Law Trust Cross Country League – Round 2 – Results & Report

Leaden skies and strong winds greeted competitors and officials for the second round of the Law Trust Cross-Country League held at QE2 School in Peel on the afternoon of Sunday 1 November 2020. Such is the current enthusiasm for running events of all types, however, that no fewer than 288 competitors toed the start line for the Western AC organised event – with the threatened rain arriving halfway through proceedings giving the runners and on-course officials a soaking.

The meeting opened with the under-nine competitors racing one lap of the school field, and Seamus Hall impressed again with a fine win in the boys’ race ahead of Taylor Kneen and Gabriel Campbell. In the girls’ race it was ‘as you were’ from the first round, the first five finishing in the same places. Eve Martin was the winner from Poppy Clayton and Tara Nelson.

The U11s completed two laps of the school field, and Harry Stennett reversed the result from Port-e-Chee by getting the better of Liam Blake this time. This is set to be a battle royal all season between two excellent young athletes. Timothy Perry was again third. Abi Sinclair was clear in the girls’ race to take her second win, with Ella Quirk and Hope Lewis finishing second and third.

There were several big improvers among the young athletes. Among them, Maisie Lunt was up from 27th to 17th in the U9 girls’ race, and Faith Teare improved from 13th to fourth in the U11 girls.

The U13 girls and boys, along with the Short Course competitors, were the first to venture onto the full lap with its undulating agricultural fields. Charlie Arculus made it two wins in a row in the boys’ race with a seven-second advantage over Oliver Condon. Two seconds back came Alec Sorby in third. The 20-strong field for this race was the largest for the U13 boys in the history of the event.

The girls’ race was the closest of the day, with Abi Clayton – in her first race of the season – taking the win by just one second from Holly Salter with Penny Webster in third.

The short course races were won by Geoff Rice and Dawn Atherton – the latter winning for the second time this season.

The squally rain swept in as the next race started, featuring the U20, senior and veteran women racing over four laps, and the U17 women and U15 boys and girls circulating three times.

The U15 races were of a high quality, Macy Hillier keeping pace with senior women’s winner Elissa Morris for a couple of laps on her way to victory. Madison McMullan is a very consistent competitor and took second place ahead of Lottie Stennett who also ran very well.

Northern AC dominated the boys’ race with the first six finishers. Samuel Perry worked hard to fend off a determined challenge from Lucas Stennett, with Cian Howard in third. There was drama in this race though, with Western AC’s Corbyn Schade well clear of the rest before misjudging the laps and coming in a lap early. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but he is a hard-working and rapidly improving athlete who will have plenty of good days ahead.

Mia Dunwell won the U17 women’s race by 49 seconds from Catherine Perry, both running strong and determined races.

The Women’s race was dominated by Island Games distance runner Elissa Morris. Initially running in company with U15 Macy Hillier, she stretched away to win by a minute and 14 seconds with a smooth run over a testing course, especially in such unpleasant conditions.

Ashleigh Lachenicht underlined that she is far from just a short-distance runner with an excellent second place, and Rachael Hamilton continued her fine recent comeback to competition with third ahead of the rapidly improving Becky Watterson. The ever-consistent Laura Dickinson was fifth.

There was a familiar look to the six-lap Men’s race which completed the action. Alan Corlett, U20 Ieuan Owen and Will Draper repeated their results from Port-e-Chee, and were even colour-coordinated – each wearing all-black kits! Corlett led all the way and the win was never in doubt, but Western AC youngster Owen kept him in sight all the way and finished only 27 seconds behind. Challenging strongly throughout, Draper finished a further seven seconds in arrears.

QE2 School student Corrin Leeming had a cracking run to finish fourth, and it was good to see two U20 athletes in the top four. Fifth was Orran Smith, whose powers of recovery continue to amaze just a week after breaking the long-standing record for the Bob Baxter Round. Mark Burman was sixth.

Here are the results.

  • Sincere thanks are extended to all the officials from both Western AC and IOM Athletics who braved unpleasant conditions to put on another superb event. Thanks also go to QE2 School and the landowner.
  • Round 3 takes place at Crossags Farm in Ramsey on Sunday 6 December with racing getting underway at 1pm.
  • Video footage of the action is on the manxathletics.com Facebook page.

David Griffiths
3 November 2020

Law Trust Cross Country League – Round 2 – Timetable and Courses

The second round of the Law Trust sponsored Isle of Man Cross Country League is hosted by Western AC and will be held at QE2 School in Peel on Sunday 1st November 2020.

The courses for all ages from U13 upwards take the runners onto the adjacent farmland. Strictly no dogs are allowed on any part of the course. Spectators are asked to keep the course clear during the races.

The timetable is as follows:

11.30pm to 1pm –           Registration in school building
1.00pm –                          U9 boys – 1 small lap – 850 metres
1.05pm –                          U9 girls – 1 small lap – 850 metres
1.10pm –                          U11 boys – 2 small laps – 1750 metres
1.20pm –                          U11 girls – 2 small laps – 1750 metres
1.30pm –                          U13 boys & girls & short course – 1 small lap, 1 large lap – 2800 metres
1.40pm –                          U15 boys & girls, U17 women – 3 large laps – 4580 metres
U20, senior, veteran women – 4 large laps – 5920 metres
1.55pm –                          U17 men – 5 large laps – 7260 metres
U20, senior, veteran men – 6 large laps – 8600 metres

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 wearing your race number. If you have lost your number and need a replacement these will be available at registration – there is a £2 charge for replacement numbers.

If you did not register prior to Round 1, you need to complete a registration form and pay at the desk on Sunday. Forms can be downloaded here and will also be available at registration.

Course Map

Timetable & Lap Information

 

 

 

Isle of Man Cross Country League 2019/20 – Round 4 – Isle of Man Championships

The local cross country season reaches its climax on the afternoon of Sunday 19th January with the fourth and final round of the Law Trust sponsored Cross Country League. The event also doubles as the Isle of Man Cross Country Championships for 2020, with the winners of each age group adding their names to the list of many of the greats of Manx athletics over the years.

This year’s event is hosted by Western AC and will be held at QE2 High School in Peel. The courses for all ages from U13 upwards take the runners onto the adjacent farmland. The timetable is as follows:

The timetable is as follows:

12.45pm to 2pm Registration
2.00pm U9 boys – 1 small red lap – 850 metres
2.05pm U9 girls – 1 small red lap – 850 metres
2.10pm U11 boys – 2 small red laps – 1750 metres
2.20pm U11 girls – 2 small red laps – 1750 metres
2.30pm

U13 boys & girls & short course – 1 and a half small red laps then 1 large yellow lap – 2800 metres

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

2.40pm

U15 boys & girls, U17 women – 3 yellow laps – 4580 metres

U20, senior, veteran women – 4 yellow laps – 5920 metres

2.55pm

U17 men – 5 yellow laps – 7260 metres

U20, senior, veteran men – 6 yellow laps – 8600 metres

Here is the Timetable.

Here is a map of the course.

Strictly no dogs are allowed on any part of the course. Spectators are asked to keep the course clear during 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. Otherwise payment should be made at the desk where entry forms will be available – forms can also be downloaded from the website linked below. If you have lost your number and need a replacement there will be a separate desk at registration.

Ollie Lockley and Rachael Franklin were the senior champions in 2019, and the latter will certainly be the favourite to add another women’s title to her collection. Ollie will not be competing on Sunday which will leave Alan Corlett as the most likely contender for the senior men’s title.

We hope to see as many of you as possible.

David Griffiths
13 January 2020

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

IOMAA Interclub & Open T&C meet – Match 3

The 3rd and final Isle of Man Athletics Track & Field Interclub and Open meet takes place on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at the NSC, hosted by Western AC.

Registration will take place at the NSC from 5.45pm for a 6.15pm start.  Cost will be £2 for the first event and £1 for each event thereafter (max 3 events plus 1 relay per competitor – all age groups).

Here is the entry form.

Here is the timetable for 18th July.