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With news of another Circuit Breaker on Island, the organising team are well aware that this is due to end, at the earliest, just over a week before Good Friday.

The team will be meeting (remotely of course!) over the next day or so to assess how this is going to impact on our event. We have said all along that it is our intention to put on the event provided that IOM Government rules and guidelines allow for the event to take place and this remains our underlying aim.

We hope to put out a more detailed statement of our plans over the coming days

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2 months ago

David Griffiths

Easter Festival update

Hi everyone! The Festival organising team had a ‘virtual’ meeting last night to discuss where we are up to with the 2021 event in these most unusual of times.

Those from off the island may gather from the fact that it was a virtual meeting that the Isle of Man is unfortunately back in lockdown having been free of Covid in the community since June last year. At present the latest lockdown is for a 21-day period which we are now a week into, but as new cases are still being identified each day it seems very likely that this will be extended.

We remain absolutely committed to holding the Festival as normally as possible at Easter subject to any restrictions that are in place at that time – even if it is a local-only event. In view of the current serious situation in the UK as well as the lockdown on the island it seems, sadly, more unlikely than ever that we will be able to welcome any competitors who are not ordinarily resident on the island. The very best we can hope for, very optimistically, is that if restrictions on travel are lifted say on 1st April, it may be possible for competitors to make last-minute arrangements to travel. Frankly though, this seems highly unlikely.

Although entries are now open, in view of the current local lockdown we would advise competitors to hold off from entering just for the moment until the situation becomes a little clearer. The organising team are busy putting in place all the usual plans behind the scenes to enable us to hold the traditional three events – the 10k road race in Port Erin on Friday 2nd April, the Peel Hill Races on Saturday 3rd April and the 5k road races on Douglas Promenade on Sunday 4th April.

Once things start to unravel a little we will be back in touch. Fingers crossed that the news will be better before too long!

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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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