Gail Musson, who
has been competing in the Dave Phillips Memorial
Road Races this spring moves to her favourite form
of road racing when she competes in the North West
200 motor cycle race meeting next weekend.
Her partner David
Griffiths said: "The North West 200 is possibly the biggest sporting event in Northern Ireland
with crowds in excess of 100,000 lining the 9-mile
Portrush-Portstewart-Coleraine circuit on race day, which is Saturday 10th May
(practice nights are Tuesday and Thursday). We leave on Sunday 4th May and
return home the following Sunday.
Good luck Gail.
Incidentally there is a link from the www.realroadracing.com
to this site. Why? The site ran a lead story
last Friday about Milky Quayle's success in winning
the sportsman of the year award and used my picture
to support the story and added a link as an acknowledgment
of the source. I was quite flattered.
AYRE UNITED'S FOOTBALLERS TURNED TO RUNNING 29-04-03
Just a week or so before Ayre United achieved
their historic win in the Manx FA Cup I was surfing
the web in an internet cafe in London with Paul
Curphey. Paul hasn't used the internet much so I
helped to him the Ayre United website, his old footie
club. It is one of those sites that has started
off so promisingly but has not been updated
for 2 years. Fortunately before they stopped developing
the site they had scanned in the programme from
Ayre's previous "big day" back in 1983.
Playing in the team that day were Paul "Nobby
Stiles" Curphey (second left front row), Alan
Poslethwaite (third left front row) and Mick Hannay
(far right standing). Its well worth a skeet at
the picture and a read of the notes.
NEW COURSE FOR CARRAGHAN writes Richie
Round six of the 2003 Managrakem Fell League takes
place on Tuesday May 13th with a 7pm start. The Buchanan and Pitts sponsored
Carraghan race is the shortest on the calendar covering just 2.5 miles with a
total ascent of 1,100ft
Unfortunately we are unable to use the same route
as previous years due to one of the fields we go through at Injebreck Farm being
used to keep newly born lambs and their mums in. As yet we have not finalised a
new route but it is hoped it will be sorted by the weekend.
PRAISE FOR EASTER FESTIVAL via Graham Davies
Safely home after a most enjoyable break. The
League meeting was the highlight and not just because the girls ran well. The
welcome we received was warm indeed and the meeting was the best run that I have
attended at club level, you are fortunate to have such a group of volunteers.
Our coach came over to watch the event and was so impressed that he is
considering bringing a select group over later this year.
Thank you for facilitating a brilliant night out
for my "family" and please pass on our congratulations to all involved in
running the meeting.
On Wednesday 23rd Manx Harriers have a Track
Meeting at the NSC starting at 6.30pm.your daughter and friend will be wellcome
to run as a guest.
WEB SITE = manxathletics.com (loads of
Isle of Man Athletic Association
GB INTERNATIONAL NEIL BATES THANKS THE PEOPLE
WHO HAVE SEEN HIM THROUGH THE GOOD TIMES AND THE
Finally come back down to earth and am planning on
going training just after 6pm tonight, see how my legs are feeling after
Saturday race. And then I will decide on what training I will be doing as a
build up to the European Cup.
The details at the moment are very scarce, but this
is what I know as of now.
On Friday 16th May we will be flying from Heathrow
to Moscow and then travelling to Cheboksary.
Saturday will just be getting accustomed to
everything and generally preparing for the race.
Sunday 18th May, Junior men's Race is at 10am (3pm
GMT time), which is nice, as I can just plan for it like I do a Winter League at
home (although a bit more nervously I imagine)
And then on the Monday we travel back landing in
Heathrow just after midday.
The team going are. Andy Drake, Dom and Dan King in
the Senior 20km
Me and Luke Finch in
the Junior Men 10km
Sophie Hales and
Katie Stones in the Junior Women's 10km
so I am the only one who hasn't had a GB selection
before! But i'm sure I will be in safe hands.
I was so pleased on Saturday night when I found
out. Not surprised coz I've wanted this since Christmas and have been aiming at
There are just a few Thank you I want to
Firstly as I have already said: Allan Callow. I
have been racing in England now for 5years, and since then Allan has always been
my coach and always been behind all my success, and although he will claim I did
all the hard work and I've only got what I wanted. I could have done it without
Also of cause: funding from the Isle of Man Sports
Aid Foundation and the Ron Pickering Memorial fund has helped me no
But also there are a few personal thank you I would
like to make. Not wanting to dwell on the past as I am looking forward to a
successful future. The last three years have been a considerable battle for me.
Since the summer of 2000 I have battled with Anorexia. Not a lot of people were
told when I was first diagnosed but now I am on the mend and fighting fit it is
just part of what I have become today. But I wouldn't be without a few
So thank you to everyone who has helped. And when I
am out in Russia I will have you all to thank.
I hope now that I can just muscle down to three
good weeks of preparation for Russia and for my exams, and enjoy the
Once again thank you to everyone. I hope I can do
the Isle of Man proud!
FELL RUNNING BUILDING ON OFF-ISLAND SUCCESS REPORTS
I spoke briefly to Ian Gale yesterday
and he was full
of enthusiasm for the Knockdhu race. All the lads enjoyed the race and put in
good performances against some very good competition and it can only be
beneficial to our sport to get our runners in amongst this sort of class
athlete I must admit I was surprised how close Richard was to Welshman Tim
Davies but seemingly he and one of the top English runners John Brown ( I don`t
know if he is the cross country runner ) went the wrong way and lost some
The Irish organisers are always very pleased when
we send a team over to compete and are very helpful to everyone. Its amazing how
many contacts can be picked up at these events which may well help our runners
in the future.
The next race we hope to be going to is the Snowdon
on the 26th July. It would be nice to send two teams here as the traveling is a
lot easier. As for Knockdhu teams will be picked based on performances in fell
races between now and then and those interested will be expected to attend the
Tuesday night squad training. I have been told that some runners who have not
raced on the fells this year thought they should have been asked to go to
Ireland. In the past we have asked people to come into our teams when we felt
they needed strengthening but now we feel we have enough good standard runners
to pick from. It seems only fair that those who run the fell races are picked
for the fell teams, we certainly would not expect our runners to be picked for
road running teams if they only did the fells. So the message to anyone who
thinks they are good enough to be selected for our teams is race in our
Training starts again TONIGHT
(Tuesday 29th April)
6.30pm at the TT Grandstand.
NO TRAINING FOR CLARE by CATRIONA
Clare Corran did the MMO as a jogger/walker and finished in 7hrs55m. Her Mum
is a receptionist at Onchan surgery and tells me Clare only decided to enter the
previous evening!- having originally planned to be the back-up for another
runner. Clare's longest previous run was 14 miles in the Peaks, and she claims
not to have done any training as such!
That said, she will probably have inherited her
Mum's amazing fitness. At the Race for Life last year,Mum Lesley,in her
50's, complete with a heart pacemaker, walked the course in 33minutes-to the
chagrin of one C Farrant who ran supposedly flat out to get the same time! There
was a lot of muttered debate about whether pacemakers had an adjustable heart
After such a fantastic debut, one wonders what
time Clare will manage with training. She lost some time on the day apparently
because she passed a sheep who was giving birth and felt she was distressing the
animal- so she stopped running until the happy event was
MISSED A SCOOP 27-04-03
A few people say they enjoy my luck/ability to
get pictures of some well known people but I missed
one yesterday. I was at a meeting at the Regency
Hotel all day and when I went into the hotel in
the morning I held the door open for Mackenzie Crook
(Gareth in The Office). He was in the bar with his
partner and baby at lunchtime but of course I didn't
have a camera. I returned for dinner in the evening
and this time I had been commissioned to take pictures
of the guests by my boss. This time I didn't see
"Gareth" although on the way out one of
my colleagues told me that they had seen him in
the bar but it was too late by then. I presume he
must be involved in a film on the Isle of Man.
RICHARD JAMIESON 13th
at KNOCKDU reports Richie Stevenson 27-04-03
I`ve just had a brief look at positions at Knockdhu. Richard Jamieson had a
fantastic run finishing 13th in the senior international section. He beat Bradda
winner Lloyd Taggart who was running for England and was only 2 seconds behind
Welshman Tim Davies who won the Snowdon classic last year. The race was won by
George Crayston of England B from Scotlands Tim Lenton and England A runner
Other Manx positions were Ian Gale 21st, Tony Okell
24th and Mark Preston 26th.
We were last to finish in the team race out of
seven teams but that was only to be expected. I will find out some more info and
send it as soon as I can
ANTHONY BRAND LAUNCHES PHOTO SITE 27-04-03
Budding digital photographer Anthony Brand, who
has already published some excellent digital shots
on the website in the past few weeks now has his
own fotopic.net account. Although I'll continue
to publish the best of his pictures to draw attention
to the new ones, you can see any of his pictures
at anytime by clicking here:
This is a great step forward as far as I am concerned.
I'm hoping that the maintenance of the website will
be reduced in the months ahead by this sort of assistance.
BRITISH MASTERS ATHLETICS FEDERATION 27-04-03
A couple of months ago Peter Cooper very kindly
hand delivered a copy of the Masters Athletics magazine.
Its been sitting in my in tray partly read for a
long time and I've finally had another look at it
today. Apart from anything else it has given me
a chance to update the website link by renaming
In the 17 days between the
first of these events and second one, I picked up
quite a few vibes that the new course was not that
Personally I don't mind the
course other than the very sharp turns and the difficulty
of running against the runners going in the opposite
direction on the same side of the road. The unwritten
interpretation was to run out on the road and back
on the pavement although some runners seemed intent
on running both ways in the road thereby causing
the majority to swerve to avoid them.
If you have not picked it up,
Geoff Brew made several contributions to the
forum yesterday including an invitation to contact him
about possible changes to the course.
I really enjoyed my run although
I moaned beforehand about still being stiff and
sore from my only run of the week on Wednesday night.
I improved by around three minutes from my previous
run of which probably two were accounted for by
the shorter course. I knew that, coming back from
injury as I was, I had scope to improve but there
were still plenty of runners ahead of me. I've never
won one of these handicap races yet and if I didn't
on Friday I never will!
EASTER FESTIVAL VIDEO 26-04-03
I have to admit to be mightily
impressed by my big brother Mike's video of the
Easter Festival. Although I use the internet so
much myself I still think its amazing that he can
download all the pictures in Droitwich (Worcestershire),
set them to music and then send them all back to
me in the form of a video.
If anyone has any problems
downloading the file (it is pretty big at 12MB)
then I can stick a copy onto a CD for you if you
I've just watched it for about
the 6th time today and I love the way it concludes
with the picture on Colin Halsall, the event organiser,
smiling broadly whilst the music concludes "You'll
be looking at a happy man, cos you're the lucky
It should be a superb promotional
tool. I'm sorry now that I didn't stay long enough
to take pictures of the beer drinking!
- even with a broadband connection this took over 3 minutes
to download so it may take 20 minutes or so with an analogue
modem. But if you would like a free souvenir of the Easter weekend
then its well worth it for Mike's excellent contribution.
music credits on the video are (and they tell a story!):
Ready to Run by the
Chicks from the CD Fly published by Monument Records 1999
If Its Hurting You
by Robbie Williams from the CD Sing When You are Winning published by Chrysalis
Ill Tag Along by
Richard Thompson from the CD The Old Kit Bag published by Cooking Vinyl in 2003
The Lucky One by
Alison Krauss and Union Station from the CD New Favorite published by Rounder
by Murray Lambden & Anthony Brand
PBs (nearly) ALL ROUND FOR
WALKERS IN LEAMINGTON TODAY 26-04-03
It was great to receive a phone
call from Bridget Kaneen this afternoon. Bridget
was with the Manx Harriers team at the walking Grand
Prix at Leamington and she handed the phone to coach
of the year, Allan Callow.
Allan reported that there were
no disqualifications among the Manx party and some
excellent results including loads of personal best
And Bridget was one of the
stars. She won the veterans 5km walk in a
road PB of 15.34 and has been selected for the British
veterans team in an international match in France
in June. She was backed up by Marie Lathem who was
second and set a big PB of 16.19 and was the
first over 40.
Peter Kaneen was 9th in the
mens 20km (6th Brit) in a time of 96.49. Not quite
a PB but one of his best times. The race was won
by Colin Griffin.
In the Under 11s Lauren Whelan
was 4th in 5.15, Faye Latham was 7th in 5.41 and
Kirsty Taylor 8th in 5.54. All recorded fine PBs.
Bronwen Kaneen was 15th in
the under 13 race in a 12.33 PB
Emma Latham was 6th overall
(4th in National champs) in the under 15 event with
Ciara 14th in 18.23 also in a PB. Emma and Ciara
won the team event for Manx Harriers.
In the under 15 boys race,
Callum Taylor was 7th (6th Brit) in 16.43 and set
yet another PB.
In the under 17 race, Robert
Moore was 3rd Brit (4th overall) in 26.35.
Finally in the junior men,
Neil Bates was second in 48.24 and was awaiting
to hear if he had done enough to earn selection
for the Team for the European Cup in Russia.
GREAT RESULTS. WELL DONE EVERYONE.
Further reports welcome.
There are so many things I
would like to say about the Sports Council dinner
and the visit of Steve Cram but I'll probably never
get around to finding the time for most of them.
What is essential to say is
WELL DONE to the Isle of Man Sports Council. As
a former member of the Sports Council I know only
too well that whatever direction the Council takes
they will never please anyone.
My view on this occasion is
that they did everything right. They provide, thorough
private sponsors and the use of a good deal of the
taxpayers' money, a great deal of support to sports
people of all abilities but particularly to the
elite. Traditionally the awards have been recognised
by a gathering at Cronkbourne Cricket Club but the
respect and honour gained by being presented to
such a big gathering as on Thursday night must surely
be a big encouragement.
And there are the sports awards.
So many of the previous awards nights have been
dominated either by the club (that so honourably)
organised the event or by the corporate sponsors
who dominated the tables around the room. This time
around the sponsors, who are so important, were
recognised but it was the sports people who were
so dominant around the room.
And the presentation was better
than anything I've witnessed on the Isle of Man.
It was pretty slick even if the evening was pretty
So many people played a part
that it would be dangerous to name who deserves
the credit because I don't know how many people
were involved. For the benefit of those not there
however, the people who appeared on stage were Sports
Council Chairman Geoff Karran, master of ceremonies
Geoff Cannell (you could write pages on his performance
alone), Manx Radio's Tim Glover, John Watterson,
the prize winners, Steve Cram and the sponsors.
Part of the success of the
event was due to the fact that nothing like this
has been attempted before. There is a suggestion
that the size be increased next year from the 260
(rather squashed) seats at the Hilton to double
the number at the new Villa Marina next year. I'm
not against that but frankly I feel that Thursday
nights success will never be repeated. We have so
many great performers but they do not change so
much year by year and so there will inevitable be
a repetitive side if it becomes an annual event.
That however will be the challenge to the organisers,
ie to continually innovate to make each year's dinner
better than the last (and prove me wrong!).
STEVE CRAM THE PERFECT CHOICE 26-04-03
It can't be easy making polite
conversation with dozens of people that you've never
met before. No doubt some of those he spoke to will
have been more interesting than others but it appeared
to me that one of Steve Cram's many talents is to
be listen and encourage.
He said in his speech that
he would never have dreamed about sitting in committee
rooms when he was a youngster but the reason he
does it is to help to provide opportunities for
youngsters in the way others provided these to him.
Its a lesson to us all, although
I think something that most people who visit this
site do believe in. We all set our personal targets
and try and beat our opposition wherever we are
in the field but we should all try and help others
when we can. We all need each other's support
in the sport in different ways. The more people
we can encourage to join the sport, particularly
if we are providing young people with an outlet,
the more rewarding the sport will be for us.
I'm all for (us) oldies continuing
to take a little out of the sport by taking part
as veterans. But every now and again we need to
stop and think are we doing enough to help
provide the opportunities that others provided to
I believe Steve Cram is.
and CHRIS QUINE REMINDS US JUST HOW GOOD STEVE
CRAM WAS 26-04-03
Over the passage of time people's achievements
seem to get lost as new stars come along. Equally
for youngsters, Steve Cram is probably better known
as a TV commentator rather than the star and inspiration
he was to those a little older. Therefore, with
Steve visiting the Island I thought it might be
worth listing a few of his achievements: Olympic
Games: 1500m - three times a finalist finishing
9th in 1980 (aged 19), 2nd in 1984 and 4th in 1988.
1500m - 1st
1500m - 1st
1500m - 1st
800m - 3rd
1500m - 1st
800m - 1st
1500m - 1st
1500m - 3 mins 29.67 secs (current UK record)
One mile - 3 mins 46.32 secs (current UK record)
2000m - 4 mins 51.39 secs (current UK record)
800m - 1 min 42.88 secs (second on UK all time
1000m - 2 min 12.88 secs (second on UK all time
I could be argued that his finest two years were
1985 and 1986 when, in my view, he was undoubtedly
world number one at 1500m beating all other claimants
to that title - Aouita, Coe, Cruz, Scott, etc. Under
the current format there would have been a World
Championship in 1985 in which he would have been
favourite to win the 1500m.
A few more comments about "Crammie"
If you were lucky enough to
meet Steve Cram on Thursday and have just read Chris
Quine's compilation just think of the following
over the months (and years) of training ahead.
Although Steve Cram was an
international at just 17 years of age (and went
to the 1978 Commonwealth Games) he undoubtedly worked
as hard as anyone in the world to become a world
record holder. There have been plenty of young stars
who lack the dedication that Steve Cram demonstrated.
He also had a very fine coach
in Jimmy Hedley. If you are a young athlete reading
this you must remember to listen to your coach and
take his or her advice. Coaches will learn from
you as well so they want to know how you feel. But
if you ignore your coaches' advice you will never
be a Steve Cram.
HAVE I GOT (NO) NEWS FOR YOU 24-04-03
Its quite hard to find the
time to continually update the website at the best
of times but after leaving work early yesterday
to get the first pictures of Steve Cram, meeting
my family for a short time(!), rushing to the awards
dinner for 7 getting to bed after midnight and getting
up again at 6 (I know that's a lot more sleep than
my milkman got!) to publish the pictures from last
night and then leaving for work at 7.30, it doesn't
leave any time for this page tonight.
Don't forget the Dave
Phillips Memorial Races at Peel tonight - Peel Campsite
RICHIE STEVENSON SETS THE SCENE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL
and has some harsh words for people who drop out
of races without telling anyone 23-04-03
Just six days after his epic run when winning the
Mountain Marathon Ian Gale heads the Isle of Man team in the P&O Knockdhu
Home International Fell Race at Cairncastle just outside Larne. The others in
the Manx team are Richard Jamieson, Tony Okell and Mark Preston and they will be
up against some really stiff opposition. A full list of runners was still being
finalised when I spoke to the organiser Billy Magee on Tuesday but last years
Snowdon winner Tim Davies is a definite starter for Wales.
World Champion Angela Mudge is running for Scotland
in the womans race that runs at the same time as the men and our lads will do
well if they can get near her as she is unbelievable on the fells and often
finishes in the top ten in open races. The race starts at 1.00pm so hopefully we will have
some news back later in the afternoon.
I was interested to read Murray's thoughts on the
Easter events in particular the clash of the Mountain Marathon and Peel Hill
race. The M.M was run on a Saturday in the early years in the seventies and then
switched to the Monday ( I don`t know what year this was ) We moved back to the
Saturday at the request of off-island runners who were finding it difficult to
get back for work on the Tuesday and also by running on the Saturday they had a
couple of days to relax.
I agree it would be nice to have both races on separate
days but the only way I could see this happening would be if either M.H moved
the relay to the Saturday or we looked for a different date completely for the
Manx which is something we have thought about but I must admit when we asked a
few runners for their thoughts on changing the dates the response was not
favourable. We will be sending out a questionnaire to all our previous entrants
in the near future in a exercise supported by the Department of Tourism to see
if there are any major reasons why our entry is dropping. We know the obvious
problems like the lack of armed forces teams doesn`t help. Every year, though,
we have a heck of a lot of enquiries from people who show a definite interest in
coming but it comes to nothing and we need to know what it is that puts them
off. Talking to various runners this weekend has shown that there are problems
with accommodation and just getting over here. I presume the Festival has the
same problems. It might be a good idea to to ask everyones opinion on a change
of date for the Manx in this questionnaire.
I was also interested to read about Bashir Hussain's
exploits at Easter. I hope he enjoyed his run from Ramsey to Greeba and
hopefully he may even give the race a go sometime. It was, however, a big
disappointment that he disappeared off to Peel without telling anyone he was
retiring. Luckily we guessed this might have happened and managed to contact
Colin Halsall who confirmed he was there and saved us sending people out over
the hills to look for him. I realise it was just a bit of forgetfulness and no
harm was done but it could have caused a lot of problems. If it had happened in
a race off-island he would have been in hot water.
AND BRIDGET KANEEN LOOKS FORWARD TO THE WALKING
GRAND PRIX 23-04-03
A fairly large party of walkers and officials
will be making their way to Leamington Spa
on Friday mornings boat.
With fairly stiff entry times for the U.K.A. 20k
championships, (1.40 men and 1.50 women) one suspects that the organisers are expecting a good elite overseas entry for the European Grand Prix, which is
combined in this race.
Of the manx party
who are racing, only Peter Kaneen has the required standard and
will be our solo representative over the distance. He
will be trying to consolidate his time set at the Steam Packet meeting, with
Leamington the selection race for the Europeans, the pressure will be on the
top rank British walkers to come out with all guns blazing, as all the early
season performances at 20k have been less than spectacular.
Birmingham based student, Neil Bates will be
meeting up with the rest of us on Friday evening, Neil will be racing at 10k and is
hoping to get back under 48 minutes, and earn selection for the European Cup Junior team.
Allan Callow, Marie Latham, Bridget Kaneen and
possibly Dougie " Korzenowski" Corkill will be racing in the Veteran catagory, which is a
bit of a sprint at 3k but we will all be going as quickly as our zimmer frames will
Allan has been showing better form in training
lately, lets hope the manxies can spoil the party in the Ireland V England
We will have a number of our younger walkers with
us also, Robert Moore and Callum Taylor have both
earned vests to walk for the R.W.A in the Nihill match which is an Ireland v England competition and has
its final match at the Dublin Grand Prix in July. Robert will race at 5k, while Callum will
be stepping up to 3k this year.
Also racing in the U.K. younger age group
championships are Emma Latham and Ciara Kaneen (3k), Bronwen Kaneen (2k). Lauren Whelan,
Fay Latham and Kirsty Taylor will also be racing in an under 11's race, which has
been put on by the organisers to encourage the younger children.
Just being able to watch some of the worlds top
senior athletes will be very useful for the younger walkers and hopefully give them something
to aspire to in future years.
Sadly, Liz Corran, who has done such a lot to coach
the juniors, will not be watching on Saturday as the meeting clashes with a level 2
coaching course. We also have four judges in the party, who will be
there to gain further experience from the top British officials, George Callister, Maureen
Cox, Steve Taylor and Dougie Corkill will have
their work cut out keeping track of the elite pack
as they fly past the field of vision, I am sure however that judging at this level will be a great
experience for all of them.
Viv Callister and Robert's parents are also coming
along to give support.
COUNTDOWN TO GUERNSEY CONTINUES FOR KEIRON 23-04-03
8x300m each 4th min
Anaer/Speed End 1½
TOTAL 6 ½
4x 4½ min off 2min
Anaer/Speed End 1
TOTAL 4 ½
Weights plus drills / plyos
3x250m off 7min (31.7,
Manchester Indoors (---52.07)
Anaer/ Speed End 1
6x3min on / 2min rec
2[8x25s off 75s] (5min set)
4x4:10 off 2min
70mins steady (Baldwins)
Anaer/Speed End 1
Peel road race 4.4m
2x8x30s hill (exaggtd) off
LAO2 / Aerobic 3
Anaer/Speed End 2
6x900m off 1min rec
3xLtSwitz (longer) 3x1:40
Good Friday 32.06
Easter Sunday 5k 17:32
The last few weeks have been
pretty good overall, although some of my race performances have identified
areas of weakness. In particular, my indoor 800m in Manchester was poor and I died at about 550m.
A review of my training diary
for 2001 revealed that Id been slacking on the long speed endurance / hill
sessions with 500m and 600m reps (i.e. 1500m training) so Ive really been
working on this aspect (which I hate) since my review. Im becoming very
familiar with the climb up from the Hydro to the new office park!
After my review Ive now got
a clear picture of my plans right through to Guernsey but I dont expect everything to really start coming together until
the start of June or the Northern Championships. One thing that did surprise me
about 2001 apart from my relative lack of form going in to the Games was
the fact that from the start of April through to the end of June, I only
managed about 55 sessions / races, losing about three weeks due to holidays,
injury and illness.
Hopefully this year Ill be able to have an injury free May
and be in a position to focus on a quality taper down to the main event. One
thing which may help is to run odd hundred reps (i.e. 300/500) on the track
(as opposed to 400/600) so that the proportion of straight to bend is increased
and the chance of injury reduced.
DARREN ON THE MEND 23-04-03
Darren Gray is out of hospital
and on the mend reports Chris Quine. Just in case
anyone missed the unfortunate news at Easter, Darren
was involved in a motor cycle accident on Good Friday
THANKS TO ALL THE CONTRIBUTORS 23-04-03
Thanks to Richie, Bridget,
Keiron and Chris, I've kept my own input to
the website down to less than an hour tonight although
at the time of writing (10 pm) I'm still awaiting
the Island Games selection. I didn't even take my
camera with me when I attended the Manx Harriers
track league for a short time tonight - I've delegated
this to Anthony who gets much better shots than
me down there.
ISLAND GAMES TEAM TO BE ANNOUNCED LATE TOMORROW
Graham Davies has advised tonight
that the Island Games team will be announced online
BASHIR HUSSAIN DROPPED OUT (twice) 22-04-03
Chris Quine responded to my query that race number
60 was photographed at the top of Blackberry Lane
on Friday night but was not listed among the finishers.
Chris was fairly sure that the mystery runner was
Bashir Hussain. I asked Bashir, a former festival
winner on Sunday had he run and he apparently dropped
out near the end because he wasn't happy with his
He also ran in the Manx Mountain Marathon for
about 4 hours as a training run before retiring.
Chris also commented on Steve Partington's 1990
photo. "I can see Andy Fox, Ray Cox, Gianni
Epifani, Allan Gage of the locals. I also recognise
Paul Pudney from Liverpool University - white vest
at the front. Is that Andy Hauser on the right hand
side? Ironically, I think Bashir was the festival
champ in 1990. Cannot see him on the photo though."
NOTHING TO DO WITH ATHLETICS -
BANK MANAGERS 22-04-03
Although I must declare an
interest (he is my uncle) I think that John Crowe's
letter in the Examiner today is brilliant. He takes
the micky out of job titles and in particular Barclays
"Head of Affluent - Isle of Man". This
is the second time Barclays job titles have appeared
on the page under the "Nothing to do with athletics"
banner having previously been ridiculed by me for
their advert for "Head of Client Experience".
I might have been on the receiving
end of my uncle's cutting comments in the past,
in particular his disregard for my generation's
musical tastes when we were young, but I stand firmly
by him for the stupid job titles and the lack of
service providing by the high street banks.
By the way, John was for many years the bank manager
at Barclays (and Martins before that) in Victoria
Does anyone remember when the
bank used to serve two types of customers, those
that needed to borrow and those that wanted
to save. Have the customers' needs really changed
that much. We need a ROADMAP to customer service.
(Before you take me seriously I cannot stand that
term either as it is leveraged into every
level playing field 24/7 at the moment).
IAN GALE SO NEARLY FAILED TO FINISH 22-04-03
Stevenson added a further dimension to Ian Gale's
marvellous success story yesterday. his foot
slipped going over the cattle grid on the Brandywell Road. and he was very lucky
not to break his leg. Luckily he got away with a nasty cut to his lower leg
which is clearly visible in most of the photos. "I suppose the adrenalin would
kill the pain during the race but I bet it was sore on Sunday" said Richie.
IAN WAS TIPPED AS A "DARK HORSE" 22-04-03
Richie called at my house on
Saturday evening to deliver the results clearly
still excited with the whole day's events and Ian
Gale's performance in particular. When I said what
a great surprise the win was I teased Richie that
even he hadn't tipped Ian to do so well. He told
me that he had a really feeling about how well Ian
would perform beforehand. I've just checked his
newspaper preview and he does indeed label him as
a dark horse playing down his chances only due to
a lack of experience at the distance.
What will Ian do when he does
have the required experience I ask?
WALKERS OFF ISLAND THIS WEEKEND 22-04-03
A large squad of Manx race
walkers are off to the Leamington Grand Prix event
this weekend. Further details in the next couple
MARTYN STRICKETT STILL POORLY 21-04-03
I was saddened to learn today
that Northern AC stalwart Martyn Strickett is still
in hospital in Liverpool.
I had previously copied the
news of his illness from the Manx Independent but
had no idea that he was still off the Island. My
sister is a friend of his sister and I hope to find
out some more news in the next few days.
In the meantime its another
case of being thankful of being able to pursue our
sport as much as we do and hope that Martyn will
make good progress soon. Martyn was a very promising
athlete before an earlier illness but more recently
has been known as a timekeeper and official at most
of the Northern AC meetings.
JOHN CRELLIN ON HIS WAY TO EVEREST 21-04-03
One athlete who was missing
from both the Easter Festival and the Mountain Marathon
this year was John Crellin. Most of the Manx based
readers of the website will know from the local
press and Manx Radio that he is making his second
attempt to become the first Manxman to climb Mount
Although I don't have any additional
news of John which is not available to everyone
on the Isle of Man, I thought it was just worth
mentioning John's epic ambition for the benefit
of some of the off Island visitors to the site.
According to the local press
he left on his £30,000 trip, for which he has had
to borrow the majority of the funds, on 23 March
and will be away for 10 weeks. It is also reported
that the early stages of his acclimatisation has
been fraught with sickness.
As well as competing in athletics
for many years, including completion of the TT 40
and the Parish Walk, John has competed in the TT
motor cycle races with great credit for a number
of years but will presumably be giving them a miss
If anyone has news of John's
progress I will be happy to include it on the news
MARTIN BULLOCK IS NOT ONLINE (but he still hears
what we say about him!) 21-04-03
Manx team manager at the Island
Games, Martin Bullock, is one of the last people
to go online and I knew that when I published a
picture of him recently under the heading "Would
you like to spend a week in Guernsey with this man?".
Equally I knew he would get to hear about such publicity
and unusually he was a little camera shy on Friday
night when I tried to take pictures of him perhaps
fearing I had something similar up my sleeve.
I wouldn't have run such a
story if I didn't think the leading motor cycle
sponsor could take it!
ANDREW COWLEY TO GO TO ISLAND GAMES 21-04-03
Andrew Cowley, who has competed
in athletics throughout the junior age groups, has
been selected to represent the Isle of Man in the
Island Games - at swimming.
Andrew is the son of Brian
and Chris Cowley. Brian competes as a veteran after
several comebacks. The highlight of his career was
probably representing the Isle of Man in the 1970
Well done Andrew and good luck.
NATIONAL COMPETITION - TIME FOR A
There are not many meetings
in the year when we have top quality visiting athletes
in the Isle of Man to push our own athletes hard
without our usual off Island travel.
The exceptions are the Steam
Packet walks in the winter, the Easter athletics
festival, the Manx Mountain Marathon, any North
of England track meetings held on the Island and
the Close Private Bank Isle of Man Marathon in August.
As these events are few are
far between in an otherwise overcrowded fixture
list, it is surely a shame that the Hill Race of
the Easter Festival and the Manx Mountain Marathon
take place at the same time.
Is it time for a change? Certainly
the number of officials required for the events
is very high and if a clash could be avoided more
would be available. Its unlikely (by the sounds
of things) that there will ever be a more exciting
finish to the MMM than this year but I'm sure that
more people would like to be there if there was.
I don't have the answers because
I'm not close enough to the decision making to know
all the issues.
But if after so many years
of friction the Manx clubs can see some sense and
agree to compete off the Isle of Man as one club,
surely a new approach can be found to avoid a clash
between two of a very limited number of meetings
on the Isle of Man with top class competition.
2003 FIXTURES 21-04-03
Although I extract information
from the fixture list to feature different race
series or types of races, I decided some time ago
it was pointless to duplicate the official IOMAA
fixture list and so I rely on whatever Graham Davies,
secretary of the IOMAA sends to me. I've just been
deleting the events that have already been held
but leaving the rest of Graham's list intact. So
if you are aware of any errors or have extra information
for inclusion I suggest that you email Graham at
and then hopefully these changes will be shared
CASTLE TO CASTLE WALK 21-04-03
As I type this, a number of
hikers and athletes in a less competitive mode than
normal, will be about to set off in the Castle to
I spoke to Alan Bagley yesterday
who intended to walk to round off a weekend that
included the Friday road race, the Mountain Marathon
on Sunday and the road relay on Sunday!
Talking of wearing your self
into the ground(!), as I ran to the top of Peel
Hill on Saturday afternoon to get my pictures I
tucked in behind Kevin Martin. He was clearly struggling
a little and then it became clear. "I wish
I had gone to bed last night now" he said.
Apparently, he ran on Friday night, worked all night
at Safeway bakery and then did the Peel Hill race!
RICHIE STEVENSON CONTINUES THE ENTHUSIASTIC COVERAGE
OF THE MANX MOUNTAIN MARATHON 21-04-03
What a fantastic day for Manx fell running with Ian
" the Onion " Gale becoming the first local to win the Manx in only his second
attempt, a performance that must rate highly in the list of top local athletics
performances. He ran a wonderfully well judged race, never getting drawn into a
pace he was unhappy with.
Even when Andy Hauser looked as if he was going to
take the honours when he moved three minutes clear at the Sloc with just a few
miles to go, Ian stuck to his pace and let events just happen around
him. Unfortunately for Andy he blew good style on Fleshwick and Ian was able to
quickly close the gap, both arriving at the final checkpoint at Bradda Tower
together.Watching from the finish we were not sure who was leading.
confused matters slightly as he was approaching the finish at the same time to
finish his excellent debut in the walk/jog class, and for all the local
supporters it was absolutely nerve wracking to wait and see who arrived at the
finish first. What a cheer went up when the "Onion" came down the steps approaching the finish line to
score a historic victory in a super fast time of 4.54.11, a time that would have
seen him in contention no matter what the opposition and a remarkable 44 minutes
faster than last year.
It was just reward for the tremendous amount of hard work
he has put in over the Winter months. Fell Squad coach Margaret Lockley had been
quietly confident that Ian could produce a big performance and she was
absolutely delighted when she heard the good news.
Poor Andy Hauser was a disappointed man not to gain
his seventh victory on the course he enjoys so much but he was more than happy
with his run as he has had a string of injury problems over the past few
years. Andy is a smashing bloke and he was full of praise for Ians
Third place was eventualy taken by Clayton Le Moors
Paul Thompson who had been the early pace setter. Paul is another who has
supported the Manx for many years and has a long list of top performances to his
The most disappointed man on the day must have been
Tony Okell who had problems with his feet no doubt caused by the extremely dry
and hard conditions under foot forcing his retirement at Cronk Ny Iree Laa..
This is one race that just seems to have a jinx on Tony but I am certain he will
eventually get it right.
Everyone was delighted that Swiss runner Rolf
Bruhwiler made it to the finish in a creditable 13th position after he had been
with the leaders up until Injebreck. He found the race very tough but really
enjoyed it and has promised to return, hopefully with some of his Swiss running
mates. South African Mike Forshaw also made it to the finish again thoroughly
enjoying the race and intending to spread the word back in his home
There was more success for the locals in the
over/60s where Patrick's Robbie Callister came out on top and in the team race
where Manx Fell Runners were first with Manx Harriers third.
It is difficult to highlight the other local
performances as anyone who completes the course deserves praise. A few who did
especially well though were Dave Corrin and Dave Young who placed second and
third in the over/50s class, Peter Whipp and Keith Lowe and Clare Corran and
Christine Barwell in the walk/jog class.
As race secretary I would like to thank all the
sponsors for their help. Thanks to Okells Brewerey, Department of Tourism,
Robinsons Fruiteres, Mona Aerated Water Company, and Mars and Lucozade through
Also I cant thank enough the committee of the MMMO
who all work so hard to put on this race and to all the marshals, checkers,
officials, Civil Defence, Raynet, St Johns Ambulance and everyone else who gives
up their time on the day and indeed on the build up and clearing up of the
TODAY'S WEBSITE COVERAGE 20-04-03
Although I will have my camera
at this morning's runs (and possibly again at the
prize presentation, its unlikely that I will have
any of the coverage online until late afternoon
due to a number of family commitments.
Please continue to send any
contributions to the website in the meantime.
ROLLING COVERAGE 20-04-03
The website was updated about
10-12 times yesterday and it wasn't possible to
keep every single comment or picture as the earlier
comments became history.
A special thanks to Barbara
Bagley however. She photographed the start of the
Mountain Marathon at 7.30 from her balcony on Kings
Reach in Ramsey and the pictures were published
soon after 8.
Then by the time I'd updated
the Easter Festival coverage to clear space for
the Saturday's races, the pictures of the start
of the running section of the MMM had arrived from
Barbara before I set off to take my own pictures
BRIDGET & PETER KANEEN PROVIDE A FURTHER
INSIGHT TO IAN GALE'S WIN 20-04-03
At St. Johns Tony had around 2
minutes lead from Ian Gale with Paul Thompson and Andy Hauser a further minute
or so adrift.
By the time Rushen Mines was reached, Andy Hauser
was 1 minute clear of Tony ( who was not looking to happy ) and Ian (
who was still smiling for the camera.)
At the Round Table Andy had pulled out his lead to
2 1/2 minutes from Ian with Paul Thompson now back in third and Tony soon to pull
out around 11 minutes back on the leader.
At the bottom of the Sloc, Andy was still well
clear but had only increased the lead a further 15 seconds and was starting to feel his earlier
effort perhaps. We rushed down to the finish to see what would
happen and as we searched up to Milners Tower we could see two fast approaches, Ian closing
down Andy fast, together virtually at the tower Ian swept past Andy on the exit from the
Tower, but as they took different routes to the finish it was difficult to see who would come out
Everyone will know the rest. We were spellbound by
the drama of the last 50% of todays race. Absolutely superb, I just wish I had a side bet as
we both quite fancied Ian's chances today.
DOUGIE CORKILL FINDS HIS WAY 20-04-03
Steve Partington reports that Dougie Corkill
was due to make his rallying debut on Friday, when
he was co-driver for work-mate Kevin Goldsmith in
a Mk2 Escort.
Further news later.
EASTER FESTIVAL RESULTS 19-04-03
Thanks again to Colin Halsall
for making the results available promptly this year.
Judging by the access figures, they are much in
demand. As I mentioned last night, scanning the
results is not the ideal solution but it will be
much better next year.
I met Colin's nephew Chris
tonight when I was collecting the results from the
TT Grandstand. Chris has provided the results programs
for a number of years and he has agreed to provide
the results directly to html (the format webpages
are normally programmed in) for next year.
PAUL JACKSON REPORTS ON IAN GALE'S SECRET DRINKING
I had a great view of Ian Gales phenomenal finishing strength
and speed this afternoon. I was first 'on the road' [fell] up to Fleshwick
having started earlier in the jog/ walk at 7.30. Andy Hauser passed me going
through the wall at the top and by the time Ian passed me I was on the coastal
footpath heading for Bradda. Ian was absolutely flying and he had had a tip off
from a hiker going the opposite way that Andy was tiring. As I descended
approaching Bradda I watched Ian flying downhill ahead of me. It looked like Ian
was just beaten to the final checkpoint but he flew past Andy on the rocky
descent from the tower.
The secret formula of Ian's fantastic finish? (apart from his
obvious talent and hard training). A can of Red Bull at the bottom on Fleshwick.
It's time to ditch the Lucozade Sport.
BEAR DRINKING 19-04-03
Manx Harriers tickets contain
for Sunday evening contain a mis-print. They mention the
"Bear Drinking" competition. I think it
should be "Beer Drinking" but perhaps
it should have been "Bare Drinking".
GRAHAM DAVIES REPORTS ON THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Manx athletes, supporters and officials have given the Isle
of Man Athletics Association the thumbs up with regards to its development
plan. The plan was presented to them at
St Ninians High School lecture theatre last week. The plan involves many
changes within local athletics, the IOMAA is striving to achieve structural
changes at local level with aims of:-
a)Encouraging development of younger athletes by strengthening
local clubs and leagues (e.g. four local junior track leagues each with 70-150
b)Creating Team Isle
of Man for the best senior and youth athletes to ensure that the
talent in the seven local clubs is pooled rather than diluted.At present the Isle of Man
is only represented in major international competitions such as the
Commonwealth and Island Games.
The IOMAA wants to create Team
Isle of Man to compete on a regular basis in the North of England and
eventually the British Leagues. At present, three local clubs supply four mens
and two womens teams to compete in these leagues, by drawing together the
Islands best athletes, it is hoped that a high level of regular team
competition will be achieved, with a knock on effect on performances. This will
involve other disciplines; Team Isle of Man will also compete in the British
Fell Running League and aims to send representatives from race walking and road
running to off-Island competition.
Island Games athletes Andy Fox
and Julie Harrison have volunteered to represent the athletes on a task force set
up to push through the plan and iron out any unforeseen problems. The
Chairperson of the task force will be IOMAA treasurer Anthony Brand his brief
is to have everything in place before the IOMAA next meeting with UK Athletics
NOT GOING TO ISLAND GAMES 19-04-03
Julie Harrison was pleased to run a 2.25.2 800
metres at Manx Harriers track league on Wednesday
night after a much slower time the previous week,
but the effort was in aid of her personal pride
and not about booking a seat on the plane to Guernsey.
Julie, who won the title in 2001, confirmed last
night that she is not intending to defend her title
after giving birth to a second child since the last
Half marathon qualifier Ian Gale is another athlete
who, after achieving the qualifying time for the
Island Games at the National Sports Centre last
month (when he ran 1.12.35), was adamant he was
not available due to family commitments.
VARIOUS NEWS FROM ROB ELLIOTT IN GUERNSEY 19-04-03
Walker Rob Elliott rose to my bait when I suggested
it was time he was showing former Manx resident
Terry Bates a clean pair of heals. "I agree with you that's its time I got the better of Terry! I
could do with losing a bit of excess weight first."
He said that it was good to have some company in a race for a change. He did get his
nose in front for a while in the last race. "Training very much is on and
off, but the incentive is now back with fresh competition" he said this
In contrast with the extensive coverage of the
Flora London Marathon in the Manx media coverage
has been very limited in Guernsey.
Rob is sure that Manx athletes will be impressed by the facilities at
the running track. He says there are great surroundings and smart looking grandstand and a huge
improvement on the cinder facilities of 1987.
The grandstand was officially opened last week by Steve Cram (a
popular choice for the Islands?) and a few others.
Rob understands that the Island Games walks (as do all the various
events) remain in the provisional programme until entries are received from the
various "island bodies" to see if enough enter from the required number of
Islands etc or not.
The half marathon course got a mention this week starting and
finishing in the Stadium, taking in two road loops.
JASON COCHRANE RUNS MARATHON NEXT WEEK 19-04-03
Jason, who ran 4.27 in London last
year, hopes to go under 4 hours in Stratford next
week. Based on a 1.41.02 half marathon clocking
a couple of weeks ago at the National Sports Centre,
this is surely a realistic aim. The timing of the
Manx Harriers Half Marathon (just a week before
London) might not have suited everyone but Jason
felt it was perfect for him.