The Brutal Extreme Triathlons

Sept 12th 2020 - Llanberis, North Wales

The date for 2020 will be the weekend of September 12th. Entries will open on November 20th at midday.

The Brutal Extreme Triathlons start in the beautiful (and slightly chilly) Lake Padarn. The bike course goes through stunning scenery and over some challenging hills. And finally, the run takes you on a undulating trail round the lake and up and down Wales' highest mountain, Snowdon.

The Brutal was not so much a race, but a life experience that has made everyone who took part at whatever distance, and in whatever capacity, better for being there

- Mark Yates - Triple 2015

This is 'The World's Toughest Triathlon' (as voted for by 220 Triathlon in 2017) but it is renowned for it's low-key and friendly vibe. Every athlete, whether it's your first triathlon or 21st, will feel the massive support from not only the event crew, but the other competitors too. The challenging terrain and breathtaking scenery creates an awesome experience that will stay with you long after the aches and blisters have gone!

The distances available are Half, Full, Double and Triple You can enter all of these events as a solo or in a team (2 - 4 members).

New info

PLEASE NOTE - you no longer need mountain support crew for the Full Brutal. The mountain medics are being substantially increased to allow this changed to be implemented safely.

You do still need at least 1 member of crew for the Double / Triple.

Brutal t-shirt for all entrants and medal for all finishers.

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Please note: There have been price increases for 2019 (see bottom of page for costs). These are VAT related and Brutal Events does not benefit from them. If you would like to complain, please email the Inland Revenue ;-)

Race Information

The Routes


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Info Pack

Click here for the 2019 info pack

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What time is registration on Friday?
Registration (which will include mountain bag kit check) is open from 16:00 till 20:00

What time is race briefing on Friday?
Half / Full Brutal briefing is 19:00 - Double / Triple (plus crew) is 20:00

Where is registration/briefing on Friday?
In the main marquee on the event field (pls do NOT bring your transition bags until the morning of the race)

Does my support crew have to register?
No, but they have to attend the race briefing

Will I be given transition bags?
No, but you will be given numbered tags to attach to your own bags

Do I rack my bike on Friday?
Your choice, there will be overnight security if you decide to leave your bike in race HQ on Friday, but if you can't be parted, then you can rack on Saturday morning

What time is transition open on race day?
From 05:00

What time/day does the race start?
All races start at 07:00 Saturday 31st August 2019

Will there be food / drinks on site?
Yes, there is a catering van open from 05:00 till late on Saturday and from 09:00 on Sunday

Can I wear gloves for the swim?
Yes, as long as they are not webbed!! You can also wear booties and extra hats.

Do we get out on every lap of the swim?
You get out every second lap of the swim. There will be hot drinks available lakeside.

What will be available at the aid stations?
Torq Sports Nutrition, flapjack, cheese scones, bananas, biscuits, jellybabies, water, coke and CAKE!

Where are the aid stations?
One on the bike (mile 14) One on the run (2.5 mile approx) and one at HQ

What happens before I start the mountain section?
Before you head off to Snowdon, you will be required to check in with a medic to ensure that you are fit and well enough to climb up and back down a mountain. This check is essential but will not take more than a minute

Is there car parking available?
There is no parking on the event field but lots of car parking close to HQ and in the surrounding village

Where can I stay?
Click here are some B&Bs, hotels, campsites and bunkhouses available near race HQ

Are there showers in transition?
No, only portaloos

What are the rules?
No drafting. You must wear a cycle helmet. No MP3 players or similar. No littering and you must mount and dismount at the designated points.

Race cut offs

Half cut offs
Swim - 1 hour
Bike - 6 hours
Total - 12 hours

Full cut offs
Swim - 2 hours
Bike - 12 hours
Total - 21 hours

Double cut offs )
Swim - 4 hours
Bike - 26 hours
Total - 42 hours

Triple cut offs
Swim - 6 hours
Bike - 38 hours
Total - 64 hours

Laps and order of Snowdon section

Half Brutal
Swim - 2 laps
Bike - 2 laps
Run - 1 Lake Lap and then Snowdon

Full Brutal
Swim - 4 laps
Bike - 4 laps
Run - 3 Lake Laps and then Snowdon

Double Brutal
Swim - 8 laps
Bike - 8 laps
Run - Snowdon first and then 8 Lake Laps

Triple Brutal
Swim - 12 laps
Bike - 12 laps
Run - Snowdon first and then 13 Lake Laps

There will be trophies awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male / female in all races. And 1st place in AG cats.

What kit do I need for the mountain section?

Issued map (waterproof pouch/bag needed)
Waterproof/windproof coat
Waterproof trousers
Extra warm clothes
A fully charged working mobile phone (water proofed) with emergency number in
Glow Sticks x2 (Full / double / Triple only)
Survival foil blanket
Head torch (Full / double / Triple only)
More than 400ml of water or other drink
Blister kit

Support crew
Waterproof/windproof coat
Waterproof trousers
Extra warm clothes
Head torch (Full / double / Triple only)
More than 400ml of water or other drink

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Support Crews

YOU DO NOT NEED SUPPORT FOR THE HALF AND FULL BRUTAL RACES. This is because we have increased the mountain medics on Snowdon, but if you want to take a support runner with you, you can.

YOU DO NEED SUPPORT FOR THE DOUBLE / TRIPLE BRUTAL This must be at least 1 person, but 2-3 is more suitable.

Your support crew MUST support you during the night section of the bike and also on the mountain section. For the bike section your support crew must NOT follow directly behind, but instead wait for you safely in lay-bys or car parks. For the mountain section, they must stay near you at all times.

There is no parking / camping on the field. The best place to camp to support a double athlete is here, as the bike route goes past this point before heading into Llanberis OR you can support them from the main marquee, which has cooking facilities and areas to set up a campbed etc. Please contact us to discuss this further if unclear.

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Team Info

You can enter any of the Brutal Triathlons as a relay team. This can be an ideal introduction into extreme Triathlons or a less 'brutal' way to complete the Double / Triple ;-)

You can have between 2 - 4 members and you can break the event up any way you want to (share the swim, bike or run laps) The timing chip must be changed over in the main HQ marquee and the mountain runner must have support if you are taking part in the Double / Triple.

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Entry fees

Half - £156
Half team - £276

Full - £312
Full team - £432

Double - £420
Double team - £540

Triple - £540
Triple team - £660

Please note: There have been price increases for 2019. These are VAT related and Brutal Events does not benefit from them. If you would like to complain, please email the Inland Revenue ;-)

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