The UK is a sports-mad country and the South East is home to many world-class sporting events, offering both participants and spectators the opportunity to enjoy the region’s beautiful landscapes and coastal views in their summer splendour. A short break in the South East offers visitors the change to relax and enjoy a sporting event, together with the culture, history and breathtaking scenery of this part of the UK.
The British Beach Polo Championships (13 and 14 July) is played in an enclosed arena on the beach at Sandbanks in Poole. Spectators are close to the action and can fully appreciate the horsemanship, speed and gladiatorial nature of Polo. The Championships combine the thrill and excitement of horses galloping on the sand, with the English Channel as a backdrop, whilst sipping champagne amongst glamorous company. Polo players engage with the sponsors and spectators both on and off the pitch. www.sandpolo.com
Henley Royal Regatta (4 – 8 July) is a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and the social season. Every year spectators are thrilled by over 200 races of an international standard, which can include Olympic rowers as well as crews new to the event. In addition to watching the racing, visitors can take in the ambience of the enclosures, enjoy the array of restaurants, bars and shops, as well as the charming views of Henley and the River Thames. www.hrr.co.uk
During Andover Cycling Festival (22 July) participants will be able to take part in a Cycle Sportive Ride, either 45 miles (65km) or 65-mile (105km) or a Family Fun Ride of 5 or 15 miles around the Test Valley. The routes will start and finish in the High Street and will precede a fast and thrilling closed-road race for elite cyclists in the afternoon. Prices Cycle Sportive Ride 60 miles £20.00, 40 miles £18, Family Fun Ride £3 (children under 16 FREE).
The British Superbike Championship (3 to 5 August) has to be seen to be believed. Three days of action-packed, high-speed, two-wheel racing at Thruxton in Hampshire, the fastest race circuit in the UK. Tickets from Adult £5, children 15 and under go free thruxtonracing.co.uk/racing/btcc
England vs. India (30 August to 3 September) at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton hosts will be a potentially series-defining fourth Test Match between England and India. The 2018 encounter will be the penultimate test in a five-match series, so there is likely to be all to play for when both sides do battle on the South Coast. www.ageasbowl.com
Brighton and Hove Triathlon (16 September) will see participants take on the challenge of a sea swim, a scenic cycle along the seafront on the closed road cycle leg and flat run along the iconic beach lined promenade. Co-ordinated by an experienced team, many of whom have worked on Olympic and Commonwealth Games events, the Brighton and Hove Triathlon is growing into one of the biggest events in the triathlon calendar. www.brightonandhovetriathlon.com
Since 1826, Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events. Lendy Cowes Week (4 – 11 August) is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world with around 40 daily events for up to 800 boats. The event also offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. Spectators can come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and free, live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. www.lendycowesweek.co.uk
The Bournemouth Marathon (6 and 7 October) is ‘running as it should be’ and features beautiful coastal views, a chance to run the Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers with a spectacular finish. Plus a Half Marathon, Supersonic 10k, Junior 2k and more. The event is a European Athletics 5 star Event. www.bournemouthmarathon.com
The Great South Run is the world’s leading 10 mile running event (21 October). The fast and flat course starts and finishes on Southsea sea front, with beautiful views of the Solent. Participants are given special permission to run through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home to HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum. The event attracts around 20,000 runners for an event that is steeped in history Entry £42. www.greatrun.org/great-south-run
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