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SHOCK RETIREMENT FOR ATHLETE JESS MARTIN

24-year-old Jessica Martin (nee Andrews) has announced that she is to retire from international athletics. The Islander from Shanklin, who now lives in Spain, pulled up during Saturday’s 10,000m race at the IAAF World Championships in London. Shortly after the race she released a statement announcing her retirement from the sport. Jess competed in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. …

ISLANDERS TAKE PART IN THE GREAT SOUTH RUN

It was a weekend to remember for Portsmouth and Southsea as the South Coast played host to 25,000 runners for the Great South Run, with that total including a number of Islanders who made the journey across the Solent. Staged for the 27th time, the Great South Run comprised of 4 events across 2 days for all ages and abilities. The weekend …

WARM ISLE OF WIGHT MARATHON WELCOMED

The fastest winning time for the Isle of Wight Marathon in a decade was achieved by Peter Thompson on Sunday when the annual event returned for it’s 60th year. Organised by Ryde Harriers the inaugural IW Marathon was first contested in 1957, with the race won by Ken Honney of Walton A.C. in 2:35:51. For the first 56 years the race …

60 AND NOT OUT AS ISLE OF WIGHT MARATHON RETURNS THIS WEEKEND

1957 saw the inaugural Isle of Wight Marathon and having been run ever since this year sees the 60th event. It will start from IW Community Club in Park Road, Cowes at 11:30 on Sunday (9th October). Competitors will head for Gurnard and pass through Shalfleet and Yarmouth before turning and heading back to Cowes. Legend has it that when the Ancient …

CROWDFUNDING APPEAL OFF TO A GOOD START

The Isle of Wight Island Games Association say they are delighted that in the first 10 days of their crowdfunding appeal that they have received £790 from a variety of donors. The appeal will run until December and it is hoped that the people and businesses of the Isle of Wight will get behind their team attending the NatWest Island …

LOCAL ISLAND GAMES TEAM LAUNCH CROWDFUNDING APPEAL

A Crowdfunding appeal has been launched by the Isle of Wight Island Games Team heading to the NatWest Island Games in Gotland (Sweden) next summer. A team of 150 sports people from across the Island will compete in 13 different sports at the games against 23 other islands including. Bermuda, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man who all have significant …

ISLAND GIRL ANDREWS QUALIFIES FOR 2016 OLYMPICS

Island-born athlete Jessica Andrews is to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after taking victory at the England Athletics & British Athletics 10,000m Championships at Hampstead Heath yesterday (Saturday). Andrews will compete for her country in August after winning the senior women’s race over a distance of 10,000 metres, knocking an amazing 83 seconds off her personal best to come in at 31:58. The …

ISLAND MAN TAKES PART IN INVICTUS GAMES

An Islander injured whilst serving his country in Iraq back in 2007 has represented Great Britain in the Invictus Games in Florida. Jonathon Giemza-Pipe sustained a spinal injury and suffers from Chromic osteoarthritis, but that he not held him back from taking part in the Invictus Games in Orlando, a competition for wounded Service men and women. Jonathon said: “I took part …

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