Mann Link Northern 10 Miles
18 May 2003
Pictures and report by Murray Lambden
Peter Hughes wins the Northern 10 Miles but…
what a delight to see 21 year old Andy Cannell from Andreas making his debut and finishing 4th.
23 starters at around 10.35, only half the number of last week’s Peel to Douglas.
Unkwnown Andy Cannell (33) matches strides with Mike Garrett (34) and Peter Hughes as the runners are hit by an early shower.
Further back a good battle looks likely between (left to right) 62 year old John Grady, who set an over 60 record in the Peel to Douglas, Dave Corrin, Alan Bagley and Rob Webb.
Dry roads now and you can see who is strongest looking.
Alan Poslethwaite and Richard Radcliffe occupy 4th and 5th and you can see Paul Trees in 6th.
Here is a closer version of Paul, with Webb, Corrin, Bagley and Grady making up the top 10.
The gap widens as the sun brightens further and note Alan Poslethwaite is still within striking distance.
Training partners Dave Corrin and Rob Webb start to pull clear of Grady and Bagley.
The pressure is off Peter Hughes as he sails past the Lezayre tearooms.
But the pressure is on Andy Cannell from Alan Poslethwaite.
Towards St Judes and Peter is surely going to be unchallenged.
But Mike Garrett is going to be pressured for second spot. Alan Poslethwaite has passed Andy and now has his eyes on second spot.
And Paul Trees has been passed by Robb Webb and Dave Corrin.
Peter Hughes on his way to victory at the 8th attempt.
And Mike Garrett is being overtaken by the evergreen Alan Poslethwaite.
It looks as if Andy Cannell is going to slip further down the field as Richard Radcliffe has him in his sights.
Can Paul re-close the gap on Dave & Rob?
Meanwhile Peter Cooper has moved into the top 10 by passing John Grady.
With a couple of miles to go last year, Peter was involved with a big battle with Bernie Cannan but this year he was 90 seconds or more ahead.
Alan was 20 metres or so ahead of Mike.
One last push Mike. Remember last week Mike just beat Alan in the Peel to Douglas.
Well done that man! Andy has seen off Richard’s challenge and is heading for 4th.
And just to prove these two were racing, Rob puts the boot in and opens a gap over Dave.
Paul Trees was still a threat to them.
and perhaps Alan Bagley.
The top three were well established however and is was a clear "one-two" to host club Northern AC. Peter broke the hour by 4 seconds. Meanwhile Mike was consoled with knocking over a minute off his best time.
The quickest finisher was definitely Andy Cannell. Let’s hope we see more of him in the future.
Richard Radcliffe just about manages a smile after being less than happy during the race!
After grabbing 6th spot it looks as if one side of Rob Webb’s body wants to stop but the other side doesn’t!
Ian Callister called off his 50 mile run yesterday because of the weather and ran this morning instead. Alan Pilling pushes him all the way.
Lorraine Stigant was another fast finisher to take the women’s prize.
Sue Furner was second.
and Nicola Sherrant third.
Results subject to official confirmation.
Pictures of some of the athletes who did not appear in the race report will published throughout the week on www.manxathletics.com
(c) 2003 Murray Lambden. All rights reserved.