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Next Event: 2018 5 & 10 Mile Races – Sunday 26th August 2018 start time 10.30am


This year we have modernised the way that we register and collect race results.  We have purchased automatic timing software to give us accurate results and help keep the entry process manageable as the events grow.

When you arrive to pick up your race number or enter you will be given your usual Number but on the back there will be a tag stuck on.
You will need to ensure that you are wearing this for the duration of the event to register your time when you cross the finish line.  If you lose this number/tag you will be disqualified.

Please note: Your race time will start when you cross the blue timing mat at the starting line and finish when you have crossed the mat at the finish. You must PASS OVER the mat at the finish in order for your time to be recorded.

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2018 Round The Island All Terrain Running Race Report
2018 Round the Island Race – Start

Here are the race positions from the Lions Round the Island All Terrain Race:

First Male Thomas Beedell 1hr 20 mins 25 sec No 204
First Female Sarah Stradling 1hr 34 mins 24 sec No 243
First Mens Team Colchester Harriers
First Womens Team St Edmund Pacers
First Mens Veteran Brian Rogers 1hr 44mins 34 secs No 25
First Women Veteran Brigid Wallen 1hr 54 mins 6 secs No 26
First young man Benjamin Splam 1hr 53 mins 38 secs No 24
First young women Jess Gooderham 1hr 52 mins 41 secs No 97

It was a really hot day for the runners and the course was tough as well. However they all enjoyed it but did suffer a bit with the heat.

The race started on the beach at the the bottom of Willoughby Car Park. We watched as they disappeared along the beach towards the boardwalk. Having retired to Willoughby car park us Lions, s.m.i.l.e.s and spectators awaited their return. One hour and 20 mins later after running 13.1 miles the first runner came in to view and crossed the line.

This year the Lions, for the first time used an electronic tagging system which worked well by timing all the runners taking part.

Thank you all for taking part and a special thank you to all the Marshalls that helped us make this event a success.

Also thank you to our sponsors regional Life and Blackwater Estates.

Roy Chamberlain race Co-ordinator

Overall Winner – Thomas Beedell (1hr 20 mins 25 sec)
First Female – Sarah Stradling (1hr 34 mins 24 sec)
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Next Event: 2018 5 & 10 Mile Races

Bank Holiday Sunday 26th August 2018 start time 10.30am
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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.

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an event organised by the Mersea Island Lions Club