The Isle of Wight Festival of Running is a fantastic outdoor event organised by the West Wight Sports and Community Centre, giving fitness fanatics and first time runners the chance to see the best of the Isle of Wight’s beautiful scenery. With runs tailored for those just starting out, to something a bit more challenging for the all-weather pros, the event has been set up as something the whole family can get involved in!
The 5k and 10k routes have been set up especially for runners who’d like a jog through the stunning scenery in the West Wight, as you make your way through the twists and turns of the footpaths winding through the countryside.
The Needles XC Half Marathon is one of the toughest in the country, but don’t worry – you’ll be rewarded with some of the most breath-taking views to dull the pain! This testing 13.1 mile course leads runners over downs, along chalky cliffs and past historic Isle of Wight Monuments. As you reach the very western tip of the Island don’t forget to look out for our most iconic landmark – The Needles rock formation and lighthouse.
Are you brave enough to take on the Needles XC Marathon? This challenging course is full of steep hills and drops to push every runner to his or her limit. It’s a course only to be attempted by the keenest of runners!
For those looking for the ultimate challenge, the SpyVelo Long Weekend is half Iron Man distance triathlon style event. It takes place across all three days of the Festival and will include a 1.9km open water swim, a 90km cycle and the Needles XC Half Marathon.
There will also be plenty going on for the rest of the family in the Event Village plus the Needles Junior Fun Runs and a classic film showing!