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Extreme cross country running event on the Isle of Wight - 29th December 2019. Are you tough enough?


The Abominable Snowman is a tough 10km or 10 mile extreme cross country run. Expect hills, rough terrain, hills, water, hills and poor weather. And more hills!


Yes! It will be wet, it will be muddy, it will be cold and it will be steep - add in some natural obstacles and this will make for the most challenging of runs.


Sunday the 29th of December, and the event will be staged at the IOW MTB Centre, based at Cheverton Farm in Shorwell. Click here for a map.


Yes, the course is well signposted at every turn, and we have a great team of marshals out on the course too. There will also be a water station for both distances.


Yes! We have a 1km 'Mini-Snowman' at 1015hrs, and any child over 11 may enter the main event, provided they are accompanied by an adult at all times.


£20.00 in November and December. Pre-entry closes 22/12/19. Mini Snowman is FREE, under 16's in the main race are £5.


Everything you need to know about the 2019 Abominable Snowman


Are you tough enough to take on the Abominable Snowman course?

Choose the 'standard' 10km distance, or for the really brave, there is a 10 mile option!

It will be wet, it will be muddy, it will be cold and it will be steep - add in some natural obstacles and this will make for the most challenging of cross country runs.

Set in the spectacularly rugged grounds of Cheverton Farm, Shorwell, the course will test your fitness and your resolve - can you take on and beat the 'Snowman'.

Plus! We will stage a 'Mini Snowman' for children. Using 1km of visible trail, kids can have a go at an organised adventure run for FREE! Supervision is required.

***Please note: All distances are approximate and may be modified in accordance with the conditions of the terrain on the day.

How do I get to Cheverton Farm?

By Road: Cheverton Farm is approximately 1 mile from Shorwell on the Bowcombe Road (the road between Carisbrooke and Shorwell). As you approach the farm, you will see event signage and traffic marshalls. Please follow all instructions issued by the marshalls to ensure an efficient trafiic flow in and out of the site.

Coming from the mainland? No problem. Red Funnel operate a vehicle ferry service from Southampton, and Wightlink offer vehicle ferry services from Portsmouth and Lymington.

Click here for a Google Map of the location.


Ample parking is provided approximately 700 metres from race control. You may enter the farmyard to drop off and pick up only - all parking is in the quarry. Please drive with extreme caution and under 5mph at all times. Please follow all instructions issued by the traffic marshals and park in the designated areas.


Spectators are welcome and we hope to encourage as many to attend as possible to add to the atmosphere of the event. Spectators can watch the event from any vantage point on the site. For security and safety, spectators may not access the course itself at any point.

Race numbers

You will be issued with your race number once you have registered and signed in at race control on the morning of the event. You must display your race number clearly on your chest. If you enter the event before the day (saving yourself some money in the process) you will just need to sign in on the morning, which will save you some time.

What personal equipment do I need?

It is your responsibility as a competitor to ensure you are properly equipped to take on the course.

Trail running shoes or fell running shoes are advised as the course covers some extremely challenging terrain.

Bring enough water and energy supplements for full race distance. There will be on-site catering, however this may not be suitable as 'race food' so come prepared.

Clothing is personal choice, however please consider that parts of the course are on open downland and shelter may be limited. It will be cold, and inclement weather is a real possibility, so please come equipped for a range of potential weather scenarios. You will get wet and muddy, so wear race kit that you don't mind getting dirty or ruined, and bring a full change of warm clothes for after the race.

Food and drink

There will be an onsite caterer providing hot food, as well as a range of snacks and hot and cold beverages.


Safety is our priority. There will be marshals stationed around the course should you require any assistance.

First Aid

There will be a medical team on-site for the duration of the event, with a command centre adjacent to race control and members equipped with all terrain vehicles giving access to the entire site.


There will be toilets on-site, based near to race control.

Event Timetable

Sunday 29th December 2019

09:30 - Site opens.

09:30 - 11:50 - Race control opens for competitor registration and sign-in. Competitors will be issued with their race number once they have signed in. Please note all Mini Snowman competitors will need to sign in before 10:05.

10:10 - Mandatory briefing for all Mini Snowman competitors and supervising adults.

10:15 - Mini Snowman race start

10:55 - Mandatory briefing for all 10 MILE competitors.

11:00 - 10 MILE Race start.

11:55 - Mandatory briefing for all 10 KM competitors.

12:00 - 10 KM Race start.

13:30 - 14:00 (approx) - Podium Presentation.


For 2019, the first five men and first five women overall in each distance will be awarded prizes at a podium presentation as soon as is practical after the race. Full results, including age category positions, will be published after the race.


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