Monday, 22 February 2016

Sport, recreation and almost 7 and a half mile an hour walking for Gianni Epifani

Gianni Epifani, the former Island Games middle distance athlete, who also excelled at cycling, celebrates his 45th birthday today.

He entered the Manx Telecom Parish Walk in 2015 and although he "only" reached Jurby, as you would expect from the sports professional who works with a varied representation of the community, including Walk and Talk, for Manx Sports & Recreation, he does things properly.

On Saturday he smashed his 10km personal best with a time of 50 minutes and 35 seconds at the Manx Harriers open. If he carries on like this he could be a future Parish Walk winner.

The most important preparation for the Manx Telecom Parish Walk is to listen to advice from others. No better way than attending this tomorrow evening.

Strictly Parish (previously Walk Talk)

23 February 2016 at 17:30 (18:00 start)
Strictly Parish seminar at Keyll Darree Education and Training Centre near to Noble’s Hospital
Expert advice on how to prepare for this year’s Manx Telecom Parish Walk is on offer at a special Strictly Parish evening on Tuesday February 23. At this time of year many walkers are starting to train in earnest for the big day on June 18, and this event allows anyone to get tips from a panel of coaches, physios and experienced walkers who answer questions from the audience. It’s being held at Keyll Darree Education and Training Centre near to Noble’s Hospital. Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Entry is free, and tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. The event will last around an hour and a half, and everyone who attends will have their names entered into a free prize draw to win a Polar A300 Activity Trainer generously donated by Intersport Isle of Man.
On the expert panel will be international race walking judge Steve Taylor; physiotherapist Ben Scott; Dr Matthew Biggart; coach Graham Young; Karen Lawrie who has finished the full 85 mile distance; and Andrew Titley, a multiple Manx Telecom Parish Walk finisher who has also completed the Big Walk in South Africa. Ray Cox, Manx Telecom Parish Walk Race Director will also be at the Strictly Parish evening, and commented, said: “Strictly Parish is an excellent opportunity to find out about training, nutrition, footwear, and to get tips from the experts on tackling the biggest walking challenge on the Island. The evening is aimed at all abilities, from novices getting ready to take part for the first time, to more experienced walkers who have set themselves new targets to achieve this year.”

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