After a successful Helly Hansen Adventure Series in 2007, organisers TrailPlus have added two additional venues to the 2008 line-up.
The five one-day races can be entered individually or as a series. Blending physical challenge and teamwork, they are designed for teams of three, who must stay together throughout the race (no ditching your super-slow or exceptionally speedy team mates!). Each adventure race features a three-way mix of trail running (10k), challenging mountain biking (25k) and canoeing on flat water in an inflatable kayak (1.5k). The fastest teams are likely to compete the course in under three hours, with most coming in within five hours and a and a few crawling across the finish line in seven hours.
2008 dates and venues are: o Sunday 21 September: Cannock Chase, Staffordshire o Sunday 19 October: Longmoor Camp, Hampshire o Sunday 7th December: Hawley, Nr Camberley, Surrey o Sunday 1 February 2009: Pirbright, Surrey o Early spring 2009: Cumbria – location TBC
The order of activities is revealed on the day, and disciplines may be split, plus competitors will face a few testing challenges thrown in between circuits. However, the route is marked, so navigation skills are not necessary.
The team entry price is £135 per event and there will be team prizes for race winners and for pole position in the overall series.
Check out the Helly Hansen website to get your application in, and to splash out on some swanky new kit for your training.