Monday, 29 February 2016

Expert advice for walkers at Strictly Parish evening

Kallie Rogerson (left) is presented with a Polar A300 Activity Trainer by Manx Telecom Marketing Executive, Marg McGee. The prize was donated by Intersport Isle of Man. Photo by Murray Lambden.

Manx Telecom Parish Walkers received some sage advice from a panel of experts at a ‘Strictly Parish’ evening. The event, held at Keyll Darree Education and Training Centre near to Noble’s Hospital, was compered by Kevin Walmsley and featured a panel including IAAF race walking judge Steve Taylor; physiotherapist Ben Scott; Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Matthew Biggart; former Parish Walk winner, Commonwealth Games competitor and now a coach, Graham Young; centurion walker and five times Parish Walk finisher Karen Lawrie; and Andrew Titley, a multiple Manx Telecom Parish Walk finisher who has also completed the Big 50 mile Walk in South Africa. They answered a wide range of questions from an audience comprising walkers of all ages, and ranging from novices to more experienced walkers aiming to complete the full 85-mile course.

The expert panel at the Strictly Parish evening. Photo by Murray Lambden.

Topics covered included training, nutrition, footwear and clothing, and a discussion about rules and regulations. Dr Dave Walker has prepared some important health advice on the risks of using anti-inflammatory drugs during the race which was discussed at the evening, and is also available on the Parish Walk website

Everyone who attended the evening had their names entered into a free prize draw to win a Polar A300 Activity Trainer, generously donated by Intersport Isle of Man. Kallie Rogerson was the lucky winner and was presented with her prize by Manx Telecom Marketing Executive, Marg McGee.

Ray Cox, Manx Telecom Parish Walk Race Director, was also at the evening and commented: “We are delighted with the turnout and must thank everyone who contributed to a very worthwhile event – not least the panel whose expert advice will be a great help to walkers of all abilities as they prepare for this year’s race.”

The Manx Telecom Parish Walk takes place on Saturday June 18, starting at 8am at the NSC in Douglas. Anyone who enters before midnight on March 31 will receive a £5 discount on the entry fee. It costs just £35 if you sign-up before that date, and £40 from April 1 until the final closing date for entries on May 8. All entries must be made at

Certificates will be awarded to all walkers who complete the full distance 85-mile route in under 24 hours. Sub 18 hour finishers receive a gold certificate, 18 to 21 hour finishers receive silver, and 21 to 24 hour finishers, bronze. For 2016, there will again be a competition for younger walkers aged 18 to 21 completing the 32.5 miles to Peel. There’s a Corporate Team Award with prizes donated by Manx Telecom for teams of four walkers who are all from the same Isle of Man based company and with no more than one walker who has previously completed the full 85 mile distance. And there’s an Overall Team category for four walkers which cannot include more than two who have completed the full 85 miles. In both of the team competitions the winners will be decided by the highest aggregate distance covered by all four members, and all participants in the team competitions must enter individually and include their team names.

If you couldn’t make it to the event, go to

recorded by Murray Lambden.

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