New Forest Rattler Endurance Weekender - The Swim
The Swim will take place at the stunning Ellingham Water Ski lake and has three routes to choose from. Ideal for the experienced swimmer looking for a quick time or those training for long distance triathlons and is also perfect for those getting into open water swimmer.
Bespoke medal awaits each swimmer at the finish line!
The swim is a part of the New Forest Rattler Endurance Weekender so why not enter the bike or run and make a massive weekend of it!
The swim will be timed.
Moyles Court School, Moyles Court, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3NF
Ellingham Waterski Club, Blashford, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3PJ
We have partnered with 2XU who provide wetsuit hire which can let you try before you buy. From £30.
From The South East / London: From M3 continue onto M27 Westbound. M27 eventually becomes A31 – continue Westbound to Ringwood. Exit at Ringwood and turn right at roundabout following A338 Salisbury & Fordingbridge. On the edge of Ringwood (after approx 1.5m) just after passing the speed de-regulation signs, turn Right into Ellingham Drove – look for brown signs to Ellingham Waterski.
Moyles Court School is about 1k further along Ellingham Drove.
From The West / Bournemouth: Follow A31(A338) Eastbound and exit at Ringwood and turn left at Roundabout onto A338 Salisbury & Fordingbridge – follow as above.
From Salisbury / North: Take A338 Southbound from Salisbury towards Ringwood. Continue past Fordingbridge and Ibsley, then look for brown signs to “Ellingham Waterski” on your left just after the big lake & quarry, also on your left.
Parking at the Ellingham Waterski Club is very limited and will be reserved for those with restricted mobility.
The main event car park will be at Moyles Court School, Moyles Court, Ringwood BH24 3NF, where parking is free. It is about a 1k walk to the Lake from the car park. It will be fully signed.
Please obey the No Parking cones, parking only where permitted. This is for the safety of competitors!
Please do not park in the entrance to the Ellingham Waterski Cclub
Moyles Court School, Ringwood, BH24 3NF
Saturday 24 August, 6:00am start
The New Forest offers some great cycling and some spectacular scenery. There are sections with long open straights that are truly exhilarating, some punchy hills, and also some longer gradual climbs. The maximum gradient is at Blissford hill near the end of each route where you will encounter a 25% climb. This is a short sharp climb that looks like a wall as you approach it.
The routes have been designed to encounter as little traffic as possible, and there are minimal miles on bigger roads. In places, the routes narrow to single lanes and extra care will need to be taken on these sections. Riders will also need to be extremely careful when passing any of the livestock that resides in this wonderful part of the country. Horses, in particular, tend to get easily spooked by passing cyclists, so please take care while enjoying what has become a favourite fixture in many people’s cycling calendar.
The 102 mile epic route offers the more experienced sportive rider a fantastic challenge, and completely showcases the fantastic New Forest National Park. Be warned though – the last 20 miles of the epic route are the hilliest!
We have a dedicated Facebook Event where you can join the other participants.
Sunday 25 August, 6:00am start
Ellingham Waterski Club, Blashford, Ringwood, Hants, BH24 3PJ
The swim will be timed, and has three distances to choose from - 1.4k, 2.5k or 3.8k, ideal for the experienced swimmer looking for a quick time, those training for long distance triathlons, and also for those getting into open water swimming.
The swim is a clockwise circuit of the lake. The course will be clearly marked with buoys, and explained at the race briefing at the start. There will be a number of rescue canoes and a safety boat. If you get into difficulty during the swim turn onto your back and raise one arm in the air, assistance will come to you.
Competitors are reminded that no inland waterways in Britain are considered safe for swimming. Do not swim if you have an open wound, feel unwell or are recovering from a virus or infection, as your immune system may not be strong enough to ward off infections. In the event of illness after swimming, medical advice and treatment should be sought from your GP.
Furthermore, to avoid the possible spread of weed between bodies of water, athletes should always ensure that their wetsuits are rinsed and thoroughly dried between swims at different venues.
Spectators can view the swim course between 5.30am – 7.45am
A footpath starts at the gated entrance to the Club and follows the perimeter of the lake, giving many places from which to view. There are also viewing areas at the start and exit of the swim course. Please keep clear of the taped / fenced routes in and out of the finish area. For security reasons only competitors are allowed within the finish compound.
Moyles Court School, Ringwood, BH24 3NF
Sunday 25 August, rolling start between 10am and 12.30pm
Registration will be open between 10am and 12pm.
Those planning to complete a marathon must start between 11:30 – 12:00
The event cut off time is 6 hours. All runners must be finished before 6pm. Marshals will ask the runner to head to the finish if they believe the runner will not complete a lap and get back to the finish before 6pm.
The gorgeous run through the beautiful New Forest is part on the highway and part on trails. It is a sportive run, designed for enjoyment and personal achievement. You are only racing yourself. It is chip timed and you will get an awesome medal!
The road will be open and the rolling start minimises the impact on local people.
You can run up to a marathon within the 6 allocated hours. A marathon is three laps. The half is an out and back, there's also a 10k.
The route directions are described below
- Exit over boarded cattlegrid and turn left on the road towards South Gorley (rolling start of small numbers as the road is open)
- At the fork just after Hockey’s Farm, bear right.
- Here will be an Aid Station
- Straight on towards Ogdens on Abbotswell road
- Where the road bears sharp left, go straight onto the track
- Follow the signs through the car park and over the bridge, straight on to where the track joins with the Frogham – Fritham Cycle track.
- Second Aid Station
- Turn right onto the cycle track to start your laps!
- Aid Station at 1.5miles
- Continue to the turnaround point just before Fritham to collect your lap band
- Aid Station
- Retrace the route back towards Abbotswell/Frogham Aid Station & repeat twice more if you want to get to a marathon distance.
- Once you’ve collected all 3 race bands for the Marathon Distance, return from Abbotswell/Frogham retracing out-route to the Finish at Moyles Court school.
- Half or 10K – Just turn around when you have reached the turning point.
We have limited camping spaces available at £25 per pitch.
You can arrive anytime from 2pm on Friday 23 August, and check out on Monday 26 August.
The event has been running for 5 years, initially as a very popular cycling sportive, hosting thousands of athletes who have embraced the weekend of sport.
Bespoke medal for all finishers
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