There was bit of drama on Saturday (24th September 2016) in the race when the Civil Defence stepped in after just under 2 hours and stopped it. I believe it is the only time it has been stopped during the race, the only non race was during the ‘foot and mouth’, I believe. I went in the early group from Ramsey at 7.30 and it wasn’t too bad until we reached the summit at North Barrule. We were blown off our feet and honestly could hardly stand up. Winds about 60-70 mph. I was on all fours thinking of how to proceed. By Clagh Ouyr, north side of the Four Bends, marshalls said the race had been called off. The winds were expected to strengthen and heavy rain predicted. We were all disappointed having put in months of training and being a Manx Fell Runner you do expect adverse conditions, but for 32 miles I certainly wasn’t man enough especially with cut off points to contend with.

The main reason for all the energetic activity is to raise funds for Project 21 which at present stand at £935 so I am confident it will creep to the £1000 mark.

It all started with me doing the Bradda race earlier in the year but then I added the Ultra as an extra and in the background wished to complete all the official fell races. With the Ultra being cancelled the last race is the Sea to Summit in memory of Kate Burge on the 15 October. This will be the 10th and final race of the season, hopefully my 10th aswell. For this race we start from the Laxey Promenade, touching the water before running up to Snaefell, taking the tram down.

Regards Michael