The medal for the Isle of Wight Half Marathon is a clever design featuring the Ryde Harriers club logo and, with a little imagination, the shape of the island can be seen in the cut out. The Isabella Grace classic was collected by 298 finishers on a breezy day on Sunday (19 August).
The course is a bit of a roller coaster, with 183 metres height gained as it travels from Appley Park, Ryde towards Nettlestone and Seaview before a further loop out to St Helens and back to the finish at Ryde Rowing Club.
There was success for island residents as Matt Sharp (Team Spy) won overall in 1:12:31 from fellow islander Joe Wade (Isle of Wight AC, 1:13:20). Matt Sharp is a former under-23 World Triathlon champion who moved to the Isle of Wight in 2016.
Sam Mitchell (1:13:57) of Notts AC was the first of the many visitors who travelled across the water to compete. First master was M50 Andy Weir (Thames Hare & Hounds, 1:18:43) in an impressive fifth place behind Sage Pierce-Higgins (Thames Valley Harriers, 1:16:40).
Charlie Metcalfe (W40, 1:30:53) received a warm welcome from her Ryde Harriers club mates as she won the women's race. Charlie has improved from fourth in 2016 and second last year. Sarah McDade (Reading Road Runners, 1:34:28) and W35 Dorota Woloszynska (Kennilworth Runners, 1:38:27) completed the top three. W55 Susan Khoo (Malaysia, 1:43:35) was the best of the higher age-group award winners, eighth home among the ladies.
Island success extended to the team awards as Isle of Wight Road Runners took the men's prize from Team Spy and Denmead Striders. The women's team winners were the hosts, Ryde Harriers, from Isle of Wight Road Runners.
Wightlink Ferries supplied sponsorship for runners travel on routes from the mainland.
Details of the dozen events organised by Ryde Harriers are available here
Image courtesy Ryde Harriers