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The Lakesman Triathlon

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Designed to appeal to both the experienced or novice endurance athlete the race is based in Keswick, with a superb transition area at The Theatre by the Lake. The swim takes place in the crystal clear waters of Derwentwater, generally regarded on the Lake Districts most scenic lakes. Both bike route make their way to the west coast of Cumbria where competitors get to experience a side of the lakes often unvisited by tourists, with mountains on one side and the sea on the other. During the run stage athletes will have the opportunity running through superb countryside with views to the likes of Skiddaw as well as a spectator friendly section through Keswick town centre.

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Richard K
"Another amazing event. Where the staff make you feel like family. And don't..."


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"This was my first time at this event,I stepped in for a friend of a friend to..."
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How to enter the The Lakesman Triathlon

  1. The Full

    Triathlon: Swim 2.4mi, Bike 112mi, Run 26.2mi
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  2. The Half

    Triathlon: Swim 1.2mi, Bike 56mi, Run 13.1mi
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The Lakesman Triathlon routes


Derwentwater is generally regarded as the area’s most scenic lake and swimming in its crystal clear water is something all triathletes should get the chance to experience. A single lap swim is envisaged along with a mass start from the shallow water by the boat launch.

You probably won’t have the time but the views from the water are simply unbeatable! After the swim there is a short carpeted spectator lined run to transition which is adjacent to Theatre by the Lake.


This is a simply superb route for a triathlon bike course. Athletes will take in several miles of well-known local time trial routes as well as more undulating sections, all on generally excellent road surfaces. Whilst not flat, we have minimised the elevation and it currently comes in at less than most of the other UK based races of this distance.


Leaving transition the route takes in some little known hidden areas of the town before heading North on the Cumbrian Way.On the approach to Portinscale the mighty Skiddaw comes into view in all its 3,053ft of glory – overlooking and protecting Keswick in equal measure. The route then utilises the A5721 for an out and back section, which is closed to traffic allowing athletes the chance to keep tabs on their competitors and also enjoy support from friends and family without worrying about cars.

The route then heads back towards Keswick town centre, once again passing through Elliot Park before crossing The Heads where the breathtaking lakes view reappears.

Dropping down towards Hope Park athletes must complete five loops before entering the magical red carpet finish chute where you will all hear words that make it all worthwhile: “You Are a Lakesman”.

Event Details

What’s Included

The entry fee includes:

    All the Race Organisation required for The Lakesman Triathlon including transition area, swim course, swim safety cover, medical cover, traffic management for but not excluding road closures, stewards and volunteers.
    Race entry into The Lakesman
    Race day nutrition at the aid stations
    A Finisher T-Shirt
    A Finisher-Medal
Raceday Logistics

All functions for the race weekend will be based at Keswick Theatre by The Lake. Event HQ, Medical tents, Transition tents and racking etc will be erected in the car park adjacent to Crow Park and the theatre. Please be advised no parking will be available here from Friday 14th June at Midnight.

Info about the Transition Zone

You will be given coloured bags when you register for your bike and run gear. Your bike shoes can be attached to the pedals if you wish. No items are permitted to be in transition other than items placed in your coloured bags and racked accordingly.

Bike Gear Bag, this bag is for kit you need for your cycle leg, including your helmet (you can have your helmet on the bike). You will enter the bikebag area upon entering the transition, here you will change and then head to collect your bike.

Run Gear Bag, put all the kit you need for your run in this bag. Once you have racked your bike you will enter the run bag area, here you will change and head to the run course.

Clean Gear/finish bag is for the clothing that you require after the race. This bag will be in the athletes transition area and available to collect as soon as you finish the race.

Bikes, and bike and run bags must be racked at the same time according to the race weekend schedule.

When you come to rack, your bike, your helmet and bags must have your race numbers securely applied to them. You must have your helmet on with the strap fastened and be wearing your race number.

You will have access to your bike and run bags on race morning and you can access your bike.

You must have your helmet fastened before removing your bike from the rack and keep it fastened until you have placed your bike back on the rack having finished the course.

Clean gear/finish bag will be handed over at the transition area.

Kit List
    Photo ID
    Race license
    Bike helmet
    Cycle shoes
    Spare inner tubes
    Bike tools
    Bike pump
    Bike water bottles
    Running shoes
    Trisuit / clothing
    Warm clothing
    Swim goggles
    Race number belt
    Sun cream

Where does the race start?

The swim starts from the water’s edge at Theatre By The Lake Keswick. The bike course is one continuous ride around the towns of West Cumbria. The run is 5 laps around Keswick.

What age group I am in?

Age group is determined by age on 31.12.2019

Can someone else register and rack my belongings for me?

No, the athlete racing must register and rack their own bike/bags. Photo ID will be requested in registration.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes, athletes must be 18 on race day.

Are wetsuits allowed?

Yes, depending on water temperature.

Can I use a hybrid/mountain bike?

Yes, however we strongly advice use of a road or time trial bike to enable you to meet the cut off times.

Can my friends/family/spectator run down the finish line with me?

Yes, this will be directed by a race official in the finish chute. Please be aware that if the finish chute is congested at that time you may be held back to allow other competitors before your supporters are allowed into the area.

What are the cut off times?


Swim - 1:10hrs after race start

Bike - 5:00hrs after race start

Run – 08.15hrs after race start


Swim - 2:20hrs after race start

Bike - 10:00hrs after race start

Run – 16.45hrs after race start

The Lakesman Triathlon weather forecast

Rain until evening.

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The Lakesman Triathlon reviews (2)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
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  • Did the The Full in 2019

    Another amazing event. Where the staff make you feel like family. And don't just want your money they make you feel like your a hero.
  • Did the The Full in 2019

    This was my first time at this event,I stepped in for a friend of a friend to take part in the half relay ,the atmosphere was in real , Marshalls exceptional,every last detail was thought about,highly recommend this event to all categories and ages such a fun challenge to do,and very rewarding.
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