Ellan Vannin Pre Entry

Pre Entry is now open for the Ellan Vannin race on Sunday 26th March.  The race will be run in the same direction as last time (2015) - i.e. ascending Slieau Dhoo first and returning via Slieau Curn as per the route description at http://manxfellrunners.org/ellan-vannin

Note that there is no early start for this race and all runners will start together at 10am. Additionally, there will be a cut off time of 3hrs 30mins (1:30pm) at Brandywell safety control (Grid Ref 343866) - runners who do not reach this checkpoint by this time will be timed out and asked to remove their number and return via the quickest route back to the finish.

The decision to abolish the early start option (for all races, except the Manx Mountain Marathon) was taken to bring our races in line with UK FRA races and their safety guidelines, and in the interests of the marshals and timekeepers.

ENTRY ON THE DAY ONLY NOW (ONLINE REGSITRATION CLOSED)

Glen Mona 2017 - Pre Entry

Pre entry for the Glen Mona race is now open at www.manxfellrunners.org/glenmona2017registration

Course details can be found at http://manxfellrunners.org/glen-mona-2015. Course will be the same as last time the course was used in 2015 - i.e. including the North Barrule climb!

Minimum age for this AM race is 18. Food will be provided after the race in the Glen Mona pub who have also allowed the use of the car park opposite the pub. 

Ard Whallan Results

Congratulations to the 92 runners who completed the league opener on Saturday. Lloyd Taggart and Alice Forster recorded good wins to kick off their seasons. A full report will be published in Thursday's Manx Independent.

Thanks to all the helpers, cake and soup makers who ensured we were all safe and well fed! Thanks also to DEFA and Danny Creer for land access, and to Wayne and team at Ard Whallan for supporting us with the use of their venue.

Results are now published to the results page (http://manxfellrunners.org/s/Ard-Whallan.pdf)

Next up is Glen Mona on Saturday February 25th. Marshals are still required so please let us know via the form if you are able to assist - http://manxfellrunners.org/marshals/

Ard Whallan 2017

Checkpoint 1 - Colden Summit

Checkpoint 1 - Colden Summit

The 2017 league action kicks on Saturday 28th January with the 12km (7.5m) Ard Whallan race.

There will be an early start at 1pm for those runners expecting to take over 2hrs to complete the course. The main start will be at 1:30pm. Registration will open from 12:30 at the Ard Whallan Outdoor Pursuits Centre in West Baldwin. Please park sensibly and car share where possible. Entry fee is £5.

Full safety kit is mandatory and will be randomly inspected at registration AND the finish. Full safety kit consists of full waterproof body cover (with taped seams), hat, gloves, map, compass and whistle. Conditions in early season races can be harsh so please ensure you are suitably equipped according to the weather. Route info and a downloadable map can be found at http://manxfellrunners.org/ardwhallin. Please print a copy of the map to carry with you (waterproofed using a plastic covering or in a re-sealable food bag).

Online registration is now closed but you can still enter on the day.

Overnight accommodation is also available and we are planning a bit of a shindig in the evening for those interested but this should be pre-booked so we know how many to expect - see http://www.manxfellrunners.org/ard-whallan-mini-break for more details.

St Johns Fell Race 2017

The traditional curtain raiser to the season kicks off on New Years Day with the St Johns Fell Race. Online entry is now closed but you can still enter on the day.

In a change for 2017, the race will not form part of the MFR league so please don't hold back on the fancy dress! Anyone aged 12 or over can have a go at this tough but fun 5km course.

Registration will be from 12:15 in the St Johns FC clubhouse with the race commencing at 1:30pm.

Refreshments (tea, coffee and soup) will be served in the clubhouse after the race and the bar will be open!

Club membership forms will be available for new and renewing members and a copy of the marshal chart for any volunteers.

Aston International WHL League Standings

164 runners completed at least one race in the series

164 runners completed at least one race in the series

A great end to the WHL for 2016 with nearly 60 runners completing the 3 race series. Some fantastic performances from some of the junior runners with James Strickett (Yr11) of Northern AC claiming the top spot and a very commendable 5th overall. Joshua O'Neill (Yr8) put in some outstanding performances, especially considering his age, to finish 12th overall. Kate Cashin (Northern AC, Yr9) was clear pick of the girls finishing 21st overall and outright second of the female runners.

Some new faces made very promising debuts too, none more so than Western AC's Orran Smith who just edged out veteran Ian Gale over the series to take 2nd place to league winner Ben Corkill who comfortably took outright victory by nearly 5 minutes on cumulative time. Andy Corrie progressed through the series 

The final league table can be viewed here

Race results from today will follow when available. Thanks to all involved over the series which proved to be the most popular so far. 

Next up is the season curtain raiser at St Johns - 1:30pm on New Years Day. Note that this race will not form part of the MFR league so no excuses not to go a bit crazier with the fancy dress and indulge in a few more drinks on New Years Eve!

Aston International Winter Hill League Round 3

The third and final round of the Aston International sponsored Winter Hill League will be held on Saturday 3rd December at Eary Beg plantation, Glen Helen. Start time will be 1.30pm with registration from 12.30pm at the Glen Helen car park.

There will be no online pre entry for this race - new runners should just turn up and complete the form on the day.

Runners are reminded to bring the race numbers they were issued with at either of the previous two rounds. The presentation of awards will be held at the Tynwald Inn, St Johns after the race. Chip baps will be available for all competitors.


Hopefully we will end the league with another bumper entry. So far there have been over 140 individual runners taking part. Dixie has promised a challenging course!

(Richie Stevenson)

Aston International WHL 2 (Cringle) - Results

Big thank you to Alan Brew and Svetlin Krastev for escorting the injured Harry to the finish line. (Photo credit: murray lambden/vincent campbell)

Big thank you to Alan Brew and Svetlin Krastev for escorting the injured Harry to the finish line. (Photo credit: murray lambden/vincent campbell)

An excellent turnout of 105 runners tackled the revised course through Cringle plantation with Lloyd Taggart claiming a narrow victory over Ben Corkill by just 2 seconds. 

Keri Parry took the honours in the ladies category and there were several notable performances amongst the junior categories, headed by Alex Bell and Rhys Owen who both recorded top 10 finishes.

Results in full can be viewed here - RESULTS

Many thanks to all the helpers, timekeepers, Tom Cringle for designing the revised course, DEFA and sponsors Aston International. An extra word of thanks also to Alan Brew and Svetlin Krastev for sacrificing their own races to come to the aid of junior runner Harry Read and escorting him to the finish line. We wish him a speedy recovery.

The next and final round will be held at Glen Helen on Saturday December 3rd, 1.30pm. This will be followed by the presentation at the Tynwald Inn (including chip baps).

CURRENT LEAGUE STANDINGS

Winter Hill League Round 2 - Cringle

The second round of the Aston International sponsored Winter Hill Running League takes place on Saturday 12th November at the Cringle Plantation with a start time of 1.30pm. Registration, which is from 12.30pm, will be at the new start and finish area which will be close to the main Cringle Reservoir Car Park on Corlea Road.
Race distance will be approximately 4km on a slightly revised route from previous years. Minimum age is 12 years on race day.

All runners who competed in the opening round at Slieau Whallian are reminded they will be using the same race numbers at Cringle - online pre entry is not required. Runners who did NOT compete in the opening round can use the online pre entry HERE - this is just to save time filling forms - you can still register on the day.

Please park with great care. There are spaces for parking at the main car park, the plantation entrance near to the old start and finish area plus spaces at the over flow park a short distance further along the Corlea Road. Car sharing is strongly advised.
Please be aware that the main Foxdale Road is closed. At the moment the Corlea Road is also closed but is due to reopen in the next couple of days.

Annual General Meeting & Prize Presentation 2016

The MFR 2016 AGM & Prize Presentation will take place at the Embassy Room above the British Hotel on North Quay on Friday 25th November at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start).

If you haven't already let us know your hoodie size please use the form at http://manxfellrunners.org/blog/2016/10/31/2016-league-finisher-hoodies

The club are always looking to recruit new committee members and volunteers so please get in touch if you can offer any assistance, or let us know at the AGM.

Fell Running Taster Session

Any athletes who may fancy a go at the fells but are a bit wary about entering a race are invited to a come and try it session on Saturday 29th October. This session will be open to everyone, inexperienced or not, and will be aimed at explaining what our sport is about in a relaxed and easy manner. Tony and Richie will be leading the session and with around 70 years experience between us we should be able to offer some help! We plan to have an easy trot over a couple of hills and, weather permitting, point out the various summits and race routes we can observe. We will also try and answer any queries on the sport that runners may have.
The plan is to meet at the Brandywell Road near to the junction with the Mountain Road at 9.30am and cover a route over Beinn Y Phott to Carraghan and back. This will take around 1 hour at an easy pace. If the weather forecast is poor we may switch to a lower route so keep a watch on Facebook next Friday 28th. All runners are advised to carry a waterproof top and bottoms. All welcome.

Peter Simpson

It was a shock to hear the sad news that former fell racer Peter Simpson had died peacefully on 29th September at his home in Peel.
Peter was a regular on the fells in the 70`s recording some top results. His proudest moment came in 1978 when he finished top local and third overall in the Manx Mountain Marathon.  A no nonsense runner, Peter was extremely popular and respected by all his rivals. On a personal level I worked with Peter for a number of years when he was a Postman. His other passion in life was sea angling and I and several other Postmen enjoyed many trips out in his boat from Ramsey and then Peel for a days fishing.
Our thoughts are with his family and partner and best friend Cath.

Richie Stevenson

2016 League Standings

Which colour will it be?

Which colour will it be?

Updated League Table:

Note that because of the cancellation of the Mountain Race and abandonment of the Ultra league qualification criteria has been revised to any 5 races and having helped or marshalled at a race.

You can view the current standings here - CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE

If you do not appear on the league table but think you have completed at least 5 races please let us know via the contact form. Remember that unattached runners do not qualify - you must have already joined either MFR or another affiliated athletics club.

 

Aston International Winter Hill League Round 1

The 2016 Winter Hill League, kindly sponsored by Aston International, kicks off on Saturday 22nd October. The opening round will this year be held over the Slieau Whallian course and is open to all runners 12yrs and above. 

The race starts at 13:30 with registration from 12:30 in the car park opposite the old Farmers Arms. 

Online pre entries are now being accepted with payment accepted on the day. There is no entry fee for junior runners, seniors pay £5.

ONLINE PRE ENTRY