January Round Up

January is often considered a month of doom and gloom in many circles yet in the world of Athletics, our season really starts to wind up.  With a New Year comes new Fell and Indoor Season’s along with the build-up of the Cross-Country calendar and it’s safe to say that our Island Athletes have really kicked 2020 off with a bang!

In his first year as an Under 17 (and his first ever competitive 400m), Ben Sinclair left spectators gob smacked with an eye wateringly fast 50.64 to cruise past his competition and claim the Scottish Indoor Title and obliterate the existing IOM Under 17 record in the process. Very excited as we look forward to Ben’s progression in to the 2020 Season.

January also seen record numbers of competitors at IOM Cross Country Champs in what was the first season to see over 200 competitors at each event. Senior titles went to Alan Corlett and Carly Craig with some fine competition in the lower ages, the ongoing inch by inch battle between Corrin Leeming and Ieuan Owen is one contest that I will be sure to keep an eye one with often a matter of seconds splitting the duo.

Our strength and increasing competition on island appear to be paying dividends as we continue to punch above our weight on the other side of the water. Manx Harriers Ladies secured their 7th successive Lancs Cross-Country Title with a number of impressive runs whilst the Manx Fell Runners also made a rare outing away from the Moors, backed up with a team victory in the Island Champs, could this be the emergence of a new force in the world of “running up and around challenging muddy places fast?”

Talking of “running up and around challenging muddy places fast” London based Manxie, Sarah Astin, has been rewarded for a string of excellent National Cross-Country performances with her second England representation Vest at this weekend’s Belgium Cross Cup, we will keep you posted on how the pocket rocket goes!

And finally, in this supposedly dull month, we tip our (Fireman’s) hat to Rachael Franklin and Ollie Lockley who both smashed their own Fireman’s Run records to open their accounts for 2020. Having been in that race and getting lapped by both Rachael and Ollie and I can confirm that yes, they were both moving really, really fast!

If you want to take them on, then February’s Fireman’s is this Thursday at 7pm with sign on from 6:15. Plus there is complimentary, delicious cake and tea afterwards.

n.b. I have no idea if Rach and Ollie are actually running this week but give it a try anyway.

This is merely a monthly highlight reel of events with lots going unsaid (for now) but credit must go to each and every organiser, volunteer, time keeper and tea maker that allows these events to go ahead, without you our sport simply would not exist, so THANK YOU. If you would like to volunteer some time or want to give back in to our awesome community then drop me an email: athleticsdevelopmentiom@gmail.com No prerequisite skills required, just a willing attitude and smile is all we ask for!

Mikey Haslett
Athletics Development Officer

New Athletics Development Officer

Isle of Man Athletics is pleased to announce the appointment of Mikey Haslett as Athletics Development Officer.

Athletics has long played a central role in Mikey’s life since he found his passion for jumping over things 20 years ago. Over the years Mikey has represented the Island at several Island Games and has even held on to a few Island Records in his favourite events the 400m Hurdles and 4 x 400m relay. A degree from Cardiff Met in Sports Development combined with Mikey’s experience at Manx Sport & Recreation and his passion for all things Athletics mean that we are particularly excited to have him on board.

Commenting on the appointment Isle of Man Athletics Chairman Anthony Brand said; “We are delighted that Mikey is joining Isle of Man Athletics to continue aiding the growth of our sport on the Island across all capabilities and circumstances, taking it to the next level. His enthusiasm is infectious so we’re excited for the future. We are extremely grateful for the support The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation, Isle of Man Sport and the athletics clubs are providing.”

John Nugent from The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation said: “We are delighted to be able to continue to support Isle of Man Athletics over the next 2 years in developing and expanding athletics across the island. One of the objectives of the Foundation is to encourage young people to get involved in sport, who may not normally have the opportunity. Isle of Man Athletics have shown us a clear plan to develop this in the future.”

 

Mikey can be contacted by email on: ado@iomathletics.com

 

We’re Hiring – Athletics Development Officer – Full Time

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

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join IOM Athletics as the Athletics Development Officer for the Isle of Man. Our plan is to significantly increase the number of people engaged in all aspects of athletics, whatever their background for recreational, performance and wellbeing together with supporting the structure through volunteering, officiating and coaching.

Salary – Based on experience
Hours – 35 per week
Period – Initial 2 year contract

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.

If this role is of interest to you please send your CV with a covering letter to Cathy Dawson, Secretary, Isle of Man Athletics by emailing secretary@iomaa.info .  

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 13 September, with interviews being held soon after.

New Athletics Development Officer

Isle of Man Athletics is pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Riley as Athletics Development Officer. Hannah’s vast experience in athletics has been gained through two decades of competing for the Isle of Man at international level. Hannah’s athletics resume includes 21 Island Games medals, including 8 gold, numerous Manx records and more recently GB recognition. Hannah’s background in teaching, and athletics made her the ideal candidate.

Commenting on the appointment Isle of Man Athletics Chairman Anthony Brand said; “We are delighted that Hannah is joining us. Five years ago we identified the need for a full time development officer to help grow athletics on the Island across all capabilities and circumstances and take it to the next level. It has been a long and difficult journey to find the funding and the right person for this role. We are extremely grateful for the support The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation, Isle of Man Sport and the athletics clubs are providing.”

John Nugent from The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation said: “We are delighted to be able to support Isle of Man Athletics over the next 3 years in developing and expanding athletics across the island. One of the objectives of the Foundation is to encourage young people to get involved in sport, who may not normally have the opportunity. Isle of Man Athletics have shown us a clear plan to develop this in the future.”