Challenge will be in a new location next year

No surprise there then...

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18/10/2013 at 12:17
The team at Challenge UK has announced that the popular long distance triathlon will have a new home next year, and will be held on the 14th September 2014.

The top secret destination will feature a Challenge Family long distance triathlon as well as a half distance race, with a supporting program of events leading up to race day, including a new Challenge kids event.
The new course will begin with a scenic swim, followed by a rolling two lap bike course, before finishing with a flat, lapped run course; making it a fast course for PBs to be broken.

Challenge UK Race Director, Alan Rose said,
“We are extremely proud to have developed Challenge in the UK from 800 to 1350 athletes over a three year period and would like to thank each and every athlete for their continued support during this time.”

Alan continued,
“Our new partnership allows us to continue our vision of having a premier location, with a local authority and partners who share our excitement and passion to develop and deliver a world class Challenge triathlon event.”

Challenge UK has always been well supported by the UK’s leading endurance athletes. “Iron Couple” Stephen and Bella Bayliss and Challenge Henley champions said,
“The Just Racing Challenge UK experience at Henley has always been brilliant. Well organised and friendly. We can’t wait to race at another Just Racing Challenge UK event soon, we believe it will be a great success wherever it is held.”
The Challenge UK team has been working closely with the new location partners and will make a full announcement on Wednesday 23rd October.
18/10/2013 at 13:14

Good. TBH Henley never floated my boat and from a lot of the reports/coverage a bit like Sherborne the locals were not really behind it

i hope they find a place like Tenby where the locals have latched onto its a great earner and give it a realy good level of support

18/10/2013 at 13:38

Ohhhh exciting.

Is there any gossip about where they might be going?  Or have they kept it all under wraps?

18/10/2013 at 13:39

Max - strong rumours say that Tenby won't last past next year sadly

Henley had a problem with the locals from the off - they never got behind the event and just saw it as more disruption on top of events like the Henley Regatta.  the move was inevitable after the hassles of this year which just broke the camel's back frankly.  I think both parties will be relieved.

be interesting to see where Challenge end up - I suspect Midlands/Central England as that's the where the organisers, JustRacing, are based (Northants) and where they have existing events - the Beaver is theirs

Edited: 18/10/2013 at 13:40
18/10/2013 at 13:48

Do you think Wales will end up in Cardiff then, FB?

Cheerful Dave    pirate
18/10/2013 at 13:55

There aren't all that many locations where you could have a 3.8k swim for over 1000 people, even in waves, be far enough away from cities that you can lay on a bike course that doesn't cause major disruption, yet have a large enough local population that you actually get some crowds beyond families and friends of competitors.

18/10/2013 at 13:55

no idea Mouse - I would take more of a bet on Wales and UK merging to become one event somewhere that's not Bolton or Tenby.   with the number of independent long distance events in the UK now - and it's still growing - both IMs have been ticked now by many and perhaps WTC need to keep the brand interest growing and drawing people in.  

neither UK IMs have really attracted an influx of foreigners (bar European a/g'ers chasing last minute Kona slots at Tenby) or top names racing, partly due to their "out of the  way" venues, so I suspect WTC need to look at a different slant to get more interest to match their other European big city races like Zurich, Frankfurt etc

Cheerful Dave    pirate
18/10/2013 at 13:56

Based on the local council's attitude to parkrun I doubt they'd want IM, Mouse.

18/10/2013 at 13:58

CD - that bike course won't be Surrey then....


Cheerful Dave    pirate
18/10/2013 at 14:02

Actually, London doesn't get may events that gridlock the city - how about a swim in Hyde Park, a 'tour of London' single lap bike route on closed roads that takes in all London Boroughs, and a marathon route down Oxford Street?

Cheerful Dave    pirate
18/10/2013 at 14:03

Heh, we think alike, FB.

Lee the Pea    pirate
18/10/2013 at 14:03

They need to bring an IM to Scotland!  Plenty of places to hold it

18/10/2013 at 14:10

You've got more chance of getting out of a lion enclosure dressed top to toe as Lady Gaga than get permissions for more road closures in Surrey at the mo.

18/10/2013 at 14:10

Gutted if Tenby gets binned as it was always on my radar to do again one of the best races i have ever done full stop and tough as old boots as well

Cheerful Dave    pirate
18/10/2013 at 14:11
Happychap wrote (see)

You've got more chance of getting out of a lion enclosure dressed top to toe as Lady Gaga than get permissions for more road closures in Surrey at the mo.

You still chasing sponsors for that, HC?

18/10/2013 at 14:24

IM Scotland??  that will really appeal to the warm blooded Euro, Yank and Convict triathletes.  I would hasten to say "no fucking chance".....

CD - funny you mention London as frankly it's one of the few cities around that could easily be geared up to an accomodate a big city IM.  it's the kind of thing that would appeal to Boris

18/10/2013 at 14:26

I would love IM London

18/10/2013 at 14:31

*cough* IM New York *cough*

18/10/2013 at 14:35

Yeah but with decent backing (boris) Behind it it could be great olympics, tri world champs

Cheerful Dave    pirate
18/10/2013 at 14:36

It could, FB, but that's what they said about New York.

I'm not sure Boris would be able to justify all the closures that would be necessary for an event for c. 2000 people when he has enough trouble with the Ride London for 30,000.


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