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riseoftheronin2The Island will host Rise of the Ronan, a major warrior-themed obstacle race on Bank Holiday Sunday, 3rd May, it has been announced.

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 between Newport and Shorwell.

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.

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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, says:

“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.

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“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”.

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, head over to

Isle of Wight residents are entitled to a 15% discount off the entry fee. Enter the IOWRES15 discount code at the checkout.

The races start at 09:30 and continue throughout the day and into the evening with a barbeque, a fully-licensed bar and entertainment at 19:00.  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.

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