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Race the Sun - Isle of Wight

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

6 July 2019 On Sale
Duration 1 day

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $293
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Race the Sun - Isle of Wight


After two incredibly successful years, Race the Sun Isle of Wight is back for a third to save even more sick children and babies through the work of Action Medical Research.

Are you ready to Race the Sun? Get ready for a three-activity team challenge across the Isle of Wight, home to some of the UK’s most beautiful coast lines – and help to save children’s lives.

Pull together a team of four and rise at dawn for an all-day challenge in support of Action Medical Research, a charity dedicated to saving the lives of sick children and babies by developing effective cures and treatments for devastating diseases.

An event that tests you in speed, strength and stamina, Race the Sun Isle of Wight challenges you to cycle 44 miles, trek the spectacular Tennyson Trail and canoe a course down the River Medina, enjoying the island’s breath-taking scenery and sea views along the way.

You, three teammates, three activities, three tests of endurance… What better motivation to work every muscle in your body while exploring the great outdoors? And all the while supporting an amazing cause! So do something incredible today and register your team for this invaluable charity event.

All funds raised by the challenge will support the work of children's charity Action Medical Research, offering hope to the many thousands of families across the UK, who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, striving to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure.

Want all this info in one handy document?

See the Race the Sun Isle of Wight 2019 info pack here.

Places for Race the Sun Isle of Wight 2019 are likely to go very fast, so please register your team now to avoid disappointment.

Your itinerary

Friday 5 July | Day 1
Registration and challenge briefing

The excitement begins on the Friday evening before you Race the Sun on Saturday. Teams meet at the Medina Centre on the Isle of Wight for registration, which opens at 6pm. You’ll then have a compulsory briefing at 7pm, where the challenge is explained in full and you have the chance to ask any questions you may have. Then it’s to bed for a good rest before your early start tomorrow!

Saturday 6 July 2019 | Day 2
Challenge Day - Ready, Set, Race!

The challenge is on for your team to cycle, trek and canoe against time, racing the sun (and other teams) and aiming to finish by sunset. Starting at sunrise, you set off from Newport in the centre of the island, mounting your bikes for your first leg of approx. 25 miles. All of the cycling on this challenge is on road, so any bike is suitable - we would recommend a racing bike or a hybrid rather than a mountain bike. The way-marked and marshalled route takes you to our check-in point at the New Battery, which overlooks the world-famous sandstone rocks, the Needles, with a beautiful view of the sea. You leave your bikes here with the Dream Team and tackle the Tennyson Trail on foot. This stunning circular walk amounts to approx. 12 miles and will take you right back to our check-in point – and your bikes! Now it’s back on the saddle for another cycle, this time heading to the River Medina, where your final test of the day awaits. Swapping your bikes for boats, you canoe an approx. 1.9 mile course down the river. Don’t worry, you don’t need any canoeing experience or equipment. You’ll be using two Canadian canoes rafted together and buoyancy aids are provided. There’ll be qualified canoe instructors there the whole time to supervise, guide and help you out if you need. Your Race the Sun Isle of Wight challenge finishes as your team canoes across the finish line!
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Funding options


The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of Action Medical Research.


Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee per team of four (not per person) when you sign up for the challenge.
  • Raise a minimum amount (per team) for Action Medical Research
  • In order to be confirmed on the challenge your team must have a third of the funds in by 24 May 2019.
  • All monies should be paid in by 6 August 2019.
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Race the Sun - Isle of Wight

We provide full event support, including fundraising advice and sponsor forms, route cards and equipment lists. We also provide qualified event marshals, first aid support, certificates, medals, trophies for winning teams, t-shirts and event refreshments.

Race the Sun Isle of Wight is an exciting action event. It is achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness, who are prepared to put in plenty of training beforehand. The more you train, the more you will enjoy the challenge. It is a great incentive to train and get fit for, whilst at the same time knowing you are raising funds for an excellent cause.

This challenge is all on road so a road bike is suitable.

Your equipment for trekking the Tennyson Trail will be transported to the New Battery so it is waiting for you when you finish the first cycle leg. It is then transported back to the finish line once the final team has left the New Battery. We recommend you remove all sweaty clothing and replace it with dry clothing before each section.

You need to provide your own bikes and we would suggest a road or hybrid bike for this challenge as the route is all on-road. Your bike must be well maintained and in good working order and a thorough service before the big day is recommended. You should carry a puncture repair kit and pump and you are advised to carry a spare inner tube as well. There will be a bike mechanic on hand to deal with any serious repairs.

Canoe experience is not necessary for this challenge. Your team of four will use two Canadian style canoes, which are tied together to form a raft. The canoes, paddles and buoyancy aids are provided. 

It is essential that you come prepared with the correct equipment for the challenge. A cycling helmet is essential and we insist that you have walking boots or fell running shoes for the hiking element of the challenge. You must also have a map, compass and appropriate waterproof clothing.

Download your comprehensive kit list for the Race The Sun Isle of Wight team challenge here.

Don't worry if you haven't confirmed your team of four people yet, you can register now to secure your place and then send us details of your other team members as soon as they are confirmed.

You can buy your official Race the Sun jersey from the Simitar Sports website here. Scimitar are a separate company to Dream Challenges, who design gorgeous sports clothing. This jersey is the real deal so you know it'll keep you comfy as you cycle, canoe and trek across the Isle of Wight.

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