Isle of Wight Festival of Running 2020

Sunday 24 May to Sunday 31 May


Dramatic cliffs, beautiful coves, a stately home, a world famous pop festival site… the Isle of Wight Festival of Running boasts an unparalleled location. Now in its fourth year, the festival has become one of the biggest sporting events on the Island and a favourite of runners from all over the South of England. Over eight days, athletes of all levels can choose from five circular cross-country routes, in the breath-taking west of the Island. 


The biggest draw of the weekend is the famously tough Needles Half, which follows a spectacular trail along the coast from Colwell Bay to Totland Bay, over the heathland of Headon Warren to The Needles. Runners then traverse rugged Tennyson Down to Tennyson Monument, before descending to Freshwater Bay and across Afton Marsh, to the finish.


 Newest addition to the programme is the Duver Dash on Sunday 24 May, this day offers a 5km route for adults and a 1km route for children.  The route includes the stunning views of Nodes Point, Seagrove Bay and Priory Bay Beaches


The Tapnell 10K takes runners on a circular route through fields, past Afton Down, where Jimi Hendrix played his last performance in England, to more than 600,000 people at the 1970 pop festival.


The Freshwater 5K passes another historic site, Alfred Lord Tennyson’s magnificent home, Farringford.


Younger members of the family can join the Junior Fun Run, around fields adjoining the West Wight Sports & Community Centre.


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Click on the indiviudal event name to find out more information and to enter. All races will be chip timed (except the Duver Dash and the Junior Fun Run). We are proudly inclusive of all members of the LGBT+ community and we welcome entrants as female, male or non-binary.

Sunday 24 May 2020

Duver Dash – 5km run for the adults plus 1 & 2km junior fun runs. This race will start and finish on the Duver at St Helens and is a beautiful route.

Saturday 30 May 2020 

Freshwater 5K – A cross country 5k circular route through the beautiful countryside of Freshwater.

Tapnell 10K – A cross country circular route to Tapnell Farm through some of the spectacular West Wight countryside.

Sunday 31 May 2020

Junior Fun Run – From superheroes to pirates and princesses every one is a winner, taking home a medal and certificate.  

Needles 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. 



With a full range of accommodation options, you and your family can make the most of the weekend on the beautiful Isle of Wight. We offer on-site camping, with excellent facilities in our sports centre. Alternatively, we can recommend local establishments where you will receive a warm welcome.

For more information, visit our accommodation page.