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PERMITTED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF RUNNING CLUBS
HELD UNDER THE RULES OF THE ASSOCIATION OF RUNNING CLUBS

'The Island Marathon, St Ives'
Saturday 13th July 2019 @ 9am
64 X 0.41 mile laps (63 CLOCKWISE AND THE LAST 'VICTORY LAP' ANTI - CLOCKWISE...)

*NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ACTUAL ISLAND. IT IS THE NAME OF AN OUTCROP BETWEEN TWO BEACHES*

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT GPS IS NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE ON MULTI-LAPPED EVENTS. OUR TIMEKEEPER'S WORD IS FINAL NO MATTER THE DISTANCE SHOWING ON WATCHES ETC.

Originally called ‘Pendinas’, which means ‘fortified headland’, the Island in St Ives is not really an island at all, but a small, grassy peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Once a promontory fort with a protective ditch and rampart, this piece of land between the harbour and Porthmeor Beach provides a useful stopping off point for migratory birds, making it one of the best bird watching locations in Europe.

Rare and unusual species that have been sighted include Grey Phalarope, Black Tern, Sabine’s Gull, Balearic Shearwater, Arctic Skua, Great Skua and Yelkouan Skua. Resident birds include Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Razorbill, Guillemot and the occasional Puffin. The rocks are home to Rock Pipits, Wheatears live in the short grass and Buzzards and Kestrels can often be seen wheeling overhead.

A coastguard lookout (NCI St Ives) provides spectacular views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy lighthouse and on a good day, past St Agnes and onward to Perranporth. Dolphins and Porpoises can sometimes be seen in the bay.

The Chapel of St Nicholas, one of many in Cornwall dedicated to seafarers, dates back to the fifteenth century. The present building was restored in 1911 and features floor tiles depicting fishing scenes created by the famous St Ives potter, Bernard Leach. The chapel, which also commands exceptional views across the bay, was used by Preventative Men in the days of smuggling.

In the old days a fire, called a pharos, would be lit at night on The Island to warn ships of danger and guide them safely to the harbour. In spite of this disaster was commonplace, and the remains of one wreck, the SS Alba, are still visible at low tide, along with the remains of an artillery battery next to the watchtower.

Now it's your chance to run a marathon around one of West Cornwall's most iconic sites and revel in the views that have become synonymous with the perfect seaside holiday!

*ALL ENTRY FEES GO DIRECTLY TO THE NATIONAL COASTWATCH INSTITUTE IN ST IVES* 

*60 RUNNER LIMIT* 

REGISTRATION: 7 - 8:30AM (THE SURFHOUSE, THE ISLAND, ST IVES, CORNWALL, TR26 1SZ)
START: 9AM (SAME PLACE)
6 HOUR CUT OFF (3PM)

EVENT INCLUDES

*TRAFFIC FREE RUNNING* (EXCEPT FOR ACCESS)
*AWARDS FOR 1ST, 2ND , 3RD MALE AND FEMALE*
*BESPOKE MEMENTOS* #BYSVYKENUNIQUESTYLE
*MEDICAL SUPPORT COVER*
*ALL FEES DONATED TO 'NCI ST IVES'*
*PASTY FOR ALL FINISHERS*
*OTHER HOT/COLD FOOD OPTIONS AVAILABLE*
*SPOT PRIZES*
*MANUALLY TIMED AND LAPPED BY EXPERIENCED CREW*
*YOUR CHANCE TO BE THE FIRST 60 PEOPLE TO EVER OFFICIALLY RUN A MARATHON UPON THE ISLAND IN ST IVES*
*BREATHTAKING VIEWS*
*LOCAL BUSINESS SUPPORT*

THIS EVENT IS CUPLESS

*NO HEADPHONES*
*NO DOGS*
*AGE LIMIT 21+*

MARATHON  GARMIN  DATA (20/3/19)

THE BURROWS, ST IVES, CORNWALL, TR26 1SZ

THE ISLAND, ST IVES