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PURE WIGHT BRAND SHINES A LIGHT ON THE ISLAND’S OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AND CHALLENGE EVENTS

This May, the Isle of Wight will become the UK’s outdoor playground as walkers, cyclists and runners are put through their paces at a range of “Pure Wight”, adrenalin-fuelled events including The Isle of Wight Challenge (2/3 May), The Isle of Wight Randonee (3 May), Walk the Wight (10 May) – and the Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle race (14th May).

 

The Island’s landscape is incredibly diverse.   It ranges from steep chalk downs and ancient woodland to lush green fields and dramatic coastline offering many recreation facilities for walking, cycling, horse riding, golfing, sailing, surfing and windsurfing.    Cycling and walking are particularly popular due to the miles of cycle routes along former railway lines and well-maintained footpaths.

 

But the Island also offers a range of adrenaline-fuelled experiences like stand-up paddle-boarding, kite-surfing and rock climbing which provide a fantastic chance to see parts of the coastline and landscape that are not accessible by more pedestrian means.

 

This May is a particularly massive month for outdoor events on the Island and VIOW is using the new Pure Wight brand – and mainstream events like the Pearl Izumi Tour Series – to highlight the Island’s suitability as an exciting, outdoor adventure holiday destination.

 

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “The outdoor activity sector accounts for 20% of the total visitors in the Isle of Wight , and with the potential to stay longer, and get involved in more activities, these travellers are a priority audience for Visit Isle of Wight.

 

“The Pure Wight brand will help us to appeal to extreme sport devotees and those looking for an action-packed holiday experience”.

 

For more information about what there is to see and do on the Isle of Wight, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

 

ENDS

 

For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

 

Image attached of people enjoying Stand-up paddleboarding at The Needles, Isle of Wight.

 

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

 

 

MAJOR OBSTACLE RACE ANNOUNCED FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT: RISE OF THE RONIN

Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) is pleased to announce that the Island will host Rise of the Ronan a major, warrior-themed obstacle race on Bank Holiday Sunday, May 3rd.

A second major event announced in the last month designed to extend the holiday season and attract new visitors – it is expected that more than 1000 competitors will take part in the action-packed race on a heart-pumping assault course that will be specifically designed for Cheverton Farm on the Isle of Wight.

A first for the Island, Rise of the Ronin is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances of 5 miles, 10 miles and the 6 hour ‘Sword of Honour’ Enduro event where fitness fanatics can see how many laps they can achieve.

Each 5-mile lap will have upward of 25 man-made obstacles, ranging from walls to mud pits and scrambles to cargo nets. In addition to the competitive heats, Rise of the Ronin races are set-up for all levels and ages as well as complete novice runners who want to engage in a new form of fitness.

Rise of the Ronin focuses heavily on the venue and in particular a tough terrain that is naturally raw and challenging and throws up all manner of feats of strength, effort and endurance to overcome.

This event is organized by Raffine VAP Limited and the organiser, Tim Peace, notes: “We have been working very closely with the destination management organisation, Visit Isle of Wight, and this year we will host our inaugural event on the Isle of Wight at Cheverton Farm on May 3rd.

“As an organiser, my job is to find epic locations to build obstacle races and we have done that. I don’t think many people realise how easy it is to get here or to get around once you are here.

“As well as being visually stunning and a great place to stay, the Island has some of the best ‘natural obstacle’ potential that we’ve ever seen at a race site.”

Visitors are expected from all across the UK and coaches are currently organised for Bristol, Bath, Guildford and Crawley for the 5000+ anticipated footfall over the weekend of the event.

Katie Jones, Sales & Events Manager for VIOW said: “Obstacle racing is experiencing a huge boom right now as it’s so inclusive as a sport.

“You don’t need to book as a spectator, just come along and enjoy the fun at Cheverton Farm on the Isle of Wight.”

Earlier this month, VIOW announced that it had been successful in its bid to secure one of the stages of The Pearl Izumi Tour Series – one of the UK’s leading televised cycle races – which will be held in Ryde on 14th May.

Acquiring Rise of the Ronan is seen as another achievement by the organisation tasked with the job of increasing visitor numbers to the Island.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “May is a massive month for outdoor events on the Island and I am delighted that VIOW has secured Rise of the Ronin, which is one of five events that we are using to promote the Island’s suitability as an exciting, outdoor adventure holiday destination.

“The “big Five” are The Isle of Wight Challenge (2/3 May), The Isle of Wight Randonee (3 May),The Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle race (14 May), the IW Walking Festival (2-17 May) and now, Rise of the Ronin (3 May).
“This is yet further evidence of the Island’s growing reputation for staging premier sporting and outdoor events,” adds David Thornton.

Rise of the Ronin will take place at Cheverton Farm, Cheverton Shute, Isle of Wight, PO30 3JE http://www.chevertonfarm.co.uk/ on Sunday May 3rd. Situated between Newport and Shorwell, this working farm offers self-catering holiday accommodation and is situated just a stone’s throw from the Isle of Wight Mountain Bike Centre trails.

A second Rise of the Ronin obstacle race will take place on National Trust land at The Needles Park on 10th and 11th October 2015. For full details and to book for either the May event at Cheverton Farm or the October event at the Needles Park, please go to www.riseoftheronin.uk

Isle of Wight residents are entitled to a 15% discount off the entry fee. Please enter the IOWRES15 discount code at the checkout. The races start at 9.30am and continue throughout the day and into the evening with a barbeque, a fully-licensed bar and entertainment at 7pm. Spectators are welcome and there is no entry fee. Car parking is £1 per car which will be a donation to local scouts running the car park.

ENDS

For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to editors:

Please find attached images from a similar-style obstacle race organised by Raffine VIP Ltd last year.

The race structure

Sunday 3rd May
0800 hrs Car Park & Registration opens
0930 hrs – 1045 hrs 10 miler starts – waves every 15 minutes
1400 hrs – 1445 hrs 5 miler starts – waves every 15 minutes
1600 hrs 6 hour Enduro starts
1830 hrs 10 & 5 Miler Prize giving ceremony
1900 hrs BBQ and entertainment begin
2115 hrs Final lap cut off time
2200 hrs 6 hour Enduro finishes
2230 hrs Enduro Prize Giving

Entry costs:

Individual 10 miles £60 (Launch Offer)
Individual 5 miles £39 (Launch Offer)
6 Hour Enduro (Individual) £89.00
6 Hour Enduro (Pair Relay) £160
6 Hour Enduro (Triple Relay) £225.00

The entry cost includes a performance T-shirt, Warrior’s medal and a Rise of the Ronin/Mudstacle wrag/buff plus some other goodies in the battle sack.

Winners will be crowned National Age Group Champions and prizes will be awarded for all age groups http://www.riseoftheronin.uk/prizes.html

Raffine VAP Ltd
Raffine VAP Ltd. are a sports events and staffing company specialising in the management of high-quality sports events such as the New Forest Running Festival and Rise of the Ronin Obstacle races. Raffine supply the largest Triathlon series in Europe, the ‘Castle Triathlon Series’ and the Run or Dye brand series with their core team. http://raffine.eu.com/

Visit Isle of Wight
Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight. As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org