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Dirty weekend in the UK

The United Kingdom will host a multi-sport adventure sports festival this weekend, July 5-6. In addition to an adventure race and trail run, a mountain bike orienteering race will also be held in the surroundings of the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders.

Along with the racing, those attending will be able to enjoy Landrover demonstrations, mountain bike skills demos, biking workshops, a climbing tower, sheepdog trials and a host of kids' activities. The weekend will be based on the grounds of a Scottish baronial stately home, the Traquair House.

The Polaris Challenge, a mountain bike navigation event, will span two days during which competitors will have to reach as many checkpoints as possible within the allotted times. Riders will be given a list of checkpoints and sent out from the base camp at Traquair where they ride for between five and seven hours before returning to base to receive further instructions. As a two-day event riders will camp over night before taking on the second half of the challenge and will finish mid afternoon allowing plenty of time to enjoy the festival atmosphere at the event village.

For more information, visit www.dirtyweekendadventure.com or for mountain bike competition specific information, visit www.polarischallenge.com.

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