Lakeland Slateman Three Peaks Duathlon
Lakeland Slateman 3 Peaks Duathlon
Starting from 07.00am - Keswick, Cumbria

Helvellyn - Sca Fell Pike - Skiddaw

100km Mountain Bike and Fell Run Challenge via England's three highest peaks

58KM Bike - 42KM Run

A challenging combined Cycle and Marathon distance run as a team throughout.....

Bike 9k - Run 10k - Bike 24k - Run 22k- Bike 18k - Run 10kBike 6k

The Challenge is to complete the course within 12 hours...

Between the hours of: Sunrise 07.00 and Sunset: 19.00

Via: Helvellyn 950m - Scafell Pike 954m - Skiddaw 931m

Event News Latest:

17/10/2018 - Event web details being prepared for 2019 - Entry will be available soon via Book It Zone!

23/10/2018 - Event almost ready to be launched -  Click here to be added to our mail list - Once you enter you will be automatically added

15/12/2018 - I am pleased to announce the event entries are now open!  Click the 'Book It Zone' link below to enter!

16/12/2018 - The event is now on Facebook where you can join our 'Closed Group' and share your experience with other competitors.

30/06/2019 - The event limit has been reduced to just 50 places available (25 Teams)

15/07/2019 - I have taken the decision to postpone the 2019 event. The reason for this is the low number of entries. I have made full refunds to those who have entered and thank them for their support.

Having analysed the reason for low entries I feel that the event is tough and appeals to only a small number of athletes. I have had many enquiries regarding the event being a 'relay' with two runners and two cyclists in a team of four.This would inevitably attact a greater number.

I will therefore be considering reconfiguring the event for 2020 so please book-mark this page and wait for updates. If you would like to be added to my email circular then email me at

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Lakeland Slateman EventsThe 'Lakeland Slateman' Event is back ...after a 20-year break! The first successful Lakeland Slateman triathlons took place from 1993 to 1995. This was followed by the very popular 'Lakeland Slateman Three Peaks' team fell run 1997 and 1998.

20 years or so on.....Have you still got what it takes to endure a Slateman event?....if so, then read on......

Lakeland Slate is tough and hard wearing and has definitely passed the test of time - so it is appropriate therefore that this event should be the first to take its name from this timeless mineral. All competitors will have to endure this gruelling 100km course via England's three highest mountain peaks...... within the day......between sunrise to sunset!


The event starts and finishes at Burns Farm near Keswick. The race HQ provides a campsite for all competitors wishing to camp before and after the event. The site has facilities and a local pub close by. The event will include a complementary welcome pre-race pasta meal and a complementary post race presentation buffet.

The ChallengeThere are Seven Duathlon Legs...

Leg 1 - Cycle
- START - Burns Farm to Thirlmere - 9km
Leg 2 - Run - Thirlmere - Helvellyn Summit and back - 10km
Leg 3 - Cycle - Thirlmere - Seathwaite - 24km
Leg 4 - Run - Seathwaite - Scafell Pike Summit and back - 22km
Leg 5 - Cycle - Seathwaite- Lonscale Fell Car Park - 18km
Leg 6 - Run - Lonscale Fell Car Park - Skiddaw Summit and back - 10km
Leg 7 - Cycle - Lonscale Fell Car Park - Burns Farm - 6km FINISH
58K Mountain Bike

The four cycle legs comprise a variety of terrain ranging from tarmac road, bridlepaths to open grassy fells....

Leg 1 - The first Leg from the start is nice and easy on tarmac roads and some bridlepaths
Leg 3 - Some further tarmac before entering the toughest cycle section over open fells to Watendlath. Some steep and rugged climbs before descending to the beautiful Borrowdale Valley and then to Seathwaite.
Leg 5 - You leave Seathwaite and start to ascend Honister Pass before turning to cycling along some challenging bridal paths right  the way up the Borrowdale Valley into Keswick town. You then climb steeply up to Lonscale Fell Car Park.
Leg 7 - Steep decent to the A66 - before crossing, and a short rise to Burns Farm and the well earned Finish!

42K Fell Run

The three fell runs are up and down each of the three highest Lakeland Peaks offer a variety of testing and rugged mountain terrain.

Leg 2 - Helvellyn - 10k loop course starting with a fairly flat woodland trail before ascending the steep side of Helvellyn to the summit before returning the short route back to Thirlmere.

Leg 4 - Sca Fell Pike - Starting from Seathwaite - a 15km out and back course over some of the most rugged terrain in the Lakes. This will be the most challenging run section.

Leg 6 - Skiddaw -  A final 10km sprint run up and down Skiddaw in the most direct route.

Team Pairs or Trios

The Lakeland Slateman Three Peaks Duathlon is a team event. You must start and finish as a two or three-man, woman or mixed team and be together at all times. The concept of team pairs/trio is to embrace:
  • Great team camaraderie
  • Both provide team support
  • Team safety
Along the way you will both provide support for each other - Encourage one another and provide support when needed. Your  skills should get you around the whole course and thus include a combination of navigation, cycling and running skills. A great opportunity to share your skills with each other for this and future events!

Team Buddies?

If you don't know anyone crazy like you to take on this challenge then do not worry! You may enter as and individual and we will pair you up with another competitor of similar ability or possibly with another team pair. Just book your place and request a 'buddy pair up'! We will hopefully find you a compatible partner or team to endure this great event experience together as a pair or even trio.

Team Trios

This event is a duo or trio event, we will accept three man, women or mixed teams - All  team mates will run together throughout. All need to enter individually and declare your team.

Team Fours

You would simply compete as TWO team pairs but if you choose to compete together as four then this is totally acceptable.

Team Trio - Emergency Hook-up!

Hopefully not! But it is quite possible that a team mate may drop out just before or during the race with injury, a broken bike or for another reason. If this happens then we would be happy for the other competitor to hook-up with another team and complete the Challenge as a team trio. This would have to be mutually agreed with the other team before or during the race. We will assist with the communication as we want everyone to participate and not be disappointed!

Route MapRoute Map

A more detailed OS map is being prepared - However, this one is an advance map course and gives you an idea of the approximate route..

We will ask that you carry a copy of the official hard copy OS map that will contain sufficient detail to navigate this course safely.

The use of Smart Phone/Tablet OS mapping and GPS devices is totally acceptable. However, you must also carry an original hard copy OS map at all times.

Tip: We recommend you plot your course together well in advance. We have no objection to teams recce sections of the course beforehand.

There may well be a checkpoint between Seathwaite and Keswick to ensure all competitors take the same off-road route. All this will be advised nearer the date.

Experience and Kit RequirementAll competitors should be competent in mountain biking and fell running experience along with road and fell navigational skills.

The bike and running routes do include some tough and testing terrain but not overly technical.

The whole route will have some way-marking to assist you on the run and bike sections. These markers should not be relied upon as over a 100km course they could go missing or be obscure in bad weather. We therefore stress that every team should be prepared to navigate themselves between the given checkpoints using an OS map throughout.

Mountain Run Kit Requirement for each competitor:
  1. Rucsac
  2. Suitable shoes for fell running
  3. OS Map (One per team)
  4. Compass and whistle
  5. Waterproof jacket and trousers
  6. Hat and gloves
  7. Thermal top and leg cover
  8. Water Bottle
  9. Survival bag
  10. First aid kit containing basic first aid accessories (One per team)
  11. Mobile phone (One per team)
Bike Kit Required to be carried on the bike but not on the fells:

1. Suitable Mountain Bicycle - (Cyclo-cross or hybrid bikes would be unsuitable)
2. Tools and puncture repair kit 
3. Additional water bottles
4. Additional emergency food
5. Additional clothing or bike kit

Compulsory Pre-Start Bike and Kit Checks

All teams will have their bike and kit checked before they start.

Kit Checks: Done at registration from 4pm Friday afternoon/evening
Bike Checks: Done at the start on Saturday.

The organiser has the right to refuse a team to start the race if they do not satisfy the above requirements.

Race Registration
All competitors must register on Friday. This can be done from 4pm. The required kit for the race must be presented and checked as well as your bikes will be inspected. Race numbers and other information will be then given to you.

If you are not staying at Burns Farm or traveling up on the day then for convenience, we will check your bikes on Saturday morning before you start.

Race BriefingWe accept competitors will arrive at different times. We will be on hand at registration to brief you when you arrive with any changes there might be.

There will be a final race briefing information sheet handed to each team as you register. We will also give an official final race briefing at 6.45am on race day. Any significant or late changes will be displayed on a notice board at the start.


To be decided - There will be two hand-carved Slateman Challenge Trophies to be contested for the first Male Team and Mixed Team as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd team prizes in a variety of age categories..

The Lakeland Slateman events were previously closed events, only open to members of the UK police service. This event is an 'Open Event' but we will have an additional prize category for members of the Police Sport UK members who take part..

Entry Fee

Entry Fee is 55 per person (57 Unaffiliated) (Plus any additional optional camping fees)

If you don't know anyone crazy enough to complete the challenge with you do not worry? We can arrange a team partner to pair you with. When you enter you will notify the organiser who will pair or trio you with another competitor(s) of similar ability.

What's Included

Your race entry includes:
  • A well organized and marshalled 100km cycle and run course throughout
  • Pre-Race complementary pasta meal Friday evening
  • Drinks and food at all three change-over points
  • Drinks and food at the finish
  • Post-Race complimentary presentation buffet
  • Event 'T' Shirt, 
  • Event mementos
  • Event goody bag
  • Prizes for placed teams in various categories
  • Showers and changing for all  competitors
  • Camp site area for tent, caravan or motorhome for two nights (Additional Booking Fees required)
  • Cycle back-up support on all road sections
  • Finally! - A fantastic and memorable experience!
The event venue will include a camping field where competitors can camp for the duration of the event if they choose. An additional camping fee of 10 per person per night must be paid with your entry fee. The campsite has good quality facilities available including showers and wash rooms.

Burns Farm Campsite
Event field and campsite

If you wish to bring a motorhome or caravan then you must book direct with Burns Farm. Go to:
A secure, on-line booking process is available through 'Book It Zone'

Book It Zone Link

Booking fees are included in your entry fee.

Click here to go to: 'Book It Zone'

Note: As this is an inaugural event we are limiting it to just 100 competitors (50 teams) So please book early!


The Lakeland Slateman Duathlon has a Group Facebook site where you can join and share your pre-and post race experiences and photos.
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Event Sponsors
  • Lancashire Constabulary Athletics Club

Event OrganiserEvent organiser:

Steve BroadbentSteve Broadbent - Secretary of the Lancashire Constabulary Sports Club.

Address: Police HQ, Sauders Lane, Hutton, Preston.PR4 5SB

Mobile: 07974 795466

Athletics History:

I celebrate my 60th birthday this year! I have completed over 100 marathons including 25 London Marathons with a PB of 2.54. I have completed a vast number of mountain triathlons and duathlons as well as countless endurance races in the UK, Europe, Sahara and the Himalayas. I was in the winning team of the 1995 Barmouth to Fort William 3 Peaks Yacht Race, winner of the 2004 Paris to London Run and in 2008 ran Lands End to London then cycled to John O'Groats via the UK 3 Peaks. Competing and fund raising I am also pleased to say I have raised around 10,000 for charity during this period.

Event Organising History:

Lakeland Slateman Triathlon - 1993, 1994, 1995

Lakeland Slateman Three Peaks Fell Race - 1997, 1998

Police Sport UK - 1995 - Current day - Organiser of  5 Police Sport UK, Cross Country, 10 Mile and Track and Field Championships, 23 British Police Annual Fell Races and coordinates 12 annual Northern Police Cross Country League fixtures each year.


I am passionate about organising events for other athletes and actually compete in 75% of those I organize!  I simply want everyone to experience a great day.

As much as I would like to, I won't be competing in this event as I need to ensure I am on hand to provide you with the best, memorable experience ever!




The FAQ section has been created to answer the more specific and common questions asked by competitors. If your question is not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Broadbent at

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. It there an entry limit and closing date?

A. Yes: This is the inaugural Lakeland Slateman Duathlon so we are limiting it to just 50 teams of two - 100 entries. So book early to guarantee your entry. 

Q. Is the course way-marked?

A. No. We ask that all competitors are both competent 'Mountain Bikers' and 'Fell Runner' and have good navigational skills. Therefore we expect everyone to study the course map well in advance and be prepared to navigate between the official check-points throughout. However, for extra safety, we will provide some way-marking at strategic points around the course as we want you to enjoy the day and will provide some flags and road signs on the route to guide everyone through. These should not be relied on to get you around the course - they are just there to assist.

Q. Is there a cut-off time?

A. A cut-off time may be imposed on the last peak at the discretion of the organiser. This would be circa 17.00 at the foot of Skiddaw. Thus ensuring all competitors complete the Challenge before dark.

Q. What will be my start time?

A.The event starts at 07.00 and each team will set-off at one minute intervals through to 08.00. Your start time will be pre-determined from your given 10k times declared at time of entry. This way, slower runners will have more time to complete the course.

Q. How experienced do I need to be to complete this Challenge?

A. As said, every competitor must have good mountain bike and fell running experience. You must have a bicycle suitable for tough mountain biking along with the right kit including suitable fell-running shoes for running on the Lakeland Fells. You must have good navigation skills particularly for running on the fells as weather conditions could be poor.

Q. Are the Check-points manned?

A. Yes. Each mountain bike change-over as well as each summit peak will have course marshals to check you and you team mate through.

Q. Is there back-up support along the way?

A. Yes. We will have a minibus and bike trailer on hand to support any teams who drop out along the way. (Hopefully not!) All competitors must carry repair kits for their own basic repairs.If the bike is irreparable then we will transport you back to the start venue.

Q. If one team member drops out through injury or bike issues can the other carry on?

A. Yes. We would expect the other to make to the next road check point then team up with another following team pair who are happy for you to join up. We are confident that other teams would embrace this.

Q. Is there water at the mountain peaks?

A. No. Our summit marshals will have some water and first aid cover in case of emergency, but all runners will be expected to carry their own supplies.However, there will be bottled water and other energy drinks and food at each road checkpoint. There will be streams along the way that are pretty safe to drink from in case of emergency.

Q. Is there water and food at the bike check points?

A. Yes! We will provide plenty of bottled water and a great selection of carb loading food and Energy Gels at each roadside checkpoint.

Q. If I am unable to compete, can I get a refund of my entry?

A. We will allow you to substitute your entry for another runner who will go on-line and rebook in their name. Once this has been arranged 'Book It Zone' will refund you your entry minus the original booing fee.

Q. Has the campsite got facilities?

A. Yes! Burns Farm is a quality camp site and has excellent showers, washing area and other facilities. Go to: for more information

Q. Can I bring my motorhome or caravan?

A. Yes! Burns Farm have hard-standing pitches with hook-up, water and waste disposal. Go to: for more information and book and pay for your place.