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19 weeks to go!

Yes, 19 weeks this evening the famous ‘Catwalk’ section of the 10k course at Port St Mary will see all sorts of interesting models strutting their stuff.

There can’t be many courses that are as scenic and take competitors as close to the sea – or over it at this point! It’s a great start to a great weekend – be there!

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Photo: Bill Dale

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20 weeks to go!

The countdown clock to the start of the 2018 Festival has ticked down to 20 weeks! This week’s photo features the start of the 2017 women’s 5k road race on Douglas Promenade walkway. The women’s and men’s races are held separately on Easter Sunday morning on a pan-flat out and back course.

This photo was taken by the doyen of local athletics coverage Murray Lambden, whose sudden passing less than 24 hours later shocked the entire Manx athletics community. Murray pioneered live video streaming of the Festival last year, and the event organisers are keen to build on Murray’s great work in this area.

Discussions are ongoing with regard to live streaming of the 2018 event, which it is hoped will bring the Festival to an even wider audience.

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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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