Daymark Dash Returns To St Martin’s On Thursday

The Daymark on St Martin's

The Daymark on St Martin’s

Tomorrow sees the welcome return of a regular sporting challenge on St Martin’s.

The ‘Daymark Dash’ is a gruelling 4.2 mile run from Hotel Quay to the Daymark and back.

One of the organisers, Toby Tobin-Dougan, says it’s always popular with both residents and visitors and he’s hoping for a turnout to match the 70 competitors who entered in 2012.

Toby says it’s been going “for years” and thinks it was started as a bet between two campers on the island.

The record time of 25m 16s is held by regular campsite visitor Richard Price-Thomas. He’s not taking part this year because he’s injured, but he’s returned to help out with the event.

Adults will race all the way to the Daymark, a tough uphill climb, says Toby, while children will run to the Reading Room and back.

The new Karma Hotel is offering prizes and free lemonade for competitors.

But he says not everyone will be running – entrants are free to take a leisurely stroll if they choose – and there’ll be marshals along the route to make sure the runners are safe.

The £1 entry fee will be donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance. There’ll also be a ‘guess the winning time’ competition for spectators.

The race sets off from Karma St Martin’s Hotel at 6pm.

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