Full Factory Winnerswear sponsor Athletics Team for Gotland

Isle of Man Athletics Association are delighted to announce that Martin Bullocks’ Full Factory Winnerswear will again be sponsoring the athletics team for the Island Games in Gotland this coming June 2017 with an extensive range of Full Factory clothing.

A presentation of the team to wish them all the best for the games will take place during the week they will leave. Further details will be released nearer the date.

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

The New Isle of Man Athletics Association

Following the recent EGM the Isle of Man Athletics Association is pleased to announce a number of significant and positive changes to its structure and personnel.

It was agreed that four sub-committees were formed to look after various strands of the sport namely Finance, Competition, Development and High Performance and this would allow for a streamlined executive committee of Chair, Vice Chair, 4 sub-committee chairs and 5 club representatives.  It was felt that this structure would provide excellent governance whilst not being over burdensome on the individuals taking on the various roles.

The Executive IOMAA will be headed by Simon Sinclair agreed to act as interim Chair for a 3-month period until 30th April 2017. At that point, a new Chairperson will need to be appointed. Glen Hamilton is the new Vice Chair and Charlotte Christian remains Secretary.

The Finance Committee will be Chaired by the new Treasurer, Robbie Watterson, and he is joined by Committee members Ian Pilley, Sharon Hyatt, Jamie Blair, Patrick Margrave and Elissa Wood. Their remit will be to look after the accounts and raise money through sponsorship and fund raising.

Richard Sille has taken on the role of Head of Performance and he Chairs the High Performance Committee whose members include Alan Callow and Delia Fairclough, the current Commonwealth Games representatives.  They will be tasked with developing the pathway for our athletes to perform at the highest levels.  A coordinator is still required to organise the strength and conditioning training.

The Development Committee will be Chaired by the Athletics Development Officer.  This paid role will shortly be advertised.  This Committee includes the current YDL Manager Niamh Goddard and Bridget Kaneen who is looking after our officials and coaches.

The Competition Committee is divided into 5 further sub-committees covering Track & Field, Cross Country, Road Running, Fell Running and Walking. Janelle Quayle is the new Communications coordinator.  The Track and Field committee will look after the Island Championships and Open Meetings along with the YDL, Northern League and Island Games.  A number of people came forward to help out with this Committee however the position of Chair remains vacant.  The Cross Country Committee will look after the organisation of the Cross Country League and Championships and will be headed by Andy Fox.  Road Running will be looked after by Terry Bates,  Fell Running by Manx Fell Runners and Walking by Manx Harriers.  The Competition Committee still requires a Chairperson, a kit coordinator and a medal coordinator.

A number of positions are separate to this structure.  These are the Statisticians, Web Master and a newly required Welfare Officer.

As can be seen additional volunteers are required to help out with the committees, roles and tasks.  If you are interested lending a hand then please contact any of the committee members.  If you provided your details at the EGM then we will be in contact shortly.

Microgaming Cross Country League 2016/17 Presentation

The Microgaming Cross Country League presentation takes place on Friday 17 March 2017 at the Claremont Hotel in Douglas. The event is free and a finger buffet will be provided.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start to the presentations for under 9, under 11 and under 13 awards. This section of the evening will end at 8.30pm or earlier. The older age groups under 15, under 17, under 20, senior and veteran categories will be presented from approx 8.30pm. The presentations should finish around 10pm.

We hope that you can make it to the event. If you cannot, do check with others in your club or who you know are attending and ask them to collect your trophy. There will be trophies from last year on display to be collected if possible.

To see if you have won here is list.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 17 March.

Andy Fox

There will be a raffle held at the Cross Country Presentation, all funds raised will go directly to supporting those athletes who are selected to go to Gotland. If you are unable to make the presentation, and would like some tickets, please send an email to treasurer@iomaa.info and tickets will be arranged for you.

The Island Games are one of the few International events that our athletes can attend and complete in, any funding raised is hugely appreciated by the athletes hoping to compete this June