ISLE OF MAN – The Microgaming Isle of Man Marathon and Half Marathon kicked off on Sunday 13 August, with a total of 400 runners crossing the finish line.
The event was organised by the Isle of Man Veteran Athletes’ Club, and took place in the North of the island challenging runners under the hot conditions on the picturesque course, which began at Mooragh Promenade in Ramsey and finished at Ballacloan Stadium.
The marathon course which has been rated as one of the Top 10 running events in the UK attracted runners from across the globe this year, including participants from India and Canada.
One of the highlights at this year’s event was PC Darran Loader, who accomplished the 26.2-mile event to complete his eighth marathon-distance run in eight days in aid of charity.
Former pro cyclist Christian Varley took first place in the men’s marathon with a time of 2:43:58, whilst the women’s marathon was won by Sophie Cullen of St Theresa’s Athletic Club, who finished the course in 3:39:33. The half marathon event was won by Jack Okell of Manx Harriers (1:16:07) and Sarah Louise Cumber of Halifax Harriers AC (1:25:18).
New to the event this year was the 4 leg marathon relay which was won by KUTA Fitness, a team consisting of Andrew Nash, Rob Brockbanks, Ryan Downey and Roger Davies, finishing with a time of 2:53:34.