Race Report: Windermere Triathlon

Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park with stunning views in every direction, the Windermere Triathlon takes place at England’s longest and most iconic lake, Windermere.

Hosted at Cockshott Point, on the eastern bank of Windermere, the Olympic distance triathlon is comprised of a 1500m swim, 43km bike, and 10km run, and is a real test of triathlon strength and endurance!

The swim is an out and back course to and from the race HQ at Cockshott Point, which might lure the competitors into thinking this event is going to a standard Olympic triathlon! However, onto the bike, and the Lake District landscape really comes into it’s own. The course follows the edge of the lake, with very little flat riding to be enjoyed here, a testing variation of tough climbs and fast descents, and with an extra 3km onto the normal 40km distance for good measure!

Tired legs do get a bit of a rest on the much flatter run section, made up of 5 laps of 2km along the shore of Windermere, before turning onto the wooded parkland of the Bowness.

Felicity WindermereFelicity Caddick entered the race having competed previously, aiming to better her times from years gone by. Felicity’s target coming into the race was to improve on her 2015 time of 03:48:24, made up of swim 37:49, T1 02:03, Bike 02:09:45, T2 01:34 and Run 57:13.

Felicity had a great event, enjoying the swim in particular, but commenting on very tough bike course, “up and down all the way”.

Those targets from last year were not just beaten; they were absolutely smashed, with a finish time of 03:22:06. Improvements across the board adding up to a time 26 minutes faster than the previous year. Felicity completed the course with a swim of 32:00, T1 02:18, Bike 01:55:43, T2 01:17 and Run 50:48. A fantastic result!

Tri Windermere has been going for many years now and is a very popular event on the calendar. Potentially one we might see more Vikings competing in over years to come!