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70.3 Weymouth sets £140k charity target
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Posted on: Tuesday 6th December 2016


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MACMILLAN & IRONMAN 70.3 WEYMOUTH LOOK TO RAISE OVER £140k THROUGH CHARITY FUNDRAISING

IRONMAN is delighted to announce that Macmillan Cancer Support has been retained as the official charity partner of IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth 2017, which takes place on Sunday 17th September 2017.

The partnership will see Macmillan as the exclusive charity for the event for a period of one year, with a view to raising at least £140,000 for this very worthy cause.

As a new addition to the 2016 UK calendar, IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth is anticipated to build on its inaugural success which attracted over 2,800 entries in its first year, making it the largest IRONMAN staged in the UK.

Over 300 competitors were inspired by the opportunity to race in the heart of Weymouth and surrounding beauty of the Dorset countryside whilst fundraising for Team Macmillan in 2016 and the charity is hoping to build on that next year two, with even more taking part. The target sum of £140,000 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for almost three years, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Starting with a 1.2 mile swim in Weymouth Bay, against the backdrop of the Jurassic Coastline, athletes then embark on a 56 mile loop bike course on fully closed roads, which combines some challenging hills and lovely long descents through the Dorset countryside and quintessential English villages before heading back into the seaside town of Weymouth.

From here, the final 13.1 mile half marathon incorporates a super spectator friendly multi lap run around the town, harbour and historic seafront enabling thousands of crowds and the Team Macmillan supporters to cheer and spur the competitors all the way to the finish line.

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of IRONMAN UK & Ireland said: “It is fantastic to be developing our relationship with Macmillan. We have seen a great response from athletes both wanting to take part in 70.3 Weymouth and support the charity. We very much hope competitors will continue to pledge their support and take part in this ‘must do’ event on the South Coast.”

Lizzie Quill, Triathlon Manager for Macmillan commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be the official charity of IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth for the second year running. It really is a great opportunity for both experienced triathletes and first timers to get involved and experience this iconic event whilst raising vital funds to support the charity.

We had an incredible response and presence at this year’s event, raising significant funds that make a huge difference to those people affected by cancer and look forward to building on this in 2017.”

For further event information and online entry www.ironman.com/weymouth70.3

By joining Team Macmillan for a reduced entry fee, athletes will receive kit and a dedicated support team in return for fundraising for this highly worthwhile cause, that will help make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

To find out more please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/weymouth


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