Welcome to Colchester, Eastern Cape.
The ideal ground for Ironman training,
only a 20 minute drive from Port Elizabeth.
Colchester is located on the banks of the Sundays River, which is a 30 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth. Colchester is right next to the Alexandria Dunefield with unspoilt sand dunes that date back about 100 000 years. Colchester is a little town which is named after the oldest town in England.
The Sundays River runs over 250 km and its' natural habitat is enjoyed by both residents and national and international visitors alike. The town is at the doorstep of the world renowned Addo Elephant National Park, South Gate Entrance, which is a safe gateway for its visitors to head up through the park to the Main camp, while spotting a variety of animals on the way.
Colchester offers Addo accommodation and activities such as relaxing river cruises, an exciting sand boarding/sand sledding adventure, hiking trails, quad biking, water sports, canoeing and much more. The river provides wildlife such as bushbuck, grysbok, bush pigs, rock monitor lizard, mongooses and a variety of other smaller animals. Birdlife can be enjoyed by birders with a wide variety of birds such as herons, Cape and masked weavers, bee-eaters, spoonbill, types of kingfishers and more.
Colchester is not only the perfect destination for a family holiday offering Ironman accommodation and Ironman activities, but it also offers all of the necessary training facilities for the Ironman Triathlon athletes, such as:
IRONMAN SWIM TRAINING: The Sundays River runs over 250 km and is safe for athletes to do their daily training.
IRONMAN BIKE TRAINING: The Town is a quiet and smooth travelling area for cyclists to enjoy their training along. Another route available for cyclists is the route from Colchester to Coega on the N2 which is about a 20 km distance.
IRONMAN RUN TRAINING: For the athletes who like peace and quiet combined with a very good work out, Colchester can offer its continuous beach of 38 km as the perfect solution.
Please view our accommodation and activity options listed above to allow for your stay in Colchester to be an absolutely ideal holiday for an athlete and their families.
2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
The city of Port Elizabeth, also known as Nelson Mandela Bay, is the host of the world renowned Ironman Event. The city offers a quiet beachside town and variety of activities for the athletes and their families in its surrounding areas. The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event expects to attract more than 6,000 athletes from over 100 global qualifying events in locations such as Australia, China, Spain, South Africa and the Americas.
SWIM: The Ironman athlete begins with a 1.9 km swim along the Hobie Beach and Kings Beach. The sea offers a decent temperature for the athletes and is often suitably calm.
BIKE: The following activity is the 90 km bike course. The route exhibits both the city life and coastline of Port Elizabeth through Seaview and Marine Drive.
RUN: The final third of the race includes the 21.1 km run along Marine drive and allows the athletes to be up close to more than 70 000 fans cheering them on until the final second.
This race is not just an ordinary challenge and it can be easily said that once you have completed it, you are a true IRONMAN!
SWIM, like the boat sunk.
BIKE, like you stole it.
RUN, for your life.