brading 10k 2014Wightlink is helping one of the UK’s oldest athletics clubs to stay well on track as it builds up to a busy season.

Ryde Harriers, which was established in 1886, kicks off its open racing calendar this weekend (Sunday 1st February) with its ‘Ryde 10 Miles’ event. Several hundred runners will take part in the challenge around Ryde, Seaview, Nettlestone and St Helens, starting at 11:00 from Ryde Canoe Lake.

The race is just one of many organised by the club throughout the year and Wightlink is proud to be able to offer support to the many mainland runners coming to compete on the Island.

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Pete White, Secretary of Ryde Harriers, said:

“Ryde Harriers are grateful for the sponsorship that Wightlink brings to us. More runners are encouraged to travel across from the mainland, in the knowledge that if they compete they will receive preferential rates from Wightlink.”

Wightlink is proud to be part of Island life and has a wide-ranging community sponsorship programme that supports over 50 local organisations. As well as supporting Ryde Harriers, the ferry company supports the Isle of Wight Council’s Talented Athlete scheme, helping more than 60 people access mainland training and events.

Head of Marketing at Wightlink, Mark Persad, said:

“Good luck to everyone taking part in this weekend’s race. It’s great to know that many of those competing are able to hit the ground running thanks to Wightlink’s commitment to the Island’s sporting talents.”

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