Law Trust IOM Cross Country League Round 1 – 01/10/23

Entries have closed for the first of four rounds of the Law Trust Isle of Man Cross Country League which takes place at Port-e-Chee Meadow near Braddan Bridge on the outskirts of Douglas on Sunday afternoon. This round is organised by Manx Harriers, with race HQ being at Douglas Rugby Club. The first race gets underway at 1pm.

The course is largely on agricultural grassland. The main field is fast but could be muddy alongside Peel Road. The sheep fields have not had stock in them recently so the grass is longer than usual, and running will be a little tougher than in previous seasons.

Race numbers should be collected on Friday between 5.30 and 7.30pm from Manx Harriers clubhouse at the NSC. Please note entries will not be accepted at this time, this is purely for number collection. If you cannot make it to the number collection and will be running on Sunday, please get a friend to collect your number or contact the race organisers.

If you have not yet paid for your entry by bank transfer you must pay when collecting your race number on Friday. Payment can be made by cash, or by cheque payable to IOM Athletics. The entry system will reopen after the first race for entries for the second race in November at QE2 School in Peel as well as the rest of the series.

The course will be open from 12 noon for inspection. There will be an information desk available in the Rugby clubhouse for any questions to be answered from 12 noon until 12.30pm. You must be at the start line 5 minutes before the start of your race to hear the course briefing. All races will go off on time or as close as possible after the advertised time. No race will start early.

Full details of all race distances from under-nines upwards are here.  And here is the course map. The minimum age for competitors is seven years on the day of the race.

There is a large parking area at Douglas Rugby Club which should accommodate everyone. An alternative is to park in the vicinity of the NSC and to walk up the road from Quarter Bridge. Spectators please keep off the course during the races. Douglas RUFC will be running a tuck shop in the afternoon so please do stay and make an afternoon of it. Watch the races with some exciting competition and enjoy the refreshments that will be on sale.

Thanks to Law Trust for their continued and much valued support and sponsorship.

Timetable and approximate distances are as follows:

12 noon – Course open for inspection
1.00pm – Under 9 Boys, 900 metres (1 short lap)
1.05pm – Under 9 Girls, 900 metres (1 short lap)
1.10pm – Under 11 Boys, 1,800 metres (2 short laps)
1.20pm – Under 11 Girls, 1,800 metres (2 short laps)
1.35pm – Under 15 Boys, Under 17 Women, 3,900 metres (1 short lap, one large lap)
1.37pm – Under 13 Boys and Girls, Under 15 Girls, Short Course, 3,000 metres (1 large lap)
2.10pm – Under 17 Men, Junior/ Senior/ Veteran Women, 6,000 metres (2 large laps)
2.10pm – Junior/ Senior/Veteran Men, 9,000 metres (3 large laps)

Law Trust IOM Cross-Country League Entry Information 2023/24

Entries for the Law Trust Cross-Country League for the 2023/24 season are open. The first round of the series takes place at Port-e-Chee Meadow on the outskirts of Douglas on Sunday 1st October, with racing getting under way at 1pm.

The following three rounds will be at QE2 School in Peel on Sunday 5th November, Crossags in Ramsey on Sunday 3rd December, and the final round incorporating the IOM Championships at the Horses’ Home on Sunday 14th January 2024.

Entries are online only, with no entries on the days of any of the races. The link is  – thanks to Manx Fell Runners for the use of their online entry system. Families need to complete a separate entry for each individual. Please check age groups carefully – details are on the form. For veteran athletes (35 and above) the category is based on age on the date of the first round (01/10/23). Entries will CLOSE at midnight on Sunday 24th September.

There will be no further opportunity to enter prior to the first round and there will be no entries on the day. The online entry system will re-open prior to rounds two, three and four – more information will be posted at the time.

Payment should be made to IOM Athletics, preferably by Bank Transfer. Details are: Isle of Man Bank, Sort Code 55-91-00, account number 14347237. Details of entry fees are on the entry form. We would encourage entry for the full series as there is a significant saving. Please use your name as payment reference, or in the case of payment for a family, use for example ‘Kelly family’. The cut-off for online payments will be midnight on Wednesday 27th September.

Race numbers must be collected from Manx Harriers clubhouse on the NSC perimeter road on Friday 29th September from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. This will be the only collection session, so if you are unable to attend you MUST make arrangements for someone to collect on your behalf. If you are unable to make payment by bank transfer you must pay by cash or cheque (payable to IOM Athletics) when collecting your number. There will be NO entries, form-filling etc. on the day of the race – race day is for racing only!

One further thing to note is that there will as usual be a Short Course race option for U20, senior and veteran athletes. You enter as normal stating your age category, then it’s up to you on the days of the races whether you run the short or long course.

David Griffiths

We’re hiring a new, Athletics Development Officer

Isle of Man Athletics is a forward thinking, progressive association that oversees a multiple faceted structure of athletics in the Isle of Man.

IOM Athletics are looking to hire an ADO to drive Athletics on the Isle of Man forward. Working with various stakeholders including the Athletics clubs and IOM Sport, the successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery and progression of IOM Athletics 3-year development plan. Increasing participation, improving infrastructure supporting the voluntary network will form the bulk of the day to day.

As Development Officer you’ll play a key part in our efforts to deliver our strategy, continuously improve the experience, helping to ensure that activities provided are both enjoyable and safe. You’ll work directly with all of partners, commercial and otherwise to deliver this and raise the overall standards.

The ideal candidate will have a background in sport and a Higher Diploma/Degree level qualification in a sports related area or equivalent, and be passionate about sport. You will require experience in dealing with volunteers/organisations/athletics events in a support capacity.

In addition, excellent written and verbal communication/presentation skills are required with a strong working knowledge of Excel, Word and Email. The ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team. Time management skills are essential. A level 2 UKA coaching licence or working towards this within an agreed timescale.

Here is the full job description and details of how to apply

Isle of Man Athletics team named for 2023 NatWest Island Games in Guernsey

Isle of Man Athletics has announced the selection of the following squad of athletes to represent the Isle of Man at this summer’s NatWest Island Games, to be held in Guernsey from 8th to 14th July:

Alex Bell
Daniel Clague
Alan Corlett
Regan Corrin
Ryan Corrin
Will Draper
Joe Harris
Sam Jones
Corrin Leeming
Ollie Lockley
James Margrave
Gethin Owen
Anand Patel
Samuel Perry
Kazu Senior
Sebastien Sgouraditis
Ben Sinclair
Nathan Teece

Aimee Christian
Imogen Cook
Andrea Ecolango
Tazmin Fayle
Rachael Franklin
Macy Hillier
Megan Lockwood
Lydia Morris
Lucy Ormsby
Rebekah Pate
Catherine Perry
Meghan Pilley
Carla Teece
Tegan Thompson
Sarah Webster

The team is a mixture of experience and youth, headlined by four of the Isle of Man’s Commonwealth Games athletes who competed in Birmingham last year. They are middle to long distance runner Rachael Franklin (four time an individual gold medallist at the Island Games), distance runner Sarah Webster, javelin thrower Joe Harris and distance runner Ollie Lockley (twice an individual gold medallist). In addition, Alan Corlett is an Island Games gold medallist in steeplechase and 10,000 metres, and James Margrave won the bronze medal in the high jump in the last Games in Gibraltar in 2019.

No fewer than 20 of the 33-strong squad will be Island Games debutants in Guernsey. With the extra two-year gap since Gibraltar 2019 because of the Covid-related postponement, it is likely that the majority of the islands will field similarly inexperienced teams this time. The Isle of Man’s relay squads in particular are very much at the development stage at present, with the aim being to gain experience in Guernsey and to challenge for medals in the next Games in two years’ time.

The team will be under the management of Petra Atchison for the first time, with management support being provided by Steve Partington and Kelly Hillier. Steve was part of the support team in 2019 and brings invaluable experience of international competition as manager of the Isle of Man’s Commonwealth Games athletics team.

Best wishes go to the team for a successful and enjoyable week in Guernsey in July.

Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games – 4-11 August 2023 – Consideration Standards

For athletes who are eligible to represent the Isle of Man, below are the standards for consideration to be selected as part of the IOM athletics team for Trinidad & Tobago 2023 (please check eligibility by visiting the CGA website article 25.)

Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games – 4-11 August 2023 – Consideration Standards
100 metres 11.2 sec 12.3 sec
200 metres 22.6 sec 25.4 sec
400 metres 51.2 sec 58.5 sec
800 metres 1 min 57.0 sec 2 min 15.5 sec
1500 metres 4 min 06.0 sec 4 min 39.3 sec
3000 metres 8 min 51.0 sec 10 min 07.0 sec
Sprint  Hurdles 14.5 sec (110mH) 14.4 sec (100mH)
400 metres Hurdles 55.9 sec 61.8 sec
High Jump 1.90 metres 1.65 metres
Long Jump 6.30 metres 5.35 metres
Javelin 52.95 metres (700g) 38.20 metres (500g)
Discus 41.00 metres (1.5k) 35.80 metres (1kg)
Shot 13.60 metres (5k) 11.60 metres (3k)

Performances during 2023 and the very early part of the 2024 track and field season will count for consideration. 16 April 2023 will be the final date to achieve the standards.

Achieving these standards does not automatically guarantee nomination or selection: competitive record and proof of fitness will be equally important.

Athletes selected must have been born in 2006 and 2007 (Age 16 or 17 in year of competition -1st January – 31st December). 

Legal wind readings required for sprints up to 200m / sprint hurdles and jumps events.

Please keep Steve Partingtion, Athletics Head of Performance informed if you are close to or have reached a standard.