PDMS Race the Sun team

PDMS beats the sun for charity

By Hannah Wild on 22nd May 2019

On Saturday 18th May, PDMS’ athletic individuals took on The Children’s Centre annual Race the Sun for the ninth year running.

(L to R) Lewis, Kerry, Corey, Rob, Georgia, Ash and Lorna celebrate another year beating the Sun!

All money raised goes directly to supporting the worthwhile work that the Manx Charity The Children’s Centre does for children and families on the Isle of Man, developing a variety of community initiatives and services that focus on people that matter.

The team competed in 10 relayed sections over the 100 mile circumference of the Island, starting at dawn and finishing before the sunset. Runners encounter a variety of terrain as the Raad ny Foillan footpath intertwines across beaches to old railway lines, sand dunes, coastal footpaths, cliff edges, lots of hills, and some tarmacked road for good measure.

Leg one Race the Sun
Not an easy feat – the first stretch of the day covering an expanse of sand

Setting off at the crack of dawn, Kerry Kelly began the race fresh-faced at 05.10am with the first rays of the sunrise! Lewis Veale, Rob Blenkinsop, Corey Vaughan, Lorna Trevethan, Caroline Caren, Ash Christian, Jan Gledhill, Richard Fletcher took on their sections leading to Georgia Vernon who finished the last leg of the relay. The team finished in 15 hours 58 minutes and 22 seconds and a respectable 19th out of 22 teams.

Lewis Veale

Lewis eagerly awaits Kerry’s arrival to start the second leg of the day, whilst Kerry is grateful to sit down!  Kerry Kelly

Rob Blenkinsop

Rob and Corey made it through the wetter sections – experiencing the only rainfall of the day

Corey Vaughen

Lorna Trevethan

Lorna and Georgia aced their sections, Lorna arriving in Douglas and Georgia finishing the relay in Peel – the Sunset City

Georgia Vernon

From burning muscles to wading thigh deep through the sea, some nasty blisters and dodging rogue sheep – everyone put in a spectacular effort!

A big thank you to our honorary PDMS-ers Jan Gledhill and Caroline Caren for stepping in short notice for the runners who had taken ill.

See you next year!