Breca Buttermere

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Breca Buttermere
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Imagine a land of extremes: the home of England’s highest mountain and its deepest lake. An ancient landscape of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns, rugged trails and glittering lakes. That place is the Lake District National Park, and for centuries it has captivated the imagination of adventurers, explorers and intellectuals alike. This is the setting for Breca Buttermere - the UK's original swimrun race. The courses will test you on many levels: the lakes are cold and deep; the ascents are steep and the descents are technical. It’s a course that favours the complete athlete.
Breca Buttermere Sprint and Breca Buttermere
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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 - Sun, 11 Aug 2019
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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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Where and when
B5289, Cockermouth CA13 9XA, UK
Start times
Saturday, 10 Aug 2019
Breca Buttermere Sprint: TBC
Sunday, 11 Aug 2019
Breca Buttermere: TBC
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Breca Buttermere
Breca Buttermere
Breca Buttermere Sprint
Route information
Entry-only tickets are fora team entry (two-persons)
Breca Buttermere
Estimated completion time: 5.5-11 hours
Terrain: trails, sections of technical running; steps; steep slopes. The long fells section is in effect a category AM fell race.
Swimming: rocky beach entries and exits, some technical transitions
Difficulty: hard. To complete this race you need a high level of fitness and should be confident in the fells
Breca Buttermere Sprint
Estimated completion time: 2-4 hours
Terrain: trails, sections of technical running; steps.
Swimming: rocky beach entries and exits
Difficulty: medium. To complete this race you need a medium to high level of fitness
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What's included
The entry fee includes:
  • swim cap
  • finishers’ t-shirts
  • finishers’ medals
  • Prizes
  • race timing
  • race nutrition and hydration
  • free event photography
  • coaches to the race start
How to get there
B5289, Cockermouth CA13 9XA, UK
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Event day logistics
The schedule and full information on registration, race timings, checkpoints and nutrition will be released shortly.
Spectator Info
Supporters are more than welcome to attend the event and we hope to see you especially at the finish lines and the post-race social.
We ask that you observe the following advice:
  • Please do not accompany competitors to the race registration and briefing. The venue is not big enough.
  • Please do not attend the race start of the full or sprint distance races. The start locations are restricted spaces with no spare parking and narrow roads.
  • Please use designated public car parks and don’t park on private property or roadsides.
  • The best places to watch the races are on the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere which both have many footpaths around them. There are small car parks along the B5289 and in Buttermere village, which also has cafes and pubs.
The finish area of the Buttermere Sprint will be on the lakeshore of Buttermere, at Hassness. Please park in Buttermere or at the car park at Gatesgarth and walk to the field, as there will be no parking there. Please DO NOT enter the Hassness House driveway as the finish area is not accessible from there.
There is a good footpath around Derwent Water but not much parking at the southern end near Manesty where the full distance competitors descend from the fells. Much better to cheer them on at the last swim exit near Crow Park, or at the finish.
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