This year the West Wight Sports & Community Centre are staging their biggest ever calendar of sporting events and there is something to suit everyone.

Whether the last time you went for a run was the dreaded cross country session back in high school, or if you’re a veteran triathlete looking to take your training to the next level, the Freshwater-based charity have an event you won’t want to miss.

January kicks off with the first round of the West Wight Winter Duathlon series – a gentle introduction to the sport which increases in difficulty over the 3 events. The West Wight Sports & Community Centre team have designed each event to be the perfect way to help you train for the popular West Wight Triathlon in September.

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Fast forward 6 months and June sees the arrival of the very first Isle of Wight Festival of Running. A 3 day event packed full of races, activities and even a classic film showing. The festival builds on the hugely successful Needles XC Half Marathon and Needles Junior Fun Run and will incorporate 5k and 10k runs, Needles XC Marathon and the SpyVelo Long Weekend – a half ironman distance event spread over the whole weekend.

Entries are now open for the Solent Swim in September and the challenging Needles Swim in July. Both are important fundraising events for the Centre and in 2017 the team are aiming for each event to raise in the region of £40,000 for the centre.

You have to be over 18 to take part in the swims, but if there are some young fitness fans in your family, then they are going to love the Junior Splash and Dash in July. The junior swim is open to anyone who can swim 25 metres or more.

At the end of 2016, the 10 mile Chilly Hilly XC race will once again take place. The race is a great way to finish off your sporting year but be warned, it gets muddy and the chances of snow flurries are high.

For information on all these and more, check out the events calendar at

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