All set for St John’s fell race on New Year’s Day

Action from the 2013 New Year's Day Fell Race at St John's

Action from the 2013 New Year's Day Fell Race at St John's

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The opening round of the 2014 Wi-Manx Fell Running League takes place on New Year’s Day.

The St John’s based race has been sponsored for a number of years by Supercards of Strand Street, Douglas, which unfortunately closed its doors for the final time on Saturday.

The committee of organising club, Manx Fell Runners, is delighted to announce that Supercards owner, David Cretney MHK, has agreed to continue the sponsorship personally in the future.

The short race is one of the highlights in the domestic fell running calendar and usually attracts a large entry. The 2013 event attracted a record 176 athletes and it is hoped that figures could top 200 this Wednesday.

Although the race is very competitive the organisers are keen to encourage as many novice runners as possible to have a go as the Slieau Whallian course is sporting but by no means over-difficult. Most people with a reasonable standard of fitness should be able to complete the 5km out-and-back route.

In keeping with the festive time of year, all competitors are invited to run in fancy dress.

For spectators, the infamous Mullen-y-Cloie water splash is the most popular spot. Every runner who takes an early bath in the bitterly cold water is guaranteed a big cheer.

Start and finish is based at St John’s Football Club with registration between 12.45pm and 1.45pm. The race starts at 2pm.

All entry fees will be donated to local charities. Minimum age is 12 years.

Safety gear is not compulsory for this race but the organisers recommend that all runners carry a waterproof top.

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