needleshalfmarathonEntries have now opened for the Needles XC Half Marathon on Sunday 7th June, the Wild West Solent Swim on Sunday 28th June, the Needles Triathlon on 27th September and brand new this year the Needles Swim on 23rd August.

Clare Griffin, who last year took part in all of the challenges plus completed a trial run of the Needles Swim to raise money for the Centre, said:

“Whether you are an experienced runner or swimmer or looking to take part in your first sports event, we have something for everyone, no matter what your ability.

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“Our events always prove very popular, but we’ve made a few changes this year to keep things fresh.  This includes extending the swim and run sections of the Needles Triathlon to 600 metres in the pool and a 10km run which will take in part of the Needles XC Half Marathon route.”

The Wild West Solent Swim remains one of the Centre’s main fundraising events.  In 2014 it raised its biggest ever total with a massive £26,240 for the Charitable Trust, plus £6,000 for a further 20 charities.  With the Centre facing the loss of its funding from the IW Council in 2015, it is hoped entrants will use some of the other sports events to raise money for the Centre.

The new Needles Swim is definitely not for the feint hearted, and with spaces limited to just 20, those applying must have previously completed a Solent swim either with the Sports Centre or the Samaritans.  Swimmers will also need to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship.

More information about all the events and entry forms can be found on the website

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