Round the Island 2016 - Part of the Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series | Multi-Day Endurance Events


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02Jul 2016

Round the Island 2016 - Part of the Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series

2nd-3rd July 2016, Cowes, Isle of Wight

70 miles, 2 days

Red Funnel Vehicle ferry discount code avaiable - see below.

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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 above.

Note: There are no chalets spaces left.

Round the Island.

Course Records - Nathan Montague  09:11:20,  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 Enterprise College 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 definitely 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 college hall on the Friday evening
Overnight accommodation 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

Cost options

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 2015 is £135 per head
Standard pricing from 1st January 2016 is £145 per head
Late entry pricing from 1st June 2016 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, accommodation 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

The Ferry    

Red Funnel Ferries operate between Southampton and East Cowes. Book in advance (on-line or by phone) quoting code IOWHM16 for a 15% discount. The code is active for period 30th June to 5th July. (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 £26. (2015 prices)

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 = £60. Individual return £18. (2015 prices)


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

By train.   

Integrated ticketing

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.

Other information

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.

Evening Speaker

To be announced.