Here are the results of the Isle of Man Track & Field Championships 2020 sponsored by SPAR held at the NSC on 12-13 September.
Thank you to the organising team, officials, sponsors and all who took part.
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.
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.
Here are the results of the Isle of Man Athletics Track & Field League 2020 week 1 sponsored by Newfield.
Thursday 16th July saw the 5km race around the NSC and the weekend following saw a number of athletes complete their final time trial as part of the Foxy 5km initiative. The schedules have lasted for 10 weeks and over that time 150 runners have taken part either in following the schedules, recording a time trial and sharing it or taking part in the race around the NSC last week.
|No.||Name||Age Grp.||Age Grade||Time||PB||Race/TT|
|Totals||F 21||36 PBs||Race 37|
|Totals||M31||4 Recs||TT 15|
Approximately 110 runners have followed the schedules, even if all have not completed the time trials, and have challenged themselves with hill sessions, fartleks and repetition runs. In the schedules 16 sessions were attempted, 3 time trials and over 20 steady runs of differing lengths. This is in addition to other training activities the runners would have completed. This has all resulted in some fantastic running and 140 recorded performances in the two 5km challenges and one 3 km challenge attempted. Of these 57 PBs were recorded as far as we aware. The figure will actually be higher as not all PBs were recorded in the first 2 challenges. In addition 4 Manx Records were recorded, 2 by runners following Foxy Schedules. This is even more impressive when one considers the first 5km and 3km time trials were run over rather blustery weekends of poor weather.
Some excellent improvement has been seen throughout for all runners. However, in the time trials this is clearly evident with many runners taking a minute or more off their original performance. However, pride of place has to go to Sammy Leahy who took 6 minutes of her first 5km time compared to her final time of 21 mins 46 seconds with an age grading of 72.84%. Every improvement is to be applauded as is every attempt to challenge and move forward.
The results this time around are listed in age grading order. A guide as to how this works is as follows – we had an 8 year old female and 74 year old male take part in the recent time trials and races. It is difficult to gain an understanding of how runners performed and compare results with such an age range hence the age grading % gives an interesting way of doing this rather than relying purely on time. This gives the runners time as a percentage of the fastest time in the world recorded for anyone of their age. A rule of thumb used with age grading suggests 90%+ is world standard, 80%+ is national standard, 70%+ is regional standard, 60%+ is island standard and 40%+ is local standard.
Most performances this time round took place on the Isle of Man, however, Ed Gumbley continued his great work running his individual time trial in Hong Kong with over 30 degree heat and amazing humidity even very early in the morning!!!
It is hoped that all runners have found the experience fun, rewarding and also encouraging. The aim was to support runners with their activity over lockdown and beyond. Hopefully we will see many of the Foxy 5km guys training and maybe racing over many years to come.
To this end we have two initiatives under way to keep things going if you wish to. Firstly there is a new Facebook group called Foxy’s Flyers! Now you may well say you are not a flyer, but I believe you all are in comparison with those who have not got off the couch yet and of course many of you have improved over the 10 weeks so you perhaps are flying compared to where you started so do not hide your light under a bushel as the old saying goes!!! The idea we can share tips, training sessions, pics, maybe races coming up that are not too serious and a good place to try out competition if you would like to (although no pressure to do so) and just chat about training and racing and be a support group for each other.
If you would like to join I think there are two ways to do it – you could send me an email and I add you to the group or search for the group on Facebook and request entry and then I let you in that way. At the minute I am the one and only member of the group so feeling a little exposed and lonely so I am hoping many of you will join up!!!
Do not forget that there is now a Social Running Group meeting on Mondays at 6.30pm and heading out from Manx Harriers Clubhouse for a run and a cuppa and a chat afterwards. Anyone of any ability can go along – you do not need to be in a club and hopefully this initiative will help get you started or keep you going with your running.
Finally, I have enjoyed setting the plans and also working on the performances and age grading etc. I hope you have enjoyed taking part and challenging yourselves. Hopefully, over time I can meet you all in person and we can chat about this very unusual time and how we came through it.
All the best,