Trailwalker UK last weekend seemed like the years toughest event along on the South Downs. However at the same time that the 2,000 competitors were heading off from QECP towards Brighton Racecourse, a small group of 150 super humans were travelling the other way.

Triathlon rider passing the Trailwalker start

Triathlon rider passing the Trailwalker start

Their event, the X-TRI 24, was effectivly a triathlon but on a very different scale to normal. Starting at 7.30pm on Friday night in the sea at Princes Park Seafront, Eastbourne with a 2.4 mile sea swim around the pier. The next stage was an off-road cycle ride of 112 miles all the way along the South Downs Way to Winchester.

There was a brief stop at the QECP checkpoint for food and water. At this point the riders had experienced extreme conditions with driving rain, muddy trails and unseasonably cold temperatures, and a number had dropped out.

 

 

Checkpoint at QECP

Checkpoint at QECP

Having got to Winchester they then ran 26 miles along the Clarendon Way to Old Sarum, Salisbury. After the event there was a bbq and presentation at the Salisbury Rugby Club.

 

The time scale to complete this amazing challenge was 24 hours (Trailwalker was 30 hours to walk 65 miles!). There was an international field who took the whole event very seriously.

 

As an example of the quality of the athletes, the first woman home in a time of 16 hours 40 minutes, and 3rd overall, was Maunela Vilaseca. She comes from Brazil and recently competed in the ‘X Terra Brazil-Amazon’. This was another triathlon with the swimming section taking place in the Amazon complete with piranhas to ensure a record pace. Manuela managed a place in the top ten for this event.

 

QECP checkpoint

QECP checkpoint

 

For more information about the company which organised the X-TRI 24 go to www.endurancelife.com

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