Aston International Winter Hill League Round 1

The 2016 Winter Hill League, kindly sponsored by Aston International, kicks off on Saturday 22nd October. The opening round will this year be held over the Slieau Whallian course and is open to all runners 12yrs and above. 

The race starts at 13:30 with registration from 12:30 in the car park opposite the old Farmers Arms. 

Online pre entries are now being accepted with payment accepted on the day. There is no entry fee for junior runners, seniors pay £5.


Junior Hill Running Championships 2016

The Junior Hill Races are to held on Saturday the 8th October 2016, around Bradda Head, Port Erin. All the local Primary Schools hold details and entry forms and in the first instance, please enter via the school. The block entry system makes it much easier to manage the event on the day. If your school is not entering the event, or you miss the deadline set by the school, entries can still be taken on the day - although this will need a consent form to be signed. For those pre-entered, numbers can be collected on the day from 12:30pm.

The races are set off in age order, starting with year 2. The courses get longer and more challenging as age increases. The maximum distances for the event are: Years 2 & 3: 800m Years 4 & 5: 1000m Year 6: 2000m



Killer Mile 2016 Results

1st Vet and 4th Overall Jim Macgregor with Svetlin Krastev returning from the finish on Sky Hill. Photo by Murray Lambden (more photos at

1st Vet and 4th Overall Jim Macgregor with Svetlin Krastev returning from the finish on Sky Hill. Photo by Murray Lambden (more photos at

A record entry of 98 runners tackled Wednesday's Killer Mile, held over a new course covering the slopes of Sky Hill. The tough course, designed by Chris Kirk, lived up to it's name but seemed to be very well received by the competitors.

Race victory went to visiting runner and NRFTW competitor Daryl Hibberd of Leeds based Valley Striders AC. Fast improving Jack Okell (Manx Harriers) was runner up just 4 seconds behind with the same margin separating mile specialist and club mate Steven Garrett in 3rd. 

It was great to see a good turnout of juniors too - Alex Bell (U18) was the pick finishing in an excellent 7th overall ahead of recent track star Rhys Owen (U16), brother Ieuan (U14) and Corbyn Schade (U12). Aiden Myers of Northern AC was quickest under 10.

Thanks to all the timekeepers, marshalls and landowners, particularly Silly Moos who allowed the use of their field for parking. Congratulations to Chris Kirk and his team for designing and maintaining the course.

Results can be viewed here


Killer Mile 2016

After a couple of years at Douglas Head the location for the 2016 Killer Mile moves north to Sky Hill, Lezayre. 

This new course covers a tough but runnable route on mixed terrain with a height gain of 180m (600ft). The route will be fully marked and open to all runners aged 9 and above.

Parking is available in the field below Lezayre Church opposite Silly Moos Campsite - please do not park on the road. Many thanks to Silly Moos for their support.

Online pre entry is now closed but a limited number of entries will be available on the day. Note that this race is in a time trial format with runners setting of at 30 seconds intervals.


Please arrive and sign on before 18:45 to allow the registration team to commence timekeeping and marshalling duties.

North Barrule Results

Kirsty arnold approaches the summit of a misty north barrule (Photo: murray lambden)

Kirsty arnold approaches the summit of a misty north barrule (Photo: murray lambden)

Results are online now on the results page and here.

Several photographers were out on the course - check out our Facebook page for those  -

Thanks as always to the many helpers, marshalls and organisers.

The next race hosted by MFR is the Killer Mile - held on Weds 17th August. Full details will be published in due course.


Narradale Fell Race 2016

Round 8 of the Callin Wild Manx Fell Running League takes place on Sunday 10th July. The challenging Narradale race is held over a 20km route that includes 1080m of ascent. Start and finish is at the Sulby Claddaghs. Full safety gear is mandatory for all competitors and the minimum age is 18 years on race day.

There will be an early start at 9.00am for those who expect to finish at the back of the field. This is not an option and will be strictly monitored. Registration for the early start will be from 8.15am.

The late start goes at 10.00am with registration from 9.15am.



Snaefell Results

A bumper field of 66 runners tackle the Sean Craig sponosred Snaefell Race (Photo: Murray Lambden)

A bumper field of 66 runners tackle the Sean Craig sponosred Snaefell Race (Photo: Murray Lambden)

Congratulations to everyone who completed the tough Snaefell race on Wednesday evening. Good conditions underfoot but a strong south westerly wind was a bit of a niggle and the mist was up and down all evening reducing visibility in places. It was certainly a tad breezy on the summit of Clagh Ouyr! I am pretty sure we had a record entry which was pleasing and there seemed to be a good number of new runners. Big thanks to league sponsor Callin Wild and race sponsor Sean Craig. Also thanks to all our excellent helpers for a great job and to landowners for access. Finally thanks to Nigel for the use of the MER Station waiting room for registration (Richie Stevenson)


Murray's Photos Here
Murray's Video Here

Rob Quine was also out with the camera - see our Facebook page for his pics.


2016 Snaefell Fell Race

Round 7 of the Callin Wild Manx Fell Running League takes place this Wednesday (22nd June) at 7pm. The Sean Craig sponsored Snaefell Race is a 8km/5 mile AS category race starting and finishing at the Bungalow. 

Registration is from 6pm and all runners will set off at 7pm - there is no early start. 

All runners must turn up with full safety gear (full waterproof body cover, hat, gloves, compass, whistle, map) and a decision on what to carry will be made on the day based on weather conditions.

Minimum age for this race is 16.

A full route description and map are available at Note that there will not be a punch at the first unmanned control at Cronk y Vaare - just touch the cairn. The first punch is at Snaefell Mines followed by Clagh Ouyr summit and Snaefell summit.

This race includes a road crossing at Black Hut - please be patient and only cross on instruction from a marshal.



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

If you are able to help out either let Alistair know via email (alastair [at] 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

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 -

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:

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.

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.