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Fort William endurance weekend
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Posted on: Monday 20th February 2012

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On 15th and 16th of September more than 400 multisport athletes will descend upon Fort William, the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK', for a bumper weekend of multisport activity. It all kicks off on the Friday with the annual area inter-schools off-road triathlon sponsored by No Fuss Events.

From a central hub in Fort William outdoor event specialists No Fuss Events will stage no less than three triathlons including the Big Ben Nevis Triathlon, widely recognized as the toughest triathlon of its type in the UK, along with the Half Ben Triathlon which for 2012 is part of the Scott Xtri Series. On Sunday the Highland Warrior Triathlon will host the triathlonscotland Middle Distance Championships. All combining the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland with energy-sapping and heart-pumping endurance in a fun and friendly environment.

The Dare2b Big Ben Nevis Triathlon - Some say this is the toughest off road triathlon on the UK circuit. In 2012 No Fuss Events clothing sponsor Dare2b have taken the title sponsor position of the event for the second year in succession. Helen O’Carroll, marketing manager from Dare2b, said “This event is one of the most exciting on our calendar. There's nothing quite like it anywhere else which is why so many of our athletes get involved. It's a real test of endurance but there's always a great sense of fun and community too.“

Multisport athletes looking for the ultimate challenge should look no further than the iconic Big Ben Nevis Triathlon. It offers experienced competitors the opportunity to test their skills, stamina and endurance away from the smooth, predictable tarmac and calm inland waters of other, more traditional 'tri' events. This triathlon pits entrants against the often choppy waters of a highland sea loch, Loch Linnhe (1.9km), the long, loose climbs and fast singletrack descents of Glen Nevis (90km) and the final monster challenge, a (21km) hill run up and then back down Ben Nevis, the UK's highest and most feared mountain.

The Half Big Ben Nevis Triathlon – The half distance race is part of the Scott Xtri Series for the first time. No Fuss are delighted that this race has been included as part of this exciting series, Frazer Coupland of No Fuss Events said “The Half Ben Triathlon is one hell of an event, there is no place to hide, it is a full-on mountain bike route followed by a hill race that is a big ask as a stand alone event.”

The Highland Warrior Triathlon - Sunday's race will require a fighting spirit pushing even the toughest of the longer distance triathletes to the limit! For the second year this will be the triathlonscotland Middle Distance Championship event. Jane Moncrieff, triathlonscotland’s Chief Operating Officer, said “We are delighted that No Fuss are hosting the triathlonscotland Middle Distance Championships again. Last year saw a very healthy turn out of hardy triathletes looking for their next challenge and I’m sure this year is set to be even bigger and better – let's hope the rain stays off but then the weather doesn’t normally put people off – we live in Scotland after all!”

Triathletes competing in Fort William’s Highland Warrior Triathlon will take on a 1900m sea loch swim, a 90km road cycle that passes by the Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge, 'Prince Charlie's Monument' at Glenfinnan and on through the mythical Glen Nevis (where Highlander, Braveheart and Rob Roy were filmed) and a 21km trail and road run through the Glen Nevis Forest and back at the finish at Lochaber Leisure Centre. Participants in 2011 were treated to some biblical weather just to add an extra bit of interest to the day! Chloe from No Fuss has assured everyone that 2012 will be bright sunshine and positively balmy!

David (Spook) Munro from No Fuss Events said, “The Big Ben Nevis Triathlon weekend is always one of my favorite weekends. There will be a lot happening over the weekend, it will be well worth coming along to watch and support participants from all over the UK and beyond”

For more information on the No Fuss event programme go to their website.

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