Brit Conquers Castle Ahead of Wales Stop

Blake Aldridge
Date: 08/09/2016

A three-hour car drive west of his London home, former Olympic diver Blake Aldridge seized the chance to dive from the 26m high walls of Chepstow Castle above the cliffs of the River Wye. Road-tripping to the Blue Lagoon in Pembrokeshire, Wales for the upcoming competition of the World Series, the 34-year-old Brit couldn't help but conquer the castle, which was built under William I, known as William the Conqueror, in the late 11th century. Tom Daley's diving partner from the 2008 Beijing Games has thus set his mind for the highly anticipated and sold out event on home soil on September 11.

Blake Aldridge will be joined by fellow Brits Gary Hunt and Mat Cowen as the World Series returns to the UK for the first time since 2013. Photo: Skycam Wales / Red Bull Content Pool.

"That's the beauty of cliff diving. We only need a high take-off spot with a stretch of water below to showcase our sport," explains Aldridge who'll compete alongside two other British athletes in Wales this weekend. Together with reigning champion Gary Hunt and wildcard diver Mat Cowen he will fight for a British victory in what is a return to the UK and the circular former slate quarry and its Colosseum-like setting. In this homecoming event the 'brilliant Brit' Gary Hunt who, after faltering in Italy, will be keen to get back to his unstoppable best from 27 metres and repeat his triumph from the last showing here in 2013.

The former Olympic diver will be aiming for a return to the podium for the first time since the opening event in Texas. Photo: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool.

For the leader of the Women's World Series, Rhiannan Iffland from Australia, and her 8 fellow competitors from the 20m platform, it will be the first time they compete at this venue. The Australian has dominated her first two appearances in the series and leads the standings in the women's after three events. With four competitions in the seven weeks to come, only the fittest and mentally strongest will manage to finish in the top. Will the rookie Iflland be able to keep up her strong performance from the first third of the season or will experience start to pay off for America's Rachelle Simpson, the two-time overall champion who came back strong in Italy with a 3rd placed finish?

With three British athletes in the 14 men and 9 female-strong divers line-up, the serenity of this usually quiet corner of the country will get shattered during the athletes' acrobatic 3-second flights into the fresh Celtic Sea.

Watch the action

This event will be broadcast on September 11 from 2.50 PM BST on www.redbullcliffdiving.com and Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. Find out more at about.redbull.tv

If you miss it or simply want to watch all the action again, the replay will be available on demand a few minutes after the broadcast.

Note that the live webcast and replay is geo-blocked in the US due to an exclusive broadcast deal with FOX Sports. The event will air on FS1 at 4pm (ET) on October 09.