Christmas and New Year preview
This week we look forward, rather than looking back on the past weekend.
It is of course the quiet time of the year for multisport racing, as athletes take something of a break - even if that is in the form of alternative racing, such as cross country running, cyclo-cross or even the odd (very odd!) cold water swim.
All that said...you can still get your triathlon fix - open water, non-wetsuit too - at the annual Christmas Day Triathlon at Leybourne Lakes courtesy of Team Outrageous (www.teamoutrageous.com). Distances are 60m / 7km / 1km, and you may wear a wetsuit if you wish, though that will "incur a 10 minute time penalty and a season of ridicule!!" Entry to the race is free, if you are up for it? Check out a report from the 2007 edition HERE.
Keeping with the theme of 'non-wetsuit, open water and free entry' is the 2nd Annual Polar Bear Swim at Princes Club which takes place on Sunday 27th December. Free mulled wine too! More details HERE.
On Monday 28th, the Cliveden Cross Country - sold out as always - takes place at the stunning Cliveden House. You can check out more in our Garmin Route of the Month feature, in what your Editor rates as one of the most beautiful races to take part in - even if the 172 steps of Yew Tree Walk (twice!) will leave you cursing your decision to enter (but only briefly...).
2009 ends with the Milford New Year's Eve Duathlon in Derbyshire. You may well be able to enter this one on the day too - details HERE. The 2008 edition was won by regular Tri247 contributor (and 220 Magazine Age Grouper of the Year nominee) John Franklin. You can read John's report from last year HERE, and we believe he will be racing again this year.
As always, 2010 kicks off with the first triathlon of the year - The Tri Centre New Year's Day Triathlon - in Edinburgh. Let's hope the current snow and ice subside so that these events can go ahead safely.