We are delighted to announce that entries are now OPEN for the 2022 IQEQ Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running!
After two blank years, we are excited to begin the countdown to what we believe will be a fun-filled celebration of the return of this great three-day festival on the Isle of Man.
The link to enter is here: my.raceresult.com/159968/registration
The Festival consists of three races, a prize presentation/party on Easter Sunday evening which includes the famous beer-drinking competition, and many more ‘unofficial’ traditions. A huge part of the atmosphere of the event comes from the visiting student teams who take part, for whom the Easter trip to the Isle of Man is one of the big highlights of their year.
The three races are:
- Friday 15 April – 10k road race starting and finishing in Port Erin in the south of the island. Men and women start together at 18.45.
- Saturday 16 April – Peel Hill races in the west of the island. The men’s race starts at 14.15, the women’s race at 15.05.
- Sunday 17 April – 5k road races on Douglas Promenade Walkway, starting and finishing near the Sea Terminal. The women’s race starts at 10.30, the men’s race at 11.15.
Entry fees have been held at the same level as they were for the cancelled 2020 Festival. A total of 45 competitors who entered for 2020 or 2021 have chosen to roll their entries forward to the 2022 event, and their names already appear on the entry list. You have a choice of entering just for the races themselves, or choosing the Full Festival package which gives you entry to all three races, a Festival t-shirt, coach transport to and from the races in Port Erin and Peel, and a ticket for the Presentation. Only those who enter the Full Festival are eligible for a ticket for the Presentation.
There is however one serious note for visitors. The Isle of Man still has some Covid-related restrictions in respect of entry for non-residents, which may or may not have been lifted by Easter. A link to the IOM Government information page is below, and it is essential that you read and understand it before you commit to entering the Festival and booking travel.covid19.gov.im/travel-borders/
It has been announced recently that the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races, which attract tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world, will be going ahead in 2022 after being cancelled for the past two years. The political will on the island is definitely to re-establish tourism in full force next year, and for that reason, we are optimistic that the present restrictions will be lifted in plenty of time for Easter.Lots of information will follow on the 2022 Festival at regular intervals from now on!