The Isle of Wight Challenge is an amazing, two day walking, jogging or running adventure set in fantastic scenery, with white cliffs, sandy beaches, stunning views and a testing coastal path. Join 2,000 fellow adventurers between 5-6 May 2018 for an amazing challenge.
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Most of the 2,000 challengers will walk at a pace that suits them, some will jog parts, and quite a few will run the whole course ultra marathon style. All will have special reasons for taking it on - all will experience a test of determination and stamina - with full support all the way to the finish line.
It's tough, but achievable, and highly rewarding. So why not start a journey - get fitter, push yourself - join us for a real challenge and an unfogettable Bank Holiday weekend!
With some training, determination, and our support - anyone can take on the Isle of Wight. Push yourself further in 2018 - and take on a real challenge:
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- Full Challenge (106km) 24+ hours
- Half Challenge (1st/2nd ~53km)
- Quarter option (1st/4th ~25km)
- 2 Day Option - 1/2 Sat & 1/2 Sun
- Camping Options available
- Choose your start time
- Rest Stops at 21, 52, & 80km
- Mid-point stops in between
- FREE meals + snacks & drinks
- Fully signed route + maps
- Pace walkers, medics, massage
- Medal, T shirt, glass of bubbly!
- Shuttle busses from finish
The Challenge starts at Chale, in the south of the Isle of Wight. For those travelling to the Island on Friday 28 April – there will be optional Camping at the Challenge 'Base Camp'. There are optional stuttle buses from the Red Jet ferry terminal in West Cowes to the Chale start location on both Friday evening (28th) and Saturday morning (29th).
The route has 4 stages of between 21-31 km, and a 'Rest Stop' at the end of each - with food & drink, medical teams and toilets. Between these there are additional 'Mid Point Stops' with snacks, drinks, toilets, & medical support. Where possible - we stick to the official Coastal Path.
See the Google map below and click for more details of the 4 stages.
Walk It - walkers will be making up the majority of the field, as this is an ideal event for anyone; from those taking on a long distance walk for the first time, to the harder core and keener trekkers looking for a new personal challenge. We anticipate walkers will aim to complete their challenge in the following time frames:
- Full Island in 20 - 34 hours (34 upper time limit)
- Full Island 2 day in 10 - 16 hours each day
- 1st or 2nd Half Island in 9 - 16 hours
- 1st or 4th Quarter Island in 4 - 6 hours
Jog It - for those looking to up their fitness and set a new personal goal, but without the pressure of being classified as a full on runner. So run a bit - walk a bit – or just keep jogging! Ideally you will aim to hit the times below, but of course you can revert to the walker time lines if needed.
- Full Island in 16 -20 hours
- Full Island 2 day in 8 - 10 hours each day
- 1st or 2nd Half Island in 8 - 10 hours
- 1st or 4th Quarter Island in 3 - 5 hours
Run It - runners have specifically signed up as such – and are up for a tough Ultra or to beat a personal best and go further than before! Runners get tailored menus at the rest stops and free baggage transfers for their small day pack (30L/10kg max) to the finish (+ to half way for Full Island). There will be trophies available for the male and female winner of the Full Island Challenge. We expect Runners to hit the following times:
- Full Island 9-16 hours
- Full Island 2 day in under 8 hours each day
- 1st and 2nd Half Island in well under 8 hours
- 1st and 4th Quarter Island in around 3 hours or less
Travelling to the Chale Base Camp in easy via Southampton.
What's more, we have some great ferry offers below for Isle of Wight Challenge partcipants.
By car - catch the hourly vehicle ferry to East Cowes and then head south on the A3021 before joining the A3054 to Newport. From there, follow the A3020 to Niton Rd in Rookley. Continue on Niton Rd to Godshill and then Appleford Rd and B3399 to Chale. The journey will take about 30 minutes. There is weekend car parking available in Chale (£5).
You can save 15% off weekend short-break car fares if participating in the Isle of Wight Challenge, CLICK HERE (COMING SOON) to book and claim your discount.
On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes from Terminal 2 in Southampton (show your entry number when purchasing your ticket to receive a special £tbc discounted fare). On arrival in West Cowes, Action Challenge shuttle buses will pick you-up (£10 per person) if arriving on Friday evening (28th) or Saturday morning (29th) - you can book in advance and select your time later.
Alternatively, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses from West Cowes to Newport (service 1) and from the bus station in Newport you should catch service 6 to Chale. Taxis are also available outside the East & West Cowes terminals. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from either terminal if you tell them your arrival time.