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Betteshanger Country Park, nr Deal, East KentDistance: 4.37 mile loops;6 hours
We had originally planned for the Cakeathon to just be a one-off event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Women’ Institute, but it’s proved so popular that we’re now having four of them a year! A 4.37 mile, gently undulating loop around the lovely Betteshanger Country Park (formerly Fowlmead Country Park), traffic free, ideal for a nice trail run, with a modest sized bit of cake per lap! Run as many or as few 4.37 mile loops as you wish in a 6hr time limit. There will be cake, and you’re encouraged to bring your own - a prize for the best cakes of the day!
Wickham, HampshireDistance: Fizz & Chips 5k;The Fizz & Chips 10k;Fizz & Chips 5k;The Fizz & Chips 10k
Climb aboard the Meon Valley Express for the Bubble Buffet. Two tickets are available, either the 5k or the longer 10k. The race starts from the temporary (imaginary) ‘Meon Valley Station’ in Station Close, Wickham and travels along the disused Meon Valley line. Glamour fancy dress is encouraged but is by no means compulsory. (No ball gowns).;Start Time;19:00pm
NorthamptonDistance: 5.17 mile loops;6 hours
We love chocolate almost as much as we love cake! Following the huge success of Chocathon in Kent we have expanded to cope with demand, and the number one request was for more events outside of Kent, and here it is. The course is a mix of very high quality bike paths and grassy trails along the River Nene and around several flood reservoirs, so plenty of wildlife and views to be seen. It’s pretty flat, only about 40’ of climb per lap. The event will have a six hour time limit for you to run as many, or as few Course 5.17 mile loops as you wish. Run a lap, eat some chocolate, run a lap, eat some chocolate, you see the theme?
Thun, SwitzerlandDistance: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run
After 23 years of proving Anything is Possible in Zurich, the rich history of IRONMAN Switzerland continues as the famed race moves to the stunning city of Thun in 2020. Building on the legacy of one of Europe’s longstanding, traditional IRONMAN destinations, our search for excellence has led us to a beautiful location in the heart of Switzerland, next to the capital, Bern.;Thun is known as the gateway to the Bernese Oberland and lies at the edge of the Aare River from Lake Thun. Surrounded by the world-famous mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and situated at the clear waters of Lake Thun, the charming city combines decades of tradition with a picturesque lake and beautiful countryside. There couldn’t be a more appropriate backdrop to crown you as an IRONMAN than under the gaze of the majestic Thun Castle – the town’s unmistakable landmark.
Pennington Flash Country Park, Leigh, Bolton, LancashireDistance: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run
The beautiful lake swim takes place in Pennington Flash Country Park. Cyclists will then embark on a 112-mile, two-loop journey into the breathtaking Lancashire countryside. The bike course includes the famous Sheep House Lane climb twice, where spectators can get up close and personal with the athletes in true Tour de France style. The run begins at Queens Park and athletes will head into Bolton town centre, out and back through Queens Park, completing four loops before finishing in Victoria Square in the heart of historic Bolton.