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manxathletics.com – semi retirement

After more than 14 years of publishing manxathletics.com I have repeatedly asked myself what I am trying to achieve. Pleasingly, so many of the roles I used to perform have been filled my others. The archives will survive as will the statistics, which I shall continue to update. Publishing photos and video (as well as sharing links and occasional news) from the Facebook page will be the site’s legacy but there will no longer be regular changes to the home page.

These are the reasons I think the site is redundant.

News

It’s hard to recall that the news page was a key feature before blogs let alone Facebook. I used to publish reports of off island trips for most of the clubs and report on individuals too but this news soon spreads around Facebook.

Club sites

I’ve tried to work alongside the clubs as their sites have progressed but they don’t need me anymore. In the early days I was publishing sub-sites for fell running and road running.

Fixtures

I always placed a strong emphasis on publishing local fixtures, and I shall continue to assist, but the iomaa.info site now has a tabulated fixture list and that is the best and most appropriate place.

Results

It’s a few years ago now but I used to produce the results for the Syd Quirk Half Marathon and the End to End Walk as well as leaving events with hand written lists which I would type on when I got home. The clubs generally have good results services and the volunteer officials put a lot of work into producing them for the websites and conventional media.

The forum

Facebook has replaced the purpose of the forum and it’s so much more interactive. My only regret is that that the sport is less centralised and to follow all the discussions you need to join half a dozen groups.

Photos

For several years most of the event photos were published here. If I didn’t take them myself then the likes of Stan Hall or Neil Wilson would deliver a CD for me to share. In the time I have been publishing the site I have taken more than 150,000 photos and, although this is a great resource for me to dip into, there are usually plenty of photographers, both amateur and professional and with better equipment than me.

Videos

I have published more than 500 videos on YouTube since 2007. In that year I had several of the most seen videos on the whole of YouTube under mountain biking, race walking and fell running. My videos are not watched as much as in the early days after the novelty wore off. So many other people take clips on their phones and David Griffiths is now producing his own videos (I used to publish them for him). Even if you are not on Facebook you will still be able to view the videos through the links that remain on the manxahtletics.com site.

Track & field

I used to take more photos at the track than anywhere but my family were more involved at the time. The child protection rules also imposed restrictions and gradually I stopped trying to cover the track, leaving it to the specialists.

Newspaper archives

I have completed the scanning of my archives going back more than 40 years as well as retaining other scanned documents. This is much easier to share on Facebook.

Conclusion

I remain a big website fan. Websites are so important as a source of fixtures, results, records and club information. They provide the structure that Facebook lacks. Do remember to send information to the website editors rather than blaming them for things that they don’t publish because they don’t receive them. I shall continue to publish parishwalk.com

Murray Lambden

19 January 2015

 

 

Microgaming Isle of Man Cross Country Championship information at IOMAA and Manx Harriers

Photos of the under 9 races here

Janelle's Sportypics (Facebook)

 

 

 

 

Manx Fell Running League (round 2) on Saturday

Hopefully the weather will be more inviting on Colden than last Saturday when Tom Williams took this photo

 

 

7 times Isle of Man Cross Country Champion - Dave Newton

For the past 8 years David Griffiths has been compiling a list of all medal winners at the Isle of Man Cross Country.

See the full lists of winners at the IOMAA Facebook page (closed group)

  Winner Course

1963

Henry Harvey 

1964

Henry Harvey 

1965

W D Christian

1966

? ? 

1967

? ? 

1968

Peter Harraghy 

1969

Eddie Harvey 

1970

Eddie Harvey & Henry Harvey

1971

Eddie Harvey 

1972

Dave Newton Noble's Park, Douglas

1973

Bob Cowley Noble's Park, Douglas

1974

Dave Newton Noble's Park, Douglas

1975

Steve Kelly Noble's Park, Douglas

1976

Steve Kelly Port-e-Chee, Douglas 

1977

Dave Newton Port-e-Chee, Douglas 

1978

Steve Kelly Cronkbourne, Tromode 

1979

Dave Newton Cronkbourne, Tromode 

1980

Dave Newton Port-e-Chee, Douglas 

1981

Dave Lockley Port-e-Chee, Douglas 

1982

Dave Newton Silverdale, Malew 

1983

Dave Newton QE2 School, Peel

1984

Steve Kelly Mooragh Park, Ramsey

1985

Keith Callister Knock Froy, Santon

1986

Graham Clarke Port St Mary Golf Course

1987

Graham Clarke Silverdale, Malew 

1988

Graham Clarke Middle Farm, Kewaigue

1989

Andy Fox Middle Farm, Kewaigue

1990

Simon Patton Mooragh Park, Ramsey

1991

Allan Gage QE2 School, Peel

1992

Graham Clarke Knockaloe Farm, Patrick

1993

Gianni Epifani Silverdale, Malew 

1994

Chris Quine West Kimmeragh, Bride

1995

Andy Fox QE2 School, Peel

1996

Ray Cox Middle Farm, Kewaigue

1997

Andy Fox Middle Farm, Kewaigue

1998

Andy Fox Middle Farm, Kewaigue

1999

Andy Fox Crossags, Ramsey 

2000

Keith Callister Crossags, Ramsey 

2001

Tony Okell Noble's Park, Douglas

2002

Tony Okell Crossags, Ramsey 

2003

Paul Clarke Crossags, Ramsey 

2004

Andy Cannell Abbeylands, Braddan 

2005

Andy Cannell Crossags, Ramsey 

2006

John Halligan Pulrose Golf Course

2007

John Halligan Glen Lough Farm

2008

John Halligan Crossags, Ramsey 

2009

Kevin Loundes Pulrose Golf Course

2010

Lloyd Taggart Glen Lough Farm

2011

Kevin Loundes Crossags, Ramsey 

2012

Kevin Loundes Ballannette, Lonan 

2013

Kevin Loundes Glen Lough Farm

2014

Kevin Loundes Crossags, Ramsey 

Manx champions - source David Griffiths

 

 

St Johns Fell Race at Manx Fell Runners

Main video

A light hearted video above

Murray's photos here

Dave Kneen's photos here

Photos by Steve Partington and Phil Crowe on Manx Fell Runners Facebook

 

 

The TT Course Walk

In common with other events for which I retained records, I have scanned all documents relating to the discontinued TT course walking race and offered them to the Manx Museum. In time I would like to add to the online archive but for now the focus is on clearing out and sharing.

Murray Lambden 3 January 2015

 

Programme

Results

Press

1962

Yes

 

 

1971

 

 

Yes

1975

Yes

Yes

Yes

1976

Yes

Yes

Yes

1977

Yes

Yes

 

1978

Yes

Yes

 

1979

Yes

 

 

1980

Yes

Yes

 

1981

 

 

Yes

1982

Yes

Yes

 

1983

Yes

Yes

Yes

1984

Yes

Yes

 

1985

Yes

Yes

 

1986

Yes

 

 

1989

Yes

 

 

1990

 

Yes

 

1991

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Other miscellaneous documents; List of winners (to 1991); minutes of meetings in 1983 and 1984; history (written in 1982); travel plans for 1984; feeding station arrangements in 1984

 

SCS Relay feature

 

Colin Bowen passed away on 23 December.

Colin, a former Commonwealth Games cyclist, had been a runner for more two decades and for many years used to join people like Irene Corlett, Mitch Joughin, Ian Turnbull and  Brian Goldsmith for the "Glen Vine Club" Sunday morning runs.

Colin was deputy chairman and a founding shareholder in 1979 of the IOMA Group  He wrote numerous articles on insurance and financial planning and is a popular speaker at international conferences. He was a Member of the Institute of Risk Managers, Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and also a Fellow of the Offshore Institute.

Kate Burge video and photos

Much of the recent content has moved to the archives page and the statistics page

 

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