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Claire Turner from the Creek Inn, Peel has confirmed that they will provide sandwiches for competitors and officials after the Peel Hill race on Easter Saturday again this year. Many thanks to the Creek for the continued support of the Festival. Cheers! ...

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Six weeks to go!

It’s getting noticeably lighter in the evenings now and it’s starting to feel a bit like spring. Just six weeks to go now – I for one can’t wait! Support for the Festival continues to grow each year, and another bumper entry is anticipated in 2018 including hundreds of visiting athletes.

Back in 2005 the Festival was in serious decline, and just 114 competitors took part. A new organising team then gave the Festival a fresh look, and a big publicity drive more than doubled the numbers in 2006. Interest has increased consistently since, with the help of a big push for the 50th anniversary event in 2012. By 2017 the entry had risen to 551 competitors – almost a 500% increase in 12 years!

Here is a photo taken by the late Murray Lambden of the men’s Peel Hill race in 2005, which attracted just 44 competitors (the women’s race had only 22). Compare this with the video of the 2016 men’s race I posted last week!

Thanks to you all for your fantastic support – see you in six weeks for the latest instalment of this great event!

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10k Road Race

Good Friday sees the start of the festival with a 10km road race starting at 6.30pm. Men and women run together although there are, of course, separate prizes for the women. There are also team prizes to be won and awards for the leading veterans and juniors.

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Peel Hill Race

On Saturday afternoon, action moves to Peel a fishing village on the west of the island, about 11 miles from Douglas.The race starts and finishes near the quayside at the House of Manannan with start times of 14.15hrs(men) and 15.05hrs (women).

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5km Races

Sunday morning concludes the running with a 5km road race on an out and back course along Douglas Promenade.

Ladies race starts at 10.30hrs and the Men’s at 11.15am.

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