank down the windy path and back along Glenridding Beck to Glenridding.
|top of the run course, top of the world|
|cooling off in Ullswater after a tough day|