Northern League and YDL Registration Forms

If you are interested in competing in either the YDL or Northern League this season please complete the appropriate form.

Please return completed forms to: Petra Atchison, Northern League Team Manager, Ballasaig Farm, Maughold, Isle of Man IM7 1BJ or grantandpetra@manx.net no later than Friday 25th March 2022

Isle of Man Track & Field League 2022

The Isle of Man Track & Field League 2022 kicks off on Wednesday 6th April.

The league for U13s and above is 6 nights of competition with the 4 best weeks to count.

The competition dates are:

  • 6th April
  • 4th May
  • 18th May
  • 15th June
  • 6th July
  • 27th July

The cost for entering the League is £20 if your entry is received by 29th March, after that date the cost increases to £25.

To allow the  League to run smoothly, please offer your assistance to help at at least 1 meeting.

Here is the entry form

Please return the completed form and bring with you to the sign on evenings at Manx Harriers Club House on 10th March and 24th March or post to Tracey Bell at 42, Birch Hill Close, Onchan, Isle of Man. IM3 3DH along with cash or cheque made payable to Manx Harriers. Alternatively you can transfer to Manx Harriers – Sort Code 55-91-00 – Account 14356414. Please quote ref IOMAA T & F League (All payments received into Manx Harriers account will be transferred to IOMAA at the end of the Track League)

If you have any questions please contact Petra on grantandpetra@manx.net  or the League Co-ordinator Tracey Bell on tbell@wm.im or 432133

 

Isle of Man-based women in sport sought for Commonwealth Leadership Programme

The Commonwealth Games Association of the Isle of Man (CGA) is seeking applications from local women involved in Manx sport to participate in the Commonwealth Women’s Leadership Programme (CWLP).

The programme provides access to education and networking opportunities with an ultimate aim to empower women to become leaders within their sport and communities. It is available to all female leaders working in sport within either a professional or voluntary capacity, including coaches, administrators, coaches, executives, official and physios, who can demonstrate a need for such an opportunity.

The successful participants will receive a £5000 scholarship to support them on their individual development pathway. This programme will support participants to not only clarify their leadership ambitions and recognise their leadership strengths but more importantly will broaden their understanding of their role in supporting equality within the Commonwealth Sport Movement. Participants will be supported by both local and international mentors to support their journey and ambitions.

The closing date for applications is 5th February 2022 and any potential Isle of Man applicants should contact the CGA in the first instance via email to iomcga@outlook.com .

For more information please contact Anthony Brand on chairman@IOMathletics.com

Law Trust Cross-Country League Round 4 & IOM Championships

The local cross-country season reaches its climax on the afternoon of Sunday 16th January with the fourth and final round of the Law Trust sponsored Cross-Country League. The event also doubles as the Isle of Man Cross-Country Championship for 2022. This year’s event is hosted by Northern AC and will be held at Crossags Farm in Ramsey.

There is a team element to this event, with teams from clubs or schools competing for team medals. The medals for the Championship will be presented at the same time as the League awards – date of the awards evening to be confirmed.

The under-nine and U11 races use the bottom field. The courses for all ages from U13 upwards take the runners onto challenging terrain including a significant climb through fields and woodland with a shallow stream crossing.

There is no parking at the venue. Competitors are asked to park in the vicinity of Ramsey Grammar School and walk up Crossags Lane at Schoolhouse Corner. The tarmac lane crosses the golf course and leads to the pavilion at the campsite which will be race headquarters. Allow 10 minutes for the walk.

Tea/ coffee and drinks will be available but the showers will not be in use.

The timetable is as follows:

12 noon to 1pm –            Registration

1.00pm –                          U9 girls – 2 small laps – 920 metres

1.10pm –                          U9 boys – 2 small laps – 920 metres

1.20pm –                          U11 girls – 3 small laps – 1,380 metres

1.30pm –                          U11 boys – 3 small laps – 1,380 metres

1.45pm –                          U13 boys & girls & Short Course – 1 small lap, 1 large lap – 2,890 metres

2.00pm –                          U15 boys & girls, U17 women – 1 small lap, 2 large laps – 5,320 metres

2.00pm –                           U17 men, U20/senior/veteran women – 3 large laps – 7,290 metres

2.00pm –                          U20/senior/veteran men – 4 large laps – 9,720 metres

Here is the course map

Short Course competitors should note that their race is not part of the Championship but is a round of the league as usual.

If you have not yet competed in the series you will need to enter online by midnight on Friday – the link is manxfellrunners.org/iomxc-entry-2021-2022. There are no entries on the day. If you have not already paid for this round you need to do so by bank transfer (details on the entry form), or by cash or by cheque payable to IOM Athletics Association at Crossags between 12 noon and 1pm on Sunday.

If you have already entered and paid for the series and have your race number there is no need to attend the registration desk, just go to the start line five minutes before your race wearing your number to the front. If you have lost your number and need a replacement (for a small charge) there will be a separate desk at registration at the venue.

David Griffiths

11 January 2022

Law Trust IOM Cross-Country League Round 3 Port-e-Chee

The weather gods have truly smiled on cross-country racing over the past week. Between all the storms, Thursday’s Inter-Schools event and the third round of the Law Trust series on Sunday 5th December 2021 were both held in wonderful sunny and calm conditions which were appreciated by competitors and officials alike.

Both events were held at Port-e-Chee Meadow in Douglas, with the course being extended to include extra loops for Sunday’s Manx Harriers organised league event to make the full lap three kilometres in length. The course is largely flat but rough in places with a testing hill near the end of each lap.

Ieuan Owen and Elissa Morris were the victors in the junior/senior/veteran races, each taking their first win of the season. Still a junior, the Western AC athlete looked in really fine form, taking the men’s race of just under 10 kilometres by the scruff of the neck from the start and dominating with a controlled display of front running. He can look forward with confidence to next month’s Lancashire Championships in Blackburn.

Mark Burman held second place throughout and had a lonely race but he too looked to be running well as he has done consistently in recent times. Matt Callister produced one of the runs of the day to take third place, pushing hard all the way and having enough left in the tank to fend off a late challenge from Nhlanhla Nzama who took fourth ahead of Sam Looker. Alex Bell just held off Chris Killey for sixth place.

Elissa Morris of Manx Harriers followed her impressive Syd Quirk Half Marathon victory with a fine run over just under seven kilometres on the softer terrain of the country. She won the women’s contest by a clear margin in her final race as a Morris before her wedding later this month. Jess Bryan followed her win in the previous round with a solid second place and improves all the time.

There is no more consistent cross-country runner than Laura Dickinson and she showed her quality again with a good third place. Gail Sheeley produced her best race of the season for fourth place ahead of Dawn Atherton and Caroline Caren.

Becky Watterson (women’s Short Course), Harry Stennett (U13 Boys), Olivia Martin (U11 Girls) and Megan Williamson (U9 Girls) all completed a hat-trick of victories for the season and clinched league titles with a race to spare. Becky’s performances have been remarkable as she is five months into pregnancy!

The quality in the U17 races was outstanding, all seven runners contesting this age group being high-class athletes. Ryan Corrin and Madison Mcmullan were the winners on this occasion with strong and classy runs. The league contest in the men’s category is very close.

The friendly rivalry between Sam Perry and Lucas Stennett continued in the U15 boys’ race. Not for the first time it was Sam’s greater finishing speed that saw him to the line first but his margin was only two seconds this time. The multi-talented Lola Bass was the girls’ winner ahead of Penny Webster.

The U13s had the short course competitors for company – all of them except Ryan Fairclough that is. The 2013 Island Games 1500 metres silver medallist continued a strong comeback to running, and he was away and clear right from the off to win the race by 39 seconds.

The second short course athlete Ste Quayle found himself acting as the hare for u13 boys winner Harry Stennett to chase, which shows just how good the young Northern AC athlete is. It was good to see Charlie Arculus back in cross-country action and he took a good second place. In the U13 girls race Abi Clayton pulled away from Kayleigh-Dee Corrin and Neve Madden towards the end of the race to take an excellent win.

There is a terrific contest going on in the U11 boys’ league, and we saw a great race between Seamus Hall and Tim Perry. It was Seamus, having discarded the face mask he began the race with, who just got the better of a thrilling sprint finish to take the win after two laps of the main field. Gabe Campbell ran well again for third, and a very strong finish by the rapidly-improving Bernat Munoz-Fite placed him fourth.

Olivia Martin was again successful in the U11 girls’ race, having to work extremely hard to shake off the highly competitive Poppy Clayton who has been second in all three races. The margin was just two seconds. Tara Nelson was third.

The under-nine boys’ race over one lap of the main field saw the third winner in three races, with Leighton Curphey claiming his first win with a brilliant run. He finished four seconds clear of Rory Teare in second, and Carter Whitehead produced a remarkable comeback after falling at the start and finding himself at the back of the field. He recovered so strongly that he finished third.

Megan Williamson continued her dominance in the under-nine girls’ race with an excellent winning run ahead of her Western AC teammate Bella Quaye who finished only two seconds down with a quality run. Sienna Curphey was third.

Here are the full results.

  • Many thanks go to the team of helpers who set the course up and marshalled on the day, to the admin team and to all at Douglas Rugby Club. Thanks also to the farmer for use of the meadow.
  • After a Christmas break, the final round which incorporates the IOM Cross-Country Championships takes place at Crossags Farm in Ramsey on Sunday 16 January. All welcome.

David Griffiths
7 December 2021