Iron Man 70.3 Weymouth – 23rd September 2018

Iron Man 70.3 Winner 2018

Iron Man 70.3 Winner 2018

Iron Man 70.3 Weymouth was on 23rd September this year. 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, Femnale 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

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.

Iron Man 3rd place 2016

Iron Man 3rd place 2016

Iron Man legs like lead

Iron Man legs like lead

Donkey rides on Weymouth Beach – Westhill Donkeys

Donkey rides on Weymouth Beach

We are now nearing the end of the Summer Season, so it seemed appropriate to mention the Donkey Rides. The rides have been delighting children (and Parents) for many, many years. The donkeys come from Westhill Farm, under new stewardship since 2011. The tradition has continued since the 19th century. The rides take place near the "Boat" beach cafe, at the Southern end of Weymouth Beach and just 100 yards from Aaran Guesthouse. The course takes riders 100 yards along the sands and back again. We think parents enjoy  watching just as much as their kids enjoy the riding the donkeys.

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Half Marathon races in Weymouth

Weymouth Half Marathon filmed from Aaran House

Half Marathon races started in Weymouth a few years ago, as part of the Iron Man events. Now in its 5th year, the 20.3 kilometre race took place in June. The course ran from Lodmoor, around the town and seafront and back to Weymouth Pavilion, just 50 yards away.

Half Marathon competitor behind Aaran House

Competitor behind Aaran House

Just Racing sponsor the event. Up to 1500 competitors take part and there are numerous water and feedig stations around the course. In the Iron Man races, the athletes swim 2 km and cycle about 110km around local villages, before entering the running stage.

Aaran House – right on the sea front

View from Aaran House front door

Sea front flower bed 5 yards from Aaran House

Sea front flower bed 5 yards from Aaran House

Sea front guesthouses viewed 10 yards from Aaran House

Sea front guesthouses viewed 10 yards from Aaran House

The sea front in Weymouth stretches right along The Esplanade and right past Aaran House. When you step out of our front door, 5 paces brings you to the flower beds. From there, you can see all around, as in the short video above. In front, there is the 2.5 mile beach, the sea and the Bay, sweeping round to white cliffs. Left, there is the town frontage, consisting mainly of Georgian buildings, like Aaran House.

If you walk the 20 yards to the beach, you can turn round and see Aaran House and the other Georgian guesthouses. We all offer spectacular views and a warm welcome. Behind us is the historical and picturesque Harbour, always busy with fishing boats, yachts and tall ships.

Veterans Day celebrations

Veterans Day takes place every June in Weymouth. Most years, there is a re-enactment of the D-Day battles. Troops disembark from Landing Craft , wade ashore and fight mock gun battles on the beach. They then build a temporary bridge on the beach and drive tanks and lorries across it. A number of military vehicles display on the Pavilion Theatre forecourt and parade along the Esplanade. On the Sunday, hundreds of veterans from all the armed forces and auxiliaries engage in the Service at the War Memorial, before marching down the sea front to the Pavilion. Because all this happens right in front of Aaran House, we have a grandstand view.

Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade

For some reason, in 2016, they decided to use “pirates” as the enemy formation on the beach. Anyway, our heroic troops soon overcame the resistance. The march past took place next day and ended right by our front door, as usual.

It is always a stirring sight to see the Old Soldiers marching past, displaying their medals and the whole weekend is not to be  missed.

Old Soldiers march past

Old Soldiers march past

 

A windy day in Weymouth

Kitesurfing in Weymouth

A windy day in Weymouth is not too surprising because we are on the coast. However, the bay shelters us from westerly winds behind the Isle of Portland, while the Ridgeway protects us from the North. Across the water, cliffs and hills hide the town from most Easterly storms (except for this year!)

Blustery but beautiful by the Sea

Blustery but beautiful by the Sea

The bay is wide and open with shallow water so, when it is windy, it is the ideal spot for windsurfers and kitesurfers to practice their skills. Jetski riders venture out beyond the Harbour entrance and jump between wave crests. We spectators just watch and feel grateful we are keeping warm and dry!

Jetskis on a windy day

Santa Fun Run every Christmas

Santa Fun Run at the start

Santa Fun Run at the start

Santa Fun Run takes place every year on Weymouth Beach in late December. The start line is right in front of Aaran House. Santas chase the pudding along the beach and back again. The pudding usually escapes the chasers. There are also junior races with fairies and elves.

Santas elves and fairies waiting for the junior race

Santas elves and fairies waiting for the junior race

So many Santas so far to run

So many Santas so far to run

Up to 300 Santas take part in the senior race and the Mayor and the Christmas Pantomime Dame attend. There are usually a few reindeer and elves joining in but no amount of magic seems to result in catching the pudding.

Beach Motocross

Beach Motocross in Weymouth 2016

Lions Club beach motocross event on Weymouth Beach

Beach Motocross takes place every year on Weymouth Beach. The Lions Club sponsor the event, which raises £1000’s for charity. Thousands of spectators line the Esplanade to watch the free event and take amazing photographs. The start line is right in front of Aaran House and the course stretches up towards the Jubilee Clock Tower.

The beach motocross start line in front of Aaran House

The start line in front of Aaran House

The beach remains closed to the public for the races and marshals keep the competitors safe. Earthmoving equipment constructs huge sand ramps for the bikers to climb and the course winds for about a mile. Top speeds can be as high as 80 mph.

Local Press interviews the Lions Club ahead of the Motocross Event