Be a Champion

It is your chance to be a world champion as the World Tin Bath Championships are fast approaching.

Organised by the Castletown Ale Drinkers Society, the world championships, held annually in Castletown harbour, are now in their 51st year.

Submit your entry here

Bicycle Racing

Manx Telecom has announced it has become the headline sponsor for the Manx round of the annual British Cycling National Road Race Series. The Isle of Man has been selected as a host venue for Round Four of the 2022 Series, an elite competition for the top male and female British professional and amateur domestic racing teams.

This year’s event will see four stages being held around the Island over three days from Friday July 22 to Sunday July 24 with racing expected to be broadcast widely across a range of platforms. 

Stage One on Friday evening will see the riders tackling laps of a super-fast 1.1km circuit around the Isle of Man Business Park with the finish line immediately in front of Manx Telecom’s headquarters. This stage featured in the 2019 National Road Race Series when it was won by Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy OBE.

Organiser Richard Fletcher and Gary Lamb, CEO of Manx Telecom

Stages Two and Three on Saturday switch to the North of the Island with a circuit race on the Jurby Raceway in the morning, followed by a 10-mile Individual Time Trial in the afternoon. Sunday will see the most difficult stage of the event, with a challenging road race over 55 miles for the women and 83 miles for the men. The route will include a lap of the TT Course followed by a trip through the Baldwin villages and the climb of Injebreck.

Help is Available

People facing financial difficulties are urged to seek help early by using the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) free, discrete and confidential debt advice service.

The service, which is run by professionally-trained and experienced debt counsellors, can be easily accessed by calling the Freephone number 08081624080 during office hours.

In a bid to help more people the OFT has also introduced a weekly drop-in clinic each Wednesday at the Wellbeing Centre in Peel, between 9.30 and 11.30am.

John Wannenburgh MHK, Chairman of the OFT, said: ‘The rise in the cost of living is affecting all of us in different ways and we want to make sure we can help as many people as possible to access our free, discrete and confidential support. Over the years, our trained professionals have helped a great many people to see a way forward when before they could not.’