TRI247
Search
shop

Red Bull Neptune Steps to double in size for 2020 edition

Red Bull Neptune Steps returns to Glasgow in 2019 and this time will take place over two days

Chief Correspondent
Last updated -
SHOP

Red Bull Neptune Steps moves to two days for 2020

It’s slightly bonkers… but the popularity of the Red Bull Neptune Steps will see the ice-cold, swimming obstacle course race in Glasgow’s Maryhill Locks open to 1000 athletes next year. Here are the details and how you can enter.

RELATED ARTICLE : HOW TO WIN NEPTUNE STEPS. TWICE.


SBRX

Your monthly dose of endurance sports geekery - from gear reviews to hot tips & takes.
WATCH MORE
ELEVATING ENDURANCE WITH PREMIUM GEAR & SERVICES
SHOP ONLINE

Biggest ever Red Bull Neptune Steps event to be staged in Glasgow

2020 event doubles in size to meet growing demand

The Maryhill Locks will once again be the setting for the UK’s toughest open water swimming challenge, as Red Bull Neptune Steps return to Glasgow with exciting new elements.

To accommodate growing demand, the 2020 event will be the biggest ever held in the city, as it expands to a second day, doubling the number of participants from 2019.

From 21 to 22 March 2020, more than 1,000 hardy souls will have the chance to enter icy-cold waters of the Forth and Clyde Canal and battle through the course, which includes seven lock gates, each with its own obstacle for the competitors to negotiate.

Red Bull Neptune Steps

While the challenge has typically been dominated by endurance athletes and experienced open-water swimmers, Red Bull Neptune Steps 2020 will include a more accessible pairs relay competition. Same sex or mixed pairs can now tackle the course together, meaning competitors only need to complete half of the gruelling course which includes a 420m swim and 10.5-meter obstacle climb.

Since the event first came to Glasgow more than 2000 athletes have taken on the challenge. The 2019 event sold out in less than a day, so budding athletes are encouraged to register interest quick when early bird tickets are released on 14 November.

Red Bull Neptune Steps

Erin Jeffery, triathlete and executive assistant at The Outdoor Swimming Society, was the winner of the 2019 women’s race with a time of 7m 5s.

She said: “I didn’t really know what to expect going into the challenge. I was concerned about how cold the water was but once I was in, I loved every second!

“It’s a tough event that tests a range of skills, but I was able to push myself harder than I thought thanks to the cheering crowd and brilliant atmosphere of the event.

“Giving participants the chance to compete in a pair opens up the competition to those who may not have the confidence or the experience to enter individually. Being part of a team is hugely motivating and is a great way to get involved. I’m sure many will be back again in the future to race on their own after their Red Bull Neptune Steps introduction!

“It’s a race, so of course the competitive element is important, but results aside, it’s a huge achievement to finish. I would absolutely encourage anyone who is considering their next challenge to take on Red Bull Neptune Steps, it’s a unique event and a great day for spectators and participants!”

Red Bull Neptune Steps

Red Bull Neptune Steps will take place on March 21st (men’s heats) and 22nd (women’s and pairs heats) 2020 at Maryhill Locks in Glasgow.

The race is open to men and women aged 16+. Entrants can compete individually as well as in pairs.

Entrants can sign-up from Thursday 14th November at redbull.co.uk/neptunesteps.

Early-bird entries (Nov 14 – Dec 31):

Under-25 men and women: £35
Over-25 men and women: £45
Pairs: £40 per pair

Full-price entries (from Jan 1):

Under-25 men and women: £45
Over-25 men and women: £55
Pairs: £50 per pair

John Levison
Written by
John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
Discover more
Sumarpo vanguard vs Zone 3 Vanquish X triathlon wetsuits
ZONE3 Vanquish X wetsuit vs Sumarpo Vanguard wetsuit – how do these triathlon wetsuits match up?
Essential Beginner's Triathlon Gear & KIt
Triathlon gear for beginners: essential kit for getting started
open water swimming Sumarpo wetsuit
How to improve swimming endurance – PRO tips to help you swim further in open water
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Wetsuit buying guide – How to choose the best wetsuit for triathlon, open water swimming, SwimRun and cold water
Aviles Duathlon
What is a duathlon? Beginner’s guide to distances, training plans and kit
latest News
Anne Haug at the finish of IRONMAN 70.3 Nice 2024
Anne Haug competes in Age-Group triathlon and runs INCREDIBLE half-marathon in IRONMAN World Championship Nice dress rehearsal
Alex Yee WTCS Pontevedra 2023
Olympic Games triathlon: British gold medal favourite Alex Yee warms up for Paris 2024 with another win
Hannah Berry took the win at IRONMAN Cairns in Queensland,
IRONMAN Cairns 2024 Results: Burton and Berry take Asia-Pacific titles as Skipper misses podium
Lucy Charles-Barclay wins IRONMAN France 2024
IRONMAN France 2024 results: Lucy Charles-Barclay validates World Championship spot with CRAZY run
Gustav Iden Kona athlete sign in 2022 photo credit Donald Miralle for IRONMAN
Gustav Iden shares heartfelt message after major milestone on the journey back to the top
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
GET RACE READY - SHOP WITH SBRX
GET RACE READY - BUY WITH SBRX
Share to...