The club had a record turn-out of 21 runners for the 59th IOW Marathon.
A massive 157 runners lined up for the start. A contributory factor to the enormous field was that Ryde Harriers race also hosted the national Police Championships.
As well as a huge number of entrants the course was supported with numerous marshals, water-stops, sponge givers, people cheering, photographing and we had a large contingent on bikes cheering on all the runners – thank you all!
Sunday was sunny and warm with some light winds, not hindering the runners as a course record time of 2:45:32 for the men and 3:00:32 for the women was achieved. The race commenced 11:30am from IOW Community Club in Cowes and finishes there too. The course is undulating covering Gurnard, Shalfleet, Yarmouth, Freshwater, then back via Thorley, Shalfleet, Corf and finally Cowes via the infamous 25 mile Pallance Road:
Four IOWRR’s completed their debut marathon; Pete Sexton, Bridget Keyte, Glen Jones and Sue Hunter (Bridget winning her entry at our club Christmas Party). A special well done to those four – an amazing feat on such a challenging course.
The club performed brilliantly with lots gaining PB’s:
Unfortunately despite taking the lead from early on and maintaining an impressive speed, 6 minutes ahead at mile 23, Paul Cameron was forced to withdraw. Tarnia Taylor was also forced to withdraw from completing the marathon, she’d one week previously completed the Bournemouth Marathon. Commiserations to you both.
Danny Faulkner was the first IOWRR and Isle of Wight man home coming in fifth male and sixth overall. His superb time of 3:01:25, was a PB. Judy McCabe finished seventh and took the first Isle of Wight woman home. Excellent work!
IOWRR’s stole the show when it came to prizes this year:
First Island Man – Danny Faulkner
First Island Woman – Judy McCabe (her prizes above!)
1st, 3rd and 7th Mens teams consisting of Danny, Stu & Steve – Pete, Mick & Tim – Steve, Tim & Ian
1st and 3rd Womens teams consisting of Judy, Julie & Elaine – Sarah, Clare & Bridget
2nd SM Danny, 3rd MV45 Steve Rumsey, 2nd M50 Pete Sexton, 2nd F35 Judy McCabe, 3rd M55 Steve Hickman and 2nd F50 Elaine Harris.