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Cyclists tackle Manx End to End

13 September 2015
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Around 1,500 mountain bikers have set off on this year's End to End Mountain Bike Challenge in the Isle of Man.

The challenge sees cyclists ride from the Point of Ayre in the north of the island to Port Erin in the south.

Last year Ben Thomas set a new course record to win the 46-mile (75km) race in two hours 44 minutes and 36 seconds.

The 25-year-old Vauxhall Motors cycling rider finished two-and-a-half minutes ahead of team-mate Isaac Pucci with Ed Perry third.

Emma Craddock was the leading female in a time of 3:37:36.

Around 1,000 people completed the course.

During the race riders have to tackle a variety of terrain and climb more than 1,500 metres.

There are three manned checkpoints, at Brandywell Road (30km), St. John's (42km) and Eary Cushlin (51km).

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Cavendish out of GB Tour after crash

11 September 2015
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Mark Cavendish was taken to hospital with a shoulder injury after crashing out of the Tour of Britain.

The 30-year-old Manxman initially remounted after crashing about 20km into the sixth stage of the race from Stoke to Nottingham before pulling out.

His Etixx-Quick-Step team believe he hit a parked car, injuring the same left shoulder he dislocated during the 2014 Tour de France.

Cavendish sustained bruising but no fracture or dislocation of the joint.

But he will require several days of rest before being able to resume training.

The crash came on the day he was named in

Britain's team

for this month's UCI Road World Championships, which start next weekend.

But the men's road race is over a fortnight away on Sunday, 27 September, and Cavendish's team believe it is still possible he will be able to compete in the event in Virginia, the United States.

Friday's sixth stage – a 192.7 km route across the Peak District National Park – was won by Cavendish's Etixx-Quick-Step team-mate Matteo Trentin.

The Italian rider beat Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka) as the duo battled for the stage win.

Norwegian Boasson Hagen, the 2009 Tour of Britain winner, earned enough bonus seconds to enhance his overall lead to 13 seconds ahead of the final two stages this weekend.

Saturday's 227.1km seventh stage from Fakenham to Ipswich is likely to be the final chance for Boasson Hagen's rivals – chiefly Team Sky's Wout Poels – to dethrone him as Sunday's finish in central London is expected to end in a sprint.

Analysis from BBC Sport's Matt Slater

"Stoke and Nottingham are only 50 flattish miles apart if you go via the A50; do it via Buxton, Hathersage and Bakewell and it could just break you.

"The day's victor Matteo Trentin, who has also won two Tour de France stages, said it was the hardest ride of his career.

"There may be a hint of hyberbole to that – forgiveable given the way he resisted a very elite chasing group and surged past Edvald Boasson Hagen at the death – but I cannot remember a day at the Tour of Britain when the main bunch came in 45 minutes later.

"It was a third win this week for the Etixx-Quick-Step team and it came on the day they lost their third rider, Britain's Mark Cavendish. It seems his injuries are not as serious as first feared.

"And for Boasson Hagen there is the consolation that despite Team Sky's best efforts he has almost certainly wrapped up the overall win."

Stage 6 result


Matteo Trentin (Ita/Etixx-Quick-Step) 4hrs 45mins 27secs


Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/MTN-Qhubeka) same time


Owain Doull (GB/Team Wiggins) +4secs


Zdenek Stybar (Cze/Etixx-Quick-Step) same time


Jens Debusschere (Bel/Lotto Soudal) same time


Alberto Bettiol (Ita/Cannondale – Garmin) same time


Alex Peters (GB/Great Britain) – same time


Dylan Teuns (Bel/BMC Racing Team) same time


Xandro Meurisse (Bel/An Post-Chainreaction) same time


Wouter Poels (Ned/Team Sky) same time

General classification


Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/MTN-Qhubeka) 27hrs 47mins 54secs,


Wouter Poels (Ned/Team Sky) at 13 secs,


Rasmus Guldhammer (Den/Cult Energy Pro Cycling) +43secs


Owain Doull (GB/Team Wiggins) +44secs,


Dylan Teuns (Bel/BMC Racing Team) +51secs


Zdenek Stybar (Cze/Etixx-Quick-Step) same time


Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar) same time


Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Team LottoNL-Jumbo) same time


Xandro Meurisse (Bel) An Post – Chainreaction same time


Chris Anker Sorensen (Den/Tinkoff-Saxo) same time

Selected Others:


Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +1:45


Bradley Wiggins (GB/Team WIGGINS) at 1:26:56

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Douglas MHK resigns after 19 years

Brenda Cannell: Douglas MHK steps down after 19 years

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Mrs Cannell moved to the Isle of Man in 1977 and has been an MHK since 1996

Isle of Man politician Brenda Cannell is to resign as an MHK after 19 years, it has been confirmed.

The Douglas East has written to the Speaker of the House of Keys, Steve Rodan, to announce her intention and will step down on 7 October.

Mrs Cannell, 63, made her decision "reluctantly" and for "personal reasons", he said.

A by-election to find her replacement will be held in due course, said a government spokesman.

Mr Rodan said: "All members will be very sorry to lose Brenda as a parliamentary colleague.

"I would wish to readily acknowledge and sincerely thank her for her many years of public service and for making a significant contribution to political life in the Isle of Man."

The Merseyside-born businesswoman has been a MHK since 1996 following three years a Douglas councillor.

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Results declared in IoM by-elections

Isle of Man by-elections: Peel and Glenfaba results declared

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The House of Keys is the directly elected lower branch of Tynwald, the Manx parliament

Two MHKs have been elected to the House of Keys after separate by-elections in the Isle of Man.

Residents of Glenfaba and Peel voted in company director Geoffrey Boot and marketing manager Raymond Harmer respectively on Thursday.

The seats became vacant after David Anderson and Tim Crookall were were elected to the Legislative Council.

Both men will only hold their positions for 10 months before next year's general election.

Geoffrey Boot Company Director 424
David Talbot Company Secretary 421

Mr Boot claimed the Glenfaba seat by just three votes over rival David Talbot following a recount in a closely fought race.

He said: "I have 10 months of Tynwald left and I have a vision I want to enact."

In Peel, Ray Harmer claimed victory with 799 votes, winning by a margin of 183 votes over Leslie Hanson.

Mr Harmer said he was "bowled over" to gain election.

Leslie Hanson Dentist 616
Penelope Hardman Civil Servant 325
Raymond Harmer Marketing Manager 799
David Pownall MNH Site Supervisor 30

"I am massively passionate about Peel. We live in a great city and it is going to be great to help move it forward".

"We've had a lot of new housing and now we need the infrastructure and sewerage system to support it."

The High Court of Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man, has two branches – the House of Keys and the Legislative Council.

The House of Keys has 24 members who are elected every five years.

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VIDEO: Lighthouse deadline looms for bidders

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Winkie lighthouse: Deadline looms for bidders

8 September 2015 Last updated at 15:43 BST

A disused lighthouse on the Isle of Man could sell for three times its £10,000 asking price, an estate agent has said.

The 10m (33ft) tall Winkie lighthouse, located at the northern tip of the island, has attracted interest from as far away as Australia and Dubai.

Manx beach cleaning charity Beach Buddies also wants to buy the lighthouse and use it as a permanent base.

Estate agent Stephen Sutherland said sealed bids must be submitted by 17:30 BST on Wednesday.

Amy Mulhern report for BBC North West Tonight.

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VIDEO: Riders gear up for Isle of Man TT

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Riders gear up for Isle of Man TT motorbike racing

6 June 2015 Last updated at 12:06 BST

Riders are preparing to take part in the Isle of Man TT.

The opening race, the six-lap Superbike event, was postponed by a day after a forecast for high winds on Saturday.

The race is now earmarked for a 14:00 start on Sunday.

North West Tonight's Richard Askam looks ahead to the competition.

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VIDEO: New Isle of Man custody block built

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Work completed on Isle of Man's new £2.8m police custody block

25 March 2015 Last updated at 16:23 GMT

Building work has been completed on a new multi-million pound custody block at the Isle of Man's police headquarters in Douglas.

The home affairs department was allocated £2.8m to construct a 20-cell facility to replace the existing 40-year-old block at Lord Street station, which has been deemed unfit for purpose.

Lord Street is one of three police stations to close in the next year due to cuts within the constabulary budget.

The new facility will open in April.

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VIDEO: ‘Dragon’ clock could fetch £3m

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'Dragon' clock could sell in China for £3m

25 March 2015 Last updated at 12:40 GMT

A "dragon" clock, designed and engineered by an inventor from the Isle of Man, is going on sale in China with a £3m price tag.

John Taylor, 78, says he made the inside-out Chronophage or "time-eater" clock to "make time-keeping interesting and relevant again."

He also invented the cordless kettle and has more than 400 patents to his name.

BBC North West Tonight's Kelly Foran reports.

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VIDEO: Solar eclipse over the Isle of Man

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Isle of Man's solar eclipse captured on film

20 March 2015 Last updated at 14:03 GMT

Millions of people in the UK and northern Europe have observed spectacular scenes as the Moon passed between the Earth and the Sun.

Many people gathered on the Isle of Man to try to get a good view of the solar eclipse.

Gary Myers and his son Stuart took this video footage from Laxey Beach on the east coast.

Gary said: "My son Stuart missed the one in 1999 as he was in nursery. He was determined to see this one and we went out 'eclipse chasing' this morning. It was wonderful to see it that close up in the viewfinder."

More than 100 people gathered on the south coast of the island, at The Sound, but they were thwarted by the cloudy conditions.

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