Castles & Islands Challenge 2011

We are excited to announce that Tyne Bridge Harriers have been kindly invited to take part in the Castles & Islands Challenge 2011. Hosted by Coquet Yacht Club & which takes place between 24th & 25th June.

This is a very exciting and different kind of race as it involves both Running & Sailing.

The event is a challenge for teams of 4 – 6 sailors & runners. Runners start with a 10 mile run from Alnwick Castle & take a cross country route, via Warkworth Castle to Amble where they join their boats. The yachts then race to Seahouses, Holy Island & Low Newton, via Inner Sound & Staple Sound in the Farnes. At each harbour, the runners disembark to complete runs of varying distances around Bamburgh, Lindisfarne & Dunstanburgh Castles before returning to the finish at Amble. Upto 30 teams will be taking part in this years race.

In all there are 5 separate runs to complete covering 30 miles together with 56 miles of sailing.

The challenge is to complete the course within 24 hours.

Two runners from the club are ‘rising to the challenge’ to ‘hoist the mainsail’, ‘fly the flag’ and ‘shiver their timbers’

Rob ' Shades' Kirtley & Sparrow Morley - Setting Sail

Rob ‘Shades’ Kirtley & Sparrow Morley will be looking after the running while a team of 3 experienced sailors will be manning the yacht.

TrackAPhone LogoThe event is sponsored by TrackAPhone and there will be a dedicated website where you will be able to ‘watch’ the race LIVE as the runners and sailors are tracked for the 24 hour duration. More information on that as we get it.

Rob & Sparrow will also be documenting the race on film throughout, & a (hopefully entertaining) video diary will be available to view once the lads return.

All very exciting stuff !!!

If you want to come and support to see the runners off.. The race starts at Alnwick Castle on Friday 24th June at 19:30

Good luck to the team & good luck to Shades & Sparrow

stay tuned for more information as it’s added in the next 7 days.

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