Preparing athletes for end-to-end walking and the new Wilderness challenge
Gerrard & Jackson to watch in MFR event
For all running and walking enthusiasts, you have not one but two big events taking place on Sunday.
The Manx Fell Runners are hosting their revamped Wilderness Challenge on Sunday, with the action starting at 10am.
Based on the slopes of the Ard Whallan Outdoor Center in Injebreck, this is a new concept in the running calendar, with orienteering skills involved and competitors working in teams of two.
Also on Sundays, starting at 8 a.m. at Ayre Point, is one of the classics – the Ramsey Bakery End to End Walk.
Although very different from the parish promenade, it largely uses the same roads to the west of the island, albeit in the opposite direction.
Richard Gerrard has dominated this event for the past decade.
He has won all events since 2013.
Adam Killip, third in last year’s event and third in the Parish Walk in June, Simon Gawne, Stewart Jones and James Quirk are others likely to be in the mix and present challenges to Richard.
A few others to keep your eyes peeled are Tony Edwards, Connor Gilbert, Paul Sayle and Mike Readshaw.
The women’s race should be an interesting competition without a really clear favorite.
Serious candidates are Marie Jackson, Steph Burton, Ann-Marie Clucas, May Hooper, Karen Mercer, Amy Sykes and Zoe Lambie.
Also Jayne Farquhar who was battling an injury a few weeks ago, but if she’s back in great shape again she will make the other one sweat.
In the U20 category race at Peel, Mason Prince clearly seems the favorite.
Manx Athletics report.