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Challenge Weymouth - Swim Coaching

Tuesday, 14 July, 2015 - 13:36

Here at Just Racing 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

 

Inspirational Story

Tuesday, 14 July, 2015 - 10:23

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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Weymouth Beach Camera

Tuesday, 14 July, 2015 - 09:24

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:
https://www.dorsetforyou.com/weymouth-webcams

Inspirational Story

Wednesday, 8 July, 2015 - 14:02

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.

Challenge Weymouth Bike Route GPX File

Tuesday, 7 July, 2015 - 14:32

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 Ridehttp://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/689841364.

Challenge Weymouth Professional Triathletes

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015 - 11:02

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

Challenge Weymouth Traffic Management

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015 - 10:49

Traffic Management

For the safety of our competitors, spectators and the local public, we will have a number of traffic management measures in place in and around Weymouth. Updates and announcements regarding the final traffic management decisions will be broadcast on our website, social media and local news reports. Athletes and local residents are urged to keep up to date to ensure they receive all important information.

We have worked closely with traffic management to ensure a safe and appropriate route is used for the event. Along the route there will be managed road closures with some sections being closed completely to traffic and other sections remaining open with management controls in place. Additional measures include parking suspensions, controlled access points and Stop/Go junction controls. This will ensure maximum safety of the competitors with as little disruption to local residents as possible. There may be mild interruption for the residents of the area for a few hours on race day, however this event will bring more positives than negatives to residents, local businesses and stakeholders of the area. ​

Keeping Up-To-Date with all the latest information

Decisions, news and information regarding Challenge Weymouth is constantly being updated. We have a number of methods in which you can stay up to date with all the latest news to ensure nothing important is missed for you and local communities. Once all the traffic closures and management details have been finalised, this information will go straight on to the website. This can be found at the following link: http://www.challengeweymouth.com/

Our social media platforms are constantly being updated with news and extra information about triathlon, Challenge and Weymouth in general, in addition to Challenge Weymouth specific updates. These are great channels to ensure you keep up to date with everything and anything triathlon related! You can ‘Like’ us on Facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeWeymouth and follow us on Twitter using @challengeuktri.

 

Massage Weymouth offering athlete recovery

Thursday, 25 June, 2015 - 09:48

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 provide, visit their website http://www.massageweymouth.co.uk/. 

Challenge Pro Twitter Takeover

Thursday, 25 June, 2015 - 09:30

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! 

Wessex Wizards Feed Station

Wednesday, 24 June, 2015 - 09:40

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

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