Go Dad Run!

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.

Carraghan Results 2016

Bulgarian Svetlin Krastev displays his gymnastic abilities in negotiating the plantation fence! (Photo by Murray Lambden)

Bulgarian Svetlin Krastev displays his gymnastic abilities in negotiating the plantation fence! (Photo by Murray Lambden)

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.

Results Here

Carraghan Fell Race 2016

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

James Coulson Laxey Results 2016

eventtual winner Ben corkill (23) leads them off in the start of the 2016 james coulson laxey fell race

eventtual winner Ben corkill (23) leads them off in the start of the 2016 james coulson laxey fell race

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



James Coulson Laxey Fell Race

The next event in the Callin/Wild sponsored Manx Fell Running League will be the James Coulson Laxey race on Saturday April 30th. Start and finish will be at Glen Roy Farm.
Start time will be 1.00pm for the early start (registration from 12.15pm) The late start will be 1.30pm (registration from 12.45pm)
A reminder that the early start is for those expecting to finish near the back of the race. It is not an option. All early starters are requested to pre enter so that a check can be made to make sure they qualify.


Full safety gear is mandatory and random checks will be made.
Minimum age is 18 years on race day.
A good percentage of the route is over private land on Glen Roy and Ballacowin Farms. Access to these sections is only available on race day when they will be clearly flagged.
A large portion of the course from safety control (2) above the Creg Ny Baa to safety control (8) at the wall above Ballacowin Farm is on open fell land and so can be recced. Obviously with the Snaefell Mountain Road being closed until 24th April it will need a bit of planning. You could gain access from Creg Ny Baa, Brandywell Road or Tholt Y Will Road when the road is closed.

Relay event in Lakes open to all MFR members, plus other off-Island races

Sunday 2nd Oct 2016 - Hodgson Brothers relays ( this event is on a Sunday, it is 8 days after the Ultra, and travel back to the Island may be on Monday)

MFR have agreed to pay the entry fees, and subsidise travel and accommodation costs to enter an 8 person team for this prestigious event starting at Patterdale, in the Lakes . The intention would be to hire a camping barn or camp at Sykeside campsite near the event start.

It consists of 4 legs, each comprising a good AM fell race mostly unmarked, roughly similar in distance to the navigation leg of the British relays (except the routes remain the same and are known in advance).

It is open to all runners regardless of ability, who will be paired with another runner of a similar ability. Although a popular event, runners should not rely on following other competitiors and be confident of navigating in low visibilty, and/or willing to recce their leg in advance.

There is a video giving a flavour of the event here, the mass start of the first leg shows how many teams enter this event.

Please contact one of the MFR Committee at Laxey or Carraghan race to express an interest, a decision will be taken in June about entering a team, and a deposit will be payable.

Saturday May 7th Up the Nab. English Championship event, entries need to be submitted asap.

Saturday 4th June - Welsh 1000s. Not for the faint hearted! Four routes to choose from. Further details here: http://www.welsh1000m.org/

Saturday 9th July - Sedburgh Sports. British and English Championship event, entries should be submitted asap.

Saturday 6th August Borrowdale Fell race. This is an English Championship event this year, therefore entries should be submitted asap after 1/6/16.

Further details of all the English events above here. http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/races.php

Please note MFR will pay any member participating in an English or British Championship event £20 towards travel costs. Please contact a Committee member for details.



Bradda Results

Well done to all the competitors in the 2016 Bradda Fell Race. The revised route of last years English Championship course proved equally testing. Conditions were just about perfect apart from it being a bit sloppy underfoot. Fifty two runners signed on which was a bit down on previous races but considering the number of runners injured, ill or competing off island not bad at all. Many thanks to all the helpers for ensuring everything went to plan and to all landowners for access. (Richie Stevenson)

Results are now available on the results page

Bradda - Updated Route Description.



Start is on the grassed area above Bradda Glen.

To Milners Tower. Touch Tower.

Proceed on Coastal Path and descend to Fleshwick Beach. 

Cross the stream next to the beach to access the ascent paths to Unmanned Control(1) Lhiattee ny Beinnee summit cairn GR212727.

Staying on Coastal Path descend to the Sloc GR 216734. Manned Safety Control (2) Drinks and first aid.

 Proceed to Unmanned Control (3) Fishermans Stone GR223746 (40m West of Cronk Ny Arrey Laa summit cairn)

 Descend to Eary Cushlin House Unmanned Control (4) GR 224757 and then on to Eary Cushlin Car ParkGR225763. The green lane South of the Car Park is OUT OF BOUNDS.

 Left down green lane for about 300m, then just before the gate go through the gap in the hedge into Kerroodhoo plantation.

Descend steeply through the plantation **follow the flags not the mountain bike track!**, exit the plantation at the bottom, left on the path to Creggan Moar, left again at the road T junction (beware of occasional vehicles) and immediately left again on a footpath over the river.

Manned Safety Control (5) is at the bottom of “the Slabs”. Straight ahead up “the Slabs” green lane back to Eary Cushlin Car Park. The green lane to the south of the car park is OUT OF BOUNDS .

Right to Eary Cushlin House Unmanned Control(6)

Take any route to Unmanned Control(7) Fishermans Stone, then re-trace the outward leg via the Sloc Manned Safety Control (8) Drinks/First Aid.

Lhiattee ny Beinee Unmanned Control (9), Fleshwick, and Bradda summit path until GR188706.  Follow the footpath to Bradda Lower Cairn GR 189703 Unmanned Control(10) descend to the Start/Finish area above Bradda Glen.

Baldwin Valleys Results

Well done to all the runners in Saturday's Baldwin Valleys Fell Race. A very good field of 80 took part in the 3rd counter in this years Callin/Wild Manx Fell League which is a record entry. We managed to miss the rain but it was very,very wet underfoot. Many thanks to all our helpers for a great job. Thanks to Dixie, Rebecca and all the young ones for their fantastic hospitality and assistance and to all landowners for access.A big thanks also for all the lovely cakes. A special thanks to two guys. Jim Caley from Booiulshuggel Farm did us proud providing loads of parking space and assisting with gate closing etc during the race. He seemed to pop up everywhere! Thanks also to Ian Callister for placing the punches, a job he does for most of our races. [Richie Stevenson]

Results are now available here

Baldwin Valleys 2016

The third round of the 2016 Callin/Wild Manx Fell Running League takes place on Saturday 20th February. Start time is 1.00pm for those expecting to take over 2.00 hours and 1.30pm for the late start. Registration will be from 12.15pm for the early start and from 12.45pm for the late start. Start and finish will be at Ballawyllin Beg in East Baldwin. Distance will be 14km with 750m of ascent. Full safety gear is mandatory for all runners and there will be random checks both before and after the race. Minimum age is 18 years on race day.



Limited parking is available at Ballayllin Beg and also at Booilshuggel Farm thanks to Jim Caley. Please park sensibly and if possible car share.

Would all runners please note that all race numbers must be worn on their chest and must be clearly visible at the start, at the safety controls and the finish. It was disappointing that a number of competitors did not display their numbers as requested at the recent Ard Whallan race and in so doing compromised MFR and FRA safety rules. Please give us full cooperation in this matter in future. 

runners will need to punch their cards at Carraghan(1), the Green Lane near Injebreck (2), Brandywell safety control (3), Beinn Y Pott (4), Creg Y Cowin safety control (5), Keppel Gate safety control (6), and the stile at Abbeylands Lane (7). this will give our marshalls more time to record numbers.

Its traditional to share exquisite home baking treats to help with muscle recovery after the Baldwin Race. Give it your best Mary Berry! Tea and coffee will be supplied to wash it all down.

The Club's President, Douglas Drown, has been promised first pick while the runners are out on course.

Long Sleeve Club Shirts

Following numerous requests it may shortly be possible to place an order for a batch of long sleeve club running vests.

These will directly mirror the club vests currently on sale at Up and Running (Isle of Man) with deep yellow body and arms red sides with front club logo and rear three legs of man.

These will only differ in that they will have long sleeves, these will be of the same quality and material from the same manufacturer and will cost £30 (current vest £25).

In order to assess the need and to gain an idea of what sizes would be required please see the post on the club facebook page, like and comment with the size you would require.


If an order is placed these will take 4-6 weeks for delivery and so I would be looking to order asap. There will be only one batch order placed until next autumn unless demand is high.


Ard Whallin 2016 Race Info

The second round of the Callin Wild Manx Fell Running League takes place on Saturday 30 January. The Ardwhallin Race is held over a tough 12km course based at Ardwallin Outdoor Pursuits Centre in West Baldwin. Start time is 1.00pm for those who expect to finish in over 2 hours and 1.30pm for the late start.

Registration will be from 12.15pm until 12.45pm for the early start and 12.45pm until 1.15pm for the late. Minimum age is 18 years on day of race. Full safety gear is mandatory for all competitors.

Parking is restricted at Ardwhallin but there is space at the Colden Plantation car park and at the side of the road at the reservoir. Car sharing would be advisable. Please park sensibly.

Runners please note that there is no manned safety control at the Cronk Breck track. This has been moved to the summit of Slieau Ruy. All race controls must be visited in numerical order. Full route description at
It would be inadvisable for any novice runners to enter if they have not been able to recce the course.

Online Pre Entry Open Here

St Johns Fell Race 2016 - Pre Entry

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

Race details as follows (courtesy of Richie):

The opening round of the 2016 Callin Wild sponsored Manx Fell Running League will be held on New Years Day. The St Johns Fell Race will again be sponsored by long time supporter David Cretney and will start and finish at the St Johns and Peel Cricket Club ground. Registration will be held at the St Johns FC clubhouse from 12.15pm until 1.15pm. Start time will be 1.30pm.

Race distance will be approximately 5km with large sections of the course flagged. Minimum age is 12 years on the day of the race. All competitors are invited to run in fancy dress.
It will not be compulsory for competitors to carry safety gear but the organisers would strongly recommend that everyone carries a waterproof jacket.

There will be no prizes awarded as all entry fees, £5 for seniors and £1 for juniors, will be donated to charity.

The organising committee of Manx Fell Runners would like to acknowledge the assistance given by DEFA in order for the race to access the Slieauwhallian Plantation. Please do not attempt to recce this section as restrictions still apply. This section will be fully flagged on race day.

It is well known that the Island is suffering from a range of tree diseases at the moment and DEFA would be grateful if all competitors and spectators could read the following good practice guidance with regard to biosecurity:-

Practising good biosecurity is one of the key aspects of preventing the spread of tree diseases.

“Pests and disease can spread rapidly and one of the ways that they can arrive in a healthy forest is to be carried there in the mud and forest debris that gets stuck on people’s boots and car or bicycle tyres, or even on dog’s paws and horse’s hooves.

“We’re encouraging people to be aware of the importance of their role in keeping our forests and trees healthy through a Keep it Clean campaign.”

‘Keep It Clean’ asks people to take a few minutes before visiting a woodland to clean dirt and mud off boots, tyres, kit and pets - and to make it a habit to check and clean before every woodland visit.

“Everyone can do their bit to help promote biosecurity and the people who visit and work in woodlands are the best defence trees have.”


Fell Running League 2016

With the New Year and 2016 Manx Fell running league fast approaching runners and potential runners are reminded of the need to abide by the FRA's safety guidelines.
While we do all we can as organisers to keep you safe and put on challenging events, runners must take responsibility for themselves and their actions, to do this please make yourselves familiar with the attached document. 

Id also suggest joining the FRA and reading their quarterly magazine which newcomers especially can learn from.


Organised recces of the more challenging courses will be organised in due course, but there is no substitute for time on your feet in the hills to gain experience and to be comfortable with the potentially ever changing environment.

Full FRA approved safety kit must be carried at all times during all races unless otherwise instructed by the Race Organiser, for this reason always bring full kit to signing on at every race.
It is good practice to carry this kit at all times whether out in the hills alone or in organised recces.


Boxing Day Castle 2 Castle Relay

Sunday 26th December

Informal Castle to Castle Relay followed by beers in Castletown...

For individuals or pairs of runners. Start from Fenella Beach car park whenever you want but aim to finish at the Glue Pot in Castletown at 12:30pm. You can run the whole thing (leg 1 and leg 2) individually or pair up and do leg 1 and then changeover runners for leg 2 at the Round Table... or just run leg 2!

Route - following the Bayr Ny Skeddan (Herring Way) with 2 exceptions:
1) From Peel Castle ascend Peel Hill and take coastal footpath towards Glen Maye
2) Ascend pipeline track to Round Table rather than continuing towards Eairy Cushlin
Leg 1 - approx 6 miles, mostly uphill
Leg 2 - approx 7 miles, mostly downhill (some road sections so wear hi-viz)

Boxing Day C2C.jpg


n.b. this is not a formally organised race and you take part at your own risk... no-one will come looking for you if you get lost!

Further details here https://www.facebook.com/groups/c2crelay/