The Manx 100
On Sunday 27th July the Manx Mountain Bike Club ran the third Manx 100. As the title suggests the race is 100 miles in length or a shorter 100 km option for those not wanting to do the full length.
Starting at the Grandstand a police escort led the starters out through Onchan and via the Garey to start the first, and quite small climb known as Honey Hill. Then via some back lanes and a fast road descent to Laxey shore the first of the big climbs begin as we past King Orrys Grave and headed skywards up through the 'Clarum'. A right turn just past the top and we are off down a fast descent into Maughold before a road section which lead to a forest descent into the outskirts of Ramsey. Speeding across a gated trail on the outskirts of Ramsey which then eventually gave way to climb number two, Skyhill and a descent down the fast Rollick Road (translated to Road of the Graves). Climb number three up through Ohio Platation is not only very steep but quite long and eventually after a moreland slog brought us out to East Mountain Gate. Crossing the TT course and other moreland crossing brought everyone to a place above Snaefell Mines and a steep decent to an old mining road. After rasping along said road which is not easy you ended up back again in Laxey and a chance to stock up in the local Co-op before the ardouous road section along Glen Road before the long drag up to the famed Windy Corner and a realisation that gravity can be cruel. A quick moreland descent, and then a long technical climb known as St Lukes, which when completed gives a massive sigh of relief for some 'gentle' road miles along the Druidale Road and a chance to get some distance. Next a traverse around Black Mountain you dropped down into Ballaugh via the old End to End route known locally as Ballacob and a chance to stock up in the village shop. Along the disused railway line you go and chance for a breather before Kirk Michael greets you. The next climb on the list is out of Kirk Michael and is known as The Baltic, long and grinding, once at the end you will nip through a gate and onto the Brandywell Road. Next comes the fairly easy meander that is Glion Gill, early on on the track those opting for the km route turn off over 'Cronk Breck' and for the rest its carry on along Glion Gill, desend 'The Dhowse' to be fired out at St Johns. Next climb on the list is the formidable Slieu Whallian and then on to Arrasey Plantation and some graded trails down into Glen Rushen. Some more climbing (just for a change) brings you out at Point 119 (locally) or Cronk Ny Ara Laa. Another fast descent down the side of the Sloc Road eventually puffs you out at the southern most point, Colby. The climbing starts again up Ballafodda, a lane generous with its thorn bushes and doesnt stop gaining height until the aforementioned point 119! you have just rode in a circle. Gently descending next to the road towards South Barrule you end up at the top of Cringle Plantation and one of the best mountain bike graded trails, through some more plantations namely Corlea, South Barrule, Stoney Mountain, Archallaghan and Chibbanagh, before some road sections brings you out on the Old Castletown Road at Santon then the last trail which is short spin down a track and across a stream. Anyway at the end of this track you are there, done, well nearly but not quite. You have to get back to the start/finish at the grandstand.
As the race progressed, it became obvious that the front three were racing at an incredable speed and without let up through the whole of the course. Eventually, however, a gap had to emerge, and endurance athlete Scott Cornish edged ahead to complete Top honors goes to Scott Cornish the course in only 10hrs 40. It was only the slimest of margins as second placed Mark Carey ran across the finish line only 4 minutes behind with Billy Stelling finishing 17 minutes behind Scott for third place. First local rider was Julian Corlett with Stephen Kelly hot on his heels for second.
In the 100 km race, local rider Darren Murphy took the win with Emma Atkinson first woman and in second overall.
Many thanks go to all the organsiers for a fantastic event, the marshals for their patience and assistance and Peter O'Shea for providing the necessary medical cover.
100 Mile Results -
1 Scott Cornish 10:40:36; 2 Mark Carey 10:44:42; 3 Billy Stelling 10:57:53; 4 Christopher Purt 11:00:49; 5 Julian Corlett 11:57:45; 6 Stephen Kelly 12:10:45; 7 Ed Wolstenholme 12:28:11; 8 Ian Wilmshurst 12:31:49; 9 Saul Muldoon 12:34:17; 10 John Venables 12:37:13; 11 Gavin Linfield 12:37:23; 12 Jamie Sutherland 12:46:47; 13 Jorge Ribeiro Manso 13:01:33; 14 Adam Hooley 13:17:59; 15 Alex Russell 13:23:24; 16 Michael Schreuder 13:25:37; 17 Roel Driesen 13:32:23; 18 Andrew Howett 13:39:37; 19 Guy Whaley 13:43:08; 20 Scott Morgan 13:49:04; 21 Dean Gilbert 13:59:55; 22 Shaun Corris 14:00:00; 23 Gord Hull 14:42:18; 24 Adrian Beale 14:44:25; 25 Alex Parkes 14:45:13; 26 Derek McNutt 15:02:18; 27 Anne Woods 15:05:11
100 Kilometre Results –
1 Darren Murphy 07:49:17; 2 Emma Atkinson 08:28:29; 3 Roger Meads 09:00:10; 4 Lee Tyrer 09:13:41; 5 Peter Booth 10:18:15; 6 Peter Jackson 10:30:00