News Page 2013




SCS Relay

Congratulation to team JEMS who won the SCS Relay which took place on Boxing Day Thursday 26th December at Ballanette. The winning team comprised of Judith Quane, her two daughters Ellen and Meghan Quane and Suzanne Wild (pictured right by Murray Lambden). Coverage by Murray Lambden at

 Overall Results here   Individual Leg Results here





Up & Running Winter Walking League Round 3

The Up & Running Winter Walking League Round 3 took plcae on Sunday 8th December at St Johns. Congratulations to the winner Adie Corlett and fastest Man Richard Gerrard (50.54) and fastest Woman Janette Morgan (59.36) Results thanks to Bridget Kaneen and Steve Taylor and Photos by Murray Lambden




Up & Running Winter Walking League Round 2

The Up & Running Winter Walking League Round 2 took plcae on Sunday 17th November at Andreas. Congratulations to the fastest Man and Woman recording two outstanding PBs, 47:11 for Alex Eaton and 49:33 for Michelle Turner, an IOM vets record. Results here




Up & Running Winter Walking League Round 1

Manx Harriers walkers took all the honours in Round 1 of the Up and Running Winter Walking League held on Sunday 27th October at the NSC. Michael George of Manx Harriers was the fastest over 10Km in a time of 49.19 with clubmate Marie Jackson fastest lady in 58.36. Manx Harriers’ Adam Cowin was first in the 5Km in a time of 24.25 ahead of Tom Partington in second place in 28.28 with fastest lady  Danielle Oates recording 31.09. Archie Walter and Jeremy Samuels also of the host club took the honours in the 2Km and 1Km events respectively. Results (thanks to Steve Taylor)  &   Photos by Murray Lambden




Second Round of Microgaming XC League – Ballannette Sunday 10th November 2013

If you are able to help marshal on Sunday afternoon 10th November it will be very much appreciated. We need in the region of 6 extra marshals to help with jobs such as car parking, pointing the way for competitors and ensuring athletes are safe. If we have enough volunteers we could ensure the jobs are shared and so less time might be needed from each volunteer. If you can help please ring Andy Fox on 626415 or email [email protected]
Approximate timings:-
Car Parking – 12.30pm to 2.15pm approx
Marshals on course – 2pm to 3.45pm approx




Welbeck Hotel & Restaurant sponsored One Hour Walk Challenge

DarrinOldam  was the winner of the best novice walker prize at the Welbeck Hotel & Restaurant sponsored One Hour Walk Challenge held on Sunday 13th October at the NSC.   Photos by Murray Lambden

Prize winners in the One Hour Challenge Walk are pictured (right) by Bridget Kaneen

Results (thanks to Steve Taylor and Bridget Kaneen) Report (thanks to Allan Callow)   Video by Murray Lambden



Annual General Meeting

We extend a welcome to club members to attend the Manx Harriers Annual General Meeting which is being held at the Ascot Hotel, Empire Terrace, Douglas on

Tuesday 12th November at 7.30 pm. Nominations for roles on the committee should be sent to [email protected] or to the Secretary at 23 King Orry Road, Glen Vine IM4 4ES by 22nd October. Due to retirements and existing vacancies on the committee we are seeking nominations to fill the roles of Vice Chairman, General Secretary, Road running Organiser and Social and fundraising secretary. Additionally we would also welcome nominations for the new role of coaching coordinator as well as additional committee members. Drinks and refreshments will be available, please come along and show support for your club.




Outdoor & Indoor Training for Young Athletes

Outdoor Training at the NSC track for young athletes takes place on Thursday evenings. It is a split session. For school years Reception to Year 5, registration is at 5.50pm and ends at 7.15pm. For school years 6 to 11, the session starts at 7.00pm and end 8.15pm. Starting on Saturday 28th September there is also an outdoor session for athletes of school years 6 to 11 at the NSC track on Saturday mornings from 11am to 12.15pm,  

Indoor 365 training takes place at St. Ninians school gym and sportshall on Monday evenings. Registration is at 5.45pm for 6pm start. Sessions end at 7pm



Club entries for London Marathon 2014

Manx Harriers have 2 club places in the 2014 Virgin London Marathon. If there are any club members have not been successful in entering the ballot and would like to be considered for a club entry, please send a copy of their rejection email notification to the club secretary at [email protected] to request a place in the club draw for entries.

Club members who have not entered the ballot will also be considered for a club entry but those who have had unsuccessful entries in the ballot will be given priority.



Up and Running Track & Field League Presentation

Manx Harriers would like to thank Up and Running for supporting the 2013 track and field league which had its awards presentation on Friday evening 27th September at the Villa Marina Arcade. Pictured right (click image to enlarge) are the prize winners of the league along with sponsor Chris Cale who presented awards. Promising juniors Katie Astin and Josh Hewett were named as recipients of the Steve Jacobs awards which were presented by the Jacobs family. Tom Partington was named as the recipient of the Kevin Madigan award for promising junior walker and this was presented by Allan Callow. Thanks must go to hard working League secretary Petra Atchison for working out the results, Peter Kaneen for organising the presentation and all the officials and volunteers, all who have worked hard over the summer season. Congratulations to all the juniors who completed the League. (thanks to Bridget Kaneen)




Medals for Manx Harriers walkers at English Schools Racewalking Champs

Good news from the English Schools Racewalking Championships held in Birmingham on Saturday 21st September. Alex Eaton won the Senior Boys title recording  22min 46.51sec in the 5Km walk. In the 3Km Intermediate Girls race Rebecca Greatbatch finished 3rd in 17min 46.12sec whilst Tom Partington was 2nd in the 3Km Junior Boys event in 16min 08.79sec. All of the Manx Harriers walkers recorded lifetime bests. (thanks to Liz Corran) Report by Allan Callow & Photos by Bridget Kaneen




English Schools Race walking and Multi Events Championships

Three Manx Harriers junior racewalkers represented Merseyside / Isle of Man In the English Schools track walk Championships at Alexander Park, Birmingham on Saturday 21st September and all won medals and recorded lifetime best times also. Rebecca Greatbatch in the Intermediate Girls 3Km walked a well paced race and bettered her best time for the distance with 17 min 46.12 seconds and continued her steady improvement. Tom Partington, son of the 1984 Senior English Champion Steve in his first year of race walking improved greatly, walking 46 seconds quicker than his previous best in a well judged race in the Junior 3Km race in a time 16 min 08.79 seconds taking 2nd place on the last lap from Jack Leversidge of South Yorkshire and closing on the winner Chris Snook of Surrey. Alex Eaton won English Schools titles in the Juniors in 2010, Intermediates in 2011 and was a likely winner in the Senior Boys race being the sole entrant, although raced against the Intermediate Boys age group where he had very strong opponents. However Alex put in a fully committed performance and was first to finish in a new lifetime best of 22 min 47.51 seconds bettering the time he recorded when racing on the same track in the British senior championship in July. (thanks to Allan Callow)



Alex and Heather clinch 20Km Walk Championships

Alex Eaton  of Manx Harrierswon the Manx 20Km Racewalking Championships in Andreas on Sunday 8th September in a personal best time of 1hr 40min 52sec with clubmate Michael George close behind in second place in 1hr 41min 12sec. Visiting racewalker Heather Lewis of Pembrokeshire Harriers was third overall and winner of the ladies title in a personal best time of 1hr 43min 35sec. (photo by PJ)  Results thanks to Bridget Kaneen. Alex and Heather are pictured (right) with Dr Andi Drake, Director of Racewalking at the UKA National Racewalking Centre at Leeds University 




Up & Running Winter Walking League

The Up & Running Winter Walking League commences on Sunday 27th October with Round 1 at the NSC Perimter Roadway in Douglas. Signing on is from 9.15am at the Manx Harriers Clubhouse for a 10am start. There are walks over 10km, 5km, and junior distances to suit everyone. Entry fees are £4 athletic club members, £5 for unattached walkers and £1 for junior walkers. Venues for rounds 2 and 3 have yet to be confirmed but the provisional plan is for them to be at Andreas on 17th November and St Johns on 8th December. Further information from Bridget email; [email protected] or tel 852884



Track and Field presentation evening

The Track and Field presentation evening is Friday 27th September 2013 at the Villa Marina Arcade. Tickets will be £5.00 for young athletes and £7.00 for parents/adults. The price includes food. (thanks to Niall McGarrigle) Tickets will be available from Peter Kaneen who can be contacted on [email protected]




Stephen Garrett and Adam Cowin triumph in the Foxdale 6

The Anna Maria Cutillo Foxdale 6 run and walk took place on Thursday 15th August in testing conditions for competitors, officials and marshals alike due to the torrential rain. The course was shortened by a few hundred metres due to roadworks so the start line was moved down from Kionslieu Hill to Foxdale School. Stephen Garrett of Manx Harriers was the winner of the run in a time of 34m 40s, just 10 seconds ahead of Chris Barnes of Blackburn Harriers in second. Christian Varley of Manx Harriers finished third just over a minute behind. Rachael Hamilton of Northern AC  was first lady and a fine fifth overall in a time of 36m 19s with Rosy Craine, also of Northern AC in second and Dawn Yates of Manx Harriers in third. Ten walkers tackled the testing course with Adam Cowin taking the honours in a time of  48m 14s, a minute and a half ahead of Alex Eaton. Hannah Bettridge was first lady and third overall in a time of 58m 26s with Rebecca Greatbatch of the host club second lady in 63m 01s. Special thanks go to Bridget Kaneen who with the help of the Manx Harriers racewalking committee and Barry Moore of Western AC stepped in to save the event for one more year until a new road racing organiser volunteers for the role. Run Results  & Walk Results (thanks to Bridget Kaneen)  Photos by Kevin Deakes on Facebook   

This event is part of the No Rest For the Wicked Series



Rebecca’s International Schools debut in Dublin

Manx Harriers racewalker Rebecca Greatbatch was so pleased to recieve her England call-up for the U17 International Schools Track & Field Championships that she declined her holiday to Canada which shows her dedication to the sport of race walking. She was competing last Saturday 20 July in Dublin at 3km in very hot (34 degrees) but slightly breezy conditions and with a very fast start she settled into her own race to finish 5th in a time of 17.51 and was rewarded with a personal best time by 31 seconds. The race was won by Ireland’s Sinead Burke in 14.31.16 & England’s Heather Butcher was 2nd in 15.15.17, Rebecca’s time was 17.51.07. This was a wonderful experience for Rebecca as she was part of very large team of different disciplines and she enjoyed the weekend. Thanks Elizabeth Corran

Full Results



The NatWest Island Games XV

Well done to the Isle of Man Athletics Team on a very successful Island Games, especially all the medal winners…..

Gold Medals; Kevin Loundes 10,000m and Half Marathon ; Alan Corlett 3.000m Steeplechase ; Joe Reid 400m ; Men’s Team Half Marathon; Women’s Team Half Marathon

Silver Medals; Gail Griffiths 10,000m and Half Marathon ; Hannah Riley 100m Hurdles ; Oliver Lockley 5,000m ; Andrea de Bruin Discus ; Ryan Fairclough 1,500m ; Women’s Team  4 x 100 ;

Bronze Medals; Hannah Howard Half Marathon ; Ed Gumbley Half Marathon

Official Website   Full Athletics Results   Facebook Page   Video Page   IOMAA Website




Manx Harriers Road and Trail Run Organiser still being sought

Manx Harriers urgently require a road & trail race organiser to organise the annual Foxdale 6 run held in August and the Peel to Douglas trail run which takes place every September. A full detailed handover of the race organising schedule and tasks will be provided along with all relevant documentation, contacts details etc. The outgoing/retired MH road and trail race organiser will assist with advice and support during the first year of handover. If you require any further information about the role please contact Paul Jackson [email protected] or tel; 487873 or alternatively you can contact club secretary Bridget Kaneen [email protected] or tel; 852884.  




2013 Sainsburys British National Championships

Manx Harriers Racewalkers Alex Eaton and Adam Cowin recorded 5,000m pb’s on the track in the 2013 Sainsburys British National Championships held in Birmingham on Sunday 14th July. Alex finished 7th recording 22min 56.89 sec whilst Clubmate Adam Cowin finished 9th in 24min 20.45sec Northern AC’s Michelle Turner also competed in the Women’s 5,000m race recording 25min 06.80sec Men’s Results  Womens Results   photos by Mark Easton.





Update on Club Track and Field Championships

Manx Harriers will not now be holding a track and field championships, this is due to a number of factors. –

Changes in fixture planning by U.K. athletics and the change in permitting means that they now will only approve one competition per month at this level and only 1 championship event in the season (i.e. Isle of Man championships). This is to comply with best current practice and long term athlete development of not having children competing every week and giving the opportunity of learning the skills they need to develop fully during these years.
It did mean that due to this we had to reduce the number of league competitions to comply with the new criteria, but as we have met this criteria with fixture planning we were granted full UKA permits for the Up and Running track and field league and all results will be included in power of 10 rankings.
We additionally have also found that support for the championships in both terms of getting enough officials and athletes to make it viable has been poor in recent years as
the school and family holidays get under way in late July and August.
We will however still be awarding the Victor and Victrix Ludurom shields and most improved shields – for the best and most improved performances in each age group throughout the League.
All perpetual shields (Victor/Victrix Ludorum and Most Improved) can be returned to any coach at a MH training session or any committee member.

The club are hoping to provide another open competition opportunity in early September in Blackpool and this leaves August open for training and building towards this competition and training sessions will continue throughout the summer to this end. (thanks to Bridget Kaneen)



100 Mile Walk Marshals still required

Marshals are required for the Tower Insurance Isle of Man Open 100 Mile Race Walk 2013 at the NSC on 3rd & 4th August. If you can help please study the updated marshals chart here (27/6/13) and contact Sean Hands at [email protected] indicating which hourly slots you can fill (thanks to Jock Waddington)





Gold for Tom & Alex at International Grand Prix of Race Walking

Manx racewalkers were in Dublin this weekend for the International Grand Prix of Racewalking which was held on Saturday 29th June at St Anne’s Park. Full report by Elaizabeth Corran . Tom Partington winner of the U16 3Km is pictured (right) by Richard Wild,  Full Results  Photos by Mark Easton.




King George the First

Michael George of Manx Harriers is the newly crowned ‘People’s Champion’ and winner of the Manx Telecom Parish Walk 2013 following a majestic performance and pefectly executed race plan to finish in a personal best time of 14hrs 44min 49sec, just over 6 mins ahead of last year’s joint winner Richard Gerrard who recorded 14hrs 50min 59sec. Jock Waddington completed the top three finishing in 15hrs 12 mins 39sec (photo by Ben Lamben). Mike was pictured right by his proud daughter Lucy receiving the winners trophy from Manx Telecom’s CEO and former Manx Harriers Chairman Mike Dee.

Visit for all the results, analysis, video, thousands of photos courtesy of Murray Lambden and his team




Great Performances on the track by Manx Harriers Athletes

On Sunday 23rd June Gail Griffiths won the British Masters ladies track 10,00m Championships in Oxford in 37m 12s – another PB and achieved in windy conditions. At the Northern Championships Manx athletes did well in many events. Some who performed well were Kevin Loundes 4th in 5,000m in 15.03.67, Ollie Lockley 12th in 15.29.18, Alan Corlett 5th in 3000m SC in a PB 1of 0.06.92, Rachael Franklin 8th 1500m in 4.40.25 and 5th in 800m in 2.15.18.

Other Results:-Harriet Pryke 1st. 400m – 54.76 – a great result for the Gold Medal; Joe Reid 3rd. U20 men 400m – 49.36 – excellent podium position for Joe; Hannah Riley 5th 100m Hurdles final; Tom Riley 4th 110m Hurdles. The weather at the champs was windy so in many ways the performances were achieved in less than ideal conditions.  Many thanks to Andy Fox for the update




Steve Jacobs Memorial Handicap Mile 2013

Winner of the Steve Jacobs Memorial Mile held at the NSC on Wednesday evening of 19th June was Mike Loundes. Mike is pictured with Margaret and Arnie Jacobs. Runner up on handicap was Dawn Yates  (photo thanks to Murray Lambden)

Overall Handicap Results  Actual Race times  (Results thanks to Chris Quine)





Lancashire Track & Field Championships

Manx Harriers athletes were in action over the weekend of 25th and 26th May at the Lancashire Track & Field Championships held at Blackpool. Well done to all the athletes who took part and congratulations to all the medal winners. Results here (reports and photo contributions welcome)




Sessions for Throwers during TT Week

Two 2 sessions to be held in Peel for throwers during the NSC track closure at TT have been planned. The 2 sessions planned are: Tuesday 4th June 6.00-8.00pm & Thursday 6th June 6.00-8.00pm Ideally we want throwers to notify us of their attendance in advance of these sessions so we can determine the staff requirement (if no one books in we would not open it up) and also the need for any equipment to be provided for the throwers. Can I ask that this information is circulated to all interested throwers with the request they let us know as soon as possible, or before Wednesday 29th May which would give us enough time to arrange staff. Please do not hesitate to contact me or Trevor if you have any concerns on this. Colin McMullen [email protected] or tel; 688585



365 Indoor Sessions come to a close

Manx Harriers Monday Night 365 indoor sessions finished on Monday evening after a winter of England Athletics 365 training structure for all abilities, working on fitness for all athletic events. Training started last September on all areas of fitness from floorwork and agility and strength to balance and also specific event skills in throwing, running, walking and jumping and athletes were presented with their bands and certificates.

As a coach it has been very challenging even demonstrating what had been learnt from UKA’s U.Coach web pages and videos. Colours on the scheme range from red to yellow and then green, purple, blue and black through to bronze, silver and gold, similar to the belts in martial arts.

To get this group into yellow and green shows how much they are capable of and how with more work on their challenges next winter, they should get stronger and more able to move up through the different colours. The ability to train with correct technique in which ever event they eventually choose later in their development.

We hope that the children will continue to come along to Thursday’s club training nights where they can keep getting assessed and demonstrate skills to the larger group.

It is hoped that more coaches and athletes will pick up on the 365 challenge Thanks to Peter Kaneen



Inter Area Racewalking Match

Manx Racewalkers represented the North of England in the Inter Area Match in Tamworth on Saturday 18th May. Results as follows; Men’s 10Km; 1st Jock Waddington 50min 54s, Adam Cowin DNF; Women’s 5Km; 1st Senior Lady Michelle Turner 24.57, 6th Marie Jackson 28.45; 2nd Junior Lady Ali Ross 30.44, Rebecca Greatbatch DNF; 3Km; 2nd Jason Turner 17.09, 3rd Tom Partington 17.15; 2Km; Stephen Waddington 14.01, 1Km; 2nd Tom Brennan 6.27.

Official Results



5Km Walk

The annual open 5Km walk was held on the TT Access Road on the evening of Thursday 16th May. The fastest walker on the night was Alex Eaton in a time of 23m 12s ahead of Michael George in second in a time of  23m 34s and BrianWade in third. Fastest lady was Steph Quayle recording 29m 37s. Results (thanks to Steve Taylor)

Photos by Murray Lambden



10,000m track championship walks and run

The 10,000m track championship walks and run plus junior walk races took place on Wednesday 8th May at the NSC. Top 3 in the run, (in fact, the only 3 in the run) were; 1st Murray Lambden, 2nd Stephen Brown, 3rd Kevin Vondy. Alex Eaton won the walk in 48m 13s and was recipient of the Albert Johnson Memorial trophy. Michael George finished 2nd in 48m 25s and Adam Cowin 3rd in 50m 45s. Ladies Champion was Northern AC’s Michelle Turner in a time of 52m 43s with Steph Quayle runner-up in 62m 27s. In the supporting walks Archie Walter, Stephen Waddington, Jason Turner and Rebecca Greatbatch won the 1000m, 2000m, 3000m and 5000m events respectively.

Run Results    Walk Results    Supporting Walk events Results (all thanks to Bridget Kaneen)




UKA and RWA National 20Km Racewalking Championships

Manx Harriers, Northern AC and IOM VAC racewalkers travelled to Coventry for the National 20Km Championships and Younger Age Group Racewalking Championshipson on Sunday 28th April. Full details of all performances in the report by Allan Callow  U15 Bronze Medallist Tom Partington (right) was selected for the England RWA team to compete against Ireland in the Nihill Shield Match in Dublin in June.

 Photos by Mark Easton    Photos by Steve Partington   Results from the Power of 10 (thanks Bridget Kaneen)





Virgin London Marathon

Eight Manx Harriers athletes took part in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 21st April. Despite injury worries surfacing in the few days before the race Ed Gumbley was the fastest Manx man  in a time of 2.37.44. Michael Garrett beat his personal best time from 2004 to record 2.50.06. The fastest Manx lady was Rebecca Wallace who  ran a fantastic time of 3.01.16, a PB of almost 19 minutes set 2 years ago. Well done also to Katie Astin who competed in the Mini Marathon finishing in 18m 08s.

Full coverage and analysis by Murray Lambden here  



Fixture date changes confirmed for 20Km Walk and 10,000m track walks and run

Due to a fixture clash with Northern League home match, the Manx 20k Walk Championships has been rearranged for Sunday 8th September. The Isle of Man track 10,000 m run and walk championships has also had to be moved due to the temporary campsite arrangements in the athletics track infield during TT week. The alternative date for the 10,000 m track event is Wednesday 8th May. There will be supporting distances for junior walkers with the walks getting underway at 6.15 pm and the run at approximately 7.30 pm. Signing on will be on the evening from 5.45 pm. (thanks to Bridget Kaneen)



Sara Killey Memorial Walk

Michael George of Manx Harriers won the Sara Killey Memorial 50Km Walk on Sunday 21st April in a time of 4 hours 40min 30 sec, a personal best by over 12 minutes.  Richard Gerrard was second in 4.41.04, third Vinny Lynch in 4.54.52 with Jock Waddington a close fourth in 4.54.53. Dave Walker of Manx Harriers was fifth in 5.02.




Manx 10Km & Junior Racewalking Championships

Postponed from 24th March due to the weather, the Manx 10Km and Junior Age Group Racewalking Championships were held at the NSC Perimeter Roadway on Thursday April 4th at 6.30pm. The winner was Adam Cowin (pictured centre) in a time of 49.20 with runner up Alex Eaton (right) second in 50.23 and Brian Wade third in 53.03. Third on the road and winner of the Women’s title was Michelle Turner (left) in a time of 50.23. Rebecca Greatbatch won the 5Km title in 29.40, with Jason Turner, Stephen Waddington and Harry Read taking the 3Km, 2Km and 1Km titles respectively. Photo by Murray Lambden. Full collection of Murray’s photos here

Results (Thanks to Bridget Kaneen)



Martin Bullock athlete sponsorship announced

Pictured: Martin Bullock ( centre ) owner of Martin Bullock Manxsport ( MBMS ) will be supporting Ryan Fairclough ( left ) and  Manx Harrier Rachael Franklin ( right ) during 2013. Martin Bullock, Manxsport help will include regular sports therapy sessions, which will prove extremely valuable during intensive training and competitive periods as the momentum builds towards July and the Island Games in Bermuda. Both Rachael and Ryan are capable of winning medals in Bermuda, and possibly, if everything goes to plan this season, selection for Glasgow and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Martin Bullock, Manxsport also continues to support Glasgow Commonwealth Games hopeful, Harriet Pryke (also of Manx Harriers) (thanks Gianni Epifani)



365 Indoor Training

Manx Harriers indoor 365 training has been extended for another 6 weeks and the first session took place at the excellent facilities in St. Ninian’s Lower School, Bemahague, last night 8/4/13.

The training times remain unchanged with registration at 5.50pm for 6 pm. start until 7pm.

Directions – from Signpost corner travel towards Onchan on Hillberry Road until the first set of traffic lights and turn right into Heywood Avenue. Follow the road down until you see the signs for the school

IMPORTANT : If parents go through the main car park in front of the school to the LEFT of the school building and drop off at the lower car park above the astro pitch they will see signs for the Jubilee Sports Centre. The entrance to the sports centre is above the astro pitch on that side of the site. The sports halls are along the corridor – only a few metres on the left hand side of the corridor.

DO NOT to enter via the front door of the school as it is then a rather difficult set of instructions to get to the sports complex. Much better to go around the outside and enter the door on the astro pitch side of the building.

The signs should be quite clear for the Jubilee Sports Centre.


Thanks to Peter Kaneen



Up and Running sponsored Track and Field League

The Up and Running sponsored Manx Harriers Track and Field League 2013 gets underway on Wednesday 10th April.

Programme for the U9 and U11’s is here

Programme for the U13’s and upward is here

Signing on for the track and field league took place at the Manx Harriers clubhouse on Wednesday 3rd April. If you were unable to attend the signing on you can send the completed forms and cheques to Jenny Dowling (address on bottom of entry form) Entry form here



Easter Festival of Running 2013

Congratulations to the organising committee of Chris Quine, Dave Ronan, Michelle Stevens, Dave Griffiths and Nicky Davison on a highly successful and very well organised 2013 Easter Festival of Running held in challenging conditions.  Thanks also to all the sponsors, officials, helpers, marshals and competitors without whom the  event would not happen.

The Manx Harriers star athlete of the festival was undoubtedly Gail Griffiths (pictured right) – a remarkable and inspirational veteran athlete who finished 3rd  in the overall women’s  standings over the 3 festival events. Despite offering 20 free entries to club members, the uptake was poor and  unfortunately Manx Harriers did not  feature in the overall men’s or women’s team results. Gail was the only athlete  running for the host club to finish all three  events.



Inter Counties Cross Country

An exceptional performance from 14-year-old Katie Astin was the Manx highlight of last Saturday’s Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at a very muddy Cofton Park in Birmingham (writes Dave Griffiths). Eight athletes from the Isle of Man represented Lancashire at the championships which were televised live by Sky Sports, including debutants Jason Moore, David Mullarkey and Kirree Quayle.

Katie Astin ran the race of her life so far to finish in a magnificent 12th place in the u15 girls race out of 287 finishers, one of the highest placings ever achieved by a Manx athlete in these championships. She began sensibly, holding back a little in the early stages of the 4k race and holding a position in the mid-20s on the first lap. By the time the athletes came back into view on the long downhill section on the second and final lap, Katie had moved up to 11th place with an impressively strong surge and was running superbly. In the frantic final dash for the line she was just pipped by one of the chasing pack, but her 12th place finish was an outstanding effort. Katie’s diminutive stature belies her strength and determination, and this was a real breakthrough performance by a very talented young athlete.

David Mullarkey finished in an excellent 69th place on his county debut in the u13 boys race, looking smooth and composed throughout, and he will benefit greatly from the experience.

Another excellent performance came from Jason Moore, also making his county debut. In an extremely competitive u17 men’s race he ran a hugely determined race to finish in 93rd position, confirming his progress towards becoming a very fine middle and long distance athlete. Stephen Garrett was a little off the pace by his usual standards in the same race, finishing in 193rd place.

Kirree Quayle was another debutant, running in the u20 rather than the u17 women’s race in order to help the team. Considering she is a specialist at shorter races rather than cross country, she ran with a lot of courage and determination to come home in 134th position.

Three Manx athletes lined up for the senior women’s race, with the experienced Gail Griffiths running a typically consistent and gritty race to finish in 151st position against the best distance athletes in the country. Sisters Gemma Astin and Sarah Astin were competing in the senior ranks for the first time and started well, but a lack of recent training after injury forced them both to retire from the race. This was a day when their younger sister Katie took the family honours!



The Tower Insurance Isle of Man Open 100 Mile Race Walk 2013

The Isle of Man will be the venue for the 2013 RWA National Long Distance Race Walking Championship, combined with a UK Centurions qualifying walk of 100 miles, a 24 hour Walk Challenge and a 20 miles ‘Starlight Stroll’ on 3rd-4th August at the NSC, Douglas. For full details of the event and details of how to enter visit





New Manx Harriers hoodies available to order

To place your order complete the order form here (PDF) or here (Word). If you have any questions, please call  Petra Atchison, Manx Harriers Track and Field Secretary on 202394 or email [email protected] You can also submit an order at any Track and Field club night.




Jeff Ford Open Walks

Any walkers wishing to attend this event in Sheffield on 21st April, the entry form can be downloaded here. Sadly, this will be the last ever walks event to be held at Don Valley Stadium


National 20Km and Younger Age Group Championships

Manx Harriers are organising a trip to this event in Coventry on 28th April, so if any club members or others wish to join the trip to compete, they should contact Bridget 497594 or Liz 473340 to let us know as we will be booking travel and accommodation in the next week or so. Details and entry form here



National Cross Country Championships

National Hero; Keith Gerrard successfully defended his Senior Men’s National Cross Country title at Herrington Park in Sunderland on Saturday 23rd February with a close, hard fought win outsprinting Steve Vernon of Stockport Harriers who finished a few second behind in second place. Extensive  coverage with links to news reports, results, photos and video by Murray Lambden at There were also some great performances by other Manx Harriers athletes in tough muddy and snowy conditions. Senior Men; 151st Alan Corlett; 296th Gianni Epifani; 734th Andy Fox; Senior Women; 88th Gail Griffiths; 134th Caroline Mayers; Junior Men; 21st Oliver Lockley; U17 Men; 89th Stephen Garrett; 91st Ammon Yeardsley; U15 Girls; 30th Katie Astin; U15 Boys; 134th Conor Davies; U13 Boys; 68th George Dickinson; U13 Girls; 76th Laura Dickinson

Full Results



Peel Road Works & NSC Access

Please see information on the Peel Road works below for Manx Harriers members. Whilst this will not affect the main outdoor or indoor NSC access points, the rear overflow car park will be closed for approximately a week from the 4th March for works to improve it to allow it to be used during the road works as a car park for the QB public house and NSC users.

Once done the vehicle access to this area will be from the main road through the current gates (height restrictor will be fitted). The works are due to start on Monday 11th March with an initial 7 week work programme on Pulrose Bridge from the traffic lights to just before the Bowl main entrance.

This area will be closed to traffic for that period, so all access to the Bowl entrance (access will be maintained during this works) will be from the Pulrose end following the diversion signs via New Castletown Road and Groves Road. Once completed this area of road will be opened again to traffic.

There will be signage for the road closure, but if possible please can you advise all your staff/users of the changes and how they will need to follow the diversions.

When the main works to Peel Road start in May, 2 way traffic will be maintained between Pulrose Bridge and the town centre, with 1 way traffic implemented on the section between the QB roundabout and Pulrose Bridge after TT week (1 way from QB).

Colin McMullin M.Inst.MSPA, Assistant Manager, Department of Community, Culture and Leisure, National Sports Centre



Up and Running Winter Walking League Round 5

Nicola Quinn (pictured right by Steve Partington) finished in second place in the 10Km walk in the final round of the Up & Running Winter League Walk on Sunday 3rd February securing victory in the league. Tom Partington (also pictured right) was the overal winner of the 5Km league.

10km: 293 – Nicola Quinn; 282 – Dale Farquhar; 280 – Jane Farquhar; 275 – Stewart Jones; 275 – Richard Wild; 273 – Dick Callin

5km: 296 – Tom Partington; 292 – Enid Watson; 288 – Louise Smith

photos by Murray Lambden  video by Murray Lambden  results by Bridget Kaneen and Steve Taylor



Jude’s Sportshall Athletics

The above picture (taken by Melanie Jansen) is of the Manx Harriers youngsters who took part in the Judes Sportshall competition on Sunday 27th January at the NSC.sports hall. Northern A.C. took the honours with a strong squad of juniors. The Manx Harriers team was somewhat depleted on the day due to illness and other commitments, but they all gave 100% effort and worked their socks off all afternoon and a great time was had by all, making the team managers and parents very proud. Big thanks to Western A.C. who did a fantastic job as ever in organising this yearly event for the Islands younger club members. Thanks Bridget Kaneen



Up and Running Winter Walking League Final Round (5)

The final round of the Up and Running Winter Walking League takes place at the National Sports Centre perimeter roadway on Sunday 3rd February 2012. Signing on is at Manx Harriers clubhouse from 9.15 am and first off will be the junior 1km event at followed by the senior 5km and 10km events which will be set off on handicap. Refreshments and the presentation of the league will take place on the conclusion of racing. Entry fees are £5 for unattached walkers and £4 for athletics club members and £1 for junior walkers and all athletes will be made welcome.

 Previous Rounds Results/photos



Free places offer for club members in Easter Festival of Running:

The Manx Harriers Comittee have kindly agreed to sponsor the first 20 Manx Harriers athletes to enter this year’s Easter Festival of Running; To take advantage of this fabulous offer you must:

1.  Be a first claim member of Manx Harriers 2. Complete and return an entry form – see – and return as intructed on the entry form 3. Enter all three event races. Please note the online entry facility is not available for this offer.

The value of this offer is £16. If you wish to have a full Festival entry, which includes a commemorative t-shirt, presentation ticket, coach travel to/from Port Erin and Peel, you must include a cheque for an addtional £9 or pay the relevant amount if you want to purchase any of the previuosly named items. Remember, the club are supporting 20 places and "once the’re gone, the’re gone!" Also, bear in mind that there is a special prize this year for the best local team over the three days.



Attention all Young Athletes in the U13 and U15 Age Groups

There is a meeting for any young U13/U15 age group athletes and parentswho are interested in competing in the new Youth Development League in the UK that replaces the former Young Athletes League. Manx Harriers will be part of a composite Isle of Man Youth Team, supported by all clubs on the Isle of Man. Please see the attached poster for details. This is a really exciting year for young athletes at the club. Young athletes will be able to compete at three levels; against their own club members at Manx Harriers Track and Field League; the IOMAA Open Meetings and the Youth Development League in the UK. The Manx Harriers T & F League dates fit in between IOMAA and YDL meetings and these are 10th April, 1st May, 15th May, 19th June, 10th July and 17th July. The IOMAA Open Meetings will be 17th April, 22nd May, 12th June and 3rd July. The YDL meetings are 4th May, 1st June, 22nd June and 13th July. (thanks to Niall McGarrigle)



Club Membership Update for 2013

As you may be aware, there is a large hike in affiliation fees to England Athletics proposed for next year. The club is extending membership of the 2012 season through to end of March 2013 in line with the England athletics end of year, with subscriptions now due at March end instead of January as was customary. However any potential new members can join now and their membership will extend till March 2014 although they will have to pay the new affiliation fee when it comes into effect in April so that their affiliation is up to date. Contact [email protected] for further information.

Membership Forms April 2013- March 2014 now available (Thanks to Jenny Dowling)



Lancashire Track & Field Championships

The Club are organising a trip the Lancashire Championships again this year for all athletes wishing to compete. Parents, coaches and officials are also welcome to come along too. The meeting is on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th May. We need to get an idea of numbers for booking the ferry and accommodation. Its likely we will travel on Friday 24th May on the Manannan departing 3pm, and returning to IOM on Sunday 26th May from Liverpool at 7.15pm. Anyone wishing to travel and stay with us please register your interest by emailing Niall on [email protected] by 30th January 2013. Once we know the full details of the trip we will be back in contact.



Lancashire Cross Country Championships

Manx Harriers claimed 4 medals at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships at Witton Park Blackburn on Saturday 5th January, the highlightsof which were Niall Caley’s Gold in the U11 Boys race and Katie Astin’s Silver in the U15 Girls race. MH results as follows; U11 Boys 1st Niall Caley GOLD ; U11 Girls 23rd Megan Cannell; U13 Boys 10th George Dickinson, 39th Jayden Fayle; U13 Girls 17th Laura Dickinson; U15 Boys 16th Conor Davies; U15 Girls 2nd Katie Astin SILVER; U17 Men 4th Stephen Garrett, 9th Ammon Yeardsley; Senior Women 6th Gail Griffiths (3rd Vet GOLD V45), 16th Caroline Mayers (7th Vet); Senior Men 4th Kevin Loundes, 9th Andy Barron, 15th Alan Corlett, 18th Mike Garrett (2nd Vet SILVER), 34th Gianni Epifani (6th Vet), 85th Andy Fox (37th Vet), 92nd Murray Lambden (42nd Vet),

Results here & Coverage by Murray Lambden  Photos by Whiteflyer Photography



Up and Running Winter Walking League Round 4

Jane and Tony Artz pictured by Murray Lambden in Round 4 of the Up and Running Winter League walks series at Ronaldsway Industrial Estate on Sunday 6th January 2013.  Tony was the winner of the 10Km race on handicap whilst Jane was second in the 5Km behind Tom Partington whose Dad Steve recorded the fastest 10Km of the day in 49m 23s.

Murray Lambden’s photos here and Results thanks to Bridget Kaneen here

Round 1 Results and Photos  Round 2 Results  Round 3 Results


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