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Entries are now open! Are you ready for the Granite Mann Challenge?

Granite Mann

Entries are now open for this year’s Granite Mann Challenge! So if you’re a keen swimmer, cyclist and/or runner, this could be the perfect challenge for you and your friends.

Organised by The Children’s Centre and sponsored by Browne Craine, the Island’s only off-road triathlon is set to take place for the 7th consecutive year, on Sunday 20th September, with competitors being able to enter the event either as an individual or as a team. Taking place at Cringle reservoir and plantation, the event includes a 400 metre swim in the reservoir, followed by a 10 kilometre mountain bike ride using the plantation trails with the final element being a 5 kilometre scenic trail run. For the first time this year, in the hope to extend to as many participants as possible, there will also be the opportunity to enter just the cycle and run element of the challenge.

“We’re delighted to be once again supporting the Granite Mann Challenge,” said Lynsey Smith, director at Browne Craine. “We’ve entered a corporate team into the event for the last couple of years and it has been great fun to take part in. The event is really well organised by The Children’s Centre and raises money for a fantastic charity. As the challenge is the Island’s only off-road triathlon it’s a really exciting event – if you haven’t already, I would definitely recommend giving it a go, it’s tough but it’s a rewarding challenge! I’d like to wish all of this year’s competitors the best of luck and I hope you have some fun.”

“I’d like to thank Browne Craine for their continued support sponsoring our Granite Mann Challenge,” said Joff Whitten, Head of The Children’s Centre. “This is a really fun and competitive event. I would definitely encourage anyone who is thinking about entering to do so. There is a good mix of people, from friendship groups to corporate teams, or simply those wanting to complete their next triathlon. If the thought of a triathlon terrifies you, this year we are giving you the opportunity to enter the run and the cycle only, to tempt more people or teams give it a go, and build up to triathlon status next year.”

If you would like to enter this year’s Granite Mann Challenge, please go to The Children’s Centre website and click onto their event page to submit your entry.

“We are delighted to once again have the support of top Island triathlete, Ryan Downey, who will be offering some training sessions at Cringle ahead of the event. If you have any questions about the challenge or need some encouragement to submit your entry, please feel free to get in touch with me and I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions and give you some words of encouragement!” said Jane Howland, Fundraising Coordinator.

Last year, The Children’s Centre and Browne Craine agreed a three year sponsorship deal which will see Browne Craine sponsoring the event until at least 2021. To find out more about the event or to express interest in taking part in the Granite Mann Challenge 2020, please contact The Children’s Centre fundraising team: fundraising@thechildrenscentre.org.im.

Please note that the event organisers will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation closely – the wellbeing and safety of our marshals and competitors is at the forefront of our minds. Should the event be cancelled through Covid-19, competitors will receive a full refund.

Will Draper and Ryan Downey from 2019 event

Image Credited to Isle of Man Newspapers, 2019.

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