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Isle of Man Athletics Cross Country League – Round 1 – Results & Report

Here are the results from round 1 of the Isle of Man Cross Country League sponsored by Law Trust held at Castle Rushen High School on Sunday 13 October 2019.

On a weekend when the international athletics headlines were dominated by two extraordinary and somewhat controversial Marathon world records, the local Law Trust-sponsored cross country season got underway on a day of continuous heavy rain at Castle Rushen High School in Castletown. This first event of the season was organised by Manx Harriers.

The Isle of Man’s best-ever cross country runner Keith Gerrard summed up cross country perfectly last week when he wrote that it “brings together endurance runners from all distances and tests them over natural and unpredictable terrain. First person from point A to point B on two legs wins – sport doesn’t get much purer or demanding than that! Time is irrelevant – it’s all about beating as many people as you can whilst learning about yourself in the process. I always prefer a muddy course, where no kind of ‘special shoes’ can help as you sink in to the quagmire.”

Those words were certainly apt on Sunday as the heavy rain left lots of standing water and several muddy sections on the south side course which followed the perimeters of four agricultural fields close to the school. Despite the dreadful weather there was a superb turnout of 243 athletes across all categories, a tribute to their dedication and that of all the officials.

It was a delight to see new winners of the two senior races. Orran Smith (Western AC) and Carly Craig (Manx Harriers) deservedly took the honours, having both achieved many high placings over the years but never top spot. Smith was in a class of his own in the three-lap Senior Men’s race, winning by two-and-a-half minutes and proving what a fine all-round distance runner he is. Great credit goes to U17 athletes Ieuan Owen and Corrin Leeming who ran in close company with the senior winner and pushed him hard throughout their shorter two-lap race.

Behind this leading trio there was an epic contest for second place in the senior race amongst a group which initially comprised ten athletes before fragmenting in the latter stages as they splashed round the sodden fields. The value of good pace judgement in the tricky conditions proved crucial with Sam Looker, Matt Callister and leading junior Luke Phair breaking away from the pack to take second, third and fourth places respectively. Cross country newcomer Phil Knox was impressive in fifth place.

Carly Craig led throughout the two-lap senior women’s race but was pressed hard by junior Phoebe Coates for much of the race. An Island Games track medallist back in 2001, the Manx Harriers athlete is a fine distance runner and proved it again with a strong and controlled performance. Middle-distance specialist Coates took the runners-up spot and the ever-consistent Laura Dickinson got the better of a race-long tussle with Eleanor Gawne to take third.

There was equally impressive racing throughout the younger age groups, and with many of the age categories out on the course at the same time there was plenty of action during another cloudburst. The U13 boys and girls and U15 girls raced together over one full lap of the course, and the fastest of these athletes was Macy Hillier who took victory in the U15 race. She had to give everything she had to stay ahead of the ever-competitive Ella Crowe, and the battle between these two fine young athletes will be a feature of the season.

Charlie Teare took the honours in the U13 boys’ race with an 18-second winning margin over Jake Crowe, with Samuel Corkill narrowly beating Oliver Condon to third place. In the girls’ race it was Lola Bass to the fore, with Mikhaella Harris and Belinda Dennett completing the top three.

The U15 Boys and Short Course competitors also raced together over one short lap and one full lap, and the leading athlete here was Ryan Corrin, an athlete with plenty of cross country ability. He took victory in the U15 race by a 32-second margin from Gethin Owen.

28 athletes took advantage of the Short Course race option, including no fewer than 20 women. Fastest of all was Island Games 400 metres champion Ashleigh Lachenicht who is also a quality cross country runner. She finished seven seconds clear of the first male finisher Saul Bradley.

The youngest competitors had begun the afternoon’s action, with the under-nine and U11 races proving as fast and exciting as always. The U9s raced over one lap of the main field, with Timothy Perry and Issy Kennaugh, both of Northern AC, taking the first two victories of the day.

In the U11 races two Manx Harriers athletes took the spoils, with Charlie Arculus and Abi Clayton first home in their races after two laps of the main field. There was an exciting finish to the girls’ race with Summer Craig just a couple of strides behind the winner. In the boys’ race only two seconds spanned second to fifth places.

Distances were:

Under 9 Boys, 800 metres (1 short lap)
Under 9 Girls, 800 metres (1 short lap)
Under 11 Boys, 1,550 metres (2 short laps)
Under 11 Girls, 1,550 metres (2 short laps)
Under 13 Boys & Girls, Under 15 Girls, 2,780 metres (1 full lap)
Under 15 Boys, Under 17 Girls, Short Course, 3,580 metres (1 short lap, 1 full lap)
Junior, Senior, Veteran Women, Under 17 Men, 5,710 metres (2 full laps)
Junior, Senior, Veteran Men, 8,440 metres (3 full laps)

  • Many thanks go to organiser Andy Fox and his team of helpers for putting in a real shift on such an unpleasant day, and also to Castle Rushen HS and the landowner.
  • Video footage of all the races has been posted on the manxathletics.com Facebook page.
  • Round Two of the series takes place on Sunday 3 November and will be hosted by Northern AC at Crossags Farm in Ramsey.

David Griffiths
15 October 2019

Isle of Man Athletics Cross Country League – Round 1

The first of four rounds in the Isle of Man Athletics Cross Country League, sponsored by Law Trust, takes place at Castle Rushen High School in Castletown on Sunday 13th October, with the first race getting underway at 2pm. This round is organised by Manx Harriers.

The course is on agricultural land alongside the school which is fairly flat although the surface is uneven in places. The senior races will be run over slightly reduced distances for the first round, with mileages increasing later in the season.

The senior, veteran and junior men’s race will be over three full laps of the course, a distance of approximately 8.5 kilometres. The senior, veteran and junior women, and under-17 men, will race over two full laps, a distance of around 5.7 kilometres.

Full details of all race distances from under-nines upwards can be found on the entry forms and the course map.

The minimum age for competitors is seven years on the day of a race.

Two pre-race registration sessions will take place on Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th October from 6pm to 8pm in the Manx Harriers Clubhouse at the National Sports Centre in Douglas. Registration will also be available at Castle Rushen High School on Sunday from 1pm to 2pm, but you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Wednesday and Friday registration sessions to save time on race day. Full season packages are available for a slightly reduced cost.

Last season saw record entries for a four-race season, and bumper entry levels are expected again as well as fast and exciting racing. There is quality in depth throughout the age groups andthere should be some excellent competition all through the season.

Thanks
David

Notice of Meeting – AGM

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Isle of Man Athletics Association will be held at the Tower Insurance Education Suite, National Sports Centre, Isle of Man on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 7.00 p.m. to transact the following ordinary business:

  • To receive the Secretarial and Financial reports from the Officers;
  • To elect Officers who will be responsible for the local administration of the sport in the ensuing year;
  • To elect two Honorary Auditors;
  • To conduct other appropriate business.

Cathy Dawson
Secretary
2 October 2019

Commonwealth Games Consultation Meeting re Birmingham Games

Please find below an open invitation to relevant parties who feel that they may be able to contribute to the CGA’s planning for Birmingham 2022.

If you are interested in attending as an athlete or would like to have some input with regards the selection process then please attend.

It is to be held on Thursday 10th October at 6:30 at the Sports Institute.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/team-isle-of-man-commonwealth-games-birmingham-2022-consultation-tickets-73158596331?utm_term=eventurl_text

Law Trust IOM Athletics Cross Country League 2019/20

IOM Athletics is pleased to provide details of the 2019/20 Law Trust IOM Athletics Cross Country League.

There will be two signing on nights before the first race on Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th October in Manx Harriers Club House from 6pm to 8.00pm.

At each race venue signing on will take place between 1pm and the start of the first race at 2pm, however, we encourage all athletes to sign up in advance and take the opportunity of entering the league, all four races, at a knock down rate of £18 for seniors (attached) or £10 for juniors. For unattached senior athletes the cost is £26 rather than the full fee of £28. Make sure you bring your cash or cheque book with you!

Early registration means no queuing on the day of a race (you must look after and remember to bring your number) – just turn up, warm up and be at the start line 5 mins before your race begins so saving you time and energy!!!

Full details of entry charges can be found on the entry form. The league race programme sees four events taking place over the winter with the 13th October being round one at Castle Rushen High School hosted by Manx Harriers. Northern AC host the second event on 3rd November with Manx Harriers again doing likewise at the Nunnery on the 1st December. The last event which is also the Isle of Man  Cross Country Championships takes place on 19th January and is hosted by Western AC. As ever, we expect some fantastic competition over the season, on some varied and interesting courses with results, photos and reports appearing in the press and here on the IOM Athletics website and Facebook sites.

Finally IOM Athletics wish to thank Law Trust for their very much appreciated sponsorship of this very popular and competitive series of league events.