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New for 2016: The Gladiator
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Posted on: Thursday 30th July 2015

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Richard Iles, the Race Director behind Race New Forest events ( gives the inside track on the Gladiator Triathlon, the new incarnation for 2016 of the highly regarded ForestMan, which will take place on Sunday 26th June 2016.

Check out the details below, and if that appeals...sign up HERE!

"Gladiator" to replace "ForestMan" for 2016

Ever been tempted to take part in our New Forest based iron-distance classic, but been put off by the ForestMan's particularly tough, off-road run course?

The GladiatorWell, after eight editions of our ForestMan we felt it was time to try and put on an iron-distance event in the Forest, which retained the unique character of the event but with a slightly less daunting final section. Given the popularity of our SwashBuckler and and its unique setting, we figured that Bucklers Hard would provide the ideal venue. So here we go: on June 26th 2016  the inaugural “Gladiator” Triathlon will take place at beautiful Bucklers Hard.

Named after the warship built and launched out of Bucklers in 1782 (its figurehead can be found in the maritime museum and provides us with our event logo!), the race will feature a one way swim, downstream from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard: 112 miles through the New Forest National Park incorporating sections of the SwashBuckler and ForestMan routes, (along with some nice new bits!), and a flat, fast run course, which will be part track, part road and will pass through Bucklers seven times, which will make for an incredible supporter/spectator experience.

Over the years ForestMan has had the reputation as one of the UK's premier long distance events. We have every confidence that “The Gladiator” will be even better!

The Venue

The GladiatorWith its Georgian cottages running down to the Beaulieu River, Bucklers Hard was the birthplace of many English naval vessels including many of Lord Nelson's fleet. Nowadays the hamlet is a tourist attraction featuring a maritime museum and a marina. Fortunately for us it also contains a rather splendid café, top quality hotel... and a pub!!

The River

The GladiatorThe Beaulieu River is itself unique, being one of only a handful of privately owned rivers in the world and the one-way swim downstream from Beaulieu will represent one of the most memorable swims in world triathlon. With the race scheduled for the back end of high tide it should also prove to be fairly quick, given a little tidal assistance! The run up between the two rows of cottages will take the athletes up to T2, located at the top end of the village with a fantastic vista back down the hill, over the river's meanders.


Out on to the bike course, competitors will be faced with a 112-mile ride through the National Park, home to herds of ponies, cows and donkeys (and if you're lucky, pigs, sheep and deer as well). The route takes in areas of open heathland, quiet lanes, New Forest villages and a couple of circuits up the beautiful Bolderwood Ornamental Drive.

The Gladiator


Out of T2 the run will incorporate an out-and-back section along the footpath leading to Beaulieu along with a section out on the local lanes with Aid Stations every 1.5 miles or so. Competitors will pass through the centre of the village seven times, making it ideal for friends and family, who will be able to witness the suffering from the luxury of “The Master Builders”. We anticipate some fast times on this flat run course and for those seeking to complete rather than compete, a more realistic challenge than that provided by The ForestMan's notorious off-road rollercoaster.

Finish Line

The ForestMan has always (rightly) been praised for the Finish-Line experience at Sandy Balls. We'll still be having the BBQ and you'll still get to choose your own finishing line music, and as the sun slides slowly over the horizon we'll also all have one of the great views in the sport of Triathlon.

The Gladiator


With the half distance SwashBuckler scheduled for mid May there will be an ideal opportunity for a bit of a recce ahead of the big day so given all of the above you can probably understand why we are more excited about The Gladiator than probably any other we've ever put on.

If you are tempted, don’t put it off, make it your 'A' race for next year as we'll only ever be able to run the event during a season when time and tide cooperate... and that's something even Richard can’t control!

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