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You can download the route .gpx file for your watches here Day 1, Day 2.
You can download the event detailed instructions HERE
Round the Island.
Course Records - Nathan Montague 09:24:30, Jacqueline Palmer 11:23:22.
Following the beautiful Isle of Wight Coast Path, our Round the Island Challenge Ultra is inspired by the famous Round the Island Yacht Race that takes place on the same weekend. With up to 2000 yachts and their crews congregating in Cowes for the weekend, the Round the Island Ultra guarantees a fantastic race-weekend buzz; stunning views over the English Channel and to the mainland; and a unique perspective on the Round the Island Yacht Race as the action unfolds offshore.
The course has been classified as a qualifying race for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, with two qualifying points awarded to all finishing runners. It’s open to runners and walkers, and has been fully recced and mapped by Race Director Neil Thubron, himself a keen ultra runner and sailor.
We recommend that you join us on Friday night in Cowes, where you’ll have free time to stroll in the town, grab some food and soak up the atmosphere. Shared accommodation with showers will be provided in Cowes High School hall for multi-day competitors. Your first day of racing will bring you to the south side of the island, where we’ll be camping (bring your own tent)! Or choose to pay a small supplement for a bed in an ensuite chalet for a touch of mid-race luxury - (tell us who you want to share with at the time of booking). Showers are available at the campsite, and evening meals and breakfast are included in the package.
"Thank you so much for another amazing weekend of running. I have to admit Saturday was the toughest day of running for me yet, but the scenery was amazing and it just added to the sense of achievement at the end! Another fantastically organised, fun, friendly event - great route and I loved the camping- so i definately hope to be back at this event again next year..."
Round the Island Challenge 2012 competitor
Navigation and Support.
The "Isle of Wight Coast Path" is a National Trail and has excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs. In addition, you will be given a "Route Card" and a map, which are designed to help on any tricky sections, to provide information on any route changes and to indicate where the checkpoints are. The event is supported by a course manager to maintain event safety and to manage any serious incidents. A fully qualified medical crew are in attendance, to give first aid and to manage any serious medical problems in cooperation with the emergency services.
What you get for your money
The price is all inclusive of the following items
Overnight accommodation in a school hall on the Friday evening
Overnight accomodation is camping or chalet on the Saturday evening
Evening meal and breakfast for overnights
Checkpoint food and water throughout the event
Free tea, coffee and cake for all competitors at the finish area each day
Transportation to and from Redjet Ferry Terminal
Quality Medal awarded to each finisher
A quality technical T Shirt for all who take part
Toilets / changing facilities at the start / finish areas (plus great showers at the finish)
Safety & medical cover throughout the event
Prizes awarded for several different categories
Please note the entry price for the full event (including all food and accommodation) will differ as below:
Early bird price up to the end of 2014 is £130 per head
Standard pricing up to the 1st May 2015 is £140 per head
Late entry pricing after 1st May 2015 is £160 per head
There is the option of entering a single day at £58 per day.
Optional overnight accommodation on Friday is £20 (no food, accomodation only) per head for those opting to do a single day.
Optional overnight accommodation on Saturday is £30 per head for those opting to do a single day.
A bed in a Chalet is £24 PP, these are limited so book early.
* Please Note: A 3% service charge, levied by this registration software, will be added to your final amount
Getting there and away
Red Funnel Ferries operate between Southampton and East Cowes. Book in advance (on-line or by phone) quoting code IOWHM for a 15% discount. The code is active for period 25th to 30th June. (This does not apply to Redjet)
Ferry option - Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight
The Red Jet Hi-Speed ferry service operates half-hourly between Southampton Town Quay and West Cowes, Isle of Wight. The catamarans carry foot-passengers only, and the crossing takes about 23 mins. Our Minibus picks up from Red Jet terminal only.
Period return £16.30.
Ferry option - Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight
The Red Funnel Car Ferry service operates an hourly crossing between Southampton and East Cowes, Isle of Wight. Car plus four passengers = £59. Individual return £15.20
Free transfers will be provided from the ferry terminal on Friday evening, returning to the ferry terminal on Sunday evening.
If you plan to arrive on Saturday morning, no transfer will be needed - just ensure that you are at the start point on the East side of the floating bridge in time for your briefing.
If you require free transfers, please inform us at the time of booking
Did you know that both East Cowes and West Cowes are part of the national rail network? This means you can buy a single, day return or period return fare from any train station ticket office, rail appointed travel agent, self-service ticket machine or train company telesales service which includes ferry travel between Southampton & East Cowes or Southampton & West Cowes. Free bus from Southampton Central to Ferry terminals.
Southampton Central is a busy station hub with services provided by South West Trains, First Great Western, Cross Country and Southern. City Link, a free shuttle bus operates every 15 minutes between the station and Red Funnel's ferry terminals on Town Quay. Approximate journey time: 10 minutes.
South West Trains operate frequent services on the line between Weymouth and London Waterloo (Clapham Jct, Woking, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton Airport, Southampton Central, Bournemouth Poole, Weymouth). Approximate journey time between Southampton Central and London Waterloo is 75 minutes.
Cross Country Trains operate between Scotland, the North, Midlands and Birmingham; First Great Western run from South Wales through Bristol and Salisbury; Southern provide services to Portsmouth and Brighton.
Parking in Southampton is very expensive e.g. £35 for the weekend. Parking a car with 4 occupants and return fares on Red Jet = £100 Compare that with £59 for car plus 4 and free parking on the Island.
Cross-Country Running: Jennifer Bradley
Jennifer started running in 2006 after 10 years of giving-up smoking. She fell in with a bad crowd – a multi-day running group who became good friends – and started to run back-to-back marathons for fun. In 2012 Jennifer became the first (still only) British Woman to Run Across America and one of only two people to cross the US on trails (rather than all-road), covering 3302 miles in 80 days. In 2013 she was second woman (12th overall, out of 45 finishers) in the annual Transe Gaule race; 1184km from the north to the south of France. After a year of injury in 2014 she’s now returning to ultra-running and looking ahead to her next challenge…
Jennifer will talk about her training, preparation, experience and reflections on long-distance multi-day running. For those new to Ultra running it’ll be an interesting and inspiring talk; for more experienced runners there will be ideas and motivation for future challenges!
Health Warning: you may look to push beyond your limits; but then our limits are a lot further than we think!