People in Hospiscare t-shirts scramble through a gorge

Calling all extreme event fans: Wild Tri is on its way!

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Posted Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:16pm

An exciting new event comes to Devon for the first time later this year when Hospiscare hosts Wild Tri, and its big brother, Wild Tri Extreme.

This will be a wild take on a triathlon, and promises to be an exhilarating experience that will challenge hard-core extreme event enthusiasts, as well as novices and those who like their events just a tad less challenging. The event will take place near Okehampton on 14 September, allowing plenty of time for preparation.

Routes for both Wild Tri and Wild Tri Extreme will take participants across the bleak and stunning landscapes of Dartmoor by bike and on foot, and each will include a section that will see them scrambling through pools. They will be in the capable hands of Climb South West, who have a strong track record of leading ultra sports throughout the South West and Wales.

Wild Tri Extreme consists of a 30k off-road cycle on a route that skirts Meldon Reservoir and then climbs, with some steep ascents, more than a quarter of a mile to the windswept heights of the moor, before dropping down again. The route of the 13k cross-country run will also challenge the fittest runners, taking them up to the highest Tors on Dartmoor, High Willhays and Yes Tor, across rocky terrain, bog and water course. If that doesn’t satisfy those who like their sport muddy and wet, the gorge scramble through rocky pools should keep them happy!

Wild Tri’s shorter routes are tailored to those who prefer their sports a little less extreme, but it is no easy option. The 16k off-road cycle ride climbs more than 250 metres in height onto the moor and includes some sharp and challenging ascents. Part of the 8k run hugs the eastern side of Meldon Reservoir and also includes sections that will test the fittest. The gorge scramble lies in wait for Wild Tri runners, too.

Event organiser, Becky Botfield, said: “We’re very excited to bring Wild Tri to Devon for the first time. We’re offering two levels of challenge to cater for different levels of fitness and experience, but each will take participants across some stunningly beautiful parts of Dartmoor. Its wild, rugged and sometimes unforgiving landscape is the perfect location for our event and should make for a thrilling experience.”

The event is sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors and partner Cameron Caverhill explained “We are excited to be sponsoring and taking part in this new event, as well as raising money for a fantastic charity. Personally, I am looking forward to the challenge!’’

For more information or to sign up go to www.hospiscare.co.uk/events or phone 01392 688020.

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