Success as the seventh Granite Mann Challenge takes place

Granite Mann

The seventh Granite Mann Challenge took place on Sunday 20th September 2020 at Cringle. Organised by The Children’s Centre and sponsored by Browne Craine & Co, the Granite Mann Challenge is the only off road triathlon in the Isle of Man in which participants can take part either as an individual or as a team.

This year saw a new element to the event, the duathlon, where competitors could complete in cycle and run only. Registration was at an all-time high, the triathlon seeing 30 teams and 39 solos, and the duathlon seeing 19 solo competitors entering the race.

In contrast to last year, the sun shone at Cringle plantation which also saw a record number of supporters come out the cheering competitors around the course and through to the finish.

Competitors “enjoyed” a 400 metre swim in the reservoir, followed by a 10 kilometre mountain bike ride using the trails around the plantation with the final element being a 5 kilometre scenic trail run using the tracks in the plantation.

The 2020 Granite Mann winners were:

  • Ladies Triathlon Team: Swim, Bike, Run Like a Girl (Lucy Ricciardi, Kirree Quayle & Hannah Howitt);
  • Men’s Triathlon Team: Golden Ballers (Ryan Armour, Robbie Turner and Harry Weatherill);
  • Mixed Triathlon Team: Team Widget (Charlotte Sugden, Nick Colburn & Paul Kneen);
  • Ladies Triathlon Solo: Nikki Sharpe;
  • Men’s Triathlon Solo: William Draper – winning male for the fourth year running;
  • Ladies Duathlon Solo: Emma Atkinson; and
  • Men’s Duathlon Solo: Will Corkill.

“Congratulations to all the competitors who took part,” said Basil Bielich, director in Browne Craine & Co. “The course looked difficult but everyone seemed to have lots of fun! It was a pleasure to hand out the awards to the worthy winners. I’d also like to say well done to Jane, Sharon and the rest of The Children’s Centre team for organising a great event. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!”

Browne Craine decided to get involved and support the event because it helps raise money for a fantastic local charity and its staff regularly take part in events which are organised by The Children’s Centre. The Children’s Centre and Browne Craine are in a three year sponsorship which will see Browne Craine supporting the event until at least 2021.

“Firstly a huge thank you to Browne Craine & Co for sponsoring the event,” said Jane Howland, Fundraising Officer at The Children’s Centre. “Congratulations to each and every one of the competitors that took part, we were delighted with the turnout, made even more enjoyable by having the sunshine join us too this year. And finally, as always thank you to all our marshals and support, we couldn’t do it without you!”

To find out more about the event or to express interest in taking part in the Granite Mann Challenge 2021, please contact The Children’s Centre fundraising team:

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