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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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Thank you to everyone who contacted us to ask for their entry to be rolled over to 2022. If you did this you should have received a confirmatory e-mail by now.

For everyone else, we will now start work on refunding all monies paid. Unfortunately, we cannot refund through the entry system so this will have to be done by cheque. This is clearly quite a labour-intensive process so please please bear with us whilst we do it over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks to everyone for your support. We are as disappointed as everyone else over the cancellation especially as the weather looks reasonable for the weekend.

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Hi all,

Just to let you know that all those who had entered the Festival should have received an e-mail today offering either a full refund or your entry to be rolled over to 2022.

If we do not hear from you by 1st April then we will send a refund shortly after this date.

If you had entered and have not received an e-mail please check your spam/junk folder and if you have still not received anything e-mail


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2021 Easter Festival cancelled

It is with great disappointment that the organising committee of the IQEQ (Isle of Man) Ltd Easter Festival of Running announce the cancellation of the 2021 event.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle has announced during this afternoon’s media briefing that the current lockdown will extend over the Easter period, which leaves us with no choice but to cancel this year’s Festival. The health of all is paramount at this time.

As an organising team we left it as long as we possibly could to try to get this year’s event on, but for the second year in a row the prevailing circumstances have made it impossible to go ahead with the Festival.

We sincerely thank everyone who has supported us during this extremely tricky time, especially our much-valued sponsors. Everyone who has entered the Festival will receive a full refund, or have the opportunity to roll their entry on to next year’s event. We will confirm how and when the refunds will be issued in due course.

The organising team remain absolutely committed to the Festival. The ongoing vaccine rollout, together with the Island’s recently-published Covid Exit Strategy, gives hope that the Island’s borders may be open by the autumn of this year. Our aim is to bring the Festival back in style in 2022 with a full complement of visiting athletes as well as all our locals.

Thank you all for your understanding and support.

Chris Quine
Festival Director
19 March 2021

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4 months ago

David Griffiths

Hanging on!

Following this afternoon’s announcement by the Chief Minister of a further week’s extension to the circuit-break lockdown on the Isle of Man, the organising team met via video link this evening to discuss where this leaves this year’s Festival.

As a result of this meeting, we still have some optimism of getting the event on. With the lockdown now due to end on Wednesday 31st March this will not allow much room for manoeuvre, but while there is still some hope of running the event we will do everything possible to put it on.

We will make a further announcement on Friday morning. If the decision then is to still go ahead, we will be making an urgent appeal for marshals and helpers for all three events. In the meantime please consider your availability to help over Easter weekend, and we will issue more detailed information about what is required on Friday.

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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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