Yet more sports events for 2011!

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Last week we reported on some triathlons and bike rides taking place later in the year, organised by F3 Events. Now, we have a further selection of sporting events, including some well established events and a couple of new ones too.

There really is something for everyone – ranging from leisurely charity bike rides.. right up to Challenge Henley, an event that will need some serious training for!

If you have taken part in any of these events, let us know if you would recommend them!

Marlow Duathlon – 13 March 2011
Organised by Marlow Striders, this event puts up quite a challenge – consisting of a 7km run, 25km bike ride and then another 7km run. The 2011 event will take place on the 13th March at the Marlow Sports Club, Pound Lane, Marlow, Bucks at 9.00am.NB online entries are now closed – but entries will be accepted on the day – according to availability.

Charity Bike Ride for Thames Hospicecare – Sun 10th April 2011
The Thames Hospicecare charity are organising a local bike ride, starting in Higginson Park, Marlow and following a route through Henley, Maidenhead, Bourne End and taking you back to your starting point at the Park.  Choose either a 25 mile or 11.5 mile route. The THc Bike Ride will start at 8.00am registration is £10 and open to everyone over the age of 16. To register visit or call Michelle on 01753 848963 for more information.

Marlow 5 Run – 8 May 2011
This popular 5 mile event has been running for a number of years, and is organised by Handy Cross Runners. The run starts in Higginson Park, and follows a route around the streets of Marlow before returning. Last years winner finished in 26min 3seconds – so there’s your challenge!

Dragon boating - fun seems to be the order of the day!

Dragon Boat Racing – Sun 12th June
Part of the Marlow Town Regatta & Festival, The Dragon Boat Festival on the Sunday welcomes teams of up to 15 people – friends, family, colleagues or whatever. Entry costs £350.00 per boat.
Organiser Lauren Kirkman of Dragons Alive told us that the price includes entry to the regatta and a training session prior to the event. The event is for novice teams,  and having watched previous races I can say it certainly looks fun – and is very entertaining for spectators too!
For more information contact Lauren Kirkman on 0845 130 2248,

Challenge Henley – 18th Sep 2011
OK, you’ll need to be properly prepared for this one! A brand new event for the area, Challenge Henley is part of a series of Challenge long distance triathlon events worldwide – and consists of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and finishing with a full marathon run (42.2km). This looks all set to be a major spectacle, and in addition to the standard entrants will be attracting a field of pro athletes racing for a share of a 50,000 euro prize fund!

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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