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.
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.
Pre entry is now closed but you can still enter on the 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.
FULL ROUTE DESCRIPTION AND MAP HERE
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.
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.
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
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
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.