Sunday’s running of the 65th Isle of Wight Marathon started in overcast conditions and ended in bright sunshine.

Nick Fisher (White Horse Harriers) led the race all the way to record a personal best time of 2: 53:36 and put his success down to the fact he had lived on the island for 18 years. When living here he had attended Sandown High School but said he did not run at school and only took up long distance running a few years ago.

Despite knowing the Island well, it was the first time that he had tackled the course and his parents, who live in Shanklin, were on hand to encourage him together with other members of his family.

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Teammate Matthew Jobson followed Nick home some 13 minutes later in 3:06: 58. Matt had trained with Nick but knew he was unlikely to better him- he admitted he struggled over the final 6 miles.

With his parents residing in Niton, Alistair Watson is a regular visitor to the Island and really enjoyed the Ventnor Fell Races. On Sunday he placed third in 3:08: 52 having recorded 2:56:20 in London last week. An avid Marathoner he will soon clock up 150 races over the distance.

First Island man home was Ryde Harriers’ own Stuart Backhouse, a regular entrant, in 3:14:51. Stuart was 5th overall and first man in the Vet 50 + category but admitted he found conditions difficult once the sun came out as he reached Wellow on his way to the finish.

Originally from Finland unattached London runner Emilia Enqvist was the first lady finisher in 3:41:32. and 16th overall. This was her fifth race over the distance, but it was her first attempt over a hilly course.

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Close behind was Island lady Hayley Baxter (first lady here in 2017) representing Isle of Wight Road Runners. Hayley was the first Vet 35+ lady in 3:42:48, 17th overall and led the winning Women’s team with other IWRR members Kate Paul and Julie Rasmussen.

Ryde Harriers Women’s Team of Claire Angell, Sian Savin and Natalie Rose took second place.

Top men’s team was Ryde Harriers with Stuart Backhouse joined by Graham Gardner (7th) in 3:26:07 and Jason Barron (26th) in 3: 56:27.

Runner up was IWRR trio of Nick Kenney, Steven Apsey and Harry Rann.

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