James has broken a bone in his back but fortunately no spinal cord
Spare a thought for James this weekend.
Just a week ago he was enjoying
competition in the Bettacrete Patrick Fell Race
(picture by Stan Hall).
PARISH WALK VIDEO ON MANX RADIO WEBSITE 19-06-03
I've just heard Bernie Quayle
announce that he will be taking video pictures from
the TT access road on Saturday morning to post on
website later in the day.
BEST WISHES TO JAMES COULSON 19-06-03
Peter Cooper broke the unfortunate news
I understand that James Coulson had an accident on
his bike during the 10 mile time trial this week. He has been taken over to the
Spinal Unit in the UK. Let's hope he will be OK. I believe that he may have gone
into the back of a parked car.
AND TO MITCH JOUGHIN 19-06-03
Mitch was apparently races
around Ward 6 and Nobles Hospital on his Zimmer
Frame after having an operation yesterday for a
vein bye-pass in his leg.
It will be the second year
in a row that I've missed my annual chat with Mitch
at Bride Church. Get well soon Mitch.
LAA COLUMB KILLEY 19-06-03
Have we reached the end of
the road for the road races at the above event?
Its the first time that I can
remember that the above, which is the annual parish
festival for the parish of Arbory, has not been
included in the fixture list. Presumably the run
and walk, which used to start and finish at the
fair field, would not meet current risk assessment
Does anyone know any different?
WEATHER FOR THE PARISH WALK 19-06-03
I was listening to the weather
forecast on Manx Radio a little while ago (11 pm)
and its not too great for Saturday. The walkers
(and officials) are likely to get wet on Saturday
morning and pretty sticky in the afternoon.
If you look at the number of
finishers (and the number to reach the intermediate
points) when the weather is unfavourable, there
is a noticeable decline (unsurprisingly).
CASTLETOWN TO PEEL 19-06-03
I hope to have the full results
available this evening. I understand that Ian Gale
won for the second year in a row and that Tony Okell
failed to finish but this came from an unofficial
The official results failed
to arrive due to a technical difficulty yesterday.
Stop press - results received
from John Watterson 7.30 this morning. Many thanks
TELL EVERYONE ABOUT THE PARISH WALK 19-06-03
This might seem obvious but
some people forget that the Parish Walk is being
held this weekend and then get irritated when they
get held up by traffic jams.
Please remind your friends,
family and work colleagues to make allowances for
delays especially on the road to the airport on
For more information about
the Clerical Medical Parish Walk click
here to the updated website.
WHY CAN'T THERE BE TWO MORE WEEKS?
Keiron Murray continues his countdown to Guernsey
LAO2 / Aerobic 1
Anaer /Speed End 1
Trafford BMC 51.5 (400m), 2.03.06
NML2 Jarrow 1:57.1, 11.8, 51.3
jog, drills - 4x150m fast relaxed off 1min
LAO2 / Aerobic 1
Anaer / Speed End 2
TOTAL 4 ½
(Police / Greenfield Rd) off 90s / 5min
flat out off 5mins
/ 1min off
44s off 3:16-----5x3min on / 1min off
LAO2 / Aerobic
Anaer / Speed End
30mins-----Weights, CV; drills, / technical
flat out off 2 ½ mins
30mins (grass if possible)
starting to come together but I feel as if I need a couple more weeks. Im not
in the condition I was in 2001 but I am progressing well each week and might
have caught up by the time the Games begin. I was pleased with my 400m at
Trafford and both runs at Jarrow. Trafford was quite windy and I was cautious
coming out of the blocks because the hamstring went in the first 40m at Blackpool. My 800m at Trafford was only 40min
after the 400m and it showed. I felt good at Jarrow and ran even paced over
800m which was a surprise theres plenty more to come over the first lap and
a few more sessions should clip a second off the second lap. The 400m in lane 1
was strange because the over-used track was so slippery and. I think my flat
speed is a bit lacking so Ill be working on this aspect for the last few days.
Based on my
struggle over 800m at Trafford, my main concern for the Games - qualification
assumed - is the fact that the 800m final on Tuesday is only 1hr 40m after the
400m semi. Ill certainly have to run quite hard for the 400m semi looking at
the PB times. The big problem for me is that no-one else is likely to double up
over 400m and 800m so theyll have a bit of an edge, not having raced Mon am
(800m heat), Tueam (400m heat), Tue
6.20pm, Tue 8pm. Still Im used to it with the Northern League meets and Ill
be doing it again this Saturday at the North of England Championships. I very
much doubt Ill make a final so its a run out over both events and getting
more races under my belt.
Best of luck
to the rest of the team.Hopefully given
the run of injuries weve had, were all on the mend andcan and will stay fit.
GIANNI EPIFANI WITHDRAWS 17-06-03
On the same day as Keiron wished everyone well
in the hope that all the injuries would be behind
them, I received news from Graham Davies that Gianni
has been forced to withdraw.
This is obviously a great shame. Gianni has been
dogged by injuries and at one time retired from
serious athletics to switch to cycling. He did so
well on his return to earn two further Island Games
selections and is well known as the Sports Development
CASTLETOWN TO PEEL 17-06-03
I was slightly surprised to see fell runners
Tony Okell and Ian Gale in the field tonight, although
I appreciate that no one other than them has won
the event since 2000!
I was only able to stay for the first half of
the race and they were setting a fine pace with
Peter Hughes a clear third.
It was just as well that Tony & Ian were
in the field as the numbers were drastically reduced
compared to last year. It was a shame but despite
my own attempts to publicise the event, the writing
had been on the wall.
The event was well marshaled by Western AC and,
something I always like to see, it started in good
I understand that all runners were due to tuck
in to some sandwiches after the race and, provided
the event can generate enough entries in the future
to justify its promotion, I think that's the way
things should be done.
I'm sorry that I don't have the result at the
time of writing (11.30 pm) but thanks to Rosie Morrison
for offering to get the results to me as soon as
Unless there were any surprises in the second
half of the race, I think you have the gist of the
As I always say, don't be shy to add the results
to the forum.
PARISH WALK COVERAGE 17-06-03
With the best will in the world, I think I'm
going to be struggling to provide as much coverage
of the Clerical Medical Parish Walk as last year.
I am unavailable in the morning of the walk and
on marshalling duties in the afternoon.
I had so many grand ideas for the website that
have not come off this year - I think that next
year, unless someone finally sees sense and slashes
the number of fixtures, I shall have to change my
policy and stop trying to cover the smaller events.
The Parish Walk is an absolutely brilliant event
and during the past three months the PW information
has been most in demand on this site. It's big meaningful
events like this that therefore deserve the coverage
so I shall do my best to get as much online as possible.
MANX HARRIERS B TEAM 4th in LANCASTER
by Andy Fox 17-06-03
Manx Harriers B team pulled off a very pleasing
result at the Division 4 west match of the Northern
Mens Athletics League at Lancaster recently. Of
the 7 teams competing they finished 5th. with 129pts.
ahead of Western AC and Warrington. The match was
won by by the newly amalgamated Chorley and Preston
AC from Liverpool Pembroke and Sefton B team (another
amalgamation!!!). The local lads enjoyed the day
and produced some good performances also. The pick
of each individuals afternoon was :-
Dave Newton - 3rd. in the A 5000m
in 18mins 33secs.
Nick Percival - 3rd.
in the A 1500m in 4mins 42secs.
Glenn Butterworth - 3rd.
in the B 1500m in 4mins 43.7secs.
Sam Cannell - 4th. in the A
High Jump in 1m 60cms.
Paul Skillan - 2nd. in A Shot 11.77m
and 3rd. in A Discus 31.45m.
The lads were ably supported by Bernie Shimell
(timekeeping) and Mike Callow (Field judge) who
officiated during the afternoon. The next match
takes place at Wavertree on Sat. 5/7/03. The team
should be twice the size as many youngsters will
have completed their exams and be available for
selection. If interested in competing please contact
Andy Fox on 626415.
VETERANS MILE 16-06-03
It was with some pleasure that I learnt from
Mike Gellion recently that the Veterans Mile is
to return this year, next Wednesday at 6.30 pm at
the National Sports Centre. Although its organised
by the Isle of Man Veterans Athletic Club it is
being staged within the Manx Harriers Track &
I'm sure there will be a big turnout of veterans
runners as there are not many times when the veteran
athletes solely race each other on the track but
its hard to predict who will take part.
With Andy Fox heading to the Island Games just
a few days later and Tony Okell concentrating on
the fells, I really have no idea at this stage whether
the top athletes will be there. I think that Dave
Anderson, Robbie Lambie and perhaps Richard Radcliffe
have won it in the past but if anyone has a full
list of previous winners that would be helpful.
If you are a veteran athlete and you or your
friends intend to take part (or otherwise) it would
help to build up the atmosphere if you could let
me know whether you intend to take part or not.
AND IT CAME TO PASS 16-06-03
Although I wasn't able to watch the whole race
on Saturday, I arrived at Glen Maye in time to see
the final stages of the Bettacrete Patrick Fell
Race and jogged a mile or so up the course to take
some pictures. The scenery was superb and a handful
of hikers who were enjoying the peace must have
been surprised to see nearly 30 runners legging
it through the countryside in the heat.
I stopped to talk to a couple of people out walking
and the man said "I wonder if my daughter's
boyfriend is running today". When I enquired
who it was it turned out to be Charlie Pass who
finished second in his Manx racing debut, the Isle
of Man Bank Peel to Douglas Run.
It seems that Charlie is going to work in Lancashire
and maybe we won't see as much of him as we had
hoped but if we can persuade him to join a Manx
club he really would be an asset to Manx athletics.
REQUIRED FOR THE CLERICAL MEDICAL PARISH WALK
SATURDAY 21st JUNE 2003
the massive success of the Parish Walk it relies
heavily on volunteers. The more walkers that take part,
the more marshals that are required.
you can spare just 2
out of the 8,760
hours per year, your help would be much appreciated.
ensure that the Parish Walk can continue in safety,
please contact Winston
- TODAY to volunteer.
FELL RUNNING TRAINING & TEAM SELECTION
by Richie Stevenson 15-06-03
Fell runners training returns to Douglas on Tuesday night.Meet in the car park
at the rear of the TT grandstand at 6.30pm. All welcome no matter what
The team or teams for the Snowdon
International will be announced early next week.
PIPER TO INSPIRE RUNNERS AT BETTACRETE
PATRICK FELL RACE
Richie Stevenson reports 14-06-03
Considering the number of races already held this
week we were reasonably happy with our entry of thirty who signed on at the Glen
Maye village hall. It was going to be a really hot day in the hills for everyone
as the sun was beating down and there was little wind.
Defending champion Tony Okell returned to his
winning ways in the Bettacrete sponsored race after a good battle with recent
Carraghan victor Richard Jamieson. It looked for a while as if Richard was going
to win his seond consecutive Managrakem League counter as he started like a
rocket. He had opened a lead of nearly three minutes at the second checkpoint on
Cronk Ny Iree Laa after the mind blowing ascent from the shoreline. Tony held
his nerve and kept to the pace he knew he could handle.
As the leaders arrived
at the foot of South Barrule the gap had halved and as they reappeared on the
summit of South Barrule he had hit the front. The final section of the 9.5 miles
course is perfect for Tony being on public footpaths most of the way as
the route drops back down to the finish at Glen Maye and he was able to use his
speed to open a three minute advantage . His time was over five minutes outside
his own course record set in 2000, no doubt caused by the hot conditions that
had all the competitors clambering for drinks at every opportunity. Richard had
a bad patch in the South Barrule section but recovered to hold his runner- up
spot comfortably clear of Brian Osbourne. Ozzie had a race long battle with Ian
Gale, pulling away on the climb to South Barrule to clinch third
Rose was again first lady finishing in the top half
of the field overall and she was followed home by Christine Barwell who did
extremely well to get round this very tough course for the first
We were pleased to be joined by Southport runner
Niel Adshead, his second race on the Island having taken part in last years
Laxey race and he had a good run in unfamiliar territory to place
Well done to all the runners who finished on a
stamina sapping day when it would have been more advisable and comfortable to be
sitting outside the Waterfall supping a cold pint than hareing round the Manx
hills. In fairness the countryside was looking absolutely superb although I
doubt if the runners could appreciate the splendour as much as myself and my
Many thanks to sponsors Bettacrete, to all the
officialls especially Ian Callister for marking the course and to Margaret and
Stephanie for the excellent refreshments at the presentation.
An added bonus in this years race that cost the
organisers a considerable amount of money was the hiring of a Scottish piper to
bang out blood stirring tunes to stimulate the competitors as they headed for
the infamous ascent to Cronk Ny Iree Laa. We hope everyone was suitably
DAVE PHILLIPS ROAD RACES - COMMENT 14-06-03
There was an interesting entry on the forum yesterday
afternoon concerning the lack of credit for the
Western AC officials who give up their time so freely
to organise the Dave Phillips Memorial Road Races.
Normally it would have been deleted as there
was no name attached to it and it is my policy that
every contributor must be named. But I'll let it
pass on this occasion as it was so obviously genuine.
It is certainly true that the officials put in
a good deal of hard work and our £2 per race entry
fee is a trivial amount to contribute for their
time and efforts. Thank you.
Its always dangerous to single people out for
praise because undoubtedly there are lots of other
contributors as well. But the reason I praised Chris
Quine so lavishly for his role in the Steve Jacobs
Memorial Mile was that he made it so easy for
others to promote the event with frequent updates
for all the media and the results were provided
electronically (even though he doesn't have a computer
himself) within hours of the finish.
You really had to be at the mile event to appreciate
the atmosphere. There was such a great cross section
of our society taking part and the mile handicap
with nearly 70 is unique in a positive way.
True the handicap was not as close as in the
Dave Phillips Memorial Road Race but there was no
one complaining as it was so obvious what the result
was. As none of the runners had competed in a previous
race of this nature then the handicapper could have
changed the results afterwards to what he thought
they should have run and taken the credit for having
everyone finishing in the same time! Get real!
Whenever we plan an event we should surely be
thinking not just of the people currently taking part in the
sport but also those who could potentially share that
enjoyment and enhance our own pleasure. Despite
the enjoyment that I derive from competing in the
Dave Phillips Memorial Road Races (and I am one
of only eight runners who have competed in all four
of the four miles this year - another is John Watterson
of Isle of Man Newspapers, who is one of the other
critics of the unique handicap system where new
runners are penalised for trying hard and randomly
moved down the results sheet after the event) I
feel it is hopelessly missing the potential market.
Last year I wrote the following in March: "I particularly hope that I can carry results from the Peel
Commissioners runs this year. Back in the 1990s, the results used to be
available within a few minutes of the finish. Now, with the exception of a few
times read out on Manx Radio, we have to wait at least a week to see the results
in the Manx Independent.
Other events have moved on big time. Combined with the unfortunate
change of course due to road works last year, I cannot help but think it is the
poor marketing that has resulted in smaller fields."
So this year, also in March, I made my own attempt
to promote the series to some of the potential entrants
- have a look at THIS
I also wrote the following on the news page:"I make no apology for targeting female runners to the above series, formerly
known as the Peel Commissioners races, on the front page tonight.
With 2,000 runners expected to take part in the Race for Life on 11 May, just
imagine if just 2% of them could be attracted to take part in other events. A
quick bit of maths will tell you that is an extra 40 runners, quite a
significant number on our scale of things.
And the Dave Phillips handicap series has got to be one of the most suitable
events for such runners to either have a practice run in or progress to later in
the year. Everyone stands an equal chance of winning, the distances are not too
harsh and the venue is pretty easy to get to.
Its up to each of us involved in the sport to let everyone know how much we
enjoy the sport and I think it is the people who are fairly new to it themselves
who can be our best ambassadors.
Sometimes we need to tell people what a good sport we have and not to assume
that everyone knows the rules, the venues, the dates and the joys of running
until you drop!"
Only one person commented on the considerable
lengths I had gone to prepare the publicity on this
site. Guess who? Chris Quine.
There was a tremendous turnout in the first round
with lots of new faces. It was helped by Manx
Harriers leading athletes turning out in force to
prepare for the Easter Festival Road Races 10 days
later but somehow one or two other people had heard
about the event and this helps.
Success breeds success and the series should
have grown from there. Instead, 44% of the runners
have been lost in the next three races.
So what is the answer? Shoot the messenger it
seems! Instead the organisers should be considering
to Isle of Man Newspapers is absolutely essential.
To not do so for three weeks after an event
of results electronically is an expectation
these days. The world has moved on. 80 cyclists
take part in the weekly time trials and the
results are online by the time the riders have
had their shower.
list is chronically congested and seven events
in this series contributes to that problem.
should be positively encouraged with special
recognition for their efforts. If they win the
handicap first time out, good on them!
This site is intended to be completely independent
of any club. After all clubs are only a means to
an end. I don't intend to favour one club above
another but some of the contributors actually appeal
for me to give their publicity greater coverage
as I rotate stories on the front page.
I wish I was bombarded with publicity for Western
AC events. I asked for publicity for the Castletown
to Peel Race and the Western 10 in March. I've still
not received any and the Castletown to Peel is just
three days away. I have naturally continued to generate
my own publicity but the difference in the way that
Peter Cooper promotes the Marathon, Richie Stevenson
promotes the fell races or Paul Jackson, Bridget
Kaneen, Andy Fox and Chris Quine promote some of Manx Harriers
events is quite noticeable.
Western AC developed a good reputation for organising
events when they started in the 1980s because they
did things better than had ever been done before.
Is this still the case?
I hope to compete in the remaining Dave Phillips
Memorial Road Races this year and, although I won't
be competing because I've still not run further
than 4 miles this year, I'm also hoping to provide
coverage on the Castletown to Peel Road and Western
10 Road Races. I hope that all these events are a
Whether you agree or disagree with my comments,
please use the forum to let others know your views.
BALLACRETE FELL RACE ON SATURDAY 13-06-03
If you need any last minute information about
the above, contact Richie Stevenson on 629267 [email protected]
RAMSEY PARK RUNS 13-06-03
What a difference a round makes. Three weeks
ago the conditions were awful and the course dangerous.
Tonight the conditions were near perfect and the
view on the drive from Douglas stunning.
The only difficulty was the high pollen count
that left everyone feeling a little dry and one
or two hay fever sufferers performing below par.
As reported on the front page I believe that
Moira Hall was the winner on the 4 mile handicap
with Mike Garrett setting the fastest time of around
22.22. Andy Bell and Peter Hughes were also
thought to be under 23 minutes.
One thing that perhaps needs clarification before
the next event is whether runners have to go around
the outside of the tape at the bottom of the hill.
Everyone I saw in the run took the inside line but
to my embarrassment I discovered that both my companions
in the car (son Robbie and Paul Curphey) both ran
around the outside, adding several seconds per lap.
MERSEYSIDE SCHOOLS CHAMPS THIS WEEKEND 13-06-03
I don't have a lot of detail but I met Anthony
Brand today and he mentioned that a party of Manx
school children will be competing in the above this
weekend, including his son Ben.
If anyone receives any results they would be
welcomed but in the meantime lets hope they go well
and remember the sun cream!
PAUL "Mr Consistency" JACKSON 12-06-03
One statistic that jumped out at me when I compiled
the stats on the Dave Phillips Memorial Road Races
tonight (apart from the fact that the entries in
round 4 were only 56% of round 1) was that Paul
Jackson has only varied his times by 4 seconds in
three races with 24.26, 24.26 and 24.22!
MANX HARRIERS 6th IN NORTHERN LEAGUE
Manx Harriers came through their biggest test
of the season so far in Division One to finish 6th.
place in match two of the Northern League last Sunday.
All of the squad gave their all and along the way
the team experienced their first individual A win
of this campaign.
In the sprints Chris Compston (100 and 200m A)
and Stephen Halsall (200m B) ran well along with Darren Gray who competed
in the B 400m which showed the local club were a
little short of sprinters on the day. keiron Murray,
however, produced a fine run to win the 400m A race.
After his injury in the last match it was good to
see Keiron competing again and this victory must
fill him with confidence prior to the Island Games.
In the Hurdles events Stephen Halsall ran well to
come 3rd. in the A 110m event and 4th. in the A
400m race. Andy Fox supported in the B races with
a 6th. and 3rd. respectively. Overall the Harriers
held their own in this section of the match.
In the middle distances a number of fine performances
were also achieved. Over 800m a seasons best and
PB were recorded. The former was by Keiron in the
A race with a time of 1min 57.1secs for 4th. place.
This was an excellent performance with a very strong
finish which suggests more is to come! Keith Gerrard,
now fully recovered from the flu, came 7th. in the
B event in 2mins 3.3secs which was a very promising
run in a non specialist event. Over 1500m Keith
ran a seasons best of 4mins 10.6 for 6th. in the
A race. This was a fine performance when one considers
he is only 17 and took on a difficult double against
top senior competition. Darren Gray also made a
come back from injury finishing in 8th. place in
the B race. In the Steeplechase Andy Fox came third
in the A race in 9mins 58.9secs with Tom Davies
running well to fill in and come 5th. in the B race.
The 5000m saw Chris Quine run a pleasing race in
torrential rain to come home in 6th. place in the
A competition in 15mins 57.7secs. (this was after
2 hours work in the field officiating!!) Andy Fox
supported with 4th. in the B event.
It was the jumps where the club struggled most
with all the regular jumpers missing. However, a
number of athletes filled in and performed creditably
to keep the club in touch with the teams in 6th.
and 7th. places as the match progressed. Their performances
were as follows :- Long Jump A Ste Halsall 7th,
B Tom Davies 4th; Triple Jump A Ben Lloyd 5th, B
Ste Halsall 4th; High Jump A Ben Lloyd 8th, B Tom
Davies 5th; Pole Vault A Tom Davies 7th. in a new
PB of 2.50m.
The throws was one of the clubs strong points
again in this match. Glynn Hoosen-Owen was the A
competitor in the Hammer, Shot and Discus finishing
8th, 3rd and 5th. respectively. His bests of 11.32
in the Shot and 35.54 in the Discus were excellent.
He was ably supported in B events by Rob Keelan
who did all four throws finishing as follows :-
Shot 6th, Discus 4th, Hammer 6th and Javelin 3rd.
This was a great effort by Rob and underlines his
potential as a thrower. The icing on the throwers
cake was added by Ben Lloyd who finished 2nd. in
the A Javelin with 53.79m just 8cms behind the winner.
A fine effort by all three lads had kept the club
in with a chance of avoiding last place.
During the afternoon the Kenmac sponsored Harriers
had fluctuated between 8th. and 5th. place. However,
they had been mainly down in 7th. although the points
were close. The final events, the relays, resulted
in a 7th in the 4x100m and 8th. in the 4x400m as
the athletes tired after a long day of multi event
action!!! The final events to be added to the scores
were the 5000m, Javelin, High Jump and relays. When
the final scores were announced the position of
6th. place was very much unexpected but was no less
than the lads deserved. Also it has to be said that
this result shows that the Harriers squad is definitely
capable of staying in division one. Special thanks
must go out to Colin Halsall who officiated all
afternoon yet again and also gained valuable points
for the team.
The next match in the epic battle to ensure first
division survival takes place in Leeds on
Sunday 6th. July, immediately after the Island Games.
Rest assured the Manx Independent will carry the
full story and results.
Overall League Positions after 2 matches
1. Derby 15pts.
2. Liverpool Pembroke 13
3. Leeds City 12
4. Blackpool 9
5. Gateshead 8
6. Manx Harriers 7
7. Hull 4
8. Rotherham 4
B Team at Lancaster.
The Kenmac Manx Harriers B squad competed on
Saturday and were thought to have performed well
in the match overall. Official results were not
available at the time of going to press however
valuable experience was gained by Sam Cannell and
Nick Percival. Glenn Butterworth who has just returned
from holiday had a useful run out while Dave Newton
the team leader rolled back the years to compete
in the 5000m. Paul Skillan used the match to prepare
for the Island Games. The squad were ably
supported by Bernie Shimell and Mike Callow who
acted as officials on the day.
CHRIS QUINE MAINTAINS THE ENTHUSIASM FOR THE
28 women took part - it is certainly a while
since we had that number other than the Parish Walk
I think we tapped into some of the jogger market.
Pity we did not have something else to promote as
a follow up to keep them interested. Yes there are
lots of events but these are probably perceived
as being for "athletes".
The handicapping seems to favour the slower runners
- probably because the fast runners have to unlap
themselves and cannot run in lane one all the way.
I am so pleased for the Jacobs family - it clearly
means a lot to them. They have been so keen to encourage
the event through buying prizes and turning up,
sometimes in cold weather, to watch and present
£140 was raised through entry fees. With sponsorship
for Arnie and money raised through the Monday night
jogging group around £300 should be added to the
fund in Steve's name. This money is used to help
an up and coming athlete with equipment and travel
costs so a worthy cause benefits too.
BIG FIELD PREDICTED ....But not that big 12-06-03
"Expect a bumper entry tomorrow and
this is not hype!". That was what I said to Chris Quine on Tuesday
night. I was expecting about 50 runners but certainly
OVERNIGHT THOUGHTS ON THE MILE 12-06-03
These comments are written after a few hours
sleep - if you are starting here you will find I
wrote quite a few things about the Steve Jacobs
Mile last night as well.
I've got a further five comments to make:
The Jacobs family
have been tremendous in supporting the event
and for donating the prizes. I noted recently
they also support a junior judo competition
in Steve's memory.
I've never seen
so many cars at the NSC as last night. Its fantastic
that the event is held at the National Sports
Centre which is sometimes underused by senior
athletes. There are opportunities to train there
regardless of where you intend to race.
Is the event
unique? I've never heard of nearly 70 runners
competing in a single mile race on the track
let alone a handicap.
Didn't the officials
do a great job to ensure that everyone was recorded
and the results were available to everyone so
soon after the race.
In my view,
one of the reasons the event has been so successful
is because it is an annual event. Nearly every
type on event that is successful is damaged
by repeating it too many times on the Isle of
Man. The Island Cross Country League was replicated
by all the clubs in the 1980s and every field
declined; the format of the successful Douglas
Fireman's runs was copied in the south, west
and north and none of them have ever attracted
even half the numbers compared to when there
was just a single series; the fields for the
long distance runs are depleted by having too
many similar events close together. There is
only one Clerical Medical Parish walk a year;
there is only one Tesco Race for Life per year;
there is only one Steve Jacobs Memorial mile
race per year. Does that not tell you something?
ANTHONY BRANDS PICTURES 12-06-03
Anthony was having problems uploading his photographs
of the mile last night and they are not yet available
therefore. Don't forget to check out his picture
site during the day in case he has had a chance
to publish the pictures, or just to view some of
the his earlier collections if you have still not
discovered the facility.
Peter Mathews, the co-editor of Athletics International
(featured below) and main compiler of the www.britishathletics.info
site (also featured recently), has welcomed the
links from this site. I think its one of the great
things about the internet that we can share our
interests so well and Peter is so approachable.
He is former editor of the Guiness Book of Records
apart from so many other things including an IAAF
TV commentator, former ITV commentator and Commonwealth
Games stadium announcer.
Peter Cooper, of the Isle of Man Veterans Athletic
Club, who were the first people on the Isle of Man
to set up a website, has welcomed the inclusion
of their site in the new Google Search facility
on this site. We're all trying to provide information
to the same group of enthusiasts and the more people
become aware of the information that is available
CHRIS QUINE IN THE NEWS AGAIN 11-06-03
This wasn't the story I planned to bring about
Chris today (I've held that one back for another
day due to lack of time) but I think Chris deserves
a further pat on the back for his efforts in promoting
tonight's Steve Jacobs Memorial Mile.
With 67 finishers compared to 35 last year that
represents a 91% increase.
Chris has used the media in every way to promote
the event not least by continually giving me opportunities
to refresh the publicity on this site.
No one has commented on why numbers were down
in Peel last night.
TOP 10 TIMES 11-06-03
Whilst the onus at the Steve Jacobs Memorial
Mile is to allow everyone to enjoy the sport as
much as Steve did, there is always a certain amount
of interest in the fastest times so here are the
And just off the leader board, the Island's favourite
comeback man, Dave Newton with 5.16.
And if you are a fast runner who didn't take
part and not impressed with the times, bear in mind
that we were running in the third lane for much
of the way!
I could find something to say about each of the
above but I'm afraid its too late!
If you were particularly impressed with anyone,
sing their praises on the forum.
10 DAYS TO PARISH WALK - TIME TO CONCENTRATE
ON THE BIGGEST MASS PARTICIPATION EVENT OF THE YEAR
- You must be joking! 11-06-03
Before then we have at least six events including
3 track & field events and the following::
Commissioners Park Run Road Race
Tue- 17thCastletown to Peel
AND THE WEEK AFTER THE PARISH WALK - IF THE ATHLETES
ARE NOT WORN OUT THEN SURELY THE OFFICIAL WILL BE.
Never mind that, in the week that follows there
will be: 11-06-03
3 track league events
The Veterans Mile
Another round of the Ramsey
Commissioners Park Run Road Races
And then the top athletes depart for the Island
Games and the
top juniors compete in the Young Athletes League
What a few quiet weeks we have before the Manx
& Northern AC Club Championships, the Western
10, the North Barrule Fell Race, the Isle of Man
Marathon and the Road Running Grand Prix then!!
You'll have to forgive me if I can't cover every
one of these in detail but its time for bed now!
ANDY FOX NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE UP HALF MARATHON
Andy tells his story 11-06-03
It turns out that the Guernsey organisers have
refused my entry in the Half Marathon as a replacement
for Tony Okell. No reason why was given. Could it
be that this might be one way of ensuring the IOM
men do not win a 5th. team Gold on the trot?????
Graham Davies is going to try again. Meantime I
am left wondering do I continue with slightly modified
training to allow me to run well in a half marathon
or do I go back to out and out Steeplechase training.
I think it will be the latter. Personally I can
see no reason to refuse the application as I am
already an entry in an event at the games and so
am purely a reshuffle of entry. If such reshuffling
is not allowed then really we have as a sport to
make the case for removing the early deadline for
selection. It is not as though the IOM is trying
to introduce a new name to the team after the selection
NUMBERS DOWN AT PEEL? 11-06-03
Although I didn't get a head
count, a quick look around when race organiser Peter
Kelly of the Western AC gave his pre-race briefing,
suggested that numbers were well down at last night's
Dave Phillips Memorial Road Races Round 4.
There are a number of possible
There are too many races this
week certainly and people have to be selective.
There is also a risk that the race was not very
well publicised. There was no coverage of
the previous round in the papers because the press
only received the results last night. Of course,
people who entered previous rounds may not have
like the course or the way it was organised.
likely it was a mixture of all the above.
CHRIS QUINE - AN HONOUR RICHLY DESERVED 11-06-03
Ever since the Island Games
were first held I've heard arguments about the Island
Games being the greatest thing since sliced bread
to those who believe it detracts from other athletic
focuses at national and international level or indeed
that people don't support local championships and
are only interested in the Island Games.
Throughout this period I've
always been a big fan of the Island Games provided
everyone recognises that there are other important
events as well. For example, throughout the life
of the Island Games Chris Quine has been one of
the most consistent drivers of the attempts to improve
Manx standards in National track & field competition.
Together with virtually ever presents such as Andy
Fox and Paul Clarke, he helped to drag Manx Harriers
(and Manx AC before that) from the lowest to highest
league in the North of England and the club is just
one step away from National standard.
And yet every two years he
has managed to achieve qualification for the Manx
team at the Island Games, and some years the competition
to earn a place in the team has been tough. Every
two years he has noticeably peaked for the Island
Games. Every two years he has won a medal for himself
and the Isle of Man. It will be tough to repeat
the latter feat this year at he age of 39 but his
attitude towards overcoming illness and injury during
the past year alone makes him a very worthy sportsman
to carry the flag for the Isle of Man.
Details of his Island Games
record are listed on the front page and will be
moved elsewhere on the site when cleared front the
front page. In his attempt to make the 1986 Commonwealth
Games, Chris set a Manx record of 3.50.5 in the 1500
metres which still stands today. His 800 metre record
set at the 1991 Island Games stood until the 2001
Games when Keiron Murray took the honour from him.
There will be further news
of Chris tomorrow as his achievements have been
ATHLETICS INTERNATIONAL 10-06-03
12 No 12: June 11, 2003Edited by Peter
Matthews & Mel Watman has just been published.
times a year by Athletics International Ltd, 13 Garden Court, Marsh Lane,
Stanmore, Middx HA7 4TE, UK. Fax no: 020 8954 7497; abroad (44) 20 8954 7497.
subscription: UK £70, rest of Europe £80 or 140 euro, outside Europe £95 or
£60 ($100, 100 euro) anywhere
(cash or cheques
drawn on UK bank, payable to Athletics International Ltd).
is just a taste of what is in the latest edition
received overnight by email.
Bekele beats Gebrselassie in great 10,000m
For some time Haile Gebrselassie (30) has
been singing the praises of the double double world cross country champion
Kenenisa Bekele, predicting that one day he would succeed him as a world record
holder on the track, but the two-time Olympic 10,000m gold medallist had not
bargained on his young countryman getting the better of him at that distance
just yet. Nor had Bekele, who turns 21 on June 13. He had hoped for a very fast
time in his 10,000m track debut (he had run 27:40 on the road two years ago),
but did not feel he was ready yet to beat the master. However, in a classic
race in the IAAF Grand Prix meeting before 18,000 spectators at the Fanny
Blankers-Koen Stadium in Hengelo, Bekele outkicked Gebrselassie, 26:53.70 to
26:54.58, for no. 13 on the world all-time list. It was only the third defeat
ever for Gebrselassie at this distance, having placed third both in the 1993
African Champs and the 2001 World Champs. He had won his other 12 races
starting in 1992. In third place Sileshi Sihine (20) improved from 27:26.12 to
Running on a hot
(26.3ºC) and sticky evening, the pacemakers reached 3000m in 7:58.40 and by 4000m
(10:39.72) it had become a three-man race. Talk of a world record
(Gebrselassies 26:22.75 on this track in 1998) was forgotten as Sihine led
through 5000m in 13:22.72. The 7k mark was reached in 18:49.55, 8k in 21:36.38,
9k in 24:23.21, and it remained a three-way battle until Sihine dropped back
when Gebrselassie struck with 300m to go. However, Bekele stayed close and
surged past in the finishing straight, covering the last kilometre in 2:30.5
with a final lap of inside 56 sec.
Quoted by the IAAF website, Bekele said:
Had conditions not been so warm I am sure we three could have run a lot
faster. Before the race my aim had been 26:25, and I think in cooler
temperatures we could all have gone that fast. The conditions were so hot that
before the race we agreed to help each other after the pacemakers had dropped
out, and that was the reason why I briefly [for one and half laps] took the
lead shortly after the midway point was reached. It was the only time I took
the pace because I am not that experienced, and after that short time period in
front I became afraid because I did not know what might happen after 7 or 8k.
That is the only reason why I did not take up Hailes offer to come to the
front again later on. I just simply made the decision that as I had never run
this race [10,000m] before I would not risk anything. So I decided to just
hold on and wait until the last possible moment before making my move. I did
not know if my tactics were putting any extra pressure on Haile. All I knew was
that Haile is quite a tough guy and that made me afraid of what he could do. I
had assumed that Hailes sprint speed might not be quite what it had once been
but I was still afraid that even that pace might be too much for me.
At the moment I
do not know for sure where I will race next but my plan is to compete in Oslo
and Rome, and then for the Paris World Championships I have yet to decide what
distance I will run. I have the qualification time now for the 10,000m but the
5000m I have yet to get. Then there is also the schedule of races to look at to
see what is possible; also they will be my first World Championships, so I have
to be careful not to do too much.
In addition to
the 10,000m there were world-leading marks by Wilfred Bungei in the 800m
(1:43.05), Paul Koech in the steeple (8:06.68) and Marina Kuptsova (2.02 high
jump), while Troy Douglas (30.11.62) took his world masters 100m record from
10.47A to 10.42 and Kenyas James Kwalia (12.6.84), who ran 7:37.18 for 3000
and 13:14.34 for 5000 last summer, trimmed the world junior mile record from
3:50.41 (Noah Ngeny in 1997) to 3:50.39.
LACK OF COMPETITORS AT COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 10-06-03