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Test your fitness in sunny Cyprus

Test your fitness in sunny Cyprus
9 Jan 2014

Cyprus is inviting Brits who don't like facing the wind and rain in January and February to get fit there instead this winter.

With average maximum temperatures of 18C in February marking Cyprus' coldest month - compared to just 8.5C in London - and 340 days of sunshine per year, Cyprus in the winter time is the ideal place to exercise. 

It's no wonder then that members of the British Olympic and Paralympic teams decided to base themselves on the island in the run-up to the 2012 Games.

However, you don't need to be a gold medal winner to take part in the international-standard sporting challenges open to both professionals and amateurs that are being held on the Mediterranean island in 2014. 

Acknowledging that 26 January is a bit too early to enter the sea, even in Cyprus, the K1 Triathlon Club is putting on a duathlon, which replaces the swim with an extra leg of running.

This is followed at the end of February by some dedicated two-wheel action in the form of the Sunshine Cup - a two-stage cycling challenge incorporating some of Cyprus' most difficult yet scenic terrain. 

March - before things start to heat up too much - is the month of the island's two major marathon challenges. On the 9th, the Cyprus Marathon - incorporating three different distances: the marathon, half marathon and 10k - takes place in and around Paphos, before the Limassol Marathon - featuring a full distance, a half marathon, a health race a corporate race and a children's race - is held on the 16th.

Fans of more extreme physical challenges such as the Tough Mudder in the UK, might want to wait until the 29th to take part in the Legion Run, a brand new event featuring obstacles such as fire, barbed wire and walls, evoking the fighting spirit of the island's resident British forces. 

So why not sweat in the sunshine this winter?ADNFCR-408-ID-801680488-ADNFCR

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