Are You Up For the Wight Challenge?

Are You Up For the Wight Challenge?

If you can cycle 18 miles, canoe three miles and run eight miles you could join the Wight Challenge and raise money for Wessex Heartbeat Charity.

There are two spaces left for teams of three at the next event on September 17 at Jersey Camp in Porchfield: 43 teams have already signed up. The May event raised £10,009.65 for the excellent work done at Wessex Heartbeat charity at Southampton General Hospital.

So what is the Wight Challenge?

A 18m mountain bike ride, 3m open canoeing, and 8m running challenge. Each team member must complete all three challenges. There are 45 teams of three, entry fee is £45 per person and sponsorship is a minimum of £100 per person.

The Wight Challenge is all about raising money for charity and has raised £100,000 in its first seven years. For the first five years, the Wight Challenge supported Dreams Come True Charity, and handed over a total of £55,224. This enabled 26 dreams to come true for seriously or terminally ill children.

Since 2009, the Wight Challenge has been supporting Wessex Heartbeat at Southampton General Hospital.  Wessex Heartbeat is dedicated to providing support to the Wessex Cardiac Centre, its patients and their loved ones so they can receive the best possible care in a centre of excellence.

Information for competitors

The Challenge takes place at Newtown Range & Jersey Camp, Locks Green, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 4PF on Saturday 17th September 2011 10.30am (registration 9.30am). Grid reference is SZ44359085.  Jersey Camp is on the Shalfleet/Porchfield/Cowes road. There is no camping or accommodation on site but both are available near by.

A mountain bike, hard tail or hybrid bike is needed as most of the terrain is off road. You can hire a mountain bike from Wight Cycle Hire.

There is minimum signage along the way but map-reading skills are essential. There are six water stations on the cycle route, and five on the run, marked on the route maps, which are issued on the day. Families are welcome to come and watch and they can follow you around or spend the day at Jersey Camp.  They are also welcome to join in with the finish meal at the end.

Hot drinks and ice creams are available from the “Calbourne Classics” mobile catering unit. They also supply the afternoon meal to all competitors, (and spectators who book in advance). You are very welcome to bring a picnic too.

Unfortunately there are no showers available, but there is a hosepipe where you can also fill up your water bottles.

Route maps are emailed out upon registration. Route Guide Booklets are then provided on the day, one per team that contain both the cycle and the running route.

Each team is encouraged to raise a minimum of £300. Sponsorship cheques should be made payable to Wessex Heartbeat and sent to Tina Richardson, Wessex Heartbeat, PO Box 270, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6GE within 28 days.

There are two ways to raise money. You can either ask people to complete a Sponsorship Form which will be sent to you when you register, or a very easy way to collect sponsorship money is by creating yourselves a “Team” sponsorship page via
- Log onto:
- Click on the blue tab “Make your Page”
- Select the “Wight Challenge” tab
- Upload a photo of all 3 of you and add a personal message, the more personal you make your page the easier it will be to raise money.
- Email your page to all of your friends/enemies/contacts

Next Wight Challenges

Saturday 19th May 2012 and Saturday 22nd September 2012
Saturday 25th May 2013 (MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND) and September 21st 2013