Distance runners who want to take part in the Millennium Way Relay only have a few days left to enter. The Relay – on July 19 – is for teams of up to four (so you can enter with a team of two, three or four runners) who will run the 28-mile multi-terrain footpath from Ramsey to Castletown. There’s also an individual event for distance runners looking for an off-road challenge slightly over the traditional full marathon distance.
The Millennium Way Relay was first held in 1979 when the Millennium Way trail first opened. Traditionally, it was on Boxing Day with the last event being held in 2009, but it is returning this year as a fundraising event for The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects which help children and families across the Island.
Entry for the Millennium Way Relay costs £100 per team, or £30 for the individual event. Full event details can be found at http://www.thechildrenscentre.org.im/events/the-millennium-way-relay-2014/ or you can contact Lisa Motley, Endurance Events Fundraiser at The Children’s Centre, by phoning 676076 or emailing LisaMotley@thechildrenscentre.org.im – closing date for entries is July 2.
“Anyone who wants to take part in this great event only has a few days left to sign-up – but there’s still time for teams and individuals to enter. The team event is ideal for friends who enjoy fitness classes together, work colleagues, charity fundraisers, or teams from sports clubs. It will be a memorable experience for everyone who takes part, and we’re extremely grateful for the support from Canada Life International which is enabling us to put this popular event back on the Island’s sporting calendar. Thanks must also go to the Up & Running store in Douglas for generously donating gift vouchers as prizes. Winners of the team event will receive a trophy and each member will also go home with a £25 Up & Running gift voucher. There will be £15 vouchers for the fastest man and fastest woman on each leg, and £15 vouchers and trophies for the first male and female in the individual event.”
Each of the four relay legs has its own challenges. The first leg, 11 miles from Ramsey to the Brandywell Road, covers a mostly undulating course across open country; the second leg is a 6 mile trail section mostly downhill to the changeover in Crosby; leg three is predominantly a uphill road section covering 4.5 miles; and the final 6.5 mile leg from St Marks to Castletown is mainly flat and across open country before arriving in the Island’s ancient capital.