Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) has added a new competitive edge to its sporting events for 2016. Running and triathlon clubs across the country will be able to test themselves against each other in the Keswick Mountain Festival Club Cup, with cash prizes on offer. Sponsored by Hi-Tec, KMF 2016 will run from Thursday 19 until Sunday 22 May, with all sporting events starting and finishing in the Festival Village on Crow Park.
Part of the festival’s 10th birthday celebrations, The Keswick Mountain Festival Club Cup will have two trophies – one for the trail runs and one for the triathlons. In the KMF Trail Running Club Cup, a minimum of six runners (with a mixture of genders) per club must complete one of the four races, at 5K, 10K, 25K and 50K, with at least one runner finishing each event. The team with the lowest combined total of finishing positions will win a trophy, £250 and free entry to defend the title in 2017.
For the KMF Triathlon Club Cup, a minimum of four individual competitors must complete either the short women’s triathlon, short men’s triathlon or long triathlon (at least one finisher per event). Again, the team with the lowest combined total of finishing positions will win a trophy, £250 and free entry to defend their title in 2017. Full details of the rules and examples of how the scoring for both trophies will work can be found on the KMF website.
Lucy Scrase, KMF sporting director, comments:
“Every year, we see loads of club vests in our various races, often with several from the same running or tri club. Our hope is that the Keswick Mountain Festival Club Cup will persuade even more club athletes to take on the challenge of one of our races. During the events, we will be providing regular updates to the crowds in the Festival Village, so clubs and their supporters will be able to keep a track of how they are faring in the standings. The cup is going to add even more excitement to the events next May.”
All of the Keswick Mountain Festival Club Cup events are open for entry at www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk. The 2015 events sold out well before the festival started and although capacity has been increased for 2016, early booking is advised. Everyone who books a place on a KMF sporting event will also be entitled to claim one free ticket to attend either the Friday or Saturday night concert in the Keswick Mountain Festival Village on Crow Park. In addition, they will be able to book their camping at the same time, along with more concert tickets for friends and family.