Our pick of the UK’s off-road triathlons taking place this year.

(photo: SussexSportPhotography.com)

Following the sad news that Xterra England was cancelled this morning, we’ve put together a list of other road triathlons taking place across the UK this year.

Durty Events are running a variety of off-road triathlons all across Scotland. You’ll probably have heard of the notoriously hardcore Celtman! (3.8k swim / 202k bike / 42k trail run including two big mountains) but they’ve also got the super-fast Foxlake triathlon which competitors should aim to complete in 10-15 minutes. Aviemore triathlon makes good use of its beautiful setting in the Cairngorms National Park and the excellent MTB trails there (if you’re worried, there are good rail links from London too!) and there’s also their original “most fun-est and best” Durty triathlon in the Scottish Borders. durtyevents.com

High Terrain Events also have a number of off-road races but none of them sadly feature the complete swim, mountain bike, trail run complement. There are excellent looking off-road duathlons though at GrizedaleKielder and Whinlatter and the Buttermere Triathlon features a gorgeous looking trail run. highterrainevents.co.uk

Check out Go Lakes for a pretty comprehensive listing of all races taking place in the Lake District this year. Since this is the  ‘adventure capital’ of England a lot of it is off-road and if it isn’t, those roads are going to wind through some pretty spectacular mountain scenery.

If you’re hooked on Xterra though, consider a trip to the Emerald Isle for Xterra Ireland. The country’s inaugural race is a qualifying event for the World Championships.

Have we missed anything? We’re bound to have! If there’s an amazing off-road event you’re going to that we haven’t mentioned, let us know in the comments.

Off Road Triathlon / Duathlon Race Listing 2014

22 Feb: Trailman Duathlon, Eridge Park, Kent
16 March: Grizedale Off-Road Duathlon, Grizedale Forest Park, Hawkshead, Cumbria
6 April: Whinlatter Xtreme Mountain Duathlon, Whinlatter Forest Park, Cumbria
17 May: Keswick Mountian Festival Sprint Triathlon, Keswick, Cumbria (swim / road bike / trail run)
18 May: Keswick Mountian Festival Long Triathlon, Keswick, Cumbria (swim / road bike / trail run)
25 May, Tear Jerker Triathlon, Elveden, East Anglia
1 Jun: Coniston Old Man Triathlon, Coniston Hall, Cumbria (swim / bike / fell run)
7 Jun: Foxlake Triathlon, Foxlake Adventures, nr. Dunbar, East Lothian
28 Jun: Celtman! Torridon village, Wester Ross, Scotland (entries now closed)
6 July: Kielder Iron Distance Triathlon, Leaplish Waterside Park, Kielder, Northumberland (swim / road bike / trail run)
20 July: Xterra Ireland, Two-mile Gate, Killaloe, Co. Clare. Ireland
17 Aug: Sandwell Off-road Triathlon, Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich, West Midlands
23 – 24 Aug: Craggy Island Triathlon, Isle of Kerrera, nr. Oban, Argyll & Bute
31 Aug: Aviemore Triathlon, Badaguish Outdoor Centre, Aviemore
13 Sept: Buttermere Triathlon, Buttermere, Cumbria
13 Sept: Durty Triathlon, Tibbie Shiels Inn, St. Mary’s Loch, Scottish Borders
14 Sept: St Mary’s Standard Triathlon, St. Mary’s Loch, Yarrow Valley, Scottish Borders (swim / road bike / trail run)
18 Oct: Grim Off-Road Duathlon, Aldershot, Hampshire
10 Nov: Whinlatter Off-Road Duathlon, Whinlatter Forest Park, Cumbria
1 Dec: Kielder Duathlon, Kielder Castle, Northumberland