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In view of the current situation the Committee have decided that ALL Lions events due to take place until the end of June 2020 are cancelled. This includes  All-Terrain Running Race which was due to take place on Sunday 28th June. The viability of future events will be reviewed at the end of this period.

Refunds will be offered to anyone who has already registered. We are looking into the best way to do this. It may take a few weeks for everyone to get a refund. This clearly an unforeseen and unprecedented situation so we would be grateful for your patience while we make the necessary arrangements.

2020 Events:

5 & 10 Mile Road Races Sunday 20th September 2020


2019 5 &  10 Mile Races

10 Mile Overall Winner: James Sullivan 59mins 08.59secs
5 Mile Overall Winner: Robert Vinicombe 28mins 49.15secs

Results now available in Results  section here

James Sullivan Winner 10 Mile race

Photo selection (Click any photo for gallery)

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 CIO  (Charity No. 1183602) is a club within  Lions International , the worldwide Community Service organisation.

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