Experiences 20 January 2023

Sporting Events Happening on The Islands of Guernsey in 2023

It’s no secret that The Islands of Guernsey are well equipped for getting active. Our cliff paths and coastal routes make for scenic hikes, the sea surrounding our Islands is perfect for wild swimming, and our beaches are ideal for yoga. 

Each year, many large, organised sporting events take place across our Islands. If you're interested in taking part, many are open to locals and visitors alike, and all events welcome cheering spectators, if that's more your scene.

From epic walks and runs, to marathons and triathlons, there's lots to try out. Whether you’re a beginner looking for that first event to train for, a family wanting to take part as a team, or a competitive professional, there's something for you. We’ve listed all of the events announced for this year to help you find your next sporting challenge.

The Sure Guernsey Marathon 2023

When: 2nd April.Where: Guernsey, ranging all over the Island. The marathon starts on the South Esplanade (at the bottom of the Val Des Terres) in St Peter Port.Who: Open to anyone over 18.

Join athletes and running enthusiasts for the annual Sure Guernsey Marathon. The race takes participants through some of Guernsey’s most scenic areas and is an opportunity to see parts of the Island you may otherwise not get to experience. The course will have 8 water stations and plenty of marshals to keep you along the right track and encourage you as you run.

The marathon can also be run in relay teams of 5 or 2 if you fancy competing as a team. 

For younger runners (6+), there is also the Guernsey Marathon Mile, a special course that takes place along the seafront in St Peter Port.


The Isle of Sark Triathlon

When: 22nd April.
Where: Sark.
Who: Open to all.

Sark is the perfect location for a fun off-road triathlon. Taking part promises stunning scenery and enthusiastic local support, and with no cars allowed on the roads, the course is completely safe. The 2023 race has once again been sponsored by Mr Hester’s Self Catering, and several other local Sark businesses. As well as a great day out, each competitor will receive a unique finisher's t-shirt as a memento to take home from this one-of-a-kind event.

GU36 - The Guernsey Ultra

When: 14th May.
Where: Around Guernsey, starting and ending in St Peter Port.
Who: Only suitable for experienced long distance runners.

The GU36 is a 36-mile race around Guernsey, perfect for those wanting to challenge themselves with an ultra distance. There will be multiple checkpoints along the route to allow runners to replenish their energy. This is a mixed terrain race, so competitors can expect everything from cliff paths to coastal routes and concrete. 

Entries are full for this year’s race, but the waiting list on the GU36 website is available for those wanting to sign up. Those who sign up for the waiting list will find out if they have a place in the race a minimum of 10 weeks prior.

The Saffery Rotary Walk

When: 10th June.
Where: Around Guernsey, starting and ending in St Peter Port.
Who: Open to all.

A challenging walk around Guernsey, this 39 mile route follows the coast from St Peter Port, along the south coast, towards the west and north of the Island and then back round to St Peter Port. You'll be treated to expansive vistas on the cliffs, cheering support through town and serene sea views on the west coast. 

The Saffery Rotary Walk is one of the largest charity fundraising events on the Islands of Guernsey and, throughout the years, has supported dozens of worthy charities. 

You can walk it solo, in a group, or as part of a relay team.

The Island Games

When: 8th - 14th July.
Where: Guernsey.
Who: Only open to those selected.

This year, Guernsey has the pleasure of hosting athletes from 24 member Islands across the globe in the biennial sporting event The International Natwest Island Games. The host nation can choose 12-14 sports from a list of 18, which includes everything from classic athletic, track and swimming events to indoor bowls and shooting. People from all over the world come to watch the athletes compete, and we hope you'll be able to join us.

Vazon Surf Triathlon

When: 20th August.
Where: Vazon Bay.
Who: Open to all.

The Vazon Surf Triathlon is an exciting three-discipline event happening this summer. The race includes a 5km run, a 750-metre sea swim and a 20km bike ride. Participants should note that Vazon is Guernsey’s best surfing beach, so some bigger waves could be expected during the sea swim.

The Alderney Regatta

When: 26th - 27th August.
Where: Alderney.
Who: Open to experienced sailors, spectators welcome.

The Alderney Sailing Club is excited to welcome all sailors for their annual weekend of great sailing, hospitality and fun.

The programme of events will be published closer to the time here: https://www.alderneysailingclub.com


The Guernsey Triathlon Club Duathlon Series

When: Multiple dates.
Where: Multiple courses across Guernsey.
Who: Open to all, with different races having varying levels of difficulty.

Run, swim and then run again with the Guernsey Triathlon Club's duathlon series. Perfect for those new to triathlons, or those wanting a more relaxed environment. Visitors are welcome to join this friendly group, all you have to do is sign up online. With multiple events being held throughout the year, the first of which are in March, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

The Guernsey Granite Man

When: TBC.
Where: Around Guernsey.
Who: Open to all

The Guernsey Granite Man, the most southerly middle distance triathlon in the UK, is incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike, attracting an international crowd. A friendly club event, you'll be encouraged all the way by other participants and marshals. The swim section is one mile in the open sea water, followed by a 56-mile bike ride over tarmac, and finally a 13-mile (half marathon) run across the flat - the perfect way to end the race.

Entries for this year's event are not yet open, but keep an eye on this space or visit the Guernsey Triathlon Club website for more information.

Be sure to keep an eye on this space, as more sporting events will be added as they are announced.