by Geoff and Alan Bagley are for a male and female
who have made put the most effort into the sport
in the past year.
(above) has been involved in athletics since
she was 11 and took her first coaching exam in 1974
when she was 21. She recently told Manx Harriers
newsletter editor Andy Fox: "I reckon it was
around 1995 that I started coaching seriously when
injury ended my personal aspirations on the track".
Her evenings are nearly all spent coaching
at the track at the National Sports Centre but her
contribution goes beyond coaching and she is a tireless
worker in so many areas. She seems to commute
to the UK nearly every weekend in the summer either
as a team manager or track and field official.
is much more of a new boy to the sport. Is
was only in May 2002 that he ran in his first fell
race and his main target is to repeat his 2003 Manx
Mountain Marathon finish but in a much faster time.
Quite how he finds the time to train is a mystery
as, since organising the 2002 Douglas to Castletown
road race, he has played a leading role in organising,
promoting and developing road races in particular
but just about every aspect of the sport regardless
of which club is the official promotor. He is a
major contributor to www.manxathletics.com
and words by Murray Lambden
wins fell runners award