The fourth Isle of Man Adventure Race took place in the west of the island on Saturday.
The new Elite category was won by Hardly Athletic, comprising locals Stephen Caley and Stephen Quirk, who completed a 6km kayak, a mystery challenge in Glen Maye waterfall, 20km mountain bike ride, 11km run and an abseil at Fenella beach in four hours and 32 minutes.
Visiting four-man team Steve UK took victory in the Event category, which involved each team member completing two of the following disciplines: a 700m sea swim, 9km sea kayak, 15km mountain bike and a 10km run. The Event format finished off with one team member completing a 25 metre rope climb up a crane.
Organiser and owner of Adventurous Experiences Keirron Tastagh said: ‘Adventure racing is firmly established as a sport in the UK with race competitions taking place all over the country.
‘It has been great to see our event go from strength to strength to be in the position this year to launch the Elite category which has the ability to put the island firmly on the map for those wishing to compete in these type of events.
‘The Isle of Man offers the perfect combination of coastline, hills and glens ideal for this type of sport and it is pleasing to see a number of people recognising this by travelling to the island to take part in the race.’
He added: ‘The race is only possible thanks to the support from our official sponsors PwC, who have supported the event since its inception, together with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Sea Kayaking UK, Green Mann Spring and Mychreests Motors. Also thanks must go to goverment and various landowners for their support, together with all the marshals and helpers that make the event happen.’
Next year the race takes place on Saturday, September 20, and the plan is to open the Elite category to solo entrants also.
For more information visit www.adventurousexperiences.com