Youth Development League – Training Session & Get Together

Attention all u13 and u15 athletes (school years 6 to 9).

On Sunday 23 February we will be holding a group get together and training session at the NSC track for any athletes interested in finding out a little bit more about the junior IOM athletics team (Team IOM Youth) who compete in the UK in the Youth Development League (YDL) during the summer. This will be an opportunity to meet other athletes, coaches and helpers and to try out a few events that might be new to you. After a brief introduction, we will have a group warm up and then give athletes a choice of events to try out where they will be guided by one of our fantastic Coaches. Any athletes already involved in YDL should also look to attend.

There will be a chance for athletes and parents to ask questions and to find out more about this great team event. We hope to hold further sessions in March and April, so don’t worry if you can’t make this first one.

Athlete registration forms will be available at the session which should be completed to register your interest and athletes must be fully paid up members of an athletic club.

The session starts at 10am and will finish by 12noon and it would be great to see as many athletes as we can – new and existing – so that we can start our preparations for the track season.

Gordon Crowe

January Round Up

January is often considered a month of doom and gloom in many circles yet in the world of Athletics, our season really starts to wind up.  With a New Year comes new Fell and Indoor Season’s along with the build-up of the Cross-Country calendar and it’s safe to say that our Island Athletes have really kicked 2020 off with a bang!

In his first year as an Under 17 (and his first ever competitive 400m), Ben Sinclair left spectators gob smacked with an eye wateringly fast 50.64 to cruise past his competition and claim the Scottish Indoor Title and obliterate the existing IOM Under 17 record in the process. Very excited as we look forward to Ben’s progression in to the 2020 Season.

January also seen record numbers of competitors at IOM Cross Country Champs in what was the first season to see over 200 competitors at each event. Senior titles went to Alan Corlett and Carly Craig with some fine competition in the lower ages, the ongoing inch by inch battle between Corrin Leeming and Ieuan Owen is one contest that I will be sure to keep an eye one with often a matter of seconds splitting the duo.

Our strength and increasing competition on island appear to be paying dividends as we continue to punch above our weight on the other side of the water. Manx Harriers Ladies secured their 7th successive Lancs Cross-Country Title with a number of impressive runs whilst the Manx Fell Runners also made a rare outing away from the Moors, backed up with a team victory in the Island Champs, could this be the emergence of a new force in the world of “running up and around challenging muddy places fast?”

Talking of “running up and around challenging muddy places fast” London based Manxie, Sarah Astin, has been rewarded for a string of excellent National Cross-Country performances with her second England representation Vest at this weekend’s Belgium Cross Cup, we will keep you posted on how the pocket rocket goes!

And finally, in this supposedly dull month, we tip our (Fireman’s) hat to Rachael Franklin and Ollie Lockley who both smashed their own Fireman’s Run records to open their accounts for 2020. Having been in that race and getting lapped by both Rachael and Ollie and I can confirm that yes, they were both moving really, really fast!

If you want to take them on, then February’s Fireman’s is this Thursday at 7pm with sign on from 6:15. Plus there is complimentary, delicious cake and tea afterwards.

n.b. I have no idea if Rach and Ollie are actually running this week but give it a try anyway.

This is merely a monthly highlight reel of events with lots going unsaid (for now) but credit must go to each and every organiser, volunteer, time keeper and tea maker that allows these events to go ahead, without you our sport simply would not exist, so THANK YOU. If you would like to volunteer some time or want to give back in to our awesome community then drop me an email: athleticsdevelopmentiom@gmail.com No prerequisite skills required, just a willing attitude and smile is all we ask for!

Mikey Haslett
Athletics Development Officer

Isle of Man Cross Country League – Final League Tables

Here are the provisional final league tables for the Isle of Man Cross Country League sponsored by Law Trust.

All those competitors highlighted in green will receive a league finisher’s award. Those highlighted in gold, silver or bronze have finished first, second or third in their age category, and will receive a trophy as well as a league finisher’s award.

To receive a finisher’s award you must have completed at least three races in the same category during the season.

If you are one of those who will receive a prize, please check that your name is correctly spelled (or spelt!) on these tables. Unless I hear from you otherwise, the name that appears on the league table is the name that will be engraved on your award/s.

Please contact me if you have any queries, either via Facebook/Messenger, email griffmuss@manx.net or text 485855. The trophy order will be going in within the next two weeks, and once it has gone in no changes can be made.

A reminder that the date for the Presentation evening will take place on Saturday 21 March at the Claremont Hotel in Douglas, when medals for the Championships will also be presented.

David Griffiths
28 January 2020

UKA Level 1 Endurance Official Course

A UKA Level 1 Endurance Official Course is being held on Saturday 29 February 2020 at the Manx Harriers Clubhouse.

The course is the first level for organisers or volunteers looking to be qualified at organising races in Cross Country, on the Road etc. It covers Risk Assessment, Health and Safety as well as basic points needed when organising a race so ensuring you have adequate officials, how to care for the athletes entering etc. It is the first level required to become a fully fledged race referee/director.

For further details contact Andy Fox on 495830 or andycfox@outlook.com

Cost – £30
Venue – Manx Harriers Clubhouse
Time – 10am to 4pm

To enrol on the course and pay UKA the fee please use the links below (you will need to enrol on both) –

https://www.athleticshub.co.uk/login?s_id=9f896ca34f06faa95ba40e3f6d8f61a2

https://www.athleticshub.co.uk/login?s_id=6509e00abd69fc79a03aa021427171f1

Isle of Man Cross Country League – Round 4 & Isle of Man Cross Country Championships – Results & Report

The 2020 Isle of Man Cross Country Championships, sponsored by Law Trust, took place on a beautifully sunny afternoon at QE2 School in Peel on Sunday 19 January. The Western AC hosted event also formed the fourth and final round of the Isle of Man Cross Country League and attracted a record turnout for the Championships of 230.

The latest senior athletes to add their names to the prestigious list of island cross country champions were Alan Corlett and Carly Craig, both of Manx Harriers. Corlett’s fifth title in the past six years saw him draw level in second place on the all-time list of men’s champions with Andy Fox and Kevin Loundes, with only former Commonwealth Games Marathon runner Dave Newton ahead of him with seven. For 2001 Island Games 5,000 metres medallist Carly Craig it was a first women’s cross country title.

A real feature of the day, and indeed of the season, was the number of families taking part in the various age groups, proving that cross country is a welcoming and encouraging sport for runners of all abilities.

Alan Corlett once again proved himself a worthy champion, settling into a relaxed rhythm from the start and gradually extending his lead throughout six circuits of the undulating farmland close to the school which was dry underfoot everywhere. Currently in high-mileage training as he prepares for his Marathon debut in London this spring, Corlett had warmed up for the race by running ten miles into Peel.

In second place less than a minute in arrears was Orran Smith who is such a wonderfully consistent performer on all types of terrain. There was a race-long battle for third place between Dave Bignell and Mark Burman, with Western AC man Bignell pulling clear on the final circuit. Christian Varley and Mike Garrett rounded out the top six and Luke Phair was the leading junior.

There was an exciting battle for team honours, with Manx Fell Runners taking the honours by just five points from Manx Harriers, with an aggregate score from their six scoring runners of 49 points to 54.

The battle for the women’s title over four laps was won by Carly Craig, better known as a long-distance road runner but who has made an effective transition to cross country in recent years. On the first three laps the race was led by 2009 champion Gail Griffiths, making her first appearance over the full distance course this season after illness last year. On the final lap Craig came through strongly to bag her maiden cross country title.

In third place was the leading junior Phoebe Coates, who had to work hard to fend off a strong challenge from Sian Coleman, and she was followed by junior Laura Dickinson and Alison King. The team title went to Manx Harriers.

Some of the racing in the younger age groups was breathtaking, not least the five-lap U17 men’s race in which QE2 School students Ieuan Owen and Corrin Leeming ran toe to toe for virtually the whole race before the former opened up a five-second winning margin in the final run to the line.

The feature of the U15 girls’ category has been the battle between Ella Crowe and Macy Hillier, who have been swapping places all through the season. This time it was Northern AC athlete Ella who came from behind to take victory by 11 seconds, successfully defending her title. Both girls have won two races each during the league season.

Ryan Corrin (Manx Harriers) looked in fine form as he took the U15 boys’ title in some style, with Gethin Owen resisting a determined effort from Western AC clubmate Corbyn Schade for the silver medal.

Just four seconds separated the three medallists in the U13 boys’ race with Cian Howard winning back-to-back titles. Sam Perry and Lucas Stennett were the other medallists, and the silver medal winning Northern AC team at the Lancashire championships filled the first four places.

The U13 girls champion Lola Bass (Northern AC) was one of four athletes to complete a clean sweep of four league victories for the season, and she ran as well as ever. There was an exciting contest for the silver medal with Florence Griffin edging out Penny Webster by three seconds.

The two youngest age groups raced on the school field, with the under-nines completing one lap and the U11s two. All four races produced some memorable competition.

Harry Stennett (Northern AC) timed his effort well to take victory in the U11 boys’ race over Freddie Crowe by two seconds with Liam Blake in third a further three seconds behind. It was equally tight in the U11 girl’s race, where victory went to Summer Craig (Manx Harriers), whose mum Carly later won the senior women’s title. Holly Salter and Abi Clayton finished close behind to claim the other medals.

Timothy Perry (Northern AC) has been the dominant figure in the under-nine boys’ category this season and he won the title by three seconds from Henry Allen who was one second ahead of Rory Condon in third. A very exciting girls’ race was won by just one second by Issy Kennaugh (Northern AC) from Poppy Clayton, and Sophie Kaighin narrowly claimed third place from Tara Nelson.

The non-championship short course races formed round four of the league and these were won by Dave Cain and Mairi Harrison.

Here are the full results.

  • Many thanks go to Western AC, QE2 School, the landowner and all the officials involved with putting on another top-class afternoon of competition.
  • Video footage of all the races has been posted on the manxathletics.com Facebook page.
  • The Prize Presentation for both the League and Championships will take place at the Claremont Hotel, Douglas on Saturday 21 March.  Further details will be announced nearer the time.

David Griffiths
21 January 2020