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BIRTHDAY BOOST FOR NEEDLES HALF MARATHON

WWSC and IWRR cheque 3To celebrate their 25th anniversary the IW Road Runners have donated £250 towards this year’s Needles XC Half Marathon.

A cheque was presented to Clare Griffin, manager of the West Wight Sports Centre, by Simon Randall and Kev Fry from the club.  The charity has taken on the organisation of the event which takes place on Sunday 2nd June.

Clare says: “We’re tremendously grateful for the support the Isle of Wight Road Runners have offered us.  As it’s our first year running it, we wanted to offer something extra to competitors.  This sponsorship will help towards the cost of the technical t-shirts everyone will receive in their goody bags.”

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Jo Randall – also from the running club – says they were delighted to be able to help out…“We could think of nothing better than honouring this popular and excellent half marathon as part of our 25th birthday celebrations”.

The 13 mile route takes in some of the most scenic views of the West Wight, including the old railway track to Yarmouth, Headon Warren, the Old Battery and Tennyson Down.

The event is now in its tenth year, having previously been organised by the West Wight Road Runners.  Other sponsors this year include Betapak, Love Running and Alum Bay Glass who have donated the winners trophies.

Entries are being taken online via the sports centres website www.westwight.co.uk/needles-half until 26th May.  However if you don’t feel you’re up to tackling the course, you can  join FAT Samba who will be playing along the route and offering encouragement to competitors.

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