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Results are available - 23 Sep 2015

Results for 2015 are now on the website for both Challenge Weymouth and the Weymouth Half. Check the tab at the top of the page under results.

Author: PhilippaM
Long Distance Triathlon in Weymouth - 22 Sep 2015

Over the past five years Just Racing  have experienced continued growth and success with their delivery of Challenge long distance triathlon races in the UK,  culminating in the successful delivery of the ETU European Long Distance Championships at Challenge Weymouth, this September.

Alan Rose, Managing Director of Just Racing (Challenge) said, “We have loved being part of the Challenge Family and I am really proud to have helped establish and develop Challenge Family triathlon in the UK.  Whilst we wish Challenge Family continued success, it’s now time for us to move forward in a new direction.”

Although the contract with Challenge family has come to an end, Just Racing will be building on their experience and expertise gained in previous years, to produce an even bigger and better event in Weymouth in 2016.  

Planning is already underway for next year’s long distance events in Weymouth for 11th September 2016, so watch out for an announcement with full details soon.

Cllr Jason Osborne, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Briefholder for Tourism and Culture and Harbour, said: “We are delighted that Just Racing will continue their Sporting Partnership with Weymouth, building on the Olympic legacy.

“The event brings in tourism and visitors to the town and we look forward to working with Just Racing as they continue to deliver a world class long distance triathlon event.”

For more information on all Just Racing events visit www.justracinguk.com

Author: PhilippaM
SMILE..YOU’RE ON TV! CHALLENGE WEYMOUTH GETS GLOBAL COVERAGE. - 20 Aug 2015

After a hugely successful first year, Challenge UK will be returning to Weymouth on 13th September 2015 to play host to the ETU European Long Distance Championships.

Just Racing UK and British Triathlon Federation have partnered up with The Weymouth Bid and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council to enable global coverage of Challenge Weymouth 2015. The event will be broadcast in a one hour TV programme broadcast all over the world. Channel 4, Sky Sports and Euro Sports will televise the programme to around 1 billion viewers! Presented by the well known Triathlon commentator Rob Walker, the programme will highlight this incredible event and showcase the athletes taking part. After the event the film footage will be used to promote local businesses and the area enabling the boroughs to attract visitors from all over the world.

 

Starting with a 2 lap 2.1 mile swim in the beautiful water of Weymouth Bay, the athletes then embark on a 112 mile bike route through the rolling Dorset Countryside. Taking in some stunning landscapes along the Jurassic Coastline the bike course offers the competitors a chance to get a fast time with partially closed roads. After exiting transition for the last time the competitors then set off onto the marathon leg of the race. Along the esplanade and down the infamous ‘beer mile’, this spectator friendly route enables athletes to get lots of support from family, friends and locals. It is a fantastic end to a truly spectacular event!

This year is bigger and better with over 1500 athletes from all over Europe flocking to Weymouth to take part in the ETU European Long Distance Championships. With some familiar faces returning such as previous Champion Stephen Bayliss, Yvette Grice and many more, the competition is heating up!

 

 

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Author: Hayley
USN Race Nutrition 2015 - 06 Aug 2015

USN - Challenge Weymouth Nutrition

USN will be providing all the nutrition for the upcoming Challenge Weymouth and Weymouth Half feed stations. They will be at the expo prior to the event so if you have any questions or if you want to purchase any last minute personal favorites they will be more than happy to help! Their products provide the body with all the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs during long distance endurance sports.

As you know nutrition is a vital part in any event especially middle and iron-distance. No one wants to suffer from the terrible ‘bonk’ feeling so we have put together a list of the products that USN will be providing at Challenge Weymouth 2015.

Out on the course;

  • Ener-G - Mango and lime

Fruit Fusion

Exotic Berry

  • Protein, Seed and Nut Bars

  • Vooma Gels - Flavours including Vanilla, Peach, Espresso, Chocolate

In the Recovery Room;

  • R3 Xcell - Orange

         Tropical

  • Pure Protein Bars

Chocolate Ice-Cream

Vanilla Ice-Cream    

 

In addition to the USN nutrition, there will be fruit and water on the bike course. The run course will have water, flat coke, fruit, sweet treats such as flapjack, brownies and savoury snacks including pretzels and crisps. At the finish, there will be a variety of hot and cold foods including pasta and sandwiches. Erdinger Alkoholfrei will also be on the finish line with their refreshing isotonic sports drink!

 

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch : info@justracinguk.com

 

Author: Hayley
Feedstation Heroes! - 06 Aug 2015

As you know, taking part in any race whether it's sprint distance or long distance support is absolutely vital! At Challenge Weymouth we understand the need for a friendly face and a bit of encouragement when your energy is fading and your legs are feeling a bit sore. We are so lucky to have the following support at the various feed stations at Challenge UK 2015, without their help and volunteered time none of the event could be possible. Our army of volunteers devote time to help with so many different aspects of the event however feed stations are so important - we are lucky to have the help of local tri-clubs - BustinSkin, Wessex Wizards, Sandsfoot Cafe Racers and also the Portland Prison Officers, Weldmar Hospice and the 6Rifles!

 

Bike 1 - Portland Prison officers

Having helped out last year the Portland Prison Officers are back to support and help at the first feed station on the bike course. Having been inspired from helping out last year we are pleased to say that a couple of officers are tackling the course themselves this year so be sure to cheer them on!

Bike 2 - 6th Battallion The Rifles (6Rifles)

We are proud to have the 6Rifles helping out on the second bike feed station in Challenge Weymouth 2015. Formed in 2007 The Rifles are now the largest regiment in the British Army! C Company 6 Rifles, based on Poundbury Road in Dorchester and Wallisdown Road in Poole, is actively recruiting. So if you are aged between 18 and 43 years old and are looking for something different to do, come along and see us any Tuesday evening between 7.30 and 9.30 or ring 01305 264969 Ext 2010.

Bike 3 - Weldmar

http://www.weld-hospice.org.uk/

Weldmar is an independent local hospice which provides high quality to many patients in Dorset. Partnering with Just Racing and Challenge last year we hope to make a difference. With some athletes running in aid of the hospice we were thrilled to place them of the last bike feed station to cheer on competitors.

 

Run1 - BustinSkin - Local tri club

Bustin Skins is a local Tri Club based in Dorset - having helped out last year at the same feed station they are back this year for more! The first station out on the run they will be there to support the athletes through their inevitable jelly legs from the bike.

Run 2 & 4 - Sandsfoot racers - Local tri club

Manning the largest feed station on the course for the out and back section of the run, they will be there to support and encourage everyone! If you wish to meet some of the hardworking volunteers then pop down to the open air Sandsfoot Cafe on Old Castle Road for coffee, cake, a chat and some top tips!

Run 3 - Wessex Wizards - local tri club

After helping on harbour side feed station last year we are delighted to have the Wessex Wizards back for 2015. Positioned on the same station they will be there giving masses of support to the athletes passing by. Without volunteers such as Wessex Wizards Challenge UK would not be possible so thank you to each and every member taking part on the other side of race day.

 

Without your help this event could not be possible so a huge THANK YOU!

 

Author: Hayley
Stephen Bayliss Returns to Challenge Weymouth - 29 Jul 2015

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Bayliss is returning to race at Challenge Weymouth.  Stephen will have raced at all 5 Challenge UK race coming 4th 2011, 1st 2012, 2nd 2013 & 3rd 2014 and will be looking to return to the top of he podium this year.  

Stephen says  "I am really looking forward to racing Challenge Weymouth this year, having competed in all the Challenge UK events so far, I don't want to miss it.  Also I have had a difficult year race wise, I was feeling good in January and February but then caught pneumonia in March which took along time to recover from then I hurt my knee and then a throat infection just kept putting my start to racing back.  But I am starting to feel good and plan to be in great shape for Challenge Weymouth, I look forward to seeing many familiar faces"

Author: Hayley
Yvette Grice - 2011 Challenge Henley Winner Confirmed to Race at Weymouth - 24 Jul 2015

Here at Challenge Weymouth we are delighted to confirm that our previous winner, Yvette Grice, has today confirmed that she will be joining us in Weymouth this year.  

Yvette says, 'I am really looking forward to racing at Challenge Weymouth this year after missing the event last year through injury. The Just Racing Team certainly know how to put on a top quality event and I have no doubt the organisation will be top notch again. The courses look fairly challenging and scenic and there will be top quality fields to race against. Challenge events always have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and I have heard great things about the local support for the event in Weymouth. I am certainly looking forward to racing Challenge Weymouth this year.'

Yvette joins a number of pro athletes hoping to win the ETU European Long Distance Triathlon Championships, which this year can be watched on TV soon after race day.

Author: Hayley
Office Triathlon Experience - 17 Jul 2015

Here at the Just Racing Office we love doing races almost as much as we like organising them!

Between the 8 of us we have racked up:

2 Super sprints, 52 Sprint, 22 Standard, 16 Half and 12 Long distance races.

We didn’t always win, we didn’t always enjoy them & some we didn’t finish, but we do know there is always another day & another race!

We prefer the swim & bike & only 1 of us looks forward to the run!

We don’t consider ourselves experts but we’ve learnt a thing or two along the way - here are our top tips for a successful race:

 

  • Training IS important, make time for it & you will see results

  • Nutrition is also important, eat & drink well before & during your race

  • We prefer 2 piece tri-suits - much easier for toilet stops

  • White tri-suits may be slightly impractical (just trust us on this one)

  • For anything over standard distance change your socks from bike to run, they will feel good & make all the difference to your run

  • Elastic laces in trainers make life so much easier in transition & save loads of time

  • You DO NOT need a gel every 20 minutes - whatever the packet says in our experience over consumption of gels always ends badly

  • If it’s hot IT IS worth taking the time to apply sunscreen

  • SMILE! You paid for it. you trained for it, you may as well enjoy it

  • ALWAYS be friendly to volunteers & thank them. Without them the races wouldn’t happen!

 

Things we wish we’d known before our first race:

Not everyone taking part will look like a pro athlete! Triathletes are friendly & come in all shapes & sizes. We LOVE to talk about triathlon so talk to fellow competitors, swap tips & enjoy each others war stories!

We’ve all failed to get our wetsuits off with cold fingers, tried to put tops on over our bike helmets & forgotten to uncleat our bike shoes as we arrive in transition! Laugh at the mistakes you make & come back stronger next time - & that’s the most important thing. There is always a next time!

Author: HarrietAllen
Dealing with open water panics when racing - 16 Jul 2015

For many, one of the most daunting aspects of an open water triathlon is the swim section. No matter how confident you are swimming in a pool, or how many pool-based triathlons you may have completed, making that transition to open water can set off alarms bells for any swimmer. Similarly, at times even the most experienced open water swimmers can get panicked during open water swims. The uncertainty of conditions, lack of visibility, changing temperatures- there are many triggers that can, unexpectedly turn your swim into a disaster session! However, it doesn’t have to be this way!

Swim Coach Adam Gibson has worked with many swimmers and triathletes throughout his coaching career and has come across every swimming anxiety possible. Adam acknowledges that open water swimming panics happen to everyone and anyone at any time. Through his coaching, he has come up with some tried and tested methods to try and help every swimmer overcome open water panics during racing, summarised in his blog below.

Dealing with Open Water Panics During Racing

It can happen to anyone. You feel like you can't swim. You feel like you can't breathe. You feel like you might die. 10 minutes later, sat on the edge of the lake, you feel like an idiot. You shouldn't. It can happen to anyone.

While the swim is the shortest section in triathlon it is often the part that causes people most problems. In this short blog we'll look at what causes open water race panics, what we can do to deal with them and how we can prevent them happening.

3 Things to Remember...

  • It happens too ALL abilities. Don't relate this problem to your swim ability. I've seen more experienced than beginner swimmers have this issue this year!

  • It doesn't mean your race is over. With the correct strategy and coping methods you may only lose a few minutes. Don't write off your race. (They are expensive these days!)

  • The more you practice and prepare for this, the less it will happen.

 

 

 

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Common Causes...

  • Setting off too fast. Almost ANY pace feels easy for 100-200m when swimming. We've all been there, doing a 400m swim TT, it can feel so easy for the first half, then BOOM, you suddenly realise you were going too fast. Drop yourself in the middle of a busy excited swim start and it’s very easy to set off at an unsustainable pace and not realise.

  • Not acclimatised or exhaling fully. No doubt about it, colder water sets more panics off. Making sure you have got used to the temperature before starting will ensure you are able to exhale fully into the water.

  • Lack of confidence or race nerves. Again, this goes back to needing to be fully relaxed with your breathing, and ensuring you exhale fully.

  • Wetsuit comfort. Some wetsuits have a very high neck line, this can cause swimmers to feel restricted with breathing and set off panic.

  • Choking. Surprisingly probably the least common cause...!

Coping Strategies...

  • Spot the signs early.

  • Slow down your pace (sometimes this can be enough to prevent it).

  • Focus on fully exhaling.

  • Switch to Breaststroke if needed

  • Stop if needed. Remember that in your wetsuit you can float on your back with zero effort, so lay back and relax. Its worth knowing that the rules state you can hang on to a kayak or lake edge so long as you don't make forward progress. So don't assume if a kayak comes to help you they have to take you out the lake. Take your time.

  • Ensure you are fully relaxed and settled before setting off again or before picking up the pace if you didn't stop. Take your time.

  • Don't write off your race. Sometimes these ordeals feel like a lifetime, when in reality they are a matter of seconds or minutes. Keep a positive mind for the rest of the event, it is easy to make up the time on the bike/run. Stay positive.

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Training Methods to Prevent Panics...

  • 100m pool reps with 1st length hard. Get used to that feeling of getting short of breath and practice adjusting pace and swimming through it.

  • Bunch pool sprints. Get comfortable swimming in a group to calm nerves. We swim 2 rows of 3 in a standard pool lane in our squad. (see photo below)

  • Breathing drills. Practice breathing every 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 until you can do a length of each comfortably. Try swimming relaxed lengths on 1 or zero breaths. Get comfortable in these situations.

  • Include 'Sink Downs' in your open water warm up. Put your face into the water and practice fully exhaling  until you start to sink down, that is when you know you are fully exhaling. If you are comfortable doing this you should be fine once you start to swim.

  • Practice floating. I see so many experienced swimmers forget that in open water they can take a break and rest with zero effort. On your open water training occasionally practice laying on your back in your wetsuit at zero effort. Remember this is possible next time you panic.

  • Practice varied pace swims in open water. This will get you comfortable being short on breath and recovering while keeping moving.


SUMMARY...

The above tips should help you reduce your open water panics and teach you how to cope with them should they arise!

Remember... The more you practice and prepare for this, the less it will happen.

 

http://www.greenlightpt.co.uk/blog/dealing-with-open-water-panics-during-racing 

Author: SarahCrisp
What is Challenge Weymouth - 16 Jul 2015

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Challenge Weymouth

13th September 2013

Iron Distance Triathlon- 3.8k swim, 180k bike, 42.2k run

The Challenge Weymouth Iron Distance triathlon takes place within Weymouth town centre. An event of this scale requires an enormous amount of planning and preparation to ensure the best race for competitors with as little disruption for local residents. On Sunday 13th September, we will have 700 athletes taking part in the Full distance and 900 athletes doing the Half Iron distance.

The Challenge Weymouth HUUB swim takes place within Weymouth Bay. From here, the swimmers exit the beach into the transition area situated at Lodmoor Country Park. The athletes then embark on to the bike course.

The Challenge Weymouth bike route is a two lap 90km route taking in some of Dorset’s finest country roads. The route will have sections of fully closed, traffic managed and open roads. All residents will have access to their properties, even on closed roads. On any other traffic managed sections, traffic will be allowed through when the marshal deems safe. Slight delays may occur, but safety to athletes and the public is our main priority. Once the full traffic plan is available, this will be published in the Dorset Echo and on the Dorset Council Website. We will also notify all councils, businesses etc on the route to ensure all are well informed and prepared for the day.

The Challenge Weymouth run course is a fantastic route for athletes and spectators. The Full athletes will complete 4 ½ laps and the Half athletes will complete 2 ¼. The runners will exit transition at Lodmoor and turn left to run towards Oasis Cafe at the end of the esplanade. From here, the runners will turn back on themselves and run along the beachfront to the pier front and pass the Finish area at the Pavilion. They will then make their way along the Harbour front and up St. Marys Street, home of the infamous ‘Beer Mile’. The route then takes the Full distance runners back along the esplanade to the Oasis Cafe where they turn around and complete the remaining laps. The Half distance will have their own turnaround point on the esplanade.

How to keep up-to-date with with information about the event?

There are a number of ways in which people can stay informed and up to date with all the latest news and information regarding Challenge Weymouth. We have our own designated Challenge Weymouth website and social media platforms which are being constantly updated with latest news releases.

www.challengeweymouth.com

Facebook.com/challengeweymouth

Twitter- @challengeuktri

Dorset Echo

Many local Dorset Facebook and Twitter pages

Any businesses/churches/farmers/local residents that would like to be included on our communication list can email hayley@justracinguk.com providing contact details and we will be happy to include them.

What can you do to help?

Many months of planning goes into putting on an event of this scale. We want to include all communities and would welcome any support or help they are willing to offer. Examples of this could include:

  • Helping with an information leaflet drop in your community

  • Volunteering at the event or prior to the event

  • Keeping up to date with all the latest information and ensuring people within the local community are kept updated.

If you would like to get involved with Challenge Weymouth, or would like to volunteer on the day, please contact hayley@justracinguk.com.  

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Author: HarrietAllen
Challenge Weymouth - Swim Coaching - 14 Jul 2015

Here at Challenge we are keen to encourage both newbies & experienced triathletes to take part in our events. We believe we have something to suit every athlete.

It’s not too late to take part this year, for those not ready to take on the challenge of an open water sea swim we have Roade on the 27th of September an established pool based tri perfect for first timers or those looking for a sprint distance PB.

For those looking for a bigger challenge Challenge Weymouth is a great end of season event which can be used to make the transition from pool to open water swimming or try your first middle or long distance event either solo or part of a relay team.

We realise that open water can be intimidating - especially the transition from lake to sea swimming & with this in mind we have teamed up with Kate Mason in Weymouth.

Kate is an ASA Club Coach & an ASA Open Water Coach, she is an experienced triathlete, Ironman & channel swimmer & even took part in Challenge Weymouth last year! So will have plenty of tips & advice.

Based in Weymouth Kate has loads of local knowledge and is available for swim coaching in Weymouth Bay either individually or in small groups.

Kate’s coaching is not just for those new to sea swimming, if you want to improve your open water technique & skills or increase your speed & endurance Kate will be able to help.

You can contact Kate through her website www.katemasoncoaching.co.uk

Author: SarahCrisp
Inspirational Story - 14 Jul 2015

Introducing Richard Evans

Introducing Richard Evans

Richard is no stranger to a challenge and, as he states himself, is like a moth to a flame when it comes to competing in physical challenges. Richard is a keen everyday utility cyclist and believes it is the most intelligent and fun form of transport man has invented. His passion for the sport led him to become involved in the London Cycling Campaign where he met many like-minded cycling enthusiasts, many of which had ridden the legendary 1,200km Paris-Brest-Paris route. Not one to let a challenge pass him by, Richard soon signed himself up! This event only takes place every four years and next month Richard will be taking part for the fourth time.

In April 2014, Richard embarked on one of his biggest challenges yet- a 30,000km ride world tour on a recumbent bike. His blog, ‘Laid Back Around The World’ is a fascinating tale of his 180 day journey across the deserts, plains and mountains of the globe. This solo effort saw Richard pass through South East Asia, Australia, Canada, USA and back through Europe to raise money for RoadPeace, a national charity providing support for road crash victims. To read more about Richard’s adventures, check out his blog http://laidbackaroundtheworld.blogspot.co.uk/.  

His love of sport, challenge and physical endurance has led Richard to sign up to Challenge Weymouth 2015, his first Iron Distance triathlon. After completing the London Marathon Richard, half in jest, said to his mates that Iron distance triathlon would be next; a statement they wouldn’t let him forget! With his love of biking and a sub 3hr marathon under his belt, Richard knew he would be capable of completing two of the three disciplines. However, the swim section of the tri has been Richard’s biggest challenge. A self-proclaimed ‘non swimmer’ Richard see’s the swim as the hardest section of the triathlon. Not one to be defeated, he thrives on the challenge that a 3.9km sea swim has given him!

Training for Challenge Weymouth alongside Paris- Brest-Paris has meant Richard has had to adapt his normal cycling routine to include the swim and run disciplines. As a result, he tries to fit something in everyday, whether that’s cycling or running his 24km commute to work, swimming lessons on Friday evenings and a big run, ride or open water swim at the weekend- there is never a quiet moment for Richard!

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Author: HarrietAllen
Weymouth Beach Cam - 14 Jul 2015

Weymouth and Portland Council have installed a number of webcams in certain points along the Esplanade, Town Centre and on the Beach. This is a brilliant tool for all Challenge Weymouth athletes to time their swim training right! The beach cam is situated on the beach office overlooking Weymouth Beach towards the Pavilion and Harbour and broadcasts live images showing the local weather and conditions of the sea. If you are planning on doing a recce of the swim before race day, you can use the beach cam to ensure the conditions are perfect! 

The webcam images can be found on the following website: http://webapps.westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk/webcams/pages/layout.aspx 

Author: HarrietAllen
Inspirational Story - 13 Jul 2015

This weeks inspirational story comes from another Weymouth local, Michelle Gammidge. Michelle is also known as 'The Clean Cook' after setting her up own business supplying clean, nutritious meals to the people of Weymouth. Michelle complete Challenge 2014 as a relay and is back again for 2015, this time on her own!

I'm one of those people who has always loved exercising but still never been in great shape.
Thankfully that all changed when I moved to Weymouth in December 2013 and my lovely new work colleague Sarah McWilliams introduced me to Andy Sloan's 'Ultimate Body Club’ where I discovered 'Clean Eating’ and a new way of life.
It really was revolutionary and in six weeks, through embracing clean eating 100% and doing weight training, I’d drop most of the two stone I needed to and can honestly say that by the end of three months, I had managed to achieve the best shape of my life and had the confidence to enter my first race- the Weymouth 10k in March 2014.

I was addicted and started looking for the next challenge... A few 10ks followed, then the Bustinskin events Aquathon Series, in between a half marathon and then tough mudder... but the biggest challenge for me was deciding to ditch the JOB and set up my own business - ‘The Clean Cook’ supplying 'Clean' meals to the people of Weymouth to help them too experience the health benefits of clean eating and the fab way it makes you feel.

All those years of battling and who knew it- there was a magic weight loss pill after all, just not in the form everyone is continually bombarded with by adverts! I was that girl who passed out on the tennis courts over 20 years ago through NOT eating, trying desperately to be thin and who had spent all those years in between on a ‘DIET’ with my weight going up and down and certainly never being happy. Now I have so much energy, I can enjoy good healthy nutritious food (especially treats) and most importantly be fit, healthy and strong. There have been too many years wasted on diets and I have witnessed so many poor relationships with food from one extreme to the other. If I can help people and take the stress away by providing good home cooked food, free from wheat, dairy, gluten, refined sugar and usually dairy too for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts, I can look myself in the mirror every day and know I'm making an important difference and that makes me happy. 

So that is now what I do and I am so grateful to the environment here in Weymouth that has enabled this and how everyone has supported me this last year turning what was an idea into a growing business.

We're so blessed here in Weymouth, it's a hub of social exercise nutters and I love my new home and friends, so much so that when I was given the chance to help the challenge team last year with their accommodation, I jumped at the chance and have made even more fab like-minded friends in the process. Of course we all signed up for the relay, 3 UBC Teams comprising of 9 crazy chicks. We just wanted to be part of it and it didn't disappoint. Us three swimmers loved the conditions and had an advantage as we'd been out with Bustinskin every Wednesday night competing in the Aquathons in all weather's so we were prepared and I’d definitely advise anyone who isn’t used to race conditions or sea swimming to join in with these, Lindsey and Mark and the team are so welcoming and friendly, so it really is a safe environment to come to terms with the inevitable of 13th September, where it may be choppy and there will be a lot of pushing and shoving.

And of course the addiction has continued to grow for me, with more Bustinskin Triathlons, sprints and classics, more half marathons and my big challenge to date... The Rotterdam Marathon in April, encouraged by the lovely Hayley Jelly from The Challenge Team, this being only a year after entering my first 10k!

However now with the help of my fab supportive hubby Jon, training partners Kate, Kate and Claire and my club Bustinskin it's all about getting ready for Challenge in September. With three of the relay having signed up for the half as have loads more of my friends and customers in Weymouth and the rest of the relay contingent either doing another relay or tackling their first ever Iron Man in Canada, you could say entering ‘Challenge’ will most certainly have you gagging for more fitness fun.

It will certainly be one mighty fine day and we can’t wait.

Author: HarrietAllen
Challenge Weymouth Bike Route GPX File - 07 Jul 2015

With the countdown to Challenge Weymouth ticking on, now is the time to think about training in the race location on race day routes. The Challenge Weymouth bike route is a fast, undulating course taking in some of Dorset’s prettiest villages and spectacular scenery. Expect long, fast sections with a few slight hills to test your legs- this is the perfect iron distance bike route with enough ‘natural distractions’ to take your mind off the effort!

 

Sweeping through Broadmayne, the route passes through the infamous ‘Rhododendron Mile’ of Puddletown forest before a smooth out and back which then heads towards Bovington Tank Museum and local attraction Monkey World. The route is spectator friendly with plenty of opportunities for your friends and family to park themselves ready to cheer as you pass by. Cyclists will then head towards Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve, a picturesque corner of Dorset famed for its spectacular heathland supporting some of the rarest wildlife. From here the route runs parallel to the coastline, past Wool and Osmington before heading back into Weymouth towards Lodmoor Country park. From here, the Full distance athletes will head out on another lap and the Half distance athletes will come in to transition to embark upon the run leg.

 

The bike route is now available to download as a .GPX file for you to upload on to mapping devices. You can download the routes from either Ride With GPS: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7515529 or Map My Ride: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/689841364.

Author: HarrietAllen
Challenge Weymouth Professional Triathletes - 30 Jun 2015

Challenge Weymouth Professional Triathletes

Challenge Weymouth 2015 welcomes a host of professional triathletes and Age Group qualifiers ensuring a spectacle of a race in September. So far, we have a number of professional triathletes signed up to Challenge Weymouth all battling for that Number One podium spot. So far, the athletes signed up are:

 

Joanna Carritt

Joanna Carritt raced Challenge Weymouth in 2014 finishing second female pro. Joanna started triathlon in 2004 and has gained National (2007), European Ironman (2008) and ETU (2009) age-group championship titles. Having raced last year, she may have that extra advantage over the competitors to earn the first place spot in 2015!

Career highlights:             2014- Challenge Weymouth- 2nd pro female

                                     2013- Ironman UK- 2nd pro female

                                     2012- Ironman Wales- 3rd pro female

                                             Double Enduroman Lanzarote- 1st

 

Darren Jenkins

Aussie Darren Jenkins is relatively new to the professional racing scene and competed in Challenge Weymouth last year finishing 4th, his best result for the season. Darren will be back racing again at Weymouth 2015 and is looking for that spot on the podium! As a fully qualified BTF coach with a BSc in Exercise and Health, Darren is passing on his passion for triathlon to the next generation.

Career Highlights:            2014- Challenge Philippines- 10th.

                                               Ironman Australia Port Macquarie- 7th

                                                Challenge Weymouth- 4th

                                      2013-     Hawaii Ironman World Championships, 8.54.35, 3rd 30-34, 37th overall

                                                   Challenge Roth, 9.10.20, 52nd place overall

                                     2012-     Ironman Western Australia 2012, 9.06.18, 19th overall, Hawaii Qualifier 2013.

 

Andrej Vistica

Andrej hails from Bosnia and Herzegovina and developed his love of triathlon whilst studying at college in Croatia. Andrej dreamt of being a professional sportsman since a young boy and in 2014, he made the decision to become a full time professional triathlete.

Career Highlights:            2014:     Challenge Roth- 8th

                                                   Challenge Vichy- 1st

                                     2013-     Challenge Roth- 11th

                                                  Challenge Vichy- 1st

                                     2012-     Challenge Barcelona- 7th

 

Brad Williams

Brad is a first year pro triathlete who is currently living in Oxford, UK.  He was born and raised in the US in California and started in Triathlon 6 years ago.  His main focus this season is Half and Full races and is excited to be racing Challenge Weymouth as his main focus for the 2015 season.  Brad served in the US Air Force for 10 years and left the military to focus 100% on becoming the best triathlete that he can be.  Brad also supports and races for Team Red, White, and Blue which is a non-profit focused on helping military veterans.

Career Highlights: 2015- 70.3 Texas- 10th

                                    Challenge Rimini Half- 18th

 

Guilherme Campos

Italian-Brazilian triathlete Guilherme Campos has represented the Italian National team on the ITU stage and European Champs.

Career Highlights: 2013- Littleton Sprint Triathlon (Colorado,USA) 4th Overall

                                    Lake to Lake Triathlon (Colorado,USA) 2nd Overall

                                   Cheyenne Triathlon (Wyoming,USA) 4th Overall

Author: HarrietAllen
Massage Weymouth offering athlete recovery - 25 Jun 2015

Challenge Weymouth are delighted to be working with local sports masseuse and physiotherapy clinic 'Massage Weymouth' to offer athlete recovery at Challenge Weymouth 2015. An endurance event such as an Iron distance triathlon puts your muscles under a lot of stress; a recovery massage is the perfect post-race treat to help reduce the painful effects of delayed onset muscle soreness!

In addition to post race massages, Massage Weymouth team will be at the Expo providing services including foot and running analysis, physio consultation and Keniseology Taping for the event. 

Gordon at Massage Weymouth has said:

"Massage Weymouth is delighted to be organising the post event massage for the second year in a row at Challenge Weymouth.
 
The Massage Weymouth Team of qualified sports massage therapists and physio's from Formotion clinic will be also be supported by highly recommended students of sports massage from around the south of England. We will be providing you with a fantastic service that will be open to all competitors of the Challenge Weymouth event.
 
The benefits of massage is mainly to promote the increase of a quicker recovery time. This is done through massage techniques that help increase blood flow which cuts down the risk of cramping, helping to disperse lactic acid build up and generally relax the muscles.
 
The Cost of this is just £10 for 10 minutes.
We look forward to seeing you at the Ocean room in the Pavilion, right by the finish line.
 
GOOD LUCK
 
Gordon Sharp- Founder of Massage Weymouth" 
 
For more information regarding Massage Weymouth and the services they offer, visit their website: http://www.massageweymouth.co.uk/ 
Author: HarrietAllen
Challenge Pro Twitter Takeover - 25 Jun 2015

Following on from the success of last year's Challenge Pro Twitter Takeover, we are bringing the feature back again this year with professional triathlete Joanna Carritt. 

Pro triathlete Joanna Carritt raced Challenge Weymouth 2014 finishing second female and is back again in 2015 with first place in her sights! Jo will be taking over the Challenge Weymouth Twitter account on Friday 3rd July between 18.30-20.30 giving you have a week to plan your questions!

Joanna has gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience during her triathlon career, making her the perfect athlete to answer any questions or queries you may have about triathlon and Challenge Weymouth in particular. Whether you want advice on training, tips regarding nutrition or a motivational boost from someone who has raced the Weymouth course before, this is the perfect opportunity! Jo will be on hand to dish out sound advice and secret tips to ensure you have the best race in September! 

Having completed 19 iron distance triathlons between 2010-2014, Joanna is certainly no stranger to the demands of endurance racing. Jo is a fully qualified triathlon coach and has the experience of training and coaching methods to offer advice to help you achieve your triathlon goals. 

Make sure you follow Challenge Weymouth on Twitter @challengeuktri and post all questions to that Twitter handle! 

Author: HarrietAllen
Roth Rewards Programme - 24 Jun 2015

A place on the start line of Challenge Roth is one of the most sought after entry spaces in the long distance triathlon calendar. Places fill up within minutes as thousands of athletes fight over the limited available spaces on the start line.

As a result, Challenge Family have created a ‘Roth Rewards’ scheme allowing athletes the ability to earn one of the coveted entry spots. Whether you are a seasoned racer or a triathlon novice, everyone has the same chance at winning a spot on the Roth Rewards programme. There are three ways in which you can earn your reward, each with their own specific criteria.  

If you would like to take part in the Roth Reward programme as part of your entry in Challenge Weymouth 2015, get in touch with us for more information. Send an email to hayley@justracinguk.com, contact us on Facebook or Twitter or give the office a call.

 

Best Story Award

The ‘best story award’ is all about recognising an inspirational, compelling and interesting journey that an athlete has overcome and led them to compete at a long distance triathlon event. Many athletes compete at triathlon events for a specific, often personal reason and many have a story to share about the path that has brought them to the sport. This award is here to praise and inspire; to recognise and motivate; to celebrate everything to do with triathlon and the journey an athlete takes to crossing the finish line.

Challenge Family have created the following criteria for the ‘Best Story Award’:

  • This is awarded to the athlete with the most compelling story. Athletes need to create a video or photo essay that captures their story, whether it’s overcoming illness or injury, facing physical challenges, or transforming their life through fitness.

  • Top five finalists for each race posted on social media and the community chooses winners through voting.

  • Athlete must be registered in the corresponding race during the 2015 season in order to qualify and must submit entries to the race as per the instructions on the individual race pages.

  • Four slots will be allocated per full distance.

If you have a story to tell, get in touch and you never know, you could be racing at Challenge Roth 2016!

 

The Friends and Followers Reward

The ‘friends and followers’ reward is all about spreading the word of triathlon and Challenge on social media. Engagement with social media is at record levels, with some triathletes spending just as much time talking about their training than actually doing it! Social media is excellent for creating awareness and interest of triathlon events, spreading the knowledge to people who previously may not have been exposed to ‘triathlon chat’. The Roth Reward requires athletes to use specific hashtags on all of their social media channels: #ChallengeFamily, #AllAboutTheAthlete or #ChallengeWeymouth. To be in with a chance of earning an entry place to Challenge Roth, you must make sure you include these hashtags!

  • Athletes with the greatest social media engagement earn a slot

  • This reward encourages athletes to post, Tweet and pin all about their excitement and preparation in the build up to their race and the post-race aftermath, and to encourage engagement from their friends and followers. Athletes to compile a portfolio of ALL their social media activity (on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest) about the race

  • The following hashtags must be used: #ChallengeFamily, #AllAboutTheAthlete or #ChallengeWeymouth

  • Athletes to submit an e-file portfolio of screen shots of all qualifying posts and the total tally of associated engagements (likes, shares, favorites, retweets, etc.). The athletes with the greatest SUM TOTAL of social media engagement win!

  • Athlete must be registered in the corresponding race during the 2015 season in order to qualify.

  • Deadline – 1 week post-race.

  • Athlete must be registered in the corresponding race during the 2015 season in order to qualify and must submit entries to the race as per the instructions on the individual race pages.

  • Four slots will be allocated.

 

The Club Reward

This reward is for the club that manages to get the most team members racing at Challenge Weymouth. Triathlon is often considered an individual sport, however belonging to a club gives a sense of camaraderie and group spirit that helps to encourage, motivate and inspire when individual spirits may be running low. The success of a good club can often be noted by the amount of members, and in particular members that want to race under that club name! If you are a club member and you know there are a number of you racing, or you want to motivate other members to sign up, this reward is for you!

 

  • The club with the most participating athletes at each race will receive the slots
  • Awarded on club participation using a simple points system of 3 points per individual athlete and 1 point per relay athlete.
  • Each entry must be linked to the club on registration.
  • Six slots will be allocated.

 

 

 

The fine print:

  • 2015 Roth Rewards winners earn guaranteed entry to Challenge Roth 2016
  • Roth Rewards winners earn guaranteed race entry; entries must be paid in full (except where noted as complimentary)
  • Roth Rewards are solely available as individual entries (no relay entries allowed)
  • Roth Rewards entries are non-transferable
  • Challenge Family retains the right to publish and use for marketing/promotional purposes, in perpetuity, any and all content submitted as part of Roth Rewards application
  • Applicants MAY apply for more than one Roth Rewards category. You must submit a separate application for each category. You will only be eligible for one guaranteed entry.
Author: HarrietAllen
Wessex Wizards Feed Station - 24 Jun 2015

As triathletes, you will all know the importance of a well-stocked feed station managed by enthusiastic, encouraging supporters! We rely on an army of volunteers to help us with a number of event day tasks such as feed stations, and we are lucky to have the cooperation of a number of local tri clubs willing to help at Challenge Weymouth.

Wessex Wizards, a Somerset based triathlon club that was started by a group of open water swimmers in Wemyouth, manned our harbourside feed station on the run course at Challenge Weymouth 2014. The group had such a great time they are back again this year! They have said “We at Wessex Wizards are delighted to be invited back to run our feed station at this year’s Challenge Weymouth. Last year was such a great day and all our club members who volunteered to help had real fun. We have all been on ‘the other side’ of our sport and to be able to give something back to other athletes was a real privilege. The feedback we had from them was quite humbling and we look forward to shouting, singing and dancing our encouragement to everybody again this year!

Volunteering at a feed station is a brilliant way to be directly involved in triathlon without the months of endless training! I’m sure many of the athletes will agree that feed station volunteers are key to a successful race experience- without them there would be no tasty treats to help with those last few miles!

We are always looking for more volunteers to help us on race day. If there is a group of you, manning a feed station can be a great experience. We encourage our feed station volunteers to have as much fun as possible and create a ‘party’ experience for themselves, the athletes and other supporters. Balloons, banners, flags, music- whatever you want, goes! It can be a long day and we want you to have as much fun as possible. Your support and enthusiasm is so important for the athletes, we want you to be as motivated as possible! If you are interested in helping out on a feed station, or any other of our volunteering opportunities email the office on hayley@justracinguk.com. To find out more information about volunteering click here. http://www.challengeweymouth.com/content/volunteers

Author: HarrietAllen
Challenge Family announce Roth Rewards Programme - 18 Jun 2015

The Challenge Family have announced the details for the Roth Rewards programme. Challenge Roth is the original race in the Challenge Family race programme; the event is one of the world's most sought after races with entries selling out in seconds!

As part of the Challenge Family 'race participation, loyalty and engagement', athletes now have the chance to earn themselves a guaranteed spot on the start line in Roth. There are a number of ways that athletes can earn their place, ranging from being a 'frequent racer' to having the most social media engagement. The specifications as determined by Challenge Family, inlcuding those all important 'fine details' are outlined below. 

Challenge Weymouth have 15 'Roth Reward' spaces to fill. Over the next 12 weeks, we will be announcing more information about how you can win a Roth Reward space whilst racing with Challenge Weymouth. Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye on the website for updates!

Athletes Journey Roth Rewards Europe

The Roth Rewards outline below apply to all Challenge Family European races only.

Frequent Racer Roth Reward

  • The ten athletes with the highest total mileage over the course of the entire season win a slot.
  • Athletes must submit their “mileage” in order to apply for this reward to info@challenge-family.com
  • Top 10 overall win a slot. This rewards athletes racing full distance events and half distance events with 226km and 113km being awarded respectively.
  • Open to individual athletes only.
  • However, an individual who races in a relay can include the distance of their individual leg in their total.
  • Timing runs from April (Challenge Fuerteventura) to October (Challenge Forte Village)

Best Story Reward

  • This is awarded to the athlete with the most compelling story. Athletes to create a video or photo essay that captures their story, whether it’s overcoming illness or injury, facing physical challenges, or transforming their life through fitness,
  • Top five finalists for each race posted on social media and the community chooses winners through voting.
  • Athlete must be registered in the corresponding race during the 2015 season in order to qualify and must submit entries to the race as per the instructions on the individual race pages.
  • Four slots will be allocated per full distance and two per half distance

The Friends and Followers Reward

  • Athletes with the greatest social media engagement earn a slot
  • This reward encourages athletes to post, Tweet and pin all about their excitement and preparation in the build up to their race and the post-race aftermath, and to encourage engagement from their friends and followers. Athletes to compile a portfolio of ALL their social media activity (on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest) about the race
  • The following hashtags must be used: #ChallengeFamily, #AllAboutTheAthlete or #RaceName
  • Athletes to submit an e-file portfolio of screen shots of all qualifying posts and the total tally of associated engagements (likes, shares, favorites, retweets, etc.). The athletes with the greatest SUM TOTAL of social media engagement win!
  • Athlete must be registered in the corresponding race during the 2015 season in order to qualify.
  • Deadline – 1 week post-race.
  • Athlete must be registered in the corresponding race during the 2015 season in order to qualify and must submit entries to the race as per the instructions on the individual race pages.
  • Four slots will be allocated per full distance and three per half distance

The Club Reward

  • The club with the most participating athletes at each race will receive the slots
  • Awarded on club participation using a simple points system of 3 points per individual athlete and 1 point per relay athlete
  • Each entry must be linked to the club on registration
  • Six slots will be allocated per full distance, four per half distance

The fine print:

  • 2015 Roth Rewards winners earn guaranteed entry to Challenge Roth 2016
  • Roth Rewards winners earn guaranteed race entry; entries must be paid in full (except where noted as complimentary)
  • Roth Rewards are solely available as individual entries (no relay entries allowed)
  • Roth Rewards entries are non-transferable
  • Challenge Family retains the right to publish and use for marketing/promotional purposes, in perpetuity, any and all content submitted as part of Roth Rewards application
  • Applicants MAY apply for more than one Roth Rewards category. You must submit a separate application for each category. You will only be eligible for one guaranteed entry.

www.challenge-family.com/athletes-journey-roth-rewards-europe/ 

Author: HarrietAllen
Guest House Accommodation for Challenge Weymouth - 16 Jun 2015

The Marina Court Guest Accommodation, Weymouth.

Are you looking for a place to stay in Weymouth for the Challenge Weymouth weekend? Look no further than Marina Court Guest House Accommodation. Perfectly situated on the sea front, Marina Court are welcoming Challenge athletes, along with their friends and family, to stay over the weekend with a few ‘special edition’ packages. They are offering an early breakfast at 5.30am on race day for all athletes and are busy devising a special breakfast menu to help the fuel the body in preparation for the race. They are also happy to prepare a special evening meal the night before race day if required.

Marina Court Guesthouse is located directly opposite Weymouth’s famous golden sandy beaches and close to all the action surrounding Challenge Weymouth. A short walk from the transition area, race HQ at the pavilion and town centre, Marina Court is conveniently located for athletes and their supporters. They have a variety of double, twin and family room options suitable for all needs.

Jane and Mike at Marina Court welcome all Challenge athletes and are more than happy to help you out over the whole weekend. For more information, visit their website at http://marinacourt.co.uk/home, drop them an email stay@marinacourt.co.uk or give them a call 07814 519772 or 07739 411611. 

Author: HarrietAllen
Challenge Weymouth Run Route 2015 - 12 Jun 2015

We are delighted to release the Challenge Weymouth run route.  The run is flat and takes in the beautiful Jurrasic coastline, the yacht filled harbour and the well supported 'beer mile' through St. Marys Street in the town.

There is a small change from the 2014 run course, namely, upon leaving transition at Lodmoor Country Park, athletes will turn left.  The route continues along the Preston Road for approximately 1 mile.  At this point, athletes will turn on to the Esplanade at feed station number 1.  This is the only time that athletes will run this section.  Athletes will then follow the Esplanade and enjoy the fantastic views and amazing support along the Esplanade down to the Harbour area where athletes will see the finish area.  This is the 1/2 lap.  On each lap, the athletes will run past the finish area and collect lap bands.  Once 4 lap bands have been collected, athletes finish their last lap and enjoy the red carpet moment to the finish line before heading to the athlete recovery area to start their well earned rest!

Author: Hayley
100 Days To Go! - 04 Jun 2015

As of today, Thursday 4th June, we are starting the 100 day countdown to Challenge Weymouth! In 100 days, 2,000 athletes with travel to Weymouth to take part in the iron distance triathlon.

Over the next 100 days, we will be providing you with updates, news and information surrounding the event, including traffic management control decisions.

Make sure you keep an eye on the website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep yourself up to date with all the latest information!

The attached document is a file with lots of information regarding Challenge Weymouth.

Let the countdown commence...

Author: HarrietAllen
Challenge Weymouth New Improved Run Route - 2015 - 07 May 2015

Sunday September 14th 2014 saw Challenge triathletes ‘take over’ Weymouth town.  Families and friends of the athletes lined the route to give the much needed support to help them complete their goal. 

This year, the run route has a couple of small changes but still includes the same scenic route passing by the famous Clock Tower, around the harbour and the cafe filled ‘beer mile’.

Challenge Weymouth athletes complete 4.5 laps and Weymouth Half triathletes 2.5 laps of this spectator friendly course before gaining their place on the red carpet of the finishing gantry.  

The route turns left out of transition towards the first feed station at the Oasis Cafe. You then head towards the finish area. Passing the finish area you collect your 1st lap band. This means you are on the start of lap 1. Continue until you have 4 lap bands. Once you have all 4 lap bands, finish the lap and come into the finish gantry to receive your finishers medal 

The route can be viewed here

Author: Hayley
Challenge Weymouth New Improved Bike Route - 2015 - 24 Apr 2015

Following on from the sucess of 2014, we are delighted to announce the new improved bike route for this years ETU European Long Distance Championship race.

The route is a 2 lap course for the full distance and 1 lap for Weymouth Half.  With just a few changes to 2014's route, you will notice that it is more specator friendly with the second lap starting just before the entrance of Lodmoor Country Park which is where transition will be.

Eleanor Haresign, 2014 winner commented that the improved route is better for both racers and spectators and advised that you should practise you roundabout skills!  So, there you have it, top tip from the pros!

Here is a link to RidewithGPS for you to use http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7515529

Author: Hayley
Challenge Weymouth Discounted Entry Extended.. - 09 Apr 2015

We have listened to your requests and extended the offer to enter Challenge Weymouth 2015!

If you thought you had missed out on the chance to take up the Challenge at the discounted price then think again! After multiple requests to extend the entry discount we have listened to you and extended the offer until the end of April. The discounted price offers you the chance to enter the full distance as a single entrant for £350 and alternatively to share the experience the relay price is £450! Take up the Challenge this year and soak up the incredible atmosphere in the picturesque coastline of Weymouth. Tough but rewarding, it is an experience not to be missed!

Prices will rise as of 1st May 2015 to £380 for single entrant and £480 for relay.

Author: Hayley
From Challenge Weymouth bike course to wedding bells! - 13 Feb 2015
When Phillip Henwood and Alicia Livingstone embarked upon the gruelling training pro-gramme in the run up to the long distance Triathlon ‘Challenge Weymouth‘, little did they know how life changing the whole experience would be. On Sunday 14th September 2014 they both prepared to race the 3.8k swim, the 185k bike and 42k run, they had not prepared themselves for finding love! 
 
It was on the picturesque roads of the Dorset countryside on the cycle route when the athlete’s first set eyes on each other. Phillip referred to Alicia as a ‘glamourous athlete’. The pair spent an hour or so cycling at a similar speed getting the chance to chat, until Alicia cycled off leaving Phillip to finish the route on his own. Luckily for Phillip, Alicia contacted him after Weymouth and the pair decided that their next encounter should be at another race in October (Barcelona). They both completed the long distance triathlon race and discovered they didn’t just have triathlon in common. Their romance blossomed from then and now Just Racing is happy to announce they have indirectly become match makers! Phillip and Alicia are getting married on February 14th 2015, five months to the day from when they first met. The wedding is taking place at St Leonards Church in Streatham, London then they are then having a second blessing ceremony on 17th February in Truro Cathedral in Cornwall.  Amazing locations for what is set to be a fantastic week of celebration. 
 
The couple are then continuing their romantic journey in true triathlete style by going on their honeymoon to South Africa, combining a holiday with an ironman event in Port Elizabeth! 
 
The happy couple will be returning to compete in Challenge Weymouth this year, not only as husband and wife, but Alicia has qualified to race as a GB Age Grouper following her success in 2014. 
 
Alan Rose, Director of Just Racing (UK) said, 
 
‘What a great story to start 2015 with. We are really happy for Phillip and Alicia and look 
forward to seeing them again in Weymouth this September, where they can celebrate their 
first anniversary.’ 
 
If you are looking for fitness goals (or love) in 2015 visit www.justracinguk.com and www.challengeweymouth.com 
Author: Laura Johnson
Playitas Accommodation Offer - 08 Dec 2014

Our partners at Playitas resort on the beautiful island of Fuerteventura are offering the chance for our Challenge Weymouth athletes, their friends and family, to stay at their fantastic resort at amazing discounted prices.  

The resort is a perfect place to relax and be active at the same time.  Whether you want to swim in their Olympic size pool, cycle around the volcanic Island or relax in the spa, this is the perfect location for you. Have a look at their website if you you don't believe us! 

The amazing offers are listed below.  What are you waiting for?

Playitas Hotel                                                                                                                                     --Double room from 09th December 2014 until 30th April 2015 from 34.-€ per person per day including Breakfast.  

-Double room from 01st May 2015 until 30th October 2015 from 30.50.-€ per person per day including Breakfast.

Playitas Aparthotel
-Studio from 09th December 2014 until 30th April 2015 from 51.-€.-€ per day.
-Studio from 01st May 2015 until 30th October 2015 from 48.50.-€ per day.

Conditions:
 This offer is only valid for directly bookings to booking@playitas.net or by phone: +34 928 860 400
 Direct payment at the hotel
 Offer valid upon availability

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Huub Continue Partnership for 2015 & 2016. - 21 Nov 2014

Just Racing (UK) and Challenge Weymouth set to partner HUUB for 2015 and 2016.

All set for 2015! Just Racing and Challenge Weymouth are pleased to announce the continuing partnership with HUUB.  HUUB are experts in the field of swimming and hydrodynamics, continuingly working with sports scientists to produce cutting edge wetsuits, for men, women and children.  Exciting times for both companies ahead.  With Just Racing (UK) announcing their 2015 race program including new Cyclosportives / Weymouth Half Marathon and HUUB set to launch their new innovative Archimedes wetsuit, this partnership seems to work perfectly.

Alan Rose, Managing Director says,

It’s great to be partnering with such a good quality company whose products we firmly believe in.  When I use a wetsuit, it’s a HUUB wetsuit and the fit and feel is great.  Being able to share their innovative products with our athletes is a great opportunity for all and I look forward to developing our partnership over the next 2 years.’

HUUB will be present at the Challenge Weymouth long distance Triathlon in September 2015 as well as the Belvoir Castle Triathlons in May 2015. Saturday 16th May being the Middle Distance Race (Beaver triathlon). Sunday 17th May being the English Sprint Triathlon (Speedy Beaver) and the ITU standard distance World Qualifier (Little Beaver).   

Dean Jackson, HUUB owner said,

Event sponsorship is easy to do, but not that easy to truly activate. Just Racing ensures that every partner has seen a delivered value and opportune.  The Just Racing team and the Challenge event is something close to our hearts, as we firmly believe that great events and a great attitude towards organising events, ensures longevity in the cluttered space of triathlon events. We also believe in supporting companies where their focus is like ours ….. The Athlete!!   We aim to make the athlete faster and the triathlon more comfortable, Just Racing (UK) aim to deliver an incredible triathlon experience and an event that the participant will remember long after their triathlon days are over.   We couldn't be happier about the Challenge Weymouth and Just Racing (UK) association.’

The open water triathlons look set to attract good quality fields with Challenge Weymouth hosting the ETU European Long Distance Championships, the Little Beaver hosting an ITU Standard distance World qualifying event and the Speedy Beaver playing host to the National Sprint Championships.  Undoubtedly some of the pros and top age groupers will be wearing HUUB wetsuits.

So if you’re looking for challenges throughout next year, check out all the Just Racing (UK) events at www.justracinguk.comand www.challengeweymouth.com

To find out more about HUUB and their full range of wetsuits and accessories then visit www.huubdesign.com

Author: Hayley
WELDMAR HOSPICECARE TRUST and JUST RACING (UK) partner for 2015 and beyond. - 04 Nov 2014

Just Racing (UK) is extremely proud to announce the partnership with Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.  Weldmar Hospicecare Trust is an independent charity working in Dorset.

Just Racing (UK) are working closely with Weldmar to provide an exceptional offer for all  athletes wanting to take part in any of their Weymouth events, by giving competitors the opportunity to race for free in 2015, including the Weymouth Half Marathon, the Dorset Smuggler Cyclosportive  and Challenge Weymouth / Weymouth Half Triathlons.  
To find out how click here
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Challenge Weymouth Finishers Survey - 23 Oct 2014

As we prepare for Challenge Weymouth 2015, we would love to hear from all 2014 finishers about their time spent in Weymouth. We have created a short survey with questions about their experience in Weymouth before and during race weekend. We would greatly appreciate it if all finishers could complete the questionnaire; the more responses we get, the better we can prepare for next year!

There is an exclusive USN discount for all of those that finish the survey!

Follow this link to complete the questionnaire  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DRYHPZY.

Author: HarrietAllen
Challenge Weymouth presentation pictures now up on Facebook! - 21 Oct 2014

There are now over 150 presentation pictures from Challenge Weymouth available on Facebook for everyone to like, share, tweet, post, comment, enjoy! 

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Weymouth Half Triathlon Podium Pictures are up on Facebook! - 20 Oct 2014

The Weymouth Half Triathlon Podium pictures are now up on Facebook! Take a look, share, like, comment, post, Enjoy! 

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Challenge Weymouth Digital Magazine - 15 Oct 2014

We are excited to publish the free Challenge Weymouth digital photo magazine created by 'Different Perspective' photograher and triathlete David Pearce.

This fantastic magazine provides a unique photographic memory of the day. Featuring stunning images that capture the excitement and anticipation of the athletes alongside the beauty of the local area, this magazine sums up the day perfectly!

In addition to the impressive images, the magazine features interesting interviews from a variety of people, including race director Alan Rose and both male and female pro winners in addition to a number of others.

The magazine is a fantastic keepsake for competitors and spectators alike highlighting all the best bits of the day. Make sure you download, save and treasure for years to come!

 

http://www.different-perspective.co.uk/challenge-weymouth