On Saturday, Newport & District Running Club’s Chas Bickford-Smith took on the Manx Mountain Half Marathon, a tough point-to-point race on the Isle of Man, starting in St. John’s and finishing in Erin. Chas was originally intending to do the full-length Marathon, but had to change to the Half, which follows the same route as the second half of the Marathon, when he broke some ribs a few weeks before the race.

Chas Bickford-Smith during the Manx Mountain Half Marathon

As the name suggests, this mostly off-road race features a large amount of elevation change, with over 3000 feet of climbing overall. This includes visiting the summits of mountains such as Slieau Whallian, South Barrule, Cronk Ny Arrey Laa and Lhiatee ny Beinee, before the descent to the finish at sea level.

Part of a field of 109 runners, Chas was pleased to finish in a very creditable 2 hours, 40 minutes, 44 seconds, which bagged him 41st position overall.

Chas Bickford-Smith after the race