Isle of Man 10,000m Track Championships – Walk and Run

Athletes are invited to enter the Isle of Man 10,000m Track Championship – Walk and Run at the NSC track on Monday 1st April.

Entries will be taken on the day of the event from 5pm at the track if the weather is good. The cost of entry is £5 for all ages and events. If the weather is poor entries will be taken in Manx Harriers Clubhouse. Entries will close at 6.30pm.

In order to enter club kit must be worn and also each athlete must have their England Athletics registration card with them to prove they are registered to take part.

The first race off will be the walk at 6pm followed by the run at 7.15pm. Walkers are advised that there is a 75 minute cut off for their event.

Championship medals will be presented for the 10,000m events, these are open events and so age group medals will not be presented. However, if athletes wish to run a 3km, or 5km, then this will be possible and must be stipulated at registration. Please note, no medals or prizes are available for the 3km or 5km your accurate track time will be the reward.

In the 10,000m athletes must be Under 20 age group or older to take part, in the 5,000m Under 17 age group and upwards and in the 3,000m under 15 and upwards to compete.

We look forward to seeing a great entry and some great racing on the night.

For further information please contact Andy Fox.

Cross Country Presentation – Friday 22 March 2019

A reminder that the presentation evening for the Law Trust sponsored Isle of Man Cross Country League and Championships will take place at the Claremont Hotel on Loch Promenade in Douglas on Friday 22 March. The trophies and finishers awards for the league, and the medals for the Championships, will be presented.

As in previous years, the presentation will be in two parts. From 7pm (doors will open a few minutes before) we will make the presentations to the under-nine, u11 and u13 age groups. Then after a short interval to allow the youngsters and their parents to leave and the older competitors to arrive, the presentations for all age groups from u15 upwards will begin at 8.30pm.

A light buffet will be provided and the bar will be open – please come along and enjoy the evening! Competitor numbers taking part in cross country have been excellent this season, and no fewer than 205 individuals have won at least one prize! These include team medals for the Championships which were held at Crossags in January.

Here is the final league table

The following have won at least one prize (listed in alphabetical order):

Henry Allen

Charlie Arculus

Aalin Atherton

Paul Atherton

Emma Bareham

Jessica Bareham

Deena Barker

Liam Barker

Lottie Barron

Lola Bass

Jamie Beaman

Dave Bignall

Deaglan Blake

Liam Blake

Elijah Bradley

Thomas Bradley

Carol Brogan

Corrie Brogan

Neil Brogan

Holly Burgess

Mark Burman

David Cain

Ian Callister

Matt Callister

Scarlett Callister

Abigail Campbell

Gemma Campbell

John Campbell

Noah Campbell

Nathan Cannell

Paul Cannell

Lucy Cartwright

Harrison Chambers

Aimee Christian

Matthew Christian

Amy Clague

Abi Clayton

Lee Clayton

Kathryn Clough

Phoebe Coates

Ed Coole

Lois Coppell

Ben Corkill

Darren Corkill

Samuel Corkill

Alan Corlett

Emma Corlett

Thomas Corlett

Kayleigh-Dee Corrin

Mark Corrin

Regan Corrin

Ryan Corrin

Tonya Corrin

Leon Cowie

Adam Cowin

Carly Craig

Summer Craig

Jacob Craine

Paul Craine

Poppy Craine

Charlotte Crook

Evie Crook

Michael Crook

Ella Crowe

Freddie Crowe

Luke Crowe

Emily Curphey

Libby Curphey

Anwyn Davies

Gwyn Davies

Luca Defort

Belinda Dennett

Laura Dickinson

Ollie Dickinson

Sean Dowling

Ava Duncan

Dominic Dunwell

Mia Dunwell

Andrea Ecolango

Martyn Edwards

Gianni Epifani

Andrew Falconer

Jayne Farquhar

William Forgie

Andy Fox

Rachael Franklin

Samantha Franklin

Karen Gadsby

Lexi Gates

Fletcher Gell

Poppy Gerrard

Niamh Goddard

Florence Griffin

Freddie Griffin

Gail Griffiths

Jack Grimley

Hayden Hardie

Mikhaella Harris

Mairi Harrison

Jamie Hayes

Grenya Head

Theo Head

Caleb Hewgill

Macy Hillier

Molly Hinds

Sara Hinds

Louise Hollings

Matthew Hooper

May Hooper

Cameron Hounsell

Cian Howard

Katy Hussey

Harry Jones

Patrick Jones

Elif Karagoz

Emilie Katkjaer

Carly Kearsley

Rowan Keating

Issy Kennaugh

Jane Kennaugh

Leigh Kennaugh

Ollie Kennaugh

Ella Kennet

Alison King

Evelyn King

Kristian King

Juan Kinley

Ashleigh Lachenicht

Kathy Lane

Jo Lannon

Jack Leece

Corrin Leeming

Hope Lewis

Jan Lewis

Ollie Lockley

Dave Looker

Abraham Maddocks

Grace Maddocks

Julie Maddocks

Nigel Maddocks

Phoebe Margrave

Caroline Mayers

Fraser McKenna

Madison McMullen

Daniel Minay

Finn Murphy

Aoibh Nash

Sarah Nash

Tufty Nash

John Norrey

Lucy Ormsby

Liam Orr

Lucy O’Toole

Gethin Owen

Ieuan Owen

Catherine Perry

Samuel Perry

Timothy Perry

Luke Phair

TJ Phair

Jonathan Piggin

Louis Piggin

Margzhela Pitao-Cubbon

Daniel Pownall

Janelle Quayle

Theo Quayle

M’Kyla Quinn

Ella Quirk

Nicola Raven

Elliot Reynolds

Ruby Reynolds

Mario Ricciardi

Jake Richmond

Grace Robinson

Paul Rodgers

Holly Salter

Charlie Scarffe

Derek Scarffe

Chloe Schofield

Paul Sheard

Abi Sinclair

Alec Sorby

Ivan Sorby

Harry Stennett

Lottie Stennett

Lucas Stennett

Phil Swales

Paul Sykes

Mary Tait

Michael Tait

Helen Taylor

Charlie Teare

Ryan Teare

Brent Thomas

Henry Thomas

Tegan Thompson

Jodie Vaughan

Jock Waddington

Penny Webster

Carrie Wernham

Zac Woodward

Celize Worster

Ben Wright

James Wright

Joey Wright

 

English National Cross Country Championships 2019

17 athletes from the Isle of Man, one of the biggest ever local representations, competed at last Saturday’s English National Cross Country Championships held for the first time at Harewood House. The thousands of competitors who assembled at the picturesque country estate north of Leeds basked in gloriously warm and sunny weather more akin to early summer than February. The extraordinarily dry winter had ensured that the ground was firm everywhere, in keeping with this highly untypical cross country season. These conditions suited some more than others.

There were several terrific performances, making it difficult to pick one out as the best of the day by the Manx contingent. Perhaps that honour narrowly went to David Mullarkey, now Leeds-based so competing in what was a local event for him. His 14th place finish in the 10-kilometre Junior Men’s race was impressive indeed and one of his best-ever performances. He was part of the leading pack in the early stages, settling into a good rhythm once the leading runners had broken away and keeping calm and composed. A strong finish saw him cross the line in 14th place in a strong field of extremely good athletes.

For the first time in four years Manx Harriers were able to field a team in the Senior Men’s race, with the best six results to count for the team score. In a field of over two thousand runners, Alan Corlett produced yet another confident and assured run to finish in 62nd place, his best result to date at this event. Birmingham-based Stephen Garrett was 167th with a strong and committed run, and Jamie Beaman improved on last year’s position with 510th place.

Next came Ollie Dickinson in 709th, also his best result to date, followed by Andy Watson in 862nd and Andrew Falconer in 974th, the latter being delighted to break into the top half of the field. These six brought the team home in 46th place out of the 144 clubs that completed teams, a very creditable effort. Club stalwart Andy Fox completed the team in 1,168th place.

Ahead of the Manx Harriers contingent was Ollie Lockley who finished 42nd running for the very strong Leeds City team who won the gold medal in the team event. Ollie frustratingly just missed out, being the team’s seventh scorer. Southampton AC’s Max Costley finished in a very good 117th place.

Rachael Franklin produced another wonderful performance in the 8-kilometre Senior Women’s race, finishing in 24th place in a field of well over a thousand athletes. Working hard throughout but looking well in control, she held a position of around 30th halfway round the second of two laps before unleashing her usual surge at the end which gained several places. Manx Harriers teammate Elissa Morris, sporting a splendid pair of sunglasses, finished in a very respectable 105th place to improve on last year’s result by three places.

Sarah Astin, representing City of Norwich AC, was competing for the first time over the country this winter after injury, and finished in a solid 41st place. She was part of the bronze medal-winning team in the race, and aims to be fully race fit for the summer season.

Four female athletes competed in the younger age group races and all achieved positions well inside the top hundred. Laura Dickinson of Manx Harriers, in her eighth consecutive National, gave her all as always to complete the Junior Women’s race in 94th place.

Northern AC duo Lorna Spiers and Ella Crowe finished in 72nd and 87th places in the U17 Women’s and U15 Girls’ races respectively. Ella has had a fine season and ran as strongly as ever, and Lorna should be pleased with this result in a season during which she has not raced as much as usual.

The youngest of the locals in action was Macy Hillier who finished 81st in a field of over 400 in the U13 Girls’ race. She was representing WESPA (World Elite Sports Performance Academy).

Several Isle of Man athletes will be representing Lancashire at the Inter-Counties Championships in Loughborough a week on Saturday.

David Griffiths
26 February 2019

 

Isle of Man Cross Country League 2018/19 – Round 4 – Isle of Man Championships – Results & Report

Ollie Lockley wrote his name into local athletics history at Crossags in Ramsey last Sunday by joining the illustrious list of athletes to have won the senior men’s Isle of Man Cross Country Championship. 38 years ago Ollie’s father Dave Lockley achieved the same feat when winning the 1981 championship at Port-e-Chee in Douglas, and this is the first instance of a father and son both winning this title.

Rachael Franklin won the senior women’s championship for the sixth time in seven years, having missed the 2016 event through injury. She is now just one short of the record seven titles won by Christine Prescott (nee Kissack) between 1977 and 1989. The 2019 senior cross country champions are also the reigning Easter Festival champions.

The event also formed the fourth and final round of the Law Trust sponsored league, with final positions to be confirmed. Just as at the other three rounds, the weather was fine and the course dry – it must be unprecedented to go through a cross country season with virtually no mud or rain! There was an extra hazard for competitors to negotiate this year however, with a fallen tree in the uphill wooded section of the course needing careful negotiation, but this didn’t cause any undue problems.

Alan Corlett had won the previous four men’s titles, beating Lockley last year in a mudbath at the Nunnery. The reigning champion had been suffering a chest infection during the week but with typical determination he lined up to have a go at winning a record fifth successive title. It was not to be however, as after matching strides with his friend and rival during the first of four laps of the testing and hilly terrain he was forced to pull up.

This left the way clear for Lockley to dominate the race, which he did in superb style to become a worthy champion. He resisted the temptation to ease off and continued to push himself hard throughout to take victory by almost three minutes.

Ben Corkill produced a fine run to take second place as he did in 2015, while Matthew Christian completed a most impressive first season of cross country racing to finish in the bronze medal position. Paul Sykes, Jamie Beaman and Gianni Epifani completed the top six, and first junior was Luke Phair in seventh overall.

Rachael Franklin was as dominant as ever in the three-lap women’s race, winning by more than two and a half minutes. She ran in close company with fourth-place finisher in the men’s race Paul Sykes for much of her race and looked in great form ahead of a series of championship races in the UK.

Gail Griffiths produced a typically determined run to finish runner-up for the sixth time, proving she is still a force to be reckoned with. Carly Craig ran a strong last lap to pull clear of the challenge of Caroline Mayers to take third spot. Helen Taylor and first junior Laura Dickinson rounded out the top six.

Racing had begun with the usual frenetic action on the bottom field in the under-nine and u11 age groups, and there were some exciting finishes. Liam Blake took the u9 boys title by a two-second margin from Harry Stennett who in turn was just a couple of strides ahead of Zac Woodward. Abi Sinclair was the u9 girls champion by a 13-second margin from Scarlett Callister, who finished just one second clear of Emilie Katkjaer.

There were tight finishes to both the u11 races, with Samuel Corkill winning the boys’ race by one second from Charlie Arculus with Alec Sorby in third. Only four seconds separated the three medallists in the girls’ race, Lucy Ormsby taking victory by two seconds from Penny Webster who had the same advantage over Abi Clayton.

The u13 competitors competed over one small lap and one full lap of the course, and were the first to test the fallen tree obstacle on the climb through the woods. Cian Howard was an impressive winner of the boys’ race after a good battle with Sam Perry, stretching his advantage to 11 seconds. Ivan Sorby was 10 seconds further back in third. Macy Hiller showed excellent form in the girls’ race, matching strides with some of the leading boys as she took victory by a convincing margin from Madison McMullen who has run well this season. Lola Bass took third spot.

Competitors in the u15 and u17 categories started alongside the senior athletes although running fewer laps. Jake Richmond is another who has progressed well this winter and he took a fine win 36 seconds clear of Ryan Corrin with TJ Phair in third place. The usual names were to the fore in the girls’ race with Ella Crowe once more looking classy and assured to take the win ahead of Catherine Perry and Mia Dunwell who both showed good strength over a testing course.

The u17 men ran the same distance as the senior women, and the first two finishers Corrin Leeming and Ieuan Owen finished either side of Rachael Franklin. Leeming is a multi-talented sportsman and added another title to his collection with a fine run. Middle distance specialist Phoebe Coates ran strongly to take victory in the u17 women’s category from Holly Burgess.

The short course races were not part of the championship but counted towards the league as usual, and the winners were David Cain and Ashleigh Lachenicht – the latter completing a clean sweep for the season.

Here are the full results.

Many thanks go to Northern AC, all the officials and the landowner at Crossags for a splendid afternoon of cross country action to complete the domestic season.

The prize presentation for both the championships and the league will take place at the Claremont Hotel in Douglas on Friday 22 March – more details to follow.

David Griffiths
22 January 2019

Isle of Man Cross Country League 2018/19 – Round 4 – Isle of Man Championships

The local cross country season reaches its climax on Sunday 20th January with the fourth and final round of the Law Trust sponsored Isle of Man Cross Country League. The event also doubles as the 2019 Isle of Man Cross Country Championships, with the winners adding their names to the list of many of the greats of Manx athletics over the years.

This year’s event is hosted by Northern AC and will be held at their traditional venue of Crossags Farm in Ramsey. There is no parking at the venue itself – competitors and spectators are asked to park at Ramsey Grammar School (East or West) and walk up the lane across the golf course.

The timetable is as follows:

12.45pm to 2pm Registration
2.00pm U9 boys & girls – 2 small laps – 860 metres
2.10pm U11 boys & girls – 3 small laps – 1290 metres
2.25pm U13 boys & girls & short course – 1 small lap, 1 large lap – 2600 metres
2.35pm

U15 boys & girls, U17 women – 2 large laps – 4660 metres

U17 men, U20, senior, veteran women – 3 large laps – 6990 metres

U20, senior, veteran men – 4 large laps – 9320 metres

The short course race is not part of the Championships but is a round of the league as usual.

Here is a map of the course.

Please note that there is a fallen tree in the uphill wooded section of the course, which will require care to negotiate. You are advised to arrive early to allow time to check out the course before the races.

If you have already 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. If you have lost your number and need a replacement there will be a separate desk at registration.

Alan Corlett and Rachael Franklin have dominated the senior races at the championships in recent years, and have won all three rounds of this season’s league. Corlett, champion for the past four years, may have Ollie Lockley for competition as he did at last year’s event, and if both men line up it should be a cracking contest. The women’s race looks a little more clear-cut with Rachael Franklin hot favourite to take her sixth victory in seven years – she missed the other through injury.

The Presentation evening has been confirmed for Friday 22nd March at the Claremont Hotel in Douglas. Medals for the championships, and trophies and finishers awards for the league will be presented that evening. Save the date now!

David Griffiths