For the last two years I've had this race in my diary and for whatever reason's not managed to make it over to the Island for the event. It ticks all of the boxes in terms of what I love about fell running, and someone once reminded me that you should always include a body of water in your run. That alone is a good enough persuasion, however it appeals for so much more. There is something peaceful about it, unassuming and yet quietly challenging. It's long enough that you can lift your head up, appreciate your surroundings and absorb the beauty of the fell, and yet at 14.5km it's short enough to attract runners who like to have a fun day out there followed by homemade cake, tea and stories of woe in the pub after.
This year the Kate-Burge sea-to-summit race it's hosting the English Fell Championships so it's going to be an exciting addition to what is already a popular event on the IOM. The total ascent is 1200m proving it's not just another trail race. It's fell running at it's best. There are no manicured paths, you find your way up the hillsides. Your final climb being Snaefell at 621m for the sting in the tail. Rest assured however, when you summit, as that's where you've reached your destination. I doubt I'd be sprinting up that final push as fast as the the tough nuts in the promo vid, you can bet though that I'd be stopping to take a look over Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland, the Irish Sea and Wllan Vannin.