Manx Mountain Marathon


St Johns 
Manx Mountain Marathon 
Ellan Vannin 
North Barrule 
Hill League 1 
Hill League 2 
Hill League 3 





30.5 miles

8,000 feet of ascent

Category A (long)

Starts Market Square, Ramsey

Normally held on Easter Saturday

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37 pictures of the MMM by Steve Partington


RICHIE STEVENSON REFLECTS ON ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MOUNTAIN MARATHON - no matter how much he credits those that have helped him, surely the biggest credit should go to himself.

Just a few thoughts on Saturdays events now everyone has had a chance to take in all that went on. A quite remarkable run by Paul Thompson in one of the fastest times on the course. Incidently I don`t really think there can be an actual course record for the Manx as every year the race route and conditions are different. For instance the route we take through Kerrow N y Glough farm at Greeba can either add or take off minutes to everyone's times depending on which route we have to take which is dependent on where crops are being grown etc. Nevertheless it was a super fast time by Paul and a win that was very popular as he has been trying for 8 years to get a win over here and he is a really sound bloke. The reception Paul got when he was handed the Lloyd trophy at Saturday evenings presentation showed everyone was genuinely pleased he had achieved the win he wanted so much. 

Onion Gale was a bit disappointed not to retain his title but he was quick to praise the winners efforts. I know from working with Onion that he felt a bit of pressure on him this year with everyone expecting so much from him. He did not let anybody down recording another brilliant sub 5 hour time to show last year was by no means a one-off performance.

Andy "6 times"Hauser continued his amazing sequence of results with his first ever third place finish in the Manx and Tony Okell recorded his best finish yet in 4th place but was disappointed to tire in the closing miles when he looked to be heading for the top three. Tony just can`t seem to get this race right. He has undoubtedly got the ability to win but things always seem to go wrong for him. I just hope he keeps at it as eventually I am sure he will come out on top.

The Manx is a tough event and I think everyone who gets to the finish at Port Erin deserves praise whether they are first or last. It would be nice to give them all a mention as I am sure they all have their own story to tell. Obviously I can`t mention everyone but a few performances that do stand out are Simon Skillicorn in a superb 6th place more than 30 minutes faster than last year, best newcomer Andrew Brierley in a top ten placing, a great race between Victoria Musgrove and eventual winner Clare Kenny in the females and success for our continental friends with Rolf Bruwhiler improving from last years 13th to 7th  and finishes for Jiri Fiala from the Czeck Republic and Neil Lindeman from the Netherlands.  

The half marathon was a great success and I feel sure this will grow a lot in future years and will hopefully become a stepping stone to the full race. Runners in the main race were pleased to have a few more people around them in the second half as there is usually a lot of big gaps in a race of this length. Ozzie ran very strongly to take victory by nearly 6 minutes from Mark Preston who is slowly getting back to his form of old. Third was another Clayton runner Stephen Whittaker who was originally down to do the full race. He has had problems off late trying to train properly and he was delighted to have the opportunity to still race on the Manx hills but over a shorter distance. Rose Hooton was top lady in an excellent fifth place overall. Next female was Switzerland's Barbara Neuenschwz, girlfriend of Rolf Bruwhiler, She was absolutely delighted with her performance and quite rightly  as was  Lorraine Croome from Devon in third.

 Organisation wise things went well apart from a few problems which are inevitable in an event of this size. The decision to allow the slower runners to go off at 7.30am was another big success. The race all came together in the second half with a lot more finishing closer together. This made for a great relaxed atmosphere outside the Ocean Castle with lots of runners and spectators sitting in the brilliant sunshine. The feedback we have had so far has been very very positive which we are extremely pleased about. One thing that competitors comment on every year is the helpful and good natured way that our officials and marshals do their jobs. As race secretary I would like to thank everyone of them for their excellent contribution to the race. Also thanks to the group of people who quietly but efficiently set the course up and then gather everything back in again after race day. Finally thanks to all the land owners for access to Raynet and the Civil Defence and to all our sponsors Okells Brewery, Department of Tourism, Robinsons Fruiterers, Mars and Lucozade through H E Richards and to the Mona Aerated Water Company.   


Paul Thompson already well on his way to victory at the Black Hut (Picture by Stan Hall)


Winner last year; runner up this year. Another fantastic performance by Ian Gale in the Manx Mountain Marathon. Picture by Bridget Kaneen at Rushen.  Use the link below for full coverage of the Manx Mountain Marathon.




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