The 2019 Keswick Mountain Festival sports programme incorporates established and new events, including running, cycling, swimming, triathlons and aquathons (swim-run events). New for 2019 is a second cycling sportive, joining the popular Back o’ Skiddaw. The Cocker Hoop, on Sunday 19 May, is a challenging 72km ride over iconic mountain passes and includes almost 1,500m of ascent with four summits. It has been added to offer something different for those who have ridden the Back o’ Skiddaw in recent years and as a second option for cyclists. The Cocker Hoop also forms the final leg of the new Keswick Conqueror Challenge, a three-stage event over two days that also includes the Twice Round The Island 3km swim in Derwentwater and adidas TERREX 25k Trail Race on the Saturday.
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Everyone who enters a sports event at the 2019 Keswick Mountain Festival will be given the opportunity to sign up to fundraise for the National Trust’s new Riverlands campaign, which is aiming to improve the health of mountain rivers, such as the Derwent. The Derwent is home to otters, Atlantic salmon and vendace (the UK’s rarest freshwater fish), but is being harmed by pollution and severe floods. Through Riverlands, the National Trust hopes to ‘slow the flow’ of water from summit to sea and in doing so protect the river, the mountains and valleys it flows through, and the wildlife and people who depend on it. Sports event participants who agree to support Riverlands when they sign up for events will receive a fundraising pack and a limited-edition running vest.
Full details of the 2019 Keswick Mountain Festival sports events can be found here. Some events are starting to sell out, but any places that are left can be booked on the website