News Page 2010




Manx Harrier at the Olympics!

Congratulations to Steve Taylor who has been selected by the IAAF as Chief Racewalking Judge for the London Olympics 2012. Full feature including video interview with Murray Lambden here

Virgin London Marathon

Congratulations to the following Manx Harriers athletes who have been been successful in receiving club entries for next year’s Virgin London Marathon; Keith Green, Debby Ashe & Bernie Ball

Meet the new committee

Manx Harriers welcome Niall McGarrigle as the club’s new Chairman. Niall replaces Mike Dee who stood down at the AGM on 9th November after 2 years as  Chairman. The new Manx Harriers committee is here


Richard Bell featured in e-inspire magazine

Talented Manx Harriers athlete Richard Bell featured as a young official in the UKA Officials magazine e-inspire click here (& turn to page 15)

English Schools Racewalking Championships

Manx Harriers junior racewalkers were in action at the English Schools Walking Championships on Saturday 18th September in Stoke.  Results and report have been posted on the forum. Athletes competing were; JUNIOR GIRLS (3km) Danielle Oates, Hannah Kelly, Alexandra Ross, Olivia Watterson; JUNIOR BOYS (3Km) Juan Bellando, Alex Eaton;  INTERMEDIATE BOYS (5Km) James Green, Adam Cowin; SENIOR GIRLS (5Km) Lauren Whelan

Nigel second in Greenwich

Nigel Armstrong finished 2nd in the Adam Cole Foundation 10km run at Greenwich Park on 12th September in a time of 36m 41s. Nigel was leading the race until being outsprinted to the finish line. Nigel’s fiancee Emma Rogan finished in 32nd place in a time of 47m 24s. Results and photo of Nigel here

Pathe News

As the athletics season comes to an end, here is some alternative entertainment from the highly addictive British Pathe News website which contains hundreds of athletics related archived newsreels. Here is a small selection of the webeditors favourites;


Britain’s Sporting Ladies 1933

Training and footwear advice for all female Marathon Runners!

200 of our best walkers 1932

Athletics Champions of 1939

First indoor athletics competition at Empire Pool, Wembley

Are women’s sports too strenuous?

Newcastle Exchange Walk 1929

Ladies Racewalking 1931 style

Nottingham to Birmingham Walk 1922  

Nottingham to Birmingham Walk 1925

British Police Walking Championships 1926

Manchester to Blackpool Walk 1932

Lord Bishops Walk 1920

Manchester to Blackpool Walk 1924

25 mile Walk Champion- aged 14 and a half!

London to Brighton Walk 1920

Running tips for budding Milers


Bernie the Centurion

Congratulations to Manx Harriers racewalker Bernie Ball who completed the Centurions Walk in Colchester over the weekend of 7th & 8th August walking every step with Richard Spenceley of Yorkshire RWC (left).  Bernie finished 7th overall in a time of 22hrs 56min 03 sec and 2nd female finisher behind race winner Sandra Brown  of Surrey Walking Club.  Bernie is now official Centurion number C1080. Full Results

On track for a long and happy future together

Congratulations to Manx Harriers athletes and Island Games Gold Medallists John Halligan and Sarah Dowling who were married on Saturday 26th June. Wishing you both a long and happy future together. photo here


Scottish Widows Parish Walk

Jock Waddington recorded the third fastest time in history in the Scottish Widows Parish Walk 2010 in a time of 15hr 18m 08s to claim a record equalling third successive win. Vinny Lynch finished second in a personal best time of 15hr 57m 42s , with Manx Harrier Michael George in third in 16hrs 04s 07s photo of the top 3 in post race celebration mode by Marie Jackson

visit the Parish Walk website by Murray Lambden for full results, videos, photos etc

Parish Walk photos by David Bell


Manx Harriers athletes track and field successes

Harriet wins Northern 400m title

Lauren Whelan records PB in Inter Counties walk

Reagan Dee joint winner in high jump at Northern Championships


Steve Taylor at the IAAF Race Walking World Cup

Steve Taylor‘s photos here


Lancashire Track & Field Championships

Manx Harriers athletes competed in the Lancashire Track & Field Championships at Stanley Park, Blackpool on 8th & 9th May Follow the news on the Manx Athletics Forum thread . Results Saturday & Results Sunday


Manx Harriers at the Virgin London Marathon

Congratulations to all club members who completed this years London Marathon, especially Ed Gumbley who recorded a PB and the best Manx time since 1993, finishing an superb 99th overall.

  Place Overall Place Gender Place Cat surname Category HALF Finish time
  99 99 88 » Gumbley, Edward W (GBR) 18-39 01:15:34 02:35:14  
  452 443 14 » Lambden, Murray M (GBR) 50-54 01:23:16 02:49:54  
  1332 1270 282 » Armstrong, Nigel J (GBR) 40-44 01:33:34 03:03:42  
  2358 2190 323 » Ashe, Gary J (GBR) 45-49 01:33:27 03:14:32  
  3126 2829 432 » Curphey, Paul T (GBR) 45-49 01:35:45 03:21:39  
  4304 498 303 » Craine, Rosy C (GBR) 18-39 01:44:35 03:29:32  
  5191 684 418 » Cowen, Samantha J (GBR) 18-39 01:45:12 03:34:51  
  11913 2233 288 » Cooil, Jan M (GBR) 45-49 01:54:40 04:03:57  
  11965 2240 291 » Ashe, Debby (GBR) 45-49 01:55:03 04:04:10  
  29636 21062 3668 » Cain, Steven Edward (GBR) 40-44 02:37:52 05:19:01


Keith Gerrard smashed Manx 10,000m Record

Keith Gerrard smashed the Manx 10Km track record at the Standford Invitational meeting in California  on Friday 26th March. He came 5th in a top class race recording a PB by some margin and a massive new Manx record. Feature including video coverage of the race by Murray Lambden at


Half Marathon Successes for Manx Harriers

Gail Griffiths was in Berlin on Sunday 28th March to compete in the Half Marathon. Also in action over the same distance on Sunday was Martin Malone in Liverpool and Ed Gumbley in Wilmslow. Find out how they got on at as featured by Murray Lambden

Superb sixth for Gemma in English Schools Cross Country Championships

Gemma Astin finished a superb sixth in the Senior race at English Schools Cross Country Championships in Heaton Park, Manchester on Saturday 20th March. Sarah Astin was an impressive 28th in the Intermediate Girls Race as she battles back from injury. Oliver Lockley finished 123rd in the Intermediate Boys race. Report, comment and link to results via the forum here


Manx Harriers at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

Manx Harriers athletes were in action at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham on Saturday 13th March. Gail Griffiths finished 142nd out of 265 (5th counter) Lancs team were 15th out of 27 teams. Gemma Astin finished 21st helping Lancs team to SILVER MEDAL in U20 Womens Race. Sam Holt was 179th out of 297 in U15 Boys Race. Katie Astin was 96th in U13 Girls Race. FULL RESULTS/REPORT (UKA website). LOCAL REPORT BY DAVE GRIFFITHS (Manx Athletics Forum)

National Cross Country Championships

Manx Harriers athletes competed in the English National Cross Country Championships on Saturday 27th February in Leeds. Results as follows;Senior Men – Kevin Loundes 65th, Martin Malone 173rd, Mike Garrett 323rd, Andy Watson 411th, Chris Quine 461st, Darren Gray 469th, Andy Fox 899th, (Team 26th); Senior Women – Gail Griffiths 101st, Rosy Craine 231st; Jumior Women – Gemma Astin 16th; Under 15 Boys – Sammy Holt, 134th, Stephen Garrett 251st, Oliver Dickinson 313th;  Under 13 Boys – Terence George 135th  click here for full results & Photos


Merseyside Schools Cross Country Championships

The Merseyside Schools Cross Country Championships were held at Arrowe Park on the Wirral on Saturday 6th February. A small but talented squad represented the Isle of Man Schools, many of them members of Manx Harriers. Results below as texted to Andy Fox. Great results I am sure everyone will agree. It would look like 5 may qualify to run in the English Schools Champs – subject to selection. Congratulations to all.

Y7 Girls 4th Katie Astin; Y7 Boys 2nd Will Morris; Y8 & 9 Boys 9th Jak Morris; Y10 & 11 Boys 2nd Oliver Lockley; Y10 & 11 Girls 1st Sarah Astin & 8th Hannah Scarlett; Y12 & 13 Girls 1st Gemma Astin. Results

Gold for Harriet

Congratulations to Harriet Pryke who won GOLD in her first ever senior 400m race. As the only Manx athlete competing in Sheffield on the weekend of 16th/17th January at the North of England Indoor Track & Field Championship, Harriet won her heat of the 400m in a new indoor PB of 58.6. She then won the final in 58.8. Great start to the season! Results here & photos of Harriet here



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