Competitors selected to take up the Poole Audi Hex-treme challenge!

Hundreds of entry forms have been received for this year's Poole Audi Hex-treme

event and the entrant selection process is near completion. Event organisers and

sponsors deliberated over the high standard of entries and thirty competitors

for the men's competition have now been selected. There are currently further

positions available for the women's competition.

On Sunday 7th September the chosen competitors, a mix of both local and national

athletes, will participate in one of the UK's most innovative and challenging

sporting events to illustrate their vast experience in triathlons, biathlons,

and the London Marathon.

At this one-day Poole Tourism event, based across Poole's Sandbanks beach,

entrants will compete in the six disciplines of cycling, swimming, kayaking,

sailing, windsurfing, and running, and will gain aggregate scores across these

sporting activities. The successful entrants all have years of competitive experience

and many are instructors in one of the sports featured. The reigning champion

of two years, Richard Vail, will once again attempt to claim the top position.

New competitors include Richard's sister, Tisha Vail, from Finsbury Park in

London, who will compete for the first time in the new women's competition,

and husband and wife, Lisa and Giles Durward, from Ringwood.

Gary Willingham, event organiser for Poole Tourism, says; "Poole Audi

Hex-treme is proving exceptionally popular as the entries we have received have

been of an extremely high standard and it was difficult to judge when the level

of entry was so good. The entry deadline for the women's race has been extended

as there are still some positions available."

Gary adds; "Competitors are now busy training in anticipation of the event

and we expect an exciting competition which will be great for spectators to

watch. We hope everyone will come to the event and cheer for their favourite

competitor".

With a prize fund which includes £1300, Poole Audi trophies, Fitness

First annual memberships, and Cotswold Outdoor vouchers, Poole Audi Hex-treme

2003 will be a tough competition.

Entry forms for the women's race are available from Liz Lean PR, Poole Tourism,

or downloadable from www.pooletourism.com/hextreme.

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Notes to Editors:

Poole Tourism's sports partners for the Poole Audi Hex-treme are:

Poole Wheelers, Poole Runners, Rockley Watersports, Bournemouth Canoes, RNLI,

and the Hamworthy Outdoor Centre.