TrailX Triathlon

Uckfield, Sussex
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The TrailX Off Road Triathlon at Pippingford Park is back for its 3rd year, having skipped a year in 2020. Each year it has got a little bigger and it’s looking like 2021 will see record numbers!

This trail event makes the most of Pippingford Park, a private estate that covers hundreds of acres in the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. Pippingford is home to the natural lakes that make up multi lake open water swimming portion of this Triathlon. Whether you are open water lake swimming, mountain biking or trail running you’ll be stunned by your surroundings. Pippingford Park is British countryside at its finest.

If you have an appetite for an off-road triathlon with a sense of adventure and you’re at least 14 years old this is the Triathlon for you.

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Races

  • Full Fat Entry 18+yrs.
    £85 BOOK
  • Full Fat - Relay 18+yrs.
    £100 BOOK
  • Sugar Free Entry 18+yrs.
    £70 BOOK
  • Sugar Free Entry - Youth 14-17yrs old.
    £25 BOOK

Entry to one of the most fun and adventurous triathlons you can imagine

An exclusive TrailX Triathlon medal on completion of the event

Camping on both the night before and night after the event

Showers with lovely hot water

Access to plenty of catering but we advise you bring some breakie with you if you’re camping over

The opportunity to spectate at the Vittoria Mountain Bike Marathon on Sunday the 11th

Full Fat
1000m Swim, 24km MTB & 8km Trail Run
For over 18s
Great if you’ve got a little bit of experience.

Sugar Free
600m Swim, 12km MTB & 4km Trail Run
For over 14s and great for 1st timers
Also a brilliant option f you’re looking to build up a bit of experience.

This is a great place for the adventure to begin; the legendary (well almost) TrailX multi lake swim, that’s right, not only will do we have a point to point swim but it takes place in multiple natural lakes!

Both the Full Fat and Sugar Free distances will start in waves of roughly 10 competitors, they’ll use multiple lakes with short portages between them and finally a run up to transition.

In the past 2 years this swim has proved to be a real highlight for a lot of competitors. Following the 2019 race a competitor was chatting with an organiser about the great time she’s had and during this conversation she branded the swim a ‘Trail Swim’ – now we’re not sure what a trail swim is but we like it and it sounds great fun

The Full Fat event uses 3 lakes and the total distance to transition will be about 1000m.

The Sugar Free event will use 2 lakes and the total distance will be about 600m.

The lakes are fed with fresh water from a river, the result is nice and healthy water but the slight downside is that even in mid summer the water is chilly, with this in mind wetsuits will be compulsory for both distances.

Pippingford Park has a great relationship with mountain biking, it has hosted numerous National and Regional MTB races, as a result there is some first class singletrack sections scattered around the woods. The course for both the Full Fat and Sugar Free events will be approximately 35% singletrack with woodland tracks and fire access roads making up the rest. They’ll be plenty of options for overtaking for those making up time after the swim. The middle 3rd of both courses will traverse stunning open heathland that ebbs and flows with the landscape like some sort of crazy roller coaster

Full Fat competitors will complete 2 laps of a 12km loop that will be very similar to the one used in 2019 but will include a couple of new bits to keep you on your toes. This means loads of big grin content; fast flowing singletrack, mega quick descents and challenging ups.

When it comes to the Sugar Free event it’s still 2 laps and similar content to the Full Fat course but a little chilled out. The 2 toughest climbs have been chopped off to ensure the you’re fresh enough to enjoy the fun bits. You still get loads of the smile making singletrack that this venue is renowned for but some of the more technical bits have been missed. Fear not if mountain biking is your thing as this is still a course for mountain bikes.

While were talking about bikes it’s worth pointing out that both the Full Fat and Sugar Free events are MTB only, you will not be allowed to compete if you are planning to use a CX bike, commuter or any type of road bike. This rule is here to ensure that you get as much enjoyment from the event as possible.

We realeased a brand new run course for the 2019 tri and the reaction was resoundingly positive. It was tough in true TrailX fashion but the rewards were immence, stunning views and wicked flowing woodland trails. Suffice to say that we don’t have any plance to change it.

The course is approximately 4km and is a mix of woodland tracks, open moorland and gravel estate roads. You run from transition to the valley floor via a meandering descent before climbing to the highest point of the venue where you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. At the top of the hill you’ll be greated by a water station with smiling volunteers (some competitors have been known to chill out here for a few mins, take on some water and enjoy the views), once you’re refulled it’s a case winding your way across and down the heathland before getting back to the bottom of the valley and a short trip along a lakeside path before a short yomp up to the finish line.

Full Fat competitors will complete 2 laps

Sugar Free competitors will complete 1 lap

For all participants:

Sign on for all categories is open from 8:00am and will remain open until 11:30am (you cannot use any part of the course, including transition until you have signed on)

The practise loop of the bike course will open from 8:30am and will close at 10:30am. If you are entering the Sugar Free race and are not able to get to the venue to suit these times please speak to someone at registration and practise will be arranged for you.


For all Male Full Fat (standard distance) Participants:

Bikes for the Full Fat – Male race must be racked in transition by 9:45am

The compulsory briefing for the Full Fat – Male event will be at transition at 9:50am

The walk from transition to the lake side is about 15mins and will be a great time to ask any questions you have.

Wave start for the Full Fat – Male race is from 10:30am – Go, Go, Go!


For all Female Full Fat (standard distance) participants:

Bikes for the Full Fat – Female race must be racked in transition by 10:15am

The compulsory briefing for the Full Fat – Female event will be at transition at 10:20am

The walk from transition to the lake side is about 15mins and will be a great time to ask any questions you have.

Wave start for the Full Fat – Female race is at 11:00am – Go, Go, Go!


For all Full Fat Relay participants:

If you are a ‘same gender’ relay team please use the information relevant to your teams gender as you will be starting with that group.

If you are in a ‘mixed gender’ relay team please use the information relevant to the gender of your Swimmer as they will be starting in that group.


For all Sugar Free (half distance) participants:

Bikes for the Sugar Free race must be racked in transition by 11:00am

The compulsory briefing for the Sugar Free event will be at transition at 11:05am

The walk from transition to the lake side is about 15mins and will be a great time to ask any questions you have.

Wave start for the Sugar Free race is at 11.45am – Go, Go, Go!

If you’re over 14 on the 18th of July, have a love for off road sports and a sense of adventure this could be the race for you.

If you don;t fancy taking on the whole challenge and fancy a fun day in the woods with some family or friends why not rope in some help and enter as a team of 3 in the Full Fat Relay.

A full refund will be offered on a pre-entry up to 8 weeks before race day. Cancellation requests received between 8 and 4 weeks before the event will receive a refund of 50% of the entry value. Refunds requests within the final 4 weeks before the event will be at the organisers discretion.

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