Isle of Wight Festival of Running June 2nd to 9th June 2024

Dramatic cliffs, beautiful coves, a stately home, a world-famous pop festival site… the Isle of Wight Festival of Running boasts an unparalleled location. This Festival has become one of the biggest sporting events on the Island and a favourite of runners from all over the South of England. Over a week, athletes of all levels can choose from circular cross-country routes, in the breath-taking west of the Island.

The biggest draw of the weekend is the famously tough Needles Half, which follows a spectacular trail along the coast from Colwell Bay to Totland Bay, over the heathland of Headon Warren to The Needles. Runners then traverse rugged Tennyson Down to Tennyson Monument, before descending to Freshwater Bay and across Afton Marsh, to the finish.

For runners recently graduated from Couch to 5k, we have the Freshwater 5K which passes another historic site, Alfred Lord Tennyson’s magnificent home, Farringford.

– Younger members of the family can join the Junior Fun Run, around fields adjoining the West Wight Sports & Community Centre.

As well as a range of fun, running based activities

2023 Race Photos