The site commenced late in 2000 and
the first major database, the Parish Walk records, was
published just a few hours before the year end.
The site was originally written using
NetObjects Fusion. I commenced a complete re-design
In November 2001 using, what I judged to be, a much better software application,
Namo WebEditor, although I still use a later version
of NetObjects for another site.
I started the first re-design, I publicly thanked the
significant contributors during the first year.
Bridget Kaneen, Steve Partington, Graham Davies, Stan
Hall, Peter Cooper, Chris Quine, Caroline Brand and Richie
Stevenson are all still prolific contributors but there
are so many others now that I cannot mention them all
on this page. So thanks to everyone and a special mention
to Steve Taylor who at one point was sending me several
emails a day.
number of regular visitors to the site has increased
dramatically and some people appear to check for updates
several times a day. People with specialist interests
log in from Britain, Ireland and around the world and
if you are reading this whilst visiting for the first
site is still largely compiled in Namo WebEditor but
I use Acrobat Pdf files significantly so you should
and ensure that you have the most up to date version
of Acrobat Reader (it's free).
domain name does the trick of finding the homepage,
the pages that are linked are stored
on a number of different computers around the world.
domain name pointed your browser to a sub domain of
another of my sites, www.murrayandmarie.com
and many more of the files were stored on www.geocities.com
but latterly I bought another package and lots of the
pages are stored under the domain name www.manxathletics.info
The dispersal of the files, although done on cost
grounds, makes it difficult to use a search engine within
the whole www.manxathletics.com
concept sometime so later this year I hope to move all
the pages back together again.
2001 I registered the www.parishwalk.com
domain name and created a separate website, although
it is closely linked to the main project.
few months later I registered the www.manxharriers.com
domain with the hope of training someone else to take
on the site on behalf of that club. I'm still hoping
that this will happen in 2003.
domain has been registered by me on behalf of the Isle
of Man Athletics Association again with the hope of
coaching someone to set up the site.
to say, when someone is as willing and enthusiastic
to run an independent website there is less pressure
on the clubs to do so. I've always said however that
I do not envisage spending as much time as I do now
in front of a computer screen for the rest of my life
and it is therefore important that others start to develop
their own sites in readiness for the day I stop.
useful development during 2003 has been the addition
of a picture
site by Anthony Brand
. As the number of digital cameras in use has increased
dramatically I hope that more people will consider their
own sites like this.
purchase of my own digital camera (a Hewlett Package
photosmart 715) in March 2002 was one of the major steps
forward for the site and the picture on this page taken
by my wife Marie tonight is number 7995 so that gives
you some idea of how well used it has been.
almost reached the point where a few athletes in the
Isle of Man will have there own websites and expect
Commonwealth Games High Jumper Martin Aram to be the
first to reach this height shortly.
tried not to duplicate the work of the club sites where
they exist and you will find a link to the Isle of Man
Veterans Athletic Club, the first Manx athletics website
to be built, on the vertical navigation bar on all of
the main pages.
Running has the most straightforward programme of events
and this enabled me to build a site within a site in
2002 with a page for each of their events. This has
remained popular judging by the number of hits and the
Manx Mountain Marathon Organisation now have their own
site at www.manxmountainmarathon.co.uk
to promote their prestigious event.
of the things I have taken great pride in during the
past 30 months or so has been to provide the results
and pictures extremely quickly, sometimes with most
of the coverage completed before the last person has
finished. It is still a little frustrating therefore
that some event promoters do not either send me the
results or provide a link to their own website.
suppose the other main disappointment is that although
everyone asked for a forum, it sometimes goes unused
for weeks on end and this feature may not be continued
for much longer.
to welcome contributions of all sorts. I make a judgement
as to whether to publish the contributions straightaway
or keep something up my sleeve for another day but I
publish 99% of what I receive with many thanks.
never enjoyed the sport as much overall, despite my athletic
performances declining, and the friendly atmosphere improves
all the time. If I have helped you through this
site gain as much enjoyment from the sport as I have
done, then my work will have been worthwhile.
ORGANISERS OF ALL ATHLETIC EVENTS
IN THE ISLE OF MAN
is intended to promote athletics
in the Isle of Man and therefore
is available free of charge
to all organising clubs.
To meet the
demand for results from the
Isle of Man, the United Kingdom
and the rest of the world, and
to promote Manx events to people
as widely dispersed, it is important
that you give thought to providing
me with information about your
event at a very early stage.
This should include the provision
of an entry form in an electronic
format as it is increasingly
the expectation that people
can download entry forms, or
indeed enter events on the Internet.
It is also
important that you update computer
systems to allow the provision
of results in an electronic
format (html,pdf etc) so that
they may be may available to
the waiting market quickly and
without the need to re-type
or search for hard copy.