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TOP WALKERS IN DERBY ON SATURDAY  

Bridget Kaneen Reports     (25-09-03)

 

A large contingent of Manx walkers are heading off Island on Saturday – on the same boat as the road relay teams I believe.

Peter Kaneen, Marie Latham, Neil Bates, Robert Moore,  Emma Latham, Ciara Kaneen and Callum Taylor are all representing the North of England in the Inter Area Match at Moorways track in Derby.

Peter and Marie compete in the 10k.  Neil, Robert and Ciara are racing at 5k, while Emma and Callum race at 3k.

 

FORMER PARISH WALK WINNER IN LONDON      (25-09-03)

 

John Cannell is the sole representative from the Isle of Man in this year’s Postman in Uniform race in London this weekend. And he has paid dearly for it. I met him tonight and he was still reeling from paying heavily for a late booking. "I only wanted to fly to London not buy the plane" he complained promising to book early for next year.

 

A BIT OF LIGHT RELIEF FROM STEVE TAYLOR    (25-09-03)

 

 

An unemployed man goes to try for a job with Microsoft as a Lavatory cleaner. The manager there arranges for an aptitude test (Section: Floors, sweeping offices) After the test, the manager says: You will be paid $30 per day. Let me have your e-mail address, so that I can send you a form to complete and advise you where to report for work on your first day. Taken aback, the unemployed man protests that he is neither in possession of a computer nor of an e-mail address. To this the MS manager replies: Well, then, that really means that you virtually don’t exist and can therefore hardly expect to be employed.

Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and only having about $10 he decides to buy a 10lb. box of tomatoes at the supermarket. Within less than 2 hours, he sells the tomatoes singly at 100% profit.

Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up with almost $100 before going to sleep that night. And thus it dawns on the man that he could quite easily make a living selling tomatoes.

Getting up earlier and earlier every day and going to bed later and later, he multiplies his hoard of profits in quite a short time.

Not too long thereafter, he acquires a cart to transport several dozen boxes of tomatoes, only to have to trade it in again shortly afterwards on a pick-up truck. By the end of the first year, he is the owner of a fleet of pick-up trucks and manages a staff of several hundred former unemployed people, all selling tomatoes.

Considering the future of his wife and children, he decides to buy some life assurance. Calling an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. At the end of the telephone conversation, the adviser asks him for his e-mail address in order that he might forward the documentation.

When the man replies that he has no e-mail, the adviser is stunned: What, you don’t even have e-mail? How on earth have you managed to amass such wealth without the Internet, e-mail and e-commerce? Just imagine where you would have been by now, if you had been connected from the very start!

After a moment’s silence, the tomato millionaire replied: Sure! I would have been a lavatory cleaner at Microsoft!

Morals of the story:

The Internet, e-mail and e-commerce do not need to rule your life.

Get e-mail, if you want to be a lavatory cleaner at Microsoft.

If you don’t have e-mail, but work hard, you can still become a millionaire.

Seeing that you got this story via e-mail, you’re probably closer to becoming a lavatory cleaner than you are to becoming a millionaire.

If you do have a computer and e-mail, you’re already being taken to the cleaners by Microsoft.

(note from Murray – don’t open any emails purporting to be fro Microsoft telling you to update urgently – they are a computer virus – I received 9 copies yesterday!)

 

 FINAL ROAD RACE OF THE YEAR   (24-09-03)

 

 

SYD QUIRK

HALF MARATHON RUN/WALK

Held under UK Athletics Rules.

Sunday  2nd  November  2003

WALK:     starts at 09:15 a.m.    Permit No. 17/03/129

                 RUN:     starts at 10.15 a.m.    Permit No.  to be advised

Sponsored by :

 

 

 

 

*   Organised by the I.O.M. Veteran Athletes’ Club   *

Sign on at Royal British Legion Club, Janet’s Corner, Castletown from 08.45 am

 Fast flat course (consisting of two laps) through Ballasalla, Ballabeg, Castletown Bypass and finishing at Ballasalla Town Hall.

Presentation and buffet will be at Malew A.F.C. Clubhouse

ENTRY FORMS – PDF   Word

 

16,000 PICTURES    (24-09-03)

 

As the reorganisation of my computer files continues, I’ve realised that my electronic picture collection is up to 16,000+. It will be great to dip into in the years ahead. Even tonight, as I looked for a picture to use from last year’s Cross Country at Port St Mary I realised just how many pictures have never seen the light of day.

Apologies to all the people who have sent my emails during the last two or three weeks if I have not replied. The communication with my friends in the sport via email is one of the things that I find really rewarding but I’ve vowed to prioritise other tasks before I return to my usual lengthy emails or any new projects on the website. Hopefully I can just about keep the site ticking over at the moment.

 

 ANDY GARRETT REPORTS FROM NEW ZEALAND   (23-09-03)

 

Having missed racing last year due to work commitments I’ve been quite pleased with some of my performances this season.  Last month I ran a 36.31 10km with a negative split for the last 5k (18.20/18.11).  Last weekend I ran 82.50 for the Moro 1/2 Marathon which is based on an undulating course.  My 5km splits were 19.00, 20.00, 20.00 and 19.40……the last part of the race is sheer hell as it involves a final uphill 1km stretch!!!!  My unofficial 10 mile time was 63.10.  Crazy to think that even at this pace I would still be 17 minutes behind Paula Ratcliffe’s incredible Great North Run!!!  Anyway, there is a 10km race in about two weeks, which is the last roadrace of the season. It is on a fast circuit, so I’m hoping to get close to sub 36 pace…we shall see? 

One of my friends managed to get a digtial photo of me coming up to the finishing line in the Moro 1/2 Marathon (see front page).  Had he caught me 1km earlier on the hill, I would have looked a little different????

 

GREAT NORTH RUN BETTER THAN THE LONDON MARATHON

Catriona Farrant reports  (22-09-03)

 

I ran in the Great North Run again this year, and at the start , in among the 47,000, bumped into a man who asked if i was from Laxey! It turned out it was Steve Brown , who lives in the next street, and he had seen me training round the village- he was there with his Mum, who is in her 70s. Steve had on an Orange number so he must have been looking for a sub 1hr 40 time.

I enjoyed the whole event this year, and in general I felt the organisation was superior to the FLM.The most obvious difference being that there are plenty toilets at the start, so that there was no more than three people ahead of you at any one time. The marshalls do stop plebs like me mixing with the sub 1hr 40 crowd who can start very near the front.

The PA is excellent, able to be heard at all times and there was no chaos getting to the start. Hearing them announce that Paula Radcliffe had broken the record as I came down the last mile helped give my tired legs a bit of a lift. Sadly that didn’t help me much as  my own start to finish time was 2hr 18m 49s-only under a minute faster than last time. That’ll teach me to miss three or four long weekend runs !

The one consolation is that my official time will look much better than last years as I managed to get nearer the front and cross the start line in good order-just in time to see Jimmy Saville entertaining the masses! Geoff and the children had a much pleasanter time than in London, and managed to be at the finish to cheer us on,

  

"A very good advert for both walking and the youth involved in Manx athletics"

Bridget Kaneen reports on the English Schools walks   (22-09-03)

 

A party of four Manx junior walkers travelled to Sheffield along with team manager Allan Callow, former national walking coach Julian Hopkins and myself.

Conditions on the day were very warm and muggy.

First to race at 3k were junior girls, Emma Latham and Ciara Kaneen. Emma started the more positive and was soon up in to third position after pulling past a couple of other walkers who had gone off too quickly.

A couple of cards went in for Emma during the early stages, but after the initial lap or two she found her customary smooth style and never looked back, and although she was not able to push too hard in the closing stages and go for a time, she was in a clear bronze medal position and did not need to take any risks and so finished in around 16.34 (my timing) not too far away from her track best.

In front of her was British record holder Rebecca Mersh and the fast improving Sarah Foster who was not too far behind the winner.

Ciara also was very careful early on, after a DQ at this very track four weeks ago, she looked to be walking well within herself during the first two or three laps. As the race progressed she gradually started to gain more confidence and move up the field. In the last half of the race she caught and passed Coventrys Claire Yeomans and was closing down the fifth and fourth placed walkers.

Running out of track, she finished in sixth position, pleased to record around 18.10 a p.b, and have a clean sheet with no cards or warnings. Next to race was Callum Taylor, in his first Schools competition. Also starting carefully, Callum gave himself time to settle in to his race rhythm, looking technically very strong for the entire race.

Many of this age group started the race with good technique but were unable to maintain this throughout.  Callum however showed what good strength he has and if he continues to train well, could be a medal prospect in the years to come.

Finishing his first year in this group in 7th position. His time was approx 17.14 also not too far off his best and a great effort in the very warm racing conditions.

Last away was Robert Moore in the Inter boys event which was at the 5k distance. The talented Nick Ball was typically in charge of affairs at the front of the field and Robert settled in to his own pace just behind leading Senior girl Katie Stones of Hull.

A feature of all the Manx walkers was that they maintained good form throughout the whole distance of their events and Robert proved no exception, plugging away over 12.5 laps he finished in bronze medal position in his age group in a time of around 27.27 (again approx time, Allan has the official ones written down somewhere.)

A pretty good haul for the Merseyside area and I for one was very proud of  the way they all conducted themselves both on and off the track over the whole weekend.  A very good advert for both walking and the youth involved in Manx athletics.

 

 COMPUTER ALMOST THERE    (22-09-03)

 

Another step towards resuming normal service on the website tonight when my 14 old son Ben taught me a thing or two about slaves and IDE cables and managed to install the hard disk from old computer onto the new one as a second hard disk. The priority tonight has been making sure that I have two copies of everything and trying to get files that have been spread across three different computers in the past two weeks altogether.

Thanks to Ben, all my photo collection has been saved together with my email and contacts details and lots of other things that were very important to me.

 

JULIE MOORE’S VIEWS ON THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN (Previously published on the front page)

 

With regards to the issues raised by the development plan and in particular the idea of Team Isle of Man, we have heard lots of supporting comments.  However, I get the feeling that by discussing this over the website we are ‘preaching to the converted’.  That is to say, that the people who frequent this great site (thanks, Murray) are those who care about athletics, and the future of the sport on the Island and see the way forward to improve.   Many people study the plan and think ‘great idea, let’s get on with it’ and don’t understand why we aren’t.   What these supporters don’t see is the opposition to the plan which at the moment appears to be rather covert. 

The most sensible idea the sport has come up with for many years is being shot down without discussion because of the following reasons:

– members of our team don’t want to join Manx Harriers –  THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN (Warning – it will happen eventually if Team Isle of Man does not go ahead).

Or

  members of our team are not good enough even to get into an Island B Team – THIS IS NONSENSE  In reality the B Team will be made up of Northern, Western and Manx B (with a few exceptions) all of whom struggle to take a full team to events.  For the women, we will struggle in all honesty to find a B Team.   Everyone  who wants to run/jump/throw will get as many as they like.

Or

 – members of our team like to go away and compete in seven or eight events – FINE, for those athletes who like to multi-event, there will be plenty of opportunities to do so because there are many others who would love the chance to go away and just concentrate on one or two events and be competitive over them for their own personal improvement.

 

Team Isle of Man is just one proposal in the IOMAA’s Development Plan – albeit a central part of the plan in it’s current format.  There are many other issues ie athlete recruitment, official development, coach development, club development, competition programme, partnership development (schools etc), and finance and business.  All of which no-one, I am sure, can disagree, are vital to the development of athletics on the Isle of Man.  However, if we cannot resolve one issue, how can we begin to work towards the rest?                             

 

For those of you out there who have your doubts or know people who have doubts, please let them be known raise your issues so that we can answer or resolve them and get this sport, and all the potential talent we have, moving forwards.

 

GREAT NORTH RUN    (21-09-03)

 

Its five years since I ran in the BUPA Great North Run and I have to admit that, at the time, I was disappointed with the organisation. Compared to the Flora London Marathon the start was disorganised (a 3 hour runner could start at the 1.10 point and block the faster runners) and apart from the Tyne Bridge, the course was lacking in landmarks.

I took time out to watch this morning’s race on TV and I have reappraised the event. Although at times he annoys me no end as a TV commentator (all those times to criticised Paula Radcliffe for starting too fast when I was so impressed with her bravery) you have to admire Brendan Foster’s for what he has had done for the event.  Before I even mention that, its worth recalling what a brilliant and brave runner he was in his racing days and how good it was to see him running today.

I drove along some of the roads used for the Great North Run a few weeks ago when I was on holiday in the North East and when you see the roads in every day use you realise what a great achievement it has been to organise such a big event on the main roads. You have to remember that most of the traditional events that were held on busy roads have long been cancelled.

The appeal has been very similar to the London Marathon and indeed our own Clerical Medical Parish Walk.  People would not be so interested if everyone was trecking round at a steady pace and so having top quality athletes taking part adds to the excitement. But to think that Joe Public can take part in the same event when often Joe Public was overweight and unhealthy until they discovered the event! Its fantastic.

So what about Paula Radcliffe? I’ll not hear a bad word said about her and this is not just because she has posed for photos with Paul Curphey and myself for two years in a row at the London Marathon! What made her performance today so much better than London even was that she did not have pacemakers. She does not need them.

Maybe in years to come Paula’s times will  be ordinary. But I’m not so sure. Like Seb Coe and Jonathan Edwards, I think that some of her times (some she has not even set yet!) will last a good few years. It really was a pleasure to watch her defy the commentators once again. As Steve Cram admitted on BBC, her times were off the pace charts he had prepared!

I’d be interested to hear from anyone who took part in today’s GNR. The only Manx people I know were taking part were husband and wife Brian & Elaine Masterson but I can’t find the results online yet.

According to BBC’s Paul Dickenson, there was someone running from every post code in the UK – I assume he means the (in our case) IM part of the postcode and not the whole thing!

Going back to my own impressions when I ran, it probably didn’t help that I stayed (with my travelling companion Richard Randle) in Carlisle (because we left it too late to book a hotel in Newcastle), it was one of the few years with a headwind, I was probably running with a stress fracture (it was only some months later I admitted to how sore my leg was!) and I wasn’t listed in the first set of results (I was eventually classified in the 120s).

But after watching today, I’ve added the event to my "must do again" events like the London Marathon, The Parish Walk and the National Cross Country.

Going back to the Brendan Foster connection, I think it would help me judge the event in future years if he was interviewed as the organiser. All commentaries require objectivity and you can’t imagine a manager of a football team commentating on his own team. There are so many good things about the GNR but there should be an outlet for criticism as well and with Big Bren in the commentary box the whole thing is too cosy. Replacing him today with Charlie Spedding was not exactly the answer.

 

LET’S GET TOGETHER FOR THE FELLS, say RIchie Stevenson

(19-09-03)

 

I would like to comment briefly on a couple of items on the site recently. Firstly Murray is quite right in his observations about the ever increasing standards of our fell races. I would like to add that as well as the people mentioned we hope next year that Richard Jamieson will be back racing again. Richard was the first to break Tony Okells domination when he won the Caraghan race a couple of years ago and he managed to get amongst the points in British Championship races on several occasions. Personally I think Richard has got loads of untapped potential that just needs bringing out and I really hope he can get down to some hard training and show us what he can do. Another who is capable of getting amongst the leaders is Mike Quine. He has only done a few fell races but has improved dramatically in each one. I don`t know how hard he wishes to push himself but I am convinced he would  cause a few surprises next year if he got a good Winters training in. 

The second item that interested me were the points made by Andy Fox today. I am glad he pointed out that the Development Plan and Team Isle of Man are not just about track athletics. The whole subject seems to have been dominated by whether or not clubs should come together for league track meetings on the adjacent isle. In our opinion Team Isle of Man is the only way forward not only for the track but for all the other disciplines of our sport. I am in the process of contacting the FRA to see if we will be allowed to run Team IOM in the British championships next year. It would, if permitted, allow us to ask  runners from any club in the Island  to contest top quality races and all in the same team/teams. If we get the go ahead we will operate this policy irrespective of what other Island clubs decide as we are convinced it is the right way to go and the way to improve standards, not only at the sharp end but right down the field.

 

 

Manx Harriers Circuit Training Mondays 6.00pm to 7.30pm    (19-09-03)

At St. Ninian’s Sports Hall cost -£1 juniors, £1.50 adults.

Details by Andy Fox

 

This has proved to be a popular session over the years for athletes of all ages and abilities. It is open to anyone irrespective of which club you do or do not belong to. Qualified UK athletics coaches in attendance. Why not come along and join in the fun and get fit at the same time!!!

 

WEBSITE AT A STANDSTILL     (19-09-03)

 

It has been virtually impossible to provide any updates to the website in the past 24 hours. Yesterday morning started badly when I tried to download my email on Ben’s computer. I thought there was something suspicious when I noticed the number of mails arriving. I stopped it when it went over 200. My [email protected] address had been hit by some sort of worm and I’ve had no chance to tackle this.

My new computer arrived yesterday and after a long day using my energies elsewhere I set about installing it. But there is so much software I have to reinstall that there was no time left last night to do anything with it.

I hope to provide a little bit more news tonight and over the weekend but apart from being subject to time pressures, I have to set up my email accounts yet again and hope I can sort the above problem out and then install the hard disk from my old computer as a slave in my new one in the hope that I can recover my data from prior to two weeks ago.

If you’ve emailed in the past couple of days and are awaiting a response or for me to use something on the site, please bear with me a little longer and I’ll update you over the weekend if I get to where I’m trying to get to.

 

LOOKING AHEAD     (19-09-03)

 

Good luck to all the young walkers competing in the English Schools Championships this weekend. See the front page for Steve Taylor’s preview.

There are only none days until the White and Healthy End to End Walk. It should be a tremendous day with over 300 walkers taking part. The entry forms were available for several months so, quiet right, the people who applied to Judy King with late entries on the basis that they had been on holiday when the entries closed were turned away.

Just a few days after that, Thursday 2 October, the IOMVAC will be organising their Autumn Handicap and on the Sunday 5 October , Manx Harriers hold their Novice Walk.

Its only three weeks until the first Manx Gas Island League Cross Country at Port St Mary with the Ramsey Firemans opening three nights before that.

 

ANDY FOX HAS HIS FINAL WORDS ON DEVELOPMENT     (17-09-03)

 

 

1. Manx Harriers have entered a Ladies team in the NOE 4 stage road relay champs. Julie got the OK from the NOEAA that if needs the team could be composite, ie. non scoring but be made up of athletes from different clubs in case we could not get 4 harriers on the day. The entry has athletes from Manx Harriers, IOM Vets and Western included in it. Team IOM is about more than T&F athletics. These girls want to run but could not without a team. Surely it makes sense, and in an ad hoc way it is already happening, to have a team IOM!!!!

2. In the August match on the track this summer Manx B took 3 Western athletes on their boat ticket and transported them in their mini bus to the event. As both clubs were at the same venue and in the same match it made sense. They then set about competing against each other and losing to all the other clubs as they could not cover the events. They would not have been able to cover everything if united but would have done better in the match overall. An argument for team IOM and again an example of it happening already.

3. Lancashire Cross Country Champs, I can not speak for the T&F champs as I have not been to them recently but in XC it is a Manx Harriers trip. We do take athletes from other clubs and have always charged them for their air fare but not the bus etc. as we would be paying for that anyway. Again one could argue team IOM is already there to a degree. These athletes would probably not get to these events if it were left to their own clubs to sort everything out. Here we are talking about youngsters who need encouraging etc. as such, we have always been happy to help.

4. The IOM fell runners have a number of athletes who run on road, track or country for other clubs but go back to their main allegiance on the fells. This helps those guys get the extra competition they want while not losing their membership to the club they first joined. Evidence that something like team IOM can be done and does work as the IOM AA envisage it.

In conclusion, it’s happening already in so many ways – Look at the IOM T&F champs, officials from all clubs helping and working together in what was a good and well run event. We can see where it could lead if only everyone would get involved. If there is a better, or another way, tell us what it is so we can incorporate it  for a better future for our sport rather than harping on about a topic that has no future.!!!!!

 

GET SET FOR THE MANX MOUNTAIN MARATHON – its only 7 months away says Richie Stevenson    (17-09-03)

 

 

Believe it or not the first advert for next years Manx Mountain Marathon has already been sent out which will appear in the October edition of the Fellrunner, the official FRA magazine. At our committee meeting last Wednesday we decided that we would introduce a seperate race over the second half of the Mountain Marathon route run in conjunction with the main race next Easter Saturday. It would be open to all categories and would,hopefully, tempt more people to have a go being on a  shorter course and then possibly move on to the full MM the next year. It would also enable any runner who did not have sufficient time to do the training required to enter a 31 miles race to have a go over part of the course. It would still be a tough event covering around 14-15 miles. The intention is to start at St Johns and then follow the usual route to Port Erin.  Organisationly it should not be a problem as we would start around midday and then all our usual marshalls would already be in place and in fact it would probably make it more interesting for them as the main race can get very drawn out by the second half.

There used to be a junior race and a walk some years ago over this section ( I think Chris Quine may have won it one year) but it was discontinued when entries dropped.

Unfortunately it will clash with the Peel Hill race although I doubt if this will affect either entry as the MM and Peel have been on the same day for years now. I wander if any thought has ever been given  to swap the festival relay to the Saturday and Peel Hill to the Sunday?.I feel sure quite a few MM runners and indeed supporters, would be tempted  to loosen their legs off with a gallop over Peel Hill to round off their weekend if it was held on the Sunday.   

 

RUNNING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION  

(17-09-03)

 

I was fairly surprised to see Northern AC’s Peter Hughes lining up in the Edgewater Direct Boundary Stroll on Sunday as I knew he’d recently been on holiday and taken a break from training.

A little below his best he was doing anything but making excuses. "If we don’t support these races there will be nothing left for the next generation to do" he said in a true sporting manner.

Although I fear that the days of racing on open roads may be numbered it is nevertheless tremendous that Peter should think in this way. Our generation have inherited many good things from the previous generation and its only right that we should think of the next.

 

RICHIE STEVENSON POINTS OUT HOW CLOSE THAT FELL RACE REALLY WAS       (16-09-03)

 

 

After a long chat with Tony Rowley the other night I realise that the race at the front was a lot closer than I thought (as I run at the back of the field these days I dont see much of the action) Ian Gale did lead for a lot of the way but the others in the group, which included Partie up until Carraghan, were swapping the lead frequently with eventual winner Paul Sheard keeping a close watch on everyone. This resulted in another excellent race to follow the trend recently. Second place man Brian Osbourne must be cursing his luck as he would probably have won yesterday and last months Laxey race if he had not faced top class opposition in Lloyd Taggart and now Paul Sheard. What a boost for our events though when we have runners of this calibre turning out and it can only be beneficial to everyone. 

 

DISUNITED WE STAND    (16-09-03)

 

 

Julie Harrison’s frustrations at the lack of (at least an off island) united club add to the rather one sided debate on the forum. The views expressed would suggest there is a strong body of athletes in favour of the clubs joining together, but perhaps others behind the scenes that are less keen.

I will not ever forget my proposal at the end of the Boundary Harriers AGM in 1990 which went (without checking) something like "The new committee should seek urgent talks which every athletic club on the Island with a view towards merger". In general terms it split the room between the  athletes (who voted in favour) and the officials (who were against). But once the fear of the first (but only) merger that occurred (with Manx AC) was overcome, most of those officials were even prouder of their new club.

Its the needs of the athlete that are paramount (as Steve Partington points out on the forum, the future athletes even more so).

I’ve yet to hear what the benefits of not joining up off Island are but given the total and utter lack of inter club competition within the Island, I have long held the view that we should all unite on the Island as well.

For the time being however, I’m getting the feeling (although no one has confirmed) that we would rather be disunited. It augers well for the clubs in the North West of England who would be more than willing to accommodate some of our best athletes allowing the rest to go down to the lowest level rather than up to the highest.

 

 

FELL RUNNING QUALITY – PART 1     (15-09-03)

 

My first news of the Creg Ny Baa Fell race arrived from Stan Hall with his pictures via email.  He didn’t know who he was, but a visiting runner was a long way ahead. I published the picture and within a few minutes Guernsey regular site contributor, Rob Elliott, had recognised him. He awaited confirmation when the results were published and then told me about Paul Sheard who won the Ian Ronan Joiners sponsored event so comfortably.

"Paul Sheard represented Guernsey in 1986 Commonwealth Games in Scotland at 5000 metres. I think he was born in UK but educated in the Island" said Rob. "Bet you knew this didn`t you?" he teased before sending some old pictures of him.

 

FELL RUNNING QUALITY – PART 2     (15-09-03)

 

Well the story continues. I’ve learnt this evening that Paul is living on the Isle of Man for two years whilst working on a construction project.

Kevin Perry reports that Paul is looking for (fast) runners to train with.  I’ll publish his contact details when I have them.

 

FELL RUNNING QUALITY – PART 3     (15-09-03)

 

Although the imported quality will be welcomed, I think that the quality of the home produced fell runners has never been so high, certainly in depth.

Whilst we must not forget the tremendous achievements of Tony Varley and Tony Varley before a third Tony (Okell) lifted standards even higher, I don’t think the top six places have ever been more difficult to achieve.

Ian Gale has been the star of the home produced crew but Brian Osbourne has also excelled. Simon Skillicorn made a richly deserved improvement on Saturday and how long before he wins a race? Race walker Steve Partington is a great fan of the fells and how good to see Tony Rowley pushing so hard again. If Mark Preston and Wayne Smith are reading this, I hope you rejoin the field soon.

Rose Hooton has undoubtedly established herself as the most medalled of all female fell runners but she called out for a challenge. Cal Partington provided it on Saturday and proved what all her supporters have been telling her (especially her biggest fan who shares the same house with her!) that she really is a good fell runner.

 

 

GOOD LUCK TO FELL RUNNERS    (13-09-03)

 

 

I had hoped to watch and photograph at tomorrow’s Ian Ronan sponsored Creg Ny Baa Fell Race tomorrow but unfortunately a number of other demands on my time have ruled this out.

I’ll look forward to receiving and publishing the results (and possibly photos from other people) tomorrow afternoon / evening.

Although the PC I’m using at the moment is only temporary (it looks as if I’m going to have to spend quite a bit to fix or replace my own computer) I’ll invest a bit of time tomorrow evening so that I can update some of the other articles on the site.

 

 

TEN YEARS AGO  (13-09-03)

 

Having rambled on about what was happening twenty years ago the other night, I thought I would check out what the score was half that time ago.

David Teece had just been appointed Sports Development Officer. He was 25 then.

Andy Fox set a Manx record in the 3000 metres steeplechase in the Northern Men’s league. He ran 9.14 to beat his 1989 time by 13 seconds. It was interesting to note that Manx Harriers were second and Western AC third in the days before a number of Western’s athletes continued the drip feeding towards a single island club.

Alan Poslethwaite set a Manx 5,000 metres veterans record of 16.40 when he finished second in the Manx Championship.  Championships were obviously a problem in those days as well as I won it and there was no bronze medallist!

Three Manx walkers represented GB in an 11 Nations meeting in Eschborn. Carolyn Brown was 33rd in the junior women’s 5km (25.46), Dave Keown was 35km in the junior 10km (48.08) while Steve Partington was 35th in the senior men’s 20km (87.22).

Steve was second British walker and his performances for GB over the years were always very consistent.  I’m sure we’ll be reporting his performance for many years to come yet.

Meanwhile he saw off the competition of Steve Taylor, Martin Young, Allan Callow, Steve Brennan & Dave Keown in the Laa Columb Killey.  The often underestimated Robbie Callister won the running section agead of Allan Gage and John Reynolds. 25 runners finished. There’s a target for Paul Jackson who will promoting the 2004 event soon!

The first round of the Island Cross Country league was held at Bride in October and Andy Fox had Steve Partington just 15 seconds in arrears with Chris Quine third.  Cal Partington was five seconds behind Helen Simpson in the women’s race. Glenn Butterworth won the under 13s race ahead of Derek Kelly and Gary Hunter. St Mary’s school won the under 9s team prize.

Earlier in the season Graham Clarke dominated the Peel to Douglas (then held on a Sunday evening) to win by nearly four minutes after brother Paul dropped out.  Robbie Callister pushed the pace early on and finished second ahead of Paul Curphey. Alan Poslethwaite certainly looked at least 10 years younger and the sight of the person he is pictured with (me!) also looking a lot younger has made me feel really old!

Finally I’ve just found a picture of group of walkers being coached by former national coach Julian Hopkins.  Steve Partington is holding his son in his arms. Little has changed except that 10 years ago it was Joe and not Tom or Finn!

 

 RACHEL MATULEWICZ    (12-09-03)

 

A memorial service will he be held at All Saints, Lonan beginning at 11 am on Saturday 13 September.

 

 

 SHANGHAI CALL-UP FOR MARTIN    (12-09-03)

 

Commonwealth Games high jump finalist, Martin Aram, has been selected to represent the City of Liverpool at the World City Games in Shanghai, China, at the beginning of November.

 

Having started his athletics career on the Island with Western A. C., the NatWest Island Games record breaker has been competing for Liverpool Harriers for the last three years to improve his competitive opportunities. He was one of the key players helping the club gain promotion to Division two of the British Athletics League this season.  Martin also attends university in the city, the European Capital of Culture for 2008, studying Creative and Performing Arts.

 

As the team will consist of only three men and three women, the preference was for athletes who could do more than one event.  Whilst the AON under 21 sportsman of the year has been selected mainly for the high jump, he is likely also to take part in the shot putt, where he also holds the Manx record, and maybe the Long Jump.

 

“ I am delighted to be able to take part in this world status event,” said Martin.  “Apart from the athletics, it should be an interesting cultural experience, which I can use to promote the Isle of Man as well as Liverpool

 

 WINTER ALMOST HERE   (12-09-03)

Richie Stevenson outlines Walker Brothers Hill Leagues

 

We have finalised details for this years Walker Brothers Winter Hill League which are scheduled to take place on October 25th, November 15th and December 6th, all Saturdays starting at 1.30pm. The league will be similar to last years. The opening round is at James Coulsons farm at Glen Ruy followed by Peel Hill which will incorporate the Junior Championships and the final round at Glen Maye. League positions will be based on aggregate time. A couple of new ideas have been introduced this year. For the first time there will be a team prize which will have two sections, one being for teams of three which must include a junior runner ( juniors must be 16 years or younger on day of opening race ) and a section for teams of three that must include one lady runner. Hopefully we might be able to encourage a few more juniors and females to take part. The other change will be in the Junior Championship which will be run over a shorter course of just two miles on Peel Hill. It was felt that using the full hill league course was asking a lot of some of the less experienced juniors and again it will hopefully encourage a few more to have a go.

 

Cross Country season 2003/04

By Andy Fox  (11-09-03)

 

Chris Quine and I have planned out (in rough!!!!) the races and training for our training group between Sept. and Jan. targeting the Lancs XC champs amongst other things. We will be sending a team to the National at Leeds in Feb. The group will be training together 3 times a week –

Monday – Circuit Training and run,

Tuesday – track and road reps,

Saturday – Hills and Cross Country reps.

 

Long runs will take place individually or in small groups on Thursdays and Sundays. Our aim is to work together to help each other and ensure Manx Harriers produce a Gold or Silver medal winning team performance in the Lancs. Champs. ie. an improvement upon last year.

 

Anyone who would like to be involved fully or come along on an ad hoc basis will be made most welcome. Just give Andy a ring on 626415. By working together I am sure we can make great strides forward and who knows regain our Lancashire crown along the way.

 

 

Keith Gerrard highly ranked reports Chris Quine (11-09-03)

 

Keith Gerrard was ranked 49th in the UK Under 20 3000m rankings, as at 24th August, following his run of 8 mins 50.38 secs at Stretford on 12th August. Leading the list is Chris Parr of Gateshead with 8 mins 20.52 secs. Of those in his year (ie born after 1-9-1985), Keith is ranked 12th.

 

 

For the full list see this link: http://www.britishmilersclub.com/uklists/2003

 

 

 DETERMINED TO FINISH (11-09-03)

 

Steve Locking will be as determined as anyone to finish the Edgewater Direct Boundary Stroll on Sunday – he is presenting the prizes afterwards.

Steve is a director of the sponsor.

 

 

Manx Harriers target Northern relays

by Andy Fox  (11-09-03)

 

Manx Harriers have entered teams in the North of England Men’s 6 stage road relay and Women’s 4 stage road relay champs on Sept. 27th. at Warrington. It is a day trip on the boat, cost £20. Myself and Julie Harrison will be ringing prospective runners soon however you could speed things up by ringing me in advance on 626415!!!! Full details to follow later.

 

 HELP ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY   (11-09-03)

 

Have you considered whether you could help at the weekend. Some of the jobs that Richie Stevenson and Paul Jackson can find for you at the weekend’s two big events need only take a few minutes but could ensure that such events have a future.

[email protected]

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

TELL ME NOW IF 2004 FIXTURES CLASH says Richie Stevenson  (11-09-03)

 

Provisional fell running fixtures for 2004

 

1/1/04        St Johns

7/2/04        Greeba

7/3/04        Bradda

27/3/04      Snaefell

10/4/04      Mountain Marathon

11/5/04     Carraghan

12/6/04     Patrick

4/7/04       Ellan Vannin

27/7/04     North Barrule

29/8/04     Laxey Horseshoe

11/9/04     Creg Ny Baa

 

Fixtures more or less correspond with this years apart from MMM which is changed for obvious reasons and which has a knock on affect to the Snaefell race. 

 

2004 Walker Bros. Winter Hill League

 

30/10/04

20/11/04

11/12/04

 

If any other club sees a clash with our dates I would be grateful if they would contact me within the next couple of weeks so we can come to a compromise. Our fixtures have to be submitted to the FRA by the end of the month to cover us for insurance

   

 

 OLDIES MY MAIN INTEREST TONIGHT  (10-09-03)

 

As someone who has always claimed that athletics, whilst open to everyone, is primarily there for our youth, I found it slightly sad that as I opened my copy of Athletics Weekly tonight I had more interest in the results of the Legends of 84 section of the BUPA Bristol Half Marathon.

Nick Rose, who I had the honour of watching the 1982 Commonwealth Games marathon with (on TV!) was a clear winner – the 52 year old clocked 71.09 to put us all to shame. It amused me that so many of the other runners hadn’t lost their ability to find excuses.

How about arranging a similar race for our oldies? Steve Kelly and Dave Newton are currently in action but what about getting Dave Lockley, Colin Halsall, Bob Cowley out of retirement for a half marathon?

 

20 YEAR OLD EXCUSES (10-09-03)

 

Whilst thinking earlier tonight how much I am looking forward to my first long race for nearly a year on Sunday, I realised it was 20 years ago last week that I had my last serious race as a race walker.  I certainly had my share of excuses in 1983 as injuries and illness resulted in an up and down season and my decision to quit on medical advice in November 1983.

In what the late Kevin Madigan reported to be a classic race, 20 years ago last week I blasted off in a Boundary Harriers 15km only to stall badly and just hang onto a win that saw 5 walkers separated by 66 seconds. Mike Karran closed to 13 seconds behind me while another youngster, Steve Taylor, was the fifth man. 1974 Commonwealth Games fourth placer (and second best ever Parish Walker) was fourth in this race too behind Allan Callow who was no youngster then but remarkably 20 years later in still on the leader board.

The times were 72.02, 72.15, 72.36, 73.01 and 73.08.

 

BUT COMPARE THIS TO 20 YEARS AGO   (10-09-03)

 

Race walking may have gone downhill in the UK (in terms of numbers taking part) in the past 20 years but just look at this. Derek Harrison won the 1983 End to End Walk for the 9th time in September in front of just 3 other walkers. Expect around 200 to finish this year!

 

AND AN END TO END CHALLENGE I HAVE 23 YEARS TO PREPARE FOR  (10-09-03)

 

The newspaper report of the 1983 End to End Walk reported on how the late Arthur Jones, who “only” reached 50km in the 1983 event as a 71 year old, challenged me to break his over 70s record (set the previous year) in 2026! I can’t remember that challenge but I still have 23 years to think of a good excuse!

 

 PLEASE RE-SEND EMAILS   (10-09-03)

As yet, I haven’t fixed my usual computer and so I don’t have access to emails sent before Monday. If you still have something I’ve not published, please help me (resorting to this nostalgia rubbish!) by re-sending them.

 Isle of Man Athletics Association

Press release

Appointment of new performance manager for Middle Distance running

 

 

The Isle of Man Athletic Association has announced that Chris Quine has taken on the position of Honorary Performance Manager for Middle Distance running. This is a new position that will aim to seek out and develop middle distance running talent through liaison with island clubs, schools, coaches and other agencies such as Manx Sport and Recreation.

The IOM AA has adopted a Performance Plan and this will be published once it has been presented to the local clubs.

The new role will be looking at track running and cross-country. Chris said this week that he was looking to improve a number of aspects of local middle distance running on the island and that the 2007 Island Games would be used as one of the main targets to measure success.

"This is a great opportunity for me in two ways. Firstly, it gives me the chance to put in place a number of ideas I have to improve the standard of middle distance running on the island. There are many areas I want to tackle. For example, we need to be better at identifying and nurturing new talent particularly those in the schools by improving awareness and offering coaching support. Secondly, from a personal perspective, it will enable to put something back into an area of the sport that has given me so much enjoyment."

 

MORE NEWS ABOUT THAT OTHER PARISH WALK – where the Bates family were well to the fore

 

Mark Easton made a welcome return to Guernsey to make a third appearance in Guernsey’s annual walk between the Parish Churches and in the process kept his 100% win record, although down on his times set in two previous wins in 1991 and 1992, when probably at his best, which had resulted in course records.

His winning time of 2.33.22 was as expected far too quick for any other entrant, resulting in a solo effort from Mark, passing 10 miles in under 78 minutes before slowing in the remaining miles.

He was quoted in the local paper as saying his time was okay considering his current level of fitness and the demands of the course which was one long lap and hard!

The unknown quantity in the race was Neil Bates from Isle of Man and the son of Terry Bates who is Guernsey`s Athletics Development Officer.

Neil had never raced over 20 kilometres before but found himself stuck between Easton who was out of his league and the bunch of walkers who would challenge for third spot, resulting in a lone effort.

He found it easy for 18 miles until his calf muscles cramped up which lost him time in the final 1.4 miles which pushed him over the 3 hours.

Third place was never a forgone conclusion as six walkers were together at the Torteval Church at 6.25 miles, Bradley (a previous winner and in his 16th Church walk), Marshall,Terry Bates, Steve Allen, Chris Flint and Ron Powell. Soon after the gaps started to open with Bradley easing into third closely followed by Terry Bates.

The battle to be first local over the line was close with Dedman, Roger, Le Noury and Le Sauvage in close contention, but by the sea front and past 17 miles Dedman had a respectable lead which he kept to the finish.

A fine walk towards the back of the field by Surrey`s Jack Fitzgerald resulted in a time of 4.34.10 for a man who is almost certainly the oldest to finish at 80 years old

In the womens section which started 30 minutes before the men, the two early leaders were local Rose Drückes and Ilfords Pam Phillips. Carol Bates and Hilda Nyman settled down to walking together, crossing the finish together, with Rose winning by a 4 minute margin from Phillips. The work put in by Mick Barnbrook, who pushes the walk at UK events and Ron Wallwork who organised a party of 20 to come to the Island was most welcome, resulting in 26 men and 13 women starting the walk which was a 50% increase on last year.

The evening presentation attracted 50 plus people, with Sarnia Walking Club having the honour of one of Britains finest ever walkers Paul Nihill presenting the certificates and various awards. Paul had walked the Church Walk in 1968 setting a record 2.43.19 which survived until 1981.

 

 

 

 

The Ian Ronan Joiners Creg Ny Baa Fell Race will not include the TT bridge this year. Time keeper Walter Kennaugh has permission to park his car on the East side of the road where the race will end.

Full details of the Ian Ronan Joiners Creg Ny Baa Fell Race.

 

 WESTERN AC OPEN

 

It was a great pleasure last Friday to learn that  Western AC are willing to consider changing the handicap system for next year’s Dave Phillips Memorial Road Race.

Have a read of the attached (I’m not able to publish this either as a Word file or a pdf at the moment so sorry about the formatting).

Thanks to Phil Mackie

 

THANKS TO BEN   08-09-03

 

Its thanks to my younger son Ben that I’ve managed to update the site at all tonight and I’m limiting it to this single page as its getting very late and I’ve had a lot of problems.

I’ve had a lot of demands on my time lately but I had allocated a reasonable amount to the website earlier this evening only to arrive home from work to find that my computer was broken.  As usual, the more complicated these things are, the more you miss them when they don’t work.  We run a small network at home including my wife Marie’s work computer and, because mine is the server, she had no emails so that was the priority.  So I managed to hijack Ben’s PC and he set this up for me as the server and managed to get Marie’s connection fixed but then I had to wait for him to finish off his homework before I could start.

The problem is that all my files are on the broken computer and, although the theory is that I backup up the files over the network, given the rush of late the backups are never as up to date as they should be. I’m hoping that I’ve not lost my whole hard disk on my computer as (apart from anything else) I have all my email and pictures (other than the ones I’ve actually used) not backup for the last three weeks or so.

I’ve managed to install the web editing software, I’ve downloaded some of the files from the webserver to edit and I’ve (eventually) managed to pick up today’s email.  I’m hoping to get someone to help me tomorrow night to see if I can get my own computer up and running again.

Thanks again to Ben for helping me with the challenge that without him tonight would probably have resulted in a Brunswick Road pedestrian being hit over the head with a computer thrown from the window!

 

TONY OKELL WINS BY 38 MINUTES  08-09-03

 

Tony Okell overcame recent injury concerns to win the 56 mile Smithy Bullock event in the Peak District at the weekend by 38 minutes!

Full results

(Thanks to Paul Jackson)

 

WESTERN AC CIRCUIT TRAINING   08-09-03

 

WAC are doing an indoor circuit training night over the winter on Thursday nights,  7.30pm till 8.30pm.  “Everyone is welcome, at all levels and you don’t have to be a member of a club, come along and have a go “ says Western AC committee member Phil Mackie.

 

The cost is £2.00 per session in the QEII School Sports Hall.

 

 

CHANCE TO RECORD 50KM WALK MARK says Steve Taylor   08-09-03

 

The IOM 50km championship is being held in conjunction with this years End to End. Currently only one Manx athlete has recorded a time for 50km in 2003 and that is Simon Cox who recorded 5.55.52 when finishing 3rd in the UKA 50km championships held at the Bowl on March 1st. The race was staged as part of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Invitation meeting. He said after this race that he was disappointed with his time having walked 5.49.00 over the very tough Bradford course the year before.

 

In May he completed the 53 mile London to Brighton finishing in 11th place in 9.43.29. He has been walking more regularly of late and shown good speed over the shorter distances which suggest he has recovered from the London to Brighton. No surprisingly Simon is entered in the 2003 championships and will be one to watch as he will no doubt be looking to improve his time.

 

Last years 50km rankings showed that six athletes broke 6 hours for the distance with Peter Kaneen recording the fastest time 4.35.31 at Salford Quays. I don’t believe that anyone will go close to that time over the End to End course but no doubt many athletes will achieve times for the distance but who will be at the top of the rankings come the end of the year?

 

 

 EARLY START FOR SLOWER FELL RUNNERS    08-09-03

 

Although the Ian Ronan Joiners sponsored Creg Ny Baa fell race officially starts at 1.30 pm on Saturday there is a chance for slower runners to start half an hour early provided they meet certain criteria.

Contact Richie Stevenson

email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01624 629267

Full details of the Ian Ronan Joiners Creg Ny Baa Fell Race.

 

 WEBSITE SUGGESTS DISAPPOINTMENT FOR NEVILLE JEWELL   08-09-03

 

Although I’ve not heard from Neville (he had hoped to email), if I’m reading the Iron Man website correctly he is going to be hugely disappointed as he was one of the many who failed to compete the course.

There is always a story behind every setback like this and I’m sure things must have been pretty grim for such a tough man to drop out.

The results page  may provide a clue that things were not good before he even started the marathon as his transition time was exceptionally long.

 

ANDY FOX BENEFITS FROM GOOD HEALTH until ………..     07-09-03

 

Due to my late start to successful racing this season (Illness before and over Xmas) I planned a few races in this late summer/September slot. Guess what, I’ve gone down with a bug again so was not able to turn out at Peel on Friday. I am disappointed as Nick and I were looking forward to a good old battle.

 

CHRIS THE COACH    07-09-03

Chris Quine has been attending a Coaching Conference this weekend at Edge Hill College in Lancashire entitled "Developing the Complete Middle Distance Runner." 

THANKS TO ISLE OF MAN VETERAN ATHLETES CLUB   07-09-03

 

Judy King has done an excellent job co-ordinating the White & Healthy End to End Walk entries and made them available to me for collection 24 hours or so after the entries closed.

In response to my request for more entry forms online, Peter Cooper has published entry forms for the Union Mills Garage 20km Walk and the Douglas Steam Saw Mill Syd Quirk Half Marathon.

Download the forms and enter NOW.

 

MARSHALS URGENTLY REQUIRED   07-09-03

An appeal by Paul Jackson

 

Manx Harriers will be very pleased to hear from anyone who is willing and able to lend a hand on Sunday 14th for the Boundary Stroll. This is a long course to cover and the more marshals we have at the numerous junctions and other hazards the safer it will be for all the competitors and support vehicles. No experience is necessary and at most points on the course we only require a high visibility presence to alert approaching traffic. Most drivers know how the sight of a bright yellow jacket/bib on the road ahead can instinctively make you tap the brake pedal and check your speed. For additional amusement, marshals may bring a hairdryer to point at oncoming cars!!.

 

If marshaling is not your scene, then there are other jobs from writing certificates, sorting results, putting up/taking down signs and even making the tea.

 

Give me a call if you can help for any amount of time between 8am & midday. As much as we greatly appreciate helpers volunteering on the day, it is so much easier if we can plan as much in advance as possible.

 

Ring Paul  on 611179.

 

NEVILLE JEWELL GOING WELL IN IRONMAN  07-09-03

 

 If I’m reading the website correctly, Neville Jewell is currently in 371th out of 1800 athletes in the Iron Man Triathlon in the USA after two events.

Check out the results page and watch out for his marathon.

 

 BATES FAMILY TOP FAMILY IN GUERNSEY CHURCH TO CHURCH WALK

Thanks to Rob Elliott       07-09-03

 

Guernsey

Church to Church 19.4 miles walk

Sunday September 7th 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pos.

No.

Name: MEN:

Club

Country

Time

Age

1

17

Mark Easton

Surrey WC

England

2.33.32

M/40

2

14

Neil Bates

Manx Harriers

Isle of Man

3.00.54

U/20

3

19

Colin Bradley

Surrey WC

Wales

3.15.34

M/45

4

7

Kevin Marshall

Ilford AC

England

3.18.39

M/40

5

12

Terry Bates

Isle of Man Vets

Guernsey

3.20.45

M/50

6

8

Steve Allen

Ilford AC

England

3.24.16

M/45

7

3

Chris Flint

London Vidarians

England

3.24.32

M/55

8

2

Ron Powell

Enfield AC

England

3.26.02

M/65

9

16

Edmund Shillabeer

London Vidarians

England

3.40.16

M/60

10

30

John Dedman

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

3.44.38

M

11

4

Dave Sharpe

Ilford AC

England

3.47.00

M/45

12

33

Alan Roger

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

3.49.52

M/45

13

15

Kevin Le Noury

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

3.52.28

M/45

14

 

Ian Spinks

Enfield AC

England

3.58.37

M

15

20

Mick Le Sauvage

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

3.59.05

M/60

16=

6

Ken Livermore

Enfield AC

England

4.03.09

M/70

16=

5

Paul Ray

Enfield AC

England

4.03.09

M/70

18

9

Alexander Allen

Unattached

England

4.03.55

M/75

19

 

Robert Osborn

Unattached

Guernsey

4.12.32

M/55

20

 

Ivan Brouard

Unattached

Guernsey

4.31.29

M/65

21

 

John Videlo

Unattached

Guernsey

4.31.55

M/50

22

11

Jack Fitzgerald

Surrey WC

England

4.34.10

M/80

23=

31

Ian Partington

Unattached

Guernsey

4.39.40

M/40

23=

32

Stuart Douglas

Unattached

Guernsey

4.39.40

M

25

10

Alan Eker

Unattached

Guernsey

4.55.31

M/65

 

1

Mick Barnbrook

Ilford AC

England

DNF

M/60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pos.

No.

Name:WOMEN:

Club

Country

Time

Age

1

25

Rose Drückes

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

4.01.51

W/55

2

21

Pamela Phillips

Ilford AC

England

4.05.57

W/55

3=

22

Hilda Nyman

Ilford AC

England

4.31.44

W/65

3=

24

Carol Bates

Isle of Man Vets

Guernsey

4.31.44

W/50

5

26

Mary Collins

Unattached

Guernsey

4.51.50

W/50

6

23

Gabrielle Schütte

Germany

Germany

4.58.42

W/65

7=

 

Penny Buckingham

GIAAC

Guernsey

5.37.01

W/35

7=

 

Janine Clarke

Unattached

Guernsey

5.37.01

W/35

9=

 

Jill Newsom

Unattached

Guernsey

5.40.32

W/55

9=

 

Martine Newsom

Unattached

Guernsey

5.40.32

W

 

27

Clare Meerveld

Unattached

Guernsey

DNF

W/60

 

 

Rebecca Argent

Unattached

Guernsey

DNF

W

 

 

Emma White

Unattached

Guernsey

DNF

W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definition of a Channel Islander:

 

 

 

A person who was born in or has been resident in the Channel Islands for 12 months prior to walk.

 

 

 

 

MEN

 

 

 

Victory Cup (First Channel Island Man)

John Dedman

 

 

Newcomer (First Channel Islander)

Ian Partington and Stuart Douglas

 

Overseas Prize

Mark Easton

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN

 

 

 

Star Trophy (First Channel Island woman)

Rose Drückes

 

 

Newcomer (Open)

Pam Phillips

 

 

Jenny Elliott Salver (First Guernsey woman over 35)

Rose Drückes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans tankard: 40 to 49 male or female

Mark Easton

 

 

Super vets:50 plus male or female

Terry Bates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Trophies

 

 

 

Fletchersports Overseas

Ilford AC  (21 points)

 

 

 

(Kevin Marshall

 

 

 

Steve Allen

 

 

 

Dave sharpe)

 

 

Parish Shield (first Parish with 3 over line)

Castel

 

 

 

(Rose Drückes

 

 

 

John Dedman

 

 

 

Ivan Brouard)

 

 

Family of 3

Bates

 

 

 

Neil, Terry and Carol

 

 

Husband and wife

Terry and Carol Bates

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEIL’S REPORT FROM GUERNSEY

I started off well, and steady, with the first 3miles being pretty much up hill, i set off at a steady pace.

I went through 5 miles at 44minutes, which was a bit quicker than i had expected (aiming realistically for 9minute miles) but i carried on and just went by feel.

Went through what was 20km at about 104 minutes (only 4minutes slower than what i’m aiming at in October) so I  thought I might struggle over the last 5miles. But i was managing to carry on at 8:30minute miles and was feeling good.

I was on time for about 2hours 55 minutes until about 18miles (1.4 miles to go) My calf muscles Cramped up, and I just had to keep moving I didnt even think about time.

I managed to keep myself going – if i had had any longer to go, i would have had to give up. Finishing in 3hours 00minutes and 54seconds ihich for 19.4 miles isnt wonderful, but for my first time over the distance, and the longest i have ever walked I am pleased! upset as i must have lost about 6-7 minutes over the last mile and abit, but there wasnt much I could do when it came down to it

Finished in 2nd place 27 minutes behind Mark Easton (50km Walker in Manchester) so all in all it was ok. Lonely but a good slog.

I am taking my 20km time as a reall good measure of where I am. and hopefully all the work I have put in will pay off when it comes to October 12th. Just wanted to thank all of sarnia Walking Club especially Jayne Le Noury and of course Rob Elliot for his lite humour when I was possibly feeling like crying. Picked me up and helped me to finish!

 

AND ROB ELLIOTT ADDS SOME MORE DETAILS

 

I was on marshalling duties this year, but from what I picked up Easton was obviously in a class of his own. Neil also on his own all race (5miles 44, 10 88, 15 2.15ish)

Terry in fight throughout really for third place. Carol still smiling at finish!

TB not yet classed as a Guernseyman until here for a year so missed out on local Victory Cup.

Ps I still hold under 20 record at 2.53.44! Told Neil he was not quite quick enough,….can not lose two in a week can I?

 

THE JOYS OF AN  (ALMOST)  SENSIBLE FIXTURE LIST    05-09-03

 

I’m getting some really good vibes about all of this month’s fixtures. It doesn’t half make me wonder what we could achieve if every month had a more realistic number of fixtures.

Top of the list goes the White and Health End to End Walk at the end of the month. Last year there were (I think) 224 entries. Last Sunday Judy King reported that this year’s stood at 175 with five days to go. Judging by the number of people who have admitted to me that they’ve left it to the last minute, I would expect a massive record when entries close today.

I’m processing the results on behalf of the Isle of Man Veterans Athletic Club this year and will be collecting the entries from Judy at the weekend so watch out for the full list of entries on this site next week. But if yours  is not with Judy today, your name will not be on that list.

One of the other events to really benefit from the huge interest in the End to End Walk is the Edgewater Direct Boundary Stroll on 14 September. The walking section alone is almost certain to see a record entry judging by the number of people who have asked me about the walk and the organisers, Manx Harriers, will be advised to ensure that they are well equipped to take the big number of entries on the day.

Paul Jackson appears to be the promoter of virtually everything these days! He designed the publicity for the End to End Walk that has featured on this site, he is helping Richie Stevenson with the publicity for the Creg Ny Baa Fell Race on 13 September (more to come at the weekend) and has overseen a complete turnaround with the way the Boundary Stroll has been promoted.

When I first ran in Boundary Stroll (1996) I didn’t even find out my official result – the event was barely mentioned in the paper beforehand and the results were a total secret.

Last year saw a revival in entries and thanks to Paul’s publicity (it has been heavily featured both here and in the paper for weeks) we can expect a big increase in entries this year.

The Creg Ny Baa Fell Race is certainly too close to the "Stroll" but again Paul and Richie have brought a great event to the forefront and surely the weather will be better than last year. Following last week’s entry in the Cringle File of Steve Partington having bonked on the fells, Paul is convinced he has found a new way of enticing entries!

And finally tonight. Entries in the Dave Phillips Road Races have declined over the seven race series but there were far too many events in the summer months. There has been a break of four weeks since the last handicap race and the inclusion in the Veterans Shield is bound to boost numbers further. So there is likely to be another bumper field tonight. Please arrive in good time to allow Western AC to start this event on time at 7 pm.

 

ENTRIES FOR THE END TO END WALK CLOSE TOMORROW (FRIDAY)

NO LATE ENTRIES SO POST YOURS TODAY   04-09-03

REMIND YOUR FRIENDS

 

Fancy another challenge ??

Coming soon on a road near you…

 

The ‘White and Healthy’

END to END WALK

sponsored by Ramsey Bakery

 

28th September 2003

8am start

 

Walk from the Point of Ayre to Peel (short race), 50K to Dalby Mountain

or all the way to The Sound.

 

ENTRY FORMS

EARLY START ON SUNDAY    02-09-03

There will be a final training run over the Creg Ny Baa course this coming Sunday 7th September. Anyone interested meet at the Bungalow for a 9.00am start. 

PHIL RILEY CONTINUES HIS PASSIONATE PLEA THAT ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS SHOULD BRING ABOUT CHANGE – NOW!!    02-09-03

 

We are in an unique position here on the Isle of Man in that the chances of our athletes being poached are remote. Martin Aram is the exception and not the rule, given his outstanding potential competing from a club on the scale of Liverpool Harriers is the only way he will break into the top echelons of the sport.

I see a unified Manx AC as our only way of surviving and allowing athletes to realise their potential. How many athletes under the age of 25 were selected to represent the Isle of Man in Guernsey?

Martin Aram, Chris Whitlow, Chris Stobart, Glynn Hoosen-Owen, Keith Gerrard, Darren Gray, Trevor Christian, myself…

Sarah Dowling, Rachel Croft, Rachael Kelly, Helen Sheen, Kiree Kermode, Hannah Riley, Hollie Bass, Zoe Kennish…

No doubt there are more. When you add to this wealth of talent our already established athletes (the likes of Keiron Murray, Andy Fox and Julie Harrison) to other young athletes who just missed out this time (Lisa Kelly) or were injured (Stephen Halsall) you end up with a formidable squad of athletes. Apologies for not mentioning everyone here but there way too many and i’m going to the pub in about five minutes!!! (Murray’s note – this was on Friday night).

Granted, most of these names are Harriers athletes. But to compete effectively in a combined league we must merge, ONLY FOR THESE MATCHES, and retain our club identity for open, club and county meetings. What is the point of athletes, for example, such as Louise Kneen and Lisa Kelly throwing in a league where all they have to do is put their names in and win? Surely the talented throwers at Northern AC would compete better in a league where standards were much higher than in the lower leagues.

The reason I am so strongly behind a merge for such a restructured league is simple. This is our best chance, maybe our last chance, to put into place a structure within Manx Athletics that we see us attract youngsters and keep them, whilst allowing our senior athletes to compete in a league where there talents deserve to be on show.

Graham and the IOMAA are already setting the wheels in motion (in a positive manner), thats why i would urge other people to have their say NOW. If everyone gets involved and has their say then the state of athletics over here will be a hell of a lot stronger than it already is.

I must sound like a communist i know (i’m not, by the way) but people and officials on the island bitching about Manx Harriers and claiming they’re only in it to enhance their own position are a) wrong and b) never going to be heard. If you disagree with me then great, but respond to this and lets gets some ideas and forward thinking now before the youth dries up and the seniors get so disheartened they leave the sport. This won’t happen now, but if the restructure happens and we get left in the starting blocks then in five or ten years it will.

Lets get a structure in place now that will make the sport we all love even better, and get rid of all the flamin politics that exists!!!

 

IGNORE THIS COMPUTER VIRUS HOAX   02-09-03

 

Whilst I would recommend that everyone uses an anti virus package and keeps it updated on their computer, I am amazed how many people fall for the hoax (see below). Graham Davies is the latest person to send me the warning (you would be amazed how many people of reputable standing have fallen for it). It is a hoax and intended just to get people to panic and clog up each other’s mailboxes. Its been doing the rounds for over a year and similar hoaxes have been around much longer.

If you receive the following email – ignore it (other than telling the person that sent it to you that it is a hoax)

 Subject: Virus warning

 I just found out I received a virus that automatically is passed through
email address books. Since you are in my address book, you will probably
find it in your computer too. The virus (called jdbg.exe) is not detected
by Norton or McAfee Anti-virus systems. The virus sits quietly for 14 days
before damaging the system. It is sent automatically by messenger and by
address book, whether or not you sent email to your contacts.
Here is how to check for the virus nad how to get rid of it.
PLEASE DO THIS ASAP
1) Go to START, then click your "FIND" or "SEARCH" option
2) In the folder option, type the name…jdbgm
3) Be sure to search your C Drive and all the Sub folders and any other
drives you may have
4) Click "FIND NOW"
5) The virus has a teddy bear icon with the name jdbgmgr.exe DO NOT OPEN IT
6) Go to Edit (on the menu bar) and choose "SELECT ALL" to highlight the
file without opening it
7) Now go to File (on the menu bar) and select "DELETE" . It will then go
to the recycle bin. If you find the virus, you must contact all the people
in your address book so that they may eradicate the virus from their own
address books.

To do this:
1) Open a new e-mail message
2) Click the icon Address Book or Contacts next to "TO"
3) Highlight every name and add to "BCC"
4) copy and past this message and click "Send"

 

 NEIL BATES CONTINUES TO SHOW GOOD FORM  02-09-03

 

I raced in Watford on Sunday Representing the North of England in the Inter Regional match. Despite not having race across since July, I felt reasonably confident going into the race, especially after my recent form on the Island.

Racing over 3km I started at PB pace, tucked in behind Nick Ball. Unfortunately despite going ahead of Nick with 3laps to go, I was unable to shake him off and he gain a 15second advantage over the final kilometer. But all in all it was a good race. I finished in a time of 13:33, which is slower than I set in the Island Champs, but I am pleased with the time, especially as I was only given one warning, on the final lap.

I am now travelling to Guernsey to mainly visit my parents, but I am also looking forward to competing while I am there. I am Racing on thursday night doing a 3km track walk and will line up on sunday morning for the Church to Church Walk (19.4 miles).

Training and racing have been going surprisingly well over the last 6 weeks, which I only have Allan Callow to thank for.

 

No junior race walks to support the Boundary stroll

Steve Taylor explains    02-09-03

 

It has been decided not to stage any junior race walking event this year in support of the Boundary Stroll. There are a number of reasons behind this not the least the fact that we are short of officials on that day and we felt that the addition of junior races would stretch them unnecessarily to the limit.

As it happens some of our juniors will be competing the following weekend (September 20th) at the English Schools Race Walking Championships in Sheffield. These same juniors along with a number of our senior athletes will also be in action at Derby on September 28th representing the North of England in the annual Inter Area Track Walks against the Midlands and Southern Counties. It was felt that an additional race the preceding week would not assist the juniors in their preparation for what would be their main focus for the year.

Instead a series of time trials / races will be held on Thursday 11th September at the NSC. These events will be over 1km, 2km and 3km and are held for the juniors although it is hoped that a number of seniors will take part in order to assist the juniors with their pace making, but if any seniors feel that they are in need of a blast then they will be more than welcome. Races will commence at 6pm.

For further information about the track events contact

Allan Callow    – 672159

Bridget Kaneen  – 852884

Steve Taylor    – 473042

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION – SUBJECT TO A DRUGS TEST?   01-09-03

 

Chris Quine has pointed out that my selection of Kellie White for both sprints (he only predicted she would win one) was enough to give me the edge in the competition. I guess I should therefore wait to see if she is stripped of her medals before finalising the competition. If she was, then I think I should take out her winning performances which would leave the scores at 19 each with Robbie Lambie slipping to 17.

Here are the provisional scores (maximum 46 each):

Murray Lambden

21

Chris Quine

20

Rob Lambie

19

Neil Bates

16

Steve Taylor

15

Tony Okell

15

Steve Partington

15

Joe Partington

14

Thomas Eccles

13

Keiron Murray

12

Bridget Kaneen

11

For full details select either of the following:

Excel format    PDF format

I see that Steve Partington (forum) suggests that I should withdraw my entry because it is tainted with drugs. I think that I am innocent until proved otherwise and any suggestion that my win was influenced by drugs is completely unfounded – alcohol maybe!

 

BOUNDARY STROLL REVERTS TO SPLIT START

Paul Jackson explains   01-09-03

 

Last year we (Manx Harriers) started off the run and walk together. The main draw back was the 2 hour+ gap between the first runner and the last walker finishing which caused problems for organising the presentation as the runners were left hanging around for a long time. In the end we had two presentations, one for the runners and a later one after the last walker finished.

As the event now has sponsorship we felt that it would be better to have one big presentation as we will have a representative from Edgewater Direct presenting the trophies and certificates. With safety in mind the walk is brought forward to 8.30am, and based on last years finishing times the winning runner and walker should finish around the same time and the last runner and walker should finish within half an hour of each other.

 

LLOYD TAGGART MAKES TEAM DESPITE MISTAKE

Tony Okell tells the story   01-09-03

 

Spoke to him at Laxey on Sunday about the recent World Mountain Running trial. He was in 4th place in the trial at what he thought was the finish line and to celebrate jumped in the river for a cooler. He emerged 15mins later to find he had stopped 100m too soon and jogged across the line to finish in 22nd place.

Excercising a degree of common sense, the selectors took this indescretion into account and picked him for the British team to run in Alaska in Sept at the World Champs.

A nice follow up to the report, it’s just a pity he isn’t resident on the island because that sort of talent would help push up the local standard.

 

 

 

 


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