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.
Isle of Man Athletics is pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Riley as Athletics Development Officer. Hannah’s vast experience in athletics has been gained through two decades of competing for the Isle of Man at international level. Hannah’s athletics resume includes 21 Island Games medals, including 8 gold, numerous Manx records and more recently GB recognition. Hannah’s background in teaching, and athletics made her the ideal candidate.
Commenting on the appointment Isle of Man Athletics Chairman Anthony Brand said; “We are delighted that Hannah is joining us. Five years ago we identified the need for a full time development officer to help grow athletics on the Island across all capabilities and circumstances and take it to the next level. It has been a long and difficult journey to find the funding and the right person for this role. We are extremely grateful for the support The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation, Isle of Man Sport and the athletics clubs are providing.”
John Nugent from The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation said: “We are delighted to be able to support Isle of Man Athletics over the next 3 years in developing and expanding athletics across the island. One of the objectives of the Foundation is to encourage young people to get involved in sport, who may not normally have the opportunity. Isle of Man Athletics have shown us a clear plan to develop this in the future.”
The Spirit of Zurich Award is presented by our sponsors Zurich, who select an athlete, official or volunteer who has proven to be an inspiration to others, over come adversity and performed consistently well at the highest level.
The award for 2018 went to the Manx queen of race walking Erika Kelly. Erika is a fantastic ambassador for the sport who has competed and won numerous races in the UK and this year represented the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The David Teece Trophy of Excellence is given by the late David Teece’s family to an athlete who has shown extraordinary commitment, improvement and desire to succeed within the sport of athletics.
The award for 2018 went to worthy winner Rachael Franklin, who this year has won many top races in the UK, broken Manx records and made the final of the 1500m at the British Championships. Rachael wasn’t there to receive her award so it was presented to her proud dad and stalwart official Alan.