Monday, 8 February 2016

Step on it and get down to Strictly Parish evening!

Photo: the 2014 Strictly Parish photo

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.”

Midnight on March 31 is the deadline for the last chance to get a discount on the entry fee for this year’s event. It costs just £35 if you sign-up before then, and £40 from April 1 until the final closing date for entries on May 8. All entries must be made at www.parishwalk.comThe 85-mile race is on Saturday June 18, starting as usual at the NSC. Certificates will be awarded to all walkers who complete the full distance 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. 

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