Extreme cross country running event on the Isle of Wight - 27th December 2020.


The Abominable Snowman is a tough 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 27th 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 will have a great team of marshals out on the course too. There will also be a water station.


It's a surprise! We can tell you that it will be between 10km and 10 miles (16km), and the only way to find out is to participate in the race.


£20.00 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Pre-entry closes 10/12/20. Please note that this year there will be NO entry on the day.


Everything you need to know about the 2020 Abominable Snowman

COVID-19 Update

It is our priority to deliver a Covid Secure event, and as such we have brought in a number of changes to the event format. We have a single distance this year, and all competitors will be required to stick to strict social distancing guidelines while on-site. Full details of exactly how we will require competitors to comply with our Covid measures will be included in the race instructions which will be sent out prior to the event.

Please note in particular, numbers will be limited, unfortunately there will be no 'Mini' race this year, no mass start, no catering on site and no congregating either before the start or after the finish. Sadly we also have to discourage spectators from attending this year.

All information is subject to change, should the government guidance at the time affect the event.


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

New for 2020 there will be only one distance, and it will be a surprise! We can tell you it will be between 10km and 10 miles (16km), but the only way to find out the course distance is to run the race.

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'.

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 marshals to ensure an efficient traffic flow in and out of the site.

Click here for a Google Map of the location.


Ample parking is provided approximately 700 metres from race control. 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.


For 2020 we are discouraging spectators on-site. We need to ensure social distancing can be followed at all times so only competitors should attend the venue.

Race Numbers and Race Instructions

Your race number and race instructions will be posted to you once entry has closed. You must follow all instructions in the race briefing document, and in particular pay attention to the timings that will apply to you.

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 so please 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 no catering on-site this year.


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 27th December 2020

10:30 - Car parks open.

10:50 - Start area opens.

11:00 - 12:00 - Waved race starts (times to be allocated and sent with race instructions)


There will be no prizegiving on the day - all category winners will be sent their trophies after the event. Full results will be posted on 28th December.


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