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.
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.
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.
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
Subject to final confirmation by IOMAA next week the 3 rounds for the Aston International Winter Hill League will be as follows:-
Race 1 – Slieau Whallian - Saturday, 22 October
Race 2 – Cringle - Saturday, 12 November
Race 3 – Glen Helen - Saturday, 3 December
The Junior Hill Races are to held on Saturday the 8th October 2016, around Bradda Head, Port Erin. All the local Primary Schools hold details and entry forms and in the first instance, please enter via the school. The block entry system makes it much easier to manage the event on the day. If your school is not entering the event, or you miss the deadline set by the school, entries can still be taken on the day - although this will need a consent form to be signed. For those pre-entered, numbers can be collected on the day from 12:30pm.
The races are set off in age order, starting with year 2. The courses get longer and more challenging as age increases. The maximum distances for the event are: Years 2 & 3: 800m Years 4 & 5: 1000m Year 6: 2000m
DOWNLOAD INDIVIDUAL ENTRY FORM
A record entry of 98 runners tackled Wednesday's Killer Mile, held over a new course covering the slopes of Sky Hill. The tough course, designed by Chris Kirk, lived up to it's name but seemed to be very well received by the competitors.
Race victory went to visiting runner and NRFTW competitor Daryl Hibberd of Leeds based Valley Striders AC. Fast improving Jack Okell (Manx Harriers) was runner up just 4 seconds behind with the same margin separating mile specialist and club mate Steven Garrett in 3rd.
It was great to see a good turnout of juniors too - Alex Bell (U18) was the pick finishing in an excellent 7th overall ahead of recent track star Rhys Owen (U16), brother Ieuan (U14) and Corbyn Schade (U12). Aiden Myers of Northern AC was quickest under 10.
Thanks to all the timekeepers, marshalls and landowners, particularly Silly Moos who allowed the use of their field for parking. Congratulations to Chris Kirk and his team for designing and maintaining the course.
Results can be viewed here
After a couple of years at Douglas Head the location for the 2016 Killer Mile moves north to Sky Hill, Lezayre.
This new course covers a tough but runnable route on mixed terrain with a height gain of 180m (600ft). The route will be fully marked and open to all runners aged 9 and above.
Parking is available in the field below Lezayre Church opposite Silly Moos Campsite - please do not park on the road. Many thanks to Silly Moos for their support.
Online pre entry is now closed but a limited number of entries will be available on the day. Note that this race is in a time trial format with runners setting of at 30 seconds intervals.
START LIST HERE
Please arrive and sign on before 18:45 to allow the registration team to commence timekeeping and marshalling duties.
Results are online now on the results page and here.
Several photographers were out on the course - check out our Facebook page for those - https://www.facebook.com/groups/781726715247798/
Thanks as always to the many helpers, marshalls and organisers.
The next race hosted by MFR is the Killer Mile - held on Weds 17th August. Full details will be published in due course.
Round 8 of the Callin Wild Manx Fell Running League takes place on Sunday 10th July. The challenging Narradale race is held over a 20km route that includes 1080m of ascent. Start and finish is at the Sulby Claddaghs. Full safety gear is mandatory for all competitors and the minimum age is 18 years on race day.
There will be an early start at 9.00am for those who expect to finish at the back of the field. This is not an option and will be strictly monitored. Registration for the early start will be from 8.15am.
The late start goes at 10.00am with registration from 9.15am.
Congratulations to everyone who completed the tough Snaefell race on Wednesday evening. Good conditions underfoot but a strong south westerly wind was a bit of a niggle and the mist was up and down all evening reducing visibility in places. It was certainly a tad breezy on the summit of Clagh Ouyr! I am pretty sure we had a record entry which was pleasing and there seemed to be a good number of new runners. Big thanks to league sponsor Callin Wild and race sponsor Sean Craig. Also thanks to all our excellent helpers for a great job and to landowners for access. Finally thanks to Nigel for the use of the MER Station waiting room for registration (Richie Stevenson)
Rob Quine was also out with the camera - see our Facebook page for his pics.
Round 7 of the Callin Wild Manx Fell Running League takes place this Wednesday (22nd June) at 7pm. The Sean Craig sponsored Snaefell Race is a 8km/5 mile AS category race starting and finishing at the Bungalow.
Registration is from 6pm and all runners will set off at 7pm - there is no early start.
All runners must turn up with full safety gear (full waterproof body cover, hat, gloves, compass, whistle, map) and a decision on what to carry will be made on the day based on weather conditions.
Minimum age for this race is 16.
A full route description and map are available at http://manxfellrunners.org/snaefell. Note that there will not be a punch at the first unmanned control at Cronk y Vaare - just touch the cairn. The first punch is at Snaefell Mines followed by Clagh Ouyr summit and Snaefell summit.
This race includes a road crossing at Black Hut - please be patient and only cross on instruction from a marshal.
ONLINE PRE ENTRY HERE
On Sunday 26th June the NSC will host the Sanlam Go Dad Run in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. There will be a 5km and 10km run and we've been asked if anyone can spare some time on the day, if not running, to help out - giving out medals, marshalling and general support. Anyone who can help out will get a free t shirt and refreshments.
More info at http://www.godadrun.co.uk/find-your-event/isle-of-man.html
If you are able to help out either let Alistair know via email (alastair [at] thefixevents.com) or use our contact form and we'll contact him on your behalf.
Well done to everyone who competed in Wednesdays Carraghan race held in magnificent conditions. It was a tad drafty on the top but apart from that spot on. A record equaling entry of 70 started and finished this extremely tough little monster of a course. Great stuff. Many thanks to debut Race Controller Chris Kirk and his excellent helpers for a great job. Thanks also to Manx Utilities and Graham Watson and DEFA for access. (Richie Stevenson)
Murray was out on course taking some great shots - see http://isleofman.in/carraghan2016.
The next counter in this years Callin Wild Fell Running League will take place on Wednesday May 11th . The Carraghan Race is the shortest in the Manx Championship being just 4km in distance but is undoubtedly one of the toughest with 300m of ascent on the out and back course.
Start time is 7.00pm from the plantation track to the north of the Injebreck Reservoir. There is no early start. Registration will be from 6.00pm at the Colden Car Park. Minimum age is 14 years on day of race.
Competitors are asked to avoid parking anywhere near the start/ finish area. Please use the Colden Car Park or alongside the reservoir. Car sharing would be advisable if possible.
There is every possibility that there will be a number of sheep and lambs in the field by the start so no dogs please.
As this is a short race full safety gear may not be compulsory depending on weather conditions. A decision on what gear has to be carried will be made at registration but please make sure you arrive at registration with full safety gear.
If anyone is planning on a recce over the weekend please note there will be road closures in the Injebreck and Baldiwn areas for the car rally on Saturday.
Runners can pre enter here - http://manxfellrunners.org/carraghan-2016-pre-entry
Well done to everyone who took part in Saturday's James Coulson Fell Race. Conditions were fantastic with the countryside looking quite sensational. Many thanks to all our helpers for making sure we had a smooth running race and to DEFA for access. A huge thanks to all the gang at Glen Roy Farm for wonderful hospitality. John Corlett does a brilliant job for us every year and of course allows access through Ballacowin and Glen Roy Farms. This race means an awful lot to those of us who new James and is a fitting memorial to the big fella. (Richie Stevenson)
Results can be viewed here