Free Junior GO TRI Duathlons to be held on Exmoor this summer

This summer there will be opportunities for children to test their skills and fitness in a series of challenging, fun junior off-road duathlons on Exmoor. Organised by XMAN Events, in partnership with Exmoor National Park, the events will take place on 30th July, at Wimbleball Lake, and on 3rd September, in Lynmouth.

The duathlons involve running and cycling and are being organised in conjunction with the adult extreme triathlons being held on the same weekends. They are open to children aged 8 to 14 and entry is free. Full details of the events and how to enter can be found at .

The aim of XMAN Events is to provide challenging activities in spectacular surroundings. Supported by the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund, the purpose of these free junior events is to introduce children to the sport and encourage the enjoyment of physical activity in beautiful outdoor settings. The intention is that they will become annual events alongside their adult counterparts.

Eat Dirt on Exmoor

Exciting Bank Holiday Thrills

3rd May 2016

A group of Mountain Bike enthusiasts from across the South West and beyond took to the Exmoor hills yesterday for a new May Day bank holiday ride,  “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor.

195 cyclists took part in the ride, raising over £3,000 between them, with more sponsorship still coming in. Much of the 25 mile main route took riders through areas of Exmoor not normally open to the general public, thanks to the Hollam, New Invention and Broford Estates allowing special access for this event.

The circular route started in Dulverton following the route of the River Barle up to Tarr Steps, then up onto the moor, south east to the river Exe and then back into Dulverton for the finish line.

 Despite mixed weather the riders enjoyed the event, with many already asking when it will be repeated, like Julian from Tiverton; “I had a great time today, it was a well organised fun event. The course was really enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the next one already!”

Rob Lott, head of Communications at Calvert Trust Exmoor said “What an amazing day we’ve had! We were absolutely delighted that so many riders came out to support us and enjoy some beautiful Exmoor countryside. Thanks to these riders, the support team, volunteers and marshals we will be able to support more people with disabilities to access cycling and other adventurous activities.”

As well as the fabulous volunteer marshals and helpers, Calvert Trust Exmoor would also like to thank and the brilliant local businesses whose support  enabled the event to happen; Mason Kings, Mole Valley Farmers, The Bike Shop (Taunton), Ivan’s Coffee, GT Bicycles, AMASS medical, and Altitude 58 Film Company.  A film of the event produced by Altitude 58 will be available in the next few days.

image018Tarr Steps from Above (image © Altitude 58 Film Company)

 Calvert Trust Exmoor hopes to announce the date for the next “Eat Dirt on Exmoor” in the next few weeks. In the meantime the Trust is running another cycling event on the 25th of June, the Calvert Coastal 100. This is a cycling sportive event, following the coastal roads of North Devon from Lynmouth round to Barnstaple with stunning views and 3 different routes for people with a wide variety of experience and fitness levels. You can find out more about the Coastal 100 from








Letters from Exmoor: Ironman

Ironman 70.3

June 4, 2013 by  | 10 Comments

Jochen Langbein, of Taunton Athletic Club, a club which my daughter, Isla, belonged to, having read my post on Ironman, mentioned to me the fact that the very first Half Ironman, Ironman 70.3, was put on in the UK, at the Ironman Qualifier site on Exmoor at the incredibly beautiful Wimbleball Lake. So I thought I would write a post about it to celebrate this fantastic event and to suggest that you go and spectate – it is the most stunning location, and the next event there is Ironman 70.3 on 16th June….put it in your diary! 

images-4The very first 70.3 race to ever exist in the world was in the UK – the Ironman 70.3 at Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor. This event has now taken on an iconic status, as do all Ironmans, and fills to capacity every year.  Age Group athletes can qualify from this race for the Lake Las Vegas Ironman World Championships 70.3.

You can download a programme that will tell you everything you need to know, starting with the race day schedule. You will learn that Lake Wimbleball has been nominated to be the first Dark Skies Discovery Site on Exmoor and that Exmoor National Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first place in Europe to achieve this prestigious award. It’ll also tell you that a downside is that you shouldn’t expect to get a mobile signal here!

I learned that Nirvana Europe is  the Official IRONMAN Europe Travel Agent and that they have been moving UK athletes and their bikes to major triathlon and duathlon events, all over the world since 2002. In 2013 they will cater for the travel and accommodation requirements of almost 1,250 athletes travelling to IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events in Europe, Australia and North and South America. Nirvana are hot on logistics… they know the locations, know the people involved and put in place the most comprehensive race related logistics plan you could hope for if you wish to compete. I also learned you can book to have a pre- and post-race massage. That’s mandatory in my book!

The swim course is one lap, clockwise, starting 20m from the shore of the lake at 7.00 AM, and the second wave at 7.15. Swimming in the lake is forbidden at any other time. From the exit of the swim to transition is approximately 400m on grass. The IRONMAN 70.3 UK Exmoor bike course is a tough two lap course right in the heart of Exmoor National Park. The course leaves Wimbleball lake and follows an anti clockwise loop through hilly terrain in a particularly picturesque part of Somerset. It is 56.4 miles and 3904ft/1190m of climbing over the whole 2 lap course. The run at Wimbleball Lake is a three loop course on a mix of terrain including tarmac, hard pack trail and grass. 13.1 miles long there is 1323ft/405m of climbing over the whole 3 lap course. There is one short sharp climb in the course which is tackled three times, followed by a steep descent. There you are, Ironman 70.3 UK in a nutshell. Why not check it out for yourself? [ ]



This post was originally published by Caro Ness on her blog

Extreme Kayaking

Local kayak manufactures FATYAK couldn’t resist taking their kayaks out in the snow…. And here is their report!

It seemed the snowfall was too good an opportunity to pass up for some of our guys in the factory. We sent them out on our Fatyaks to see how they faired in the snow. Their reports as follows:

Fatyak Surf – The surf is by far the best. Easiest to carry back up, can turn by shifting body weight, but a paddle helps. Brakes (feet) will stop you on most slopes quickly, and on a medium slope you can get up to 40mph ish.

Fatyak Kaafu – I think the Kaafu would be great to try standing up!!!
With a bit more practice I reckon I could start carving through the snow, I managed to get some turns in a little – but the surf is the kiddie!

Fatyak Mahee – Mahee is for speed only. No control but a great thrill. All boats are fast, but the bigger you go, the more fear you experience. The Mahee is not for the weak hearted.


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