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Channel Islands Sporting News

The Channel Islands are firmly in the sporting news this week, running, walking, triathlons, cricket and of course tennis.  

The Jersey Festival of Cycling was very successful with over 350 cyclists of all ages and abilities taking part in the event organised by Jersey Tourism. A wide range of cycling disciplines were enjoyed by competitors and spectators in the summer sunshine at Grouville. From sportives, youth races, hill climb, urban down hill race and then the finale of the Pearl Izumi which saw the elite riders finish the 140km gruelling road race.  

For spectators the most exciting part was the King of the Castle urban down hill race which started at the top of Gorey Castle and finished on the pier!  

 

If that’s a bit too scarily fast then this years Collas Crill Island walk saw 836 people set off from the Elizabeth Ferry terminal at 3am.The weather was absolutely glorious, maybe a little too hot for the intrepid walkers who had 48 miles of coastline to cover! It was all in aid of charity and 627 people completed the gruelling walk which covers the sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and stunning countryside that is Jersey’s beautiful coastline.  

Islanders who competed “abroad” also saw success. For example in the Windsor Triathlon where Max Thornton from Guernsey celebrated his 17th birthday by finishing as first youth in the Olympic-length event.  

Jersey’s cricket team were in action in Singapore and of course Heather Watson from Guernsey who maintained her good form at Wimbledon to beat the Croatian number one and now faces Angelique Kerber.  

Perhaps it’s the fresh air, the clement weather or the ruggedness of islanders but they certainly excel at their sports!   

Group walking in green landscape in Jersey

Jersey coastline

People walking up steep steps in Guernsey

Largest Fundraising Event

The Around the Island walk is now in its 23rd year and established as the premier Island walk and Collas Crill have picked up the baton to continue the great tradition of what has become one of the Island’s largest fund raising events.

As usual, the event is split into 2 categories, the Main Walk and the Lieutenant Governor’s Challenge (the LG Walk) – The LG Walk is ideal for those with young families, or less of an appetite to conquer all 48.1 miles at once. The gruelling nature of the walk is what sets it apart from other charity events and why over the years more than 18,000 participants have raised over £1,800,000 with every penny raised by walkers being distributed to local charities.

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Posted by Vicky Warren