Saturday 27th December 2014 at 9.30am
This year sees the fifth running of this popular
Festive relay event. It takes place on a trail around the Ballannette estate
in Lonan, which is the base of Stewart Clague Services Ltd The organising club Manx Harriers wish to thank Stewart Clague for his kind support of this event. The
venue will be familiar to competitors in cross country league events – however
this event uses a different, longer and tougher course.
The event is a four-leg handicapped relay. Legs one and
four are run over two laps of the course (approximately 6.6 miles), and are for
the fitter/faster members of teams. Minimum age for the two-lap legs is 18. Legs
two and three are run over one lap of the course (approximately 3.3 miles), minimum
age for these legs is 15. As such, a team covers six laps of the route in total,
an overall distance of about 20 miles.
The terrain is mainly firm and gently undulating and is
comfortable to run on. There is one ‘sting’ in the middle of the lap after you
cross Clay Head Road – a sharp drop nearly down to sea level followed by a short
but testing climb back up the other side.
The course is at low level and so should be affected
less by weather conditions than the former Millennium Way Relay. It is off-road
apart from two crossings of a very quiet minor road, so there is no worry
The handicap will be based on 10km road times, which
are used by the handicappers to provide estimated times for the two-lap and one-lap
legs. The slower teams will set off first followed by the faster teams later.
There will be a presentation immediately after the event in the boardroom at
Junior Fun Run
This year a family element has been added to the SCS event.
Immediately after the conclusion of the relay, probably
at around 1pm, there will be a fun run open to younger athletes aged from 7 to
14 on the day. This will be held on a shorter version of the relay course and
will be approximately one mile on a mixture of grass and trail. All runners
All competitors will win a prize. No entry forms – just
turn up on the day, pay a £2 entry fee and enjoy a run!!
Event Rules and Entry Form
Rachael Franklin in the 2013 event (photo by Murray Lambden)
SCS Relay Rules – 2014
SCS Entries have now closed
(thanks to Dave Griffiths for all the above event information)
(thanks to Andy Fox)
Results 2011 & 2011 feature by Murray Lambden
Results 2012 & 2012 feature by Murray Lambden
Overall Results 2013 Individual Leg Results2013 & 2013 Feature by Murray Lambden
2014 Photos by Murray Lambden here. Results by Manx Timing Solutions here.
Map to the start
Directions to the start/registration from Douglas as follows; Head out on the A2 from Onchan along the Whitebridge Road towards Laxey passing the Liverpool Arms and crossing the tram lines. Just before Baldrine Park at the two green bus shelters opposite each other, turn right onto ‘The Road of the Middle Farm’ . Follow the narrow road for half a mile, turning left at the public footpath sign along the concrete road to Ballanette Park, the HQ of Stewart Clague Services.