62nd Isle of Wight Marathon

Race Date: 14th October 2018 – Closing Date 9th October 2018.

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Awards for breaking records are £50 for the overall record and £25 for a veteran record.
The new course records are:
Men – Peter Thompson (Bournemouth A.C.) – 2:40:29
Women – Sarah Hill (Farnham Runners) – 3:00:31


The Isle of Wight Marathon celebrated it’s 60th Anniversary in 2016, so 2018 will be the 62nd running of this historic race.
It has been run continuously since 1957, making it the longest running (and one of the first to be held) in the U.K.
The inaugural event in 1957 was won by Ken Honney (Walton A.C.) in 2:35:51.
In 1964 Dale Grieg (Paisley A.C.) set a women’s world record (recognised by ARRS) of 3:27:25.
In 1976 the race was officially opened to women with the inaugural event won by A Lewis (Bromsgrove & Redditch A.C.) in 3:21:06. In 1978 the race hosted the inaugural UK Women’s Marathon Championship.
If you have an interest in the history a fully searchable / sortable database of all results since 1957 is available here: Search Results.

The Course:

A brand new course (first used 2013) of one lap featuring the much quieter roads on the west of the island
These are the undulating town and rural roads through Cowes, Gurnard, Rew Street, Porchfield, Shalfleet,
Yarmouth, Afton, Willmingham, Thorley, Wellow, Shalfleet, Porchfield, Northwood, Cowes.
Marker boards at each mile point. The course is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Race start time is 11:30.

Venue and Registration:

Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Road Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7NP.
Changing and Shower facilities are available, secure bag storage is available.
There are eight drinks stations (water provided) at approximately 3 Mile intervals with seven sponge stations in between.
Competitors may leave their own Special Drinks at registration to be taken to any designated drinks station.
Medals will be awarded to all finishers.
Note: Numbers are not sent out in advance.
Please collect race numbers from registration.
Registration is open 9:00 till 11:15.


Concessionary rate travel on Ferries may be offered by Wightlink and/or Red Funnel Ferries details will be provided on entry.
Ferries to Cowes from Southampton are operated by Red Funnel Ferries.

Course Map Link: The IOW Marathon Route

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