Over 400 runners joined in Saturday’s Great Manx Run
Frankie Kelsall and Vanessa Lannou
More than 400 runners took part in the first ever charity Great Manx Run, on the NSC track and the heritage trail to Marown.
These included 185 people who ran the marathon distance (as individuals or teams of four), 82 who ran the half-marathon and 132 running the one-mile fun run.
There were 80 volunteers helping out on the day.
Among those on the fun run were the Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer and his wife Lady Lorimer, and the 2022 police intake class – who ran in cardboard police cars.
In addition to organisers Isle Listen and The Children’s Centre, more than 24 other local charities will benefit from runners that chose to donate to them in their registration fee and sponsorships.
Sarah Jarvis, head of marketing from Manx Gas, the event sponsor, said: ‘It was lovely to see so many people who were new to running enjoying this new community event.
‘There was a very supportive atmosphere among the new and experienced runners alike.
‘The comments on the day showed many had chosen this event to challenge themselves to train for as it was a great motivator to get out and exercise during our darker winter months.
She added: ‘We feel that Isle Listen and The Children’s Centre did a great job of organising a slick, inaugural event which is benefitting so many great local charities, community groups and good causes.’