Many thanks to all those who made yesterday’s very special race happen . The sentiment has been summed up very nicely by a seasoned competitor over that gruelling course - our very own Richie Stevenson…
League standings to date can be viewed at the links below. Note that for 2018 the men and women are separated into different leagues but I have included the combined league to satisfy any curiosity! Points are allocated per race (combined for men and women) as per the league rules (100pts for 1st, 98 for 2nd and so on). If you entered a new category during the season then your league category will be as of January 1st 2018.
I've included runners who have completed 4 races already and need one more race (Axnfell) to qualify. Remember that runners must have completed a long race to qualify.
Common issues with the league include alternatively spelt names (Dave/David, Rich/Richard etc) and runners joining or switching clubs mid-season. I've tried to correct anything I've spotted but please let me know if anything seems amiss. In cases where you may have finished a race with another runner then points will only be equally allocated if the results/timekeepers indicate a dead heat. If you spot any results you think need amending then let me know.....but I'd ask that if it doesn't affect the overall rankings then it'd save me a fair amount of work to keep it as is!
MFR League 2018 - Provisional Mens
The final counter in the Callin Wild Fell Running League takes place on Saturday 15th September with the re-introduction of the eagerly anticipated Axnfell Race.
This race will be dedicated to our late treasurer, Matt McSevney, who would have relished the opportunity to tackle this very long and arduous fell race, last ran 21 years ago and considered by many to be the hardest fell race on the Island. All entry fees will be donated to CruzKids, part of Cruse Bereavement Care IOM, who have provided support to Matt's family (http://www.cruseisleofman.org/)
In recognition of the difficulty of this race and to make it more inclusive for those who may not have had the opportunity to put in the necessary training, we are running a shorter "Short Ax" race in conjunction. This AS category race will start alongside the long race but take a shorter 10km route to the Bungalow and back. Start time will also be 8am from the same location. Minimum age is 16 on the day of the race. Note that this shorter race DOES NOT COUNT toward the Callin Wild Manx Fell Running league.
Online pre-entry is available at the link below along with the route descriptions and maps.
ENTRY ON DAY ONLY NOW
ROUTE INFORMATION HERE
(Thanks to Philip Crowe for the excellent photographs - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1873513762735749&type=3)
Despite the now typical weather for the Killer Mile, there was an excellent turnout of 98 runners on Wednesday evening. Chris Reynolds excels over these short, sharp courses and took the win over NRFTW half marathon series leader Orran Smith with Matt Callister having a great run to take 3rd. Eleanor Miklos finished high up the field to finish top lady, followed by Northern AC's junior, Catherine Perry and NRFTW marathon series leader, Kirsty Arnold.
It was pleasing to see a large number of younger runners tackling the course with Northern AC once again providing a strong contingent of well placed competitors.
Thanks to all the helpers, timekeepers, marshals and to Silly Moos for the use of their land for parking and registration. All entry fees will be donated to the Ramsey Ladies Lifeboat Guild, as nominated by Silly Moos.
Online pre-entry has now closed - a few entries will be available on the day. NRFTW runners have been entered automatically.
Please arrive early - start times will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
WEDNESDAY 25th JULY 2018, 7pm.
2018 sees a new route for the race, taking in the southern section of the fell. This will be a short, but challenging route, akin to the guides races that started our sport. It will involve navigation and there is the potential for a short, technical section through the scree and boulders, with a fast descent to the finish. This is also the last race in the junior series. Due to the cancellation of the junior Snaefell race, only 2 races are needed to qualify for the junior championship.
The route starts at the gate on the Hibernia road. There is a short flagged section from/to the start and finish to take you diagonally back and forth across the field to a kiss gate. This is a compulsory out and back section. From the kissing gate, it is any route to CP1, which is the flag pole at the crash site memorial. Then on to CP2 which is the trig point on North Barrule. From CP2 it is any route back to the kiss gate, before following the flagged section to the finish by the gate.
The route is just over 2 miles, with about 1100 feet of climbing.
Pleas note that parking and signing on for the race will be just down the road from the start on the right (as you come from the coast road). We have permission to use this as a car park and marshals will be on hand to supervise parking. It is a narrow road, so please take care and avoid parking on the verges.
I have also been asked by the farmer to remind people not to climb fences or walls. There is no need to do either on this route. Also, the area is heavily used for sheep farming, so if you choose to bring dogs on a recce, please keep them on leads. No dogs on race day.
RACE INFORMATION & MAP HERE
PRE ENTRY CLOSED - ENTRY ON DAY AVAILABLE
TT may be over but racing returns to the mountain on Wednesday 13th June with the Snaefell Fell Race.
This race will incorporate both a senior and junior race. Those aged 18 and over will compete over the usual 8km (5 mile) course which covers Cronk y Vaare, Snaefell Mines, Clagh Ouyr and Snaefell summit before returning to the start finish area at the Bungalow. SENIOR RACE DETAILS HERE
Under 18's will compete over a new route which starts at the Bungalow and traverses over to Black Hut before heading up and down Snaefell. JUNIOR RACE DETAILS HERE.
Junior runners who haven't yet completed a parental consent form must do so on the day but can still pre enter using the link below and selecting the "Junior" course in the options.
Registration for the junior race from 6pm - 6.20pm. Race Start at 6.30pm
Registration for the senior race from 6pm - 6.50pm. Race Start at 7pm.
KIT REQUIREMENTS - Seniors must bring full kit and a decision on what to carry will be made on the day. Juniors must carry a waterproof jacket and whistle.
Online Entry Closed - Enter on Day
The 6th round of the Callin/Wild Manx Fell Running League takes place on Wednesday 23rd May. Start and finish of the James Coulson Laxey Race will be at Glen Ruy Farm with a 7.00pm start. Registration will be from 6.00pm and the minimum age to compete is 18 years on race day. Full safety gear is mandatory and will be checked at registration.
A good part of the 13km course goes over Glen Ruy and Ballacowin Farms and is therefore on private land. Most of these farm sections will be clearly flagged on race day. Please no recce`s over these sections. The route can be inspected from the unnamed summit checkpoint 2 GR. 394826 through to the final checkpoint (8) on the mountain wall above Ballacowin Farm. Access to this section is easiest from Windy Corner.
To get to Glen Ruy Farm go along the Creg Ny Baa back road past Conrhenny Plantation and take the first on the left past 5 ½ Corner (Begoade Rd). Follow the Glen Ruy road to the farm. There will be a sign at the farm entrance. Please be careful on this road as it is very narrow. (Richie Stevenson)
ENTER ON DAY
An excellent field of 85 runners tackled a misty Carraghan race, all of whom managed to get home, some despite minor route deviations! It was great to see some new faces who braved the less than seasonal conditions nonetheless and record some excellent performances.
Thanks as ever to all the marshals, landowners, timekeepers and helpers for their assistance.
Provisional results HERE
A few reminders for Thursdays Buchanan and Pitts sponsored Carraghan Fell Race, the first short race in this years Callin Wild Manx Fell League. Please do not park near the start and finish area as this will be required for the officials. The Colden car park can be used and also on the road at the side of the reservoir but please park carefully. We would advise as many as possible to car share. Registration is from 6.00pm until 6.45pm at the Colden car park. If you have pre entered you will only have to sign the disclaimer, pay the entry fee of £5 and collect your race number. If you have not pre entered you will have to fill in an entry form. Race starts at 7.00pm. Minimum age 12yo on race day. This race also forms round 2 of the Junior Championship.
At the moment the weather forecast is not too bad but it is not going to be very warm. Please turn up with you full safety gear. A decision as to what has to be carried will be made at registration depending on conditions. The course will be flagged from the start to the top of the plantation which is a compulsory route out and back. Once over the stile runners can take any route to the summit. Any spectators who are planning on taking their dogs to the race please keep them on a lead and within the confines of the plantation. On no account take dogs out on to the open fells as there are many sheep with young lambs in this area. It would be helpful if everyone could recycle old safety pins (Richie Stevenson)
Ian Young from Civil Defence wishes to pass on his thanks to the large MFR contingent who volunteered to pose as casualties during the recent "Operation Sea Lion" at Groudle Glen. The exercise simulated a train derailment and the response from the emergency services - all of it very interesting to observe! Civil Defence have been fantastic supporters of our events, particularly the Manx Mountain Marathon, and it is always pleasing to return the favour when we can.
Anyone requiring transport to Ramsey for the start of the Manx Mountain Marathon please use the form below to book your seat. Spaces are limited so book early but anyone coming in from Douglas, Onchan or Laxey have the option of using the public bus if more convenient. The public bus (service 3) departs Douglas Lord Street at 06:45, Manx Arms (Onchan) at 06:58 and Laxey at 07:10, arriving in Ramsey at 7:30.
There is no transport provided to the start of the half in St Johns, or return transport from the finish.
Bags can be transported from Ramsey and St Johns to the finish. Just ask at registration.
With less than 6 weeks to go now we need to fill the marshal positions for this race. The list of available positions is available to view at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wtOYWfoDq5esmm1BkxiqprwZpi27vjg3csSVgOYu7CQ/edit?usp=sharing
If you can help out on the day please get in touch via the CONTACT FORM or let a committee member know. We'll need your email address and contact phone number(s).
The third counter in the 2018 Callin Wild Manx Fell Running league takes place on Saturday 10th March with the inaugural running of the Slooby Dhoo race.
This AS category race is a shortened version of the Ellan Vannin fell race, taking runners from Ballaugh Plantation, through Glen Dhoo reserve before climbing Slieau Curn. Runners then descend south into the valley before tackling what is probably the most daunting climb in Manx fell running - Slieau Freoaghane! This beast of a slope often requires the use of all four limbs as it climbs to the 488m summit.
From this point though it is largely all down hill as you traverse over to Slieau Dhoo and then drop down into the Ballaugh valley once more before returning to the start/finish area.
Registration is from 12:30 at Ballaugh Plantation car park. Minimum age on race day is 16. Any runners under 18 must complete a parental consent form and bring it to the race.
Please car share where possible as parking is limited.
Everyone welcome for a post race refreshment in the Raven afterwards.
Marshals are still required for this race - please get in touch if you are available to help out.
Entries are now open for this English Championship counter to be held on Saturday July 14th.
Entries are being taken via SiEntries at https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=4343
For more information please check the dedicated website at www.katesrace.co.uk
Less than two weeks now until the second counter in the Callin Wild Manx Fell Running league which sees the action switch to the south of the Island with the 24km Bradda Fell Race. This is the first long race of the season so runners are reminded that a long race is compulsory to qualify for the 2018 league. The other long races are the Manx Mountain Marathon and Axnfell races (https://manxfellrunners.org/fixture-list/)
The course has been revised slightly from the last used course with a new checkpoint being introduced on the south easterly slope of South Barrule. The checkpoint will be located at a stile on the corner of Corlea plantation and is not difficult to locate with it being on the first fence you reach after turning off from the round table in an easterly direction.
Note also that Bradda/Milners Tower is NOT a checkpoint and does not need to be visited/touched on the outbound OR return.
Full safety kit, including emergency food is required for this race.
Race starts at 10am, registration from 9am at Bradda Cafe Car Park.