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

 

New Isle of Man Athletics Track & Field League

Isle of Man Athletics is pleased to announce NEWFIELD as the lead sponsor for the new Isle of Man Athletics Track and Field League.

Newfield is a locally based company within the Island’s eGaming sector, with a focus on international sporting events. The company is committed to investing in and developing local talent on the Island and giving back to the community.

Previously athletes from each of the Island’s track & field clubs have competed separately in their club’s own track and field leagues.   This summer all athletes from age groups U13 upwards will compete against each other over six meetings at the NSC outdoor track culminating in the Isle of Man Track & Field Championships in August.

Mark Reynolds, Newfield’s Director & Chief Operating Officer stated, “We are very excited to be supporting the Isle of Man athletics clubs through its new development. We admire the passion and resilience Hannah and Isle of Man Athletics Committee have shown to bring this idea to fruition and we are delighted to be a part of the journey”.

Hannah Riley, Isle of Man Athletics Development Officer says, “The Isle of Man Track & Field League is a really exciting development for athletics on the Isle of Man and we are delighted that NEWFIELD are supporting it”.  She added “Newfield are a forward thinking, local firm, that support amazing initiatives including progressions in sport. I feel they are the perfect partner for this exciting development in Isle of Man Athletics”.

Signing on for the league will take place on:

Thursday 14th March at Manx Harriers Club House from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Thursday 20th March at Manx Harriers Club House from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Competition Dates:

3rd April
1st May
22nd May
12th June
26th June
24th July

For further Information contact:

Hannah Riley, Isle of Man Athletics Development Officer – hannah@iomaa.info

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