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Whiteley Village 5k & 10k Run and Alms Obstacle Challenge 2015

This will be on 7th June 2015

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2, 5 and 10k trail run with Whiteley Village and Tri-Adventure!

Tri-Adventure is very proud to be working with WhiteleyVillage to create awareness and raise money for their beautiful village in Walton on Thames, Surrey.

Plans have been announced for two competitive events to be held in June and October 2014. The first event, the Whiteley Village Run Day will be held on Sunday 8th June 2014, comprising of a 2km child’s/family run, a 5km and 10Km trail run all within the 200 acre grounds of Whiteley Village.

The 2Km event will start at 10.00am and the more experienced runners will depart at 10.30am. The cost for the event will be £8.00 for the 5Km race and £16.00 for the £10Km – both races are ideal for weekend or club runners. There will be prizes for the winners of each event as well as a memento for each competitor. There is something for everyone, come and support this fantastic community event.

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A second event is to be run on Sunday 5 October 2014, entitled The Alms Race; this will be an obstacle race through the woods and grounds of WhiteleyVillage. Entry can be solo or in teams of 4, it is hoped competitors will actively seek sponsorship in support of their efforts. Teams can be formed from friends, workplace, colleagues, community groups, schools and sports clubs. There will be prizes for the winners as well as the best fancy dress, most sponsorship raised etc. Entry for The Alms Race will open in mid June.


Enter the run events online today –

Top prizes up for grabs, a great community and plenty of team spirit!

 Join our Tri-Adventure!

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Tri-Adventure Experience – a review


Last weekend I headed off up the M3 to Princes Risborough Golf Club in Buckinghamshire for the last Tri-Adventure race of 2013: for me, the 4-hour Experience race, and I brought along a friend completely new to the sport who did the 1-hour Trail version. I’ve done 2-hour Tri-Adventure Sprints before and always really enjoyed the atmosphere, and I’ve done longer races with other organisers, but this was my first race of this length with Tri-Adventure.

Before the race started, registration was in a big room with plenty of seats and tables to have a look at the maps. The friendly course planner was wandering around helping out beginners and answering questions, which was very handy. And free tea, coffee and biscuits, which as a studenty-type is always going to go down very well with me.

The weather was overcast and misty with a tiny bit of very fine drizzle here and there, chilly but not cold, pretty good conditions overall. Plenty of mud and big puddles on the ground to test out the grip (and lacing…) on your running shoes!

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The 15 run checkpoints were spread out to the northeast of the Start/Transition/Finish and routes between them included lots of generally well-signposted footpaths and bridleways including part of the Chiltern Way with the odd tarmac section (unavoidable in this part of the world). Unhappily, my run was cut short by a twisted ankle after only about 40 minutes from the start,  but I managed to hobble back to the transition collecting a couple of new checkpoints en route. There were a couple of other competitors who stopped for a few minutes to make sure I was okay for which I am very thankful, really shows the brilliant spirit and community sense of adventure racers. After this I didn’t make it to any of the northern half of the course unfortunately, which looked like it had the more challenging navigation in the woods and hillier terrain.

Back at the transition I had a bit of an unpleasant incident. I pulled my muddy run shoes off, which got my hands dirty, so I wiped my hands off a bit, then wiped my face with my hands. Then, I noticed a manure-y smell following me around. Turns out it wasn’t only mud on my shoes, and I hadn’t wiped my hands off as well as I should have before touching my face…

Next, the mountain bike section. I got back to transition at about 90 minutes into the race. My ankle seemed happy enough on the bike so I went out with the aim of clearing the bike course, which was all off to the south and east of the transition. There were plenty of muddy trails and plenty of short sharp hills to test the whole body and quite a bit of good riding on the Bledlow Circular Ride bridleway. Someone had nicked one of the checkpoints in Chinnor so a frustrating 10 minutes was spent there checking I had the right junction, but the race organisers had no problems giving out the points to those who went there. A few too many out-and-back checkpoints for my liking but this was partly due to my route choices. Also I cleared the 15-checkpoint course fairly comfortably in dead-on 2 hours so wasn’t able to make up for my shortened run with extra time on the bike. With this, and the race winner collecting all-but-one checkpoints (run and bike) and finishing with 20 minutes to spare, I feel that perhaps the bike could have done with a bit of a bigger range. But in fairness, judging how fast people are going to complete the course is more of an art than a science from the course planner’s perspective, so I won’t hold this against the race. There’s some great countryside in this area and it was showcased very well.

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My friend doing the 1-hour Trail run version had a great time and is keen to come back for more. She unfortunately got on the wrong end of some penalty points for a late return, but managed the unlikely achievement of scoring in the end precisely 1 point, in a race where each checkpoint is worth 10 and there’s a 1 point per 30 seconds penalty for being late… what are the odds!?

I tried out a few new bits of kit in this race which I will go into more detail about in the future in their own posts. But, they were: (1) a Montane Minimus waterproof smock, which I wore for the entire race over a long-sleeve technical top [quick verdict: crazy lightweight, quiet, well-fitting, comfortable, cool = very happy customer]; (2) Diadora X-Country 2 MTB shoes [qv: a little better in every way than what I was using before, but that’s not saying much]; (3) MTB tyre combo of rear Smart Sam – front Racing Ralph (both Schwalbe) [qv: nice fast rolling on the road/tarmac sections, no issues with grip on the steepest, muddiest hills and descents].

All in all, a very good race (if a little short on the bike), excellent organisation as always from Tri-Adventure, and one new adventure racer. Can’t wait for the next one in January – details on the Tri-Adventure website!

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Go an extra mile or two with Tri-Adventure!

Fancy a new experience, something challenging, exhilarating and fun? 

Well, Tri-Adventure has just the answer! 

For 2014, we’re mixing things up for the 4 hr Experience adventure race!  Now running alongside the Sprint for 2014 the Experience race is perfect for seasoned adventure racers and those who’ve been taking part in our 2hr Sprint and are ready for the next step up!

We’re going to make things interesting for the Experience.  The key elements of our adventure races (trail running, mountain biking and navigation) will remain core but strategic elements will be introduced into each event, you can expect to see weighted checkpoints, staggered starts, compulsory check points, maybe some single track mountain biking or micro navigation and a different location for each event around the South of England.

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4hr Experience – £40.00 online

Sunday 19th January, 9th March & 11th May 

Test your stamina with this off road adventure. Navigate trails and hills on foot and bike

collecting as many check points as you can in 4 hours. You can enter as a solo or a pair!

Time: Registration opens at 08:30am, start anytime from 9:30 – 10am


Enter online today –

 Top prizes up for grabs, a great community and plenty of team spirit!

 Join our Tri-Adventure!

For more information and to book visit and find as at Facebook/Triadventure and Twitter – @Tri-adventure

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Tri-Adventure team up with Moore’s cycles

Fancy trying adventure racing but don’t have a mountain bike?  Our new bike partner Moore’s Cycles are on hand to offer fantastic value bike hire, over a time period to suit you!

            moores cycle Tri Adventure team up with Moores cycles            Tri-Adventure strive to encourage newcomers to Adventure Racing, we understand purchasing a mountain bike can be a big financial commitment so we want to ensure newcomers have a cost effective way to try the sport using bike hire before committing to buying a mountain bike.  We’ve chosen Moore’s Cycles as our partner as not only can they offer fantastic hire rates, they can also help our competitors with expert advice on which bike to buy through to accessories and servicing.

Moore’s Cycles Hire Rates:

24hrs – £20

48hrs – £30

For more information and to arrange hire please contact Moore’s direct quoting

TRI-ADVENTURE on 020 8977 2925 &


Enter online today –

 Join our Tri-Adventure!


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Tri-Adventure – yes you do need a sports bra!


The prospect of irreversible breast sag faces over 9 million women in the UK, exercising without an appropriate sports bra according to research at Portsmouth University*.  The study found that breasts move in a three dimensional figure of eight, going up and down, in and out and side to side.  With the average 36C breast weighing between 200-300 grams, this uncontrolled movement puts great strain on the breast’s support structure, which comprises only the outer skin and Cooper’s Ligaments.

The research found that each breast moves independently of the body by an average of nine centimetres during each step taken on a treadmill.  So while your legs run a metric mile, your breasts bounce up to 135 metres!  G cup breasts bounced 14 centimetres per stride or 210 metres per mile and even an A cup moved 4cm with every step!

There are two direct results of this breast movement:

– pain and discomfort which although temporary affects 56%** of women

– stretching of the Coopers’ ligaments which is permanent and can lead to an irreversible droop

So for running, be it on road, or trail, a sports bra is as important for ladies as their running shoes to help avoid injury and run in comfort.   Mountain biking over rougher terrain is also a high impact sport making a sports bra essential for all Tri-Adventure events.

So how do you find a well fitting sports bra and be confident it will reduce the bounce?

1. Don’t buy the first one you find!  There are far more sports bras available from specialist retailers than on the High Street so have a good look to make sure you are getting everything you want!  For example, if you want wires, or side fastenings all these variations are now available in virtually all sizes.

2. Your sports bra should be the correct size for you – there should be no bulges and no gaps and the fabric should sit smoothly across the bust.

3. The bra should give you enough so you to run in comfort.  To test this, run on the spot in your bra before taking the labels off.  It should significantly reduce the bounce – if it doesn’t, there will be a better bra out there for you so keep looking!

4. Your sports bra has a limited life, and should be replaced every 30-40 washes as the elasticity of the fabric is damaged through use and laundry.

For events with cycling and running we recommend the Shock Absorber RUN bra, we sold more of these at the London Marathon Expo than any other bra.  Unfortunately it does only go to an F cup, so if you need a fuller cup try the Lynx Sports Bra or the Panache Sports Bra.

So look after your assets whilst exercising!

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Stepping up to a 12hr Adventure Race


Making the Step Up to a 12hr race, by Tom Davies

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So, you’ve seen an advert for a 12 hour race, but you’re worried that it’s a big step up from the 2 or 4 hour races you’ve been doing? Scared that it’s too much to take on? Read on…..

Entering your first long race is scary, that’s for sure. When James and I entered the 12 hour Dynamic DARE a few years ago, it was the longest race that either of us had done, by a long way. I think we had both done a 6-hour Questars or two, but that was about it. The thought of going non-stop for 12 hours was terrifying. As it turns out, the reality was quite different!

As nearly all adventure races are run on a “score” concept, it’s perfectly fine to do as much or as little as you want to (or can) do. There will be mandatory sections or checkpoints in every race, but it’s up to you how much extra you do in addition to these mandatory sections. Better at running than biking? Then focus on the running sections and cut the biking sections short to give you time to do this, or vice versa. Play to your strengths!

We had a great day out in the Wye Valley during that first long race. You may think it’s not going to be possible to run and bike all day without getting worn out, but the reality is that you wind the pace back considerably from the frantic sprint-race pace that you’ll be accustomed to seeing at 2 or 4-hour races. It’s ok to walk up hills! Your focus changes from going flat-out to ensuring that you last the distance. Just make sure you eat regularly in order to keep your energy up – my rule is to eat something every half an hour, whether you are hungry or not.

There are several benefits to doing longer races.

  • They are usually better value for money in terms of cost per hour of racing.
  • As said before, you get to eat like a pig with no repercussions!
  • As the race is longer, you get to head further away from civilisation into truly wild areas, often visiting some of the most beautiful parts of the country.
  • Best of all, long races often include special stages, where you’ll get to do something exciting, different or scary (or possibly all three!).

In the past I’ve abseiled off the 70m overhang at Kinsey Crag (Terrex Swift race in the Yorkshire Dales), shot arrows at archery targets (HARZ race in Germany and the DARE race in the Wye Valley), canoed down the rapids at Symonds Yat (DARE race again), jumped off a cliff into a flooded quarry (Open5 in the Lake District), and loads more.

Doing longer races also usually means that you’ll be racing as a pair or a team – the only thing I’ll say here is to make sure you race with people that you like! I’ve discovered that it’s perfectly possible for some people (mentioning no names) to talk non-stop for 12 hours. Dependant on the pain level that you are experiencing at the time, this may be a good thing or a bad thing!

Racing as a pair or team is great as you get to share the good times with your team mates, and when times are bad and you are tired and grumpy, there’s someone there to feed you, carry your pack, tow you up a hill or just provide a word of support. Alternatively, you can just blame them for getting you lost if they are the one doing the navigation at that point!

When we finished the DARE race, we thought we’d done pretty badly, as we’d had a few ups and downs, and had spent the day going so much slower than we were used to racing. When the results came out, it turns out we’d done alright, and had just about sneaked into the top 10, with which we were delighted (and surprised!). It turns out that everyone else had also had a nightmare at some point of the race as well, and my experience since then has been that if you just keep going, you’ll end up doing OK, as everyone else will be experiencing exactly the same problems as you.

In summary then, give it a go!

In the words of the Dr Pepper advert, what’s the worst that can happen?!  (Speaking of which, send us your race disaster stories. The best one wins some free stuff and gets featured in the next newsletter!)

Enter the Tri-Adventure 12hr today!

12hr Night&Day

27th/28th September 

Midnight to Midday – Pairs only (£75pp)

Test your stamina with this 12hour adventure race incorporating day and night navigation. A stunning course of 7 stages, incorporating trail running, mountain biking and night navigation – as well as some surprise stages!

Location: Mickleham, Surrey  Time: Registration opens at 10pm, event starts at midnight

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4 week training plan for the new 4hr Experience


If you’re a regular to our Sprint events or a seasoned adventure racer, the Tri-Experience will need a little bit of training and a little bit of thought before the big day; here are some ideas for the next 4 weeks….

4hr Experience:  Sunday 17th March, Swinley Forest.

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T – 4 weeks

At this stage it’s a question of building up to the distance, you’re a regular at our Sprint or Trail events and do short distance training, so take it easy and build time on foot and wheels. Don’t worry so much about speed. You should be able to run for 1hr30 and bike for at least 2 hrs, try and get a couple of runs and bikes in this week, ensure you stay fed and hydrated!

T – 3 weeks

This is your last week to get over any niggles without reducing your training too much. Listen to your body as you run or ride, take breaks to stretch or massage any sore points, if you need a guide chat to Gil from FIT Concepts. Repeat the same level of exercise as week 4. Probably worth giving your bike a once over or taking it in for a service. Make sure you have the tools and know-how to fix a puncture and a broken chain; it could be a long walk on race day if not.

T – 2 weeks

You know the distance and duration of the race. You’ve built up to a few long rides and a few long runs. You’re fit and you’ve got your gear together. It’s time to look at your nutrition and hydration? It’s important to try new products before race day, you want to race with what you know and what your body feels good with.

T – 1 week

Start to taper your training. No long sessions, keep it all under an hour and the runs either gentle, or even shorter than that. Make sure you’re still stretching and massaging to keep everything supple. Pack early. Be prepared.

Race day

You’re ready for it. The distance, duration, nutrition and fitness are all wrapped up. Good luck, go fast and enjoy it!

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4hr Experience – £40.00 online

Sunday 17th March

Test your stamina with this off road adventure. Navigate trails and hills on foot and bike collecting as many check points as you can in 4 hours. A perfect step up from the Sprint event. You can enter as a solo or a pair!

Location: March event in Swinley forest (Collingwood College, Mitcham Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4AP)

Time: Registration opens at 08:30am, event starts at 10am

Enter online today  

Top prizes up for grabs, a great community EXPO with fantastic offers from our sponsors Sweatshop and Accelerade and plenty of team spirit!

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Tri-Adventure launch the new 4hr Experience for 2013!

By James Brown

The all new 4hr Tri-Adventure Experience is here, kicking off on Sunday the 17th March the new additional to the hugely popular Tri-Adventure event calendar is promising to be a sell out hit!

Tri-Adventure team member James Brown gives us his top 5 tips for tackling the new 4hr Experience.

Top tips for the 4hr Experience adventure race

You may be an experienced racer or new to AR having done one or more 2hr sprint events. You might have already entered a 4, 5; 6hr race or your mouse maybe hovering over the enter button online but you can’t quite do it.  If you are not sure if longer than two hours is for you my advice is simply do try it. Enter now!

The Experience is a 4hr off road adventure. Navigate trails and hills on foot and bike collecting as many check points as you can in 4 hours. A perfect step up from our 2hr Sprint event. You can enter as a solo or a pair!

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Here are Jame’s top 5 tips..

1. Assess your conditioning

2. Make a flexible plan

3. Running training

4. Eat

5. Arrive early


1. Assess

This is something to think about the day before the race.  Ask yourself honestly, How far can I run (simply running that is, not navigating at the same time) without slowing down significantly? 15km? 25km?  Get a figure set in your head, you will need this for planning.  Don’t be conservative, remember the distraction of the navigation and adrenalin of the race can often mean you can run further than seems possible in your training.

2. Make a flexible plan

How far you can expect to travel in 4hrs is very dependent on the terrain, particularly when biking.  Plan a route for the entire bike loop but noting opportunities to cut it short with minimum CP loss.  Work out the ‘points per minute’ of the bike loop assuming you use the remaining time after deducting your run loop from the total time (total points / 120 minutes).  You should be able to estimate the run more accurately than the bike.  Based on your assessment if you know you will slow down after say 100 minutes of running then look at the map and calculate the best way to use 100 mins of running at your pace.  Unless you are Mo Farrah I doubt that will be enough time to get all the controls, so design a loop that has the most controls (and therefore points) in that time.  An important part of your plan should be to have ‘options’ to extend of shorten your run loop depending on how far ahead or behind your plan you become during.  Usually extending your run helps get more ‘points per minute’ out of your run, but of course taking time away from the bike.

To this end maximising points will be based on judging the right balance between the two disciplines to achieve the best overall points per minute. And don’t be late, you’ll need time with your map which is given at registration to strategise!

3. Training = running

Although you might find the run on a 2hr sprint a doddle and the biking a world of cramp I would still emphasize running in your training. I prioritise it as I find a lack of conditioning on the bike only a minor factor during the race. An exception to this is if you are already doing 2 hour+ off road runs with relative ease and consider yourself weak at biking.

4. Eat

Main difference of a 4 hour race over a sprint (2hr) is longer run, yes the biking is often longer by at least the same proportion but it is the run that has more physical impact on you.  This is mainly because running burns more calories per hr, but also because refuelling (eating) is delayed unless you can digest whilst running.

I estimate my burn rate at 700 per hour for running, 3-400 biking; Compared to sprint you need to eat more. In two hours I usually have 80g of carbs = 240 cals, in 4hours I’ll take in approx 750 calories. Whatever foods and powders you prefer make sure you are refuelling before you feel empty or hungry. I might go for: Two gels running and then protein shake, banana, malt loaf, cereal bar, choc bar during bike. Like many people I have trouble eating on the run, I can only digest liquids and gels happily so the gobbling starts in earnest after getting on the bike.

5. Arrive early 

Good news, small (navigation) mistakes are less of a problem in 4hr than 2hr race. More emphasis is on route choice as there will be more distance between each cp, so certainly do plan your routes carefully. Not only is there going to be twice as much ground to cover, there is going to be more route choices and less certainty of how well you are doing part way round. You need to carry more water and food so make sure you are fully set up before the maps are released to make the most of available time to plan with your map before the race starts.

 4 hr – Experience – £40 online

Test your stamina with this off road adventure. Navigate trails and hills on foot and bike collecting as many check points as you can in 4 hours. A perfect step up from the Sprint event. You can enter as a solo or a pair!

Dates:  17 March, 21 July and 17 November 2013

Come and join the adventure!

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Olympic canoeist ‘Campbell Walsh’ wins the final Tri-Adventure Sprint of the 2012 season


Tri-Adventure were delighted to have Campbell Walsh in attendance as a regular at the 2012 Sprint series, finishing the year on a high -winning the last Sprint of the season!.  Campbell who has an impressive track record in the canoe slalom area (World Cup Champion, European Champion, twice a World Championship bronze medalist and an Olympic silver medalist) shows that the transition from other outdoor sports to the adventure racing circuit is a logical, fun and addictive move…

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Campbell tells us about his adventure racing experiences and assures us he’ll be back for more in 2013 below..

You won our last event (well done!), tell us about your 2012 season and how you worked up to this win?

As a full-time canoe slalom athlete, 2012 was all about focusing on the London Olympic Games. Unfortunately things didn’t turn out as I would have preferred, when I failed to qualify for Team GB (I was 2nd at the GB trials, and it is only 1-spot per nation at the Olympics in my event) It was a shame, as I was actually in great shape following a good block of winter training, but I didn’t get it together on that one weekend of trials racing.

I still represented GB at all the other major international canoe slalom events of the summer – European Champs and 5 x World Cup events (where 3 entries per nation are allowed). I then made the decision to retire from the sport following a long and successful paddling career of 13 years on the GB team.

Whilst deciding what my future career might be, I now have time to pursue some of the other sports I enjoy, particularly mountain biking, orienteering and other navigation based events. Adventure racing ticks the box perfectly. I got out on my bike more and I entered a lot of running based events in the autumn – orienteering events, a fell race, the OMM.  Plus, of course, all 3 of the Tri-Adventure events. As my experience in the strategy and navigation built up, and I got more miles in my legs, I think I got faster. Ending with a win in the final Tri-Adventure event.

What do you like about Tri-Adventure events?

I enjoy all sorts of bike/run navigation events. It’s the strategy and route choice element that makes them most appealing to me – a combination of a physical and mental test. The Tri-Adventure races personally suit me well because at 2hours they are quite short compared to other events on the calendar. Coming from having spent all my life training for a 90-100 second, upper body biased, canoe slalom races, effectively using my legs for even 2 hours is a challenge for me. I also like the nice friendly atmosphere and slick organisation – I wouldn’t keep coming back otherwise!

We’re running a 4hr Experience race next year, would you give this a go?

Definitely. I recently did the 5 hour Open5 race on the South Downs, and managed to get through that ok!

Would you encourage others to get involved in AR?

Absolutely. I’m always trying to spread the word and encourage people to enter.

If like Campbell you want to experience the thrill of adventure racing with Tri-Adventure visit where you’ll find lots of advice and tips for newcomers to the sport along with event calendars, our fantastic adventure racing Academy sure to offer something to suit everyone.

Tri Adventure Nov 23 265x176 Olympic canoeist ‘Campbell Walsh’ wins the final Tri Adventure Sprint of the 2012 season

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