Swim, bike… marry? Triathletes find love at Challenge Weymouth

Phillip Henwood and Alicia Livingstone meet on the bike course, marry tomorrow

Swim, bike… marry? Two triathletes find love at Challenge Weymouth

What did you do for Valentine’s Day? These two British age groupers got married after meeting on the picturesque roads of Dorset at Challenge Weymouth five months ago.

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Phillip Henwood and Alicia Livingstone first laid eyes on each other during the 185km bike leg last September, then spent an hour or so cycling at a similar speed and chatting away before Alicia pushed on with her race and left Phillip to finish the route on his own, still thinking about the “glamorous athlete” he’d just met

Alicia Livingstone racing at Challenge Weymouth

Luckily for Phillip, Alicia contacted him after Weymouth and the pair decided that their next encounter should be at another race in October (Ironman Barcelona). They both completed the long distance triathlon race and discovered they didn’t just have triathlon in common, as romance quickly blossomed.

And so, they will be getting married tomorrow at St Leonards Church in Streatham, London – exactly five months to the day since they met. They will have a second blessing ceremony a few weeks later in Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, then continue their romantic journey in true triathlete style by going on their honeymoon to South Africa, combining a holiday with an Ironman event in Port Elizabeth!

The happy couple will be returning to compete in Challenge Weymouth this year, not only as husband and wife, but Alicia has qualified to race as a GB Age Grouper following her success in 2014. 

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