Ironman 70.3 to return to Weymouth

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    ON the back of a successful IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth 2017, IRONMAN confirms that the event will return to Weymouth on September 23rd.

    The 2017 edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth saw a record 2600 athletes from 41 different countries entered, making it the biggest IRONMAN 70.3 race in the UK and second biggest in Europe.

    In addition to this, the relay team category sold out months before the race with 40 teams entered. With 50 per cent of entrants being first time athletes, Weymouth is fast becoming the race destination of choice in the UK for new athletes to enter the sport.

    The race is set in Weymouth Bay with the 1.2 mile swim off Weymouth Beach followed by the 56 mile bike through the Dorset countryside finishing with the 13.1 mile run along the Weymouth esplanade, passing the harbour before finishing in front of The Pavilion theatre.

    The 2017 event saw over 10 000 visitors travel to Weymouth for the event with accommodation in the town and as far as two hours outside of Weymouth, almost fully booked for the weekend. The race also attracted some stellar professional names such as men’s winner, South Africa’s James Cunnama and Great Britain’s Corinne Abraham.

    “We continually work towards staging a world class event for our athletes and one that will be a national and international advertisement for Weymouth and greater Dorset,” said Alan Rose, IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth Race Director who added “We’re confident that Weymouth can stake a claim as one of the top triathlon destinations in the UK and Europe”.

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    Sports Editor | Covering the whole of the Pulman's/View From group of titles. Howard has been covering sport in the East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset region since 2007.