Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:02

Keswick Mountain Festival launches expanded sports event programme for 2018 Featured

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Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) has announced its programme of sports events for 2018, with a line-up for all ages and abilities.

The schedule includes 17 senior and junior events spread over Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June, including trail runs, triathlons, aquathlons (swim-run events), open water swims and a cycling sportive. Festival favourites will return and new for 2018 will be a 5K open water swim. The KMF sports events have experienced strong growth in recent years and in 2017 attracted around 3,000 athletes. Entries are now being accepted for all of the events on the KMF website.

Open water swimmers at Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival will return to Crow Park from 8-10 June 2018, based on the shore of Derwentwater in Keswick, Cumbria. Since its launch in 2007, KMF has grown into one of the biggest and best loved outdoor events in the UK calendar and now attracts around 20,000 visits each year to a unique mix of live music, sporting events, outdoor adventures, high profile speakers, taster activities, exhibitor stands and camping. Everyone who enters a 2018 sports event will receive a technical t-shirt and free concert ticket for the live music on either Friday 8 June or Saturday 9 June. Previous headliners have included KT Tunstall, Cast, Peatbog Faeries, Scouting for Girls and Toploader.

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The full 2018 Keswick Mountain Festival sports event programme includes:

Saturday 9 June

  • Sprint (formerly Short) Triathlon

  • Junior Sprint Triathlon

  • Sprint Triathlon Relay

  • 5K Trail Run

  • Junior 5K Trail Run

  • 25K Trail Run

  • Back o’ Skiddaw 70K Cycling Sportive

  • 5K Open Water Swim

    Sunday 10 June

  • Standard (formerly Long) Triathlon

  • Standard Triathlon Relay

  • 10K Trail Run

  • 50K Trail Ultra

  • 1500M Derwent Island Open Water Swim

  • 3K Derwent Island Open Water Swim

  • Junior Aquathlon (11-12)

  • Junior Aquathlon (13-14)

  • Junior Aquathlon (15-16).

The sports events will all finish at the main KMF Festival Village site on Crow Park, which provides excellent vantage points for spectators who are expected to once again create a big race atmosphere during the weekend.

Nicola Meadley, KMF director, comments: “The Keswick Mountain Festival sports events get more popular every year, come rain or shine. We’ve carefully developed the programme to add in opportunities for a wider range of visitors to participate and now have a fantastic mix of races that between them offer something for everyone. Each event gives participants the chance to explore the amazing Cumbrian landscape and lakes, and the start and finish area on the Festival Village provides a brilliant setting for spectators to cheer on friends and family. We’re anticipating another brilliant sporting weekend in 2018.”

Entries are now open for all of the sports events at www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk, with prices starting at £13.50. Full details of the 2018 Keswick Mountain Festival programme will be revealed in the near future.


Last modified on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:06

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