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Weymouth attracting top names for triathlon challenge
WEYMOUTH is already attracting some of the top names in UK triathlon.
The Echo revealed last week that one of the country’s biggest triathlon events would be coming to the town next year and the team at Challenge UK confirmed the news on Wednesday.
It is set to provide a huge boost to the resort's economy after more than 1,300 people took part in this year's event in Henley-on-Thames.
Pro-triathletes Joel Jameson, Graeme Stewart, Craig Twigg and Stephen Bayliss have all signed up to race on September 14, 2014.
Jameson, who finished second at this year’s Challenge Henley, has raced in Weymouth before.
He said: “My first ever triathlon was in Weymouth – and so I am especially excited to return, and to race on some familiar roads.”
Challenge Weymouth race will open with a sea swim across Weymouth Bay. This will be followed by a rolling bike course through the local countryside before a run through the town.
The event will include both long and half distance triathlon events, as well as a new Challenge Kids event.
More than 900 athletes have already pre-registered for next year's triathlon.
Twigg, who finished third at the 2013 National Middle Distance Championships, added: “It looks set to be an awesome race in an amazingly cool location.”
Alan Rose, race director of Challenge Weymouth said: “We are so happy to have such an impressive number of pros signed up already.
“The calibre of the athletes is high too – Graeme Stewart, for example, has the sixth fastest British iron distance time in history, and Scottish record, after finishing Challenge Barcelona in 8 hours 16 earlier this year.
“Jameson is a familiar figure on the Challenge Henley podium, having finished second and third in successive years, as is Bayliss who won the event in 2012 and finished second this year.”
He added: “It is going to be a competitive race, and we look forward to seeing who else signs up.”
Racers can opt for either long distance of 3.8km, 180km or 42.2km, middle distance of 1.9km, 90km or 21k or even to race as a relay team of three.
Entries are now open and selling out fast.
For more information visit challengeweymouth.com, or by following the team on Facebook ‘ChallengeUK’ and Twitter @ChallengeTriUk
Challenge UK is part of the Global Challenge Series of long distance triathlons.
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