STEVE TAYLOR ASKS WHO HAS WALKED THE MARATHON
(after scoring a point for my typo - you ought
to see his emails before I spell check them!) 31-10-02
I would think that Martin Feeley was more than
just pleased with his 4.12 clocking considering
that he only reached half way in 4.02!!!!
Who is the fastest Manx walker over the marathon
distance? Obviously I am on about them having walked
it and in a marathon race not en route to say 50km.
Having walked 1.45.18 for the half in 1988 at the
Bowl I stepped up a distance and recorded 4.06.54
in 1989 in the Manx Marathon held over the Southern
100 course. (Interesting to note my target last
summer was the half marathon in August but injury
and laziness put paid to that. However at the outset
I had set myself a target time of 1.44, how times
I know that Steve Partington broke 4 hours in
the very early 90's at Ramsey but if I am not mistaken
my bet for the fastest time is held by Steve Brennan
who went sub 3.50 in 1994.
Anyone else have any comments?
DAVID DOYLE PREDICTS 4 HOUR TIME 31-10-02
I put David's picture on the website last night
in the knowledge that today was his last day in
the office before setting off for New York. True
by form, soon after 7 am I received an email from
his office after seeing his picture. In an otherwise
complimentary email he felt I had put pressure on
him to break do well now and he feels he must break
4 hours. 4 hours! I will be very surprised if he
doesn't run around 3 and half hours.
PAUL CLARKE'S MARATHON STORY 31-10-02
and a diversion to my lifestyle
I was sorry to miss Paul on the phone again tonight.
I hope to speak with him tomorrow. All I have picked
up from others so far are words like "leaders"
and "22 miles" so hopefully I'll be able
to pass on his story tomorrow.
I'm having a day at home tomorrow if anyone needs
to contact me as I am planning a day almost as rare
as Steve Taylor without something to say - I shall
be doing some decorating. I'm currently sitting
in the middle of the room with everything stacked
around me in readiness for a 6 am start.
STEVE TAYLOR FORWARDED THIS REPORT FROM THE YAHOO
RACE WALKERS GROUP - Mike Karran looses a British
mark that few of our new he had recognised for over
20 years 31-10-02
One man with his sights on the next
Commonwealth's is 17 year old Luke Finch,who only became old enough to walk 20k
27 days before the race. He set off chasing the Under 18 best for a track 20k of
106:02 set by David Lawrence in 1989,but ended up coming within 5 seconds of
Phil Vesty's road best of 95:15 set in1980 at the London Wall.Finch walked 47:04
at 10k and his 71:07 at 15k was inside Mike Karran's 73:00 set at Douglas in
1982. By the 2 hour gun he was shattered but his 23 641metres becomes the best
ever by an under 18 or under 20 man.
STEVE TAYLOR ON THE CANCELLED WALK 31-10-02
Reading your site it says that the reason for
the winter league being cancelled was in fact due
to the weather. I posted an entry on the forum stating
my views on the matter and I do believe that whilst
only two have replied many would agree with my view.
If the race was cancelled purely because of the
weather then that was the wrong decision. The roadway
was the problem. Yes we have had few problems down
there in 11 years but that does not mean that the
Tourism Department should ignore the problems of
gathered water and falling debris on the road way.
And this happens on a regular basis. As Dave Griffiths
points out we have raced in far worse conditions
but the surface was walkable.
Would I have let the race go ahead on Sunday,
no not on the NSC roadway or Access Road but yes
in those conditions. Unfortunately by 9am it was
too late to organise anything else.
I hope that this doesn't put people off competing
in future winter league walks, who knows it may
make them even keener next time at Andreas which
was the poorest supported venue for one of its events
MARTIN FEELY ENJOYS DUBLIN
I had a phone call from Martin Feely tonight
- he thoroughly enjoyed his first marathon in Dublin.
He though the crowds were wonderful but didn't enjoy
the hill through Phoenix Park. He missed six weeks
of training with an injury to his left calf which
is still giving him problems but was pleased with
his 4.12 clocking after reaching half way in 2.02.
He travelled to the marathon with Paul Clarke
and after travel delays they both missed the registration
which closed at 6 pm. They had to collect
their numbers early on Sunday morning.
Martin hopes to run in London next year and is
being helped by Margaret Lockley. Before that he
may run some of the local cross countries.
NEW YORK BOUND - FURTHER COMMENT
Obviously all Manx athletics fans will be encouraging
the Manx contingent in New York this weekend but
I was fortunate to meet two of the runners in Athol
Street this week.
Today I met Liz Corran in demob mood at lunchtime.
She had just finished work and was leaving the Island
tonight. She has had a frustrating time with injuries
but has reached 13 miles in training on at least
two occasions. She is certainly going to find the
second half tough but she is confident she has the
motivation. She is running to raise money
for a breast cancer charity and she knows that the
suffering she may endure will be short lived compared
to the sufferers of the illness.
Earlier in the week I stopped to chat with David
Doyle who has made such a mark on the endurance
scene this year. He is leaving the Island on Thursday
and is really looking forward to the experience.
As I was talking I had the Isle of Man Examiner
under my arm and when I returned to the office a
few minutes later and opened the Pink Pages, I was
confronted with a large feature on David who was
featured as Business Personality of the Week. I'm
sure that most Manx residents will have seen the
feature but for those who didn't, the theme was
about balancing a career with family and personal
challenges such as walking in the Parish Walk and
running in the New York Marathon.
EMPIRE GARAGE CONTINUE LONG RUNNING SPONSORSHIP
You may have noticed from the front page that
Empire Garage are to continue their long running
sponsorship of the Peel to Douglas Walk on 1 December.
This is particularly good news after the much sadder
news earlier in the year that the founder of the
Ford dealer, Dickie Craine has passed away.
Bridget Kaneen reports that Dickie's son Paul is continuing with the
In addition to the feature event, which is predicted
to attract a huge field following on from the White
& Healthy End to End Walk and the Douglas Steam
Saw Mill Syd Quirk Half Marathon, there
will also be a junior race, probably on the access road, details of which will
be published as soon as Manx Harriers have decided exactly what they
are putting on for
Needless to say, marshals will be in great demand.
If you can help, put a note in your diary for 1
NEW YORK HERE WE GO 29-10-02
Are there any Manxies competing at the weekend
writes Steve Taylor. I have heard of three.
Liz Corran will be running but she has been hampered
by injury all year. I don't think she has run more
than five miles in one go during the last six months.
I would think that with her background 26.2 miles
is a mere stroll in the park anyway.
Paul Curphey of the leather shop Curphey's as
opposed to Paula Radcliffe's best mate.
Steve Foulkes IBM's local engineer who took part
in the Peel to Douglas earlier this year. Steve
is not a regular racer on the Isle of Man but trains
regularly with Neil McGreggor and has competed in
both London and New York on previous occasions.
The Manx Independent reported last
week that James Coulson, John Quirk and David Doyle
are also running. I think all three have been
Good luck to all of the above and
anyone else that we've not picked up.
PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE WALKER BROTHERS HILL
Thanks to Phil Cain & Richie Stevenson 29-10-02
RICHIE STEVENSON WITH MORE OPINION ON THAT HALF
with interest Andy`s comments on Harriers change of date for the Manx Airlines
meeting but I am afraid he seems to be missing the point. His club has changed
the date with out consulting with anybody else who this decision may affect.
most certainly does affect our club. We are quite prepared to alter our dates if
it is practical and it is to the benefit of the sport as a whole but we do
expect a say in the matter. What is the point of having a fixtures meeting to
thrash out any difficulties if any one club can just go their own merry
STEVE TAYLOR PREVIEWS WALKS AT WIRRAL 29-10-02
A party of fifteen will be travelling the Wirral
this weekend to take part in the Wirral Walks which
is also part of the Young Athletes Race Walking
Grand Prix. Readers may remember that our young
walkers competed with distinction earlier this year
in Sheffield returning home with a number of medals
and there is no reason to suggest that this trip
will be any different.
First to compete will be Bridget Kaneen and Steve
Taylor in the Senior 5km. Bridget has been training
through the summer trying to recapture the form
that brought her the Manx Championship earlier this
year whilst Steve has not raced since being soundly
beaten by Bridget over 3km in the track and field
champs. Both of these have deceptive walking techniques,
yes they are slower than they look, and it is difficult
to judge how well either of these will go on the
day but I would like to point out that there is
absolutely no truth in the rumour that the 5km was
put on first to give Steve enough time to finish
before having to catch the boat home. There is also
no truth that the Steam Packet have changed the
evening sailing to 9pm for the same reason.
With the winter league cancelled last week we
have to go back sometime for the last race that
the juniors competed in. However, that should make
them all the more eager to perform, they have all
been training hard and I would expect some personal
bests to be set on Saturday.
Competing over 3km will be Robert Moore, Ciara
Kaneen and Emma Latham. Since failing to finish
at the English Schools Robert has put in some good
training and recorded a sub 29min 5km during the
novice walks. Roberts best is 16.32 but has covered
the distance in 16.07 in training! Ciara has raced
sparingly having concentrated on track and field
throughout the summer. Despite the lack of walking
she is a very determined competitor and is rarely
beaten in a sprint for the line. Emma has taken
to walking like a duck to water. She trained hard
for the English Schools and was rewarded with a
pb of 18.37 finishing in 7th place. Her training
since has been hampered by illness but if back to
full fitness could go close to 18.00.
The only competitor to be racing over 2km is
Callum Taylor. Callum was disqualified at Sheffield
and having trained throughout the summer aiming
for the Schools found out he was too young to compete.
I am sure he will be out to set the record straight
on Saturday and show them just what he is capable
of. Providing he doesn't get carried away Callum
has a top three finish in him and could go close
All other competitors will be racing over 1km.
Jordan Cain in the boys will be looking to repeat
his medal winning performance from Sheffield but
like Ciara has not walked very often through the
summer due to the demands of the track league. Jordan
however is as gutsy a competitor as you are ever
likely to meet and we can be sure that what ever
happens he will be giving it 200% as usual.
We will have six competitors in the girls 1km,
Lauren Whelan, Kirsty Taylor, Helen Anstead, Bronwen
Kaneen, Sinead Kaneen and Faye Latham.
Our girls swept the board at Sheffield and whilst
the opposition will be stronger this time around
I believe success will still come our way. Sinead
will be competing off Island for the first time
ever but there is enough experience in her family
to ensure that she is not overawed by the occasion.
Kirsty and Faye are often inseparable in races
and I would imagine that this is how it will finish
again. However the course of the race is often a
different story. Kirsty needs to control her start
whilst Faye may dare to go a little harder from
the gun. Bronwen and Lauren have both competed with
distinction over the summer in the track league
but have stuck at their walking all the same and
should be rewarded with personal bests if not medals.
Last but certainly not least is Helen. I have never
disguised my admiration for Helen who won in Sheffield
even having taken a detour. Providing she stays
on course this time Helen should dominate the race
and show why she is considered by some to be the
best walking talent the Isle of Man has ever produced.
The team will be backed up by Kathy Moore and
Peter Kaneen. Unfortunately coaches Allan Callow
and Liz Corran will not be with the team this time
round. Allan on a family holiday and Liz in New
York to compete in the marathon which I know the
whole team will want to wish her all the best for.
AND TIGGER ALSO COMMENTS ON THE DUBLIN CITY MARATHON
It is good to read about Manx performances straight
after them happening rather than waiting for weeks
on end for them to appear in the local papers.
I totally agree with you about Jessica Draskau's
performance, excellent. I think we have become used
to accepting modest marathon performances, as long
as they are for charity, but here we have a really
good performance over the marathon distance by a
Manx athlete. I know that Jessica represented the
IOM in last years Island Games and one would hope
that she will be around not only for the next Island
Games but maybe she will target the next Commonwealth.
I would think that Paul would be disappointed
with 2.45 but it should be remembered that he has
been hampered by injury this year. Looking at his
performances at Peel and Ramsey Paul is certainly
sharp enough but like many other athletes attempting
the marathon has not produced the goods as expected.
In contrast look at Peter Kaneen's London Marathon
performance two years ago. I have been critical
of Peters racing tactics over 50km but I take my
hat off to him for his performances over distance.
I don't think I would be doing Peter a dis-service
when I say that he is not a race walker, to my mind
he is an endurance athlete. Peter if you ever read
this, that is a compliment.
PHONE MESSAGE FROM PAUL CLARKE 29-10-02
It was good to find a message from
marathon man Paul Clarke on the answerphone tonight.
He confirmed that he had run 2.45 but gave no indication
of whether he ran even paced or suffered towards
He also said that Martin Feeley
had run around 4.10.
KEIRON MURRAY'S DIARIES
Weeks 5 and 6 -w/c 14th and 21st October (36 weeks to go)
4 x 400m off 4min [61-58-61-61]
LAO2 / Aerobic 3
Anaer./ Speed End
24mins CV plus Weights
Ramsey Firemans League 30:12
25mins increasing tempo
LAO2 / Aerobic 3
Anaer./ Speed End
2x6x100m hard 75s rec [5min set]
on / 1min off
Hill 2 x 7 x 30s 75s rec [3min sets]
The last couple of weeks have been a bit mixed. I've
been going well in the shorter faster sessions but seem to be lacking any
endurance. I think its probably down to the fact that I had so long out over
the summer so I'll have to add in some extra longer runs for the next couple of
months while at the same time trying not to lose the speed I've managed to
maintain. I'm probably a couple of kilos over weight at the moment and I know
I'm about 5 kilos heavier than I was back in 1998.
The most recent edition of the BMC News had a good
article about optimum 800m splits and training for the event. I think my Island
Games run was just about perfect on the model that the author had derived from
an analysis of the words fastest 20 times. For a 1:52.00 run the optimum 200m
splits are 27.0, 28.0, 28.33, 28.66. I think my 1:53.0 was 27.3, 28.2, 28.6,
The key to the race appears to be managing
deceleration most effectively by using the 3 energy systems most
efficiently.Having a good basic speed
means you can use the creatine system for the first 18 - 20s (as opposed to 15s
if you have poor speed), the lactic acid / anaerobic system does the supported
by the aerobic system: the better your aerobic system, the less likely your are
to decelerate as the lactic system begins to get flooded with acid at 150m out.
DUBLIN CITY MARATHON 28-10-02
Well done to everyone with Manx
connections who finished today's Dublin City Marathon.
Its always hard to know where to start with such
circumstances particularly as at this point I have
only seen the results of the top 1000.
Somewhere down the field could be
someone who has completed the distance against all
odds. If it was you - WELL DONE.
At the sharp end of the field I
have to mention Jess Draskau. Jess - if you should
happen to know this site exists, please send me
a picture and tell me about your race as I am afraid
I don't know much about your background.
What does strike me is what a fine
performance she achieved. Unless I am doing someone
a great injustice, and I possibly am, then only
the two greats of Manx female marathon running,
Brenda Walker and Margaret Lockley have ever run
faster than Jess's 02:53:11.
Maureen Oddie and Steph Maddrell
have both broken three hours? Is there anyone else?
Most people I have spoken to expected
Paul Clarke to break 2 hours 40 minutes and I would
love to hear from my postman to hear how he feels
about his 02:45:11 debut. Certainly we should bear
in mind that it is the fastest time by a Manx runner
this year (correct me if I'm wrong again) and I
don't think I would run out of fingers trying to
count the number that have run faster on their debuts.
Peter Kaneen and Chris Quine did so in London 2000
but plenty have made a hash of it including this
Please send me tales about the race
whether you ran or watched.
STEVE TAYLOR TALKS ABOUT PEAKING 28-10-02
I think that being able to do fast times when
it really matters is what makes the difference between
the good and the great, I remember you writing for
the Gazette some years ago after Ian McCombie raced
here. You said that he had showed the difference
between being an international walker and a world
I would think that Ian was my favourite Britsh
walker, Mike Karran idolised Steve Barry although
that may have had more to do with the fact that
Steve was also a plumber. However these guys were
able to produce their very best when it mattered.
In my own opinion I think that this is where Chris
Maddocks struggled although his Olympic 20km of
1992 was outstanding. Was this one of the few times
Chris really got it right on the day? I remember
speaking to Chris after the 1986 commonwealth walk
and he was genuinely pleased with his 4th place.
He accepted that on the day he was beaten by three
better walkers. Baker, LeBlanc, McCombie)
TONY OKELL IN WORLD RECORD SHAPE? 28-10-02
Much as I admire Tony Okell's skill,
and even more so his determination, I was surprised
to hear Manx Radio's report of the Hill Race this
morning. Dave Phillips reported the distance to
be 4 miles so his time, including the uphill bit,
of 16.18 is pretty stunning!
ANDY FOX COMMENTS ON HALF MARATHON CLASH
Just thought you might like to add
a little something extra to the March 1st. half
marathon debate. the traditional date would be 22/2,
however, that is the date for the National Cross
Country Champs. held in London in 2003. I realize
the fell runners plan to fit their races in with
UK dates, I'm not sure if Manx Harriers committee
were aware of the cross country clash but it would
make sense to hold the half on a different date
to the 22nd. I agree it should all be discussed
at the fixtures meeting but we all have to fit fixtures
around what is possible and what is happening in
the UK as well.
Oh, and before we get into the argument that
cross country is different to road running etc.
we have to consider that our best road runners are
in many cases some of our best cross country runners,
fell runners and even track runners!!!!
WALK LEAGUE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER 27-10-02
My notice on today's front page
that the Halifax International Winter League had
been cancelled after the event.
I understand from Bridget Kaneen
however that the reason that today's walk was cancelled
was not because of the state of the roadway at the
NSC but because of the severe weather around the
Bridget and Liz Corran made the
decision after hearing weather reports of falling
trees and closed roads. It is certainly a
responsible attitude to take. If athletes
are prepared to train in adverse weather that is
their responsibility but an organising club always
has to think of the wider issues, both legal and
There are certainly some interesting
comments on the forum and as wide a view as possible
add to the value as such discussions. Personally
I would not criticise the state of the NSC roadway
too much. Remember some people would have been quite
happy to have seen the NSC built at St Johns or
other geographically central places and the critics
of the site chosen warned that there were flood
risks. I think we should put things in perspective.
We have enjoyed more than 11 years at the NSC without
too much inconvenience due to the weather.
One thing that interests me when
events are cancelled is how a organiser makes contact
with those who intend to take part. The use of radio
broadcasts has been the traditional method but I
have always felt, where people have entered in advance,
they deserve a telephone call. This can be organised
by the equivalent of a chain letter - one person
phones a few people and they in turn phone a few
more etc. The difficulty arises in events where
people do not have to enter in advance - the radio
seems to be the best solution.
MANX HARRIERS ANNOUNCE CROSS COUNTRY PLANS 27-10-02
Manx Harriers are returning to their
former course at Abbeylands when they promote what
is now the second round of the Manx Gas Island Cross
Country League on 10 November.
The first round was promoted at
Ramsey by Northern AC while what should have been
the second round, at Peel on 20 October was cancelled.
The course was first used by Boundary
Harriers prior to their merger with Manx AC after
their old course, at Baldwin, was criticised by
some runners as being too tough and dangerous whilst
remaining popular with others.
The course on 10 November has been
devised by Andy Fox and Ray Cox and, whilst retaining
much of the original Phil Cain designed course,
has been modified to cut out the worst of the boggy
Andy describes the course as fairly
flat with a drag on each lap. The senior run is
likely to be about 8,400 metres or approximately
5 miles. The start of the meeting will be at 2 pm
with signing on at 1.30. The juniors will start
Manx Harriers are grateful to Henry
Harvey for allowing the use of his land after they
decided to switch from Nobles Park whilst the drainage
works are being carried out.
Andy is going to supply a map of
the course for use of the internet before the event
but he is currently enjoying a half term break in
London with his family.
LIVERPOOL AND DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE 27-10-02
Manx Harriers are scaling down their
participation in the league this year and will be
taking part in just one event on 30 November instead
of three events as in the past couple of years.
WINTER HILL LEAGUE BY RICHIE STEVENSON 26-10-02
What a good start to this years Walker Bros.
sponsored league. We were very lucky to have beautiful sunny weather all
afternoon and a good field of 43 runners including three juniors and four
females. There was a number of regulars missing due to some competing in Mondays
Dublin Marathon and others at next weeks New York race ( including event host
James Coulson who makes his marathon debut in the "Big Apple" ).
The view from Glen Ruy Farm is stunning and enables
a good part of the course to be viewed from near the start area. A sizeable
crowd seemed to enjoy watching the race and they must be thanked for all their
shouts of encouragement, or in Graham Davies case all the stick he dished out to
just about everyone.
The course was probably a bit tougher than we all
expected making Tony`s winning time even more outstanding. He had to really go
for it though as he was pushed hard all the way by Brian Osbourne and Wayne
Smith who I would think had his best ever race. Ozzie reckons he hasn`t done
much training so who knows how much quicker he can go when fully fit. The first
six finishers had less then one minute between them making it one of the most
competitive races yet in this eighth edition of the re-introduced Winter
Marie Noon showed her talents are not restricted to
cycling and road running as she finished a excellent 13th overall in a sub 20
minute time. It was very encouraging to see three other lady runners having a
go. Rose Hooton ran very well as did Kerry Clarke and Anne Cain. Talking of the
Cains, Ann's hubby Phil " Eddy Munster " Cain enjoyed his best run in a long
time and looks like he could well be on his way back to the form he enjoyed a
few years ago when he was overall champion on two occasions.
Three juniors took up the challenge and all
performed impressively in a discipline of athletics that they have very little
experience at.Ben Brand was first in a excellent 20th overall, followed by
Andrew Cowley ( whose father Brian also ran his first hill race in 30 years
) and the youngest competitor on the day Mathew Brand third.
Many thanks to the Coulsons for allowing us to run
on their land again and for the welcome they give us. Also a very big thank you
to Margaret Quirk for the refreshments which were greatly enjoyed and to Walter
and Doug for officiating.
WELL DONE MANX FELL RUNNERS 26-10-02
Has anyone noticed that Manx Fell
Runners had 5 in the top 7 in today's hill race?
Tony Okell and Mark Preston were the only two to
I've lost count of the number of
times I've said if we have so many clubs on the
Island then we should at least compete against other.
How about a team competition in the Hill League
if only for the fun of it. Manx Harriers would certainly
have to pull out the stops to catch Manx Fell Runners
in the remaining races, especially if we make it
5 a side!
MANX HARRIERS CIRCUIT TRAINING by Andy Fox 25-10-02
Due to Holidays and School events
we will not have a continuous run of
training nights over the coming
weeks. Please stick this list up on your
wall at home so you will know when
training is on and will not have any
wasted journeys to St. Ninian's
Training is on.
* No Training - Holiday.
Training is on.
Training is on.
* No Training - Y11 exams.
Training is on.
Training is on.
Training is on.
* No Training - Awards evening
* No Training - Holiday.
* No Training - Holiday.
Training is on.
Training will continue through to
the February half term holiday. See you on
the training nights.
WALKERS AND HALIFAX LEAGUES KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND
Good luck to everyone competing
in the Walker Brothers Hill League and the Halifax
International Winter Walk League, particularly those
taking part for the first time. The organisers
of both events, Manx Fell Runners and Manx Harriers,
are keen to welcome novices to their events.
MANN & PARTNERS MILLENNIUM WAY RELAY 25-10-02
Provided the weather improves a
little from the past few days, the above event will
be back on the traditional course on Boxing Day
(just 62 days away!) after bad weather wrecked the
event last year.
Full details of this Manx Harriers
organised event will be available soon - entries
forms will be published in a couple of weeks - but
the basic format remains unchanged. Teams of four
runners tackle the Millennium Way handicapped according
to their running ability.
Island Games 400 and 800 metres
champion Keiron Murray moves across the road this
weekend. The Cains advocate is part of a move that
sees the firm take over yet another Athol Street
building. Older Manxies will remember it as the
"Penny Bank", or the Isle of Man Bank
for Savings. As I work in the office next door I
estimate that I'll be sitting about 50 feet away
from Keiron every day!
COMPUTER VIRUSES 25-10-02
Some of the ideas I had for the
site this week missed the cut because of these absolutely
annoying computer viruses I've been subjected to.
I've lost count of the number of times I've had
to restart my computer in "Safe" mode.
Although I've used and updated an anti virus package
for years it has been unable to cope recently. I
subscribed to an additional anti virus package last
night but my computer would not stay on line long
enough to download it!
STORM DAMAGE 23-10-02
I trust that local website loggers
are not suffering too badly from the storm damage.
I can only imagine what it must be like to
have your house flooded.
I wonder how everyone is finding
their training courses? I was training tonight for
the first time since Saturday. Sometimes having
a number of lingering injuries are quite useful
when you can't decide whether you are brave enough
to go out in the bad weather! Anyway, even tonight
there was a lot of mud and debris on the roadway
at the NSC.
AUTUMN HANDICAP 23-10-02
I seems like a different season
since the above was held but Peter Cooper has emailed
to let me know that the result is now on the IOMVAC
END TO END PARTY 22-10-02
The organising committee from the
Isle of Man Veterans Athletic Club are letting their
hair down tonight after several months of successful
planning for the End to End Walk. Ken & Dot
Watterson, Marie Latham, Maureen Cox, Judy King, Wendy Ross, Phil
Motley, Margy Killey, Brenda Charlton, Sue Biggert
and Ivor O'Brien are among a group who will be enjoying
a meal at the Hawthorn as I write this.
In my view the old version of the
End to End Walk was one of the most dangerous events
promoted in the sport. The course, which took walkers
through the outskirts of Douglas at lunchtime and
along the main road to the airport in the afternoon,
was particularly risky, especially given the very
small number of people (albeit diehards) who
were prepared to help.
I brought about the cancellation
of the event in the days when Boundary Harriers
organised it but it was revived after a year with
lots of offers of help. But the course was always
living on borrowed time and many of the helpers
deserted the sinking ship.
And so Manx Harriers sensibly cancelled the
event once again in April this year. Out of the
ashes came a new organising committee with a lot
to learn. But learn they have done to
the extent that they have received dozens of letters from
grateful walkers who thoroughly enjoyed the event.
For me, the most encouraging thing of all
is that they are not going to rest on their laurels.
I had a long chat with Ken Watterson tonight and
he is convinced there is a lot they can do to further
improve the event.
It is this attitude which has made
the Clerical Medical Parish Walk such a success
in recent years and I think the White & Healthy
End to End Walk will attract a lot more walkers
next year. The moment the organisers of an
event thinks they have it perfectly organised complacency
There is no doubt that by starting
with a clean sheet of paper the organisers set standards
well in excess of most other established events
and they achieved nearly all of them. The roads
were particularly well signposted, I've never seen
so many marshals, they sent letters to householders
on certain parts of the course warning them that
the event was to be held and they designed the course
The number of hits on this website
showed the popularity of the event and the public's
appetite for information. Provided I'm still doing
this stuff in a year's time I hope that I can play
a bigger part in publicising the event in advance
(distances, maps etc) and, provided the event does
not clash with other activities, get even more information
live on the internet whilst the event was taking
Ken has today provided me with stacks
of photographs. Because of the file sizes I won't
be able to publish them all but I'll certainly try
and get as many as possible on line in the weeks
ahead. They were taken by Doug Allan and Ken himself
but I can't be sure of the individual credits in
FAIR PLAY IN ATHLETICS 21-10-02
The story (Isle of Man Examiner
of today's date) that four football players were
sent off, and many others were involved in a brawl,
seems to happen all too often in sport these days.
What annoys me when disputes arise at professional
level is that football managers never see the incidents
that go in their favour but always complain bitterly
when they think they are badly treated.
I'm not naive enough to think there
have never been occasional arguments or fighting
in athletics but think how lucky we are to enjoy
the norm within the sport. Athletes of all
abilities will discuss training and plans before
an event. So often in an endurance event one athlete
will encourage the other as they lap them or are
lapped. On the field, one athlete will often encourage
another with coaching advice. Nowhere is this more
obvious than at world level javelin throwing. After
an event most athletes take a genuine interest in
the performances of their rivals whatever their
standard, good or bad.
In 30 odd years in athletics I've
never been deliberately pushed or shoved in a race
but I have been shouted at when I've been going
of course, encouraged by people I've never seen
in my life and congratulated by people who have
been disappointed that I have beaten them. These
are the standards that athletics should and does
set 99% of the time. Maybe people will say that
they are the standards that are applied in other
sports most of the time. Even if that is true we
should, at the least, speak out to ensure that things
stay that way.
SPONSORED BY WALKERS
Richie Stevenson previews the long
awaited kick off to the Hill League 20-10-02
The course for the opening round of the Walker
Bros. Winter Hill League next Saturday is slightly shorter than we first
thought, we reckon it is just 2.75 miles long. Tony Rowley has had a blast round
and it took him only 19 minutes so expect a winning time of around 17 minutes
next week. The course will probably lean in the favour of the fell runners but as
the second race at Peel will definitely suit the roadies and the final round at
Glen Maye will be more like very tough x-country we think there will be a nice
balance of differing terrains.
Newly crowned fell champion Tony Okell must start
favourite for overall honours, his task made somewhat easier by Richard Jamieson
and Paul Clarke having to miss the first race, although they will liven things
up when they return for the final two rounds. Tony Rowley is another who is
expected to feature strongly along with Ian Gale and Mark Preston although the
latter is returning from injury and may need a few races to get back in the
swing of things. Watch out also for Wayne Smith and Simon Skillicorn who have
made such encouraging progress this year. We usually have others who will turn up
to challenge in maybe one race ( Gianni is thinking of entering at Peel
) which should ensure fierce, close racing in all rounds.
Hopefully there will be a few lady runners
to challenge Rose Hooton and all juniors ( minimum age 12 years on day ) will be
made most welcome.
This series is definitely NOT just about the top
runners. We reintroduced the league some years ago with the main object to
encourage more people to have a go at the hills and it has proved very
successful in giving newcomers, no matter what their standard, a taste of the
sport on short not to difficult and well marked courses.
To get to Glen Ruy Farm go up the TT course in
reverse to Creg ny Baa, turn right along Creg back road. Take first left into
Glen Ruy and follow road for about one mile until you go up a very steep hill.
The farm is straight on at top of hill. We will sign post on race
STEVE PARTINGTON WITH NEWS OF SOMEONE
IN NEED 20-10-02
I was contacted a few months ago by
a name from the past, Pat Chichester from Splott Walking
Club in Cardiff. For those that don't know/remember
him, he was part of the successful Splott team that
won various national walking titles in the mid to late
1980's. No doubt Steve Taylor will be able to provide
us with a few more details and maybe a photo...
Anyway, it turns out that unfortunately
his son, Ethan has leukemia and his family are holding
an auction in November to raise some cash for the hospital.
So, if anyone would like to offer their support in any
way, get in touch.
PS. If anyone fancies putting in a 'telephone
bid' for a Turin World Cup 2002 programme autographed
by numerous top walkers including Robert Korsenowski,
Jesus Garcia, Jefferson Perez, Carlos Mercenario, Olimpiada
Ivanova, Jane Saville, Gillian O'Sullivan, Jose Marin,
Jordi Llopart, Simon Baker, Maurizio Damilano etc, then
e-mail him now!
HOW MANY HALF MARATHONS HAVE BEEN HELD ON THE ISLE
OF MAN? 20-10-02
I'm about to do another front page preview
of the Douglas Steam Saw Mill Syd Quirk Half Marathon.
Those of you who have been visiting the site for
at least a year will know that I invested a lot of time
last year by tracing the history of this event from
my own scrapbooks and visits to the museum. I provided
the organisers with a copy of my research.
Originally the Syd Quirk Half Marathon
was organised by the Southern AC and was named after
their late president. Latterly it has been organised
by the Isle of Man Veterans Athletic Club. It was first
held in 1976.
The Manx Marathon had already started
by this time and sometime after this, I'm not sure which
year, the IOMVAC, who also organise this event, added
a half marathon which has been held every year to the
current time. These are the only two half marathons
currently held every year.
Boundary Harriers used to hold a half
marathon in the Summer. At first this was held from
a course starting at their headquarters at Union Mills
and I think it went to Crosby and then around the back
roads to Mount Rule and back to Union Mills. The event
was switched to what is now the NSC roadway and Steve
Kelly ran some very fast times on that course. On one
occasion he ran 5 minutes dead for the first mile and
had a novice runner on his shoulder! It was Mark Gage
the Commonwealth Games cyclist who, when he learnt the
art of pace judgment, became a useful middle distance
runner and won the Syd Quirk. I can't recall how long
the Boundary event lasted.
Perhaps it was when Boundary Harriers
changed what had started as an endurance event at the
Manx Airlines event in February into a half marathon.
This ran for several years until the merger with Manx
AC when it was decided to alternate between a half marathon
(Island Games years) and a 10km. Manx Harriers are planning
a half marathon this year on 1 March although this has
not been welcomed by other clubs due to a date change
which causes a clash with the fell running league.
Northern AC staged a half marathon on
Easter Monday for, I would guess, three of four years,
in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As if Easter wasn't
tough enough with three races!
The only other half marathons I can
think of are the two Island Games events. Last year's
event from the NSC through Onchan, Groudle and back
to the NSC undoubtedly drew the best crowd of any half
marathon. The 1985 had a bigger field however as it
was an open event as well as determining the Island
Games medals. It was on an out and back course and finished
inside the old Palace Lido.
Send me your memories, pictures and
additions to the above if you like.
A TRICKLE OF INFORMATION FROM RAMSEY 19-10-02
I spoke to my postman this morning to
ask for news of the Ramsey Fireman's runs. My
postman just happens to be Paul Clarke who set the fastest
time of about 26.26 despite only arriving about 5 minutes
before the start of the race.
He said there were about 40-50 people
taking part. If I had any other news I would publish
TIME TO FORGIVE AND FORGET
Johnny Gelling very ill 19-10-02
The sport in the Isle of Man rallied
behind Steve & Cal Partington in August after a
Manx Radio caller made some inappropriate comments about
them. I have been informed however that the caller,
Mr Gelling, is currently very ill and I therefore request
that we drop the subject from now on. Thanks.
ROBBIE LAMBIE CAN'T GET ENOUGH WATER 19-10-02
Drinking plenty of water not only is good for your skin and flushing out your
toxins through the kidneys it is alas essential for the joints/cartilages
etc. Even helps to prevent inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and
lymph gland problems. Half the diseases around and migraine, lethargy,
tiredness etc is often down to just dehydration. Your body is simply crying
out for water.
I think drinking lots more water these days has
helped me enormously and it's all free. Spending a penny at the loo more often is a small price to pay
NB - Robbie is off to Cyprus for two
weeks on Sunday.
NEW PRIZE POLICY FOR FELL RACES - Richie Stevenson
Firstly. the prize structure for all races in next years Managrakem Fell League
was discussed and it was overwhelmingly decided to change things in 2003.Prizes
will only be given to the first three to finish irrespective of age group. All
other competitors will receive a certificate stating time and position in both
overall and age category. There will have to be a minimum of three lady
competitors before a prize is awarded but there will be flexibility in the
junior ranks to ensure they are encouraged to compete again. There will be a few
spot prizes at each race with practical items like running socks given out.
money saved on awards during the year will enable us to provide a much better
selection at the end of season League presentation.
MORE FROM OUR MAN IN BRUM - NEIL BATES
I am also still planning on going up
to the Wirral to race 5km along with some other juniors
from the island i think. after that i am just planning
on training through the winter and doing occasional
races and training weekends with the squad.
Hopefully. if things stay to plan i
will be back to race in Andreas 16th November. so look
forward to seeing you all then.
On a different note. Nice to see Mark
Stewart returning to his walking in the novice walk.
(although not a novice i am informed) hope to see him
return to training and racing more this winter.
And of course, i was pleased to receive
a text message of Alan on Saturday giving me the news
that Steve Partington came top brit in 91 minutes. since
then i was even more please to discover her was in the
top 50. I think that has silenced his critics as well
as also giving him a boost i am sure. Well done Steve.
and thanks for your support.
Anyways, look forward to hearing all
about Manx Athletics. And see you in the Wirral/ Andreas.
JUNIOR FELL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Richie Stevenson promotes fell running
so well 18-10-02
The Isle of Man Bank sponsored Manx Junior Fell
Running Championships will again be incorporated in round two of this years
Walker Brothers Winter Hill League that takes place on Saturday 16th November at
Peel starting at 1.30pm.A new course has been designed, still based around
Corrins Folly, but with a different route round the back of the hill that has
some very fast running and a good testing little climb.We feel that it is an
ideal course for a junior championship, hard enough to test everyone but not too
difficult for any newcomers and of course it will be well marked.Distance will
be 2.75 miles.
We have arranged the use of the Viking Long House
for changing and the presentation and refreshments will be there straight after
the race.Age groups are under18, under 16 and under 14. Minimum age is 12 years
on the day of the race. Please note that the age groups under F.R.A rules are as
of January 1st 2002.
Castle Rushen have been the dominant force in
previous years championships although QE2 pushed them hard last year.
Unfortunately we have never had a Douglas school entering a team but hopefully
we can persuade at least one this year, maybe Andy could have a word for
WINTER WALKING LEAGUE 18-10-02
Today was a rare
day when I visited my house at lunchtime and so heard
Manx Radio sport. It was mentioned that the winter
league was due to start this weekend which surprised
me. I've checked all the information I received and
as far as I can see it is not due to start until next
Should the event
still be promoted as the Halifax International Winter
League or has the title sponsorship been updated to
reflect the merger with Bank of Scotland?
NEWS OF FIREMAN'S WELCOME 17-10-02
I haven't been able
to extend my travels to attend the Fireman's run in
Ramsey tonight so if anyone has any news I would welcome
it. Martyn Strickett kindly sent me the results last
year so I'm hoping I'll be able to publish on Friday
The only people I
know who were taking part were Paul Clarke (already
mentioned), John Watterson and Jane Mooney.
RICHARD RANDLE 17-10-02
Richard is an old
colleague of mine from the days I worked at Coopers
& Lybrand and he has been around to my house tonight
trying to fix a computer problem. We have our own in
house network (the rest of the family wouldn't stand
a chance on this computer would they?) but I can't get
the modem sharing function to work.
Anyway the main reason
for mentioning him on the website is to say that he
has been injured and not able to run much lately. He
has run at the Robin Hood Half Marathon (twice), the
Great North Run and the London Marathon which is about
as much as he has ever raced on the Island! He ran in
the Millennium Way Relay a couple of times and made
a couple of stunning appearances in the TT Relay Walk.
DATES OF MANCHESTER INDOOR MEETINGS (thanks to Keiron
The dates for the Indoors are 18/19 January and 1
February. All at Manchester. There will be a much wider
programme than in previous years as the track is a 200m
one. The programme has yet to finalised but hope
to do so in the next few weeks.
CHRIS QUINE FINALLY BACK IN TRAINING 17-10-02
After nearly four months of inactivity, I am back
in light training. After seeing a number of physios,
just when I thought that there might be no end to my
achilles problem, I visited Rick Holden at Mount Murray.
Hey presto, after the first session he has me back running
again. I only wish I had seen him last June and I might
not have had my season wrecked. The amazing thing is
that the "cure" is really simple (anyone with
achilles problems might want to try this) - before stretching
the achilles, soak it in hot water for about 10 minutes,
then do your normal streches. Apparently, circulation
in the achilles is not good and this helps improve it
which in turns helps the stretch. I am not out of the
woods yet on this and he has advised that I will need
to keep working on it for several weeks if not months.
However, I should be able to train in the meantime.
As for my running itself, the first few runs were
very short and very painful!! I am now up to about 4-5
miles and trying to increase distance every 5-7 days.
My aim this weekend is to run about 6 miles. It is still
very early days.
Other than staying free of injury, building up the
miles over the coming weeks and generally working back
into the training routine, I have no immediate plans.
The Island Games in Guernsey are in my mind, but there
is a long way to go and I need to concentrate on developing
a good base of fitness before setting myself specific
aims for next year.
RECORD POTENTIAL SAYS STEVE TAYLOR 16-10-02
The supporting races
at the recent Leicester 7 mile walk produced a UK under
11 age best for 1km of 5.12 for Lauren Grimson of the
host club. She has now produced this time on both road
and track. What is the significance of this, Only that
Helen Anstead has recorded a time 11.13 for 2km recently.
If Helen travels to the Wirral for the next and final
leg of the Younger Age group Grand Prix in four weeks
time she could well return as a UK 'record' holder.
CROSS COUNTRY CANCELLED 16-10-02
Just a reminder that
this week's cross country, due to be organised by Western
AC, was cancelled with less than two weeks to go.
AUTUMN HANDICAP WALK RESULT 16-10-02
Steve Taylor is anxious
to obtain a copy of the 5km handicap walk. His
email is [email protected]
NEIL BATES SETTLING IN BIRMINGHAM
Neil Bates reports that he has done about 4 training
sessions in the last 3 weeks. He was hopefully
going to do a full week this week, but due to illness
he hadn't done anything up to yesterday . He hopes to
do a full week next week after a few sessions this week
then into full winter training.
GRAHAM STIGANT PROVES TO CAN RUN WELL
(as well as swim and cycle and.......) 16-10-02
Graham ran extremely
well in Ramsey to finish 5th in the cross country. The
former Commonwealth Games swimmer has been a highly
competitive cyclist for a few years but the Manx Triathlon
champion has now demonstrated that he can run pretty
well also. He used his strength to good effect on the
uphill sections on Sunday.
He plans to run most
of the cross country league except for the second round
when he will be in Lanzarote celebrating wife Lorraine's
PAUL CLARKE TO RACE IN RAMSEY
Paul Clarke, who
finished second in the cross country on Sunday, plans
to run in Ramsey tomorrow night as his final preparation
for the Dublin Marathon.
I'm not making any
(public) predictions for his marathon debut but Paul
seems to be in good shape.
TEA UP FOR FELL RUNNERS 16-10-02
"Manx Fell Runners'
policy of providing refreshments for all competitors after as many races as
possible will continue as this always seems to go down well" writes Richie
Stevenson. "Most competitors
seem glad of the chance to re-run their race over a cup of tea
WHITE & HEALTHY END TO END 15-10-02
See front page for full results but
here are a few extras from Ken Watterson
Karen Locking - 4 34 03
Gill Churcher - 4 47 09
Linda Shimmin - 4 47 31
Vicki Rawlinson - 4 50 35
Jane Cross - 4 50 35
Donna Harrison - 4 5110
Ann Oates - 4 53 54
NEIL BATES IN GB SQUAD
He tells the story from his computer
at Birmingham University 15-10-02
I have been selected for the Great Britain
training squad, which takes place throughout the summer.
the first meeting being 26th-27th October, right here
in Birmingham. A nice change to have it on my doorstep.
Unfortunately it means i wont be able to go home and
race the first winter league as planned.
KEIRON MURRAY REPORTS ON MANCHESTER
INDOOR MEETINGS 15-10-02
I've spoken to Alan Robertshaw of Sale
Harriers who told me that the NoEAA indoor championships
plus 4 or 5 open graded meetings will be held over the
winter season at the new indoor facility in Manchester.
I'll post further details soon, once the fixtures have
AN AMERICAN VIEW OF THE WALK COURSE
Manx walking star Steve Partington forwarded
this from Michael Rohl and stresses that it is Michael's
USA spelling not his! 15-10-02
The course was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. It was
contested on many types of cobblestones and good footing was impossible
to find. The many changes in surfaces and problems with slipping on the
stones at the aid areas were brutal. My legs still hurt after working the
aid stations in the 20km races. The scenary and idea to do it in downtown
Turin were nice, but the needs of the athletes were never considered when
they laid this course out. The IAAF, and Damilano should be embarrassed
that no one in the M20km made the IAAF A standard in that race, because the
course sucked that much.
RAMSEY FIREMAN'S RUNS 15-10-02
These start on Thursday at 7 o'clock
from Ramsey Fire Station. If you want to know more,
well, er, you'll have to rely on traditional means -
word of mouth.
If anyone can still send me details
such as the dates of every round, the signing on time,
the course, the facilities, the rules etc, even with
two days to go, it may be useful to someone who doesn't
mix with the people who know all of these things.