Night Fun Run - Glen Helen/Eairy Beg

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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

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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.

PLEASE DO NOT USE THE SAME RACE NUMBER FROM THE PREVIOUS ROUND - NEW NUMBERS ARE ISSUED FOR EACH RACE.

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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. 

ORDER MY HOODY!

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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 https://manxfellrunners.org/whl-1-slieau-whallian-2017-pre-entry - entry fee is payable on the day (£5 for seniors, free for juniors).

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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

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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 - http://www.katesrace.co.uk/map/4587760724 - 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 http://isleofman.in/p206682105 (Vincent Campbell) or http://iomtoday.newsprints.co.uk/search/scu/p/u/257368/1/community%20event%20pictures (IOM Newspapers)

Great performances at the English Schools Fell Running Champs

A talented group of runners returned from a highly successful trip to the English Schools Fell Running Championships on Sunday, held in Settle, North Yorks.  The 15 strong squad, representing our local athletics clubs and schools, finished a very impressive 6th overall position out of 32 schools.

Team Gold for the year 10/11 girls!

Team Gold for the year 10/11 girls!

There were a number of stand out individual performances but the highlight of the day must be the girls year 10/11 trio of Lorna Spiers, Lydia Morris and Phoebe Coates (all Northern AC), each finishing inside the top 15 to take team gold!  In the boys year 12/13 category, David Mullarkey took a brilliant 5th place with his teammates of Alex Bell and Luke Phair finishing high up the field to earn a team bronze.

The year 12/13 boys took team bronze

The year 12/13 boys took team bronze

Reigning IOM champions Macy Hillier and Gethin Owen both recorded top 10 finishes and attempt to defend their local titles in Saturday's Junior Hill Champs at Bradda.

Reigning IOM champions Macy Hillier and Gethin Owen both recorded top 10 finishes and attempt to defend their local titles in Saturday's Junior Hill Champs at Bradda.

In the year 7 races, reigning IOM Junior Hill Running champions Macy Hillier and Gethin Owen both notched up top 10 finishes and both should attempt to defend their titles at Bradda this Saturday.

Alex Read was part of a very sucessful Northen AC contingent

Alex Read was part of a very sucessful Northen AC contingent

Northern AC again demonstrated the strength of their junior runners in the year 8/9 race with Alex Read and Nathan Cannell both finishing well into the top 3rd with Jodie Vaughan, Ella Crowe and Catherine Perry all putting in a great team effort for the girls.

Debutant Ieuan Owen was the sole representative in the boys year 10/11 race and ran very strongly to finish well into the top half of a high quality field.

Thanks to Mark Spiers for organising the trip and big congratulations to all involved.

Full results can be found at https://www.esfrc.org/

Photos (via woodentops.co.uk) at the following links:
 

Yrs 10/11 & 12/13 - https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMmu-wEIAdy618hWP4Xs-xO2R9VtIjilNTklCrqIsZVdanFUkFWXRAsvCMyOPNk_g?key=WjctR0F4U2Q0Wk9WQlVjWUpKckhIa2NmYXZrTnhR

Yrs 8/9 - https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP5b4vBeoqf2woHHEYcZ6Mm7FWhw5PRB32cRAR7jqNNXrxZhpv31v25_taEY_aV-A?key=VjhjR01qa2dfSVdhSXVOQXZTaHN1UWhrYnhENHZR

Yrs 7 - https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP1UA99WNhqweLeV5-Kftcph15C5SsrbIP_lmLRUHVHyw26BMy1EsqlKW7bTD4Rng?key=U01LNDZ1UVRMSVJsM3VWdFNqRGVRUHZzVmZ0eHNB

 

English Schools Fell Running Champs 2017

A strong looking squad head out to test themselves against England's best this weekend when they compete in the English Schools Champs in Settle, North Yorks on Sunday 24th Sept.

The full squad is as follows:

Year 7 - Macy Hillier, Gethin Owen

Year 8/9 - Nathan Cannell, Ella Crowe, Mairi Harrison, Catherine Perry, Alex Read, Jodie Vaughan

Year 10/11 - Phoebe Coates, Lydia Morris, Ieuan Owen, Lorna Spiers

Year 12/13 - Alex Bell, David Mullarkey, Luke Phair

Best of luck to all competing and thanks to Mark Spiers for organising. 

We'll post the results along with a report up here after the weekend.

Current League Standings

With one league race to go, you can check the current standings HERE

If you think you should be on the list but aren't, or you think you are missing points, please get in touch via the contact form. Remember that to qualify you must be a first or second claim member of MFR or a first claim member of a local club affiliated for fell running, and have completed 5 league races (noting there is still one to go).