Whippinham Mayor Tom Shovel has announced that this year the Isle of Wight Marathon will be combined with the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival providing added excitement, "The marathon has grown like a clove of garlic with twice as many runners in it last year as there were a decade ago."
"We attribute the rise in popularity of the marathon with expanding the event to take place over a two week period in July and August to allow more elderly residents of the island to participate."
"Runners with zimmer frames are allowed, starting at the back of the pack, but outsized racing wheels are prohibited."
Traditionally the marathon starts at Wooton Bridge, runners can choose either a northern or southern route to avoid congestion. Like a regular marathon the Isle of Wight event allows runners to stop for nourishment along the way.
Sandown Inn owner Kevin Spicer, whose establishment is on the route, offers a full Plowman's Lunch and pint of Guinness for a fiver for all registered marathoners male and female and says he has done quite well from the event in the past.
Kevin says his brother Edward, who owns a hotel in Ventnor also caters to the event by offering a Marathon Special Rate one night stay for contestants passing though and confides that more than one runner has benefitted from his advice on avoiding cattle crossings on the way to Mottistone.