All "reporting" by Murray
Lambden unless otherwise stated.
Anyone who fancies a run out over the fells in preparation for
the Greeba Fell Race on 31st January is welcome to join a group 'reccie' this
Sunday starting at 8.15am from below Cronk Breck. To get there follow the A23
from the Strang Roundabout for about a mile and a half heading west as far
as the Crosby junction (on your left). Turn up the track opposite on your right
(with the 'unsuitable for motors' sign) for about a mile until you meet the
Millennium Way where there is a triangular car parking area marked on the OS map
as Cronk ny Moghlane.
The run will be a nice steady 2 hours with plenty of time
afterwards to get showered and shaved etc and up to Ramsey in time for the Cross
Country in the afternoon!. More details from Paul on 611179 or 487873
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR HILL RUNNERS (05-12-03)
Everyone who is having a run in Saturdays hill race
should ignore the route given in the Indi and the Courier, writes Richie Stevenson . Unfortunately the
wrong route has been published. The race goes out the Glen Rushen road and then
into Arrassey not up the hill by the Post Office. Start and finish is outside
the Village Hall which is next to the Post Office
MANN & PARTNERS MILLENNIUM WAY RELAY UPDATE
by Paul Jackson
The deadline for entries for the Millennium Way Relay is less
than 2 weeks away, and organisation of the event is now well under way. As usual
for pre-entry events we expect most entries to be submitted nearer to
the deadline. Entries must arrive at 61 Brunswick Road by
12 noon on Thursday 18th December. The organising committee are
meeting later the same day to calculate the handicapping, so entries cannot be
accepted after this time.
We are still in desperate need of marshals for this event. It
is absolutely vital for the event to go ahead and for safety of competitors that
we get more volunteers to marshal along the route. If anyone is
able to offer any amount of time on Boxing Day especially at the following
points along the course please give Andy Fox a ring on 626415.
Silverdale entrance (Ballamodha)
Exit Rushen Abbey (road crossing)
Castletown Roundabout (Poulsom Park exit)
Castletown Harbour Bridge
Remember the further along the route the closer together
the competitors get, so less time marshaling required.
Any runners/cyclists who are interested in taking part but are
unable to get a full team together can contact me email@example.com (tel; 611179) and
I shall endeavour to match up individuals/incomplete teams.
Anyone who fancies a group 'reccie' over the the most part of
the first leg on Sunday morning (7th December) should meet at 8.30am on the
Tholt-y-Willl road where it meets the Millennium Way. We shall run backwards
over the 1st leg to the top of Skye Hill and then return. If there is enough
interest we can organise another run to include the tricky last section up to
Brandywell. Further information ring Paul 611179.
There is also a very strong rumour doing the rounds in the
Manx Athletics underworld that the post race Bus Trip/ Pub Crawl is back on
again this year. More news soon.
Further information about the Millennium Way Relay ring Andy
Fox on 626415. Download your entry form here.
RACE WALKING RECORD (05-12-03)
Race walking enthusiasts new and old will welcome
the revamp of Tim Watt's www.racewalkingrecord.com
Tim explained the changes to me this week; "As
you'll see I've added a weblog to make it more news
oriented - there are items like the latest
that are wasted in a once a month publication"
referring to the printed version of the Race Waking
Needless to say, as well as inviting you to visit
the site, Tim will welcome news from race walkers
on the Isle of Man or indeed anyone visiting this
site who use the link.
FLM - day 2 (05-12-03)
Bridget Kaneen emailed to say that
she has been accepted for the Flora London Marathon
next year although she has serious doubts as to
whether she will make it due to injury. After
all the work she puts into the sport it will be
nice if she can make it and allow others to do the
organising for a change!
Including Richard Radcliffe, who
told me last week he was doing it, that makes six
so far! Keep telling me about them and
I'll keep this file updated and build the
information over the months ahead.
FLORA LONDON MARATHON (04-12-03)
Entrants were advised yesterday whether or not
they had been accepted for the above and I'm sure
there will be some disappointments.
My training group had a 100% success rate however.
Mike Garrett had his entry accepted in the
ballot for the first time while Neville Jewell was
successful for the second year in a row. Paul
Curphey and myself were guaranteed entries via the
"good for age" system.
I'm going to start preparing the list of Manx
entries much earlier this year (well really its
next 18 April) so please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you or someone you know has been accepted (or
even if you weren't accepted it may be of interest
to some people).
There are normally 30-40 local residents
and Manx people living off the island.
MANX HARRIERS MEMBERSHIP FORMS (03-12-03)
Any member of Manx Harriers, or anyone wishing
to join the club, can download entry forms here.
Thanks to Amanda MacNair for
Similar information from other clubs
is welcome, preferably in electronic form although
I can scan if necessary.
MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNERS GET TOGETHER AGAIN
Chris Quine is the organiser and the reporter
The second meeting of the Island's
new Middle Distance Squad are meeting at the NSC
this Sunday. Those who did not attend the first
squad meeting should be there at 9.15 am to cover
the squad induction. For everyone else the start
time is 10 am. It is intended to include a cross
country training session on the playing fields at
Spring Valley and Liz Corran has kindly agreed to
run a session on Core Stability. This is a technique
which is being increasingly used by physios and
the like to help strengthen the lower back area
and thereby prevent injury.
Those who attended last time may
be glad to know that there will not be a fitnes
test this time. This will be repeated around February/March
thereby giving people the time to improve their
The belief is that these meetings
should combine good quality training with others
along with appropriate advise and support. This
will help our athletes to develop and improve over
the coming months.
The day is open to all in the under
15 age group upwards. Over 25 athletes and coaches
attended the first meeting last month.
MANX HARRIERS ANNUAL TRIP TO THE LANCASHIRE
CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
by Andy Fox
These take place at Blackburn
and Manx Harriers are taking a party to compete.
Forms and instructions have been issued to many
interested parties already but I obviously do not
know of everyone's intentions. If you would like
to compete please fill in the form and return to
Andy Fox at 61, Brunswick Rd, Douglas IM2 3NW by
Wednesday 3/12/03 early evening at the latest. If
a junior athlete I will need a cheque for £35 if
a senior £55. This covers the cost of return flights,
Bus in UK and entry fee. If you ring me I can give
you further details as required.
form in Word format
Joint Peel to Douglas walk statistician, Steve
Taylor, adds some facts
You made a comment about Peters times being close
together which gave me the excuse to look a little
closer at the results of the last three years.
The time of first woman has only varied by 51
seconds in those years. The 20th placed finisher
has varied by only 53 seconds in those years.
There is no doubt that we don't have the quality
in depth at the front of the field but the following
stats show that things are improving. Although the
winning time for both men and women has slowed in
each of the three years.
2001 2002 2003
10th 1.40.55 1.36.46 1.41.11
20th 1.51.05 1.50.29 1.51.22
30th 2.02.36 1.58.33 1.54.57
40th 2.15.31 2.08.39 2.06.36
As I pointed out in a letter to Race Walking
Record some years ago, its just as competitive at
60 minutes for 10km then it ever was at 45. I think
that anyone who decides to take up walking will
be able to slot in and have a race rather than just
GAS CROSS CHALLENGE
Round 4: Sunday
14th December 2003
Hosts: Western Athletic Club
Directions to Driney Farm, St Johns.
From - Douglas and the South at Ballacraine
Take Glen Helen road to Balligbridge, left
at Ballig on Poortown Road. Turn off Poortown Road on to Switch Back Road, Then
right on to Starvey Road. Course and Parking on the right. (Aprox ½ Mile)
From - Peel as above or take the Poortown
Road from Peel
From - Ramsey
and the North
At Kirk Michael take Coast Road
to Peel as far as far as Switch Back Road. (Knocksharry) Aprox 11/2
Mile along switchback turn left on to
Starvey Road. Course and Parking on the right. (Aprox ½ Mile)
PLEASE NOTE – NO
TOILETS OR CHANGING