THIS YEAR'S Dash and Splash 5k along the beach from Shanklin to Sandown has been hailed the best ever, after more than 200 people braved the summer heat to take on the seaside challenge.

Runners usually stick to the shore but, due to a steep drop down to Hope Beach at low tide, they weaved their way among the Shanklin sunbathers — providing quite the sporting spectacle as they made for the finish line.

Founded by Shanklin Rotary Club four years ago, the event has been run for the past two years by Challenge and Adventure and organised by volunteer Frederick Fisher.

Sunday's (July 8) fun run, a dash over and around the groynes, and an occasional splash in the sea, raised more than £2,000 for the Isle of Wight youth charity — an amount hailed 'amazing' by fundraiser Karen Eeles.

"The atmosphere was fabulous and we've had some great feedback, everyone said how much fun they had," she said.

"It's for people of all ages, and around a third of those taking part were children, so it was lovely to see families running together.

"It was very hot but the best one we've ever had, and the money raised all goes to helping our young people."

She thanked the volunteers marshals from Shanklin and Sandown Rotary Clubs, Ryde Lions, Shanklin Rowing Club, Yaverland Sailing Club, Sandown and Shanklin Rugby Club and Sandown Sea Scouts, the Wight Diamonds Marching Band, for playing at the finish line, and Tesco, Ryde, which provided water and bananas for the runners.