LYMINGTON LIDO TRIATHLON 1st May - distances 500mt/12.5m/3m
SWASHBUCKLER MIDDLE DISTANCE TRIATHLON 15th May - 1.9k/90k/22k
STANDARD = 1.1KM/33KM/10KM NOVICE = 400mt/33KM/5KM
LYMINGTON HAVEN SPRINT-DISTANCE TRIATHLON 12th June - 750MT/20KM/5KM
GLADIATOR FULL-DISTANCE TRIATHLON 26th June - 3.8KM/180KM/42.2KM
BOSKMAN MIDDLE DISTANCE TRIATHLON 26th June - 2.7KM/125KM/21.1KM
NEW FOREST STANDARD-DISTANCE & NOVICE TRIATHLONS - 21st August
STANDARD = 1.1KM/33KM/10KM NOVICE = 400mt/33KM/5KM
NEW FOREST MIDDLE DISTANCE TRIATHLON 25th September - 1.9KM/90KM/21.1KM
RUNNING RACES 2016:
HEARTBREAKER HALF & MARATHON 28th Feb
DOWNTON HALF MARATHON - 27th Nov
HEARTBREAKER TAILWIND 10MILE - 11th Dec
2016 DOWNTON HALF MARATHON & TAILWIND 10 EVENT ENTRIES WILL OPEN ON 14TH FEB!
Race Photos are now available at: CharlesWhittonPhotography
Results are here:
So all swim courses are “much of a muchness”? Right? For many just a warm up before the serious business of cycling and running!
June 26th sees the first edition of The Gladiator which replaces (at least for 2016) the legendary ForestMan Triathlon. The shorter BoskMan will, as usual, run in tandem. Retaining and building on the regular New Forest bike course the new race will feature a flatter, more spectator – friendly run and a very special swim.
The Beaulieu River is one of very few privately owned rivers in the country. It meanders its way from Beaulieu past Bucklers Hard on its way to the Solent; tree lined and genuinely stunning.
We are delighted to be able to confirm that the Gladiator and BoskMan events will feature point to point swims to exit at Bucklers Hard. The Gladiator will start right up at Beaulieu and the BoskMan at Baileys Hard, offering a unique opportunity to experience some glorious views. Hopefully this unique opportunity will put a smile on the faces of those who generally don’t look forward to the swim and with a falling tide the competitors will have the benefit of some assistance so we’ll also expect some swift times too!
We’re hoping to also gain access to some Estate tracks we’ve not had access to before so keep an eye on the RaceNewForest website for more good news!
Over a number of years “ForestMan” developed a reputation for being one of the very best Full Distance Triahlons in the calendar. We reckon that this is going to be even better. Promise!
Results now available
Race photos are now available at
RaceNewForest is delighted to confirm that BoskMan will once again take place alongside our Full Distance event in 2016.
BoskMan (Long Middle) has always been ForestMan’s “little brother” and in response to considerable demand from our competitors we will be running it alongside “The Gladiator” out of Bucklers Hard next year.
The race will feature a 2.7 km swim, a 125 km cycle over familiar terrain and a 21.1 km run, flatter than the previous course and spectator friendly with out and back loops passing through Bucklers Hard village, using the same routes and Aid Stations as the full Gladiator
It is perfect Iron preparation with suitably long Swim/Bike sections and a run that’s not too demanding It also provides a great “stepping stone” for those who’ve, perhaps, done a couple of Middle Distance races and are looking to make the step up to a an Iron Distance race. Alternatively you could enter just because it’s a great race in a beautiful part of the country with the best marshalling, support and Aid Stations….bar none!!
New Forest Middle Distance Triathlon has been confirmed for 25th Sep 2016 and will once again operate out of Sandy Balls Holiday Park, making it an ideal family weekend away!!
We are also pleased to announce that the 2016 edition of the popular Middle Distance SwashBuckler Triathlon will feature a “full” 56 mile bike leg.
Competitors will now head down through quiet local lanes towards Lymington before returning to Hatchett Pond and joining the regular route there.
The change will ensure that the event meets BTF guidelines on distances, ensuring that our athletes will still be able to submit their SwashBuckler performance for International selection purposes.
Race Photos at: CharlesWhittonPhotography
“Thanks for organising an excellent race last Sunday. Although I suffered on the run
I really enjoyed it.
The marshalling was first class and there was a general feeling of friendliness
throughout the whole race.
This is how triathlons should be.”
TEN YEARS AGO saw the first running of the epic New Forest Middle Distance Triathlon and whilst the detail of the course has seen a few changes over the intervening years it remains a seriously
challenging undertaking: a stunningly beautiful course but not to be taken lightly!!
There have been epic duels along the way: James v Hywel (twice), Sophie v Emma, Owen winning by just ten seconds and always top, top racing at the front end of the field. But the race has always been about far more than the trophies. It has had a unique atmosphere of spirited camaraderie and mutual support with the real challenge being athlete v course!
This year’s edition was no exception.
It’s also fair to say that the previous nine editions, all organized by RaceNewForest Ltd, have also borne witness to the full range of late summer weather possibilities from dense fog to howling gales and freezing rain. This year saw the race take place in almost perfect conditions with clear blue skies and a gentle cooling breeze on the run……if a little chilly down at the Lake first thing..
The swim takes place at the scenic Ellingham Waterski lake and with the water temperature at 16 degrees plus, some 10 degrees warmer than the air temperature the competitors were more than happy to get their wetsuits on and get started.
James Travers was first out on to the bike in 29:13 with Robert Fryer less than 30 seconds behind. Less than 2 minutes down on the leader “uber biker” Clive Kennedy Burn lurked menacingly.
Amongst the ladies it was Jo Davis who seized an early initiative out of tT1 in 32:06 a couple of minutes ahead of a closely packed trio, Annie Frederick, Heather Booth and Frances Palmer.
The bike route has evolved over the years and now comprises two (and a bit) loops of the open Forest. Ponies , cattle and donkeys roam free and the rolling heathland course is always challenging without any individual “killer” hills. With the route passing Sandy Balls (T2) twice before turning in on the third lap it is also incredibly spectator friendly: noisy and really well supported for a low key event.
An easterly breeze gradually picked up during the next couple of hours which made the exposed section across Ocknell Plain increasingly tough for all making Clive’s 2:16:04 bike split all the more remarkable as he opened up an eleven minute lead over James Travers and Paul Lunn who had himself cycled particularly strongly.
The Ladies race was a far closer affair with Annie Frederick and Heather Booth still neck and neck, both posting bike splits in the 2:53’s to head out on to the run course with all to play for.
The run course is, to say the least, “challenging”: an out and back course, almost all off road on the Forestry tracks: always up and down. Hard enough when fresh but after a rolling bike course likely to seriously inconvenience anyone who’s not kept a bit in reserve!
Clive pulled out a 1:28:21 run split, Paul Lunn built on his excellent bike leg to seize second place whilst James slipped back a little but held on to third place ahead of Robert Fryer.
Annie Fredericks’s 1:49 was bettered only by Cathy Cook as he came home to claim her first overall victory ahead of Heather Booth and Jo Davies.
Behind the leaders finisher after finisher came home to the cheers of their families and the gathering crowds . So many smiles: so many stories. Ten years on: many changes…so much remains the same.
“I just wanted to say thanks for an amazing race on Sunday…You have the event completely right, well organised and the location distracts from the pain. From the friendly briefing getting the right atmosphere across to the finish and people looking after us. You guys do a great job….The swim was nice with the sunrise, bike was beautiful even with the wind and the run amazing - fortunately my coach warned me about it but its not as hard as the reputation which precedes it…I recall you saying the numbers are declining a bit but I hope they grow again!”
Roll on the next 10 years!!
Back in summer 2013 we did our own quadrathlon from John O'Groats to Land's End taking in the longest lakes & highest mountains in between. It took 4 of us 10 days, here's the film to show how we got on: whole film on OTV PLAY on YouTube