Microgaming Cross Country League – Round 1

We are pleased to confirm that round one of the Microgaming Cross Country league will be held on Sunday 8th October 2017 at Castle Rushen High School in Castletown, hosted by Manx Harriers.

This year there are two signing on nights before the first race on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October in Manx Harrier’s Clubhouse from 6pm to 7.30pm. 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.
On the day, signing on will take place between 1pm and the start of the first race at 2pm.  We would ask that you arrive in plenty of time to avoid any delays.
Full details can be found on the entry form.

Here is the race timetable and a map of the course.

As usual we would like to remind spectators that dogs are NOT permitted on school property, please arrive early to use the car parks or car share where possible.

Many thanks to Mr Winstanley, the headmaster of Castle Rushen High School for allowing us hold the event at the school. Mr Winstanley has asked that competitors and spectators please respect school property and do all they can to remove mud from their footwear before entering the school buildings.  We would also like to thank Mr Paul Costain for the usage and access of his land.  We would ask that all competitors and spectators keep to edges of the fields so newly planted crops aren’t damaged.

Microgaming Isle of Man Cross Country League 2017/18

Isle of Man Athletics are pleased to announce the details of the 2017/18 Microgaming Isle of Man Cross Country League.  
This year there will be two signing on nights before the first race on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October in Manx Harrier’s Clubhouse from 6pm to 7.30pm.
The first race is on Sunday 8th October at Castle Rushen High School and on the adjacent fields. Maps and race timetable will be published shortly.  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.
Full details can be found on the entry form.
 

The race programme sees four events taking place over the winter with the 8th October being round one at Castle Rushen High School hosted by Manx Harriers. Western AC host the second event on 5th November with Northern AC doing likewise on 3rd December. The last event which is also the Isle of Man Athletics Cross Country Championships takes place on 21st January again hosted by Manx Harriers. As ever we expect some fantastic competition over the season and results and reports will appear on this website and in the local press.

Finally Isle of Man Athletics wish to thank Microgaming for their much appreciated sponsorship of this very popular and competitive league event.

 

We need you for cross country – Urgently!

The cross country season is nearly upon us and we urgently require a number of volunteers to assist the existing cross country committee.

Specifically we are looking for people who can help out on the administration side of the organisation registering the athletes, creating the entry lists and issuing numbers etc.

This is NOT an onerous job but it is vital for the smooth running of the Cross Country League.  The volunteers will be required for an initial sign on night 1-2 hours and then for 1-2 hours on the race days.  We are looking for a number of people so the duties can be shared.

If you you can spare a couple of hours each month then please email chairman@IOMAA.info or Andy Fox on andycfox@outlook.com

Thank you in advance.

 

 

 

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