Mersea Island has hosted a Sprint Triathlon for the last 7 years.
Island Races is a sporting event company that is enthusiastic about introducing a series of triathlons, duathlons, SUP races, Open Water Swims and more to Mersea Island and the surrounding areas. We welcome complete beginners and hope to see more people challenging themselves and having fun at the same time.
Island Races has an action packed race calendar with two new events for 2019 and is hosting Sprint Triathlons in Colchester and Ipswich for the 3rd year.
Josh Taylor (more about Josh below) set up the Sprint Triathlon, with his friend Alan in 2011. Their intentions were to harness the natural characteristics of the island and hold a fun triathlon, encouraging the local community to try something new.
In 2016, Josh set up Island Races with his sister Abbie. Their ethos to host competitive, friendly events in beautiful settings. To run events that welcome beginners along with those more experienced and to keep the tradition for each and every competitor to remain at the finish and cheer each and every competitor home. To realise the potential of Mersea Island, utilising the perfect distances and explore options of surrounding areas.
Our events have had great feedback and our numbers have grown predominantly through word of mouth. Some competitors are local but many come from further afield, as far as Germany!
Mersea is a beautiful Island surrounded by stunning beaches, coastal paths, cliffs and marshland spoiled with wildlife. East Mersea boasts the Cudmore Grove Country Park that teems with wildlife, in particular migrating birds. It is also famous for its eroding cliffs that have been known to expose both bear and mammoth fossils. West Mersea is the bigger of the two villages and is also the hub of the sailing and fishing communities. There are creeks littered with moored yachts and fishing boats and the surrounding marshland is protected for its populations of birds and occasional seals. The Island is situated on the Blackwater Estuary on the East Coast of England in Essex, approximately 8 miles from the nearest town Colchester and 60 miles from London.
Josh grew up on the island. He spent his childhood sailing, swimming and larking around on the marshes and is still seen to be doing that today.
He believes that by challenging yourself, you get the most out of life. His passion for natural fitness and the outdoors led him to become a qualified rowing coach and personal trainer.
After completing his degree Josh, along with three friends, entered The GB Row. This is a non-stop, unsupported circumnavigation of Great Britain, acknowledged to be one of the toughest rowing races in the world. Not only did they win, they got a Guinness World Record for the fastest time – a little over 26 days!
He has since taken on the World’s longest Cross Country Skiing race in Finland and a Great Britain Triathlon that encompassed climbing the 3 highest peaks, swimming the largest lakes in England, Scotland and Wales and over 500miles of cycling – all in 82 hours! Endurance challenges became an addiction and love.
Throughout his time growing up on the island and elsewhere whilst partaking in challenges Josh (and his friends) have had overwhelming support from the people of Mersea. The Island is a place where age is no barrier and everyone is a friend.
Josh and Abbie and the team at Island Races welcome you to Mersea Island and to the growing Island Races community. We hope to see you in 2018!