ARE you planning to take part in this year’s Challenge Weymouth event?

Organisers are urging Dorset residents to make the most of the discounted entry rate which is available until April 14.

It is one of the country’s biggest triathlon events and will take place in the county on September 14 – and there are still places available.

It opens with a sea swim across Weymouth Bay, followed by a rolling bike course weaving through the countryside and will end with a run through Weymouth town centre.

Family, friends and visitors are also expected to make the most of a range of entertainment available on the day including live music and the iconic ‘Beer Mile’.

More than 900 athletes have already signed up to take part and it is hoped to be a real boost for the resort’s economy with Challenge UK organisers urging local bands, businesses and schools to get involved as the eyes of the sporting world turn to the borough once again.

Event director Alan Rose, pictured left, told the Echo huge numbers from Weymouth and the surrounding areas have already signed up.

The event is also expected to draw in thousands of spectators as well as attracting some of the top names in UK triathlons alongside other entrants from overseas.

Places are still available for the Challenge Weymouth iron distance route which involves a 3.8km swim in Weymouth Bay, a 180km bike ride and a 42km run along the seafront and through the town centre.

There is also the option to take part in the half triathlon.

In previous years, the event has been held in Henley-on-Thames, attracting 1,350 athletes in 2013.

Any businesses, schools or community groups that wish to get involved should email To enter visit