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isleofwightchallengeThe countdown is underway to one of the Island’s toughest charitable sporting challenges of the year, to which Wightlink will be offering competitors a discount for travel.

Set to become a classic on the UK’s endurance calendar, the Isle of Wight Challenge (2nd-3rd May) is organised by Action Challenge, who have been organising similar events across the world since 1999, helping to raise over £50m for charities. The Isle of Wight event is now in its second year and forms part of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival. The route follows the stunning coastal path loop for over 105km and competitors can choose to walk, jog or run the entire course, or to take on the half or quarter route options, all aid of charity.

Wightlink is supporting the event by offering travel discounts to mainland entrants, with the aim of encouraging more off-Island competitors to experience the amazing coastline and raise even more funds for charity. Action Challenge competitors will receive a 15% discount for travel aboard Wightlink, and the entire support crew are being supported with a 50% discount to help enable them to stage the event.

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David Payne, Project Manager for Action Challenge, said:

“We are really grateful for Wightlink and Visit Isle of Wight’s support – they have been instrumental in encouraging us to bring one of our ultra challenge series events to the Island.

“Staging it requires a number of large vehicles to carry all the equipment needed to safely man the event, as well as the many covered rest stops. We also offer competitors free hot meals, drinks and snacks along the route.

“So Wightlink’s travel sponsorship has been a vital part of our decision to continue hosting the challenge on the Island.”

Mark Persad, Head of Marketing at Wightlink, said:

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“As a company, we’ve actively supported and encouraged Action Challenge to stage this event on the Isle of Wight. Our Commercial Director, Clive Tilley, and Visit Isle of Wight have been instrumental in making this happen and we’re looking forward to welcoming the competitors on board.

“However they choose to take part in this year’s Isle of Wight Challenge, it will be a test of stamina and determination, rewarded with a great sense of achievement, lots of money raised for good causes and a bank holiday weekend to remember!”

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