News Page 2012



Virgin London Marathon

Early Christmas presents go to Jane Foster, Ian Callister and Jonathan Wild who were lucky in getting the club entries into the London Marathon next year



Up & Running Winter League Walk

Round 3 of the Up and Running sponsored winter walking league took place on Sunday 9th December in Andreas Village, with Nicola Quinn (right) crossing the line in first place in a time of 88m 09s in windy but dry conditions. Second place went to Rebecca Greatbatch recording a personal best over 10km of 65m 37s with the improving Dale Farquhar in third also in a personal best time of 58m 51s.  Fastest on the day was scratch man Alex Eaton recording 48m 47s with the highly impressive Michelle Turner fastest lady in 51m 27s, ranking her 3rd fastest in the UK this year over 10km.

Results (thanks to Steve Taylor and Bridget Kaneen)




Up & Running Winter League Walk

Round 1 of the Up and Running sponsored winter walking league took place on the perimeter roadway of the National Sports Centre this Sunday morning 28th October. Adam Cowin (25) was fastest in 50m 26s. Sandra Halpin (49) and Samantha Bowden (44) finished together in 69m 56s. Results here thanks to Bridget Kaneen. Photo by Murray Lambden full collection here Please note that Round 2 will be at St. Johns on Sunday 18th November with signing on at the Football Club from 9.30am.



Postman’s Walk

Manx Harriers supported the Isle of Man Postman’s Walk which took place on Sunday 21st October at 10.30am at Marine Drive, Douglas. The club assisted with equipment loan, and a number of Manx Harriers offficials and helpers joined members of the wider IOM racewalking community in helping out at the event. 

Race Results  Individual and Team Prizes/Awards  Photos by Murray Lambden



Microgaming Cross Country League

Manx Harriers hosted the opening round of the Microgaming sponsored Cross Country League at Ballanette, Lonan on Sunday 21st October. Results at the Isle of Man Athletics Association website here  Photos and Video by Murray Lambden



Welbeck Hotel and Restaurant One Hour Challenge Walk

The Welbeck Hotel and Restaurant sponsored One Hour Challenge Walk was held on the NSC Perimeter roadway on Sunday 14th October in excellent conditions. Brian Kelly was the eventual winner of the Novice Walk trophy covering an impressive 9,781m in one hour. Adam Cowin of Manx Harriers  covered the furthest distance over the 60 minutes recording 11,323m, with Richard Gerrard (161) finishing just over 50m behind. Muneera Quayle won the 1st Novice Lady prize covering 8,474m just 30m ahead of Kathryn Clough recording 8,443m. photos by Murray Lambden. More photos by Murray here

Results (thanks to Bridget Kaneen)  & Report by Allan Callow



Michael George Dutch 50Km Champion

Michael George won the Netherlands 50km Walking Championships in Tilburg on Sunday 7th October in a time of 4.41.32, more than 8 minutes faster than when he set his previous personal best at the same event four years ago and nearly half an hour ahead of the second finisher. Michael, who celebrated his 47th birthday two days earlier was more than 1 hour and 20 minutes faster than the Manx age group record in the over 45 category! photo by Murray Lambden



English Schools Racewalking Championships

Great performances on Saturday 15th September  by young Manx Harriers racewalkers at the English Schools Championships in Bedford (results thanks to Liz Corran). Results as follows: Intermediate Girls 3km; Danielle Oates (3rd) 16:45.47; Rebecca Greatbatch (5th) 18:22.64 (PB) Intermediate Boys 5km; Alex Eaton (2nd) 24:55.09; Juan Bellando (4th) 28:00.12 Senior Boys 5km; Adam Cowin (2nd) 25:40.93



Church to Church win for Michael in Guernsey

Michael George of Manx Harriers won the Guernsey Church to Church Walk on Sunday 2nd September in a time of 2hrs 51m 02 sec. Michael was the first Manx winner of the 19.4 mile classic walking event in 2010, but was unable to return in 2011 to defend his title. His winning time was 6 minutes quicker than in 2010. Jim Ball of Steyning AC was second in 3hr 07min 28sec with Suart Le Noury of the host Club Sarnia AC third in 3hr 13min 00sec. Fiona Bishop of Woking AC won the ladies title. Michael’s wife Irene finished 3rd Lady in 4hrs 22min just ahead of IOMVAC’s Enid Watson. Full Results  and photo (thanks to Rob Elliott)



Lockley secures Peel to Douglas honours

18 year old Oliver Lockley of Manx Harriers was in outstanding form in the Isle of Man Bank sponsored Peel to Douglas Road and Trail Run on Sunday 2nd September. The rising star of Manx athletics lead from start to finish to cross the finish line on the TT Access Road in 59min 30sec after seeing off an early challenge from eventual runner up Ed Gumbley who finished just over a minute and a half behind in 1hr 01min 13sec. Tom Cringle of Manx Fell Runners was third with last years winner Nigel Armstrong fourth. Rebecca Wallace was the comfortable winner of the ladies race in 10th place overall recording 1hr 10m 20sec,  14 minutes ahead of second placed Hayley Reynolds and third placed Manx Harriers newcomer Samantha Emerson. RESULTS



Steve Taylor at the Olympics

Following his appointment almost 2 years ago as Chief Racewalking Judge for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Steve Taylor of Manx Harriers has been preparing long and hard for possibly the biggest challenge and greatest honour of his life. As he left the Isle of Man for London earlier this week he told "Nervous is how I feel, more nervous than excited and I am very excited. One of my judging colleagues said to me when the appointments were announced – as official appointments go it doesn’t get any bigger than this. You could liken it to refereeing the world cup of football". The first racewalking event gets underway on Saturday 4th August on The Mall at 5pm with the Men’s 20Km followed by the Men’s 50Km on Saturday 11th August at 9am and the Women’s 20Km later in the day at 5pm. Steve added "I am very happy to see British walkers Jo Jackson (Women’s 20Km) and Dominic King (Men’s 50Km) take part and also my Irish friends especially Colin Griffin who has struggled for so long with disappointment of failing to finish and disqualification. I truly wish them all the very best." Murray Lambden interviewed Steve in November 2010 following his appointment  and you can see the interview here. He was later congratulated by Olympic Silver and Bronze medallist Roger Black prior to the Parish Walk 2011 where he was also Chief Judge. Murray Lambden has posted on his blog last month at about Chris Maddocks (5 time Olympic GB walker) commentating on NBC and in addition to Steve’s own Olympic preparations, he has been advising Chris on media etiquette and general rules and guidance notes. Good Luck Steve from the Manx Athletics community!! Italian Coverage



Manx Harriers athletes at the UKA Aviva 2012 Trials

There were some great performances by Manx Harriers athletes at the UKA Aviva 2012 Trials at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham 22nd – 24th June in front of a crowd of thousands. Harriet Pryke finished 4th in Heat 3 of the 400m in 54.99 Result here. Hannah Riley was 8th in the 100m Hurdles Heat 1 recording 14.83 Result here. Keith Gerrard finished 4th in the 5000m in a time of 14.04.19 Result here. Lauren Whelan recorded a PB of 25.34.14 to finish 4th in the 5000m Walk Result here whilst Alex Eaton and Adam Cowin performed well in the Men’s walk over the same distance with Alex recording a PB of 23.53.92 and Adam 25.38.90 Result here & Walk photos by Mark Easton



Keith heads to the European Championships

Many congratulation to Keith Gerrard of Manx Harriers who has been selected to compete for Great Britain in the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki next week. His race is on Saturday 30th June. Keith has been supported by IOM Sport Aid since 2002 and is currently in receipt of a Royal Bank of Scotland scholarship. (thanks to Chris Quine) squad selection here



Steve Taylor in China

Steve Taylor, Chief Racewalking judge at the London 2012 Olympics was in China in June for their national racewalking championships; junior 10km, senior 20km men and women plus 30km and 50km men. They were held in the city of Xintai in the Shandong province and this was the second time Steve has officiated at this event. Much to relief of Steve they had great coverage of the Euro 2012 so he hasn’t missed out on that!! Steve will be back in Birmingham 22nd-24th June for the Olympic trials although the walking event isn’t a trial and sadly it looks as though we will only have one representative in the walks but remain hopeful that Dom King we get the nod on the back of his B standard 50km.



10,000m Track Championships

The Welbeck Hotel and Restaurant sponsored 10,000m track run and walk championships took place on Wednesday 6th June at the NSC track.  Michael George was the overall winner of the walk in a time of 48.56.6 and was presented with the new Albert Johnson Memorial Trophy by former international racewalker Philip Bannan who was coached by Albert. Presentation photo by Paul Jackson Richard Gerrard was runner up in a time of 53.01.7 with Jock Waddington recording 53.12.9 in third. The ladies title went to Sally Walker in a time of 59.07.6. Ollie Lockley of Manx Harriers was clear winner of the run in a highly impressive personal best time of 32.57.4 ahead of Manx Tri Club’s Andrew Nash who also recorded  a PB of 37.07.6. Third man was Northern AC’s Kevin Vondy in 37.23.4. The ladies title went to Gail Griffiths of the host club recording a terrific personal best of 37.19.7 Second lady was Western AC’s Helen Taylor in a time of 44.17.2  Walk Results & Run Results






Combined Area Championships

The weekend of June 2nd & 3rd saw the England Athletics area championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham which combined three areas and had a large entry including some high quality athletes, a much higher standard than the usual Northern Championships. The following Manx Harriers took part; Richard Bell Shot, Hammer; Alan Corlett 5000 [transferring from Northern]; Regan Dee High Jump [second claim as at college]; Rachael Franklin 800,1500; Kevin Loundes 5000; Michael Haslett 400 hurdles [second claim as at college]; Harriet Pryke 200, 400; Hannah Riley 100 Hurdles; Thomas Riley 100 Hurdles; Emma Snell 100

Results here on the Championships page.

Kevin Loundes wins B 5000 race video here and Harriet wins her 400 heat video here (thanks to Alan Franklin for the information and video links)



Lancashire Track & Field Championships

Manx Harriers athletes were in action at the Lancashire Track and Field Championships in Blackpool on 12th & 13th May Results here


Bridget Kaneen heads to the World Racewalking Championships

Manx Harriers secretary, racewalking coach, racewalking organiser, timekeeper (etc!!) heads to Russia for the Racewalking World Cup in Saransk on 12th & 13th May. Bridget Kaneen was selected as the coach of the UKA team and is making the long journey along with Andi Drake, Ian Richards, and Brian Hanley – Biomechanics expert. The team is quite large with walkers Heather Lewis, Tasha Webster, Ellie Dooley and Jamie Higgins in the junior 10km events. Johanna Jackson is in the womens 20k and Alex Wright, Tom Bosworth and Ben Wears racing in the mens 20k. Daniel King is the lone 50k representative. team selection news here The team flew out from Heathrow early Thursday morning to Moscow then travel by train to Saransk which is around 600km South East of Moscow. Click here for more information about the IAAF Racewalking World Cup



George and Turner take 20Km racewalking titles

Michael George of Manx Harriers was the clear winner of the Manx 20Km racewalking Championships on Sunday 6th May at Ronaldsway Industrial Estate in a time of 102m 52sec. Michelle Turner of Northern AC won the ladies title in 114m 41sec. Photos and video coverage by Murray Lambden. Results by Bridget Kaneen.



Isle of Man win Division 3W Match 1 of North of England Track & Field League

The historic first ever combined ‘Team Isle of Man’ competed in Round 1 of the North of England Track & Field League on Saturday 5th May resulting in a comfortable win for the Manx team Results from Saturday’s match at Stretford here



Manx Harriers at the Virgin London Marathon

Well done to all Manx Harriers athletes who competed in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April. Michael Garrett recorded the fastest time in 2:54.55 with Jim MacGregor less than a minute behind in 2:55.31. Gianni Epifani (2:55.47), Nigel Armstrong (2:56:26) and Murray Lambden (2:57.45) also finished in under 3 hours with Paul Curphey just missing out recording 3:00:16. Other club members to finish were Andy Watson (3:08.23), Sarah Curphey (3:52.33), Keith Green (4:19.18) and Ian Callister (5:35.40) Detailed coverage of Manx athletes by Murray Lambden



Record breaking win for Michael in Sara Killey Walk

Michael George of Manx Harriers won the Sara Killey Memorial Walk on Sunday 22nd April breaking the 50Km course record in the process in a time of 4hrs 52min 41sec. Second was Richard Gerrard  with Manx Harrier Dave Walker  in third place  Full Results



Manx Records for Keith and Richard

Keith ran another Manx record in the 5000m at the Mount Sac relays in California on Friday 20th April (writes Chris Quine) He finished second in the Open A race (effectively the C race!) with a time of 13 mins 50.06 seconds. This would actually have been good enough for 6th in the Olympic Development race (the B race) and is around 8 seconds inside his PB and the old record. video here Meanwhile, Dave Griffiths reports on Richard Bell’s manx record in the Hammer, recorded earlier in the same week at the opening night of the track and field leage  click here


National 20Km and Younger Age Group Racewalking Championships

Adam Cowin won the Junior 10Km Racewalking Championships at Ilford on Essex on Saturday 14th April with Stephen Waddington winning Bronze in the U13 Boys event whilst the U17 Girls won the team prize. Report thanks to Bridget Kaneen  Full Results here  Bridget’s photo album on Facebook here



Warrington Open Results

Thanks to Di Shimell for the results from the trip to the Warrington Open Meeting on 1st April click here



Manx 10Km Racewalking Championships

Manx Harrier Alex Eaton was the winner of the 10Km Racewalking Championships on 25th March in a time of 50m 32s ahead of clubmate Adam Cowin second in 53m 09s and Peter Kaneen third recording 53m 29s. Michelle Turner of Northern AC won the ladies title in a personal best time of 54m 59s with visiting Leeds based U20 Manx Harrier Lauren Whelan second in 55m 46 and Sally Walker of the host club third in 60m 11s. Juan Bellando won the 5Km event in 28m 37s ahead of Alexandra Ross and Rebecca Greatbatch. 2Km winner was Jason Turner of Northern AC with Stephen Waddington winning the 1Km race ahead of Jessica Wild.  Results thanks to Bridget Kaneen & Photos by Murray Lambden



Alex Eaton at the Lugano Cup

Manx Harriers junior racewalker Alex Eaton finished an excellent 7th place in the U18 Men’s 10Km Walk at the Lugano Cup in Switzerland on Sunday 18th March in a time of 51m 15sec. 10km results here. Other event results on the Lugano Cup website above



Inter Counties success for Keith

Congratulations to Manx athletics hero Keith Gerrard of Newham & Essex Beagles (and second claim Manx Harriers) who recorded another famous victory winning the Inter Counties Cross Country title at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 10th March – just two weeks after his historic win in the National Championships in London. Other Manx Harriers were in action at the Inter Counties with some great performances throughout the age groups. For more detail visit the Inter Counties thread on the Manx Athletics Forum and view full results here . See also coverage at Manx Radio  Isle of Man Today  BBC Sport  and video here



Keith Gerrard- English National Cross Country Champion 2012

Congratulations to Keith Gerrard on his fantastic performance and historic win at the English National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill, London on Saturday 25th Feb. Other Manx Harriers athletes were also in action. Read the news on the forum & visit the event website for full results. Photo above from Newham & Essex Beagles website feature




Lancashire Cross Country Championships

Manx Harriers cross country athletes were in action at Witton Park, Blackburn on Saturday 7th January 2012 for the Lancashire Cross Country Championships winning 8 medals; Senior Women Team Gold, Sarah Astin U20W Gold, Murray Lambden V55 Gold, Niall Caley U11B Silver, Gail Griffiths V45 Silver, Vet Men Team Silver, Senior Men Team Bronze, Ollie Lockley U20M Bronze Full Results here    Reports on the forum by Dave Griffiths    Photos by Ian Astin



Judes Sportshall Athletics

The Manx Harriers team with their medals after Sundays competition (29th Jan). The day was historic in that the team was made up of athletes from both the eastern and southern training groups. The children all enjoyed the afternoons activities and were great ambassadors for the club in a very well organised competition organised by Western A.C. (thanks to Peter Kaneen)





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