A while back, I wrote about a list of marathons that I would love to cross off my bucket list. While Isle Of Wight wasn’t one of them, I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to go there this weekend for the Isle of Wight Festival of Running with my friend Jo.
This is a brand new event organised by the West Wight Sports & Community Centre, encompassing the iconic Needles XC Half Marathon, as well as the first Needles XC Marathon. For those looking for shorter distances, 5k and 10k options are available to enter on the day. I had hoped to give the Half Marathon a go, but with a bit of a niggle, I’ve decided to enter the 10k option on Saturday.
However, I have got a trail marathon in October and depending on how that goes, perhaps I’ll feel brave enough to tackle the full Needles XC Marathon next year. With scenery like this, how can you not enjoy it?
The event has been set up to give fitness fanatics and first time runners alike the opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery of the Isle of Wight while getting fit at the same time. I have made no secret of my love for active travel and have often mused about running abroad. The festival sounds like the perfect way to involve and engage the local community, while also offering the option of an affordable running break closer to home. In keeping with the true spirit of festivals, participants also have the option to camp on site! For those who like creature comforts, there are plenty of B&Bs around and I’m looking forward to staying at Ruskin Lodge in Freshwater Bay.
If you’re in the Isle of Wight and looking for something to do this weekend, come on down to the festival and check out what’s going on. The event isn’t just for runners; there are plenty of activities such as climbing walls and yoga, plus even the little ones can get involved in story telling relay races and fun runs!
I’m so excited to be taking part in this event, and also hope to volunteer a little on the Sunday. If this is something you think you may like to attend next year, then don’t forget to follow Isle of Wight Festival of Running on Facebook where I’ll be popping on to do a Facebook live over the weekend. Keep an eye on my Instagram, where I am also going to attempt my first ever Insta stories!
Thanks so much to Visit Isle of Wight for accomodating us for this visit – I can’t wait!