66th Isle of Wight Marathon

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For On-Line Entry: (2022 race is not open for entries yet)
Race Date: 2nd October 2022 – Start time 11:30am
(Early start, 11am, for those predicting a time of over 5hrs is available on request).
Closing Date: 26th September 2022.
No Withdrawals or Transfers after the specified Closing Date

On the day entries will be available (Cash only), unless the race sells out, but On-Line entry is preferred.
Note: The race will be subject to any Covid-19 restrictions at the time.
Date for your dairy: Next race – TBD Oct 2023

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Last Updated 17th Oct 2021
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History:
The Isle of Wight Marathon celebrated it’s 60th Anniversary in 2016, so 2021 will be the 65th 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 Isle of Wight Marathon is included in the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) list of longest running marathons in the world. When the ARRS list was last updated in 2017, it was 25th in the world. Since the cancelation of lots of other marathons in 2020 & 2021, the Isle of Wight Marathon is probably now one of, or the longest running marathon in the UK, possibly the world. For details see ARRS and click on ‘Isle of Wight’ for the list of winners and times.

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, and was the first woman in the world to run under 3:30:00. 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.

Race Info:
Entry Fees: £21 Affiliated / £24 Unafflicted
Entry Fees (on the day): £24 Affiliated / £27 Unafflicted
Entry limit: 150
Minimum age: 18 years
Numbers and timing chips will be issued at Registration on Race Day.
If you are unable to run. Transfers, withdrawals and refunds are available via the entry portal.
A Time Limit of 3hrs 10minutes at 15 miles will be enforce, this equates to a finish time of approximately 6hrs.

Venue and Registration:
Isle of Wight Community Club, Park Road Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7NP.
Changing and Shower facilities and secure bag storage available.

Safety Note:
For safety reasons the use of in-ear headphones is NOT permitted. In accordance with England athletics guidelines, bone conducting headphones are allowed

Travel:
Concessionary rate travel on Ferries may be offered by Wightlink, details will be provided on entry.
Ferries to Cowes from Southampton are operated by Red Funnel Ferries.

Awards:
Prizes 1st to 5th for men and women (£50, £40, £30, £20, £15)
Women Overall and 10 year vet categories. Teams of 3.
Men Overall and 10 year vet categories. Teams of 3.
Medals will be awarded to all finishers.

Awards for breaking records are: £50 for the overall record, and £25 for a veteran record.
The new course records are:
Men – Ross Skelton (HY Runners) – 2:28:30
Women – Charlie Metcalfe (Ryde Harriers) – 2:56:38

For a full list of Records see here

Marathon Records

MEN    
SM02:28:30SKELTON, RossHY RUNNERS-2020
JM03:41:34DUNN, TomUNATTACHED (CAMBRIDGE)-2015
MV4002:35:23BOUCHER, MikeAFD-2020
MV4503:02:34ALLEN, CrispinSTRAGGLERS-2014
MV5003:09:59CUPIS, LeslieRYDE HARRIERS-2016
MV5502:57:03MUFFETT, PaulRYDE HARRIERS-2017
MV6003:16:39CONWAY, TonyPORTSMOUTH JOGGERS-2018
MV6503:40:35BROUGH, JonSTROUD & DISTRICT A.C.-2018
MV7004:05:36NORTON, JonathanRYDE HARRIERS-2015
MV75NONE
WOMEN
SW02:56:38METCALFE, CharlieRYDE HARRIERS-2020
JW04:13:38KEYTE, AbigailISLE OF WIGHT RR-2020
WV3503:13:20MALONE, TaraFORGE HARRIERS-2015
WV4002:56:38METCALFE, CharlieRYDE HARRIERS-2020
WV4503:10:26HILL, SarahFARNHAM RUNNERS-2020
WV5003:25:07BRAZIER, JaniceLEIGHTON FUN RUNNERS-2015
WV5503:42:46REECE, KateUNATTACHED (SHEFFIELD)-2014
WV6003:29:31HORDER, CarolineLITTLEDOWN HARRIERS-2015
WV6504:05:58HORDER, CarolineUNATTACHED (BOURNEMOUTH)-2020
WV7005:25:59OWENS, CherryWEST WIGHT ROAD RUNNERS-2018
WV75NONE

The Course:
The course (first used 2013) is a single lap featuring the quieter & scenic 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.

Course Map Link: The IOW Marathon Route