The Isle of Wight Marathon, one of the longest running races in the calendar, will celebrate its 60th staging this Sunday (9 October). It may well be reaching retirement age but the race is showing little sign of letting up, with a strong field expected.
Organised by Ryde Harriers Running Club, the event is also believed to be one of the hardest road marathons in the UK. The one-lap course, modified in 2013, takes in some of the quieter roads on the west of the island with a start and finish point at the Cowes Social and Sports Club.
2015 saw 151 complete the race, with Christopher Redhead leading the way in 2:45:32 (the fastest winning time in a decade), four minutes ahead of second placed Alex Daniels (2:49:37). Sarah Hill secured first in the female competition in 3:00:31 (the best time since 1983), which also secured her fifth position overall.
Entries for the race will be accepted on the day, more information is available here.