Community spirit with new Challenge Weymouth Reward Scheme

first_imgIn partnership with the local businesses of Weymouth, the team at Challenge UK have confirmed the launch of the new Challenge Weymouth Reward Scheme. The scheme has been introduced to celebrate the first year of the Challenge Family’s UK event in Weymouth, and further maximise the strong local links that have been forged by the events team.It offers a number of exclusive offers that have been put together especially for Challenge Weymouth competitors and supporters, allowing them to enjoy a number of special discounts across many popular local Weymouth businesses – including shops, hotels and restaurants across the town.Alan Rose, Challenge Weymouth Event Director is excited to be in a position to launch this scheme. He said, “As many of our Challenge Weymouth athletes are likely to visit Weymouth ahead of September, we thought it would be good to offer some special deals for them to enjoy. And recognising that they will travel with family and friends, we have also opened up this special deal to include them too.”He continued, “We have formed extremely close relationships with the local Weymouth community and this is also our way of thanking them for their on-going support and also help strengthen these partnerships moving forwards. We look forward to welcoming lots of you down to Weymouth over the next few months, and hope that your training is going well so far!”Weymouth Councillor Ian Bruce, the Brief Holder for Tourism in the town, is thoroughly supportive of the scheme and also very excited about welcoming the event to Weymouth in September.He said, “The Challenge Weymouth Reward scheme is the perfect way to offer a friendly welcome to Challenge Weymouth competitors and their supporters. We have a very lively summer of activities here in Weymouth and will be hosting a range of events, festivals and days out for the whole family. We look forward to welcoming many of you down to our beautiful coastal town.”Athletes competing in Challenge Weymouth 2014 will soon receive a Challenge Weymouth membership card, along with three key-fobs for closest family and friends. To find out more about the offers that are available athletes will be able to go to the new ‘Rewards’ page on the Challenge Weymouth website.For those in Weymouth checking out the course, athletes are also advised to look out for the Rewards Scheme posters in shops, hotels and restaurants across the town and surrounding area.www.challengeweymouth.com Relatedlast_img read more

Men have chance to bounce back in Indiana after fourth-place finish at Griak

first_imgWilson missed Minnesota-Duluth’s Pine Hills Invitational last week to be at his daughter’s wedding.The fourth-ranked Gophers head into the meet with their highest ranking in school history, but Wilson is quick to point out the parity of the nation’s top teams.“There are just no guarantees this year,” he said. “I think you could run the top 15 teams in the country every single weekend and get a different result every weekend. I really believe this.”His assessment will be put to the test as all but two of the top 10 teams will be at Terre Haute, including No. 1 Stanford.Wilson said he believes this year’s event will be more beneficial in giving his runners a chance to see the course they will run on if they make the NCAA Championships come November.Junior Gabriel Anderson, who finished second on the team at the Griak two weeks ago, said this course in particular is good to revisit because of its tricky nature.“It’s tough to gauge where you need to go,” she said. “This is more flat (than Les Bolstad Golf Course), but you can get lost pretty quickly. It’s important to know what you’re getting into.”Minnesota’s top runners have yet to compete in a meet they have not won this year. The Gophers have three first-place finishes when its top seven compete.In order for a trend like that to continue, a little luck might have to be involved this weekend.“We could easily be ranked sixth or eighth right now and others could be ranked fourth,” Wilson said. “There’s a target on everyone’s back this year.” Men have chance to bounce back in Indiana after fourth-place finish at Griak Mark RemmeOctober 12, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe last time the Minnesota men’s cross country team lined up at the starting line, leaves were not so evident on sidewalks and the air was not so crisp.It was the last weekend of September at the Roy Griak Invitational, a meet where the Gophers placed fourth and watched their national ranking drop six spots.Now ranked 24th, Minnesota will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., this weekend for a pre-NCAA meet with the nation’s top runners. Start time is 10:40 a.m. Saturday.The Gophers will meet up with 11 ranked opponents in the meet. Still, coach Steve Plasencia isn’t as much concerned about the teams surrounding his squad.He said he’s more concerned with closing the gaps in his top five runners, a feature that perhaps cost Minnesota a higher finish at the Griak.Roughly 42 seconds elapsed between the Gophers’ fourth-place finisher Matt Barratt and fifth-place Ben Kampf, which put Minnesota in a compromising position points-wise.Plasencia won’t have it any easier this weekend as Barratt will not compete. Plasencia declined to detail the injury but said it was along the lines of upper-leg soreness.“We’re just working to come together here as we get deeper into the season,” Plasencia said. “I’m not one to draw huge assessments until it’s actually played itself out.”Women to Indiana, tooCoach Gary Wilson will be back this weekend as his women’s cross country team also heads to Terre Haute for the pre-NCAA meet.The Gophers will compete at 11:20 a.m. Saturday.last_img read more

Superhero or Supervillain?

first_imgSlate: From invisibility to superhuman strength to telekinesis, a wave of emerging technologies promise to give people powers once reserved for comic-book characters. Which raises an important question: If humans become superhuman, will we turn out to be superheroes—or supervillains?…The findings suggest that acquiring a superpower can spark benevolent tendencies. Give someone Superman’s abilities, and she’ll start to behave a little more like Superman. Clinical psychologist Robin Rosenberg, who helped design the experiment, said its outcome supported her hypothesis that people might treat an extraordinary ability as a sort of gift that brings with it a responsibility to help others. That’s an encouraging finding, particularly in light of Lord Acton’s maxim that power corrupts. But wait—what if the researchers had given their subjects a different superpower? Rosenberg’s co-author, Stanford communications professor Jeremy Bailenson, explained that they chose the power of flight partly because it seemed like a classic “do-gooder” sort of ability. “We thought about giving them X-ray vision, but that would have been a little creepy,” he noted.Read the whole story: Slate More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more