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
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
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
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
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)
HALF MARATHON RUN/WALK
Held under UK Athletics
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’
Sign on at
Royal British Legion Club, Janet’s Corner, Castletown from
Fast flat course (consisting of two laps)
through Ballasalla, Ballabeg, Castletown Bypass and finishing at BallasallaTown Hall.
and buffet will be at Malew A.F.C. Clubhouse
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
ANDY GARRETT REPORTS FROM NEW ZEALAND
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
JULIE MOORE’S VIEWS ON THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN (Previously published
on the front page)
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.
sensible idea the sport has come up with for many years is being shot down
without discussion because of the following reasons:
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).
–members of our team are not good enough even
to get into an Island B Team – THIS IS NONSENSEIn 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.Everyonewho wants to
run/jump/throw will get as many as they like.
– 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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
LUCK TO FELL RUNNERS(13-09-03)
I had hoped to watch and photograph at tomorrows Ian Ronan sponsored
Creg Ny Baa Fell Race tomorrow but unfortunately a number of other demands
on my time have ruled this out.
Ill look forward to receiving and publishing the results (and
possibly photos from other people) tomorrow afternoon / evening.
Although the PC Im using at the moment is only temporary (it
looks as if Im going to have to spend quite a bit to fix or replace
my own computer) Ill invest a bit of time tomorrow evening so that I
can update some of the other articles on the site.
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
Andy Fox set a Manx record in the 3000 metres steeplechase in the
Northern Mens 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 Westerns 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 womens 5km (25.46),
Dave Keown was 35km in the junior 10km (48.08) while Steve Partington was
35th in the senior mens 20km (87.22).
Steve was second British walker and his performances for GB over the
years were always very consistent. Im
sure well 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. Theres 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 womens race.
Glenn Butterworth won the under 13s race ahead of Derek Kelly and Gary
Hunter. St Marys 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 Ive 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
A memorial service will he be
held at All Saints, Lonan beginning at 11 am on Saturday 13 September.
CALL-UP FOR MARTIN(12-09-03)
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.
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)
Stevenson outlines Walker Brothers Hill Leagues
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 . 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.
By Andy Fox(11-09-03)
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
– Circuit Training and run,
– track and road reps,
– Hills and Cross Country reps.
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.
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.
Gerrard highly ranked reports Chris
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.
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.
Harriers target Northern relays
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
weekends two big events need only take a few minutes but could ensure that
such events have a future.
TELL ME NOW IF 2004 FIXTURES
CLASH says Richie Stevenson(11-09-03)
fell running fixtures for 2004
Creg Ny Baa
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.
Bros. Winter Hill League
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 hadnt
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 cant 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 havent fixed my usual computer and so I dont have access to
emails sent before Monday. If you still have something Ive not published,
please help me (resorting to this nostalgia rubbish!) by re-sending them.
Isle of Man Athletics Association
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
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 Guernseys 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
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 TortevalChurch
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
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.
It was a great pleasure last Friday to learn thatWestern AC are willing to consider
changing the handicap system for next years Dave Phillips Memorial Road
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 Ive managed to update the site at
all tonight and Im limiting it to this single page as its getting very
late and Ive had a lot of problems.
Ive 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 dont work.We run a small network at home including
my wife Maries work computer and, because mine is the server, she had no
emails so that was the priority.So
I managed to hijack Bens PC and he set this up for me as the server and
managed to get Maries 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. Im
hoping that Ive 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 Ive
actually used) not backup for the last three weeks or so.
Ive managed to install the web editing software, Ive downloaded some
of the files from the webserver to edit and Ive (eventually) managed to
pick up todays email.Im 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 MINUTES08-09-03
Tony Okell overcame recent injury concerns to win the 56 mile Smithy
Bullock event in the Peak District at the weekend by 38 minutes!
WAC are doing an indoor circuit training night
over the winter on Thursday nights, till .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
CHANCE TO RECORD 50KM WALK MARK says Steve Taylor08-09-03
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 RUNNERS08-09-03
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.
WEBSITE SUGGESTS DISAPPOINTMENT FOR NEVILLE JEWELL08-09-03
Although Ive not heard from Neville (he had hoped to email), if Im 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 Im sure
things must have been pretty grim for such a tough man to drop out.
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 ………..
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
CHRIS THE COACH 07-09-03
Chris Quine has been attending a
Coaching Conference this weekend at EdgeHillCollege
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.
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
BATES FAMILY TOP FAMILY IN GUERNSEY CHURCH TO CHURCH WALK
Thanks to Rob Elliott 07-09-03
Church 19.4 miles walk
September 7th 2003
of a Channel Islander:
who was born in or has been resident in the Channel Islands for 12 months
prior to walk.
Cup (First Channel Island Man)
(First Channel Islander)
and Stuart Douglas
Trophy (First Channel Island woman)
Salver (First Guernsey woman over 35)
tankard: 40 to 49 male or female
vets:50 plus male or female
Shield (first Parish with 3 over line)
Terry and Carol
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
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
THE JOYS OF AN (ALMOST) SENSIBLE FIXTURE LIST
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
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
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
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
Coming soon on
a road near you…
The ‘White and
END to END WALK
sponsored by Ramsey
28th September 2003
Walk from the
Point of Ayre to Peel (short race), 50K to Dalby Mountain
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
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"
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
file without opening it
7) Now go to File (on the menu bar) and select "DELETE" . It will
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
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?
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):
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
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