Des Walkden thought that he would try something different, so he travelled down to the beautiful location of Betws y Coed in North Wales On the race day it was typical pouring down Welsh weather. He entered the 50K multi event which was as follows:
Stage 1 8km trail run 1028 ft climb
Stage 2 11km road bike 1082 ft climb
Stage 3 1km kayak- shortened to 0.5km due to bad weather
Stage 4 9km trail run 1154 ft climb
Stage 5 14km road bike 695 ft climb
Stage 6 7km trail run 879 ft climb
He managed to pace himself OK and finished 13th overall in a time of 3:48:34.