Isle of Wight Festival of Running 2020 - CANCELLED

We have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s IOW Festival of Running. This was not an easy decision to make and many discussions were held around various other options such as postponing but with the current situation we are all facing we feel our best option is to cancel for this year and come back bigger and better next year!

Full Programme

The Isle of Wight Festival of Running introduces 8 days of races and running based activities which runners and their families can enjoy together.

In the week leading up to the Isle of Wight Festival of Running we will be holding a series of events all focused on running.  Come along,  join in, have fun and make some new running friends!

All paid 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

Duver Dash

The Duver Dash is a scenic race which starts and finishes on the Duver at St Helens. The 5km course takes in spectacular coastal views and finishes along the Causeway path between the lagoons in the Harbour itself. The 1km Junior route is on the Duver with, (and there is) a 2nd lap option.

  • Time: 1030
  • Cost: £10 for 5k and £4 for Junior 
  • Location: Duver, St Helens

Monday 25 May

10k Multi Terrain Run

Organised by Aaron McGrath and the Wootton Bridge Runners. All are welcome to join for a 10k social run around the Wootton Bridge Countryside. Shorter distance options will also be made available. 

  • Time: 1845 meet ready for a 1900 start
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Wootton Bridge recreation ground car park (P033 4NG) 

Tuesday 26 May

 

 

Hypopressives Workshop

 

Do you pee when you run? Join us for this Running themed Hypopressives Workshop and learn how to overcome incontinence by strengthen your pelvic floor with Julie Dixon.

 

  • Time: 1600 – 1700
  • Cost: £10.00
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre

 

 

 

 

Glutes and Core Strengthening Class

 

Bum and core are often weak points on runners so come and learn how to strengthen these areas with Julie Dixon.

 

  • Time: 1730 – 1815
  • Cost: £5.00
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre

 

 

10k Run

 

Organised by Julie Dixon of West Wight Community Running Group. Join us for a fun (multi terrain) 10k route starting at finishing at the centre. This run will end with advice and tips on the best way to stretch following a run. No booking required – just turn up

 

  • Time: 1830
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre

 

 

Free Fun Sociable Run

 

The celebrate the IOW Festival of Running, a Newport-based running group - the "Love Running Tuesday Nighters" - invites you to join the group for a free, fun, sociable 20 minute out and back run in Newport.

 

  • Time: 5:50 for a prompt 6:00pm start
  • Meeting point: Helipad car-park at the back of St Mary's hospital (put a sign on your dashboard to say you are with the running group to avoid a fine!) No charge, no parking fees, no pressure - all abilities welcome! Shorter route option for beginners and new runners, fully supported by trained Run Leaders.
  • Minimum Age: Over 12s only please
  • Cost: FREE

 

For more details about the group Click Here  or email Group Leader Jo Randall on mail@love-running.com

Wednesday 27 May

Nutrition Matters 

Nutrition is for life not just an event! Come along and find out how to fuel your body with Michele Newton of Four Seasons Cookery Academy. 

Time: 1930

Cost: £5.00

Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre

 

Thursday 28 May

Pilates Class

Join Alison for our runners Pilates session. Pilates will strengthen your core and improve your breathing and running mobility

  • Time: 1145 – 1245
  • Cost: £7.00
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre

 

West Wight Family Olympics 

This family event is a great way to get everybody active and together, with a little friendly competition thrown in. teams will compete in a range of multi-skilled events in an attempt to take the gold, silver and bronze positions at the West Wight Family Olympics 

  • Time: 1330 - 1500
  • Cost: £2.00 per person 
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre
  • Minimum Age: 4 years

 

5K Run 

Organised by Sam Grist of West Wight Community Running Group. Join us for a fun (multi terrain) 5k route starting and finishing at the Sports Centre. No booking required - just turn up

  • Time: 1800
  • Cost: FREE
  • Minimum Age: 16 or 12 if with a parent 
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre

Friday 29 May

Film Night

‘Friends of Freshwater Library’ have very kindly offered to put on a film night especially for the Isle of Wight Festival of Running. The chosen film is RACE. "Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, and Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy (PG). 

  • Time: doors open at 1900, film starts at 1930
  • Cost: £4.00 donation on the door or online in advance from fofl.co.uk
  • Location: Freshwater Library (over the road from the Sports Centre)

 

HOKA Scavenger Hunt 

Hoka One One and Love Running are teaming up again with the Isle of Wight Festival of Running for another scavenger hunt! This will be a fun, inclusive running community event at West Wight Sports & Community Centre. Hoka One One trainers will be available to try on and a few prizes to be won!

Hoka One One trainers will be available to try on from 5.30pm

Teams please arrive before 6.15pm to register and put your name into a hat for a prize.

Teams will be given the clues at 6.25pm and the scavenger hunt will begin at 6.30pm.

Teams will be picked at random to leave at 1 minute intervals.

The aim is to decipher the clues to find each location around freshwater, take a full team picture at each location and make it back to WWSC before the cut off time.

The shortest route will be around 4 miles. Upon returning to WWSC, we will ask to see each photo. Fastest team is the winner (no prize just bragging rights!), the prizes will be names picked at random.

The cut off time for the hunt will be 7.45pm.

Maximum of 5 in a team - Suggested £2 per person entry (All proceeds will go to the West Wight Sports Centre Trust)

A link will be uploaded to this page soon for you to pre-register your team.

Saturday 30 May

Freshwater 5k

The Freshwater 5k is perfect for anyone who has completed a Couch to 5K programme. Starting out from the Sports Centre the 5k route passes through the beautiful countryside of Freshwater with views across the rest of the West Wight. The race will also take you through the twists and turns of footpaths running through the stunning Freshwater countryside, finishing back at the Sports Centre. For more details CLICK HERE.

  • Time: 1300
  • Cost: £10.00
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre

 

Tapnell 10K

The Tapnell 10k is perfect for anyone who is experienced at park runs and wants to try a slightly longer distance. Starting out from the Sports Centre the race is a cross country route through some of the spectacular West Wight countryside, finishing back at the Sports Centre. The race is named after Tapnell Farm where the race runs in a loop to and from, to learn more about Tapnell Farm please click here. For more race information CLICK HERE

  • Time: 1500
  • Cost: £16.00
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre

 

Sunday 31 May

Junior Fun Run

For more information about our Junior Fun Run CLICK HERE

  • Time: 1000
  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre

Needles Half Marathon

Our Needles Half Marathon is one of the toughest and most scenic half marathons in the country.  The 13.1 mile route 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. For more information CLICK HERE

  • Time: 1100
  • Cost: £24.00
  • Location: West Wight Sports & Community Centre