Organised by Manx Harriers for many it has become an annual ritual and time to renew old acquaintances with a number of universities organising trips for students past and present. For many the social side is the highlight of the weekend with many taking advantage of the fairly liberal licensing laws. However, there are also a number of subventions to be won. In recent years a number of athletes have won several hundred pounds for the efforts over the week. With a number of team prizes too, those with a strong team are likely to increase their chances of earning a sufficient amount to cover the cost of their trip.
The festival has traditionally attracted competitors from all parts of the British Isles and so offers the opportunity to race against different faces from your average local road race. The festival has four main parts – three of these involve running and the fourth is for unwinding after a hard weekend’s athletics.