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Isle of Man 10,000m Track Championships – Results

Tom Partington won the Race walk in a big PB of 43 mins 56.9 secs. Adam Cowin in second also produced a great PB 45.19.3 with Dave Walker in third place 56.40.8. In the women’s event Hannah Hunter took the honours in 52.06.4 with Jayne Farquhar and Marie Jackson having a race long duel to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively in 60.51.2 and 60.56.9.

Alan Corlett won the run in a PB of 31.23.4 with Jamie Beaman smashing his best ever to come second in 35.31.7. Newcomer to the sport Louis Morris came a fine third in 36.23.0. In the Women’s event Elissa Morris ran well to finish in 37.55.4, a track PB, while Gail Griffiths and Ciara Hardisty pushed each other all the way with Gail coming out on top for second place in 40.18.9 from Ciara’s 40.28.0.

There were also 5km and 3km races within the 10kms with some fine performances recorded. Full results can be seen in the attached and a full report will appear in this week’s Manx Independent.

30 athletes took part in the event and an impressive 26 track PBs were recorded.

Here are the full results

Thanks go out to all the officials for ensuring the event went ahead on a very cold Monday evening.

Isle of Man 10,000m Track Championships – Walk and Run

Athletes are invited to enter the Isle of Man 10,000m Track Championship – Walk and Run at the NSC track on Monday 1st April.

Entries will be taken on the day of the event from 5pm at the track if the weather is good. The cost of entry is £5 for all ages and events. If the weather is poor entries will be taken in Manx Harriers Clubhouse. Entries will close at 6.30pm.

In order to enter club kit must be worn and also each athlete must have their England Athletics registration card with them to prove they are registered to take part.

The first race off will be the walk at 6pm followed by the run at 7.15pm. Walkers are advised that there is a 75 minute cut off for their event.

Championship medals will be presented for the 10,000m events, these are open events and so age group medals will not be presented. However, if athletes wish to run a 3km, or 5km, then this will be possible and must be stipulated at registration. Please note, no medals or prizes are available for the 3km or 5km your accurate track time will be the reward.

In the 10,000m athletes must be Under 20 age group or older to take part, in the 5,000m Under 17 age group and upwards and in the 3,000m under 15 and upwards to compete.

We look forward to seeing a great entry and some great racing on the night.

For further information please contact Andy Fox.

Inter Counties Cross Country 2019

Ollie Lockley produced the standout performance of the twelve local athletes chosen to represent Lancashire in last Saturday’s Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, a country estate on the outskirts of Loughborough.

In a race that was the selection trial for the Great Britain team for the World Cross Country Championships later this month, Lockley finished in a superb eleventh position, a performance that demonstrated that a British vest is a realistic target for him in the near future.

The senior men’s and women’s races were both held over a distance that was officially given as ten kilometres, though the technology worn on the wrists of the competitors indicated that the distance was some 500 metres further than this. The decision to equalise the senior men’s and women’s distances this year was a controversial one which did not meet with the unanimous approval of the athletes – previously the men have competed over twelve kilometres and the women over eight.

Lockley judged his race superbly over the rolling terrain on an extremely windy day, holding a position around the top 30 in the early stages before moving smoothly through the field as the race progressed. In the final quarter he found himself in a group of three battling for 11th place, but powered away to take the place with plenty to spare. It was a magnificent run, the only local athlete to have ever placed higher in the senior men’s race being Keith Gerrard who memorably won it in 2012.

Alan Corlett, a late addition to the team, also produced his best performance at this event with a 58th place finish. Like his teammate he became progressively stronger and gained countless places in the second half of the race. The two Manxmen were part of the silver medal winning Lancashire team in the six-man team contest and were gold medal winners in the nine-man contest.

David Mullarkey also earned plaudits for his 19th place finish in the Junior Men’s race which was the first event of the day. This was another mature performance from an athlete who has found great consistency this winter and who should do very well on the track this summer.

The nine-strong Lancashire Senior Women’s team included a remarkable five Manx athletes, the biggest local representation ever in a race at these championships. Sarah Astin continued her rehabilitation from injury with a strong run for 28th place, looking noticeably fitter than two weeks earlier in the English National Championships. Middle distance specialist Rachael Franklin found the longer race distance hard going but as ever battled every step of the way to finish in a good 49th place.

Elissa Morris celebrated her 30th birthday with a fine run to finish 123rd and looked to be enjoying the race more than anyone. Gail Griffiths was one of the oldest competitors in the field but proved that she is still competitive against much younger rivals with 175th place, while Karen Shimmin completed the Manx representation with a gritty run to place 184th.

Lorna Spiers, still an under-17, helped the Lancashire team by stepping up an age group, and also in distance, to run in the Junior Women’s race. She placed a highly creditable 63rd in a race that also included the World Championship trial.

Also placing 63rd in the under 13 girls’ race was Macy Hillier who ran impressively and looks to be getting back to her best form in time for the summer season.

Ella Crowe has enjoyed a fine winter season and she continued in the same vein with a 113th place finish in the under 15 girls’ race in her first year in the age group.

Sam Perry was the only member of the local contingent to debut for Lancashire this year, and he proved himself worthy of his county vest with a strong run to place 253rd in a big field in the under 13 boys’ race. He is in his first year in the age group and this experience will greatly help his progress in the sport.

David Griffiths
12 March 2019