ARE YOU READY FOR A LANDMARK CHALLENGE?
The Isle of Wight Festival of Running is a brand new sporting event to the Isle of Wight!
It has been designed with the whole family in mind, with races and activities everyone can enjoy. There are fun runs for the youngsters. Picturesque races for fans of the Couch to 5k and 5k to 10k programmes. Experienced runners looking for a course that challenges them to their limits, will not want to miss out on the stunning cross country routes of the Needles Half and full marathons. There is even an exilarating half iron man distance event for triathletes.
Even if you don’t run at all, you can still enjoy all the fun and entertainment in the festival village and a classic film showing
Festival Village – This will be open throughout the weekend, with lots of fun activities, entertainment, and stalls.
Saturday 3rd June
5k and 10k runs – These routes are perfect anyone who has completed a Couch to 5K programme or wants to try a slightly longer distance. Starting out from the Sports Centre they will take you through the twists and turns of the footpaths running through the stunning Freshwater countryside. They are open to ages 15yrs and over.
If you’re new to running why not take part in our FREE Couch to 5k or 5k to 10k programmes, led by experienced marathon runner, Julie Dixon. Click here for more info on our Couch to 5k sessions.
Classic Film screening – To get everyone in the running mood, come and enjoy a screening of the classic movie Chariots of Fire which will take place in our sports hall. (Limited tickets available)
Sunday 4th June
Needles Junior Fun Run – In 2016 more than 200 young runners took to the fields next to the Centre. From superheros to pirates and princesses every one is a winner, taking home a medal and certificate. New for 2017, we will be introducing a 2 lap course for the older children.
Needles XC Half Marathon – It is one of the toughest and most scenic half marathons in the country. The 13.1 mile course will take you over downs and heathland, past historic monuments and of course you’ll glimpse the most iconic landmark on the Isle of Wight – The Needles.
Needles XC Marathon – If you are a veteran of the Needles Half Marathon and want to try a new challenge, or if you are looking for a marathon that will push you to your limits, then you will want to enter the first Needles XC Marathon. The first part of the course will take in the Half Marathon route, then you split off at Freshwater Bay and make your way along the ups and downs of the famous Tennyson Trail before heading back to Freshwater. It’s not a race for the faint hearted!
Spyvelo Long Weekend
The event will take place over 3 days, Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June. It will include a 1.9km open water swim in Colwell Bay, 90km cycle through the West Wight and the Needles XC Half Marathon. You can enter as an individual or a team. Limited to 150 entries. Click here for more details.
Entry to any one of these events will include (terms and conditions apply)
Weekend swimming pass to the Sports Centre
Entry to the film screening (please note limited tickets available which must be booked when entering)
Onsite camping (please note limited pitches available.) Book your pitch here
Click on the event name to find out more information or contact our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMPING & ACCOMODATION
Why not make the most of the weekend and enjoy the beautiful Isle of Wight with your family by staying at our campsite (free to entrants). Or if you prefer your home comforts, we have arranged Isle of Wight Festival of Running discounted rates with local accomodation providers. Click here to find out more.