The local cross country season reaches its climax on Sunday 20th January with the fourth and final round of the Law Trust sponsored Isle of Man Cross Country League. The event also doubles as the 2019 Isle of Man Cross Country Championships, with the winners adding their names to the list of many of the greats of Manx athletics over the years.
This year’s event is hosted by Northern AC and will be held at their traditional venue of Crossags Farm in Ramsey. There is no parking at the venue itself – competitors and spectators are asked to park at Ramsey Grammar School (East or West) and walk up the lane across the golf course.
The timetable is as follows:
|12.45pm to 2pm
||U9 boys & girls – 2 small laps – 860 metres
||U11 boys & girls – 3 small laps – 1290 metres
||U13 boys & girls & short course – 1 small lap, 1 large lap – 2600 metres
U15 boys & girls, U17 women – 2 large laps – 4660 metres
U17 men, U20, senior, veteran women – 3 large laps – 6990 metres
U20, senior, veteran men – 4 large laps – 9320 metres
The short course race is not part of the Championships but is a round of the league as usual.
Here is a map of the course.
Please note that there is a fallen tree in the uphill wooded section of the course, which will require care to negotiate. You are advised to arrive early to allow time to check out the course before the races.
If you have already paid for the series and have your race number there is no need to attend the registration desk, just go to the start line five minutes before your race. If you have lost your number and need a replacement there will be a separate desk at registration.
Alan Corlett and Rachael Franklin have dominated the senior races at the championships in recent years, and have won all three rounds of this season’s league. Corlett, champion for the past four years, may have Ollie Lockley for competition as he did at last year’s event, and if both men line up it should be a cracking contest. The women’s race looks a little more clear-cut with Rachael Franklin hot favourite to take her sixth victory in seven years – she missed the other through injury.
The Presentation evening has been confirmed for Friday 22nd March at the Claremont Hotel in Douglas. Medals for the championships, and trophies and finishers awards for the league will be presented that evening. Save the date now!
New sponsors Law Trust have come forward to support the ever popular Cross Country League this season. It is hoped that this year will see some record breaking attendances and hopefully good weather, however, in cross country we run in whatever is thrown at us in the main!
There will be two signing on nights before the first race on Thursday 11th at the NSC cafe, and Friday 12th October in Manx Harriers Clubhouse, both from 6pm to 8.00pm.
At each race venue signing on will take place between 1pm and the start of the first race at 2pm, however, we encourage all athletes to sign up in advance and take the opportunity of entering the league, all four races, at a knock down rate of £18 for seniors or £10 for juniors. For unattached senior athletes the cost is £25 rather than the full fee of £28. Make sure you bring your cash or cheque book with you! Early registration means no queuing on the day of a race – just turn up, warm up and be at the start line 5 mins before your race begins so saving you time and energy!!!
Full details of entry charges can be found on the Entry Form.
The league race programme sees four events taking place over the winter with the 14th October being round one at Castle Rushen High School hosted by Manx Harriers. Western AC host the second event on 4th November with Manx Harriers again doing likewise at the Nunnery on the 2nd December. The last event which is also the Isle of Man Cross Country Championships takes place on 20th January and is hosted by Northern AC.
As ever, we expect some fantastic competition over the season, on some varied and interesting courses with results, photos and reports appearing in Isle of Man Newspapers.
Finally, Isle of Man Athletics wishes to thank Law Trust for their very much appreciated sponsorship of this very popular and competitive league event.
Cross Country Co-ordinator
The 10,000m Track Championships (run and racewalk) are being held on Wednesday 22nd August at the NSC in Douglas.
The walk will start at 6.15pm and the run at 7.30pm and entries will be taken on the day for both events. Sign on will be from 5.30pm.
Cost will be £4 for Seniors and £2 for Juniors.
Whilst both events are IOM Athletics Track Championships over 10,000m both will incorporate 3000m and 5000m races should anyone and in particular junior athletes wish to compete over the shorter distances.
If anyone can assist with lap scoring then please get in touch with Petra Atchison or Tracey Bell.
The 2018 Isle of Man Track & Field Championships sponsored by Zurich International Life, takes place at the NSC Douglas on July 14th and 15th.
Please download your Entry form now, complete and return to: Kelly Hillier, 6 Close Cowley, Douglas, Isle of Man. IM2 2HX along with your entry fees:
U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, JUN only £2.50 per event.
SEN £4.00 per event.
Please note U9’s, U11’s, U13’s, U15’s & U17’s may only compete in 3 events per day. Jun Men & Women may only compete in 4 events per day. All Athletes under the age of 15, may only compete in one distance race per day (inc Race Walks)
Please make cheques payable to the IOM Athletics Association.
Entries close on Friday 6th July 2018. NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED.
The Presentation Evening for the 2017/18 Cross Country League and the 2018 Cross Country Championships, both sponsored by Microgaming, will take place on Friday 23rd March at the Claremont Hotel, Loch Promenade, Douglas.
As in previous years, the evening will be split into two parts. The presentation of awards to the U9, U11 and U13 athletes will take place from 7pm. The presentation of awards for age groups from U15 upwards will begin at 8.30pm.
Entry is free and a light buffet will be provided. The bar will be open. We hope to show footage from this winter’s events throughout the evening.
A list of all prize winners will be published nearer the time. We look forward to seeing you all on the 23rd March!