Ard Whallan 2018

Greeba summit looking over to the next checkpoint at Slieau Ruy

Greeba summit looking over to the next checkpoint at Slieau Ruy

The opening round of the 2018 Callin Wild sponsored Manx Fell Running League will take place on Saturday 27th January. The Ard Whallan race will start and finish at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in West Baldwin where registration will be open from 12.15pm. Race will start at 1.30pm and will be over a 12km route that includes 750m of ascent. Full safety gear is mandatory for all competitors and this will be checked at registration. Minimum age for entry is 18 years on race day.


There is limited car parking at the Centre plus space at the Colden car park and a few spaces on the West Baldwin road but if parking here please do so with care. We would strongly advise car sharing.

Changing facilities, showers and post race refreshments will be available. The race will be our annual cake race with competitors invited to bring along a home baked treat.

The route has changed slightly from last year and will revert to the same course as 2016 - runners must go through the Cronk Breck gate safety control and then over to Greeba summit.


We have the option of booking the hostel again this year for anyone who fancies staying the night. Please get in touch if you are interested as we need a few to make it worth proceeding with. It was a good laugh last year. A few beers are optional! 
We have had a small response to the request for marshals but we still need the following helpers for race day. Names have to be in by 20th January.

  • Valley manned safety control, 1 helper.
  • Cronk Breck Track manned safety control, 1 helper.
  • Slieau Ruy summit manned safety control, 2 helpers.
  • Finish, 1 helper.

There is no compulsory marshalllng stint to qualify for the league in 2018. We are relying on regular runners to volunteer so that we can cover our marshalling obligations. Contact us if you are able to help out.

St John's Fell Race 2018 Results

Runners take shelter from the bracing wind before the start!

Very nearly a record entry today which was excellent given the conditions! Many thanks to all the marshals who stood out in the wind and rain, helpers, timekeepers and of course the runners who all made it a great start to 2018!

Ben Corkill took the victory, closely tracked by the ever improving and training partner Orran Smith. Tom Cringle claimed 3rd ahead of Nick Colburn with top young cyclists Max Walker and Will Corkill proving themselves equally adept on two feet to round off the top 6.

Alice Forster was the first lady (14th overall) ahead of Eleanor Miklos and Elissa Morris. 

The race was also the first round of the inaugural Junior Championships for U13+ categories - separate results for each of the junior categories will be published later.


St John's New Year's Day Fell Race 2018


One of the highlights of the local sporting calendar takes place on New Years Day with the St John's Fell Race, sponsored by David Cretney.

This annual event will take place at 1:30pm at the St John's & Peel Cricket field with registration from 12:15pm inside the St John's FC Clubhouse. Please avoid the playing areas on both grounds.

Online registration is now closed but entries will also we available on the day.

Fancy dress is encouraged but please bear in mind the race is held under FRA rules so nothing too extreme please!

Ample parking is available at the football club, the old railway station car park and the DEFA car park on Foxdale Road. Please park responsibly.

All competitors are strongly advised to carry a waterproof jacket - this will be compulsory if weather conditions are very poor. Headphones of any description are not permitted.

The 5km course is fully marked and is an exciting challenge to start the New Year. The race will also incorporate the opening round of the Junior Fell Running League which will be held over the short races in this year's league. Minimum age is 12. Further details on the remaining junior league races will follow.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Clubhouse and the bar is open. All entry fees will go toward the Ramsey Pier Restoration fund. All other donations accepted.

Get a taste for the event via this video, kindly compiled by Tibor Miklos

2018 League Changes

With the start of the 2018 Callin Wild Manx Fell Running League due to commence fairly soon it is timely to announce a new system for the marshalling of our events. A marshal`s chart has been used in previous years but this has now been discontinued. It was becoming more and more difficult to administer the chart given the increasing number of entrants who were required to fulfil their compulsory marshalling stint.

For 2018 it will not be compulsory to marshal a race in order to count for the league. Well before each race we will announce the number of officials required for the race to take place. It is then up to the runners to volunteer to cover a position or provide a suitable volunteer to take their place. We would only expect runners to help for one race unless they wish to cover more. All MFR races are registered with the FRA and in order to receive their full insurance cover we are required to abide by their race rules. Because of this we must have all marshals positions covered well before race day and so there will have to be a closing date for helpers, probably 7 days before race day.  Once the required number of helpers is announced they will be designated on a first come basis.  Failure to find the required number of helpers could mean the cancellation of the race. 

The Committee of MFR are hoping that everyone will cooperate in order to be able to run all our races to schedule. 

The league format for 2018 will be five races to count of which there must be one short, one medium, one long plus any two others

WHL 2017 - Round 3

Last week`s postponed final round in this year`s Aston International sponsored Winter Hill League will take place this coming Saturday 16th December at Eairy Beg Plantation, Glen Helen. Registration from 12.30pm until 1.15pm at the main car park. Start time will be 1.30pm.

Minimum age for entry is 12 years on race day.

New race numbers will issued at registration. Please do not use numbers from previous rounds.

There is a fair amount of car parking available although we would recommend as many as possible to car share. Please do not park on the main road outside the car park.
The short 4.5km course will be fully marked. We would, however, advise everyone to turn up early to check out some or all of the route.

Awards for the league will be presented at the Tynwald Inn, St John's as soon as possible after the race.

A few helpers are required on the day. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you are available.

(Richie Stevenson)

Night Fun Run - Glen Helen/Eairy Beg


Anyone fancy something a bit different? We will be trying out a night fun run event held on Wednesday 13th December at 7pm around the Glen Helen/Eairy Beg WHL course.  The original plan was for a self timed time trial style event around the WHL course but with the postponement of the race on Saturday and issues with the course marking (flags are being continually removed by some probably well meaning but misguided people!) we will run it as a guided fun run to give runners a flavour of running in the dark. If it proves popular then we may look at introducing a bona fide race.

It'll obviously be dark so you'll need a decent headtorch (ideally with spare batteries or a spare torch) and we recommend runners carry a phone also and dress according to the conditions. It may still be frosty at the summit and there is likely to be lying snow so make sure you have suitable footwear.

Turn up at the Glen Helen car park between 6:30 and 7pm, runners will set off from 7pm. The 2.7 miles course can be completed within 30 - 60 mins.

Aston International WHL Round 3 - Glen Helen/Eairy Beg


The final round in this year`s Aston International sponsored Winter Hill League takes place on Saturday 9th December at Eairy Beg Plantation, Glen Helen. Registration from 12.30pm until 1.15pm at the main car park. Start time will be 1.30pm. Minimum age for entry is 12 years on race day.

If you have competed in any of the previous 2 rounds you do not need to fill out an entry form but you will need to collect a new race number. If this is your first race then you must complete the entry form. Juniors (< 18) are free, £5 for seniors.

There is a fair amount of car parking available although we would recommend as many as possible to car share. Please do not park on the main road outside the car park.

The short 4.5km course will be fully marked. We would,however, advise everyone to turn up early to check out some or all of the route.

Awards for the league will be presented at the Tynwald Inn, St John`s as soon as possible after the race. 

An interim league table can be found HERE


Aston International WHL Round 2

Provisional results from round 2 of the Aston International Winter Hill League, held at Cringle Plantation HERE

Please note these are very much provisional and will be adjusted as per Richie's previous post on Facebook:

Unfortunately there were a number of runners in today`s race at Cringle who unintentionally went off course. The route they followed made it at least a couple of minutes shorter than the scheduled one meaning some finishing positions and times were incorrect. We cannot be sure as to who went off course although we have a good idea. We believe that most competitors are aware of their mistake with some having already informed us. In order to have a correct result we would ask everyone who knowingly went off course to inform us as soon as possible. Unfortunately we will have to penalise these competitors with a time adjustment. The only other options we have in a situation like this is to DQ all those who went off course or to call the race result null and void. MFR prides itself on its friendly and encouraging attitude towards all competitors and so we feel a time penalty will suffice in this instance.

Aston International Winter Hill League Round 2 - Cringle

The second round of the Aston International sponsored Winter Hill League takes place this Saturday 11th November at the Cringle Plantation. Start and finish area will be at the side of the reservoir near the main car park and it is here that registration will take place from 12.30pm until 1.15pm. Please arrive in good time as a big entry is expected. Race starts at 1.30pm. 

The course will differ from last year due to problems with the poor condition of some of the tracks. It will, however, be fully marked. You are advised to arrive early enough to check out at least part of the course. Minimum age for entry is 12 years on race day.

There is limited parking at the main car park and the overflow park further along the Corleaa Road. Please be very careful where you leave your car. You are strongly advised to car share if possible.

To get to the Cringle from the Foxdale Road turn off the A3 at Solomon`s Corner and then head along the Corleaa to Ronague Road. If travelling from the south head up the Colby Glen Road and then A27 Ronague Road and turn right onto the Corleaa Road.

If you ran the previous round at Slieau Whallian then you just need to collect a new race number and pay your fee. New entrants will need to fill in an entry form.



Annual General Meeting & Prize Presentation 2017

The MFR 2017 AGM & Prize Presentation will take place at the Manx Legion on Market Hill, Douglas on Friday 24th November at 7pm (for a 7:30pm start). 

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.

Everyone welcome and kids are allowed (but requested to keep away from the bar area).

MFR Fell Running League - Hoodies!

If you have qualified for the Callin Wild sponsored MFR Fell Running League for 2018, please use the link below to let us know your required size (5 runs to qualify and you must be a member of a local club). These will be handed out at the AGM (date/venue TBC). The final league table will be published once results from Kates Race are finalised. 



Winter Hill League Round 1 - 21st October 2017

The opening round of the very popular Aston International sponsored Winter Hill Running League will be held on Saturday 21st October. The venue will be at St Johns on a testing course mainly within the Slieau Whallian Plantation. Registration will be from 12:30 in the car park opposite the site of the old Farmers Arms. 

Online pre-entry is now open at - entry fee is payable on the day (£5 for seniors, free for juniors).


Further rounds will be held on Saturday 11th November at the Cringle Plantation and on December 9th in Eary Beg Plantation, Glen Helen. The races are open to anyone aged 12 or above and are ideal for any newcomers to running as the courses are not too difficult and will be a maximum of 5km. All races will start at 1.30. The Junior Fell Running Championships for school years 8 to 13 will be incorporated in the league.

Kates Race this Saturday


The Kate Burge Sea to Summit Fell Race takes place this Saturday (14th October) at 1:30pm.

This race will be the final counter in the Callin Wild Manx Fell Running league. Full race briefing information has been sent via email or can be viewed here  but a few key points to note are summarised below:


  • Sign on is from 12:30 at the Laxey Sailing Club (located alongside the harbour)
  • At each check point where a punch is present you must staple the edge of your race number as evidence you have passed through the required checkpoints.
  • FULL SAFETY KIT IS REQUIRED. This consists of:
    • Full waterproof body cover
    • Hat & gloves
    • Whistle
    • Map & compass
    • Emergency food
  • In the absence of the usual tram service, Civil Defence have kindly stepped in to offer a 4 vehicle shuttle service between the Bungalow and Laxey Sailing Club
  • Tea, coffee cakes & (limited!) beer will be available at the sailing club after the race. Presentations are due to occur between 4:30 and 5pm, earlier if everyone is accounted for.
  • The sailing club will remain open into the evening with Matt Kelly (guitarist and singer) getting things going before The Fecktones line up at 7pm.
  • Before the race starts a minutes silence will be held to gather thoughts for Kate and Matt McSevney

Entries will be available on the day (£10). A route map can be downloaded here - - please print a copy and bring to the race (waterproof it if possible!). 

Current weather forecast is typically grim - rain possible, windy and extensive hill fog so be prepared for the conditions. For any other information keep an eye on the event Facebook page or website

Thank you from Marie Lambden

The club received a very nice letter from Marie Lambden recently to say thank you for gift presented to the family in tribute to the late Murray Lambden.

Dear Manx Fell Runners

Robbie, Ben and I wish to thank you most sincerely for the fantastic tribute which you have given the family for Murray. We truly love it and are so touched that your group got together and gave it all so much personal thought and effort.

Whereas we would be willing to lend it to any exhibition if ever there was one, please be assured that it will always have a place in our family.

All the personal tributes within the frame are wonderful but some are simply amazing. We are considering using one or two of them to help us with what wording to put on the gravestone.

It is of huge comfort to know that Murray was held in such high regard by such wonderful, warm people such as the fell runners.

King regards,

Marie, Robbie and Ben.



Junior Champs Results

Provisional results are now available HERE. Please let us know in case of any discrepancies.

Thanks to all involved, it was a fine day and a huge entry, must be a record by some margin! A more detailed post will follow, just wanted to get the results out there!

Photos are available to view at (Vincent Campbell) or (IOM Newspapers)