Are your running shoes ready for a fantastic challenge? The Isle of Wight Festival of Running takes place in West Wight between 24-31 May. It promises fitness fanatics and first time runners the chance to see the best of the Isle of Wight's beautiful scenery. With runs tailored for those just starting out on the flat as well as more challenging hill climbs for the pros, the festival offers courses for all the family. Participants and spectators can save 20% off ferry travel by booking via the form on this page.
Supported by Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight Festival of Running organised by the West Wight Sports & Community Centre is a sporting event on the Isle of Wight which has been designed with the whole family in mind. There are races and activities that everyone can enjoy including FREE fun runs for the youngsters and picturesque Couch to 5k races. More experienced runners will enjoy the 5k to 10k programmes and for those looking for the ultimate challenge, don't miss the stunning cross country route offered by the Needles Half Marathon. This year the Isle of Wight Festival of Running are excited to welcome and include The Duver Dash, the event will be organised in partnership with Bembridge Harbour. Find out more here.
Even if you don't run at all, you can still enjoy all the fun and entertainment in the festival village and watch the screening of a classic film.
For more information on what's on see the official IW Festival of Running website.
Getting to the Isle of Wight Festival of Running is easy via Southampton.
By car - catch the ferry to East Cowes and then head south on Dover Road. Follow the the A3021 and A3054 to Betty Haunt Lane. This leads on to Calbourne Rd/The Middle Rd/B3401. Continue on The Middle Rd to Freshwater. The drive will take about 36 minutes.
On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes. From here, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses (service 1) to Newport where you can change at the bus station for Freshwater (service 7). Taxis are also available outside the West Cowes Red Jet terminal. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from the Red Jet if you tell them your arrival time.