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Challenge Weymouth Triathlete Attempts British Record

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Published at 12:05am 14th September 2014.

One of the World class athletes competing in an endurance event in Weymouth today is going for a British Record!

Thousands of people are expected to be watching Challenge Weymouth, a long distance triathlon where the run alone is a marathon length around 26 miles, and that's after the sea swim and cycle!

It all began this morning (Sunday 14th September) with the 6.30am swim in Weymouth Bay, and Joe Skipper, one of youngest professional triathletes, is looking to finish in under 8 hours.

Wessex FM spoke to Joe about his personal challenge, "If everything goes to plan and I have decent swim, I want to out of the water in about 50 minutes, and I can do about 25 miles per hour on the bike, that should get me in about 4 hours 30, and then run around 2.40-45. If I do what I think I'm capable of then I should get the British record."

Nurses from a Dorset Children's Hospice will also be taking part.

Julia's House are charity partners for the long distance triathlon, Challenge Weymouth, and have entered their own relay teams, including their Weymouth and Dorchester charity shop managers too.

Alan Rose, Event Director, who has been in Weymouth for the past week told us he'll be at the finish line today, "Car bells, clappers, slappers, all things that make noises really then add several thousand people around that finish line at that stadium, and round that finish it's going to be rocking. You'll see people who you kind-of go 'Blimey, if they can do that then surely I can', They're probably more inspirational then the people at the top end, so definitely worth coming down."

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