It’s now less than 3 weeks until one of the Isle of Mans most daunting sporting challenges. The Isle of Man Mountain Ultra will be held on Saturday September 27th on the difficult and testing 50km course that takes runners from Ramsey in the north to Port Erin in the south west, visiting 12 of the islands highest peaks on the way.
The race, that was formerly known as the Manx Mountain Marathon, is one of Britain’s longest solo single day all terrain events. Competitors will face steep climbs, tough ankle grabbing heather, fast runnable ridges and exhilarating descents. On a clear day the views from the summits can be quite stunning, especially the southern coastal path section, always a favourite with runners from off island as to compete in a fell race with the sea to one side is quite a novelty.
The top competitors will cover the full distance in under five hours with the less speedy taking anything up to the full nine hours cut off time. These time differences show the vast variety of abilities of the competitors taking part but all have the same aim of mastering a man sized challenge!
The race will again enjoy sponsorship from Okells Brewery and Up and Running (Isle of Man). And we thank the he Department of Tourism and Leisure for their continued support of the event.
There is a shorter alternative for those that may not be quite ready for 50km.Starting at St Johns the 23km Isle of Man Mountain Race follows the Ultra course along the southern section. This is a hugely enjoyable route that most runners of reasonable fitness can master.
Whichever race you choose you can guarantee a challenging but enjoyable day in the Manx hills. Our marshals and helpers have worked hard to gain a reputation for being helpful and friendly to all competitors, a fact the organising committee of Manx Fell Runners are extremely proud of.
Full details including race info, route descriptions and course map can be obtained from www.isleofmanmountainultra.com