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Festival and Beer Drinking Competition Rules 2015

Thanks to Chris Quine from the Easter Festival Organising Committee for the updated Festival Rules click here and Beer Drinking Competition rules for the presentation evening on Sunday click here


The closing date for advance entries is Saturday 21st March!

This is the hat that will be presented to all competitors who finish the Peel Hill Race having entered in advance. The hats are kindly provided by our sponsors for the Hill Race, Full Factory Winnerswear - many thanks to Martin Bullock.

Although you can still enter right up to the days of the races, all entries received after Saturday 21st March will incur a £2 per race surcharge. You MUST enter by this Saturday if you wish to order a Festival t-shirt and receive a beanie hat from the sponsors of the Peel Hill race (the hats will only be given to competitors who complete the Hill Race - they look great!)

Please note that the online entry system will not be available after Saturday - late entries must be made by filling in an entry form.

Indications are that we will see bumper entries this year! We hope to publish an updated entry list on the website this week, and a full list of all entries received by the entry deadline will be published next week.

We have had confirmation that all the regular university groups will be coming again, in several cases in bigger numbers than ever. We are also delighted that Liverpool and Durham Universities will have teams after an absence of a few years. A number of UK clubs will be represented too.

We also want to see loads of entries from locals, with some keen competition between local clubs. Judging from the number of locals who have joined the Festival Facebook group recently, things look good!

(Thanks to Dave Griffiths)


Peel Hill Races go Full Factory!


The Festival organising team are delighted to announce a new event sponsor for the Peel Hill Race on Easter Saturday. Here is some information from Martin Bullock and the team at Full Factory:

Full Factory Winnerswear is an Isle of Man clothing brand that is trademarked throughout Europe. It provides smart casual sporty clothing for males and females, plus a range of ladies gym wear. We admire the dedication, hard work and sacrifices that athletes make in order to achieve their goals

We provide clothing to a select group of high achieving athletes, including the 2014 IOM Easter Festival of Running champion Rachael Franklin, Isle of Man record holders Reagan Dee (High Jump) and Harriet Pryke (400m), plus Lee Doran (ranked UK no.1 Javelin thrower for the last four years) and Bethy Woodward (T37 London 2012 Paralympic double medallist, 2014 European bronze medallist and F37 Glasgow 2014 long jump silver medallist).

We are always looking for athletes to support that fit our philosophy, so if you think you are Full Factory, contact us and tell us why. The Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running certainly fits our philosophy and we are pleased to be a part of it.

In addition to providing every Peel Hill Race competitor with an exclusive beanie (these will be provided to competitors only: no others will be made or sold), we will be presenting a special award to the Senior Men’s and Senior Ladies’ Peel Hill Race winner at the Sunday night prize giving.



Travel Package for Easter Festival 2015 announced

A travel package for the Festival put together by Visit IOM that may be of interest. This includes return air travel from your choice of airport to the Isle of Man, 4 nights' accommodation at a hotel in Douglas and the Full Festival package of 3 race entries (10k, Hill Race & 5k), return coach transfers from Douglas to the 10k & Hill Race, presentation ticket and technical T-Shirt. click here for details

Celton Manx to sponsor Easter Festival in 2015

Celton Manx is to sponsor the Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running for the third consecutive year. The 2015 festival, the 53rd, will begin on Good Friday April 3rd in Port Erin, move to Peel on April 4th and to Douglas promenade on Easter Sunday, April 5th. 

Festival directorChris Quine said: ‘We’re delighted Celton Manx is to be our headline sponsor once again. To have their name and support associated with what has become a running event with a British Isles-wide following is of enormous value to us.  ‘In recent yearsthere’s been something of a reawakening of interest in the festival with the 2014 event attracting the highest number of competitors since the 1980s - 450 - and local entries up by some 100 per cent.

‘This is a festival in the truest sense of the word. Yes, it’s a competitive running event - whether you’re a novice or of Olympics standard – but it’s also a fantastic three-day social event, with many repeat visitors taking advantage of the festival not only to compete but also meet up with friends.  And while there may be similar running festivals in England, none can compare in terms of the dramatic and varied scenery the Isle of Man has to offer as a backdrop to all the weekend’s activities.’

The format for 2015 will follow the same as that of recent years. On Good Friday April 3rd, a 10k road race will take place around the streets of Port Erin and Port St Mary starting at 6.45pm, then on Saturday April 4th the action moves to Peel with the hill races: the four-mile men’s event at 2.15pm, then the three-mile women’s at 3.05pm. On Sunday morning April 5th Douglas promenade takes centre stage with the 5k women’s road race at 10.15am followed by the men’s 4x5k road relay at 10.50am. The festival then comes to its customary high-octane close on the Sunday evening with the prize presentation and what is, for some, the highlight of the weekend, the famous beer races.

Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘At Celton Manx we aim to invest in community events that offer the broadest appeal to the greatest number of people. It is for this reason we are pleased to be sponsoring the Easter Festival of Running for the third successive year, an event open to all standards of athletes - a fact not entirely lost on us at Celton Manx as we shall be entering a team.

‘Importantly, the festival not only offers three days of great sporting challenges and social activities but also, with its growing popularity in the UK, especially among universities, promotes the Isle of Man to a wide and very appreciative audience.’

Chris Quine added: ‘Early indications for 2015 are looking promising and once again we’re expecting a strong representation from UK university teams, many of which return year after year because, for them, the festival is a highlight in their calendar, or as one competitor, George Bilsby from Manchester University, put it this year: “The festival is one of the best trips I've been on at's great fun and a cracking experience.”’



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