RESULTS – PDF
Nearly 130 runners raced over the Port St Mary Golf Course on
in the opening round of the Manx Gas Island Cross
Country League. The entry is thought to be
the highest total for about 15 years and if the
league continues to be promoted as well by Graham
Davies and the Isle of Man AA, then within the next
year or two record fields (about 185 required) may
be possible, defying the trends throughout the UK.
The women’s field was particularly big measured
against historical standards and,including the short
course race and veterans, may well have been
Kelly: the early stages of the under 9s. Eric Kelly
(64) and Jack Garrett (65) resume their cross country
rivalry with Eric winning by 4 seconds.
Brand – the start of the senior, veterans and junior
had a lot to do this weekend (and indeed throughout
the year) but here he takes on an additional role
– a scarecrow! (Picture by Anthony Brand)
was going well when this picture was taken by Geoff
Farrant but she had to retire with stomach problems.
Michael George (106) made a great comeback to cross
country 26 years after he last ran a cross country
race. Also in the picture is Alan Corkill.
A great shot
from Steve Partington – showing the quality of the
competition. Simon Callister (42) ran well in the
short course race with Julie Harrison (90) taking
the first round of the women’s series.
quality, 17 year old Keith Gerrard won the overall
race from new resident Paul Sheard.(Picture Anthony
race. Behind the top five runners, Murray Lambden
surprised himself by taking sixth with the opposition
in the background. Andy Cannell (white vest) was
seventh. Also in the picture are former Island Games
double champ Keiron Murray, Paul Curphey, Dave Newton
and right behind him Peter Kaneen who finished 8th just a couple of hours after winning
the 20km walk!! Chasing them down the hill is Western
AC’s Phil Mackie with Richard Cooil emerging over
the brow of the hill. (Picture Steve Partington)