Standard Triathlon (formerly Long)

1500m swim, 35km cycle & 10km trail run
Category: Triathlon
Event Grade: Hard

The route is one of the toughest and most scenic triathlons in the UK has to offer. Swim in the stunning, clear Derwentwater, cycle two of the Lakeland Passes (Honister and Newlands)  and run up a Lakeland Fell (Walla Crag). Are you ready for the challenge?

Start times will be from 8am.

Route Description

1500m Swim

A new route will be set for the swim to make this event even more challenging. A 1500m route will go around the historic Derwentwater Island. The use of swim socks, gloves and neoprene hats are all permitted making the swim a comfortable pleasant experience. The routes can be observed from the Festival Village and swimmers will be cheered on as they exit the water to transition. Please note: water temp for this event will be around 12oC and you should prepare yourself accordingly - read acclimatising to cold water article.

36km Cycle

A challenging cycle that takes participants from Crow Park heading north to Great Crosthwaite, then south alongside Fawe Park and Swinside. Participants will then ride through Newlands Valley, which provides impressive scenes of the mountain ranges either side. A tough but rewarding ascent and descent of Newland Hause allows for stunning views of Moss Beck while heading towards Buttermere, and on to an extremely difficult accent to Honnister Pass. Descending to Seatoller the route heads north taking in views of Kings Howe before travelling alongside Derwent Water back to Crow Park.

All participants are responsible for ensuring their bike is safe and road worthy.  A helmet must be worn and secured before you will be allowed to take your bike out of the transition area.

The route will be signed and marshaled as appropriate, however it is the responsibility of all participants to make sure they are aware of the route and abide by the highway code at all times when on or near public highways.

10km Trail Run 

From Crow Park participants will experience a mix of road track and fell path with stunning views all around from the start. Heading east from transition participants will run through Cockshot Wood before crossing the Borrowdale Road at Bow Barn and taking the route alongside Brockle Beck and Springs Farm. Participants will take on a challenging ascent through Springs Wood to Castlerigg and on to the climb to the top of Walla Crag. From the top of the Crag participants will be able to take in stunning views across Derwent Water to Cat Bells to the west and over the event site at Crow Park to the north.

The route from Walla Crag follows a technical but rewarding descent along Falcon Crag towards Ashness Bridge. Taking the tarmac path down to Borrowdale Road participants will cross to the lakeside path and head north through Great Wood and past Calfclose Bay. The final 2km takes participants through The Ings and along the lakeside back to the finish line in the event village at Crow Park.

All participants are advised to wear trail running shoes for the event to provide you with both comfort and stability during the run. The route will be signed, flagged and marshaled as appropriate, however it is the responsibility of all participants to make sure they are aware of the route and abide by the highway code at all times when on or near public highways.


It is possible that events and courses at KMF may need to be amended at short notice due to weather issues, water levels, road conditions or roadworks.

By nature, many of these factors are not possible to know well in advance. For each event there are a number of alternative options available which can be implemented at short notice. The organisers and race directors will always have athlete and spectator safety as the highest priority, and within that context will seek to provide the best possible experience. All sporting events would be impacted if the KMF Festival Village has to be closed. In this instance, as long as circumstances allow, all starts and finishes would be relocated to Lake Road and Lakeside Car Park and the events operated as smoothly as possible.

Swim: The prevailing wind direction is from the SW (i.e. along Derwentwater). There are options available to us to keep the event operating in high winds - keeping the swim in the lee of Derwant Isle, and starting and finishing from the beach adjacent to Keswick Launch. These would be exhausted before any cancellation decision. 

Ultimately, we would consider cancelling the swim if the weather/water conditions are extreme, and there is a risk to participants safety. This also applies if the conditions are such that the water safety team are compromised in any way, and cannot provide assured safety cover to the event. In event of swim cancellation, the event would become a rolling start Duathlon.

Bike: alternative routes are available depending on the conditions which are forcing a re-route.

Run: alternative routes are available depending on the conditions which are forcing a re-route.


What is Bio Security?
Biosecurity means taking action in order to minimise the introduction or spread of invasive non-native species and diseases (INNS).

Why should we worry?
The freshwater resources of Cumbria – its many tarns, lakes, rivers and becks – are of great ecological and economic significance. We love spending time in and on them so protecting them is something we all need to take responsibility for. Freshwater INNS are able to ‘hitchhike’ on our equipment, footwear, clothing and boats. When we move to a new river, tarn or lake, a species may be transferred and may become established, often having devastating effects.

What can we do to help?
As keen outdoor and sports enthusiasts we all need to help protect the landscapes we love. The bio security at the Festival will involve just a little extra cooperation and organisation. You will be required to ensure that your wetsuit is clean and dry before you arrive and that it is cleaned before you leave. The purpose of this is to do our bit to try and stop the spread of invasive aquatic species.

The process at the race will be:
You will ensure that all equipment to be taken into the water is clean and dry before you arrive on the race morning. After the race and before removing anything else from the transition area, go to the washing point with your wetsuit, goggles, swim cap etc, and your race number. Check your equipment for obvious vegetation or other aquatic life and remove anything found.  Wash all above mentioned equipment in the fresh water and tubs provided.  Once done to their satisfaction, a steward will mark your race number to indicate that your equipment has been cleaned. When you later leave the transition area with all of your other equipment show your appropriately marked race number to the transition exit steward who will check it against your bike number tag in the normal way.

Compliance with this process is essential to ensure that we are able to pursue our sport in such beautiful surroundings. For more information on the issues please visit

coming out of transition
stunning scenery on the run
swimmers in Derwentwater
Clean Check Dry - take Bio Security seriously

What’s included?

FREE photograph, electronic chip timing, KMF swim hat, event t-shirt,1 feed station on the run and 1 FREE concert ticket!

What’s great about this event?

Start and finish at Crow Park where your friends and family can spend the day and watch you cross the finish line creating a supportive atmosphere. 

Race Rules

Click to see Long Triathlon race results from 2017


Sunday June 10 2018 at 08:00 am
Not available

PRICES£62 Individual | £83 Relay


The Festival Village is located adjacent to The Theatre By The Lake close to Derwentwater.

Address: Lakeside
CA12 5DJ


Please note: event time subject to change.

Wetsuits are compulsory for all competitors, any competitor who is not wearing a wetsuit at check-in will not be allowed to take part in the swim. We also recommend the use of swim socks and gloves. Please see for more information on acclimatising to cold water.


Further Information will be published soon, if you have entered this event you will be sent an email notification. 


*All tickets subject to a booking fee. 


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