All "reporting" by Murray
Lambden unless otherwise stated.
MURRAY'S ISLAND GAMES COUNTDOWN
Week 1 - w/c 16th
September 2002 (41 weeks to go) - revised
only a week off, I decided that I'd shorten my rest period. It's less than 10
months to the Games already and I'm of the view that I'll probably get enough
'enforced' rest periods when I pick up colds and niggles or simply when I feel
long run confirmed that my minimal amounts of training over the summer had
really affected my stamina (as per the 800m at Oldham). It was good to get out
without the watch ticking away, which gives me an opportunity to have a proper
focus what will be required in Guernsey.
first track session was OK - 4 x 600m in 1:40, one every 5th minute (Dave
Moorcroft would do six in 1:30 off similar recoveries). As is often the case
with that session, I was unable to complete the 4 x 150m fast relaxed strides
at the end because of cramping in my calves.
had a couple of physio sessions on my left knee / ITB (the tendon that runs on
the outside of the thigh) but I think the problem is actually in behind the
kneecap and at the lower quad. I've done some work on it myself and it now
seems a bit smoother when the knee flexes. The problems with this knee all
relate back to a practice run over the first leg of the Millennium Relay in
1999. You won't see me up there this year... no matter how often John Crellin
LAO2 / Aerobic
Anaerobic / Speed End 1
Easy 20mins (felt tired)
Drills; 4 x
600m [98, 102, 99, 102] each 5th min
MURRAY'S ISLAND GAMES COUNTDOWN
Week 2 - w/c 23rd
September 2002 (40 weeks to go) 30-09-02
My first job - still -
is to sit down and plan my training and races. I'm all in favour of the
pre-Christmas format of the Island XC league - particularly the promise of the
short course races. I think 2nd or 3rd in the 1998-99 XC league was my first
prize as a senior. Graham Davies has promised me number 1 for the series
although I think it probably has much more to do with the fact that I posted a
series entry as soon as the forms were online rather than my mud gliding
Training went well for the first part of the week but I
was feeling tired by Friday and I was a bit worried about pain in my left
Achilles and bruising around the lump on the front of my right shin. It's
almost certainly muscular as opposed to anything more serious (stress fracture)
but to give it time I had a couple of days off which also coincided with the
opportunity to have a few beers after work on Friday and watching Michael Owen
make a mug of Man City on Saturday.
8+5 x 30s off 60s, 5x10s
off 50s [4min sets]----Weights
LAO2 / Aerobic
Anaerobic / Speed End 2
TOTAL 5 ½
8 x 300m in 44s each 3rd min
20 min fartlek
And Keiron gets a mention in the latest
ramblings from the site's other prolific contributor
Steve Taylor 30-09-02
I took out my scrap book over the weekend
and came across a report of the 1989 Easter Festival.
14th (3rd local in the boys 2 mile road race was Keiron
Murray in a time os just under 13mins.
I also read a report from 1983. After
the NYAG at Birchfield the team travelled to Coventry
the next day and took part in a 10km event. As I often
did in those days I retired bu Steve Partington finished
just behind Graham Young. This was possibly the last
time Steve was beaten by a Manxman in a proper race
over 10km. I know he finished behind Peter Kaneen at
Ballasalla this year but he was pacing Neil Bates on
that occasion. 1984 saw Steve pick up the 10km and 10
mile championship titles and just missing out to Allan
Callow in the 30km. The winter of 1983 was when Steve
really emerged as a race walker. The rest as they say
If we can learn anything from this is
that success often takes time. I remember people talking
about Steve back in the 1980's saying that he was a
natural. That may be so but I don't think that those
same people truly appreciated the amount of effort that
Steve was actually putting in to his training.
I always enjoyed training with
Steve it would be a laugh and hard work at the same
time. The only person who could push you harder was
Steve Brennan. Training with Brenny, now I could write
a book about that.
MARTIN YOUNG SECOND IN DARTFORD
Steve Taylor reports and comments 30-09-02
Just read through the results of this
event and its great to see Martin Young continuing his
good form with a fine second place behind Steve Hollier
in 22.15.9 for 5km. Martin was representing the North
who finished third with 43 points behind South 81 and
As a former Northern Area representative
and area champion what disappoints me is the lack of
representatives that the Northern team had out on the
day. If the results are to be taken at face value it
appears that we could have had three people in each
event but we had only the following.
Senior Men 3
Under 20 0
Under 17 0
Under 15 0
Under 13 2
Senior Women 1
Under 20 0
Under 17 1
Under 15 1
Under 13 1
Not great by any means. Are we really
that short of walkers. I was always proud to represent
my area if and when given the opportunity. Bringing
me to my next point is that what annoys me is that it
would appear that no one from the Isle of Man was considered
for selection. I realise that costs would be high to
get Manx walkers across for the event but surely our
athletes are good enough and therefore should be selected.
Accepting that some people may not have
wanted to compete but we could have had Neil Bates (u20),
Robert Moore (u15) and Callum Taylor (u15). Callum may
still be u13 and if so his times would have put him
in contention to win the race. Emma Latham (u15) and
Ciara Kaneen (u15) with Helen Anstead (u13) and Lauren
Whelan (u13)both capable of getting in the medals.
The Northern team would be greatly boosted
by the inclusion of these walkers and whilst on their
own the overall position of 3rd would not have changed
we would at least shown that the Norrth (and the Isle
of Man) have some of the best race walkers in the country.
I would call upon our coaches and administrators
to ensure that the names of Manx athletes are made known
to county and area selectors so that they can be considered
for team selection.
DIANE LAWRENCE HOPE TO RUN FOR ISLE
Keiron Murray reports 30-09-02
Diane Lawrence, who is being coached with some
considerable success by Dave Newton has confirmed that if she is contention for
selection for the Island Games she will probably run for the Isle of Man,
rather than Guernsey, her birthplace.
LONDON MARATHON ADVERT 29-09-02
I was just reviewing the website to
check the things I've published this weekend and noticed
the dates quoted in the London Marathon advert. I think
the organisers have given us an extra year for the qualifying
time. Surely the qualifying time should be since 1 January
2001. Perhaps there has been a correction published
- I'm behind with my reading of AW as usual.
Talking of being behind, apologies to
anyone I've not replied to by way of email. Despite
exceeding the number of hours I planned this weekend
on the website, I still have a few non urgent things
to respond to.
OLD PHOTOS REQUIRED 29-09-02
Although I have a large collection of
photos that I intend to dip into from time to time,
most of them involve either myself (taken by family)
or events that I was closely involved in. Although I'm
prepared to embarress myself and others I know well,
I would like to broaden the interest as much as possible.
Therefore if you have old pictures of either old events,
or pictures of current athletes in social or family
pictures, I would be very interested.
MY STUFF 29-09-02
I have done very little training since
this year's London Marathon. Firstly I tried to get
going too soon after the marathon and then when my various
injuries improved I decided to take each race as it
came and went from race to race with very little in
between, completely against my principles! Rather like
Robbie Lambie (see below) I then missed around 5 weeks
with a completely unexpected achilles injury. I say
unexpected as most of my injuries are the same re-occuring
ones and I had never suffered in that way before.
I've now done half a dozen training
sessions at Nobles Park in the past two weeks and taken
the plunge by entering the cross country league and
Syd Quirk Half Marathon. I can now smugly remind
everyone to enter those two events!
My plan, as usual, is to run in London
on 13 April and if I don't I shall be there spectating.
Before then I aim to support Manx Harriers in the Lancashire
Cross Country Championships in January, my other regular
off island jaunt.
SEND ME YOUR STUFF!
ANY NEWS OF TRIATHLON? 29-09-02
Only news so far comes from Robbie Lambie.
"Just finished competing in the Triathlon in Ramsey
in the running section today. Lovely day, little breezy but pleasant
enough. After that run and accepting I've missed about 5 weeks of decent
training, due to an achilles problem, I think my only ambition is to stay
uninjured and healthy.
You can lose fitness quickly at this age and it's
hard physically and mentally to get back again. Normally I have about a month
out at this time of year but I think I could get used to alot of rest and
probably never be able to come back. So it will be days more than weeks this
MIKE CALLOW'S TRAINING SESSIONS 29-09-02
Mike coaches a number of youngsters
at the NSC and he has changed his timetable for the
winter. He will be taking throwing and jumping sessions
outdoors on Monday and Wednesday at 6 pm with indoor
fitness sessions at 7 pm on Fridays.
DID YOU TELL ME? 29-09-02
If you are looking for results, details
of social events or entry forms etc, and you cannot
find them, the chances are that I've not been told.
Sometimes I have a vague idea that things are happening
but unless I'm told I'm afraid I can't publicise.
1966 CROSS COUNTRY 29-09-02
Thanks to Robbie Lambie for the loan
of the 1966 Cross Country picture featured on the front
page. Fascinating. Robbie won the race in 1967
beating Peter Westwell and Robbie Corkish.
The Dale Trophy meeting used to be quite
a big one. Send me your memories.
In the 1970s and 1980s there was a junior
cross country league sponsored by Esso. I was reminded
of this when I was doing some research on old races
at the museum last year. Several people who compete
in athletics (or other sports) were listed in the results
so I would be interested to read of any memories from
10 MILE WALK RESULTS NOW ON LINE 28-09-02
Thanks to Peter Cooper for advising
results are now online.
POSTMAN IN UNIFORM RESULTS from Graham
41st Annual, 6 miles London Postman's
walk in uniform held on Saturday 28th September 2002
Won by Dave Turner, 46 minutes 55 seconds
7th (3rd Veteran, 1st Manxman) Graham
Young, 56 minutes 95 seconds
11th Gary Harrison, 58 minutes 8 seconds
25th John Cannell, 65 minutes 12 seconds
(not quite sure what the 95 seconds
represents - could by 59 I guess - Murray)
SUE PEDERSEN LOCATES HER FAMILY HISTORY
- but would like more
I refer to the paragraph "During
the nineteenth century, contrary to current popular
belief, there were race walking events in the Isle of
Man. In fact at the first all-Island sports held at
the Nunnery in August 1868, a mile walking race
was held, the winner being James Kate of Douglas. The
leading Manx race walker of the late 70's was
Titus Corkill of Peel with Louis Callow of Douglas always
ready to give him a hard race. Corkill reigned supreme
over the one and two-mile distances with a best scratch
time of 17 minutes 42.5 seconds. After 1879 the walking
races were dropped in favour of bicycle races".
Titus Corkill was my great, great uncle,
who disappeared from Manx records [that I have
been able to find] after the 1881 census. I'd be most
grateful if you or John Wright would tell me whether
you have any further information about him? I was told
by a cousin that he was a "great walker",
but I was amazed to see what she must have meant by
that on your website! I thought she just meant
that he liked to go for walks. She thought that he had
emigrated from the IOM, but I have found no reference
to him anywhere.
Very many thanks indeed if you can help
with any information, no matter how small. - Any lead
10 MILE RESULT 27-09-02
For the benefit of the overseas visitors
who have asking for the result of the 10 miles, I've
scanned in the Manx Independent with apologies for copyright
It also gives you the chance to read
the report on the English Schools Walks and the Blackpool
STEVE PARTINGTON FEELS OLD 27-09-02
The '82 Novice Walk must have been my first event.
So that's twenty years!!! Surely all those hours spent
training could have been put to a more profitable use?
I was second in the '82 Novice. Steve Parkinson won.
Not too sure of the gap, but I seem to recall doing
just over 9km in the hour. Then it was into the Winter
League. Not sure how I did in that (although I did win
it one year) but I think the first WL 10km I did was
on a course from the Grandstand, out Ballanard Rd to
Abbeylands crossroads and out the East Baldwin Road
for a mile or so, before turning and heading back to
the Grandstand. I'm feeling really old now!
WESTERN AC PRESENT 26-09-02
Don't forget that Western AC are holding their Summer League
Presentation Evening on at the Masonic Hall, Stanley
Its your last chance to order tickets
from Rosie Morrison on 843271 or 461802.
RAMSEY FIREMANS 26-09-02
I make my usual plea for information
about events. Although I've never been to the
Ramsey Fireman's events, I've always heard good reports
about them. There is a plug for the first round in Peter
McElroy's Chit Chat column but it still doesn't go as
far as I would like, eg similar to Steve Partington's
excellent preview of the Novice Walk.
Are the dates of the whole series confirmed?
How many events do you have to run to score in the league?
What are the sign on times and start times? Where exactly
do the courses go? Is there a minimum or maximum age?
Do runners enter a single race or pay a fee for the
league? Can runners still take part if they miss the
first one? Is every race handicapped? Is the course
on the road or the pavement? Are there changing facilities?
Are there any social activities afterwards? Where will
the results be published?
Quite a few people know the answers
to these questions. But if I had never taken part in
a running event before I wouldn't.
Last year Martyn Strickett kindly sent
me the results of many of the races from which I compiled
a database which I seem to have lost. Does anyone have
a copy they could email back to me?
DOUGIE CORKILL 58 - I DON'T BELIEVE IT 26-09-02
I've no intention of repeating Peter
Mac's list of birthdays but I was amazed to see that
Dougie Corkill will be 58 on Tuesday.
I travelled to a couple of events with
Dougie in the 80s. In 1983 we went to watch the (then)
Lugano Cup Semi Final in London. I had my usual stack
of papers and magazines with me to read but I hardly
opened them. Dougie's enthusiasm was so great we just
talked and talked and talked. Mind you, it wasn't all
athletics. The general election had been held the day
before we travelled and Mrs Thatcher had just won her
second term of office. Dougie was a fan of the Social
Democratic Party (remember them) and David Owen in particular.
I'm beginning to think Dougie must be 58 as those days
seem to long ago!
STEVE PARTINGTON WAS THAT NOVICE 20
YEARS AGO, writes Steve Taylor
Steve Partington did compete in the
novice walk in 1982 but he didn't win, on this occasion
he was 3rd the winner being Steve Parkinson. You may
be the only person that Sparky hasn't told!!!
AND MORE FROM NIGEL SINCLAIR 26-09-02
I was speaking to James Coulson yesterday,
and he tells me he's off to run New York (as I did last
year). He asked me for a few tips, but told me HE wasn't
getting married three days before the race (as I did
NANCY WEAVER - A MANX WOMAN IN THE USA
Greetings from the united
states, Missouri to be
I'm one of those Manx Homecomers-my family name is
Cain, and we were part of some of those who were from
My husband I and I have made many trips to Man-the last
one being for Tynwald Day, 2000.
While attending the Family History Society dinner one
evening, we happened to be seated at the same table as
Noel (Nigel?) Cringle.
He and my husband discussed their mutual love of
running, etc. The subject of the Parish Walk came up.
We had heard about it, but never pursued it.
Well, this is the year! And the more we talked about it, the more the far flung members of my family
expressed an interest in come over to explore roots,
and perhaps even enter the even.
One son-in-law did some research, and thus found your
web site. Believe me, we've printed up the stats, and
viewed the photos, and made copies of the map and
noted the distance between stops, etc. etc. etc.
I have our reservations at the Falcon's Nest Hotel
down there in POrt Erin. We have stayed there on
several of our recent visits-including Christmas, 1998
when we brought some 17 family members along with us.
They included our kids and grandkids of all ages.
My great grandmother we think was born in the home now
occupied by Leslie and Ron Hook-and have become
"friends" of theirs. MY grandfather, Abraham Cain was
born in the little white cottage, across the street
from the Hotel in Ballasalla-his birthplace is refereed
to as Homecroft.
Ok, enough background. What I am wondering is------How
do I obtain an entry blank for the race? and what is
the cost to enter, and how can we pay it -in
u.s.dollars, or by Master Card, etc. etc. etc.
Perhaps those things have not been posted as yet.
When you have the time, please do reply to me at:
Having said that, I shall now tell you that my yahoo
account is giving me fits. I am in at the local
library using their computers to type this, as mine is
out of whack. Until it is fixed, I shall borrow
computer access from friends!
Thank you for maintaining the site-pictures will
either inspire me to start getting in shape, 0r, if I
look at the bloody heels, i"ll learn how to drive on
the left hand side of the road!
I look forward to hearing from you, in some form or
Rt. 3, Box 74120
potosi, Missouri 63664
Telephone: Country code+ 573-779-3400
Note from Murray - it would
be most helpful if someone could reply to Nancy as my
email is overflowing. Thanks.
FAMILY SKEET 25-09-02
When I was a kid I used to think I had
more relatives than anyone in the Isle of Man. My grandfather
Frank, who was MHK for Michael for 10 years from 1946
(and was replaced by another relative Norman for the
next 14 years), came from a family of teens of children
in Kirk Michael and so I could never keep track of who
was who on my Mother's side of the family.
I don't mix frequently socially with
many of my relatives but they came to my rescue last
week as I attended two family parties in one week. As
I have very little to pen on this page at the moment
here is some skeet.
Firstly I attended cousin Graham Crowe's
50th birthday at the Hilton Hotel on Thursday and what
a bash it was. I saw several athletes including my good
friend Paul Curphey (whose wife Paula plays hockey with
Graham), Graham's long time friend (successful MHK)
Dave Anderson and I sat next to Parish Walk finisher
Irene Taggart who told me I had not pictured her on
the website this year! All three were subsequently pictured
last week! There were plenty of others of course, not
forgetting brother Martin who won the 1988 Parish Walk
and managed a 1.22 Half Marathon a couple of years later.
A free bar, wine on the table and what
appeared to be an excellent buffet was available to
all. Imagine my embarrassment when, after piling up
my plate, I discovered that it was only the starter!
Graham is a former winner of the main
music prize on the Island, the Cleveland medal on, I
think 3 (but perhaps 4) occasions so you can imagine
there was plenty of music, both contemporary and traditional.
Graham is a former director of Manx
Radio and a farmer at Ballachrink, West Baldwin, the
scene of Boundary Harriers cross country in the 1970s.
Three days later I was at a lunch organised
by my 85 year old Uncle John, former head of Barclays
Bank in the Isle of Man. He has lived at Belmont House,
just off Belmont Hill, for many years, yet it was nearly
20 years since I last visited the house - my wife Marie
winds me up by saying I must be ashamed to take her
to see them!
Many of the guests in this wonderful
house, built by the head of the failed 19th century
bank Dumbells, were from the world of Bridge, which
John has played for many years. I sat next to
Pat Cannan, mother of that well known Northern AC runner,
Bernie. Bernie's dad, the current Michael MHK, had a
thing or two to say about politics which I can't repeat
here. Marie sat next to George Henthorne, a veteran
runner who only a year ago was telling me that he though
he was the oldest runner on the Island but told Marie
that he has now had to give up but misses it like crazy.
The lunch was prepared by veteran cyclist
Eddie Murphy who embarrassed me by addressing me by
name when I didn't know him - apparently I lived a few
doors from him for four years in my first house in Victoria
Avenue from 1980 onwards and ignored him then too!
To avoid any more drivel like this please
send me your news!!
ROBBIE CALLISTER AT THE NSC 25-09-02
Steve Partington reports that Clerical
Medical Parish Walk winner Robbie Callister is now a
work colleague of Bernie Cannan at the NSC. He says
he's having a go at the End to End, but only on running
training. Still, will start as one of the favourites
surely? Also said that he's looking to get his running
back on track now that his job allows him a bit more
time for training.
NOVICE WALKS ON 6 OCTOBER 25-09-02
Many thanks to Steve Partington for
the publicity for the Novice Walk which I have used
on the front page today (don't blame him for the artwork
however - that is mine!).
Its really helpful to explain exactly
how the event is organised.
He mentions that many of the top walkers
have started in the novice walk and I've had my scrapbooks
out for 1982 as I have a feeling there was a S Partington
in the line up! Alas I can't find it but I did find
Steve with a 57 minute 10km clocking in 1983! Those
were the days.
POSTMEN DO IT IN UNIFORM
Graham Young reports 24-09-02
After our most successful year ever in this event
last year, the 40 th Annual London Postmens' Walk, when
we finished 1 st. and 3rd. teams, fielding 10 Manx posties,
we are only able to start 3 this year. This is due to
injuries, (mostly),and clashing commitments. John Cannell,myself,
and in form Gary Harrison, hope to toe the line in this
annual uniform race over 6 miles, this Sat.
WHEN YOU ARE DOWN YOU ARE DOWN
Chris Quine tells his story 24-09-02
I am hoping to do some running shortly - I was ready
to start (after illness and injury) a couple of weeks
ago but burnt my hand on a cup of tea in Manchester
the day after the promotion match.
More from Chris soon.
STEVE TAYLOR HAS SOME IDEAS ON PUBLICITY
an extract from his daily email! Thanks Steve. 24-09-02
...not everyone has access to the internet, you will
know from your hits that the majority of those accessing
the internet to your site do so whilst at work. How
many of these people still go on line when at home.
Probably not all of them. As such whilst we should endeavour
to use the internet to the full this must be in addition
to using the local and national media and not instead
Could the IOMAA and the individual clubs place an
ad. telling of events in the forthcoming months. Also
have information sheets or flyers available at each
race telling people what comes next. Whist Peter Mac
will always say, if you have bought the Independent
on Thursday you may have time to get to Ramsey tonight.....we
really need to ensure that our events our publicised
well in advance. The IOMAA fixture book is not the answer
unless it is available to EVERYONE which it is not.
Why not as a starter have everyone who submits a
report to the local media have a foot note of the events
for the next four weeks, whether they be road, fell,
x/c or walking, we are all part of athletics after all.
As there is an event on every week we are sure to keep
the public in the know and then the number of competitors
may well be on the increase.
NOTHING TO DO WITH ATHLETICS PART 17 24-09-02
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Who on earth uses their bank as a client experience?
uk:athletics Level 1 Course.
Sports Developement Officer, Gianni Epifani Reports
(first published 04-09-02)
Manx Sport and Recreation in conjunction with ukathletics
are running a Level 1 coaching course. The one day course
offers participants a good introduction to delivering
basic athletic skills and offers practical advice and
solutions when working with groups of children. For
the more ambitious coach, the course offers a good '
stepping stone' to Level 2 and 3 courses.
The course takes place on Saturday 5 October at the
NSC at a cost of £25.00 ( including course materials
). Once again the course is being subsidised, the normal
cost for the course is £45.00.
I have circulated application forms to all club secretaries,
alternatively contact me on 688592 and I will send you
one in the post. Application forms have to be returned
to me no later than Friday 20 September. REMEMBER TO
AFIX A PASSPORT SIZED PHOTO WITH YOUR APPLICATION.
If you need any additional info. please do not hesitate
to contact me.
CIRCUIT TRAINING TONIGHT - ALL WELCOME 24-09-02
This popular winter training session
continues tonight at 6.00pm for a 90 minute
workout ending at 7.30pm at St. Ninian¹s Sports
Hall. The costs are £1 for juniors and £1.50
for seniors. UK Athletics qualified coaches in attendance.
All are welcome.
KEIRON MURRAY's DIARY
Week 1 - w/c 16th September 2002 (41 weeks to go)
After only a week off, I decided that I'd shorten my rest
period. It's less than 10 months to the Games already and I'm of the view that
I'll probably get enough 'enforced' rest periods when I pick up colds and
niggles or simply when I feel tired.
My long run confirmed that my minimal amounts of training
over the summer had really affected my stamina (as per the 800m at Oldham). It
was good to get out without the watch ticking away, which gives me an opportunity
to have a proper focus what will be required in Guernsey.
My first track session was OK - 4 x 600m in 1:40, one every
5th minute (Dave Moorcroft would do six in 1:30 off similar recoveries). As is
often the case with that session, I was unable to complete the 4 x 150m fast
relaxed strides at the end because of cramping in my calves. The second track
session was 8 x 300m in 43 - 44s, one every 3 minutes. This is a stock session
for Curtis Robb who - if not injured - would be running the reps in 39 - 40s.
I've had a couple of physio sessions on my left knee / ITB
(the tendon that runs on the outside of the thigh) but I think the problem is
actually in behind the kneecap and at the lower quad. I did some work on it
myself and it now seems a bit smoother when the knee flexes. The problems with
this knee all relate back to a practice run over the first leg of the
Millennium Relay in 1999. You won't see me up there this year...
LAO2 / Aerobic
Anaerobic / Speed End 1
Easy 20mins (felt tired)
Drills; 4 x
600m [98, 102, 99, 102] each 5th min
BRIDGET KANEEN REPORTS ON MANX HARRIERS
TRIP TO BLACKPOOL
This years trip with the youngsters of the club
went very well. The stopover in Manchester proved to be a success,
plenty on nearby to entertain the children throughout the
We started of in the science and history museum -
which was gratis and had plenty of ''hands on''
activities. Also in the museum was a display featuring the
opening ceremony of the C.Games and the baton relay. After this we went to the cinema had some supper
then off back to the hostel for an 'early night', things were
just starting to quieten down in the dorms when a fireworks display started
up - early night take 2.
No need for alarm call in the morning as the local
Canada geese piped up at around 6.45am very excited about
something. The competition itself was probably the most
successful one ever for the club medal wise.
Under 11 boys Jordan Cain won bronze in the 600m
Christian Fisher won silver
in 80m in 11.9
Liam Doyle won bronze in
80m in 11.9 (same heat, time could not be split.)
The winner also came out of this heat and was only
.1 second clear, so it could not have been closer. Liam Doyle got his second
medal - a silver this time in the long jump 3.90. Aidan O'Shea bronze in
the long jump. 3.85. The winner of this event had a distance of 3.91, so
it was also a close contest.
Quite a haul for the young boys particularly when
you consider that their age group was the best supported of the meeting and that there
are only three events that under elevens can enter.LJ, 600m and 80m.
It did not stop there, another Manx Harrier to have
a successful day was James Eccles - the family had travelled to the meeting under their own
steam.James got a bronze in the 600m, and a silver in the
shot putt.The full results of all the young athletes are as
Under 11 girls 80m
Under 11 boys 80m
Danielle Ross 12.7 4th in heat
Christian Fisher 11.9 silver
Leanne Garrett 13.1 3rd .. ..
. Liam Doyle 11.9 bronze
Bethany Radcliffe 13.4 5th .. .. ..
Ruairi Mooney 12.9 3rd in heat
Breeshey Kermode 13.4 3rd .. .. ..
Aidan O'Shea 13.3 7th .. ..
Bronwen Kaneen 14.1 7th .. .. ..
Jordan Cain 13.4 3rd .. ..
Lauren Whelan 14.1 8th .. .. ..
Sam Black 13.7 4th .. ..
Under 11 girls 600m
Under 11 boys
Leanne 2.04.09 3rd in heat
Jordan 1.57.2 bronze
Bronwen 2.07.6 8th .. ..
.. Aidan 2.01.6 4th in heat
Lauren 2.10.3 9th .. ..
.. Sam 2.07.2 9th .. ..
Danielle 2.13.4 6th .. ..
.. Ruiari 2.08.0 10th ..
Bethany 2.21.7 8th .. ..
Under 11 girls Long jump
Under 11 boys Long jump
Breeshey 3.24 11th
Liam 3.90 silver
Bronwen 3.16 14th
Aidan 3.85 bronze
Danielle 3.08 16th
Christian 3.67 4th
Lauren 3.03 19th
Jordan 3.51 8th
Leanne 2.97 20th
Ruairi 3.36 10th
25th Sam 3.13 16th
Under 13 girls
80m Under 13 boys 80m
Sarah Kaighen 12.9 8th in heat
Jonathan Croft 12.8 7th in heat
Kerry Kermode 13.6 8th in heat
Tom Bateson 13.1 4th in heat
Jade Lund 14.1 7th in heat
Aaron Bellis 13.1 6th in heat
Under 13 girls 1200m
Under 13 boys 1200m
Samantha Callaghan 4.41.3 4th
Tom Bateson 4.13.2 4th
Jade Lund 5.06.5
Under 13 girls Long jump
Under 13 boys Long jump
Stacey Trafford 3.42
19th Jonathan Croft 3.53 16th
Sarah Kaighen 3.31 23rd
Aaron Bellis 3.41 18th
Samantha Callaghan 3.16
Under 13 girls shot putt
Under 13 boys shot putt
Stacey 5.45 12th
Jonathan 5.63 5th
Kerry 4.68 (?)
Under 13 boys 600m
Jade 3.25 25th
Aaron 2.14.3 10th in heat
DADDY'S BACK 23-09-02
Steve Taylor needs help
I have not been in touch as we have
just returned from two weeks in Ireland visiting Rose's
family , I am back to work and some form of normality.
Keoghán is surprising everyone
by his size, they can't believe that his now only 7
weeks old. He is sleeping but not through the night,
he has outgrown the moses basket and is in a cot from
this week onwards.
I saw Andy Fox advertising for a boat
ticket for Saturday in the archives, I am in the same
predicament is there any way you could do the same for
me. I need a day return ticket for the boat to Liverpool
this Saturday, should have booked it before we went
but didn't get round to it. I can be contacted on 473042.
I was very pleased to read about the
excellent performances by Neil Bates at both Leamington
and Derby in winning the schools. Emma Latham
it seems surprised herself more than anyone finishing
in an excellent 5th smashing her pb.
Marie Latham not wishing to be overshadowed
by her daughter put in a great performance in winning
the Stroll. I have sent you a separate mail regarding
this event. This was always my favourite course on which
to train, apart from one time when they had to send
out a search party to find me I always enjoyed walking
I think we have had a good year so far
in walking on the Isle of Man. We may not have experienced
the fast times of previous years but the numbers participating
are on the up and that can only be a good thing. We
also have a good base of juniors, the record books have
certainly taken a bashing so far this year. These juniors
however appear to be multi-talented so one can only
hope that one or two will stay with walking into to
their teens and hopefully their senior years.
And Steve Partington has been picked
to represent GB at the World Cup, not bad for a disgrace
to the Isle of Man. I wonder what Mr. Gelling has to
say about it? Remember that bit about the 38th year,
he gets selected on his birthday.
It is a shame that we haven't got a
50km team for the world cup but I suppose that is the
way of it. When I first started walking we have a number
of sub 4.20 men who didn't necessarily have the speed
of todays walkers. I am thinking of yourself, Dennis
Jackson, Barry Graham...please don't be insulted. Yes
todays walkers have the potential to become sub 4.20
men but are they prepared to put the work in to achieve
it. It seems anyone who breaks 48 for 10km thinks that
they can do a sub 4 hour 50km.
For me its hopefully Tuesday nights
at the gym with Andy Fox and the short course for starters
in the cross country league. Hopefully a winter league
or two taking in both 5km and 10 distances. I would
have a go over 2km but I don't think I would hear the
end of it after Callum thrashes me.
AND HE HELPS WITH THOSE MISSING STROLL
I first competed in the 80's and don't
recall a woman ever winning, certainly I was never beaten
by one so unless a woman won in 1979 I would say yes
that Marie is the first woman to win the Stroll outright.
1990 - I was 3rd in 2.13.15, at the
time can't think of many who were able to beat me other
than Steve P. and Allan C. I suspect that Steve won
1991 - I didn't compete and have no
records of it.
1992 - I was 2nd in 2.06.10 to Gordon
Vale I think.
1993 - Steve Brennan won putting in
one of his best ever races finishing in time of around
1995 - none other than my good self
again in 2.14.52
1996 - no records
10 DAY BLANK 23-09-02
As far as I can tell, its one of those
rare occurrences in the Isle of Man where there are
10 days without an event. If I have missed something
then please let me know. Next scheduled events
PETER KANEEN SUPPORTED BY YORK WALKER 23-09-02
GRAHAM JACKSON GIVES HIS VIEWS ON THE 50KM WALKING
After reading Martin's article on the development squad for
the 50k there are some questions to be asked. Two names are missing from that
squad- Mike Smith and Peter Kaneen. Mike is a former international with a sub
4.10 clocking and also current national 50k champ. Surely he deserves a chance. A
good winters training we could see him close to the Euro cup qualifying time.
Peter who I do not know, but with a good sub 4.40 50k and is new to the event
,with the right training and the right advice could also come close to the Euro
cup time .
To qualify for the Euro cup you must be able to walk 50k in 4.18
or less. Personally a 40k time trial will not be much good to me because i have
not achieved the standard set to qualify so i would walk in one of the 50k races
I hope all involved with the squad have a injury free
winters training also Mike, Peter and Steve Hollier all achieve good times.
a long time since theres been a bit of competition in the 50k. Race walking needs it
at the moment. i believe there are at least 10-12 walkers out there who could
walk 50k in 4.20 or less and they know who they are. Come on lads your country
ANOTHER NEW YORK MARATHON RUNNER 22-09-02
The Manx Independent reports that their chief reporter
John Quirk is running the New York Marathon. He is running
for Mencap and can be contacted at email@example.com
NEW COX ARRIVAL (and others) 22-09-02
I've just the announcement in the paper that former
Island Games athlete and current Manx Harriers Treasurer
(and former Chairman) has become a dad for the fourth
time. Valerie gave birth to Sinead Emily on 9 September
at 8lbs 10oz and is a sister to Caitriona, Sosanna and
Patrick. Congratulations to the Cox family.
I met Island Games champion Julie Harrison at
the Conister Motor Show a couple of weeks ago
and she had changed dramatically from a photograph taken
at the NSC (which I have been hunting for) when she
was heavily pregnant. She has recently safely delivered
baby James with her husband Adie and all is well.
The birth of the Taylor baby has been announced on
Finally, I spotted that Helen MacDonald, former race
walker (Kermode), had announced the birth of Sophie
with husband James. She is a sister for Chloe.
Please let me know if you hear about the growth in
the athletics fraternity at any time as the newspaper
adverts are often 2-3 old even when I do see them.
GRAHAM YOUNG ONLINE 22-09-02
Former IOMAA secretary,Boundary Harriers Chairman
and 1985 World Walking Cup Organiser, Graham Young,
is the latest member of the athletics fraternity to
go online. I was there for the historic moment on Saturday
afternoon! His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll have to stop writing nasty things about him
now! Actually Graham I've written lots of nice things
about your athletics career before which is why I've
mentioned some of your contributions as an official
this time around.
HAS 2001 ISLAND GAMES WEBSITE GONE? 22-09-02
I can't access the www.islandgames.org.im
website. I wonder if anyone else can? If its been taken
off line already it seems a shame as I thought one of
the objectives of holding the games in the Isle of Man
was to bring lasting publicity.
It seems to be a fault with a lot of sporting websites.
At the planning stage the website as seen as an important
tool but they are not so well prepared for when the
event is happening let alone afterwards. I tried to
access the Athletics World Cup site today www.worldcup.rfea.es
but I could not find the results. Even the news page
will be starting soon! The World Veteran Champs site
last year was another where the focus was on pre games
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE VETERANS MILE 22-09-02
Did I miss the veterans mile this Summer? First held
at the grand opening meeting at the NSC in September
1991, I think it has been held at various dates every
Whilst I am the first to say we have too many fixtures
in the Island it seems a shame to loose one of the events
that is a little bit different.
Talking of which, what ever happened to the track
10,000 metres? At least I can say I supported this one
as I ran in all but one from 1992 onwards.
10,000m or 10km 22-09-02
Can someone tell me why we always describe a track
race as a 10,000 metres yet a road race is 10 kilometres?
For that matter, why do we often talk about (say) 80
minutes for a half marathon but we don't say we ran
160 minutes for a marathon?
ATHLETES MOVE TO OTHER SPORTS 22-09-02
Every sport looses some of its best talent to other
sports but sometimes its interesting when you see their
names in print elsewhere. I noticed a lad called Nigel
Cottier was competing in the English Schools Swimming
Association meeting recently. I remember his name
as a frequent winner of the Under 9s and Under 11s cross
country a few years ago.
Meanwhile, Adam Jackson who has set up the Isle of
Man Swimming Association website www.iomsa.org.im
is off to Durham University next week to take an MSc
in Physics. I note that he has an interesting
poll on the website tonight about smoking.
UNION MILLS GARAGE 10 MILES 22-09-02
I watched the above event for the first half hour
today but couldn't stay for the rest of the race or
for the results. I've checked the IOMVAC website but
can't see them there so if anyone has them (or of they
are published somewhere on line), I should be grateful
if you would let me know.
NEIL BATES REPORTS FROM THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS WALKS
Another successful day for our Junior Race
The day began with an uplifting performance from
Emma Latham. Despite suffering "some" nerves and an injury scare last week. Emma
showed a good mind and some good coaching by benefiting from a steady start.
Emma settled into her race in 7th place and slowly caught two walkers to finish
in a new PB of 18.36 in 5th place. Emma walked a clean race with no warnings and
showed promising tactics for the future.
Unfortunately, a long time illness made Robert
Moore's race a bit difficult, shortly after 2km, he decided to call it a day,
choosing his health over his race. Despite this, Robert managed to put in two
fabulous Kilometre splits (5:10 for both) Proving he had the ability for good
times, even when not 100% fit.
Both Walkers would like to thank Liz for her
excellent advice and coaching as well as the IOM School Sports association for
there kind gesture of funding there travel.
Last race of the day was combined. the Intermediate
boys, and senior Boy's and girls 5km. This is where my last ever English school
race took place. Having not had very good races in the past English schools. I
hoped to have a good preparation on the day. This was a bit changed as 15
minutes before my race I found out that close friend and soon to be training
partner. Andrew Parker had crashed his car en route to the race. Fortunately
good news followed as I was warming up - quite reluctantly- that he was
un-injured. All this aside I started at a good pace, keeping in the Luke Finch
(Intermediate Boy) but suffering from 2 very early warning (at which point, de
ja vous came about) I slowed. Still in gold medal position, I knew I had to
finish. this I did. I took Gold in 24:20 some 4 minutes ahead of the second in
my age group, while Luke Won the overall race in a new Championship record of
Although not entirely pleased with my race, I did
what I had to get a gold medal and that is what counts. but still I am plagued
with warnings in the English Schools Championships.
I would like to thank Allan Callow and Liz for
their ever present advice and coaching. And as ever I am grateful to BA
CitiExpress and Isle of Man Sports Council for there continues travel support.
My plans not turn to Birmingham University, although I am planning 10 miles in
the morning (Sunday 22nd September) but after this, 2 weeks off are planned and
then back into my winter training and hopefully, me, Emma and Robert will all be
in action in the Wirral on 2nd November.
I would just like to add a little note to say I
hope Andrew manages to over come his minor injuries quickly and comes back to
fitness quickly. He had a bad race last week and deserved the gold medal today.
All the best mate!
MARTIN YOUNG IN NATIONAL 50KM WALK SQUAD 21-09-02
I've been pick to represent the North at an inter
area match 29th Sept at Dartford,5km. I am not
picked for Turin. I have been put in the GB developement
squad for 50km, with Gareth Brown, Karl Atton
and Nathan Adams (u23). The time for the European
Cup is 4.18 and 88 min for 20km
There will be 3 squad weekends first being 27th Oct.
There are 2 50km 2 choose from 1st March IOM and 15/16
March in Holland. What Marin Bell has proposed
is a 40km time trial and to race 20km at Leamington
in April insted of doing the above.
The Euro Cup is 500km east of Moscow, Nearly in Asia!
Also there is a 5 hour time difference. The trip
is likely to be 7 to 9 days!
WALKER BROTHERS HILL LEAGUE
SET TO GO 20-09-02
RICHIE STEVENSON REPORTS
The format for this years Walker Bros. Winter Hill
League has been more or less finalised with just a couple of items to tie up.
league will consist of three races with all of them to count, positions worked
out on aggregate time which we feel produced better racing last year than if we
had used the more traditional points system.
All the courses will be testing but not difficult
and will be fully marked. The maximum distance will only be three miles which
will hopefully encourage anyone who has never raced before to have a go. It also
means juniors from 12 years upwards are allowed to run and we hope a few will
fancy the chance of mixing it with the seniors as we will all be starting
together. We are busy working on providing refreshments at the conclusion
of every race and this will be included in the entry fee which will be £2 per
race. Anyone who has not competed in one of our races before can just turn up ( I
would advise at least a half hour before the start so you can have a quick look
at the course ) pay your entry fee to Doug Drown or Walter Kennaugh and away you
go at the start time which will be 1.30pm for all races. There will be special
prizes awarded for the best runner who has never done a fell or hill race before
and also for the best newcomer to athletics. Please inform the organisers if you
fall into any of these categories when you are entering.
The league starts off on Saturday 26th October on a
new course at Glen Ruy farm courtesy of James Coulson and Mr and Mrs Corlett of
Ballacowin. The three mile course starts just past James house and drops down
through a couple of fields before climbing to the peak known as Johns Cairn,
returning the same way in reverse. It is a great little course with a good
steady climb that is not as difficult as the route taken in the recent Horseshoe
race. There will be plenty of parking available and we can have the use of a
barn for changing if the weather is dodgy.
Round two is at Peel on Saturday 16th November
based on Peel Hill but on a different route than has been used in the past. More
details will be available soon. The Isle of Man Junior Fell Running
Championships, which will again be sponsored by the Isle of Man Bank,will be run
in conjunction with this race. We are trying to obtain changing facilities at
Peel, again when I have more details I will pass them on.
Final round will be on December 7th at Glen Maye.
This will be another new course based in Arrassey Plantation and finishing at
Glen Maye Village Hall. The road section up past the Ranch that has been used on
previous years is another casualty of our desire to get off the roads as much as
possible. It will be a good course though and will probably include a certain
amount of mud. The presentation for the league will take place in the village
hall as soon as the final race is finished.
Anyone wishing details can either contact me on
629267 email@example.com or Tony
MANX HARRIERS OFF TO BLACKPOOL
Bridget Kaneen tells the accommodation story.
This year we will be doing an overnight stop in Manchester as we
were unable to find any accommodation in Blackpool, most
hotels stopped just short of laughing at me asking to find
25 beds during this time of year. I
eventually and luckily found a youth hostel near Salford
Quays who were
able to take us due to a cancellation but it was becoming
a great source of stress for both Di and myself - Di had
asked someone to arrange accommodation in February but when
she rang back to find out the name and to see if they
wanted a deposit to be told it had fallen through!
NIGEL SINCLAIR, Dublin, London
and err, Ballasalla 19-09-02
Myself (MH), and my friend Malcolm Cowin (unattached)
have been training hard (well, relatively!), and are
going to run the Dublin Marathon on Monday 28 October.
We're both going for the Syd Quirk 1/2 Marathon,
six days later. Malcolm has put his entry into the ballot
for the 2003 London Marathon, and will have to keep
on biting his nails until mid-December, to hear if he's
in or not. I'm lucky enough to have a guaranteed place
(by the skin of my teeth!), from my time in last year's
London, so no rest for me!
NEIL BATES OFF TO UNIVERSITY NEXT WEEK 19-09-02
Race walker Neil Bates, who set a massive personal
best of 47.42 for 10km last week leaves the Island a
week today, 26th September on the evening boat.
"I haven't yet thought about it" said Neil
today, "as I am throwing all my concentration
to the English Schools on Saturday. I haven't once had
a good race there".
In his first year in 2000 he had 2 warning
and lost out on medal
In 2001 he was disqualified
"I'm hoping for a high finish and PB. Going
out in style." He concluded.
He has promised to write a report of his race on
the return journey at the weekend. Let's hope it's a
FORUM ENTRIES 19-09-02
I receive email notification of forum
entries and I notice that two of them have not appeared
on line for some reason.
To save people having to retype them,
here they are:
Name: Mick (the has been)
Topic: Re: Athletics on the IOM
Here here....It seems it is about time that so called
supporters of the sport did just that. There\'s too
much looking backwards in Manx and UK Athletics. Too
many so called pundits are ready to rubbish deserved
recognition of hard earned outstanding performances...Congratulations
to all Manx athletes and long may it continue.. Now
did I tell you about the time during the Final of the
Island Games 800, well as we came in to the final straight,
I said to ......... Mick Hannay
Sent: 15.22 -
Name: Paul Jackson
Topic: Re: Publicity
I understand Murrays feelings of \"frustration\"
given the high quality and standard of his tireless
and dedicated efforts to keep eveyone up to date prior
to and after all athletics events. I agree that
organisers should supply accurrate and adequate information
early to ensure the best possible entry for any event
As a newcomer to \'organising\' I am not convinced
that the \"inevitable mistakes that we all make\"
should be the subject of \'headline news\' on the website.
I would prefer to see any problems with inadequate and
inaccurate information resolved by phone or email between
Murray and the publicist/orgainser and then any mistakes/changes
more subtly corrected (with an explanation given online
when appropriate). This would avoid any
potential feelings of humiliation, misinterpretation
of \"sarcasm\" and more importantly avoid
discouraging the efforts of organisers . Murray
comments on a lack of use of the Forum. I believe this
is the most appropriate place for the expression of
feelings \"frustration\". At least then anyone
subject to online flogging has the opportunity to respond.
The increases in participation at recent events
albeit very encouraging, can only be maintained and
further developed with the support of an increased number
of volunteeers to help with organising AND the
continued publicity and support offered by Murray on
the website. Paul
OVER 100 HUNDRED WALKING THE WHITE & HEALTHY
Marie Latham reports that entries are
now into three figures making the Ramsey Bakery sponsored
End to End Walk possibly the largest walking event in
the UK, except that it is for the Clerical Medical Parish
Don't forget that the entries close
in just 2 days time. POST YOUR ENTRY FORMS TODAY.
THE LAST OF STEVE TAYLOR'S DIPS INTO THE ONLINE NEWS
"Its amazing what your kids can find out. Mike
Callow admitted to taking part in the Novice Walk before
he discovered throwing, women, food and drink but not
necessarily in that order!" (17-10-01)
"This summer shows that I have followed Mikes
example through to the end, we wont say anything about
the women, food and drink but needless to say I have
managed without too much effort to attain a similar
girth. This summer I took up throwing with minimal success
but I did gain a bronze in the club shot putt championships
trouncing Peter Kaneen in the process and smashing Steve
"girlie arms" Parting ton's pb.
This goes to show just what you can achieve when
you put (no pun intended) your mind to it. I only entered
the shot after being verbally attacked and publicly
ridiculed by Girlie Arms himself. So to all you young
athletes out there just remember this "when a life
of wine, women and song get too much for you, its time
to pack in singing!"
STEVE PARTINGTON SELECTED
FOR WORLD CUP (and surprises himself)
Amazingly, I have been selected for
the GB team contesting the Racewalking World Cup in
Turin on 12/13 October!
I've trained harder this year than ever, but the
results have not reflected the effort. If I'm honest,
it's been a mediocre 20km season and I took it for granted
that I wouldn't be in with a shout of selection - especially
after a DQ in Manchester. So, after Manchester I put
my feet up a bit. I kept fit with fell-running, cycling
and a minimum of walking. As a grateful recipient of
Sports Aid Foundation assistance, I decided to 'stretch'
my season and entered the Leamington 10km - purely
because the flight was free and I wanted to support
the only International road 10km I can recall in the
UK. I was warming up with about five mins to go when
Martin Bell (who's taken up the reins as National Coach
from Andi Drake) jogged alongside and asked if I would
be interested in going to the World Cup should I be
selected. I told him to ask me after the race, as I
wasn't fully fit and didn't expect to be considered.
He told me that Steve Hollier was doing the race hoping
to showing enough form to secure a place on the team.
I had had no idea that this 10km was shaping up to be
pretty important to a few hopefuls.
My race went well. I put in negative splits to finish
second Brit in 4th place - ten seconds behind Steve
Hollier. The next two hours were spent trying to produce
a drug test sample, before Tony Forryan went way out
of his way (again) to take Neil and I back to the airport.
Martin rang me on Sunday to say I'd been selected
and I got the official letter today in amongst my birthday
My last World Cup was in Beijing in '95 when Cal
was also in the team, and my first was in Barcelona
in 1989. In between I was lucky enough (Martin Rush
dropped out) to go to Mexico for the 1993 event.
It's mixed emotions at the moment. On one hand I'm
really chuffed to be included - the World Cup is a great
event and it provides an opportunity to salvage my 20km
season. On the other hand, I think that selecting walkers
who haven't met the selection criteria or just to make
up a team is a backward step.
The Team is Ladies 20km - Lisa Kehler, Niobe Menendez,
Sarah Jane Cattermole & Sharon Tonks
Men's 20km - Andi Drake, Steve Hollier, Dom King
& Steve Partington. (Andy Penn declined selection).
There is to be no 50km representation.
END TO END WALK 18-09-02
I've been trying to publicise the above
event for several months without a lot of information.
I offered to publish entry forms on line ages ago (the
same offer is there to all race organisers) but as I
found there was an entry download facility on the IOMVAC
website I linked to that page. I've been unable to access
that file myself however and I eventually received an
entry form by email from Martin Hall (who works with
Ken Watterson) last week which I converted to a PDF
file and published. It did not contain the full course
description or map and I have learnt today it had the
wrong starting point for the Under 21s. I also published
a "final call" notice (received on Sunday
night from Marie Latham) on Monday and this mentioned
the course going via Andreas which I now learn is also
Sorry for the confusion but frankly
with the time that this has been in the air, and I can
tell by the number of hits during the past few days
that there is a demand, this should have been sorted
out long ago.
PS - I have downloaded an entry form
from the IOMVAC site tonight. Apologies - it must have
been just the speed that caused me to think it wasn't
working - its 792kb compared to the 7kb one I created
from the file sent by Martin.
CROSS COUNTRY IS ON 24 NOVEMBER 18-09-02
Graham Davies has confirmed that the
(otherwise excellent) publicity for the Island Cross
Country League contains an error. One of the rounds
is scheduled on 24 November and not 24 December as I
suspected. I've amended Graham's forms accordingly.
I hope to devote a whole section of
the website to the Cross Country league so I would welcome
maps of the courses and timetables as soon as they are
available - and I don't mean the night before the race!
Graham has started the promotion of
the league earlier than for many years so I hope that
the clubs take advantage of the opportunities to promote
the events. Cross country running can be fun but too
many people think that it is a section of the sport
reserved for the serious runner when it need not be.
Round One 13th October 2002 Ramsey Northern AC
Round Two 20th October 2002 Peel Western
Round Three 10th November 2002 Douglas Manx
Round Four 24th
November 2002 Douglas Veterans AC
Round Five 15th December 2002 Ramsey Northern
Round Six 12th January 2002 Castletown Southern AC
FULL DETAILS AND ENTRY FORMS WORD
Please print a few of the entry forms, circulate them to your friends
and encourage them to start entering, training and talking
about the cross country league now.
THE OTHER WINTER RACES 18-09-02
There are three other athletic series
during the winter, the Ramsey Firemans, the Walker Brothers
Hill League and the Halifax International Winter Walk
The formats are well known to those
who compete regularly in the sport but there are an
awful lot of people who run or walk on the Isle of Man
who do not know anything about them.
The sooner the organisers can send details
of this year's series the better. Don't forget to explain
what may be obvious to some of us but not everyone,
such as how a handicap works or how soon before the
start of the event you need to enter. I always feel
that "entries on the line" provides little
help to a newcomer or novice.
GOOD START TO MANX HARRIERS CIRCUIT TRAINING 17-09-02
There were 22 athletes at the circuit
training tonight. You are welcome to join Andy Fox's
session next Tuesday.
BOOK EARLY FOR WESTERN AC PRESENTATION 17-09-02
Western AC will be holding their Summer League
Presentation Evening on Saturday September 28th at the Masonic Hall, Stanley
As this event is often over subscribed, tickets
should be ordered from Rosie Morrison on 843271 as soon as possible, but
certainly before Wednesday 25th Sept.
MANX HARRIERS THANK HELPERS 17-09-02
Manx Harriers would like to thank Paul Jackson
for marking the Boundary Stroll course on Sunday, Judy Morrey for timekeeping, Arnie Jacobs for the drinks
station,all marshals, tea makers and helpers who gave their support on the
MANX HARRIERS 2003 OPPOSITION 17-09-02
Northern League Division One next year will be made
up of Derby, Gateshead, Leeds City, Liverpool Pembroke,
Hull, Manx Harriers Blackpool and Rotherham.
"It looks like a strong division and should
be fun!!!!", says Andy Fox.
He adds: "I noticed that
in the British League cup competition, which is open
to non national league clubs, the plate section of the
competition was won by Channel Islands AC. It would
seem our Island Games opponents are combining to get
better competition!!!!! So surely if Jersey and Guernsey
with their rivalry can combine to give their athletes
better competition the IOM clubs could do something
WAS MARIE LATHAM THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN THE BOUNDARY
Email Paul Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The perpetual trophy for the Boundary Stroll, now in standing
proudly on the Latham mantlepiece, lists the previous winners below. The trophy
is the L.Q. Cowley Cup presented to the Onchan United Harriers and
Boundary Harriers. There are some missing winners names from past
years that we hope to identify and get engraved. Also, is Marie the first Woman
to win the Boundary Stroll?.
1962 R. Kaneen
1963 R. Kaneen
1964 J. Cannell
1965 G. Bannan
1966 H. Gawne
1967 P. Bannan
1968 P. Bannan
1969 A. Callow
1970 I. Hodgekinson
1971 S. Sille
1972 A. Callow
1973 A. Callow
1974 D. Harrison
1975 S. Sille
1976 G. Young
1977 J. Cannell
1978 D. Harrison
1980 M. Lambden
1981 M. Lambden
1982 M. Lambden
1983 G. Vale
1984 A. Callow
1985 A. Callow
1986 S. Taylor
1987 G. Vale
1988 G. Vale
1989 G. Vale
1997 Steve Partington
1998 Peter Kaneen
1999 Colin Halsall
2000 Mark Stewart
2001 Peter Kaneen
2002 Marie Latham
CATRIONA FARRANT REPORTS ON LONDON PLANS 17-09-02
Geoff and myself
have entered the ballot for the London Marathon. Geoff is on the waiting list for
reconstructive surgery on his cruciate ligaments so might not be fit anyway. I
know my trainer Keith Agnew has gone in the ballot also, along with three of his
I am busy trying to get fit for the Great North Run
soon, and am not here for most of the walks etc until the Winter League starts
LANCASHIRE CROSS COUNTRY 17-09-02
Manx Harriers aim to take their usual
large party to this event in early January. Be prepared
to make an early decision so that the club can obtain
the best airfares.
More news later but Andy Fox thinks
the venue may well be back at Lancaster.
ONLY 41 WEEKS TO THE ISLAND GAMES! 17-09-02
Keiron Murray was set to resume his
training yesterday after an end of season break. In
the style of Geoff Cannell and his infamous count downs
to the TT, he reminds us that there are only 41 weeks
to the Island Games.
Keiron, who won the 400 metres and 800
metres at the last Island Games, is going to provide
the site with regular updates on his training during
Other news of Island Games athletes
and their preparation will be most welcome.
CROSS COUNTRY ON CHRISTMAS EVE? 17-09-02
I've sent an email to Graham Davies
questioning the dates of the Island Cross Country League.
Perhaps it should be on 24 November; it certainly can't
be 24 December as the publicity says that all events
are to be held on Sunday.
GREAT IDEA TO ENTER IN ADVANCE - getting
back to where we were 10 years ago. WELL DONE GRAHAM.
It has always seemed crazy to me that there have been no
lists of entrants taken from one round to the next.
Checking in will be speeded up by a big factor this
STEVE PARTINGTON ADMITS EXAGGERATION 17-09-02
I received a note from the milkman yesterday morning.
Steve Partington, was concerned that his original comment
about the great pleasure he took from his Saturday result
off low mileage had been a little over stated. Unfortunately
I had already published his comments and was in a rush
to get to work when I received his note. "I've
just remembered that I did the Half Marathon and the
Southern 10km....so my mileage since Manchester, must
be close to a whopping 30!"
WAS THERE A RACE ON THE CALF OF MAN? 17-09-02
Steve's note has reminded me about something I saw
in Athletics Weekly recently - that 10km walk on South
Island, Isle of Man. I can only assume that someone
telephoned the result and mentioned "South of the
Island" but I wondered if I'd missed a race on
the Calf of Man.
Incidentally, having visited the Sound on Sunday
afternoon, I wonder how the organisers will manage for
parking at the finish of the End to End next month.
It appears to be impossible to find a parking space
on Sunday afternoon. Anyone who visits the cafe for
refreshments can imagine they are competing in an off
Island event because the scones are very similar to
those dished up at Heathrow airport, as are the prices,
at £1.20 for a cup of tea. Obviously the
view of a car park is part of our heritage but
the ability to buy an ice cream is not part of our roots
at these were not available. Snobbery or what?