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Sold out in just three days

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GUERNSEY’S signature Half Ironman has sold out in just three days.

The run in the inaugural Granite Man run in Ronez quarry at Les Vardes. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin)

The biennial Granite Man has already amassed 160 entries ahead of race day on 1 September 2019 and many of Guernsey’s finest triathletes feature among them.

Mat Dorrian won last year’s edition in 4hrs 22min. 28sec. and will chase another title, but faces some heavy pressure in a revised top men’s line-up.

Island badminton player Ove Svejstrup recorded a superb sub-10hr time over the full-iron distance at Copenhagen 140.6 earlier this year and will head the chase alongside 2017 runner-up Aivis Kergalvis and fellow Island Games pick Dave Mosley.

Ladies’ champion Ulrike Maisch is a notable absentee, but Magda Murphy slots in alongside Gibraltar-bound Emily Squire and Megan Chapple in another strong women’s field.

The Pembroke-based race will unfold over a 1,900m swim, 56-mile cycle and half-marathon run that incorporates a loop of Ronez Quarry.

‘We aim to provide a quality local half-iron distance event, on the most scenic course, with the extra bonus of the Quarry loop – courtesy of the support of Ronez, who generously sponsor a specific prize for fastest descent and ascent of their quarry,’ said Guernsey Triathlon president Mark Naftel.

‘The support of the Ana Leaf Foundation assists us to keep our pricing policy very competitive, with entry fees less than a third of comparable events. To sell out so quickly is astounding.’

Sign-ups are still available for the accompanying sprint event via EntryCentral.

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