Weymouth Beach is a beautiful stretch of soft, fine sand, stretching a mile along the sea front. The broadest section is near the Pavilion. It gets a bit pebbley nearer the Clocktower. From every point one can see the width of the Bay and the cliffs beyond.
Stand up paddleboarding has become a fast-growing popular pastime around Weymouth. The sport offers fitness, sea views, fresh air and fun in equal measure. Numerous clubs have sprung up and lessons are available on Weymouth Beach, at Bowleze Cove, Portland Harbour, among others. Even our neighbours join in, bridging the gap from beginner to intermediate level. A prime advantage for them is they live just 30 yards from the beach, like us. I tried my hand at it but my wife said it was like watching a breaching whale! The nephews are good at it, though.
Lessons for Stand up Paddleboarding in front of Aaran Guesthouse
Some useful links for Stand Up Paddleboarding clubs and lessons
This year, the annual Chase the Pudding event (Santa Christmas Run) took place on the 15th of December. It followed the usual route from the Pavilion to the Bandstand Pier and back, along the Beach. However, in a novel departure, there was a Mrs Pudding to run alongside Mr Pudding, as the Santa hordes gave chase. Many spectators viewed the proceedings from the Esplanade.
The Santa Christmas Run Charity this year was the Will Mackanness Trust, in aid of watersports provision for local youngsters. We believe there was a record entry this year, with over 300 Santas, Elves, Reindeer and Fairies chasing the Puddings. As usual, the winner becomes next year’s pudding> We are now looking forward to the annual Christmas Day Swim in Weymouth Harbour. Further ahead, there is the Beach Volleyball Classic in somewhat warmer weather, among other events almost every week.
There was music all day and hundreds of spectators were seated at the grandstand, constructed on the Beach. Local sponsors were Domvs (estate agents). Thousands of people watched (free) as the centre court and outside games continued. Weymouth is probably the best place to see this premier UK sporting competition, with added advantages of plenty of delghtful smal guesthouses and, equally important, great pubs and restaurants, immediately nearby.
Cornish Pilot Gig racing has become a popular sport recently. Gig racing clubs have sprung up all over Dorset and the South West since around 2000. On Saturday, we saw 19 Gig boats from towns along the Jurassic Coast taking part in demonstration races, with casual and team competitors of all ages. The boats launched from the Beach, with most spectators viewing from the Esplanade.
In addition to the gig races, there were numerous other events taking place around Weymouth. These included separate live music venues at the Town Bridge and across the Harbour in Hope Square. There were numerous stalls along the Harbourside on the South Bank as well as Celebration of the US Memorial Day on the Esplanade. There was a funfair on the Pavilion Forecourt and Fireworks in the evening to celebrate the new Town Council. We are now looking forward to the Classic Beach Volleyball Tournament in a few weeks time.
Bright for Sight run has previously been held on Boscombe Beach in Bournemouth and now, they have come to Weymouth. Our first such fun run was held on Saturday night, starting at 8:30pm, alongside the Pavilion Theatre, and along The Esplanade. We strolled across the 50 yards or so to watch the start. Runners were dressed in bright colours and wore flashing lights, wherever they could.
The event was sponsored by Frith’s Opticians and raised over £1300 for Charity. A number of local businesses contributed and individual runners also raised sponsorship money. There were two distances, 5 km and 10 km. We hope this run will be back again soon and become a regular event on the Weymouth calendar.
The race started at 9:00 am from the Weymouth Pavilion forecourt, just 50 yards away and carried on along the sea-front to Preston Beach and back. Runners finished back on the Forecourt, a short stroll from our front door. About 500 people gathered to watch in bright sunshine, although a few clouds headed in later. There was a light breeze but race times were very competitive. The winning time was 1 hour, 12 minutes and 53 seconds, by Jacek Cieluszecki. He was followed just 38 seconds later by Jo Corbett and Matt Papa.
Bonfire Night fireworks have been a continuing tradition in Weymouth for many years. The bonfire was lit at 7:20pm. Aamazingly, next morning the remains were collected by Weymouth Council for reuse (as far as possible). The fireworks started at 7:45pm. The small pilot boat was the centre of about 15 minutes of fiery and sparkly mayhem as the fireworks lit up the clear night sky.
About 10,000 people on the Esplanade watched the display with many also enjoying the chips and drinks available from several stalls along the Esplanade. Many others watched from sea-facing rooms in their guesthouses. We filmed a few short clips from our front doorstep – overlooking the whole Bay and all the pyrotechnics. The massive bonfire itself was just 100 yards away along the Beach.
As in previous years, the event was free . It is just one of the host of great events to be seen from any of the lovely little sea front hotels and guesthouses on Weymouth’s Esplanade. (See https://www.whgla.org.uk for Guesthouse details)
The event raised £1800 for Weymouth and Portland Lions Club and an estimated 20,000 visitors watched the races – FREE ! We would also like to add our congratulations to regular Weymouth commentator, Paul Hardy, on his well-deserved retirement.
Iron Man 70.3 Weymouth was on 23rd September this year. As per usual, the start/finish line was outside the Pavilion Theatre. The morning was pretty unpromising, with squally rain and strong winds. However, the weather brightened up as the day progressed. The male pro race was delayed till 7:20am, Female Pro till 7:22am and the bulk race started at 7:30am. Over 1,300 competitors took part. Below are some images from previous years.
Around 11:20, the overall winner, Elliott Smales, came past The Roundhouse Hotel next door and onto the Pavilion forecourt, to take first place. The winning time was just over 4 hours 3 minutes – not a record due to the prevailing conditions. Indie Lee from Winchester won the ladies Pro race in 4 hours 24 minutes.
Iron Man 2017 behind Aaran House
The race starts at Preston Beach, with a 2km swim (only 0.9km this year). Then comes the bike ride around local villages, with a shorter but steeper course this year. Finally, there is the road race over 3 laps around Weymouth, ending along The Esplanade.
We believe the next race (half marathon) takes place next year in March
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