Martin's been back in Winter training (mainly weights, plyos, etc) for
about a month. He did three indoor comps which went OK. He was
thinking about doing the AAA's and maybe even another comp the weekend
after but decided it would be more beneficial for the (much more important)
outdoor season to have an extra two weeks to prepare for it.
HE ADMITS HE IS BIAS BUT I'M SURE WE ALL AGREE
Richie Stevenson comments
I know I am biased but I fail to see how any runner can look at the
fantastic scenery in which we run in and not fancy a go. And how refreshing
to see three good standard runners going at it hammer and nail at the front
with others including Partie not that far behind. It must, surely, ensure
our standards go up all the time.
I was talking to Graham Davies
at the NSC tonight and he tells me that version 3 of the 2003 fixture list
will be published in the very near future. He has also taken up the idea of
rolling the list a full 12 months up to 31 March 2004. Great news.
Quite a few changes to the 2003/2004 cross country are promised.
MORE FROM GRAHAM 31-03-03
Graham is thick skinned so I know he can take but I must take "the
Micky" out of one of his slips tonight. We were in agreement
that there are too many events but then he said "Why don't Manx
Harriers combine one of their runs with the Boundary Stroll?".
This actually happened in around 1988 - I remember it fairly well
(even if can't remember the date) as it happened during one of more earlier
rants on the same subject. Since then the Boundary 25km run has been
held on the same day as the Boundary Stroll.
MISSING WORDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE 31-03-03
During an earlier visit to the NSC tonight I did some training and was
chatting to Peter Kaneen afterwards. I told him I was reasonably pleased
with the progress I was making. He looked taken aback when I said I was up
to 20 miles already. He thought I meant per session. I actually meant the
number of miles I've run this year!
NO RUNNING FOR SHIRLEY FOR A WHILE 29-03-03
I met Shirley Moore downtown later this afternoon. Now I know why she
won't be running for a while. The wife of the sidelined Island Games Half
Marathon winner Colin, is not injured and not ill but has something else
that is preventing her from running for a while.
All will be revealed in due course.
MARGARET SUPPORTS PACE MAKERS 29-03-03
Margaret Lockley, who works for the London Marathon organisers for a
week each year, disagrees with my stated view that is wrong to allow male
pacemakers for Paula Radcliffe. She sees it as inevitable. What do you
TONY OKELL TO RUN HALF MARATHON29-03-03
There are just three days left t enter Manx Harriers Half Marathon. I'm
not sure if he has his entry in yet but Tony
Okell confirmed that he will be taking part, quite a
surprise given his all out concentration on the Manx Mountain Marathon.
STAN HALL'S VIEWPOINT 29-03-03
As you can see (from his pictures) I try to get to a few obscure places,
these photos were in the Snaefell mines at the second check point, Ian gale
was in the lead here from Tony with Richard third, it was very interesting
to see the different routes approaching the check (even if some people ran
past with no intention of stopping) and then the different routes out on
the long pull up to clagh ouyr.
NORTHERN 10 MILES ON 18 MAY 29-03-03
Apologies to everyone concerned. I couldn't see this on the fixture list
but Mike Garrett emailed me last
night and pointed out ot was listed on Sunday 18 May at 10.30.
The event is to be sponsored by Mann Link Travel. I shall do my best to
promote it now that my mistake has been pointed out but it would of course
be helpful if someone would assist. For example, does anyone have a course
map or a list of previous winners?
The event is promoted by Northern AC and I think it was first held in
MEN'S LEAGUE TIMETABLE IS A DODDLE SAYS PHIL RILEY 28-03-03
For once it wasn't raining in Liverpool
so i was expecting to compete well. My legs had other ideas though. Got off
to an ok start winning the Triple Jump with 12.64m. TJ is not normally the
first jump on though and i found long jumpin straight afterwards a
nightmare! Combined with the fact that i was throwing the discus at the
same time over the other side of the track, i only jumped 6.03m which was
appalling, came second.
Don't know where i finished in the discus but i threw 25m and really
enjoyed it! To wrap things up i did the high jump, and the events
beforehand had left my legs practically dead. It was pretty close between
us and Manchester
at the time though so the adrenaline got me through. I jumped really well
and had more spring than i have done for years, even with my legs being the
way they were. I jumped 1.75m but had two very close attempts at equalling
my PB at 1.80m, so things are looking good for the Northern
Can hardly walk today though, three jumping events in three hours is an
absolute nightmare i'm never moaning at the Northern
Mens timetable again!
I make no apology for targeting female runners to the above series,
formerly known as the Peel Commissioners races, on the front page tonight.
With 2,000 runners expected to take part in the Race for Life on 11 May,
just imagine if just 2% of them could be attracted to take part in other
events. A quick bit of maths will tell you that is an extra 40 runners,
quite a significant number on our scale of things.
And the Dave Phillips handicap series have got to be one of the most
suitable events for such runners to either have a practice run in or
progress to later in the year. Everyone stands an equal chance of winning,
the distances are not too harsh and the venue is pretty easy to get to.
Its up to each of us involved in the sport to let everyone know how much
we enjoy the sport and I think it is the people who are fairly new to it
themselves who can be our best ambassadors.
Sometimes we need to tell people what a good sport we have and not to
assume that everyone knows the rules, the venues, the dates and the joys of
running until you drop!
Going back to the Race for Life, surely members of the clubs will be
mixing with the runners afterwards and handing out leaflets about other
events and letting them know how welcome they will be.
NORTHERN 10 MILES 27-03-03
Talking again of publicity, I asked recently whether the Northern 10
Miles is to be held this year. I can't see it on the fixtures list but
perhaps I just can't read!
If it is not to be held then I would have expected a statement or if it
was missed off the list (or I didn't see it), I would have expected someone
to be jumping up and down until it was added back in.
Those of us who have been around a long time know that it is usually
held at the end of April of early May but if it is on then, that's only 8-9
I stopped to talk to a runner at the NSC last Saturday afternoon who I
had not seen before. She told me she was aiming to run in the Close Private
Bank Half Marathon organised by the Isle of Man Veterans AC in August.
That's great because it shows how well it is promoted that people know its
on and are planning it months ahead. My point is that too many other races
are only mentioned to the outside world the week before and then the
organisers complain of a poor turnout.
MANX HARRIER RAISED £12,000 FOR CHARITY 27-03-03
This is a story I cut out of the Manx Independent dated 7 March which
I've just found tonight under a pile of papers.
Kevin Wynne-Smyth raised £11,845 for the Marie
Curie Cancer Care Charity by racing a 96,000 tonne cruise ship!
The madcap challenge saw Kevin and his colleague Firouz Mal running and
clycing over 80 kilometres against P & O's flagship vessel Aurora through the Panama canal.
They beat it by over 50 minutes.
Kevin works as a second officer, electro-techincal, with the technical
department on board Aurora.
Kevin has represented the Isle of Man
in the Island Games in the 400 metres and the long jump.
HALF MARATHON STAR TURNED THERAPIST
Even further down the pile I found the article that many of you will
already seen in the January edition of Manx Tails about Paul Clarke, the
Island Cross Country champion who last week set the fastest half marathon
time of the year.
Paul, whilst still working as a postman, had just started a new business
venture with Paul Beckett, Irene Dean and Deborak Hutchinson known as
Number Thirty Four Therapy Collective. Offering a range of complementary
therapies from 34 Victoria
Street they claim that most of us don't look
after our bodies, and like a car, we need a service from time to time.
Although its a business venture they were reported to be in it only to
make a small profit.
"Its all about maintaining the cage of muscle you live in"
said Paul Beckett in the article.
Good luck folks but I'm afraid I'll try and stay away from the causes of
modern day stresses and get my relief from the website.
10,000 METRES IS A WALK NOT A RUN 27-03-03
I commented a week ago that I was surprised to see a 10,000 metres back
on the track for the first time since 1998.
I was surprised at two other things:
Firstly Steve Taylor emailed
to tell me that in fact it is not a run but a walk, although he suggested
that there was no reason why a run could not be organised at the same time.
Secondly that no one else seemed to be aware of my misinterpretation.
Perhaps this quashes my mistaken belief that there was a demand for a
10,000 metres run.
LOADS OF CONTRIBUTIONS FROM STEVE TAYLOR 27-03-03
As I checked my email a few minutes ago to double check what Steve Taylor had said about the track race, I
was amazed to see just how much unused material I have from Tigger. If you
thought he has a lot of comment and information on the website, think again
- there is loads more hidden away to release on a quiet day!
PACE MAKING SLAMMED 27-03-03
Whilst flicking through this week's edition of Athletics Weekly tonight
it was clear that I am not the only person to condemn the London Marathon
organisers for "selling out". They have always been so principled
in the past that a women's record had to be set running against women that
it is sad to see them changing their mind in an attempt to extract some
extra publicity by allowing male pace makers for Paula Radcliffe.
I don't agree with some of the other criticism laid against the door of
the London Marathon organisers but I am totally against this.
What do others think?
HALF MARATHON ENTRIES
Half marathon entries are arriving with Paul Jackson at the rate of 2 or
3 a day at the moment. Don't forget, if you want to take part, you must
enter by Tuesday.
I've hear quite a bit of speculation about female runners aiming for
Island Games selection times in this race. It should be very interesting.
KEIRON MURRAY OFF TO MANCHESTER26-03-03
I had a good chat with Keiron Murray at lunchtime today. He
is looking forward to racing in Manchester(see below) and will provide a report for the website
early next week.
MANX HARRIERS TEAM NOMINATED FOR PRIZE
ANDY FOX REPORTS 26-03-03
Manx Harriers mens A team have been nominated and now shortlisted for
the Manx Sports team of the year 2002 award. I do not know if we have much of
a chance of winning, I do have some mixed feelings about these awards
anyway. However, it will be an interesting do with Steve Cram speaking and
presenting the awards at the Hilton with a "Jazz Brunch" on
offer. This leads to two things we need to publicise :-
1. Any Harriers who want to go, can, but must let me know and pay £5 by
Thursday 27/3 - 9pm. at the latest. I have to get our request for tickets
to the orginisers early and will be posting cash and numbers on Thursday
2. They want any video footage of the A team in action or photos for use
on the night. I have chatted to them about this to point out what the
Indedepent may have, Island Games video
etc. If anyone has any photos or video we could use of A team in action in
track and field (I'm afraid Xcountry is no use here) please could they pass
it on to me By Thursday evening also. I have to get it to Duke Marketing on
SNAEFELL FELL RACE COVERAGE 26-03-03
I'm hoping to get "a sight on" the race on Saturday. I think
it will be te first race that I have taken pictures at for the second year
in a row as last year it was held at the end of April.
As always I will also welcome pictures from all the other photographers
- the more remote the better!
I'm expecting to publish the results late on Saturday afternoon.
DAVE PHILLIPS ROAD
The recently renamed (in memory of Western AC's long serving official)
will be previewed in full tomorrow. They series kicks off on Tuesday 8
JOAN POWELL MEMORIAL WALK 26-03-03
The life of another hard working official will be honoured next month
when on 13 April the walk in aid of Joan Powell will be held on the
afternoon of the Flora London Marathon.
Several people promised to let me have pictures of Joan last year but
unfortunately I still don't have any to publish. Anyone able to help?
EVEN BETTER NEWS OF STEVE CRAM 25-03-03
Recent I said how excited I was that Steve Cram was so visit the Isle of Man - one of the great athletes and
personalities. But I assumed he would be motivated by "a hefty
Well I have been corrected by Sports Council publicity officer, Steve
Partington. I'm pleased to say he is doing the trip for the cost of an
MANX HARRIERS HAVE A BUSY FEW WEEKS 25-03-03
reports Paul Jackson
A reminder to all runners that entries close one week today (Tuesday 1st April) for the Isle of Man Half Marathon Championships.
The event takes place on Sunday
6th April at the NSC perimeter road at 10.30am. I am
pleased to report that a number of entries have been received
from novices/newcomers attempting the distance for the
Please don't be put off by the IOM Championship status of
this event which is open to runners of all abilities. Get your entry
form by clickinghereor give me a call
Racewalkers don't forget the
IOM 10K Championships following the Half Marathon. Click here
for further details.
road run takes place on Sunday
11th May starting from the Town Hall in Peel and following
the A1 Peel-Douglas road to the Sea Terminal and finishing along
Douglas Promenade at the War Memorial. The scheduled start time is 10.30am,
although it is highly likely that this will be changed to an earlier time
in to minimise the risk to competitors due to traffic. Also the Race
for Life is in the afternoon of the same day, and an earlier finish
may assist those officiating,helping out or even competing in both
events. More news and publicity of this event after the Half
Signing on for the Manx Harriers Track and Field league is on April 9th at 6.30pm at the Manx Harriers
Clubhouse, and don't forget to support the Easter Athletics
Festival by clicking
further details and the entry forms.
BUSY DAY AHEAD FOR PHIL RILEY 25-03-03
The good news is that my physio has been performing miracles and I'm
nearing full fitness a lot sooner than expected. The bad news is though
that the Uni have discovered this!!! I'm competing in the Christie Cup
tomorrow at Wavertree (Leeds vs Liverpool vs Manchester), and coming
back from injury here is my easy schedule over a four hour period:
Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin (!), Discus (!), 4 x 100m.
I'd normally tell em where to shove it, but the Christie is a
competition ranging over all sports and we really need to win the comp
hence the reasons for doing so many. I'll let you know how i get on soon,
looking forward to the throws though (NOT!!!) Advice for any young
multi-eventer or former multi-eventer: NEVER tell a university athletics
club this fact!!!!!
END OF THE ROAD FOR ROAD RUNNING GRAND PRIX?
Although I've always found the whole concept of the road running grand
prix, certainly including a marathon, to be a crazy concept it does have a
pool of followers.
They think its sensible to run a marathon on the Sunday, the Peel Hill
Race on Monday, a 10 mile road race on Wednesday, an extremely tough 6
miles on Thursday and then a four miler to finish on Friday.
As nothing has been heard to the contrary, these people assumed that the
grand prix would be held as normal this year.
I understand however that it will not be held this year. I've rarely had
cause to criticise the IOMAA for their publicity in recent times but surely
a statement giving the reasons for the event's demise as soon as the
decision was made would have been order.
Despite it appearing on the official fixture list, my source also tells
me that there will me no Southern 10 miles this year as the IOMAA can't
issue a permit to itself. Is this true?
MORE PROBLEMS FOR WALKING? 25-03-03
Australian hero Jane Saville is most unhappy (forwarded by Steve
Surely a topic for the forum for
walking fans and those who think that the walking rules are pointless.
After witnessing the brutal judging of the Race walks at the NSW
Little Athletics Championships last weekend (one race had 27 warnings; only
16 athletes started!!!) I didn't think our sport could sink any lower.
But once again, unfortunately, the race walks I was extremely dismayed
at the direction our sport is heading.
There were only 4 women and 6 male starters in the Telstra A Series
in Sydney on Saturday. Of those all but 3 women and 2 men were DQed
and removed from the race. Of the "survivors" only two had
1 warning the rest were on 2. So basically, the results say that most of
the top walkers in Australia can't walk. I find that hard to believe.
If the judges are judging the athletes who is judging the judges?
I had one friend watching the race, attending only his second race walk.
His exact words to me after the race were: "I know you love your
sport, but that race today was an absolute joke" I hate hearing
our sport spoken about in that way but that's what outsiders saw on
One official was heard saying whilst laughing "if this keeps up we'll
get an early mark."
How can our sport survive in Australia and remain competitive on a global
scale with results and comments like those.
After speaking to athletes after the race all were competely
disillusioned with the direction of our sport. These are athletes who
work tirelessly to achieve their goals and for some of us our livelihood
depends on these results. I feel there is no incentives or encouragement to
keep and attract athletes to race walking.
I know many athletes are frightened to speak out because of possible
ramifications from officials. We need to band together and try and
change the direction of race walking otherwise there will be no-one
competing or worse, no sport to participate.
Please feel free to have your say, our sport is in DIRE need of change and
we need to get started NOW.
Fell runners training will be on the golf course at
Nobles Park tomorrow (TUESDAY). Meet at the main car park behind TT
PAUL CLARKE SATISFIED WITH HIS PERFORMANCE 24-03-03
"A satisfactory result" was how Paul described his second
fastest ever run of 70 minutes 35 seconds for 40th position in yesterday's
Wilmslow half marathon.
The conditions were good. It was a basically flat course with a
few rolling hills although the runners felt the warmth and the slight
Paul felt the first half was a touch too fast but he held it
together well enough considering he was unfamiliar with the course.
He was running within a team unit that packed well and finished 4th
Well done to Paul - I'll be surprised if he doesn't get added to the
Island Games team now.
You may remember that Paul just missed out in the half marathon
selection last time when the Isle of Man selected Colin Moore, Tony Okell and Chris
Thanks to Graham Davies who
found the result of the half marathon after I had gone to bed last night,
to Chris Quine who sent me an
email this morning and not least to Paul himself who delivered a result
sheet and his thoughts on the race with the mail today.
SOME SERIOUS THOUGHTS FROM STEVE TAYLOR 24-03-03
Chatting over the weekend at home it was said that war affects us all
either directly or indirectly. Then on going through emails today I see
this. I have a friend out in the middle east at the moment. He is only
23 and hails from Foxdale and I have known him for about 10 years now. I
met him thorugh his sister who I work with now and worked with previously
when at Eagle Star. Every day we talk about the war and I know that she
would be devastated should anything happen to her brother, they are very
close, and I know that I would feel for her and her family knowing them all
AND REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL (ALSO FROM STEVE TAYLOR 24-03-03
Nothing wrong with low mileage
Seeing that Colin Moore and you are on low mileage at the moment I
realise that I am in good company. Apart from pushing the baby in the pram,
which is hard work on its own, I haven't been for a run in quite a few
However after watching
the final winter league last Sunday I was so inspired by the performances
of my children, Callum and Kirsty (won the leagues and set pbs in the last
race) that I decided to go out for a run the same evening. I took myself
from home over to Summerland and back and I was so pleased with myself that
I celebrated with fish and chips washed down with six cans of lager.
WILMSLOW HALF MARATHON 23-03-03
I've been checking the website this afternoon awaiting the results to
see how Paul Clarke performed but to date (6.30 pm) they are not yet
I'm hoping to start compiling the list of Manx entrants this week
somewhat later than planned.
John Watterson has supplied the following for our joint project:
Sue Furner (previous best 4hrs 32mins)
Christina Skelly (women's football and golf) 1st attempt,
for Lysosomal Storage Disorders and the Manx Art Foundation
Lisa Herriott (Maurice's daughter) and sister Andrea Burns
Andrew and Sally-Anne Cubbon - Hoping to raise £1200
for St John Ambulance
Jeanette MacGregor, from Douglas, is running the Flora London
Marathon in aid of Children with Leukaemia.
Val Kneale, 56,
Please don't assume that I know everyone else - do send me an email as a
My rough rules for eligibility are either:
Currently live in
the Isle of Man
Educated in Isle
PERFECT WEATHER FOR MARATHONS 23-03-03
Hasn't the weather been brilliant during the past few days? In the
afternoon it might even be too hot for a marathon running but in the
morning it has been spot on.
My final instructions for the London arrived on Tuesday this week and I
threw them, unopened, into the corner of the room such is my frustration at
not being able to take part.
I finally opened them today for long enough to complete the withdrawal
section before throwing the magazine in the recycling bin. I wanted to
officially withdraw so that I would not be tempted to run when still
The big glossy magazine contains very little information (for me) of any
lasting value but I guess it is part of the commercial basis of the
marathon. I would really like a "useful" small programme that one
could put in your pocket when following around with just a list of start
times, records, elite runners etc.
I'm traveling down to London on 11 April with Paul
Curphey for the 9th year in a row (5 times running; 4
spectating) but it will be Paul';s 10th run in a row. I'm pleased to say
Paul completed his normal 15 mile time trial three weeks before the race
yesterday and although a good deal slower than his times in 95-97 it was
also well above his worst times so he is hoping to salvage a decent
2 WINS OUT OF 2 FOR TERRY BATES IN GUERNSEY 23-03-03
Rob Elliott reports
Sunday March 23rd
Sarnia Walking Club, Guernsey 7 miles Chilcott Cup -
Albecq to North Side
1 Terry Bates (M/50) 61.47
2 Rob Elliott (M/40) 62.59
3 Dave Dorey (M/55) 76.06
4 Stuart Le Noury (U/20) 76.13
5 Mick Le Sauvage (M/60) 76.18
6 Rose Drückes (W/55) 82.16
Rob Elliott retained the Chilcott Cup as first Guernseyman over the line
but had to settle for second best in the walk as Terry Bates pulled away in
the last two miles to take an easy win by just over a minute, after the
leading two had beeen locked together for the first 5 miles passed in just
over 44 minutes. A close finish for third place was won by Dave Dorey only
seconds ahead of junior Stuart Le Noury.
HALF MARATHON 23-03-03
Entries for the Manx Half Marathon Championships, which have been
heavily promoted on this site during the past couple of days thanks to Paul
Jackson, have been flooding in and have more than doubled in the past week.
Don't leave your entry too late and ensure that Paul has it by 1 April.
Aim for earlier than that just in case he is oversubscribed.
Don't let the championship status put you off, remember that the
Flora London Marathon also incorporates the British Championship. Runners
of all abilities are very welcome and if you don't believe it, speak to
organiser Paul Jackson on 611179.
STEVE TAYLOR ADDS HIS PRAISE TO LAST NIGHT'S BANDS 23-03-03
Like Murray I really
enjoyed Friday nights social. It is a shame that it wasn't better supported
and the £27 raised is scant reward for the effort that must have gone in to
organising the evening.
I love listening to live music, local bands deserve much more
supoprt than they get. Although I attended concerts at the Head it was
probably some years after Murray
and co. I remember more vividly weekend nights at the Cul de Sac,
which always received rave reviews from Joshua T. Whalebone. I know
that the proprietor Robin Watterson did all he could for local bands,
allowing them to proactice in his basement, providing gigs and even to the
extent of supplying the equipment. Fridays entertainment would have been
typical Cul de Sac bands are and whilst I was never going to mistake Darren
Gray for Tony Iomi, Backwaters lead singer Chris did have a look
of Ian Gillan about him.
Backwater are obviously heavily influence by Black Sabbath and I was
waiting for them to launch into a rendition of War Pigs which I think would
have been quite topical .
Twisted Angels on the other hand played more modern music opening with
Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne and really had the lads jumping with their
version of Alanis Morrisettes Ironic. I have no doubt that DJ Mike
Krupp could get them gigs every weekend if they wanted them.
The best of luck to both bands and like Murray
I would hope to see them again in the future. It wasn't everyones' cup of
tea. My daughter Kirsty whilst preferring the rock music the the concert
orchestra's that she has been dragged along too is much more
into Gareth Gates or Westlife.
WHILE I'VE BEEN MUCH MORE CONSERVATIVE 23-03-03
I went to support a coffee this morning in aid of the large bank loan
that the Cannan Court sheltered housing complex in Kirk Michael where my
Mother lives is burdened with. I had to pinch myself that I was
applauding the soloist performing what my parents would have described as
"proper singing" less than 12 hours after the same hands were
applauding Chris Davies' screaming Black Sabbath impersonations.
I've always supported progress and from a distance a few more
houses in Kirk Michael do not represent a problem. But to see so many faces
I remember from 30 years ago still in a small community make me realise
just how precious such a small community is. Its easy to forget the
traditional sense of pride such a community has for people who leave to
further their education and follow their progress throughout their lives.
I spent five years of my youth working on a milk round on Saturdays,
Sundays and school holidays in Kirk Michael rising at 5 o'clock to do so
(as well as manning the pumps at Michael Motors garage in the afternoons
for part of that time) and knew literally every person in that village at
MANX HARRIERS SOCIAL NIGHT FUN 22-03-03
Andy Fox's first attempt as a
music promoter was a success last night - to the tune of £27 towards Manx
Harriers travel fund!
I think most people who attended the Manx Harriers social at Douglas
Rugby Club enjoyed the performances of Twisted Angels and Backwater. It was
certainly very good of the two bands to play. I would assume, given the
tiny budget that Andy was working to, that they played for free.
Hopefully it will give both bands some further exposure.
Its many years since I watched live bands regularly so I am not very
well qualified to provide a critical review. But certainly I was very
impressed with the girls in Twisted Angels, with an age range of 14-16, to
have learnt the skills at such a young age to play live music. I certainly
enjoyed their performance and I wish them the best of luck and hope to see
them again in the future. If they make it big I'll be able to sell my
pictures to the papers in a few years time!
Backwater featured an all Manx Harriers line up, I was told. They were
certainly in their element with full crack heavy metal songs. I'm afraid
they didn't really do much for me when they slowed it down, perhaps Chris's
microphone was turned down expecting him to be on full bore the whole time.
Darren showed some little known skill on lead guitar and it was quite an
eye opener to see that so much of the rock music has survived so many
years. Thanks lads.
Talking to one or two of the older hands at the bar brought back
memories of the nights at the Douglas Head Hotel and the Port Soderick
Hotel in the early 70s. Many of us used to watch the same bands every week,
principally Black Mass and, as Stewart Gerrard, reminded me, Exile
featuring Manx Radio's Mike Reynolds on vocals.
I'll put some more pictures of last night on the website shortly.
ENJOYED THE WORLD CHAMPS 22-03-03
I was talking to Bernie Shimell for a while last night. I was unaware they
he had been to the world championships in Birmingham last week together
with wife Di and the other husband and wife officials, Colin & Margaret
They had booked the trip about 10 months ago in the days when Manx
Airlines were still around and got a good deal on their travel and hotels
and thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. I was quite envious.
COLIN MOORE ON A PAR WITH MY MILEAGE 22-03-03
I've spoken with Colin a few times in the last few months and he is
always fairly pessimistic about getting back to running after his injuries.
Last time I met him he had walked in from Onchan to Douglas as he is trying
to maintain some exercise as, although it doesn't show to me, he says he
has put on quite a lot of weight.
But he has been doing some running as Darren "slowhand" Gray
told me last night that Colin had doubled his mileage for the year the
night before with a two mile run.
I also doubled my mileage again last night with a 2 mile run and am as
stiff as a board today.
MARTYN STRICKETT ILL 22-03-03
I was very surprised not to receive the results of the final round of
the Ramsey Firemans' runs from Northern AC's Martyn Strickett and now I
know the reason.
Unfortunately Martyn has been in hospital in Liverpool and I trust it
will not be a lengthy stay - I don't know. On behalf of everyone who has
been grateful for his contributions to the site in the past year and a
half, to those who benefit from his timekeeping and officiating at Northern
AC and those who just know him as a friend, I wish him all the best for a
RACE WALKERS TO RECEIVE TOP COACHING 20-03-03
Paul Jackson reports
Manx Harriers young racewalkers travel to Pingles Sports Centre,
Nuneaton on Friday 21st March for the '6th Young Racewalkers Training
Weekend'. Robert Moore, Callum Taylor, Ciara Kaneen & Emma Latham will
be traveling with Coach Liz Corran for 2 days of training including speed
sessions, endurance training, talks, discussion and video analysis.
DAVID GRIFFITHS INJURY FRUSTRATION 20-03-03
Since having (by my standards) a storming 10k race a few weeks ago,
beating my pb by nearly a minute and a half, my training has all gone
horribly wrong. A house move immediately afterwards put paid to the next
couple of weeks' training, then I had to drop out of the Steam Packet 20k
race with a tight hamstring (probably caused by lack of training). I rested
the leg for a couple of weeks, then went away for a break in the Lake
District for a few days last week where I did a bit of gentle hillwalking
with no problems.
Last night I determined that it was time to start my Parish training in
earnest, so decided to walk the 10 miles home from work to Foxdale via
Ballacraine. I had only got as far as Union Mills when the hamstring went
'twang' again, so I had to struggle uncomfortably through the remaining 7
miles at about two-thirds pace, which did it no good at all. It's not a
major injury, but hamstrings can be notoriously slow to heal and this will
almost certainly rule me out of action for the next 2 or 3 weeks at least.
This is really frustrating as I have been really looking forward to
stepping up the training in order to have a real good go at doing a good
time to Peel in the Parish this year - and I've been especially looking
forward to exploring the hilly roads round the Foxdale area. Now it's going
to be well into April before I'll be able to do any meaningful training,
which doesn't leave me a lot of time to prepare for a 32 mile race. Bloody
I'VE DOUBLED MY YEAR TO DATE TRAINING IN 8 MINUTES 20-03-03
By running two laps of the top field at Nobles Park tonight (just over a
mile), I've doubled my training mileage for the year. At least the 8
minutes it took me was a big improvement on my previous attempt three weeks
ago when it took me over 10 and I felt awful afterwards. Fingers crossed.
IF YOU THOUGHT I TOOK A LOT OF PICTURES THINK AGAIN 20-03-03
Up to now I've been limited to a mere 164 pictures on my digital camera
at one time but with the purchase earlier this week of some more memory I
can now take 1300 without downloading!
MANX FELL RUNNING TEAM Richie Stevenson
The team selected for the Knockdhu Home International in Northern
Ireland in April is Richard Jamieson,Tony Okell,
Ian Gale and Mark Preston. Only
four will be sent due to the horrendous cost of flying there.
We feel more than happy with the team. It is probably one of the
strongest overall teams we have sent. I think everyone would be
impressed with the way the lads are getting stuck into the squad training
sessions on a Tuesday night with Ian Gale and Richard Jamieson in
particular getting great benefit from Margaret Lockley's expertise. The
only problem this year is the closeness of the race to the Mountain
Marathon, being only six days after the Manx. However after discussing the
matter with Tony, Richard and Ian the general feeling was they would be
ready to take on England, Wales, Scotland, Eire and hosts N Ireland.
It is vital that we send teams to events like these to both improve
our standards and to make other countries realise that we have a
flourishing fell scene on the Island. Already as a result of going to
Ireland we received the invitation last year to go to Snowdon and
doors will open to other events if we keep on competing on a regular basis.
The World Championships will be held in England in the next couple of years
and there is a real possibility we will be able to enter a team and who
knows we may be able to persuade the powers that be to hold a International
on the Isle of Man in the future.
NEIL BATES UPDATES FROM BIRMINGHAM 19-03-03
Off the plane and onto the track:
Arriving back into
Birmingham I almost thought I had got the wrong plane. I was welcomed to
sunshine and a warm breeze. Before even un packing or catching up on
correspondences etc I was out in shorts and vest and sweating my way along
The weekend has done me the world of good. I feel ready to face the last
two weeks of my term ready for an Easter filled with training and revising.
Guernsey is a lovely place and Mum and Dad pass on all their best to
everyone. I was lucky to use the Track on Sunday afternoon (however at the
time I didn't think I was lucky) its a lovely track. very much like what
the NSC was like once it was first resurfaced. Not a very strong wind -
however rumour has it there is a prevailing wind on the back
straight. But very warm and very fast.
The grandstand is still being built but the plans look very impressive
and all looks good for a good Island Games...however I'm not sure where all
the competitors will fit in Guernsey, its very small!!!!
Look forward to seeing everyone again in 2 weeks time.
10,000 METRES ON THE TRACK 19-03-03
As someone who campaigned to see the 10,000 metres back on the track I
was somewhat slow to notice its inclusion in the IOMAA fixture list for 4
Although some of the leading runners may be unavailable lets make sure
that this event is well promoted and made into a lot of fun for a good
Do athletes have to pre-enter, be a member of a club etc?
PEEL TO DOUGLAS RUN LAUNCH SOON 19-03-03
Manx Harriers are promoting the Peel to Douglas run on the morning of
Sunday 11 May. This is the one of the oldest road races on the Island
but still one of the most popular.
Although it clashes with somewhat with the Race for Life in the
afternoon it is nevertheless an important date to put in your diaries.
Incidentally I can't see the Northern 10 Miles in the IOMAA fixture
list. Is this event to be held this year? Could someone let me know please.
TRACK LEAGUES APPROACHING 19-03-03
The track leagues are approaching and as usual the offer is there to
publicise these leagues with as much information as you can throw at me if
you want to promote your league.
The diehards know the score but if the leagues are hoping to attract new
competitors, now is surely the time to be explaining and promoting.
RICHIE STEVENSON PREVIEWS THE SNAEFELL FELL RACE 18-03-03
We are very lucky to have some fantastic
sponsors for our fell races with many of them supporting us year after
year. The Snaefell race, as well as the North Barrule race held
in July, has been sponsored for five years now by Sean Craig
& Sons from Sulby and their support is very welcome. Such is
their enthusiasm to help they actually still gave us their sponsorship
cheque in 2001 when both the races were victims of the Foot and Mouth
The 5 miles
Snaefell course is certainly one of my personal favourites. You
definitely know you have been in a race by the time you get back to
the Bungalow finish after some really tough running with two demanding
ascents. If the mist is down then it becomes very interesting as there is a
couple of places where navigation is critical, especially for those near
the front. Having said that it is a good course for any newcomers to have a
go as it usually attracts a reasonably good field and anyone not sure of
the route will always be able to tuck in behind a more experienced runner.
On a clear day the views from all the summit checkpoints are stunning if
you have time to look. I had a run around today ( Monday ) in the glorious
weather and it was absolutely gorgeous on the tops and really brought
home to me why we all love running the fells so much.
I think we could be in for a tight race as a
few will fancy their chances. Tony Okell
will hopefully be fully recovered from the cold that has hampered his
preparations for Easter and will start favourite. Richard Jamieson is one
of the few to beat Tony in a fell race in the last couple of
years and will be getting fitter by the week as he returns to full
time running following the end of his rowing ambitions. Another who could
be in with a shout is Ian Gale who by his own admission did not go as well
as he expected at the recent Bradda race, although this set- back can
probably be explained by his increased training regime. There are
others like Brian Osbourne, Mark Preston
and Ian Ronan who are well capable of getting amongst the
favourites and of course as previously mentioned bad weather could
affect the result.
There has been a number of enquiries from
runners from off the Island whose standard we no little about. There is
always a possibility another Lloyd Taggart could turn up and make a big
impact on the result.
Start time is 2.00pm Saturday 29th March from
the Bungalow. Minimum age is 17 years. Whistles and waterproof jackets must
We are hoping for some new female runners
to have a go. A few have been training on a regular basis in our squad
sessions and are certainly fit enough to master the course, they just
need a bit of confidence.
If there is
any interest shown we will run a junior race to the top of Snaefell and
back from the Bungalow starting just after the seniors
have departed. Minimum age for this is 14 years.
STEVE TAYLOR ANALYSES THE HALIFAX INTERNATIONAL WINTER LEAGUE
76 different people took part in the league
1996km were walked in
the series. (Actually over 2000 if we count the retirements)
A total walking time of 220hours 52mins 20seconds
The first race was again the most popular with 53 walkers taking part
Ten people competed in all 6 winter league races, this includes all league
Seven people competed at more than one distance
15 people set their fastest times of the winter in the last race.
Highlights for me
Callum and Kirsty (obviously) winning their respective leagues and
setting pbs in the last race.
Abbi Moore - winning the league overall, when she first started she
struggled to race walk, big up to the coaching staff
All the juniors for giving us a great display of race walking and some
very exciting races.
Alan Kinvig, got faster in every race and provided a great sprint finish
on Sunday along with Mick Holgate and Dave Wilkinson
Sean Hands almost snatching a second overall victory.
David Cain for winning the league
Neil Bates - an excellent 10km at Ronaldsway
Robert Moore - a great series of 5km times
Latham - showing us what she is capable of, lets see her
do it at 20km now.
Bridget Kaneen - an excellent walk on Sunday as well as all the
organising she does, Leamingtion awaits
Dougie Corkill - watching him walking in the style of........
The last race - nine people under the hour for 10km
The standard of race walking generally much better than last year.
In the Tynwald In for the Christmas walk.
Helen Anstead no longer walking.
Jordan Cain no longer walking.
Cal Partington not competing at all.
Steve Partington not competing at all.
Kevin Walmsley only managing
Me not managing to do more than races than I did.
UPDATE FROM ISLAND GAMES GOLD MEDALLIST KEIRON
W/c 17th Feb – 19 wks to
stride – tweaked hamstring on 150m
LAO2 / Aerobic
Anaer / Speed End
stretch stride – hamstring tight
W/c 24th Feb – 18 wks to
4x300m in 45s off
LAO2 / Aerobic
Anaer./ Speed End
[85,85,85,87 off ]
W/c 3rd Mar – 17 wks to
-6x60m stride, 3[120m-1min-50m]
LAO2 / Aerobic
Anaer./ Speed End
TOTAL 6 ½
runners [, ,
off 2mins (felt tired)
6x60mstride; 4x250m in 32, 33, 33, 34 off 5min
I’m showing some big improvements on my reps on Little
Switzerland and with the fell runners, which is the main focus of my
training at this time of year to give me a good aerobic base before the
event specific work in May and June.
Any potential injuries have proved to
be minor, although I’m off to an osteopath to get my lower back checked
out, which is playing up in the same place as last year. Fortunately, so
far it has not affected the co-ordination and ‘strike’ in my right leg,
which was the big problem in 2002. My right shin has splintered (the tendon
tears away bits of bone) and calcified leaving a small nodule on the bone,
which sometimes causes quite a lot of pain in the tendon which runs over
it. The one good thing about it is that it is manageable and stops overuse
One thing I do appear to be lacking
at the moment is gym fitness / conditioning so I’ll be trying to do a few
more weights and circuit sessions to work on my core stability once I’ve
been to the osteopath. My weight seems to have levelled off at about 71kg
for the time being (which is as heavy as I’ve ever been) so I’m trying to
put in three morning runs per week over the next few weeks to try and lose
a bit of bulk.
My new weighted 5kg vest is proving
its worth and making me really work hard in my speed sessions. My next race
is indoors in Manchester at the end of the month. It will be quite a busy
day with an 800, 400 and 200 but I’m looking forward to it after a good few
JOIN THE LACE FAMILY THIS AFTERNOON 18-03-03
Allan Callow tells me that
all of Dennis Lace's friends will be most welcome to join the Lace family for
tea and sandwiches at the Manx Harriers clubhouse this afternoon after the
funeral service and cremation.
Dennis certainly considered the sport as second only to his family
during his life and so it is fitting that those close to him should meet to
remember him there.
WALK FOR JOAN 2003
A walk to celebrate the life of Joan Powell
SUNDAY 13th APRIL 2003
Road, Peel (East Quay) following the old Peel-Douglas
line to Quarterbridge, Douglas. Finish
You will have the choice of finishing at
St. Johns (3miles), Crosby (6miles) or QB, Douglas (10 miles)
by refreshments at Manx Harriers Clubhouse, NSC)
£5 for adults £2.50 for children
at the start)
All funds raised will go towards the Joan Powell Fund for
Further details from Paul Jackson tel; 611179
MARATHON RUNNER STAYS AT HOME 18-03-03
Northern AC runner Richard Radcliffe has ended speculation that he may
stand for the House of Keys, the Isle of Man's lower house of Tynwald
(parliament) reports the Isle of Man Examiner. He feels it is the wrong
time for his family to make such a commitment if he were to stand in the
Some readers may recall that Richard was nominated for the Legislative
Council (upper house) a few years ago, a rare nomination from outside the
House of Keys, but was unsuccessful.
Richard does, however, intend to continue as a Ramsey Commissioner, if
Richard's wife Helen was one of the first photographic contributors to
this site nearly two years ago and Richard will be running in London again
MARATHON RUNNER LEAVES 18-03-03
South African runner Gerald Diepeveen leaves the Isle of Man to return
with his family to Pretoria in South Africa tomorrow. Gerald ran in
the Manx Airlines runs three times, the Close Bank half marathon once and
once in the Flora London Marathon during his five years in the Isle of Man.
Gerald is a former work colleague of mine and I met him for lunch
yesterday. He recruited me as the third employee of the South African
packaging group Nampak International in February 1999 - they now have 12
staff in the Isle of Man and have since made two large acquisitions in the
UK including Plysu, the largest manufacturer of plastic milk bottles in the
UK. Although I chose to further my career elsewhere at the end of 2001 I've
remained on very good terms with the Nampak staff and shall miss Gerald.
Although we ran at different speeds we enjoyed immense rivalry at the
Manx Airlines events by speculating on the number of laps there would be
One thing that Gerald has made me aware of as much as anyone is the
difficulty of making our running events attractive to joggers and the less
serious runners. It a great feature of South African sport that there are
many large running races open to all.
Although most of us feel that there us always a warm welcome awaiting
anyone who joins one of our races, the perceptionof many is that
slower runners will be shown up.
If you share this concern then one of the best people to speak to is
Paul Jackson who only started running a short time ago but is now
organising races on behalf of Manx Harriers. He is very keen to open up the
sport to people of all abilities and would like you to join the field for
the half marathon on 6 April.
DEFINITELY OPEN TO ALL 1 18-03-03
The Race for Life on 11 May, whilst only open to women, is likely to
attract thousands of walkers and runners this year. I've heard the most unlikely
people discussing the possibility of entering and it should be a great
afternoon raising millions of pounds for women's charities across the
country. Click on the logo above for details.
DEFINITELY OPEN TO ALL 2 18-03-03
Entries are flooding in for the Clerical Medical Parish Walk. The big
problem that organisers have faced in recent years is that the majority of
entries arrive in the last couple of days before closing.
Do this at the risk that the event will be oversubscribed. 36 people had
entered at the end of the last week and so it is quite likely that there
will be over a 100 entries by the end of March - that was the average
number of entries in total up until the CMI years which started in 1990.
Lancashire Track & Field
Championships 2003 18-03-03
The Isle of Man Athletics Association is organising its annual trip to
the Lancashire Track & Field Championships on the weekend of 10 and 11
May 2003. This event is open to all athletes under 13s to Seniors.
The proposed travel arrangements are to depart to Liverpool on the 07.00
Seacat on Saturday 10 May, stay overnight in Blackpool and return on Sunday
11 May on the 20.30 sailing from Liverpool.
Please remember it is important to have paid your current year
membership to your club.
Anyone interested please phone Caroline brand on 611971 or email email@example.com for further details.
GRAHAM DAVIES WOULD LIKE TO IDENTIFY ISLAND GAMES POSSIBLE 18-03-03
I've not received the results for the above as yet but hopefully I'll be
able to publish this evening. The update to the website is unlikely
to be before 9 pm. Tuesday evening's update will be much later at night.
PEEL HARBOUR ROAD RACES POSTPONED 16-03-03
In response to my enquiries about the arrangements for the Peel Harbour
Road Races in 7 days time, Western AC have advised me that they have been
postponed until a date to be advised.
They have a new sponsor and hope to make an announcement about the event
in the near future.
GBRATHLETICS WEBSITE OUT OF THIS WORLD 16-03-03
I've always been a fan of Martin Rix's website www.gbrathletics.com and marvel at
the amount of information available from what is a free amateur site but I
was still amazed with what I learnt today.
I was chatting with on the phone tonight with my brother Mike and we
were raving about the excitement of today's world indoor championships.
Mike told me he had looked up on the internet to find out just how much
Kelly Holmes had removed from the British indoor 1500 metres record. He had
found the four second 4.09 second improvement on Hayley Tullett's record on
the above site but what was so amazing was that the list of all time
British performances had been updated with full details within an hour or two
of it happening.
BANK OF SCOTLAND LEAGUE WALK MOVED 16-03-03
After writing yesterday about the great facility we have at the NSC and
how it was to be the venue for the final round of the league today, I was
somewhat concerned as I drove down towards the Quarter Bridge to see a
large group of athletes gathered on the TT access road. I awaited the
"telling off" that someone would give me for not checking the
venue before writing my piece.
I was therefore relieved to find that the mistake was not mine but
allegedly that of the NSC management. They had the roadway booked for 16
April (a Wednesday) rather than 16 March.
PEEL HARBOUR ROAD RACES 16-03-03
The above event is scheduled (according to the IOMAA fixture list) to be
taking place next Sunday but as yet I've not seen a single bit of
publicity. I've been asked by several people for more information but as
I've never taken part in it myself I don't know what the course is let
alone what the entry fees are etc.
I am hoping to can provide some further details this week.
MANX HARRIERS HALF MARATHON 16-03-03
Although I was never keen on the date, just one week before the London
Marathon and not in their interests to take part, Paul Jackson has done a
great job promoting the Manx Harriers Half Marathon which incorporates the
Island Championships on 6 April.
Although entries are not huge at this stage there is always a
possibility that numbers will have to be restricted if the demand is too
high due to lap scoring limitations so please don't do the usual Manx thing
and leave your entry to the last minute and then wonder why it is rejected.
I think the event should really appeal to the following types of
The Island's top
runners looking for selection for the Island Games.
As above if they
are looking for the honour of being Manx champion.
Club runners who
race regularly who have the first chance to race a long distance on
the roads since last November.
Fun runners or
newcomers to the sport. They really assured of a big welcome and loads
of encouragement on a safe traffic free course with drinks and regular
split times en route.
Further information available from;
BIG MISTAKE BY LONDON MARATHON / PAULA RADCLIFFE 16-03-03
There was only ever one athlete of the year last year as far as I was
concerned. I don't care if other performances could be proved statistically
better, the way Paula Radcliffe destroyed the opposition in the World Cross
Country Championships, the Flora London Marathon, the Commonwealth Games,
the European Championships and the Chicago Marathon was absolutely
fantastic. Although I love statistics, the enjoyment that one athlete can
give to so many other people overrides any other form of measurement as far
as I am concerned.
The great thing about her performances was that she took on people who
were more experienced than her, particularly at the marathon, on the
She was paid a massive bonus by the London Marathon last year because
they refused to recognise the world records set by women in mixed races.
That is why I am so disappointed that they appear to be doing a massive U
turn this year and providing male pacemakers for Paula. This is incredibly
artificial and so just not needed.
I guess I'll still be supporting Paula and trying to get some pictures
of her for this site. But if one of the other top runners comes through to
beat her and will have a feeling of "serves you right". It might
even be a little different for me if she did not already hold both versions
of the marathon record but this change of policy by London is a complete
sell out and only in the short term not the long term interests of the
CHRIS BRASHER 16-03-03
Whilst writing the above I realised that I had not yet commented on the
death of the founder of the London Marathon, Chris Brasher. Whilst reading
the many obituaries to him during the past couple of weeks it became clear
that he was very much his own man. I doubt if anyone else could have
established the London Marathon as we know it today and we owe him a huge
amount of respect.
It just goes to show that you don't have to be universally popular to be
a great person.
Thinking back to the first London Marathon in 1981 does anyone recall
that the race started later in the day than it does now? I remember that it
was held in March on the same day as the Boundary Stroll which was
sponsored by the Steam Packet! I thought that it was still taking part when
the Boundary Stroll was on in the afternoon. It could be just that the TV
coverage was not live and they showed it on TV in the afternoon. Does
BANKING ON A BIG TURNOUT TOMORROW 15-03-03
The final event in the Bank of Scotland International walking league
will take place at the NSC tomorrow and the organisers are expecting a big
I fully support the rotation of venues and its only right that some of
the events are held in the north, the south and the west. But there is no
doubt that King George V Park, home of the National Sports Centre since
1991, is the spiritual home of race walking in the Isle of Man and there
are always good turnouts at the venue. The great thing for me, and I know
that I am lucky to live less than a mile from the NSC, is that when events
are held there, the athletes and sport benefits a lot more from casual
supporters. It has been a noticeable feature of the events held there
during the past two weeks, the Steam Packet Walks and the Castletown Health
Store 20 miles, that a number of athletes and friends of the sport have
"popped in" to see how the event is getting on. I always saw one
of the benefits of the NSC that people would see more of each other where
one member of a family might be in one part and another somewhere else. We
really do have a wonderful facility.
There is another chance to see the group of top junior walkers who have
received so much praise this winter for the their dedication and
commitment. Its not always easy to commit yourself as a youngster to a
sport that is not "cool" but whether the youngsters remain in the
sport throughout their lives or not, the skills learnt through
perseverance, the acceptance of loosing as well as winning and the general
enjoyment that they have taken from the sport will benefit them in
everything they do throughout their lives.
One thing I'm not personally keen on at the winter league walks however
has been in the increasing tendency to hold the races as "sealed"
handicaps where everyone starts together and then the handicap is taken off
afterwards. I really think this takes away from the excitement on the
day and when I used to promote the series in the newspapers for many years
it was always on the basis that no one was going to get "blown
away" and there would be a "grandstand finish" to every
race. Is it not possible to determine a exact start time for the first
senior walker to start within minutes of the end of the junior walks?
BEST WISHES TO PETER McELROY 15-03-03
Whilst I would rather not have read about his bowel movements in this
week's Chit Chat in the Manx Independent, I was very sorry to learn that he
had been for another operation in Liverpool recently.
Mac was an addicted runner in his time and given a choice I'm sure he
would still be running regularly as a veteran athlete. It must be very
frustrating for him to restrict himself to a daily stroll and to suffer so
many health problems.
KEITH GERRARD OVERLOOKED BY ATHETICS WEEKLY 14-03-03
Athletics Weekly's coverage of the English Schools is generally very
good. In fact their leader column raves about the importance of the English
Schools championship because it is so difficult to spot the future
champions as Ovett and Coe finished 2nd and 9th in one of their rare races
against each other.
They tell their readers what a good race the senior boys was but they
fail to give even two lines to our hero, Keith Gerrard. Surely they should
have spotted that he beat the lad who had beaten him in the National, the
fact that Keith is only 16 and the fact that he has improved so
dramatically with every race. Lets not worry too much however as they said
themselves that no one recognised the talent of Seb Coe at that age and
although a bit more recognition wouldn't have gone amiss, its better to be
the underdog at future events.
2003 UK Inter-Counties Half Marathon Championships, taking
place at Wilmslow on Sunday 23rd March, race commencing at 10.30am
Men's team is as follows:- Paul Clarke, Brian Cole, Darren Hale, Brian
Hall, Paul Muller and Alex Rowe.
"Hopefully I will
run a fast time given the right conditions on the day as training is going
well presently" reported Paul Clarke today.
Sorry that I didn't publish the results of the final round as I don't
appear to have received them.
STEVE CRAM TO VISIT ISLAND 12-03-03
What an inspired move by the Isle of Man Sports Council to invite Steve
Cram, no doubt for a hefty fee, to present the Sports Personality Awards
and to be involved in the announcement of additions to the Hall of
Fame and the annual grant aid next month.
Cram is the former world record holder for the mile and 1500 metres and
made his debut in the GB team as a 17 year old. After a distinguished
career be began a great broadcasting career, first on Eurosport, then
Channel 4 and most recently in the overcrowded commentary booth of the BBC.
COUGHING WELL 1 12-03-03
Unfortunately one of the Sports Council's members, ace walker Steve
Partington, is still struggling with a nasty cough and has prevented him
from getting back into training.
COUGHING WELL 2 12-03-03
Mike Garrett who made a
reasonably successful comeback last Summer after nearly 6 years out of the
sport with back injuries, is also suffering badly with a cough after
fighting back from further injuries. Every time he tries to run he gets a
PAUL DICKINSON (not Tim) 12-03-03
Apologies to 20 mile third placer Paul Dickinson for referring to him as
Tim in a couple of places, as Steve Partington has pointed out.
I compiled the pages before I had seen a list of starters or results and
remembered he had the same name as a top athlete. I used the name of a
leading cross country runner rather than the former international hammer
thrower and BBC commentator who shares the same name in some places.
NEIL BATES RECOVERING AFTER BEING ATTACKED 11-03-03
Neil is off to a photo ID parade tomorrow. The details he gave of
the attacker are very similar with quite a few other people's descriptions
of other attacks. "So they think they may find them!" said Neil
He is still shaken by his mugging in Birmingham and plans to visit his
parents in Guernsey this weekend followed by a few days in the Isle of Man.
MIKE GELLION BACK AFTER 4 YEARS 11-03-03
Mike Gellion, who is better known these days as a race organiser than an
athlete, ran in the Ramsey Fireman's Race last Thursday - his first race
for nearly four years. He said this week; "After the saga of knee
injuries and operations. I was thrilled to bits just to take part and it
went fine, but one knee is now feeling a bit dodgy so I'm keeping my
fingers crossed that I haven't overdone it!"
Another belter from Keith gaining revenge on Oliver Freeman who beat him
in the National. A great way to end the Championships for 2003.
A quick comparison on National/English schools/Inter Counties
Junior National 4
Inter Counties U20 10
Junior National 3
Inter Counties U20 1
Inter Counties U20 21
Inter Counties U20 3
Junior National 5
Inter Counties U20 9
U17 National 2
Inter Counties U17 21
U17 National 1
Inter Counties U17 DNS
U17 National 3
Inter Counties U17 4
FULL MANX RESULTS (thanks to Graham Davies)
MANX RUNNERS WERE A CREDIT says Andy Fox11-03-03
Andrew and Ryan in the Junior boys (years 8 and 9) came 183rd. and
188th. respectively. This was in a field of over 300. They were unlucky
being 5th and 6th. in their pen and on the outside of the course. Hence
they were behind alot of slower runners early on and found it hard to force
a way through. Even so they ran well and will have benefitted from the
experience as a whole but a mass start in particular. Ryan is only Y8 and
so will have another year in this age group!
Chris Shimmin was also 6th. in his pen so a little way back at the start
of the intermediate race (Y10 and 11). He was between 120th and 130th. with
a lap or about 2,500m. to go. He came through very strongly to finish 76th.
This lad has a great deal of potential as I would guess his training at the
moment is playing football and a couple of long steady runs every so often.
Chris also had to borrow spikes on the day as British airways managed to
lose his bag with his spikes in on the journey over. They were new as
Keith 's sixth place was better than his run in the national in my
opinion. To be 20 seconds behind lads selected to go to the World Champs
was excellent. You have to remember he is not yet 17 and beat all the 17
year olds in the race ie. the Y12 lads. All the others ahead of him were
Y13 or 14 as it is basically an under 19 race!!!! He showed Oliver Freeman
(the u17 national champ) a clean pair of heels by 14 seconds. The course
was longer than the national in distance and although hilly was less severe
as it was good running underfoot and not muddy. Keith sat in the lead pack
of 10 or so at the beginning and as the first three broke away he stayed
where he was. He held 5th. for a time but was in sixth at the start of the
last lap with Freeman on his shoulder. On this occasion he pulled away
strongly and at the end finished as fast as anyone ahead of him!!! It was
an excellent run in every way.
I think the lads all did well. Their behaviour was exemplary, as was the
behaviour of the whole Merseyside squad, and the results overall were very
pleasing. Keith is now in a 2 week easy period as he has had 7 races since
Christmas! After that he will be preparing for Easter and in particular the
track season. It will be interesting to see how things go!!!
Update on the UK team for the World Junior X Country Champs
by Tony Okell
All in Keith's race on Saturday.
Keiths deficit to each man (24, 23, 23, 10 secs respectively)
What does that say about Keiths potential over the next couple of
Athletics Level 2 Coaching Course
Manx Sport and Recreation in partnership with Isle of Man Athletic
Association and with the support of Uk Athletics are running a Level
2 coaching course at the NSC on April 26 and 27 and will include 2 full
days ( 9.00am - 5.00pm ). Any coaches wishing to attend the course must
have the Level 1 qualification or equivalent.
The course is being heavily subsidised by the IOM AAA and MSR, applying
for the course in the UK would cost £100. The cost on the Island for the
same course in April is £50.00. If candidates have already taken the '
Working with children in athletics module' and do not intend taking an
additional module that include: speed, jumps, endurance, throws and fitness
in running and walking the cost is only £40.00.
Although the cost is still a considerable financial outlay and indeed a
commitment on time, individuals wanting to climb the coaching ladder will
find the course a worthwhile exercise.
For further details regarding the course or for an application form
please contact Gianni Epifani on 688555 or 482942.
CHRIS QUINE GIVES PRAISE TO CHRIS SHIMMIN 10-03-03
As well as heaping further praise onto the excellent Keith Gerrard, Chris Quine pointed out just how well Chris
Shimmin ran at Brighton.
"Twenty seconds would have been 30 places higher!"
He also spotted an Island Games athlete in the field.
"Interestingly, Jonathan Blackledge - 5th place - ran for the IOW in
the last Island Games - third in the 10,000m. No doubt he will be in
DI SHIMELL GOES ONLINE 10-03-03
The latest person from the athletics fraternity to go on-line is one of
the Island's top coaches and many times Island Games team manager, Di
She has promised to send future information about events she is involved
with to the website.
BEST WISHES TO BERNIE CANNAN 10-03-03
Bernie is one of those loveable rogues that we all like to take
"the Micky" out of because he takes the stick so well. As a
result, it is sometimes harder to imagine Bernie not being in top form and
laughing and joking with him.
I only appreciated just how poorly he had been last month when I spoke
with him at the Manx Harriers quiz on Saturday evening. He collapsed
without warning when officiating in Ramsey and was in hospital for several
days. When his parents were told their son was in hospital they assumed it
must be rugby playing Alf and got a big shock to find Bernie in Nobles
Bernie has been off work even since and is not allowed to drive. When he
does return to work he won't be able to work poolside at the NSC.
He told me how much he had appreciated the support and feeling he felt
from the people of Ramsey when he was on the mend. Well, we've always liked
you Bernie - its just you give us so much to laugh about that we can't help
laughing at you!
OUT OF GAS 10-03-03
About 40 or so athletes ran a relay around the gasworks steps, Douglas
Head Road and the South Quay tonight, to raise funds for the Island Games
team. When I saw them, towards the end of the junior run (30 minutes) they
were certainly getting low on gas after climbing those steps so many times.
The juniors ran for one hour.
WEATHER AT 20 MILES 09-03-03
Most people who read this page are either athletes, have been athletes
or live with an athlete so you know what we are like. When we put in a bad
performance there is always a gale force headwind, a heat wave or a
tropical storm but when we exceed our expectations the weather is never
Well the weather at today's Castletown Health Stores 20 Miles couldn't
possibly be as bad a last year (or any year that I ran!) but before those
who have run much better times on the day when the weather wasn't mentioned
slag off today's times, it has to be said it was very windy. Putting your
head down into the wind 40 times on the swimming pool side is never
compensated by having the wind on your back 40 times on the other side.
Having said that, it seems to have been windy in most years and so, rather
like the theme below, it makes you realise that comparing the times from
one year with another, is interesting but inconclusive.
FUN BUT NOT IMPORTANT 09-03-03
When there was some debate recently about which was the best ever
performance by a Manx athlete, I largely sat on the fence.
I find there are always two extremes in such debate in all sports. There
are always those who talk about how much harder it was in the old days and
how beating 4 minutes for the mile for the first time was so much harder
than running 3.44 now. Then there are those that belittle everything that
went before and today's performances are always so much better because the
people are so much fitter, healthier and wiser.
One thing I did think about (but I don't think I ever got around to
writing) was that if Keith Gerrard's wonderful performance in the National
Cross Country was the best ever performance then surely we would have to
say the same thing time and time again. Certainly his performance on
Saturday in Brighton was even better than the National Cross Country as Tony Okell's analysis on the front page
I look forward to reading Andy Fox's
report (Andy traveled with the Manx party).
Rather than worrying about who is the greatest of all time let's enjoy
for the moment. Keith is providing everyone in Manx athletics a lot of
pleasure. Long may it continue. Well done also to the three other Manx
runners who I am sure committed themselves equally.
MORE SUPPORT FOR KEITH FROM TONY OKELL 09-03-03
The team for the World X/C Champs is being announced on Tues via the UK
Atheletics web site.
It will be interesting to see who of the U20 guys in Keith's race
Saturday get selected. It will be a good measure of Keith's potential for
next year, and a good incentive for him to aim at selection, when at 16 he
is so close to the U20 men.
Particularly considering this result would have got him in the top 10 in
the Juniors National!
Keith's English Schools performance is arguable a classier one than his
Keep an eye on the team.
PHIL RILEY THE COACH 09-03-03
Phil Riley, who says he is slowly on the road to recovery from injury,
has passed his Level 1 coaching award.
Well done Phil.
MANX AIRLINES (and world) WALK RECORD HOLDER, GILLIAN O'SULLIVAN
WINS AGAIN 09-03-03
(report forwarded by Bridget Kaneen)
Tim Seaman walked his fastest time in nearly three years at the Mexican
Walk Week 20 km (12.4 miles) in Tijuana, Mexico last night to finish 14th
in a world class field with a mark of 1 hour, 25 minutes, 28 seconds.
Meanwhile, Susan Armenta, 18th place, was the top US woman (1:43:20) in a
racewalk won by Ireland's Gillian O'Sullivan in 1:29:55.
In a stacked field that included the last two Olympic Champions, World
Record Holder Bernardo Segura of Mexico won a thrilling race in 1:19:06.
After battling Spain's Francisco Fernandez, owner of the 20 km world best
on the road, and three-time Olympic Champion Robert Korzenowski for 19 km,
Segura pulled away on the final straight away to the delight of the crowd
which chanted "Mexico! Mexico!" for the entire race. Fernandez
was second; just two seconds back with Korzenowski five ticks off the
A large lead pack had dwindled to four by 10 km (39:54), with fourth place
finisher Alexandro Lopez also in the mix. Seaman, who competes for the New
York Athletic Club was midway in 42:30, with the US Army's John Nunn at
42:57. Sean Albert (43:51) and Kevin Eastler (44:45) followed for the US
Lopez fell off the pack before 18 km and finished in 1:19:49. Mexican
teammate Christian Verdeja was fifth in 1:22:43. Nunn finished behind
Seaman in 1:26:59.
"When I woke up this morning, my whole body ached and my chest was
congested. I was really feeling it by 4 km, but I wasn't going to quit. I
kept breaking it down, telling myself to just get through the next lap. I
ended up OK for how I felt. I should get the "B" standard in my
next race," Nunn said.
For Nunn, it was his second fastest time ever, behind his 1:24:49 in Germany
last year. Albert (1:29:37) held off Eastler (1:29:39) at the tape.
The women's race was much less dramatic. O'Sullivan, who recently broke the
world record in the 3 km, got away from a pack of five before 7 km and
never looked back. At 45:03, she was already 26 seconds ahead of Norway's
Kjersti Platzer by 10 km. Armenta was 50:04 halfway through.
O'Sullivan cruised to victory, widening her margin as the race wore on.
Nadejda Ryashkina of Russia came on strong in the second half of the race
to finish second (1:31:37). She was followed by Portugal's Susana Feitor
(1:32:34), Platzer (1:32:46), and Jane Saville of Australia (1:33:34).
Cheryl Rellinger of the US finished 25th in 1:54:54.
Armenta, who has been focusing on her studies in Physical Education, was
pleased with her performance.
"I had done 1:53:00 in training, so I was hoping to go under 1 hour,
50 minutes. Considering my training has been on and off, I'm pleased with
my result," she said.
The 20 km races were the first stop on the inaugural IAAF Racewalk
Challenge, which carries a purse of $30,000 to the winner who will be
crowned at this August's World Championships in France.
The Mexican Walk Week 50 km will be held this morning at 10 AM PST in
Tijuana and is part of the Pan American Racewalk Cup. Curt Clausen and
Philip Dunn lead the US Team hopes.
£700 RAISED FOR WALKERS 09-03-03
Such was the excitement about the success of last night's quiz night
that four different people told me about the fantastic sum of £700 raised
at the quiz last night.
ENGLISH SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY 08-03-03
Has anyone heard the results from today's English Schools Cross Country?
I've found the site http://www.esaa.net/
but there are no results published yet.
GREAT TURNOUT FOR QUIZ 08-03-03
There was certainly a good turnout at the Glen Helen Hotel tonight for
the Roy Moore quiz to raise money to send junior walkers off the island.
Well done to everyone who helped to make the night a big success.
SIX ENTRIES FOR THE PARISH WALK 08-03-03
Entry forms haven't yet been mailed to previous year's competitors but
Liz Corran reported tonight that she has now received 6 entries for the
Clerical Medical Parish Walk on 21 & 22 June. via forms downloaded from
Keep them coming. Its feasible that by the end of March entries received
will be greater than used to enter the walk up to CMI's sponsorship.
There will be many more features on the website.
DENNIS LACE A LITTLE BETTER 08-03-03
A number of people having been asking after Dennis Lace who is very ill.
People who have been to see him in report him to be in slightly better
spirits in the past few days. He takes comfort from chatting about
athletics and the committees that he has been involved with.
HOPING FOR BETTER WEATHER FOR THE 20 MILES 08-03-03
It was desperate last year so I hope it will be better tomorrow than it
was today - it has been raining in the Isle of Man for much of the day.
I'm hoping to have some pictures of the run online around 12.30 tomorrow
with a larger selection around 2.30.
QUIZ NIGHT A SELL OUT 07-03-03
When I spoke with Brenda Charlton tonight she only had four tickets
remaining out of 150 available for tomorrow night's quiz night to raise
funds for the junior walkers. It is surely safe to say it will be a sell
SYMPATHY FOR NEIL 07-03-03
I didn't want to overdo the following report like the front page of the
Manx Independent every week, but I was extremely sorry to learn today that
last week's Steam Packet 10km winner, Neil Bates, was mugged in Birmingham
Here is Neil's story.
"After afew days off training after the Manx Steampacket -having
sore back and legs- i was hoping to get back into full training again
starting tongiht with 2 x 4km reps.
However. taking a break from studying last night I decided to go for a
stroll down to the local supermarket to get some food in and to clear
my head. Unfortunately i was mugged!!
They took my wallet which had my cards and about £5 cash, (and a manx £1
note) I didn't have my mobile or anything else valuable on me.
So needless to say, I am not too bothered about a 2 x 4km session
tonight. But am hoping to go and do some sort of training. Not sure what
20 MILE RUN ON SUNDAY 06-03-03
The Castletown Health Store 20 mile run is to be held at the National
Sports Centre at 9.30 on Sunday.
Its had a very low key build up despite me attempt to start the
publicity back in November so I hope there are plenty of entries.
It was certainly well featured on the two main Manx web sites today. Manx
Radio headed it "Marathon Training Run" which caught my eye as I
didn't twig is was a headline for the 20 miles.
Entry is being allowed on the day for a £1 premium.
40 laps of the NSC roadway may nit sound particularly exciting but there
is a usually a good atmosphere with loads of encouragement from supporters,
officials and other runners. Not an event to enter at the drop of a hat,
but if you were going to do it but fogot to enter, get yourself down there.
SPARKY ADDS TO DATABASE 06-03-03
It was thanks to Steve "Sparky" Parkinson that I've been able
to add 1983 and 1984 to the 20 mile database tonight. I've also
updated the file with all times sorted by time and alphabetical by runner's
Sparky featured well in the races himself with a second and a third.
Two men clearly dominate the rankings, Tony
Okell for his super fast time in 2001 and Steve Kelly for
his super consistency. I think there are more of Steve's times in the
Did you notice (from the selection on the front page) that Colin Halsall
is the fastest to finish second and he is also the second fastest to finish
second. Always the bridesmaid.....
PHIL RILEY NOT TOO IMPRESSED WITH THE NATIONAL HEALTH 06-03-03
Been to see a GP today with regards to my back in the hope i could get
more physio on it. I was basically told that mechanical back problem is no
concern of his, and even though he could see that it needed treating pretty
soon he told me that the earliest he could refer me was... 4 months! Fair
enough he's the professional but 4 months doesn't seem like fairly soon to
me! Looks like i'm gonna have to pay through the nose in order to save my
season and go to a private physio, just what i need!
Will keep you updated, but looks as if i'm gonna have a race against
time to be fit for the start of the track season come May.
FORMER DOUGLAS TO CASTLETOWN WINNER IN GOOD FORM 05-03-03
Chris Quine spotted that,
Steve Wylie who lived here for several years in the late 1990's before
returning to live in Scotland, finished 2nd in the Scottish National Cross
Steve was fairly inactive whilst he lived here although he did win the
Douglas to Castletown in around 1997a few days after he arrived. He started
training with Chris and Colin Moore in around May 2000 for a few
months before returning to Scotland.
Athletics Weekly reports that Steve was a GB reserve for the European
cross country championships in 1996 before injury intervened. An earlier
report stated that he needed to massage his foot with a golf ball for about
20 minutes before he runs as he has to manage his injury.
STEVE TAYLOR THINKS WE HAVE MORE RECORDS 05-03-03
According to my records two Manx bests performances were set on
Saturday. These of course will be subject to ratification by the
IOMAA and I have forwarded them on to the assocation.
Mens 40+ 20km Peter Kaneen 1.35.49 beating the previous
best by Allan Callow set in 1985
by two and half minutes.
Interesting to note however that the 45+ record is also 1.35.49 again by
Allan Callow set in 1994.
Under 15 gilrls 1 mile. Emma Latham 8.41 beating Ciara Kaneen's time
from last year by over a minute.
PICTURES FROM THE FIREMAN'S 05-03-03
After a record four photographers in action at the Bradda Fell Race,
there will be at least one at Ramsey for the Fireman's presentation on
Paul Jackson will be taking his camera with him to Ramsey. I'd like him
to go for some "on board" shots but I think I'll have to rely on
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SWEDES – AND BORZAKOVSKIY – STAR IN STOCKHOLM
New world leading marks in the men’s 800m, pole vault and triple
jump, the ‘greatest 800m race ever indoors’, plus world record attempts –
which were much more than just symbolic – in the women’s high jump and pole
vault highlighted the 14th GE Galan meeting, reports A Lennart Julin.
The last track event was the 800m, and although illness forced world
champion André Bucher to withdraw, as the race unfolded it became something
to treasure. Wilfred Bungei had to settle for fourth place despite
recording 1:45.07! The race also marked the return to the top of the
somewhat enigmatic Russian talent Yuriy Borzakovskiy. As usual ignoring the
pacesetter – this time David Kiptoo who
took Wilson Kipketer and Wilfred Bungei out to a sub-51-opening –
Borzakovskiy executed a textbook “even pace” race with laps of 26.4, 25.7,
26.1 and 26.2, finishing in 1:44.34, a time only Borzakovskiy himself and
world record holder Kipketer have ever surpassed indoors.
THE FASTEST INDOOR 800m TIMES
1:42.67Wilson Kipketer DEN9
1:44.15Yuriy Borzakovskiy RUS27
1:44.78Pawel Czapiewski POL3
1:44.82Mehdi Baala FRA18
1:44.84Paul Ereng KEN4
1:44.88Nico Motchebon GER5
1:44.91Sebastian Coe GBR12
MY COMMENT ON THE 800 METRES 04-03-03
I can't believe its 20 years next week since I watched Seb Coe run his
fantastic indoor record on TV. Neither can I believe that such a
performance is now only 12th on the old time list.
I'm a great fan of Yuriy Borzakovskiy and am quite convinced he will win
the Olympics next year. Big Bren rattles on about him not doing every major
championship but does anyone remember how "in the old days"
athletes used to have quiet years and then peak for the big years. Watch
NOT QUITE AS FAST BUT PRETTY IMPRESSIVE 04-03-03
Guy Bullock who has PB's of 32.73 (300m) and 45.76 (400m), although both
from about 1996 is over on the Island for a few months reports Keiron Murray.
He will be training down the track tomorrow at 6:00pm and Keiron is hoping
to some sessions with him to get in shape for Guernsey.
Manx Harriers Do Friday 21 March 04-03-03
Douglas Rugby Club 8 to 12pm. Food, Disco, Bar, good company and live
music featuring Twisted Angels (all girl band with a club connection!!!)
and Darren Gray's band Backwater. (The food is a light buffet only).
The aim of the night is a bit of fun all for £3. If we make any profit
it will go towards the club travel fund.
All are welcome but athletes and children under the age of 18 must be
accompanied by an adult due to the bar regulations. One adult could come
with a group of youngsters, but must stay with them!!!
So why not chat about sharing a taxi or car and contact Andy Fox on 626415 to book your tickets.
and don't forget Manx Harriers funding raising this Saturday
This Saturday at the Glen Helen at 7.30. The Roy Moore quiz night. Funds
in aid of junior walkers competing off the island.
or WESTERN AC'S AGM 04-03-03
Although I've not been notified of this one I seem to recall from a
notice in the paper that it is on tomorrow night and they were inviting new
members to attend.
FELL RUNNERS TRAINING 04-03-03
There will be another run around the Snaefell course this coming Sunday
9th March for anyone wishing to have a look. Start times will again be
9.00am at Windy Corner and 9.15am at the Bungalow.
If you have any uncertainty about the route you should consider joining
this training session.
WHERE WERE ALL THE ENGLISH WALKERS? 04-03-03
Graham Jackson asked the question before the Steam Packet meeting
I looked at the start lists last week and could not believe that
there are no top uk walkers in either 20k or 50k. Where are all the
wanabbee 50k walkers who want to walk in the European Cup in May? Iits the
ideal time and place to post a qualifying time. I think 50k walking in the
UK at a top level is finished. I'm sorry to say there is no body wanting to
put the hard training in.
Manx walkers should note that the north of England 20k is now on May 3rd
also the national veterans 20k held in with the northern 20k.
LAMBDEN MAKES THE INEVITABLE DECISION 04-03-03
Some of you will recall that I damaged my knee badly in a fall on 30
December just when I was making progress with my plans to run the London
Marathon. Since last year (when I sneaked inside 3 hours due to injury
problems compared to 2.43 the previous year) my running has been geared
towards getting back under 2.45 and the top 20 in the 45-50 age group.
When I had my leg heavily bandaged the first week and missed the Lancs
cross country I thought I would be running in the following week's CC at
Port St Mary...then the champs...then by the end of January and so on. I
did a single 10 minute jog the Saturday before last but after my knee got
worse again last week after my first week walking to and from work again,
I've had to accept the inevitable.
I can't see me competing in the next few months as the longer I am out
of the action the slower the comeback. At the moment I have gone down with
"the bug" for the second time in three weeks after boasting that
I'd not had a cold for a year!
RICHIE STEVENSON ADDRESSES THE FELL RUNNING PROBLEM 04-03-03
It was very disappointing from the organisers point of view to hear
about runners cutting across private land in Sundays race. In fairness a
number were told mistakenly by a MFR member to go along that particular
route as he had seen some earlier runners going that way and
thought that was the way to go. This was not the case for everyone
though and I really can`t find any excuse for people to knowingly cut
across private property. We are proud of our relatively easy going attitude
to races and we try to avoid unnecessary rules for competitors. However
this puts a great deal of trust and responsibility onto the runners
themselves and if this trust is abused then we have problems.
Part of the fascination of running the hills is to try a different route
that may be slightly quicker than your opponent is using. This can only be
done on the open fell side though where most races become point to
point. Unfortunately we have a very small number who seem hell bent on
finding short cuts even if this means going on private land which is
not part of the course.
I have been told of this, or similar occurrences, in at least four
races over the past year but as nobody wished to make a formal
complaint we couldn't do much about it apart from a quiet word with the
transgressors which seems to be going unheeded.
Another daft thing to occur in Sundays race was a few runners were
jumping over walls, and in so doing dislodging stones, in places where it
was just as easy and quick to go through gates.
We will be issuing all
competitors with a letter reminding them of their responsibilities in the
near future and hope we will have seen the last of these thoughtless
actions. If it happens again we will very reluctantly disqualify any
TERRY BATES LOSES HIS FIRST RACE IN GUERNSEY BY THE A STOMACH WIDTH
........so says the man who beat him, Rob Elliott 04-03-03
Guernsey's Athletic Development Officer and experienced racewalker Terry
Bates almost pulled off a win in the Sarnia WC 5000 metres track walk
on Sunday. Slightly down on early leader Rob Elliott at 3000 metres he
caught up and opened up a gap of 15 metres until Elliott closed the gap on
the final lap and inched ahead in the final metres, with both walkers
credited with the same time.
Stuart Le Noury in his
first Championship walk as a senior finished two and a half minutes faster
than his last effort at the distance.
Liz has promised to keep me up to date with entry numbers but please
help the organisers by entering early.
With another year's experience of websign design and operation up my
sleeve, I wasn't prepared to just load this year's information on top of
last year's site so I have started another re-design. I hope there will be
more features than ever this year and the popular databases, the
publication of which saw the birth of this site will be back online in a
better format soon.
NEWS PAGE BACK ....just 03-03-03
Regular readers will know there have not been many days in the past two
years when this page has not been updated but although I've put more time than
ever into the websites during the past few days, the energies have gone
elsewhere. Even tonight I'm not going to stay on this too long tonight as
I've already put in quite a bit of time. So most of the things I had up my
sleeve will have to wait. Except for....
RICHIE STEVENSON REPORTS ON THR BRADDA FELL RACE 03-03-03
Lloyd Taggart is well
known in fell circles across scoring many good results particularly in
the High Peaks races in Derbyshire. He was back on the Island visiting
his parents and took the opportunity to have a go at his first fell race
here. He ran very impressively leading most of the way reading the race
route from his map as he ran along. Although Manx born he could only
remember the road crossings, and great credit to him for having the
confidence to lead out the race.
I think his time is the second fastest ever recorded on the 15 miles
course although I stand to be corrected on that. Richard Jamieson had a go
at holding the Buxton runner but to no avail. He was passed by a slow
starting Tony Okell just before
the climb to South Barrule. Tony never looked like catching Lloyd and
really he did remarkably well to run such a good time given his heavy cold.
Brian Osbourne ran well to take a relatively lonely fourth ahead
of a chasing group consisting of Ian Gale, race sponsor Ian Ronan,
Simon Skillicorn, Mark Preston
and Dave Young.
Rose Hooton showed lots of determination to finish even though she
was carrying a injury and it was great to see Christine
Barwell successfully tackling her first fell race.
Many thanks to Ian Ronan
for sponsoring the race again and of course to all the people who helped on
PHIL RILEY REPORTS ON HIS GLASGOW INDOOR PERFORMANCES
Just to let you know my performances from Glasgow last week.
Long Jump - 6.30m
Triple Jump - 12.80m
Jarred my back the wednesday before so as a result was pleased with both
performances. Haven't trained since however on recommendation of my physio,
nightmare time to get injured as well!