Early bird entries open for Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020

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Image Credit: Charles Whitton Photography

The organisers of Shrewsbury Half Marathon have confirmed that the 2020 event will take place on Sunday 11th October and early bird entries are now open.

Following the success of the 2019 event – which had moved from its June date to October- the UKA accredited Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020 promises to deliver another first-class race experience with incredible runner and community support.

Powered by UKRunChat, Shrewsbury Half Marathon starts and finishes at Shropshire County Showground, home to a fully equipped race village. The route then takes runners through Shrewsbury town centre and out into the beautiful Shropshire countryside before returning to the Showground to be cheered over the finish line.

The course incorporates some Shropshire hills and features scenery and support are second-to-none, making the race a firm favourite among local club runners as well as athletes travelling from further afield.

The 2020 event will welcome an increased number of local and national charity partners, giving runners plenty of opportunity to run for charity and make a difference to others.

The day will also be an important meet-up for leading online running community Run Mummy Run, with members from all over the UK expected to get together and run.

The atmosphere at the 2019 event was fantastic, with superb support from all the volunteers, marshals, pacers, medical crew, sponsors, spectators and local residents who lined the route to cheer on the runners. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with many runners complementing the efficient organisation, friendly atmosphere, wonderful support, stunning views, impressive medal and environmentally-friendly goody bag and carton of water.

Participants at Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020 can once more look forward to a professional and friendly race, with a team of SRG pacers to help them hit their targets and more big-name sponsors which will be announced soon. The race represents excellent value for money, with a bespoke medal, technical race souvenir t-shirt, free pre and post-race massage, free photos, as well as a carton of water and race treats at the finish all included in the entry fee.

There will also be a shopping village, easy parking on site, and prizes for the top three male and female and age category winners.

The winners of On Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2019 were Tom Roberts with a time of 01:09:54 and Jackie Skinner with a time of 01:21:27.

Organisers Joe Williams and Rebecca Richardson commented, “We are delighted to confirm that Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020 will take place on Sunday 11th October. Our new autumn date proved extremely popular and we celebrated a brilliant day for everyone at the 2019 event. The support and camaraderie were amazing with everyone out in force to cheer on the runners, a friendly atmosphere, many PBs, and all round celebrations of the day’s achievements. We can’t wait to put on another incredible day and look forward to welcoming runners of all levels to the 2020 event. Early bird entries are available until midnight on 31st December, offering the lowest price for runners to secure their place for Shrewsbury Half Marathon 2020.”

Shrewsbury Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 11th October 2020. A total of 3,000 places are available. Early bird entry is open and costs £27 (affiliated) / £29 (unaffiliated).

Go to www.shrewsburyhalf.com to register and for further event details. You can also like the Facebook page, and follow @Shrewsburyhalf on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news at #ShrewsburyHalf #UKRunChat.

Free funding for cycling clubs

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We know many clubs are struggling financially, so we are recommending that all clubs register with easyfundraising to benefit from a free source of ongoing funding.

If you are concerned about your club finances then this is a free, easy and effective way to keep funds coming in. It’s hassle-free to set up and simple to manage. 155 cycling clubs round the UK are already raising hundreds of pounds each year.

It’s a very simple idea – register your club as a good cause with easyfundraising to receive free cashback donations when anyone connected to the club shops online with 4,200 retailers including Amazon, eBay, Evans Cycles, Nike, Just Eat, Argos, Cycleplan John Lewis, AW CYcles, M&S, Trainline, Booking.com and more. It doesn’t cost the shopper a penny more so it’s an easy way for your community to support your club just by shopping online as they usually would.

Just think how much everyone connected to your club – members, staff, coaches, family and friends – spend online every week. Each purchase can mean a free donation for your club.

The benefits

  • Free to register and use
  • Regular, on-going revenue stream for your club
  • Easy to set up and requires minimal management
  • Rated 4.6 stars on Trustpilot

Getting started

To get started, simply register your club here and create your easyfundraising page.

You’ll be assigned a fundraising coach to help you raise as much as possible. You’ll have access to free marketing tools to help you spread the word to your club network.

Runners’ stories: 2020 London Marathon, your way

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Aaron Plummer is running his first marathon for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year Mencap

More than 45,000 runners from around the world, each with their own reason to run, will take on the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon – Your Way on Sunday 4 October.

The mass-participation element of The 40th Race in London Marathon history invites people to complete the famous 26.2 miles on a course of their choice anytime from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST.

It is the first virtual run in Virgin Money London Marathon history in a year when it was not possible to hold the event in its traditional format due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event is a complete sell-out and on Sunday 4 October participants from all round the globe, and across the United Kingdom, will be running the marathon in their own unique way, many inspired to fundraise at a time when the charity sector is in desperate need of funds as a result of the pandemic.

Here are some of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon Runners’ Stories

Don’t let anyone stand in the way of your dreams: 20-year-old Aaron Plummer, from Walthamstow, London, is running for Mencap, the official 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. Aaron, who has a learning disability, has been helping his community throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Mencap supported Aaron into his dream job in the hospitality industry and even during lockdown he took on shifts serving food at his local hospital. He is one of 312 people running the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon – Your Way for Mencap. To view the campaign video of Aaron and his teammates from the learning disability running squad, click here.

Family tribute to British judo star: June and Tina Fallon, the mother and sister of British Judo player Craig Fallon, will be walking 26.2 miles for MIND – the mental health charity. Craig, who committed suicide in 2019, is widely regarded as Britain’s best ever judo player and is a former world champion. His mother and sister will finish their London Marathon at the beauty spot in Shropshire where Craig took his own life hoping to raise awareness of mental health.

Grimsby Town fan’s 120 laps of his team’s pitch: Grimsby Town fan James Whaley, 33, will run more than 120 laps around his team’s home pitch at Blundell Park for the charity Make A Wish Foundation, which creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Running in memory of my husband: Kirsty Makin, 29, from Manchester, is running her first marathon in memory of her husband, Tom, who died from osteosarcoma aged 29 in June 2019. Tom had already fought the disease twice before he died, leaving behind wife Kirsty and two daughters, then aged three and eight weeks old. Kirsty will be running with Tom’s Team, which includes a group of his friends. They have already raised a staggering £52,000 for the charity Sarcoma UK. You can see more about Tom’s Team here.

Ever Presents 40th Race: The London Marathon would not be complete without the presence of The Ever Presents – ten men who have run every single London Marathon since its inception in 1981. All ten members will take part in their local areas, including oldest member Ken Jones, 87, and youngest member Chris Finill, 62. Jones will run with his daughter Heather in his hometown of Strabane, Northern Ireland, while Finill has secured the use of the famous Top Gear racing track in Dunsfield Park, Surrey. He will be joined by fellow runners who will accompany him for sections of the race including Martha Wightman – sister of British middle-distance international Jake Wightman. Not quite an Ever Present, but impressively close, is Barbara Ralph, who will complete her 30th London Marathon when she runs eight laps of her local area in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire.

All around the world: Runners from Australia to the USA will be taking part in The 40th Race. One of the first to get under way will be Timothy McQuoid-Mason who will be doing laps of the Whitsunday Islands in Australia while 43-year-old Charlie Osmond, who has been stranded in New York since the start of lockdown in March, unable to fly home to the UK. He will be running laps of Manhattan Island and hopes to finish in a time of 2:55. In total, runners from 106 different nationalities will be taking part in The 40th Race.

Runners participating in The 40th Race will be able to track their run using the new Virgin Money London Marathon App, powered by TCS, which will be available to download the week before Marathon Day. All finishers will receive the historic 40th Race medal and New Balance finisher’s T-shirt.

In addition to the mass-participation event, elite-only races will take place on a closed-loop circuit in St James’s Park on Sunday 4 October. For more information on the elite races, click here.

For more information on any of the Runners’ Stories or to request further stories, email media@londonmarathonevents.co.uk

International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Conference “Racism and Discrimination in Sport”: First Speakers Announcement

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The two-day conference will cover different areas starting from some historical anecdotes of racial discrimination in sport

AIPS (https://www.AIPSmedia.com) is delighted to present its new digital initiative. From September 28th to 29th, the International Sports Press Association will be holding the conference entitled “Racism and Discrimination in Sport”, with the purpose of discussing the most pressing topics related to discrimination within the sporting framework. The two-day conference will cover different areas starting from some historical anecdotes of racial discrimination in sport. Thanks to the expertise and competence of some of the most inspiring personalities in the international sports panorama, we will be also treating the way sports media and governing bodies deal with racism and discrimination, as well as the implications of the gender issue.

The conference will take place on Zoom.us, in line with AIPS’ previous positive experiences on the platform. For each day of the conference, the panels will last around 120 minutes. English will be the language of the event, but participants will have access, once again, to the simultaneous interpreting service Interprefy, which will offer translations in Spanish, French and Arabic.

AIPS Gianni Merlo will give the opening speech, while Secretary General Jura Ozmec will be the moderator for the duration of the event.

Journalists, athletes and administrators have been invited to share the virtual stage on September 28-29, in an effort to build a comprehensive and influential dialogue which reflects AIPS’ long-lasting commitment to connect journalism and sport in the purest forms, free from prejudice.

Here are the first panelists to be announced

Donna de Varona: Double Olympic Gold Medalist, Sports Broadcaster and Gender Equality Activist (USA)

President of DAMAR Inc., a sports marketing, production and consulting company, de Varona is a double Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder in swimming. By the time de Varona retired from her sport aged 17, she had established more than 18 world records and fastest times, competed in two Olympics – the first as a 13-year-old world record holder – and was voted the most outstanding female athlete in the world in 1964-5. She is recognised for her work as an Emmy award-winning sports journalist, having covered 17 Olympic Games. She has been appointed by three IOC Presidents to the Women in Sport Commission and served as Chairman of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. De Varona has served on the United States Olympic Committee Board and Foundation, the United States Soccer Foundation, the International Special Olympics Executive Board, and is an advisor to the US Department of State Empowering Women Through Sport initiative.

Juan Ignacio Gallardo: Editor-In-Chief, Marca (Spain)

Editor in Chief of Marca since March 2016, he began his professional career at El Informativo de Leganés and Antena 3 Madrid. During his long career in Marca, a newspaper he joined in 1991, he has toured all sections of the newspaper and held the positions of chief of section (2001), editor in chief (2003) and deputy chief (2007). He has been directly responsible for sections such as Cierre, Editiones, Fútbol or Real Madrid and has coordinated throughout all these years various editorial and technological initiatives (some of them pioneers in Europe, such as sending information to mobiles). In charge of leading the New Projects area of ​​the newspaper, he was in charge of Marca Plus, awarded two years in a row as Best Digital Sports Magazine in the World. He was vice president of the Spanish Association of the Sports Press (AEPD) for seven years, a position he left after being named editor in chief Marca. Distinguished by the Government with the Bronze Medal for Sports Merit. He has published a dozen sports-themed books, such as the biography Maradona, What planet do you come from, The Best Anecdotes from Real Madrid, El Deporte Rey and Gallego & Rey, 1,000 things you should know about football and CR7 World Cups, the secrets of the machine (published in three continents) among others.

Karl-Erik Nilsson: UEFA first vice-president (Sweden)

Karl-Erik Nilsson was a teacher in the region of Kalmar’s schools before going into politics. He served as mayor of his home town, Emmaboda, from 1995 until 2006, when he left active politics. His first post in football administration was at local club Lindås BK. In the 1980s, Nilsson started out as a referee, and went on to officiate in the UEFA Champions League and at various FIFA and UEFA competitions. Nilsson was elected Swedish Football Association (SvFF) president in March 2012. Before that, he was a member of the SvFF board, as well as president of the Bohuslan regional association, and also served on the board of IK Oddevold, a club in his new home town Uddevalla. He was tournament director at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and had several other UEFA assignments, working as a referee observer and mentor for younger officialsIn April 2017, Nilsson was elected to the UEFA Executive Committee at the Helsinki Congress, and became UEFA first vice-president.

Nicola Rizzoli: Former international football referee (Italy)

Nicola Rizzoli is a former Italian football referee and current referee manager with vast international experience. Graduated in Architecture at the University of Florence, he made his debut in the Serie A in 2002. In 2007, he entered the list of international referees, reaching his first direction in a UEFA Champions League match one year later. In 2019, he entered the Elite group of UEFA, namely UEFA’s highest level for referees, a position that enabled him to become the sixth Italian referee to direct a UEFA Champions League final – Bayern vs Borussia Dortmund in 2013. He has been refereeing in national and international competitions until 2017, a period in which Rizzoli collected numerous achievements. He was awarded best Italian referee from 2011 to 2017. In both 2014 and 2015, Rizzoli was elected World’s Best Referee of the Year by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics. In addition, he was chosen to referee the final of the inaugural edition of the UEFA Europa League in 2009. On the international scene, Rizzoli became the third Italian to referee in a World Cup’s final – Germany vs Argentina in Brazil 2014. He retired from competitions in 2017, being appointed responsible and nominator of the Italian Referees Commision shortly thereafter. Rizzoli condensed his career in the biography “Che gusto c’è a fare l’arbitro” – What’s the fun in being a referee – published in 2015.

To register for the AIPS seminar, click here

Rugby World Cup 2021

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Rugby World Cup 2021: Former South Africa 15s international and current South Africa Women’s U20 head coach Laurian Johannes confirmed as Rugby World Cup 2021 coach interns

All nine Rugby World Cup 2021 qualified teams to avail of Coaching Internship Programme opportunity; Six RWC 2021 participating unions confirm coaching interns; Announcement marks one year to go until RWC 2021 with the tournament to be hosted for the first time in the southern hemisphere; Selected participants to be fully embedded in RWC 2021 national squad management teams for 12 months; RWC 2021 Coaching Internship Programme is fully funded by World Rugby (https://www.World.Rugby/), as part of IOC international development grant.

World Rugby today announced that all nine qualified teams have confirmed they will avail of the unique Rugby World Cup 2021 Coaching Internship Programme with six coaches already identified to participate.

The transformational programme will create quality deployment opportunities for aspiring elite female coaches in high-performance environments, with selected participants to be fully embedded for 12 months in RWC 2021 national squad management teams.

The announcement comes as Rugby World Cup 2021 reaches one year to go with the flagship women’s tournament set to kick off on 18 September, 2021. It is the first time the tournament will be played in the southern hemisphere with defending champions New Zealand set to host the ninth edition in Auckland and Whangarei.

Confirmed Rugby World Cup 2021 coach interns

Canada – Maria Gallo: Former Canadian 15s and sevens international, Rugby Canada Hall of Fame inductee, current head coach of UBC (University of British Columbia) Thunderbirds women’s rugby programme and Canada Women’s 15s assistant coach

France – Céline Allainmat: Former France 15s and sevens international, current coach at Stade Rennais Rugby

USA – Kate Daley: Former USA 15s international, head coach of Penn State Women’s Rugby and assistant coach of USA Women’s 15s team

England – Amy Turner: Former England 15s and sevens international and current RFU Professional Pathway Officer and Women’s Performance Pathway coach

South Africa – Laurian Johannes: Former South Africa 15s international and current South Africa Women’s U20 head coach

Australia – Inge Visser: Former Netherlands 15s and sevens international, head coach University of New England

Fiji, New Zealand and Wales will confirm participating female coaches at a later stage this year and the remaining three teams to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2021 will also be afforded the opportunity to identify female coaches to participate in the innovative programme.

In line with the ‘developing inspirational leadership’ strand of the 2017-25 Women in Rugby strategic plan (https://bit.ly/2RCEQt1), World Rugby is committed to supporting the development of female coaches in the sport and has set an ambitious target of a minimum of 40 per cent of all coaches at Rugby World Cup 2025 to be women.

World Rugby General Manager for Women’s Rugby Katie Sadleir said: “We are delighted to see all qualified participating unions take the opportunity to expand and diversify their coaching teams for Rugby World Cup 2021 and continue to support the development of female coaches through the Coaching Internship Programme.

“Creating quality deployment opportunities for female coaches is a crucial and necessary step to ensuring they have relevant, meaningful experience, which we know is a barrier for female coaches when applying for high-performance coaching positions across both the men’s and women’s game.”

World Rugby Women’s Advisory Committee Chair Serge Simon added: “The Coaching Internship Programme is a simple but effective way to accelerate the professional development of high-performance female coaches. Congratulations to all who have been identified by their respective unions to participate and we look forward to following their journey as they are embedded into Rugby World Cup 2021 senior coaching management teams.”

The Rugby World Cup 2021 Coaching Internship Programme is funded as part of the International Olympic Committee’s international development grant awarded to World Rugby.

The programme is an outcome from the comprehensive Women’s High-Performance Coaching review, with the report’s findings highlighting a significant lack of female representation at high-performance coaching level. The ground-breaking Coaching Internship Programme aims to address the lack of female coaches at high-performance level across men’s and women’s rugby.

Spartan unveil 2021 race calendar

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Spartan, an obstacle course race (OCR) and endurance brand, has announced its UK race calendar for the 2021 season, hosting five race weekends spread across three countries.

With Coronovirus disrupting much of the 2020 season, Spartan are set to bounce back stronger than ever; with two events still planned this year (Windsor, 10th and 11th October and South East, 7th and 8th November), as well as an incredibly exciting 2021 race calendar, there’s plenty for OCR (and trail running) fans to look forward to.

For the first time in three years, Spartan will feature two ‘Trifecta weekends’, with a Sprint (5K, 20 obstacles), Super (10K, 25 obstacles) and Beast (21K, 30 obstacles) all in one weekend. Whilst most racers will take on one distance over the weekend, some will be looking to earn their Trifecta by completing all 3 distances. Those who are successful will join the prestigious ‘Trifecta Tribe’ and earn a spot to represent the UK at the Trifecta World Championships in Sparta, Greece on 4-7 November 2021.

Each 2021 event will feature a variety of Spartan’s signature obstacles, including the infamous Spear Throw, Fire Jump, Barbed Wire Crawl and Hercules Hoist. With the help of local government officials and leading medical experts, Spartan have developed a set of guidelines that will ensure the welfare and protection of participants. Measures include: plenty of hand cleaning and sanitisation stations; temperature testing and screening for racers, volunteers and staff; reduced heat sizes; and strict capacity monitoring.

Spartan, who have launched at early bird pricing, have also announced that they will be providing a transparent ticket pricing policy for 2021 meaning that it will become apparent each time prices are set to rise, ensuring customers know how long they have until the next price increase. This comes as part of Spartan’s 2021 vision to give back to its loyal racers and expand and innovate its fitness footprint by entering the UK trail running market for the first time. Three 10K and Half-Marathon trail events are scheduled for 2021, all of which will feature stretches of rugged terrain, picturesque views and natural obstacles, such as river crossings, scrambles, log hops and much more.

Spartan UK and Ireland Managing Director, Matt Brooke said: “We are really excited to announce the schedule for the highly anticipated 2021 race season, showcasing five of our most stunning venues to our Spartan community as well as any new racers looking to join us along the way. It is our mission to inspire as many people as possible to realise their fitness goals by offering a variety of new and exciting experiences, such as our brand new trail series, each season. It’s been a difficult year for everyone but looking ahead to 2021 and what we have planned, we can’t wait for our loyal racers, partners and volunteers to experience the Spartan race day they have been longing for and deserve.”

Full 2021 race calendar:

  • 19th/20th June: Glanusk Estate, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, Wales – first Trifecta weekend, featuring Sprint (5K, 20 obstacles), Super (10K, 25 obstacles) and Beast (21K, 30 obstacles) races and inaugural 10K and Half-Marathon trail events
  • 24th/25th July: Marston Lodge, Market Harborough – Sprint (5K, 20 obstacles) or Super (10K, 25 obstacles) and 10K trail events
  • 25th/26th September: Hopetoun Estate, outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland – Sprint (5K, 20 obstacles), Beast (21K, 30 obstacles) and the only Ultra (50K, 60 obstacles) in the 2021 calendar for those who really want to test themselves
  • 9th/10th October: Pippingford Park, South East England – Second Trifecta weekend, featuring Sprint (5K, 20 obstacles), Super (10K, 25 obstacles) and Beast (21K, 30 obstacles), as well as 10K and Half-Marathon trail events
  • 11th December: Twickenham Stadium, London – second ever Spartan Stadion (5K, 20 obstacles) in the UK, following the record-breaking, sell-out inaugural event in 2019.

All venues will also host kids races, featuring smaller versions of Spartans signature obstacles.

https://www.spartanrace.uk

Great Britain Cycling Team announce riders for the elite men’s events at UCI Road World Championships

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Following on from the elite women’s team announcement for the UCI Road World Championships in Imola last week, British Cycling has today confirmed the riders for the elite men’s time trial and road race events.

Geraint Thomas will once again pull on the Great Britain Cycling Team jersey, contesting the time trial event on Friday 25 September along with Alex Dowsett who scored a top five finish in the event in Yorkshire last year.

Luke Rowe and Hugh Carthy will head to Imola from the Tour de France for the road race on Sunday 27 September, where they will be joined by Matt Holmes, James Knox, James Shaw and Tom Pidcock.

Performance director Stephen Park said: “We have consistently seen some fantastic results from British riders at the major road races over recent months, and I’m confident that success will translate across to the UCI Road World Championships.

“Geraint is in good form, as proven by his second place finish on the General Classification at the Tirreno Adriatico, and we have been working closely with Alex and his coaches over recent months to support his time trial ambitions, so I’m confident we will see some good results in that event.

“As we always do, we’ve seen Luke play a solid role as team captain during the Tour de France this year, and it’s been brilliant to see Hugh Carthy up there for his team on the mountain stages. I’m also pleased to see Tom Pidcock selected for the elite men’s race, having won this year’s Giro d’Italia Under 23. He’s a great talent, and a highlight this year was watching him finish in second place in the elite cyclo-cross world championships, so I’m looking forward to seeing him take on the elite men’s field out on the road.

“The way the race calendar is this year means we are missing some of our Grand Tour specialists in the road race as they prepare for the forthcoming Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana, but regardless of that I believe we have a strong men’s team for both the road race and the time trial events and I know we will make the fans proud.”

Elite Men’s Road Race

Hugh Carthy

Matt Holmes

James Knox

Tom Pidcock

Luke Rowe

James Shaw

Elite Men’s Time Trial

Alex Dowsett

Geraint Thomas

Cartier Queen’s Cup 2020 Polo Tournament is the First Multi-Camera Sports Production Using LiveU’s LU800

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LiveU LU800 in action at the Cartier Queen's Cup 2020 Polo Tournament

This year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup 2020 Polo Tournament, organised by the Guards Polo Club, based in Windsor, UK, was the first sporting event to take advantage of LiveU’s (www.LiveU.tv) game-changing, multi-camera LU800 capabilities. The event was streamed live to viewers on the Guards TV website and a leading sports channel in Latin America. The event was covered using four cameras with the live feeds streamed in low delay from the UK to the production studio in South Africa.

This year was the 60th anniversary of the prestigious Queen’s Cup, which has been sponsored by Cartier since 2012. Taking place in the dramatic Windsor Park, where there are multiple polo grounds, this year’s event had to take place without fans due to social distancing requirements with the organisers aiming to create maximum fan engagement while taking into full account current restrictions.

Ronen Artman, VP of Marketing, LiveU, said, “We all know that the sports sector has been particularly badly hit by the pandemic; therefore, technical innovation is required to maximise coverage of those sporting occasions that take place. We are very excited to see the first use of the LU800 production-level field unit, launched in June, with full advantage being taken of its multi-camera capabilities alongside our remote production solution.”

South African based Live Production Tech partnered with Polocam.tv to handle the production. Greg Hughes, Director, Polocam.tv said, “Having covered this tournament and being on-site for the last decade, we were really struggling this year without the ability to fly to the UK or have more staff on site. LiveU provided us with the bonded streaming technology for not only broadcasting this event, but also setting the model for how to move forward with other events around the world.”

Having tested the LU800 during the early rounds, the multi-camera unit was used for the semi-finals and final. The commentator was at the event in the UK with the graphics, replays and switching carried out remotely from South Africa. This, of course, saved considerably on human and technical on-site resources as well as cost, with premium quality coverage achieved using remote production.

For the semi-finals, there were two side cameras, a centre pitch camera and a camera positioned on a crane. Two LU600s were also used to provide goal line coverage. The final was a similar setup, with some drone footage too, the aerial footage further enriching the fan experience, increasing the multi-angle coverage.

The LU800 supports up to four fully frame-synced feeds in high resolution from a single unit, using powerful IP bonding of up to 14 connections. The unit also offers the highest-quality video performance, with up to 4Kp60 10-bit HDR transmission for optimal colour depth and richness, as well as up to 16 audio channels for high-end productions.

Michael Esteves, Director, Live Production Tech, said, “Having trialled the LU800 during earlier rounds, and been very impressed with its capabilities and the great enhancements it brought to our coverage, we were excited to use it for the semi-finals and final. The coverage we achieved was fantastic and allowed us to really expand what we were able to capture for viewers. LiveU’s remote production capabilities were also crucial, particularly given the current restrictions, providing us with the flexible production capabilities we needed, cost-effectively.”

Artman added, “The LU800 really moves sports production to the next level given the unit’s multi-camera capabilities. Alongside our remote production solutions, we are now able to satisfy both simple and very complex sports productions at a price point that has previously simply not been possible using other technologies.”

Watch the multi-camera sports production in action

IRONMAN returns to Cork in 2021 with Ireland’s largest triathlon weekend

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Pictured in Youghal, Co Cork for the launch of IRONMAN 70.3 Ireland, Cork are EO of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, Mayor of Cork, Mary Linehan Foley and UK and Ireland Regional Director Declan Byrne. (Photographer: Brian Lougheed)

Today, the IRONMAN Group and Cork County Council announced the addition of IRONMAN® 70.3® Ireland, Cork, on August 14, 2021. The race joins the existing IRONMAN Ireland, Cork on August 15, 2021. Together they will form Ireland’s biggest triathlon weekend, which also includes an IRONKIDS® event on Friday, August 13. It marks the first time in Irish triathlon history that three events by the IRONMAN Group will be hosted on the same weekend. The inaugural IRONMAN Ireland, Cork event took place in June 2019. The date has since shifted to August.

“Cork and Youghal hold a special place in our hearts ever since the inaugural edition of IRONMAN Ireland, Cork in 2019. It was a race you had to be there to believe. People didn’t seem to care about the adverse weather conditions – they were out in the street, celebrating, cheering on the athletes and bringing each and every one of them home to the finish line. If there is one place on earth that deserves a massive triathlon festival, it is this one. We are extremely thankful to return to this community on a new date and with an additional event delivering a huge tourism and economic boost to the area,” said Declan Byrne, Regional Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland.

Last year, IRONMAN Ireland, Cork had an estimated impact of 6.32 million Euro on the region. The addition of IRONMAN 70.3 Ireland, Cork will increase that figure as 1,500 additional athletes are expected to compete over the weekend.

IRONMAN 70.3 Ireland, Cork will feature a 1.9km (1.2-mile) swim combined with a 90.1km (56-mile) breath-taking bike route that heads straight out into the rolling Irish countryside with a combination of flat and undulating roads with magnificent views. The course takes athletes through the scenic East Ferry, through the town of Midleton – home to the famous Jameson Distillery – into the buzzing town centre of Youghal, and up the infamous Windmill Hill, a spectator hotspot. The 21.1km (13.1-mile) flat and fast run course finishes in the historical town of Youghal, taking in Youghal Harbour and the famous Clock Gate Tower. Both events will share the same iconic finish line in bustling Market Square.

Mayor of the County of Cork Councillor Mary Linehan-Foley said, “Both as Mayor of the County of Cork and a proud Youghal resident, I am particularly thrilled to welcome these fantastic athletes and their supporters to my East Cork hometown. I have known all my life what a hidden gem Youghal and East Cork are and the addition of the IRONMAN 70.3 with this festival weekend will showcase the best that we have to offer on a worldwide stage. In 2019, Youghal and East Cork showcased the true meaning of community spirit and all athletes and their supporters can look forward to the same community spirit in August 2021 and during their training visits beforehand”

Alistair Brownlee, Winner of IRONMAN Ireland 2019 added, “The support from the locals was unparalleled; the climb on Windmill Hill is tough but became a highlight due to the atmosphere created by the spectators. The crowd support throughout the event is just phenomenal! It provides the motivation you need to get across that finish line.”

Speaking about the 2021 event, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey, said, “Cork County Council is especially proud to continue its relationship with IRONMAN with the addition of the IRONMAN 70.3. Today’s announcement means that we can all look forward to what promises to be a spectacular and unforgettable weekend in August 2021. This festival weekend will bring a significant economic boost to the local economy and promote Cork County as an international destination. This will be an event that invests in both people and place and I look forward to what will be an amazing experience for all.”

General registration for IRONMAN Ireland, Cork will open on Tuesday, September 16, 2020 at www.ironman.com/im703-ireland

www.ironman.com

Kew 10k back with social distancing success

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Mass running is officially back! The largest social distancing running event in the UK happened over the weekend. 3,500 runners got back to some sort of normality by running in the socially distanced findarace.com Kew Gardens 10k, all inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Runners were spread out over different allocated arrival times, holding zones, and then started 4 at a time in a successful first running event of this size in the country since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Race Director, Tom Bedford said “With many mass participation sporting events cancelled since February, there were a lot of eyes on us as many people didn’t believe that we could put on a socially distanced running event, but I am pleased to say it was a success and that all of the hard work from our team during lockdown paid off. A lot of the feedback we have received so far is that people felt safe and socially distanced throughout the event and I would like to thank our runners for cooperating under our strict COVID-19 rules whilst still having fun. One of our motives was to provide a physical platform for charity fundraising and to help build fitness, and physical and mental well-being. We are proud to be the only running event to fundraise for our incredible charities during this difficult period.
I thank the runners but I would also like to thank all of the staff, amazing volunteers and Kew Gardens for coming together to get this event over the start line and I hope it paves the way for other safe running events and parkruns to return as soon as possible.”

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, raised an outstanding £12,500 for Charity, whilst running a fantastic time of 53 minutes and 44 seconds. However, he was almost 20 minutes behind the winner, Seyfu Jamaal, who ran the fastest time of the weekend. His impressive time of 30 minutes and 14 seconds broke London Heathside AC’s 16 year old club record. The ‘Queen of Richmond’s’ title went to British international, Tracey Barlow, who was the fastest lady over the weekend with a time of 34 minutes and 54 seconds.

OCR World Champion reveals his training secrets in new documentary

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The team behind endurance sports TV, the TV channel dedicated to endurance athletes and fans, has just returned from Norway filming its latest original documentary with OCR legend Jon Albon ahead of his return to racing.

The crew travelled to Romsdal on the west coast of Norway where Jon and his wife, Henriette, relocated early this year. Here the documentary plans to give a special insight into Jon’s unique approach to elite sport, an approach that has seen him become OCR and Ultra Skyrunning World Champion.

Jon entered the world of competitive running at the age of 20, a little later than most, but has since taken the world by storm. In 2014, Jon won his first OCR World Championship and has remained undefeated at the event ever since, a true legend of the sport.

Making a full-time career from his endurance sport, Jon expanded his racing into extreme running and has twice won the final ranking event of the Sky Extreme Series (2016 and 2017) and was the overall winner of the Skrunner World Series in 2017. In 2018, he became Ultra SkyRunning World Champion before upsetting the favourites to scoop Gold at the IAU Trail World Championships in 2019.

“I’ve always loved Obstacle Course Racing, it’s where it all started, and it still hopds a special place in my heart,” says Jon. “It’s all about endurance, skills, concentration and a great deal of grit. For me, it’s about getting both your body and mind in the right place, at the last OCRWC in November 2019, I just won by seconds, one slip could mean the difference between winning or not.”

The documentary will give viewers a window into the life and training of Jon and his wife plotting their move to their new home in Romsdal and the challenges and recovery he’s faced through a foot operation to repair a foot injury that has been troubling him for a few years. “2020 has been unlike anything else we’ve experienced, with events cancelled, training interrupted, moving home and recovering from the operation – yet we are all positively looking forward and preparing for the return to ‘normality’.”

The makers of the endurance sports TV documentary are also planning to explore Jon’s special approach to sport, training and his role in supporting his wife Henriette. Ross Brackley, the documentary maker for endurance sport TV directing this project, added; “Jon has always had his own way of doing things, and through the documentary we hope to explore Jon’s unique approach to training and sport that is so different, but at the same time so successful.”

endurance sports TV are planning to release this new, original documentary next month and marks the return of original production since the COVID pandemic began. The team at endurance sports TV are also launching a Crowdcube investment campaign to raise further funds for more original programs.

To find out more about the chance to become a part of the future of endurance sports TV, visit the Crowdcube page here and to see the channel in action, visit www.endurancesports.tv

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