Compiled by Murray Lambden
Contributions as credited otherwise written
by Murray Lambden
If you would like to share anything you know
about events or people in the sport in the Isle
of Man then please email [email protected]
of the old news and features from the past three
years are available online if you search the various
sites below that I've used to publish to. For example,
enter "inter counties cross country" and
select "manxathletics.info" and you will
find many references to this event that have been
made in the past.
WELL AT BEDFORD INTERNATIONAL GAMES
Airways/Sports Aid Scholarship recipient, Martin Aram, was in good form last
Sunday (13th June) at the Bedford International
high profile event was his first major competition of the season, after
successfully completing the second year of his Creative and Performing Arts
degree. Coming into the competition with
a first attempt clearance at 2.05 metres, he then cleared 2.10 at the first
attempt, just 3cm short of his Manx and Island Games
performance resulted in fourth place, whereas an identical performance in this
competition last year gave him the gold medal.
pleased with the height Im jumping, said Martin, and if I can improve my technique over the
bar, I can foresee a significant improvement in my personal best this year. I am also starting to work with a new coach,
which should help.
now concentrating on preparing for the AAA Under 23 British Championships on
27th June, again in Bedford, which is one of my favourite
tracks. Then there is the AAA senior
championships and Olympic trials two weeks later in Manchester to look forward
FELL RUNNING ROUND
UP by Richie Stevenson
It is hoped to send a team to the next round of the
British Championships at Kentmere which is scheduled for Sunday July 18th.
Anyone interested in making the trip should contact me in the next few days.
Fell runners training recommences next Tuesday 15th
June at the usual venue at Nobles Park golf course. Be warmed-up and ready to go
BREAK FROM COMPUTER
- BUT NOT CAMERA
Apart from one five minute relapse,
I managed to stay away from a computer for more
than 48 hours at the weekend.
Not so the camera! Family friends
may be interested in the pictures
of my niece Emma here.
JOHN CRELLIN IS
John Crellin, the runner, motor-cyclist
and mountaineer, is home from hospital in the UK.
I understand he is progressing better than
he expected after his racing accident at Jurby recently.
His Mother lives about 30 metres from us and
she was speaking with my wife Marie yesterday.
NAME THAT RECORD
by Graham Davies
H Dave Anderson 60.3 Alan
400 Dave Anderson 55.1 Alan
also think Dave has broken 800 ?
mens record in the 4X 400 at Blackburn
1 Chris Shimmin 57.1
2 Josh Masterson 58.1
3 Daryl Haslett 55.1
4 Ben Brand 53.0
Harrison you know about (800 2.13.1)
Hammer Di Shimell 16.44 Ruth Callin 16.40
also noticed that John Butterworths 20 year old 800mtrs record has been
broken, by Ben Brand in the Last round of the Northern Mens League.?
2.04.3 John 2.05.0
subject to ratification.
THIS WEEKEND (and
I shall be off the Island with my
family between Friday lunchtime and Sunday evening
attending my niece's wedding in Droitwich, Worcestershire.
So, Saturday will be the third day
this year when the website has not been updated
and will mean that I cannot provide coverage of
the Patrick Fell Race in the normal timely way.
Don't forget to check the links
from the front page to the individual photo sites
and to use the forum to share news and results.
Provided the results, reports and
photos are emailed to me in the normal way I shall
update the site on my return, unless of course some
budding website designer is going to seize the opportunity
to provide the coverage.
With no time (and no new information
supplied to me) during the past few weeks to add
to the www.parishwalk.com
site and being off Island this weekend, that website
looks like being a tough challenge. I want to make
it better than ever during the Parish Walk weekend
and have a few ideas up my sleeve but I cannot guarantee
MEMORIAL ROAD RACE
Don't forget that this meeting consisting
of a 4 mile handicap, a 2 mile handicap and junior
races will be held a week tonight starting at the
Peel campsite. Its the fourth round of a seven round
series and, yes, this one is on a Tuesday and not
the normal Friday.
PEEL ROAD RACE
Other than my table of links to
the Manx road races published for the past three
weeks on the front page (and republished below),
I've yet to see any publicity for the Castletown
to Peel road races and I can't see anything on the
Western AC website.
Maybe I've missed it, or maybe as
a well established road race everyone already knows
the distance, the entry fee, the course etc.
I hope to be at the event with my
camera to report on the race for the website.
WESTERN AC TRACK
You can keep up to date with results
from the Western AC track nights at their website.
link to take you directly to their results page.
& NORTHERN AC TRACK NIGHTS
For the first time this year, all
the results from both club's track and field meetings
have been kept up to date on this site, usually
within 24 hours of receipt of results.
There is always a link on the front
page or check it out here.
A GREAT STORY
From Steve Partington (buried in my inbox)
this goes back to the Snaefell Race
As I watched the runners arrive
at the Snaefell summit on Saturday, there was a
familiar pattern to their approach out of the mist.
A last uphill effort over the final yards, before
slowing and getting their punchcards ready for clipping
at the cairn.
All except for Michael George. He stopped at
the punch, put his hand in his pocket and took out
his wallet! He said he didn't have a punch-card
and proceeded to punch a credit card!
James Coulson and his wife were there too and
we were still laughing as Michael slipped (he was
wearing tennis shoes) out of sight.
PAUL CLARKE TO
CONTEST PATRICK FELL RACE?
Paul Clarke, who has won races over
road, track, cross country and fell over his 20
year plus athletics career, is thought to be lining
up in the Patrick Fell Run next Saturday.
You can be there too -PATRICK
NORTHERN AC TRACK
Thanks to Julie Egan, the latest results have
not been published
I only reached the track just before
winner Steve Partington heard the bell last night
and by that time the track was fairly bare with
just six seniors remaining, albeit all going very
fast and well worthy of Manx championship status.
Neil Bates was a non starter as he was still recovering
from a virus.
Earlier the scene must have been
a lot more active with so many juniors racing concurrently
with the seniors. If anyone has any pictures of
the earlier scenes they would be welcomed.
MORE CHANGES AT MANXATHLETICS.COM
One of my old web hosting packages
is due to expire on 5 June 2004 and I'm not renewing
it. Most of the web pages for an 18 month period
up to December 2003 were published at www.manxathletics.info
so after the weekend you may find that some of the
older links do not work. I hope to republish them
at some point at a folder within www.manxathletics.com
that will be named www.manxathletics.com/oldsite
Please be patient with this project
however. Its nice to have some of the old features
and reports published but more than 90% of the hits
on the site are for the current day's features.
You are about as likely to find
me watching reality TV as you are finding Peter
Karran taking a holiday at the chief minister's
holiday cottages, so I could not believe that I
found myself hooked on tonight's Rich Girl Poor
Girl on ITV which featured Manx Island Games athlete.
the thrower Kirree Kermode. I thought the casting
was really good with the exception of the playing
of "I've got a brand new combine harvester"
in the pub as if that was the type of music everyone
liked over here! I also tended to think that there
is very little they could put into future shows
that were not in tonight...but I could be proved
Well done Kirree on a great performance
in front of the cameras.
FELL RUNNING FEATURED
I've been buying the Independent
newspaper since it was first published in the 80s
but I can't ever remember a three page feature on
fell running before, as was published today.
It features Richard Askwith and
has a headline "You don't have to be mad to
do this. But it helps" and has a further heading
"the only sport that hasn't sold its soul".
Even the Convenience Shopping Centre
has closed as I write this (11.45 pm) so its too
late to buy a copy now but well worth a read if
you can get hold of one. I'll keep my copy for anyone
who would like to read it.
FELL RUNNING TRAINING
There will be no training for the fell running
squad until after TT week. It seems a good time for a bit of a break as our
runners have had some hard races and of course the Patrick race is only a couple
of weeks away. I would suggest that anyone who still wants to do some quality
work should give Chris Quine's session a go which I believe moves to Thursdays in