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PDMS Races the Sun

News Published on 22 May 2023

A team of PDMS staff members took on Race the Sun on the Isle of Man 

On Saturday (20th May), ten brave volunteers stepped up to form a PDMS team and each run a leg of the Race the Sun relay race around the Isle of Man. 

The race began at sunrise at 05:05am and the aim was to complete a lap of the Island's 100-mile coastal footpath before sunset at 21:25pm. The footpath, known as the 'Raad ny Foillan' or 'Way of the Gull', covered a range of terrains and heights as the runners crossed beaches, clifftops and glens along their route. Each leg of the race varied in landscape, difficulty and length with a range of 6.5 miles to 12 miles in distance. 

Taking on the challenging feat were: 

Leg 1 - Peel to Ballaugh: Lewis Veale 

Leg 2 - Ballaugh to Point of Ayre: Josh Corteen

Leg 3 - Point of Ayre to Maughold: Rob Blenkinsop

Leg 4 - Maughold to Laxey: George Stephenson

Leg 5 - Laxey to Douglas: Abby Ashley-Gardner

Leg 6 - Douglas to Port Grenaugh: Jonathan Aschmann

Leg 7 - Port Grenaugh to Port St Mary: Steve Callaghan

Leg 8 - Port St Mary to Port Erin: Catriona Watt

Leg 9 - Port Erin to Cronk ny Arrey Laa: Chris Gledhill 

Leg 10 - Cronk ny Arrey Laa to Peel: Georgia Vernon

Photo of Abigail Ashley-Gardner on promenade ready to start her leg of Race the Sun Photo of Steve Callaghan posing and ready for his leg of the Race the Sun race Photo of Jonathan Callaghan running on Douglas promenade for Race the Sun

Chris Gledhill standing in countryside after finishing his leg of Race the Sun Georgia Vernon running at the start of her leg of Race the Sun George Stephenson sat on bench after finishing his leg of Race the Sun

Steve Callaghan finishing his Race the Sun leg and preparing to hand the baton to Cat Watt Lewis Veale standing on the beach at sunset in Peel after Race the Sun

This year marks the first time we have formed an all-PDMS team and they managed to complete the course in an impressive overall time of 16 hours and 13 minutes. 

The event was organised by the Children's Centre, with all entry fees and fundraising going directly to support children, teenagers and families across the Island to turn difficult life experiences into brighter futures. 


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