Pictures of the 2017 Round the Island All Terrain Running Race (25th June 2017)
Pictures by Keith Bird. For more pictures by Keith and also Matthew Thompson go to our gallery pages: ‘2017 Round the Island race’
Our next event will be the 2017 5 & 10 Mile Races on Sunday 27th August 2017, 10.30am start.
The Mersea Island Lions Club have been organising these popular running races for several years now as part of their programme of community events. All profits from these events are donated annually to a number of local charities. The Lions Club of Mersea Island was chartered in 1978; its members wishing to help the less fortunate people within the Mersea Island area. Their aims were simple:
- Community Service,
- Fund-raising to help the less fortunate within the community and further afield,and
- Have fun and fellowship whilst doing it.
If you would like more information about The Mersea Island Lions Club or any of the events they organise, drop us a line via our Contact page.
The history of the Round the Island All Terrain Running Race (or “Great Island Walking Race” as it was originally called) dates back almost 100 years to just after the 1st world war when it first was held (See our article on the history of the race). Entries are now received from virtually all over the U.K. and have become of great importance in the Essex athletics calendar. They have generated lots of enjoyment and over the last 5+ years have more than doubled in entries and the professionalism has increased.
Mersea Island itself is unique in Essex, being situated only 8 miles from Colchester, but entered via a Causeway, which on occasions is covered by the tide (but never at race times!!), similar to Lindisfarne in the North-East.
It is a special place with a very special feel, pleasant countryside and attractive coastline with excellent rural and sea views. Our running events are perfect for a family day out with a sandy beach just across the road from the Start/Finish line and a choice of cafés nearby serving teas, light refreshments and ice-creams!
For more information and news about Mersea Island follow our links “The Magic of Mersea” at the foot of our Blog column on the right. (Scroll right down to the bottom of the screen if using a SmartPhone)
* Mersea Island Lions Club (Charity no 1003970) is a club within Lions International , the worldwide Community Service organisation.