Microgaming Cross Country Presentation Photographs now available

Congratulations to everyone who won prizes in the 2016/17 Microgaming Cross Country League and Championships.  Photos that Murray Lambden took at the prize presentation are now available here.

The raffle at the presentation made £264 for the Island Games Fund!

Thanks to everyone concerned.

Inter Counties Cross Country 2017 – Report

Twelve Isle of Man athletes – seven from Manx Harriers and five from Northern AC – turned out in the colours of Lancashire at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships 2017. It was the biggest-ever Manx representation in the Lancashire team at the event. There was local interest in seven of the ten races, which were held at a new venue at Prestwold Hall just outside Loughborough.

Many of the athletes suffered travel problems the day before the race, and some on the return journey. Nevertheless all 12, six of whom were debuting at county level, ran extremely well and produced some impressive results on an undulating course that became very muddy in places as the day progressed.

Participation in the event is by selection only, so there was quality right through the fields. The majority of the races had fields ranging from 260 to just over 300, with the exception of the junior women which had 183. Distances ranged from 3 kilometres for the under-13s to 12k for the senior men.

The first race with Manx interest was the senior women’s event, in which Elissa Morris ran with great commitment to place 113th on her county debut. Gail Griffiths finished 126th, a fine run and remarkably her highest ever finish on her eighth appearance at the event.

Next came the u17 women’s race in which Laura Dickinson executed a well-judged race to finish in 100th place, a really impressive run from a hard-working athlete. The junior (u20) women followed, a race in which Becky Storrie placed 34th and Katie Astin 44th.  Becky’s performance on county debut was arguably the run of the day from the local contingent to complete a highly successful winter season, while Katie continued her comeback from injury with a solid run.

The u13 girls followed, with another county debutant Ella Crowe running extremely well to place 194th in a field of over 300. The experience of running in such a competitive and tightly-packed field will be invaluable as she continues her development.

The first male race involving the locals followed with David Mullarkey placing 48th and George Dickinson 129th in the u17 men’s category. David, although not quite at his best, still ran with typical determination and plenty of quality, while George produced a really notable result to finish well in the top half of the field having only received a late promotion from reserve three days before the race to make his county debut.

The penultimate race was the u15 girls, featuring three of the Northern AC team who won the Lancashire title in January. Lorna Spiers finished 148th, while debutants Phoebe Coates and Kate Cashin came home in 182nd and 236th places. Kate only received her call-up a few days before the event. All ran with total commitment and should be proud of their efforts.

The final race of the day, as is traditional, was the senior men’s event. Alan Corlett, back from a recent injury problem, proved that he is getting close to full fitness again with a run of trademark guts and determination. Ever the team man, his 98th place helped the Lancashire team to pack well and place seventh in the team race.

David Griffiths

Microgaming Cross Country League Round 4 (inc IOM Champs)

QE11 High School, Peel on Sunday 22nd January

There is plenty of parking and there will be changing/showering facilities available on the day along with refreshments.

The registration desk will be open before the race as usual from 1pm at the latest.

Download Map here.

xc timetable 2017

Be Ready at start line 5 mins before your start time.

Listen out for whistle and instructions from officials.

Spectators please stay off the racing line.

 

Isle of Man Junior Championship Pentathlon – Results

The Isle of Man Athletics Association held an open Junior Pentathlon Championship on 3rd September 2016 at the NSC, Douglas.  The conditions were far from ideal but everyone did really well.  Here are the results.

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Thanks to organiser Di Shimell and all the officials for helping on the day.

Isle of Man Junior Championship Pentathlon

The Isle of Man Athletics Association is holding an open junior pentathlon championship on 3rd September 2016 at the NSC, Douglas.

The event is open to U13 and U15 athletes who meet the following criteria:

Under 13 Boy or Girl        11 or 12 at Midnight at 31st Aug/1st Sept 2016
Under 15 Boy or Girl        13 or 14 at Midnight at 31st Aug/1st Sept 2016

Events are:

U13 Girls 70m Hurdles Shot Put 2.72kg High Jump Long Jump 800m
U13 Boys 75m Hurdles Shot Put 3.25kg High Jump Long Jump 800m
U15 Girls 75m Hurdles Shot Put 3.00kg High Jump Long Jump 800m
U15 Boys 80m Hurdles Shot Put 4.00kg High Jump Long Jump 800m

ENTRIES CLOSE ON Thurs 1st September 2016

ENTRY FEE: £5.00

Please make cheques payable to the IOM Athletics Association and send in with your completed application form to:

Di Shimell, 3 Marlborough Terrace, Alexander Drive, Douglas Isle of Man. IM2 3QJ. Enquiries to Tel: 623582/450488 or email dishimell@hotmail.com

PLEASE NOTE – YOU MUST DECLARE YOUR INTENTION TO COMPETE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE COMPETITION.  Registration is expected to open at 9.30 a.m. on 3rd September 2016 the first event will start at 10.00 a.m.  Please check IOMAA website for updates on timings.  Medals will be presented to first three in each category.