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  • Event rules for 2021

    Please see attached link for the event rules. These include the rules for the team events and scoring system for the overall Festival winners Easter Read More

  • Results 2019

    Results for the 2019 races will appear here After Easter all results will be archived into the results section of the website.  

  • Prize list

    Details of our prize fund will be announced in due course and will depend on final entry numbers. We are committed to a minimum prize Read More

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4 weeks ago

David Griffiths

This is the sort of pre-race madness that we have missed so much for the past couple of years! This is just before the start of the 2016 10k race at Port Erin 😀


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2 months ago

David Griffiths

Easter Festival 2022 news – and an appeal for your support!

Hi everyone, long time no see! The first news is that plans have commenced for the Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running 2022 to go ahead in full force after the cancellations of the past two events due to the Covid situation.

We are retaining the event in its traditional format and on the usual courses. That means the 10k road race will be held in Port Erin on the evening of Good Friday 15th April, the Peel Hill races will be on Easter Saturday afternoon 16th April, and the 5k road races on Douglas Promenade on the morning of Easter Sunday 17th April. We also plan to hold the traditional prize presentation at the Outback Sports Bar on the Sunday evening.

As far as visiting the Isle of Man is concerned, most of the Covid-related travel restrictions that have been enforced since March 2020 have now been eased, and continue to be relaxed further as time goes on. The political will on the Island certainly seems to be to return to normality as soon as possible and to re-establish the tourism industry. We hope that by next April most if not all the restrictions will have disappeared altogether. The world-famous TT races, which attract tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world, are set to go ahead next year.

Perhaps what sets the Easter Festival apart from other running events on the Isle of Man is the number of visiting athletes who take part every year. University groups in particular make up a large proportion of the entry, and the annual trip to the island for the running and various social activities that run alongside the races have become an annual ritual. Leeds and Manchester Universities have been supporting the Festival since the 1970s, and we have been delighted over the past 10 to 15 years to see more and more university teams taking part.

The big problem we have after missing two years is the loss of continuity in the organisation of trips by the visiting teams. By 2022 there will be few current university students who will have been to the Festival, let alone organised a trip to it. We thought it may be helpful at this point to re-publish an article put together a few years ago with the help of Manchester University’s George Bilsby, which gives quite a comprehensive guide to organising a group trip to the Isle of Man for the Festival. This will hopefully prove useful.

We would also appeal to the student population out there for contact details for university athletic clubs, to help us to publicise the event right from the start of the academic year. In particular we would appeal to our traditional university visitors to get in touch with us – Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Cambridge, Durham, Sheffield, St Andrew’s, Dublin, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford Brookes.

We currently have 1,712 members of the group – if many of you, especially those who have travelled to the Festival in the past, can share this post it will be a huge help in getting the word round the student population that the Festival will be back in 2022 and that we want to see you on the Isle of Man next Easter!

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We have tonight posted refund cheques to everyone whose entry has not been transferred to 2022. Hopefully these should be with you before the end of the week if not a day or two earlier.

If you are expecting a cheque and do not receive anything in the next few days please e-mail

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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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