The countdown to the 2017 Manx Telecom Parish Walk begins in earnest when entries open on Thursday December 1. Next year’s event is on Saturday June 17 which is a week earlier than previously advertised.
Discounts are available for those who sign-up early. Entry before January 31 costs just £30, but walkers who are Manx Telecom mobile customers will also receive an additional £5 discount thanks to the event’s title sponsor if they enter before that date. All Manx Telecom Parish Walk entries must be made online at www.parishwalk.com – from February 1 to March 31 the fee is £35, and £40 from April 1 until the final closing date on May 7.
The 85-mile race starts at the NSC and finishes near the war memorial on Douglas Promenade as usual. 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 2017, 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 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.
More than 20 businesses will participate in organising feed stations along the route, and to recognise their show of support there will be a special prize for the best feed station. Manx Telecom has been the Parish Walk’s title sponsor since 2012, but the company’s support for the event goes back to 2007 when it began sponsoring the official timing and results service.
Follow the Manx Telecom Parish Walk blog over the next week for lots more announcements over the next week whilst the website is reconstructed.