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The Undulations of Motivation…

  We all run for many different reasons, but I imagine that most of us do it because we enjoy it.  What happens though on the days we’re just not that into it?  Does it then become an exercise in guilt?  A punishment?  A reason to feel ashamed?  Why is that?  I guess the answer […]

Round the Island Relay 2019


On Saturday 8th June, we entered our intrepid team, assembled and coordinated by our uber-organised and very lovely Sally Roberts, into the annual Round the Island Relay Run (not a race!). Organised by Pat Harris of the IWRR, it was a beautiful day considering the gale force winds and stormy conditions the night before. Our […]

London Marathon 2019 by Ken Beak

London 2019

My London marathon. This journey began for me when I was lucky enough to win the club ballot place. I still have the piece of paper Ceri drew out of the hat! Now with very sore legs and a big smile I reflect on an unforgettable experience. The preparation for this event consumed my thoughts […]

Ryde Harriers Easter Races 2019 By Steve Lee


  The Ryde Harriers Easter Races have a great tradition, dating back to the first Newport to Ryde road race, which was almost certainly held in 1932 shortly after the Club was re-formed in the summer of 1931. In the 70’s and 80’s it attracted some notable elite runners from the mainland clubs, and not […]

The Magnificent Manchester Seven! By Steve Lee

Manchester Marathon

The Ryde Harriers team for the Manchester Marathon this year was one of the strongest we have fielded in recent years (or decades even). Les Cupis, Graham Gardner, Dave Hunt, Bryan Jones, Richard Melville, Simon Newman, and Tom Robinson are all known to be strong and fast runners, though Simon was making a low-key return […]

Sugar Loaf Fell Run 2019

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Apparently a day trip to Wales from the Isle of Wight is a very good idea, particularly when you throw in a seven mile fell run for good measure! Up at 02:30, picked up at 03:30 and on the ferry by 04:30 isn’t as horrendous as it sounds (ok, maybe it is!) when you’re in […]