Swim, bike and run around Marlow this year

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If you are looking for a new physical challenge this year, F3 Events have taken it upon themselves to organise all manner of events in Marlow – covering swimming, cycling and running – and sometimes all 3 in the same event!

Martyn Edwards of  F3 told us “the events are unique in Marlow and the surrounding area and are ideal for welcoming new entrants into a different sport that they might not have thought about taking part in before.”

It’s good to see some variety in the local mass participation events, so why not give one a try?  The triathlon events also have team based entries, where one person does each leg – ideal for friends or colleagues.

Events Based Around Higginson Park, Marlow

2010's Marlow Big Swim

The Marlow River Swim – 16 July 2011
In 2010 the first ever Marlow River Swim in 2010 was a single distance affair, but for 2011 there will be three distances to choose from that will cater for both beginners and experienced swimmers – 750m, 1.5km and 3km.

This should also be a good spectator event, since the swimmers are will be just a few metres from the rivers edge and can be easily followed along the towpath.
More details and online entry on F3 website

The 2nd Marlow River Sprint Triathlon – Sun 17 July 2011
This sprint distance triathlon consists of a 750m river swim, 24.5km bike ride, and a 5km run – all based around start and fiish points in Higginson Park.
The swim part give a unique opportunity to swim in the River Thames, and the bike course is moslty flat and fast, using the Henley-Marlow Road out and back.
The event is open to all levels of participant and encourages first time triathletes to the event. More details on F3 website

The 1st Marlow River Olympic Distance Triathlon  17 July 2011
Following the success last year of the inaugural Marlow Sprint Triathlon, 2011 sees the addition of the longer distance version – an Olympic distance triathlon – 1,500 metre swim, 37km bike ride and a 10km run.
The swim is a 1500 metre one lap course in the River Thames and is designed to make even the weakest swimmer get a fast swim split.
The bike course includes the same section as the Sprint event, with the addition of heading out along the Fairmile from Henley.
The run is made up of 2 Laps of the 5km loop used for the Sprint event. More details on F3 website

Events in the surrounding area

These events don’t start in Marlow-  but they do pass through, and loop around much of the beautiful local scenery and nearby villages.  Cycle sportives are basically organised mass bike rides, with support around the route in terms of drink/food stations and backup vehicles etc.

Longest Day Cycle Sportive – 10 April 2011
Starting at nearby Dorney Lake, this will be the first running of these events riding around the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire countryside with plenty of opportunities for coffee stops! There are two routes on offer, both decent challenges at 90km & 180km.
More details on F3 website

Dipper Cycle Sportives – 17 April 2011
The second year of running these events – last year saw just under 400 participants.
They are based at Shiplake College, near Henley, and heads out over the Chiltern Hills taking in all the scenery, ascents and descents. There are three distances to challenge yourself with:

The Chilterns BIG DIPPER Sportive – 100 miles
The Chilterns LITTLE DIPPER Sportive – 100km
The Chilterns MINI DIPPER Sportive – 60km
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Article author: Paul Merchant

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