Law Trust Cross Country League – Round 3 – Results & Report

The third round of the Law Trust Cross-Country league took place in ideal winter conditions at Crossags Farm on Sunday 6th December. The long-time home of Northern AC cross-country events on the fringes of Ramsey was blessed with fine though cold weather, and the course was rather less muddy than would normally be expected in December.

The Crossags course includes one of longest and toughest hills to be found on a cross-country course anywhere, and the stamina of all competitors from the under-13 age group upwards was tested to the maximum.

Ollie Lockley made his first cross-country appearance of the winter, and soon showed his ability to transfer his outstanding road form to the country. He initially ran in a leading pack of four in the men’s race which included the winner of the opening two rounds Alan Corlett, Will Draper and junior Ieuan Owen whose race was a lap shorter than the seniors.

By the top of the second brutal ascent through the wooded section, the new Isle of Man Marathon record holder had eased clear of his pursuers, and he continued to pull smoothly away. Looking in complete control of his race he stretched his lead to a comfortable 44 seconds at the completion of his four laps.

Alan Corlett, an acknowledged cross-country exponent, ran as well as ever to take second place, as did Will Draper who finished a further 55 seconds in arrears. A typically solid run from Orran Smith gave him fourth place ahead of another very consistent performer Mark Burman. Andy Nash narrowly held off a chasing pack to take sixth.

A late reduction of the junior men’s race from four laps to three caught out Corrin Leeming who ran four laps with only the leading three seniors in front him. He was not all that far behind race winner Ieuan Owen after the scheduled three laps.

The women’s field was somewhat depleted with the absence of several leading athletes, but that takes nothing away from race winner Ashleigh Lachenicht. A 400 and 800 metres specialist who also has a 12.3-second 100 metres time to her credit, she proved again what a remarkably versatile runner she is with a convincing victory over three tough laps.

Laura Dickinson goes well in any cross-country conditions and she was rewarded with an excellent second place. There was a great battle for third, Caroline Caren showing her fell-running strength on the hills to just edge out Lisa Dunwell. Carol Brogan and Niamh Goddard ran very well to complete the top six.

Race-walking stars Keira Heavey and Mia Dunwell were the winners of the junior and U17 women’s races, their general fitness helping them round the testing terrain.

There was a cracking contest between Ryan Corrin and Charlie Swales in the u17 men’s race, with the latter pushing Ryan hard all the way. A slight navigational error by Charlie lost him a few seconds near the end and Ryan’s final victory margin was 12 seconds. A great race.

Perhaps the race of the day was the u15 boys, with just four seconds between the first three who were all members of the host club. Lucas Stennett was the winner by one second from Sam Perry, and Charlie Teare was just three seconds back. Things were more comfortable for Macy Hillier in the girls’ race, and she looked in top form throughout as she won by almost two minutes.

Charlie Arculus is proving to be a very promising athlete and he completed a hat-trick of victories in the u13 age group. This was the youngest age group to negotiate the infamous hill. His margin over George Salter was 13 seconds, the latter having to work hard to hold off Freddie Griffin and Oliver Condon. The girls’ race was an exciting contest at the front all the way, and was won by Holly Salter from Abi Clayton in a reversal of their results from last time. The gap was just three seconds.

The short course races ran alongside the u13s, and these were won by Peter Bradley and Dawn Atherton.

Harry Stennett and Abi Sinclair continued their domination of the u11 age group this season, these races taking place over three laps of the bottom field. Harry’s margin was 12 seconds from Timothy Perry with Liam Blake third. Abi had to fight off a really determined challenge from Hope Lewis but regained her lead to win by four seconds with Ella Quirk third.

The under-nines had to contend with the Crossags pheasant during their races which did its best to get in their way. It couldn’t stop Seamus Hall and Eve Martin winning their races over two laps of the bottom field, each completing three wins out of three. In the boys’ race Corrie Brogan was third after finishing 17th and 14th in the first two rounds – a remarkable improvement.

  • Many thanks go to all the officials from both Northern AC and IOM Athletics who worked hard to ensure a successful meeting. Thanks also for the use of the facilities and land at Crossags.
  • Round 4 incorporates the IOM Championships and will be held at Port-e-Chee in Douglas on Sunday 17 January with racing getting underway at 1pm.
  • Video footage of the action is on the manxathletics.com Facebook page.

Full results here

David Griffiths
8 December 2020

Isle of Man Athletics Junior Pentathlon – Results

Here are the result of the Isle of Man Athletics Junior Pentathlon held on 22nd August 2020

A big thank you to Di and the team of officials that helped and gave up their time as without them these events wouldn’t be possible.

Also thanks to the NSC staff that were helping out, especially Toni who is just brilliant and nothing is ever too much trouble.

Isle of Man 10,000m Track Championships – Results

PB Cracking 10km Performances in Great Conditions.

The Isle of Man 10km Track Race Walk and Run Championships took place on Monday 24th August in fine calm weather at the NSC track. 24 athletes toed the line either in the longer Championship event or the open 5km that was also available in both disciplines. The results were 12 Personal Best performances and one age group Manx Record subject to ratification.

First off were the walkers with race favourites Tom Partington and Erika Kelly to the fore early on. However, both struggled on this day and pulled out before half way. Hannah Hunter walked a steady race become Manx Champion for 2020 finishing a clear 24 seconds ahead of Keira Heavey who walked very well to record a PB. Next to finish was Tony Edwards in 58.59.7 and so taking the men’s title. Jayne Farquhar secured the final ladies  podium place walking well with Nicola Raven finishing 4th lady on the evening. Louise Hollings covered just under 5km before pulling out and the unfortunate Sam Fletcher picked up a DQ with 2 laps to go in the 10km event. In the 5km open event Mia Dunwell again walked impressively to record a new track PB of 26 mins 09.7 seconds. Overall the race walks saw some excellent performances.

The run saw PBs from all athletes who completed the 10km or 5km bar two and one of those set an age group record. In the 10km Alan Corlett ran a front running race where he pushed himself hard. His winning time of 30 mins 44.6 seconds was a track PB and also 0.4 seconds inside his road best. This was a cracking solo performance from a hard working and talented runner. The other podium places were decided in a close tussle between new IOM Fell Runners members Christian Varley and Andy Nash. Andy was reeling Christian in on the final lap but the latter’s hard work up to that point saw him hold onto second place by 3.4 seconds. Both ran PBs in the process. Paul Sykes finished 4th in a fine run with 5th going to Dan Pownall both running quicker on the track than ever before. James Moffett ran on strongly to finish in 6th with Kevin Vondy running 41 mins 04.7 seconds in 7th and setting a New Manx over 60 track record subject to Ratification. Overall the 10km run saw some great performances and a great front running win for Corlett.

The open 5km run saw PBs from all competitors who completed the event. First to finish was Ieuan Owen who ran 15 mins 44 seconds to run quicker than on the road last month. He set off at a hard pace and was rewarded with a fine time. Second to complete the event was Rachael Franklin who recorded a track best and a time that is the quickest run by a female but ineligible for record purposes due to being achieved in a mixed gender race. Having said that it can only be a matter of time before she runs in the right race and smashes her present track best and maybe takes it below her road time of 15.42. George Dickinson fresh from self-isolation a week or so ago ran a track PB of 17 mins and 0.7 of a second. A fine run considering his lack of training. Jamie Hayes ran on well to record a 5km PB on any surface as did Laura Dickinson in 7th place. So ended a fine set of runs which all athletes can be proud of.

Thanks must be forwarded to the athletes and spectators who made this an event with a great atmosphere. Also to the officials who made the event possible at short notice. Lastly this event saw a myriad of PBs recorded last year and this year half of athletes did likewise. Hopefully in 2021 when the event returns to its late spring date we will see likewise and also it will be in an Island Games year as well just to add a little more spice to the occasion.

Isle of Man 10,000m Race Walking Champs.

Pos.  No.            Name                               Age Cat              Club                                  Time

1,      150           Hannah Hunter             V35W                 Manx Harriers               56.33.3
2,      153           Keira Heavey                  U20W                 Northern A.C.                56.57.3
3,      158           Tony Edwards                V55M                 Manx Harriers               58.59.7
4,      154           Jayne Farquhar             V50W                 Manx Harriers               61.47.1
5,      155           Nicola Raven                  V55W                 Manx Harriers               66.57.7

DQ    157  Sam Fletcher V40M  Manx Harriers
DNF  156  Tom Partington SM  Manx Harriers
DNF  152  Erika Kelly SW  Northern A.C.
DNF  151  Louise Hollings V40W Manx Harriers

Open 5,000m Race Walk.

1,     226            Mia Dunwell                  U17W                 Northern A.C.                26.09.7

Isle of Man 10,000m Run Champs.

1,     179             Alan Corlett                    SM                      Manx Harriers               30.44.6
2,     178             Christian Varley            V35M                 IOM Fell Runners              33.08.4
3,     180             Andy Nash                      SM                      IOM Fell Runners              33.11.8
4,     177             Paul Sykes                       V45M                 IOM Fell Runners              35.38.0
5,     181             Daniel Pownall              SM                      Manx Harriers               37.22.2
6,     176             James Moffett               V40M                 Manx Harriers               40.31.7
7,     175             Kevin Vonday                V60M                 Northern A.C.                41.04.1

Open 5,000m Run.

1,     258             Ieuan Owen                    U20M                 Western A.C.                 15.44.0
2,     259             Racheal Franklin           SW                      Ribble Valley H.              16.06.4
3,     261             George Dickinson         SM                      Manx Harriers               17.00.7
4,     257             Jamie Hayes                   V35M                 Manx Harriers               19.24.7
5,     260             Laura Dickinson            SW                      Manx Harriers               19.29.5

DNF  256  Caroline Mayers  V45W  Manx Harriers
DNF  262  John Dunwell  V50M  Northern A.C.