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2018 Ticket Release Radar
By Talyn Williams
05, Dec, 2017
Get these events on the your radar for 2018! (Yes, we're thinking about 2018 already...)
There’s always a buzz about the office at this time of year, and not just because Christmas is coming. For us, December not only marks the end of the year, but gets us ready for another exciting year of going nice places and doing good things. We get to take a look at our calendars, a blank canvas of potential, and fill it with all kinds of adventurous proposals.
Last week saw ticket sales open for some amazing events that we are lucky enough to be attending in 2018, as well as the announcement of something really special (read on to find out). There are also more tickets going on sale before the year is out, so here’s a taste of what’s to come next year... including tickets that have already been released and a couple you’ll need to keep one eye open for!
Spread out across 2018, choose from four epic events in four prime mountain bike locations, MTB Marathon is one of many that we’re seriously looking forward to. 'But why do you love it so much?' you ask... Well, it quite simply offers something for everyone: skills courses for the kids, womens-only rider meet-ups, night rides, family ‘mini’ marathons, half marathons and - if you’re really up for a challenge - the epic full marathon: 70km of gruelling climbs and technical descents, not for the faint of heart. There’s also on-site camping, which creates a fantastic atmosphere of like-minded MTB maniacs, so if you think you’re one of them, this is a highly recommended event to get yourself to. Tickets are available on their website; as always, we recommend you book as early as possible!
Taking place on April 20th & 21st at Kielder Castle Forest Park, The Dirty Reiver 200 (200km) and Dirty One Thirty (130km) are off road cycling challenges based on the Gravel Grinder format found predominantly in the mid west of America. Feed stations along the way mean you can refuel and pump in some energy whilst giving your bikes a quick service (although you should bring your own supplies just in case), and if you want to bring a nice packed lunch, you can even send on a bag to meet you at the 100km mark. On-site camping means that everyone can get together to talk everything gravel which, needless to say, we love to get involved in. Tickets are available on their website, don’t miss your chance to join in!
Photo: The Dirty Reiver
Over the past couple of years, we’ve become infatuated with open water swimming and the OSS host some of the greatest events on the open water calendar, set in some amazing locations that you won't want to miss out on. First up is the Bantham Swoosh, a 6km swim in a shallow, sandy-bottomed estuary. It's exciting, invigorating, beautiful and fun. Join in on July 14th.
Next up is the Dart 10k: the first, and arguably the finest, 10k swim on the open water calendar and 2018 is its ninth year. Share in the fabulous journey from Totnes to Dittisham on September 15th &16th.
Last, but by no means least, is the Hurly Burly. Set in the stunning surrounds of Snowdonia National Park, this unique run-swim event is an Autumnal celebration that embraces the changing of the seasons: bring on the firepits, blackberries, pumpkins, gorse and empty beaches. Dive in on September 29th. For tickets and more information, check out the events section on the OSS website.
Photo: Graham Wynne
The SLMM is a classic two-day mountain navigation competition (or race) that is held annually in the Lake District for pairs and experienced solo entrants. Here at Alpkit, we have followed the Saunders for years: it’s given many of our team their first taste of mountain marathons (and second, and third…), and those of us who have participated always seem to wax lyrical about the friendly, accepting atmosphere and positive vibes. It’s not just an event that tests legs and minds: those that do well need to be as handy with a map and compass as they are on their feet.
We aim to make this, the 40th year, a very special event and a big part of our support has allowed the organisers to make some changes, there are still further details to sort and these will be announced shortly but the changes we have directly supported include;
- Subsidised entry fees for those under-25 on the day of the event (£10 discount)
- Extended and comprehensive prize list across all courses
- Shelter at the overnight camp to allow competitors to socialise with a beer or a brew in the event of rain
As usual, the exact location of the event will be announced a few weeks before race day. Get in quick by entering online here.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Alpkit’s 2018 calendar of going nice places and doing good things, so keep an eye on our events page for a full list of where to find us, and we hope to see you somewhere next year!
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