The Isle of Wight Marathon celebrated it’s 60th Anniversary in 2016, so 2019 will be the 63rd running of this historic race.
It has been run continuously since 1957, making it the longest running (and one of the first to be held) in the U.K.
The inaugural event in 1957 was won by Ken Honney (Walton A.C.) in 2:35:51.
In 1964 Dale Grieg (Paisley A.C.) set a women’s world record (recognised by ARRS) of 3:27:25. Read the newspaper story of her achievement – how times have changed!
In 1976 the race was officially opened to women with the inaugural event won by A Lewis (Bromsgrove & Redditch A.C.) in 3:21:06. In 1978 the race hosted the inaugural UK Women’s Marathon Championship.
If you have an interest in the history a fully searchable / sortable database of all results since 1957 is available here: Search Results.
In 2018 local boy, Gary Marshal surprised everybody by winning in his first ever marathon