Friday, 19 June 2009

John Cannell featured by the BBC

Six times winner John Cannell has been featured on the local BBC website.

Follow this link to read the story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/isleofman/content/articles/2009/06/19/johncannell_feature.shtml

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Its hard to write a blog with your eyes closed

I have actually managed to fall asleep whilst working on my computer before now but I have reached one of those points where I can't manage all the things I planned to do tonight.

As usual for the day before the event, I shall be off work tomorrow preparing for the website but I have twice as many hours to fill as exist.

I'll be blogging on and off through the day.

With two laptops and a desktop at my disposal tomorrow, what I really need to is master the act of using more than one at once like I do with my video and still camera.

Easier to see other people's mistakes than your own

Whilst spotting an error in the Parish Walk stats printed elsewhere, I realised that I had made a mistake myself in a recent blog when I said that David Collister was heading for his 25th finish instead of his 26th.

I am lucky though - online you can correct your mistakes.

Now you see it, now you don't

The eagle eyed among you will have seen that a preview of the Parish Walk appeared briefly on iomtoday this morning. It has now gone.

I contacted sports editor John Watterson about a small part of the report and he quickly had the whole article removed as it was not due for publication until tomorrow when the Manx Independent is published.

Mobile reporting ready to go

I am writing this on my laptop this morning using a mobile connection supplied by Manx Telecom.

I am also picking up one of two laptops to be supplied by Colebourns tonight. This will allow me to increase the numbe of photos and videos I can upload at any one time.

It really is great to have the technology. I used to have to return home to upload photos and wouldn't even dream of having videos.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

What happened to the first ever Clerical Medical numbers


Before the days of a dedicated committee to organise the Parish Walk, the late Arthur Jones used to do the vast majority of the organisation.
I was asked to find a sponsor however and made a number of committments to CMI that I thought I had best carry out myself. I made myself unpopular by sticking rigidly to a one week closing date but for the first time all entrants received the entry pack through the post on the Monday morning, two days after the close of entries.
But I have to admit that I took on too much and I was knackered by the time event started and even (very dangerously) nodded off at the wheel.
The evening I brought the first ever set of professionally manufactured numbers home (the previous ones were hand made by Arthur out of old lino) I dumped the box in the hallway together with the computer equipment from Skanco.
Time for a cup of tea.
When I went back into the hall I found that Ben had found a new toy and the numbers were scattered all over the hall! They had been in number order too!

David Collister added to old features page

It was only when compiling the mini-feature below that I realised that I had not added the links to the feature I did on David Collister the week before the event last year to the old features page.

That has now been rectified.

You can also link directly from here:

http://www.parishwalk.co.uk/2008prerace/Current%20Features.htm

There are now 14 featured walkers and you can see the next one on 1 December.

The features are not intended to be a list of the fastest to the slowest or most finishers to least, but rather a cross section of the people for who the Parish Walk is a major part of their year.

David Collister heads for number 26


One of the things that struck me when analysising David Collister's remarkable 25 consecutive finishes is the way that despite his consistency he has fallen down the field as the number of finishers has increased.


In 1995 he was 8th with 21:04:32. In 2007 he was 22 seconds faster for 80th place!


Here is the full ist of finishers again:


25:08:26
1984
7


23:20:28
1985
15


23:27:25
1986
14


21:48:58
1987
12


22:42:25
1988
6


22:43:13
1989
10


21:53:11
1990
5


21:07:21
1991
7


20:22:38
1992
7


20:39:40
1993
6


21:44:44
1994
10


21:04:32
1995
8


21:29:35
1996
12


21:25:34
1997
16


21:51:17
1998
28


21:09:49
1999
14


20:42:54
2000
21


19:56:25
2001
14


20:58:25
2002
20


21:34:34
2003
28


20:21:14
2004
29


20:31:46
2005
42


21:05:43
2006
81


21:24:10
2007
80


21:46:53
2008
73


Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The Clerical Medical Parish Walk magazine 2009

This is another big step in the status of the Parish Walk.

John Constandinou, the new editor of the Race Walking Record, is producing a special edition for the event. As far as I am aware, this has never been done before for any event in the history of the publication.

And its only costing £2.50 or you can even have five copies (spread them among your friends) for £10.

Find out all about it and order your copies here:


Order a special publication

One of the best parts of this, although John only had a few weeks to organise it, is that by using Michael George as a link to the organising committee he has ensured that the publication has the blessing of the event and he has worked hard to strengthen the links with the event sponsors.

On occasions organisations have suggested producing special products that would undermine the massive investment by Clerical Medical and Manx Telecom.

The message is, if you want to be associated with the event for commercial reasons you must contact the organisers in good time, preferably now for 2010.

BBC to feature walker

I've just been supplying statistics and an old photo of a well known Parish Walker for a feature on the BBC website. Watch this space. Or more precisely, watch the BBC local website in the next day or two.

Final feature goes live


Edmund Shillabeer is the final walker to be featured and the feature is now live.

Bizarre statistic

Here is something that only a statistician would pick up on.

Colin Moore, well known by Peel Football Club supporters for his statistics sent me this one a few months ago - even I would not pick up on this!

On the list of all time fastest times:

between 58 and 62 (Willie Corkill to Joe Brown) - all won (over a span of 38 years 1963-2001)

between 69 and 72 (Chris Flint to brother Martin) - all won (over a span of 38 years 1961-1999)

Monday, 15 June 2009

Final featured walker article drafted

Tonight I have spent all evening compiling an article on the 7th and final featured walker of the year.

I had so much material for the feature that I had put off the difficult part of choosing and editing the content for three months. I certainly didn't want to say that it would definitely happen but now that it is drafted I am pleased that I did.

Hopefully it will be reviewed and published in the next 24 hours.

Update your entry

I've just added the missing shortcut on the front page to:



https://www.sportident.co.uk/entries/login/login.php

Lots of users

339 different people accessed the website yesterday compared to 224 on the Sunday before the walk last year.

Usage peaked at 7,510 users on the Saturday race day last year.

Record holder to provide information


Clerical Medical Parish Walk record holder Sean Hands, pictured above on his way to that record in 2006, is to be on hand at the finish on Saturday evening / Sunday morning to provide a help facility for supporters.

He will be using one of the Colebourn sponsored laptops to to access the Manx Telecom timing system provided by SportIdent.

A second laptop will provide rolling statistics onto a large screen.

Final update page


I have this morning added a final update page to the website which will carry final reminders during the week:



I've started with the plans for Rushen Church which I posted on the www. manxathetics.com site six weeks ago.

Dru Hamm returns to the Parish Walk

There is a good story about Dru at:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/Brave-Dru-defies-doctors-to.5358535.jp

I've also got a good personal story about Dru's determination which I shall try and bring you this week.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

A lull but please be patient

I have an awful lot of things to squeeze on the site (and one or two things to do apart from websites) so bear with me.

This week has not been made any easier by the events at http://www.manxathletics.com/

Friday, 12 June 2009

Split times for that never ending section from Jurby to Bride

Sean Hands
01:22:46
2008

Jock Waddington
01:22:50
2008

Jock Waddington
01:25:12
2007

Robbie Callister
01:25:28
2007

Ray Pitts
01:25:29
2007

Michael George
01:25:48
2007

Robbie Callister
01:25:52
2008

Andrew Titley
01:26:53
2008

Dave Mackey
01:27:39
2008

Thomas Melvin
01:27:48
2007

Terry Moffat
01:28:17
2007

Maurice Bellando
01:28:41
2008

Sue Biggart
01:28:47
2008

Janice Quirk
01:28:47
2008

Michael George
01:29:27
2008

Michael Shipsides
01:29:48
2008

Terry Moffat
01:29:49
2008

Sue Biggart
01:30:12
2007

Martijn Biesmans
01:30:43
2008

Eammon Harkin
01:30:44
2007

Martijn Biesmans
01:31:08
2007

Alan Cowin
01:31:12
2008

Andrew Titley
01:32:18
2007

Jane Mooney
01:32:20
2007

David Chambers
01:33:28
2008

Mark Hempsall
01:33:33
2007

Kathryn Kennaugh
01:33:36
2007

Catherine Lowey
01:34:01
2007

Maureen Moffatt
01:34:13
2008

Kevin Marshall
01:34:24
2007

Alison Brand
01:34:28
2007

Julian Thomas
01:34:54
2007

Tony Okell
01:35:00
2008

Gordon Corran
01:35:07
2008

Alan McCulloch
01:35:23
2008

Stan Sille
01:35:39
2007

Steve Partington
01:35:43
2007

Michael Shipsides
01:35:49
2007

Janice Quirk
01:36:17
2007

David Churcher
01:37:16
2007

Marie Jackson
01:37:24
2008

Vinny Lynch
01:37:40
2008

Ernie Radcliffe
01:37:58
2008

Juan Readshaw
01:38:07
2008

Rosemarie Crellin
01:38:20
2008

Darren Mealin
01:38:22
2008

Mike Gellion
01:38:30
2008

Phil Marshall
01:38:34
2008

John Shimmin
01:39:12
2008

David Cain
01:39:15
2008

Mike Gellion
01:39:17
2007

Dave Cain
01:39:18
2007

Julian Thomas
01:39:19
2008

Michael Bonney
01:39:33
2008

Stephen Harvey
01:39:42
2008

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Visiting walker blogging

Picked this one up through a Google alert tonight:

http://frasermackay.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-next-3-treks.html

Split times between Peel and Kirk Michael

Here are the split times for the past two years for all walkers under an hour and a half:



Sean Hands
01:08:27
2008

Robbie Callister
01:09:56
2007

Jock Waddington
01:11:26
2008

Michael George
01:12:13
2007

Thomas Melvin
01:12:48
2007

Ray Pitts
01:14:26
2007

Jock Waddington
01:15:14
2007

Robbie Callister
01:15:58
2008

Terry Moffat
01:16:08
2008

Eammon Harkin
01:16:15
2007

Michael George
01:16:42
2008

Maurice Bellando
01:17:01
2008

Stephen Harvey
01:17:09
2008

Martijn Biesmans
01:17:41
2007

Terry Moffat
01:17:53
2007

Michael Shipsides
01:17:59
2008

Sue Biggart
01:18:03
2007

John Shimmin
01:18:08
2008

Dave Mackey
01:19:16
2008

Alison Brand
01:19:20
2007

Sue Biggart
01:19:28
2008

Andy Green
01:19:40
2008

Vinny Lynch
01:19:50
2007

Alan McCulloch
01:20:04
2008

Steve Partington
01:20:32
2007

Gordon Corran
01:20:55
2008

Alan Cowin
01:21:06
2008

Stan Sille
01:21:27
2007

Jane Mooney
01:21:30
2007

Andrew McCutcheon
01:21:39
2008

Michael Shipsides
01:22:00
2007

Vinny Lynch
01:22:15
2008

Janice Quirk
01:22:25
2007

Alan Kinvig
01:22:28
2007

Dave Cain
01:22:47
2007

Mike Gellion
01:22:56
2008

Mark Hempsall
01:22:56
2007

Catherine Lowey
01:23:00
2007

Janice Quirk
01:23:08
2008

Marie Jackson
01:23:15
2008

Kathryn Kennaugh
01:23:28
2007

Kevin Marshall
01:23:29
2007

Andrew Titley
01:23:38
2008

Phil Marshall
01:23:54
2008

Paul Malone
01:23:57
2008

Martijn Biesmans
01:23:59
2008

Barry Cowin
01:24:43
2007

Jane Ryder
01:24:46
2008

John C Ryder
01:24:57
2008

Danny Jordan
01:25:07
2007

Julian Thomas
01:25:24
2007

David Cain
01:25:48
2008

Dave Mackey
01:25:56
2007

Peter Beighton
01:25:57
2007

Andrew Titley
01:26:06
2007

Marie Gilbertson
01:26:10
2007

Maureen Moffatt
01:26:11
2007

Anthony Kneale
01:26:17
2008

Matthew Haddock
01:26:19
2007

David Chambers
01:26:21
2008

Maureen Moffatt
01:26:21
2008

Marie Gilbertson
01:26:25
2008

Mike Gellion
01:26:32
2007

Shirley Gage
01:26:35
2007

Shirley Gage
01:26:42
2008

Darren Mealin
01:26:45
2008

Jane Mooney
01:26:53
2008

Chris Cale
01:26:58
2008

Kate Cain
01:27:08
2008

Chris Cale
01:27:11
2007

John C Ryder
01:27:12
2007

Ernie Radcliffe
01:27:17
2008

Ernie Radcliffe
01:27:18
2007

Ian Allan Dunbar
01:27:28
2008

Gill Churcher
01:27:40
2007

David Churcher
01:27:41
2007

Doug Allan
01:27:47
2007

Richard Fathers
01:27:51
2007

Terri Salmon
01:27:53
2008

Juan Hatton
01:27:56
2007

Antony Atkinson
01:27:59
2007

Colin Moore
01:28:01
2007

Jamie Beaman
01:28:04
2008

George Blair
01:28:06
2007

Andrew Ferrer
01:28:10
2007

David James
01:28:22
2008

Fintan Suddards
01:28:25
2007

Martin Hall
01:28:30
2007

Steve Taggart
01:28:31
2008

Julie Cretney
01:28:31
2008

John Gallagher
01:28:31
2008

Michael Bonney
01:28:44
2008

Jane Crowe
01:28:52
2008

Jim Davidson
01:28:57
2008

Richard Gerrard
01:28:58
2008

Eleanor Gawne
01:29:00
2008

David Clucas
01:29:10
2008

Stan Sille
01:29:20
2008

Emma McGreevy
01:29:25
2007

Malcolm Newton
01:29:25
2008

Dermot O'Toole
01:29:43
2007

Stephen Brew
01:29:45
2008

Alan Brew
01:29:47
2008

Tony Okell
01:29:54
2008

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Programme

I've just added a pdf copy of the programme for anyone not yet in possession of hard copy.

You can download it from www.parishwalk.com/2009/PW09prog.pdf

Its quite alarge file (6MB) so it would be helpful if you download a copy and save a copy to your PC or laptop rather than opening a new copy on serveral occasions. Thanks.

Please note, that I am not in anyway reponsible for the content so please do not contact me about the programme.

Last five years at an all time high

There have been 47 Parish Walks in the modern era. In case you had not previously noticed or read, there was no event in 1965 or 1966.

Taking each five year block of winning times within the most recent 45, the average winning time during the five years ending 2008 was 40 minutes faster than an other period:


1968
16:22:20

1973
16:38:21

1978
17:41:46

1983
16:04:05

1988
16:46:49

1993
17:21:56

1998
16:46:53

2003
16:37:33

2008
15:24:00

Friday, 5 June 2009

Its Kelly from the Isle of Man

The Parish Walk has definitely kept its Manxness judging by the names of the entrants. Here are the most common surnames:

Kelly 23

Cain 12

Moore 11

Callister 11

Smith 10

Callow 10

Webb 9

Quayle 9

Jones 9

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Some of the most popular names

There are seven of these:


Walker
Taylor
Crellin
Cowley
Clague
Christian
Cannell

And eight of these:


Cowin
Quirk
Murphy
Davies

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Did you know that the Parish Walk was to be held on Thursday 18 June?


The weather has been fantastic in the Isle of Man during the past few days. It would be too hot if the Parish Walk had been held today. Despite the awful weather last year I don't think that walkers would have been slowed as much as they would be by extreme heat.
I've been back running in the early mornings and the weather couldn't be better for that.
In the evening too. I went for a walk with Marie around town last night and we continued the game started by a famous walker and his family a few years ago of trying to work out which of the brisk walkers are training for the Parish Walk.
But we met one entrant who was training on ice cream. You may remember Geoff Kinvig (above) being pictured with Robbie Callister and Sean Hands at a feeding station in the End to End Walk a couple of years ago. He has walked to Peel and Ballaugh in the last couple of years and hopes to make it "up North" this year.
We took some light refreshment and overheard a barman talking about the Parish Walk to one of the customers. I think he was complaining about the prospect of the roads being blocked somewhere by "thousands" of walkers. The customer asked him when the walk was held and he said: "As far as I know its on Thursday 18 June".
He shouldn't have any problems with the roads being blocked then!

6 of each of the following have entered the race

Allen
Bell
Brew
Clarke
Corlett
Cubbon
Hughes
Martin
Roberts
Teare
Thomas
Watterson

Monday, 1 June 2009

6th featured walker

I have just finished compiling and editing the sixth special feature of the 2009 Clerical Medical Parish Walk website.

I am going to wait for the featured walker to confirm that they are happy with the content before I publish it - hopefully tomorrow.

Numbers 51 to 100

51
Chris
Murphy
Finisher 2007 and 2008

52
Janet
Allen
Finisher 2005 and 2006

53
Peter
Wood
Finisher 2002, 2004 and 2006

54
John
Callow
Finisher 2005, 2006 and 2008

55
Anthony
Atkinson
Fnisher 2006, 2007 and 2008

56
Jane
Crowe
Finisher 2007 and 2008

57
Ernie
Radcliffe
Finisher 2006, 2007 and 2008

58
Malcolm
Newton
Finisher 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008

59
Ian
Ashcroft
Finisher 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007

60
Peter
Bettridge
Finisher 2007

61
Robert
Wright
Finisher 2006 and 2007

62
Alex
Wijsman
Finisher 2008

63
Richard
Spenceley
Finisher 2007 & 2008

64
Michael
Bonney
Finisher 2007 & 2008

65
Lisa
Motley
Finisher 2004 and 2006

66
Kevin
Graham
Finisher 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006

67
Irene
Taggart
Finisher eleven times

68
David
Cretney
Finisher 2006 and 2007

69
Bernadette
Devlin
Finisher 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007

70
Adrian
Beale
Finisher 2000, 2002, 2005 and 200

71
Mark
Honeyman
Finisher 2005

72
Mark
Kinley
Finisher 2007

73
David
Clucas
Finisher 2007

74
Bob
Corrin
Finisher 2007

75
John
Hunter
Finisher 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007

76
Louise
Thomas
Finishser 2004 and 2006

77
Bob
Noonan
Finisher 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007

78
Colin
Moore
Finisher 2006

79
David
Anderson
Finisher 2005 and 2007

80
Ian
Comish
Finisher 2007 and 2008

81
Paul
Morgans
Finisher 2006 and 2007

82
Glenn
Weir
Finisher 2004 and 2006

83
Sean
Murphy
Finisher 2007

84
Ian
Dunbar
Finisher 2008

85
Bethany
Clague
Finisher 2005, 2006 and 2008

86
Robert
Corrin
Finisher 2004

87
Jenny
Davies
Finisher 2006

88
Joanne
Cubbon
Finisher 2005

89
Haydn
Cubbon
Finisher 2005

90
Jane
Cross
Finisher 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006

91
David
James
Finisher 2006

92
Kath
Kelly
Finisher 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

93
Richard
Gerrard
Finisher 2008

94
Edward
Marshall
Finisher 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008

95
Perry
Downward
Finisher 2008

96
Steve
Allen
Finisher 2007

97
Paul
Boulton
Finisher 2007

98
John
Watterson
Finisher 2007 and 2008

99
Brian
Connolly
Finisher 2006, 2007 and 2008

100
Gordon
Erskine
Finisher 2006 & 2007

Sunday, 31 May 2009

4 or some and 5 of others

There are four entrants with these names:


Sayle
Richardson
Reynolds
Perry
Mason
Leece
Kneale
Kinrade
Kennaugh
Kaighin
Johnson
Griffiths
Gray
Glover
Gelling
Evans
Cregeen
Craig
Corkish
Clucas
Caine
Boyd

and five named:


Radcliffe
Newton
Marshall
Lewis
Kneen
Killey
Jackson
Hill
Hall
Faragher
Cummins
Corrin
Brown
Bennett
Ball

Numbers 41 to 50

41
Jackie
Campbell
Finisher 2005, 2006 and 2007

42
Anne
Oates
Finisher 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008

43
Kate
Cain
Finisher 1997, 2006 and 2008

44
Shirley
Gage
Finisher 2007 and 2008

45
Martin
Hall
Finisher 2007

46
Andy
Green
Finisher 2008

47
Keith
Wilkinson
Finisher 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008

48
Terri
Salmon
Finisher 2006, 2007 and 2008

49
George
Blair
Finisher 2005 and 2006

50
Selwyn
Callister
Finisher 2003, 2006 and 2008

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Numbers 31 to 40

31
John
Cannell
Finisher 8 times; winner 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983 1993 & 1994

32
Charlie
Weston
Finisher 9 times; winner 1989 & 1991

33
Maureen
Moffatt
Finisher 2006, 2007 and 2008

34
Darren
Mealin
Finisher 2007 and 2008

35
Mike
Gellion
Finisher 2006, 2007 and 2008

36
John C
Ryder
Finisher 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

37
Alan
Kinvig
Finisher 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008

38
Marie
Gilbertson
Finisher 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

39
Juan
Readshaw
Finisher 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2008

40
Jane
Ryder
Finisher 2008

Three of each of these

Scott
Saunders
Ryder
Russell
Robinson
Quinn
Prince
Phillips
Oates
Moffatt
Mitchell
Messenger
McCoubrey
Maddrell
Macgregor
Kissack
Kinvig
Kinnin
Kinley
Keenan
Hunter
Humphrey
Holmes
Hicklin
Harvey
Halsall
Goldsmith
Furner
Firth
Devlin
Dentith
Crawford
Craine
Costain
Corran
Corkill
Coole
Collister
Cannon
Campbell
Butler
Bryan
Blake
Bevan
Baker
Alexander

Thursday, 28 May 2009

The Parish Walk retains Manxness

I've just analysed the surnames of the entrants and the Manx names are still to the fore.

For starters here are all the walkers where they share their name with one other entrant:


Salmon
Rogers
Robb
Riley
Rice
Reid
Redmond
Readshaw
Quilliam
Perkins
Penrose
Pennington
Patrick
O'Toole
O'Neill
O'Hare
Nuttall
Nugent
Norton
Noonan
Newbery
Naylor
Murray
Motley
Morgan
Moreton
Merritt
Measures
Mdlalose
McLean
McDonnell
McCutcheon
McCulloch
McCubbin
McCarthy
McCallum
Masterman
MacKey
Lynch
Lundin
Lowey
Locking
Livesey
Lee
Ledingham
Lace
Kerruish
Kermode
Kennish
Kenna
Keggin
Kay
Kaniewski
Johnston
Jenkins
Humphreys
Howroyd
Horisk
Higson
Hartley
Harrison
Hardisty
Harding
Hannay
Haddouche
Grose
Groenewald
Gregson
Green
Graham
Gould
Gordon
Gilbert
Gibson
Gerrard
Gell
Gawne
Garrett
Galliers
Gale
Fletcher
Finch
Fenlon
Fargher
Fairfax
Edwards
Dunn
Duggan
Dugdale
Draper
Dougherty
Donlon
Dixon
Devaney
Dawson
Cushing
Curphey
Cunningham
Crowe
Cross
Crompton
Critchley
Cringle
Cretney
Creer
Crebbin
Cowper
Cousins
Cooper
Comish
Collins
Cohen
Clayton
Chatwin
Charnick
Carter
Cannan
Callin
Caley
Burns
Burgess
Brook
Brogan
Briggs
Bridson
Breadner
Bradley
Bond
Blair
Black-Kay
Black
Binns
Bettridge
Betteridge
Berry
Bellando
Belcher-Smith
Beaman
Barlow
Ayestaran
Anstead
Andrews
Anderson

Numbers 21 to 30

21
Ray
Hughes
Finisher twenty two times

22
Dave
Cain
Finisher 1984, 1997, 2006 and 2008

23
Anthony
Kneale
Finisher twenty times

24
Mark
Hempsall
Finisher 2006 and 2007

25
Dave
Mackey
Finisher 2008

26
David
Lon Chambers
Finisher seven times

27
Tony
Okell
Finisher 1999 & 2008

28
David
Comish
Finisher seven times

29
Chris
Cale
Finisher 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

30
Mick
Holgate
Finisher seventeen times

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Numbers 11 to 20

11
Michael
Readshaw
Finisher 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006

12
Rosemarie
Crellin
Finisher nine times 2000-2008

13
Andrew
Titley
Finisher 2001 - 2008

14
John
Shimmin
Finisher 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2008

15
Janice
Quirk
Finisher 2007 and 2008

16
Martijn
Biesmans
Finisher 2007 and 2008

17
Christopher
Flint
Finisher 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006 (Winner 1997 & 1999)

18
Julian
Thomas
Finisher 2001 to 2008

19
David
Cain
Finisher 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008

20
Alan
McCulloch
Finisher 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

Monday, 25 May 2009

Caroline Cain feature


I've just published the latest featured walker article about Caroline Cain. I hope that you find her story inspiring.

Here is another of Bill Dale's photos that I borrowed from Caroline to scan. Its from the 2006 event. Caroline (121) was forced to retire at Bride after finishing the previous year. The sickness that caused her to pull out was later found to be caused by a base of skull tumour.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

and the most popular names are:

David
32
Paul
30
John
28
Mark
23
Chris
23
Ian
21
Andrew
21
Stephen
17
Sue
16
Karen
16
James
16
Helen
16
Peter
15
Alan
15
Sarah
14
Michael
14
Simon
13
Joanne
12
Jane
12
Caroline
12
Andy
12
Robert
11
Mike
11
Brian
11

Some of the more popular names

There are 6 walkers named:


Tim
Stephanie
Rebecca
Nicholas
Keith
Jon
Jim
Jill
Janet
Jamie
Gill
Craig
Carol

And seven named:


Victoria
Susan
Steve
Amanda
Angela
Matthew
Andrea
Louise
Laura
Katie
Jo
Dave
Christopher
Charlotte

8 of the following:


Alison
Philip
Kevin
Kate
Julie
Colin
Ben
Anthony

9 of each of these:


Richard
Neil
Michelle
Emma

Friday, 22 May 2009

New feature this weekend

Although I have fallen slightly behind with my plans to feature one walker a month on the website, I still plan to carry two more special features before the big day.

One of them will be published this weekend.

Slightly more common names

There are three of each of the following in the walk:


Yvonne
Wendy
Annemarie
Trevor
Tom
Terry
Tara
Steven
Daniel
Shirley
Sheila
Shaun
Sam
Sally
Robbie
Billy
Breeshey
Margaret
Cheryl
Malcolm
Lynn
Lorna
Dean
Linda
Lesley
Les
Kirsty
Katherine
Ann
Julia
Jennifer
Jean
Jade
Hilary
Hazel
Hayley
Graham
Clive
Gemma
Gavin
Gareth
Emily
Elaine

and four of each of these:


Zoe
Tracy
Thomas
Suzanne
Carolyn
Sophie
Sean
Ruth
Rosemary
Raymond
Ray
Bill
Nicola
Nick
Maria
Mandy
Lynda
Lucy
Leanne
Kelly
Kath
Juan
Jonathan
Christine
Jayne
Jackie
Heather
Hannah
Gillian
Adam
Clare
George
Geoffrey
Geoff
Donna
Darren
Anne

and five:


William
Adrian
Stuart
Alex
Sandra
Samantha
Amy
Phil
Pauline
Nicky
Matt
Marie
Liz
Katy
Jenny
Gary
Fiona
Edward
Diane
Debbie
Carl
Dawn

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Time is up for Eammon


I have spent the day in the company of five times Parish Walk finisher Eammon Harkin (pictured above) today. We travelled together to a meeting at Manchester Airport and I warned him that, quite against the rules, I had already decided that (provided I am listed as a judge as usual) I may have to disqualify him in the event this year.
This predetermined course of action arises from a promise I made to him a few years ago. Apparently, I said that if he ever beat my time of 16.19 from 1978, I would make a comeback.
Well despite having surgery just a few months ago, there is a chance that Eammon could be on course to get there or thereabouts.
But do I want to make a comeback? No thanks! Besides, I have the website to attend to.
What Eammon hadn't realised was that he had given superficial evidence that his walking style is suspect. He told me how busy he had been in the past couple of weeks and added: "My feet haven't touched the ground since I came back from Ireland".

132 of you are not unique

66 names are listed twice:



Conor
Voirrey
Vicky
Carole
Duncan
Damien
Dan
Tanya
Sylvia
Annie
Shane
Catherine
Bernie
Russell
Roy
Rose
Eleanor
Angie
Elizabeth
May
Pamela
Oliver
Norman
Noel
Nigel
Eric
Bob
Charlie
Natalie
Monica
Mick
Melanie
Maurice
Maureen
Mary
Aaron
Frank
Marian
Fred
Gail
Lynsey
Lynne
Abbie
Lisa
Antony
Deborah
Anna
Kim
Kayleigh
Kathryn
Karl
Geraldine
Justine
Judith
Joseph
Joan
Jessica
Bronwen
Denise
Jenna
Glenn
Derek
Jack
Irene
Gordon
Cara

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

One for every day of the year

365 people entered who had a name (or an abbreviation of a name) that was unique among the entrants. Here they all are:

Benjamin
GrĂ¡Inne
Greg
Gustav
Guy
Claira
Hanne
Haydn
Haydn Mark
Di
Des
Ciaran
Heike
Aishlinn
Henry
Dermot
Holdaway
Hugh
Iain
Abdelqader
Ian David
Ida
Ingrid
Grainne
Isobel
Ivan
Ivana
Ivor
Glynis
Ciara
Jacqueline
Jacqui
Glyn
Aisha
James Daniel
James Michael
Becki
Alice
Jane Yippee
Becca Claire
Janette
Janice
Janine
Jared
Jasmine
Jason
Christopher Simon
Dennis
Jeanette
Jeff
Jenette
Gloria
Jennie
Glenda
Gina
Jenny (Jane)
Dick
Becca
Barry
Arnie
Beckie
Joane
Jo-Ann
Joanna
Ali
Jock
Jodie
Joe
June
John C
John Michael
Johnathan
John-Michael
Joleen
Jolene
Barnaby
Ashlea
Jonny
Giles
Josh
Christina
Juana
Gesina
Judy
Deirdre
Julian
Declan
Geri
Kara
Ailsa
Karin
Gerard
Anita
Christiana
Debra
Georgina
Kathy
Ari
Brigid
Kay
Georgie
Kealie
Barbara
Kellie
Christian
Ken
Kenneth
Kenny
Kerry
Kerryanne
Kevan
Angus
George Michael
Kingsley
Kirk
Kirsten
Colette
Klara
Kristina
Kristy
Kuba
Colin Stephen
Laurence
Christa
Lee
Leila
Leilah
Leon
Debora
Debbie Yan Sheung
Li Li
Carla
Lindsey
Linzi
Dino
Bridget
Lloyd
Lois
Lorcan
Deano
Lorraine
Anthony Lawrence
Lourdes
Lucie
Chrissie
Gaynor
Lyndsay
Carly
Colleen
Bryan
Maeve
Magda
Maggie
Mal
Davied
David John
Marc
Marcia K
Marco
David Charles
Margie
Ashlee
Donny
Marianne
Ally
Marilyn
Fraser
Marlene
Martijn
Anne Marie
Martine
Frances
Mathew
Jan
Anthea
Fletcher
Fionnuala
Meda
Caldric
Melinda
Alexandra
Michaela
Michele
Alisdair
Fintan
Miguel
Allan
Miles
Mina
Miriam
Mo
Moira
Felicity
Nabil
Nadine
Naomi
Eunice
Natasha
Ned
Andrew Stephen
Niamh
Nic
Nichola
Baiba
Esther
Ernie
Charli
Nicola Jane
Erin
Nikki
Nikkie
Nitaya
Aneisha
Noel
Norbert
Doris
Emilie
Orla
Orna
Pam
Elsa
Pat
Patricia
Patrick
Elliott
Paula
Arran
Peggy
Penelope
Penny
Perry
Alan William
Peter Maurice
Charlene
Ellen
Philippa
Phillip
Pippa
Rachael
Beverly
Rachele
Ralph
Chantal
Cem
Audrey
Rebekah
Regina
Remo
Rene
Andrew P
Rick
Ricky
Rita
Rob
Daryl
Ann-Marie
Roberta
Rod
Roger
Roger Hammond
Roisin
Ronald
Ronald James
Ronnie
Rory
Rosalind
Elise
Rosemarie
Cecilia
Rosie
Rousseau
Rowena
Dorothy
Rupert
Eileen
Catriona
Sacha
Darrin
Sally Anne
Salma
Collette
Bethany
Sammy
Samuel
Beth
Sara
Sara Susanna
Cameron
Sarah Jo
Sarah-Kate
Seamus
Edmund
Selu
Selwyn
Eddie
Ed
Darrel
Danny
Shelley
Sheron
Danielle
Sian
Alexie
Sinead
Siobhan
Sonia
Sonja
Cath
Spence
Stacey
Stacey Lauren
Ste
Stef
Stella
Steph
Ashley
Adie
Annette
Daniela
Stu
Bernice
Bernard
Anne-Marie
Suzann
Suzannah
Caryl
Sweeney
Ean Zebb
Tania
Ean
Eamonn
Tasha
Terence
Teri
Terrence
Terri
Eammon
Terryann
Alina
Thurstan
Ashleigh
Timothy
Tina
Dagmar
Tommy Turtle
Amagoia
Tracey
Dylan
Creena
Tristan
Trudi
Trudy
Tsu Wei
Valerie
Vicci
Dru
Colm
Vincent
Vinny
Douglas
Dot
Will
Bernadette
Willie
Comor

16 from Belfast

There are 16 walkers from Belfast this year, including 14 in one group. There is another from Newry and 1 from Antrim.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Parish Walk Poll update

I started using the bravenet site for the poll last night but the first two votes cast were blank so I quickly suspended it before everyone got tearful and sent me loads of emails!

Another poll appeared for about five minutes at lunchtime today but again the vote casting was a problem.

Third time lucky the new one seems to be working well.

Its only a bit of fun of course so I shall close it tomorrow evening. Its a free one and I can restrict voting to once a day, once a month etc but can't do anything more sophisticated than that.

Numbers 6 to 10

6
Eammon
Harkin
Finisher 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007

7
Alan
Cowin
Finisher 2004, 2006 & 2008

8
Andrew
Gosnell
Finisher 2003, 2004, 2005

9
Michael
Shipsides
Finisher 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

10
Terry
Moffat
Finisher 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

1487 live on the Isle of Man

I'll let you know where the others come from over the next few days. I've already done countries.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Poll

There is a poll on the manxathletics.com site to find out who the punters think is going to win.

It will only be open for 24 hours as although I set the settings to restrict one vote person it seems to reset after 24 hours.

The colour is supposed to the same as the site colour (green) but it is still showing in red. Oh well, it will only be there for 24 hours!

Numbers 1 to 5 confirmed

1
Jock
Waddington
Finisher 2005, 2006, 2007 & Winner 2008

2
Robbie
Callister
Finisher nine times and winner in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007

3
Ray
Pitts
Finisher 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007:

4
Sue
Biggart
Finisher 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

5
Maurice
Bellando
Finisher 2006 and 2008

More young women that men

Of the 258 entrants under 25, 160 are women and only 92 are men.

Youngsters

In addition to the 92 walkers in the under 21 category, there are a further 166 walkers under 25.

10 over 70

There are 9 men over 70 including two at 76, one 75 year old and two aged 74.

There is just one woman aged over 70.

Aveage age

The average age of all competitors is 38.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Overseas walkers

I'll work out how many British residents there are another time but these are the few from outside the Isle of Man or UK:


Netherlands - 2

Rep of Ireland - 2

Austria - 1

Spain - 1

United Arab Emirates 1

More women than men

I was unoffcially tracking the balance of the entry between men and women and knew that it was fairly even.

Not that I have the official data (thanks to Karen Kneale) I can confirm that there are 821 women and 799 men.

More stats to follow - maybe one or two tonight but mainly another day.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Important message about seeding

I've just added the following to the website:

http://www.parishwalk.co.uk/Information.htm#Seeding

Final entry confirmed

I received an email from committee member Karen Kneale last night who has done so much good work on the database of entries over a number of years. Until three years ago she used to be the one inputting every single entry.

She has confirmed the final entry at 1620 with 161 seeded walkers.

More stats to follow over the next few days.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Best surface in event history

I saw the Isle of Man at its best last night when I went with Marie for a walk through Ballaglass Glen (or Mum's favourite glen as it was always called in our house).

I forgot to take my camera to capture the bluebells and the full colur of the glen. Or to photograph the wonderful surface of the road for the final three quarters of a mile before Parish Walkers rejoin the main road. I had meant to comment the last time I saw it to not the resurfacing.

We often speculate about how much harder it was for the walkers in the 60s and they would not have dreamt of such a smooth surface. Mind you, having spoken this morning with a five times finisher who walked over the course from Ramsey to Douglas at the weekend, I understand that some of the footpaths (out of Ramsey and the Dhoon to Laxey) are in a dreadful state and whereas in the old days walkers were able to walk well into the road, this is not always possible now.

5 former winners enter

Name Finishes Wins
Charlie Weston 9 1
Robbie Callister 9 5
John Cannell 8 6
Christopher Flint 7 2
Jock Waddington 4 1

523 completed laps by entrants

I've now revised my calculations to take account of the extra entries.

Here are the finishers (and the number of laps) of this years entrants:


Name
Finishes
David Collister
25
Ray Hughes
22
Anthony Kneale
20
Mick Holgate
17
Dermot O'Toole
14
Irene Taggart
11
Charlie Weston
9
Robbie Callister
9
Rosemarie Crellin
9
Andrew Titley
8
John Cannell
8
Julian Thomas
8
Sue Biggart
8
Christopher Flint
7
David Comish
7
Jo Revill
7
Alan Kinvig
6
Bob Noonan
6
Chris Cale
6
David Cain
6
Ray Pitts
6
David Whorrall
5
Eammon Harkin
5
Ian Ashcroft
5
John Hunter
5
John Shimmin
5
Stella Corlett
5
Terry Moffat
5
Adrian Beale
4
Alan McCulloch
4
Allan Corran
4
Angie Aire
4
Anne Oates
4
Dave Cain
4
Edward Marshall
4
Jane Cross
4
Jock Waddington
4
John C Ryder
4
Juan Readshaw
4
Kath Kelly
4
Keith Wilkinson
4
Kevin Graham
4
Malcolm Newton
4
Marie Gilbertson
4
Michael Crook
4
Michael Shipsides
4
Alan Cowin
3
Andrew Gosnell
3
Bethany Clague
3
Billy McCoubrey
3
Brian Connolly
3
Chris Swales
3
Colin Coole
3
David Gelling
3
Ernie Radcliffe
3
Jackie Campbell
3
John Callow
3
Julie Cretney
3
Kate Cain
3
Maureen Moffatt
3
Michael Gray
3
Mike Gellion
3
Peter Wood
3
Rita Norrey
3
Selwyn Callister
3
Stephanie Gray
3
Terri Salmon
3
Angie Astley
2
Ben Harris
2
Bernadette Devlin
2
Chris Murphy
2
Darren Mealin
2
David Anderson
2
David Cretney
2
George Blair
2
Glenn Weir
2
Gordon Erskine
2
Greg Nation
2
Ian Comish
2
Jane Crowe
2
Janet Allen
2
Janice Quirk
2
Katy Craig
2
Lisa Motley
2
Louise Thomas
2
Mark Hempsall
2
Martijn Biesmans
2
Maurice Bellando
2
Michael Bonney
2
Moira Hall
2
Paul Morgans
2
Peter Maurice Bell
2
Richard Spenceley
2
Shirley Gage
2
Simon Jones
2
Sue Furner
2
Tony Okell
2
Trevor Quayle
2
Adrian Cannell
1
Alan Teare
1
Alex Wijsman
1
Andrew Skelly
1
Andy Green
1
Bob Corrin
1
Bronwen Raatgever
1
Caroline Cain
1
Caroline Rielly
1
Carolyn Lace
1
Chris Reynolds
1
Colin Moore
1
Dave Mackey
1
Dave Taylor
1
David Brew
1
David Clucas
1
David Griffiths
1
David Hall
1
David James
1
Frank Feeney
1
Fred Baker
1
Gary Deuchar
1
Geoff Quayle
1
Gillian Cunningham
1
Gillian Manley
1
Gillian Morphet
1
Haydn Cubbon
1
Haydn Mark Kenna
1
Ian Marshall
1
Jane Ryder
1
Jason Edwards
1
Jenny Davies
1
Jo Richardson
1
Joanne Cubbon
1
John Hanbidge
1
Jon Allen
1
Jon Russell-Dunn
1
Joseph Clayton
1
Katie Cullen
1
Kevin Ford
1
Kingsley Lambert
1
Les Webb
1
Louise Russell
1
Lynsey Singer
1
Mark Honeyman
1
Mark Kinley
1
Martin Hall
1
Mike Cutsforth
1
Mina Patel
1
Nicholas Stephenson
1
Paul Boulton
1
Paul Condon
1
Paul Kennish
1
Pauline Ringham
1
Perry Downward
1
Peter Beighton
1
Peter Bettridge
1
Peter Lewis
1
Phil Colebourn
1
Richard Gerrard
1
Robbie Breadner
1
Robert Corrin
1
Rod Phillips
1
Sally Watterson
1
Sarah Morgan-Jones
1
Sean Murphy
1
Sharon Whitehouse
1
Simon Starkey
1
Steve Allen
1
Sylvia Harrison
1
Tony Dugdale
1
Wendy Easthope
1
Total
523

Record entry confirmed

Karen Kneale (many thanks Karen) emailed me as soon as she got back from the committee meeting last night to confirm that there is, after all, a record entry.

The number stands at 1620 with a couple more queries. There were obviously a number of entries that hadn't been processed and were not therefore on the list.

I have been struggling this morning (in between a short run) to try and compare the differences but had a few problems with names with more than one field. There should be another 90 names but I have 96 so some of these have previously been reported. It does include a lot more of the previous finishers:


Adie Corlett
Adrian Cannell
Alan William Gault
Alan Cowin
Alan Cromwell
Alan Kinvig
Stephanie Naylor
Alan Marshall
Alison Mason
Amy Brown
Andrew Bell
Annemarie Callister
Annemarie Mooney
Anthony Atkinson
Arnie Jacobs
Becca Leivers
Becki Somers
Billy Shaw
Bryan Chatwin
Carole Staples
Caroline Kelly
Chris Arnold
Chris Bates
Christa Cain
Christopher Simon Brummitt
Stephen Harvey
Clare Kelly
Stephen Persner
Daniela La Perna
David Lon Chambers
David Rawling
Deano Leyland
Diane Kelly
Ean Zebb Crompton
Edward Welsh
Elizabeth Price
Felicity Betteridge
Gemma Collister
Geoff Cowle
Geoff Kinvig
Gerard Morley
Gillian Morphet
Gina Grose
Helen Gibson
Helen Murray
Holdaway Lauren
Iain Craig
Ian Keeble
Ida Cihlarova
James Michael Kelly
Stuart Callow
Jane Yippee Foster
Jeanette MacGregor
Jenna MacGregor
Jim Beaman
John Kennaugh
Juan Gell
Juana Warburton
Justine Callow
Kate Lowey
Katy Craig
Kenneth Wilson
Stacey Lauren Thompson
Kirsty Monks
Leanne Chatwin
Lesley Jamieson
Louise Russell
Marcia K MacLeod
Marie McGrory
Martine Fleming
Michael Shipsides
Michelle Devine
Mick Holgate
Nicola Jane Druggan
Nicky Fagan
Paul Kennish
Paul Morris
Peter Maurice Bell
Phil Baillie
Sarah Jo Callow
Ray Hughes
Richard Spenceley
Robbie Callister
Roisin Cummins
Ronald James Newton
Rosemarie Crellin
Ruth Richardson
Tanya Davies
Tara Slinger
Tara Westcott
Tony Fletcher
Tracey Mason
Trevor Quayle
Vicky Radcliffe
William Meban
Willie Woods

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Record Holder to miss Parish Walk

When I was tracking the entries yesterday morning I couldn't help notice that record holder Sean Hands was missing from the list although I have seen him out training a few times.

So I telephoned him to try avoid speculation. I left a message on his answerphone and he kindly returned my call later in the day.

He confirmed that he will not be taking part.

He has had further injury problems since last year and, although he kept his options open until quite late, he didn't want to risk a third retirement in a row.

After a fantastic year in 2006 when he set the Parish Walk record and retained the National 100 Miles title, Sean admitted that he did not prepare so well for the defence of his title. But he ended up walking at the front of the field with Robbie Callister, where he was expected to be seen. As a result he retired.

Last year was completely different. He was in even better shape than in 2006 and after I interviewed him the week before the Parish I thought that another record was possible. As he took a minute a mile out of the field going over the Sloc I thought that this was a sign of this. But of course it was far too quick and the effort required to walk at that speed in those conditions aggravated his injuries too.

He made some amends later in the year with victory in the End to End Walk and it is to that event that he will now turn his attention.

But first that most modest of sportsman will be lining up at the start of the Parish Walk - to help with the marshaling!

Apologies for typo

I was cross with myself yesterday as having spent all morning tracking the final entries I posted an update to the front page at 1 second past midday meaning to say that "Entries have now closed" but I typed "not" instead of "now".

I apologise for any confusion I caused.

BUT.

It also said immediately below: "Although the entry list is subject to final confirmation (due to a couple of technical problems) no late entries will be accepted under any circumstances. Entries for the 2010 Clerical Medical Parish Walk open on 1 December 2009 - don't be late next time."

I keep harking on that entries had been open for 161 days (clearly stating when they closed) and yet people were still trying to enter after the deadline and trying to use my error as an excuse. Pathetic.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Walkers have completed 35% of all laps

This calculation is certainly prone to possible error (in particular of there is even the slightest variation in entered name eg David to Dave), but I calculate that 429 laps have been completed by this year's entrants - that is 35% of the 1213 laps ever. This is definitely my last stat of the day (half of it has gone already) so here are the previous finishers:

David Collister
25
Anthony Kneale
20
Dermot O'Toole
14
Irene Taggart
11
Charlie Weston
9
Andrew Titley
8
John Cannell
8
Julian Thomas
8
Sue Biggart
8
David Comish
7
Jo Revill
7
Bob Noonan
6
Chris Cale
6
David Cain
6
Ray Pitts
6
David Whorrall
5
Eammon Harkin
5
Ian Ashcroft
5
John Hunter
5
John Shimmin
5
Stella Corlett
5
Terry Moffat
5
Adrian Beale
4
Alan McCulloch
4
Allan Corran
4
Angie Aire
4
Anne Oates
4
Dave Cain
4
Edward Marshall
4
Jane Cross
4
Jock Waddington
4
Juan Readshaw
4
Kath Kelly
4
Keith Wilkinson
4
Kevin Graham
4
Malcolm Newton
4
Marie Gilbertson
4
Michael Crook
4
Andrew Gosnell
3
Bethany Clague
3
Billy McCoubrey
3
Brian Connolly
3
Chris Swales
3
Colin Coole
3
David Gelling
3
Ernie Radcliffe
3
Jackie Campbell
3
John Callow
3
Julie Cretney
3
Kate Cain
3
Maureen Moffatt
3
Michael Gray
3
Mike Gellion
3
Peter Wood
3
Rita Norrey
3
Selwyn Callister
3
Stephanie Gray
3
Terri Salmon
3
Angie Astley
2
Ben Harris
2
Bernadette Devlin
2
Chris Murphy
2
Darren Mealin
2
David Anderson
2
David Cretney
2
George Blair
2
Glenn Weir
2
Gordon Erskine
2
Greg Nation
2
Ian Comish
2
Jane Crowe
2
Janet Allen
2
Janice Quirk
2
Lisa Motley
2
Louise Thomas
2
Mark Hempsall
2
Martijn Biesmans
2
Maurice Bellando
2
Michael Bonney
2
Moira Hall
2
Paul Morgans
2
Shirley Gage
2
Simon Jones
2
Sue Furner
2
Tony Okell
2
Alan Teare
1
Alex Wijsman
1
Andrew Skelly
1
Andy Green
1
Bob Corrin
1
Bronwen Raatgever
1
Caroline Cain
1
Caroline Rielly
1
Carolyn Lace
1
Chris Reynolds
1
Colin Moore
1
Dave Mackey
1
Dave Taylor
1
David Brew
1
David Clucas
1
David Griffiths
1
David Hall
1
David James
1
Frank Feeney
1
Fred Baker
1
Gary Deuchar
1
Geoff Quayle
1
Gillian Cunningham
1
Gillian Manley
1
Haydn Cubbon
1
Ian Marshall
1
Jane Ryder
1
Jason Edwards
1
Jenny Davies
1
Jo Richardson
1
Joanne Cubbon
1
John Hanbidge
1
Jon Allen
1
Jon Russell-Dunn
1
Joseph Clayton
1
Katie Cullen
1
Kevin Ford
1
Kingsley Lambert
1
Les Webb
1
Lynsey Singer
1
Mark Honeyman
1
Mark Kinley
1
Martin Hall
1
Mike Cutsforth
1
Mina Patel
1
Nicholas Stephenson
1
Paul Boulton
1
Paul Condon
1
Pauline Ringham
1
Perry Downward
1
Peter Beighton
1
Peter Bettridge
1
Peter Lewis
1
Phil Colebourn
1
Richard Gerrard
1
Robbie Breadner
1
Robert Corrin
1
Rod Phillips
1
Sally Watterson
1
Sarah Morgan-Jones
1
Sean Murphy
1
Sharon Whitehouse
1
Simon Starkey
1
Steve Allen
1
Sylvia Harrison
1
Tony Dugdale
1
Wendy Easthope
1

Returning from last year

The following completed the course last year and have definitely entered again:

Alan McCulloch
Alan Teare
Alex Wijsman
Andrew Titley
Andy Green
Anne Oates
Ben Harris
Bethany Clague
Brian Connolly
Chris Cale
Chris Murphy
Chris Reynolds
Chris Swales
Darren Mealin
Dave Mackey
David Cain
David Collister
David Comish
David Whorrall
Dermot O'Toole
Ernie Radcliffe
Frank Feeney
Gary Deuchar
Gillian Cunningham
Gillian Manley
Greg Nation
Ian Comish
Irene Taggart
Jane Crowe
Jane Ryder
Janice Quirk
Jo Revill
Jock Waddington
John Callow
John Shimmin
John Watterson
Juan Readshaw
Julian Thomas
Julie Cretney
Kate Cain
Kath Kelly
Keith Wilkinson
Kingsley Lambert
Malcolm Newton
Marie Gilbertson
Martijn Biesmans
Maureen Moffatt
Maurice Bellando
Michael Bonney
Michael Crook
Michael Gray
Mike Gellion
Pauline Ringham
Perry Downward
Peter Lewis
Richard Gerrard
Robbie Breadner
Robbie Callister
Selwyn Callister
Shirley Gage
Stella Corlett
Stephanie Gray
Sue Biggart
Terri Salmon
Terry Moffat
Tony Dugdale
Tony Okell

Nearly half of last year's finishers fail to return

I must stress that these calculations are entirely unofficial. I may have made errors or some of those that finished last year maybe among those with a problem still to be added. But it would appear that 54 of the 122 that finished last year have not returned this year. There will always be a certain number of "one offs" and there will always be a few drawing the curtain on their Parish Walk careers, but I would if the weather last year was a factor.

A few of the names listed below are now taking part in other branches of the sport of athletics but there are a few that I shall really miss like Rosemarie Crellin.


Adam Russell
Alan Brew
Alan Cowin
Alan Kinvig
Andy Harrison
Anita Costain
Antony Atkinson
Chris Moon
Chris Walker
Christopher Burn
David Chambers
David Churcher
David Whittam
Donald Strathie
Eleanor Gawne
Gordon Corran
Gordon Wynne-Smythe
Ian Allan Dunbar
Illona Leadley
Jane Birchall
Jeff Black
Jim Davidson
John C Ryder
John Robinson
Julie Owen
Karen Lawrie
Katy Craig
Lesley Christian
Margy Killey
Marie Jackson
Martin Malone
Martyn Quayle
Michael George
Michael Shipsides
Michael Teare
Michelle Stevens
Neil Towers
Nikki Boyde
Patrick Crowe
Patrick Hartley
Patrick Reid
Paul Kennish
Paul Malone
Paul Phillips
Peter Bradley
Phil Marshall
Ray Hughes
Richard Spenceley
Rosemarie Crellin
Stefan Dunajewski
Stephen Brew
Stephen O'Hare
Steve Taggart
Wendy Ross

There must have been a slight time delay

I took the list at midday precisely but there is now one more added (1530)

Katherine Gatherer

They must use Ebay

One of the final six entries went through in the last five minutes taking the total to1529. Remember that there will be a few extra names added later in the day from people who entered on time but their entries were lost. There will definitely be no futher entries accepted:


Adrian Kinrade
Ben Tang
Claire Cavanagh
Joanne Taylor
Samantha Kinrade
Yvonne Ward

So much for all the planning I was going to do this morning

I've spent most of the morning doing this stuff!

15 minutes to go and the scores or the doors reach 1523.

Just time for some stretching before the closedown.

Here are the latest:


Katie Wilkinson
Mark Raisbeck
Sarah Marsh
Sharon Lunt

Doesn't quite add up

I've added a further 5 names in the last 15 minutes but the new total is 1519:

Barnaby Lockyer
Emma Wilkinson
Gail Corrin
Graham Cregeen
Mark Edge

9 more between 11 and 11.15 (1515)

Annette Lewis
Ben Bryan
Cara Wilkinson
Helen Bryan
Jan Kirkman
Laura Bryan
Lucy Charnick
Paul Gale
Sharon Lund

Entry list incomplete

I've just spoken to Gordon Corran, husband of race secretary Elizabeth who is busy this morning with the Manx Youth Games.

There are still a few additional entries to be added to the database and so the list that appears at 12 today will not be the final one.

When I made the call there were 1505 entries. I refreshed the page as I was talking to Gordon and it had increased to 1508.

Although this is exciting following the final entries, it flabbergasts me that people wait for five and half months to enter (everyone who entered last year received a text on 1 December 2008; the website was launched on 1 December 2008 and the media publicity followed soon after) and then run into technical problems.

There is a definite message for next year. Get your entry in much earlier and then you have time to sort things out without the stress that it causes if your credit card won't work or you have some other problem.

On a scale of 1 to 10 my sympathy for the entrants is 1. On the same scale, my sympathy for the unpaid workers sorting out the problems it is 10.

A hour to go and its now 1505

Aneisha Kennaugh
Colin Moore
Gill Young
Keith Wilkinson
Marco Lavender
Rachel Gawne
Sharon Whitehouse

4 more with 90 minutes to go

Damien Briggs
Rebecca Briggs
Sophie Robinson
Susan Fargher

Just over 2 hours to go and its up to 1494

Although it looks as if one person has entered twice:

Ann-Marie Murphy
Dawn Radcliffe
George Harker
Ivor Stanley
Jim O'Neill
Jo Hailey
Jodie O'Neill
Kate McHugh
Leanne Woodbridge
Leanne Woodbridge

4 in the last hour

Andrea Kane
George Asare-Aidoo
Marie O'Connell
Tim Crookall

There are now 1480

I'm having a "Parish Walk" morning as I prepare a few things for future website coverage so I shall be at my computer and will keep you informed of the latest entrants every hour or two this morning. Here are the latest:


James Betteridge
Claire Coleman
Kevin Cowley
Terence Cowley
Sam Gordon
Yvonne Holmes
Emma Horton
John Hunter
Bridget Newbery
Jon Russell-Dunn
Alisdair Towie
Billy Woodbridge
Terryann Woodbridge

Friday, 8 May 2009

Entries are now 1467

the latest entries are from:

Adam Davies
Alan Lauder
Alan Stewart
Amy Christian
Andrew Coulter
Andrew McLean
Angus Alexander
Beth Thomas
Bill Malarkey
Carl McConkey
Caroline Moran
Caroline Myers
Charlotte Rea
Comor Haigh
Craig Ritchie
Danielle Quinn
David Budden
David McCallum
Dino Mazzone
Donna Whalley
Douglas Underwood
Fiona Cain
Fionnuala Alliston
Fletcher Craine
Gavin Oates
Gillian Harman
Hannah Brown
Hannah Griffiths
Helen Newbery
James Curphey
James Sayle
Janet Corran
Jenna Belcher
Jim Caley
Jo Morgan
Joanne Coole
Josh MacKey
Katie McAleer
Katy Stopford
Kelly Jackson
Laura Riding
Leanne Andrews
Linda Quirk
Lucy Turner
Lynsey Elliott
Michael Evans
Michael Noble
Michael Salmon
Michelle Quinn
Nic Andrews
Nicholas Morton
Nigel Maddocks
Patrick Hunter
Paul Houghton
Paul Mumford
Penelope Hardman
Peter Ryder
Sarah Johnson
Sarah Rouse
Sophie Killey
Steven Hills
Steven Lansdowne
Thomas Clarke
Tim Rickard
William Alexander

Morning entries

Brian Cowley
Caroline Kay
Christine Mordaunt
Daniela La Perna
David Kay
David Thompson
Gill Lowey
Gill Phillips
Gordon Dowsing
John Dawson
Joseph Moneta
Julia Charles
Lindsey Naylor
Martin Derbyshire
Michelle McGovern
Pamela Clarke
Rebecca Hill
Sandra Castellano
Sarah Elder
Stella Corlett
Susan Giles
Tracy Roberts

Now up to 1402

8 more sneak entries in overnight

Andrew P Jones
Andrew Newton
Dan Brook
Mike Crompton
Orla Brook
Philip Butler
Richard Butler
Voirrey Keggin

Thursday, 7 May 2009

The entries today - up to 1372 on the official list

Alison Ennett
Allan Corran
Amanda Bruce
Amanda Douglas
Andrew Gosnell
Anna Cowin
Ben O'Hare
Carla Pierce
Carol Donlon
David Rogerson
Dick Callin
Eamonn Donlon
Emma Jones
Grainne Devlin
Helen Almond
James Moore
Jamie Barrow
Joane Storey
Jon Watterson
Lois Clague
Neil Quilliam
Nicholas Kennish
Paul Renshaw
Peter Teare
Regina Ripamonti
Robert Faragher
Sacha Rice
Sean Murphy
Steve Leach
Stuart Buckley
Tim White
Tom Stewart
Vicci Laslett

Did you know?

Between 1960 and 1985 there were 161 completed laps of the course.

In 2006 163 people walked the whole course in a single year!

Another 14 sign up this morning

Annie Kneale
Carol Bentham
Helen Callow
Jacqueline Friend
John Kinley
John Powell
Mark Kinley
Matt Cory
Paul Condon
Rose Taylor
Sandra Woods
Sharon Cain
Steve Allen
Victoria Hannay

Total is now 1339

Entries rise to 1325

Just two days left and here are the latest 56:

Amy Sykes
Andrew Dixon
Angela Cowin
Anne-Marie Pennington
Ari Ludford-Brooks
Cara Mdlalose
Caroline Hynan
Chris Duggan
Chris Jones
Ciaran Gilsenan
Claire Gale
Clare Mahood
Clive Hewson
David Lon Chambers
Edward Williams
Elaine Hardisty
Emma Lister
Gesina Loubser
GrĂ¡Inne Burns
Hayley Thomas
Helen McArd
Jane Duke
Jenny Davies
Jo Revill
John Hanbidge
Katie Cullen
Kealie Thompson
Keith Hardisty
Kevin Perks
Kevin Quirk
Laurence Cummins
Les Shires
Lynsey Singer
Marie Goosen
Marie Reynolds
Mark Dougherty
Matthew Kelly
Mike Barratt
Mike Kaighin
Mike Radcliffe
Nicola Crellin
Peter Bettridge
Philip Ellis
Rebecca Livesey
Roberta Convery
Selu Mdlalose
Shaun Nesbitt
Simon Mellor
Simon Quine
Simon Tushingham
Stef Walmsley
Thomas Maxwell
Tracy Brennan
Tracy Dickson
Valerie Robb
Zoe Cannell

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Latest entries - total now 1269

Alan Corlett
Alison Furness
Andy Lindley
Carol Stevens
Caryl Anstead
Christopher Simon Brummitt
Christopher Rhodes
Collette Lovelady
Conor Keenan
David Reeder
Debora Carcas
Diane Neale
Esther Kilgallon
Fiona Moore
Fraser Mackay
Geri Brown
Gloria Padi
Heather Birch
Ian Crawford
James Ormond
Jo Richardson
Julie Swales
Kara Kneale
Karen Norton
Kate Kinvig
Linda Swales
Lorcan O'Mahony
Lyndsay Shimmin
Maria Raso
Marian Cunningham
Martin Critchley
Michael Bridson
Michelle Turner
Niamh Goddard
Nicola Raven
Paul Fargher
Paul Mayson
Pauline Ringham
Robert Higgins
Robert Taylor
Rosemary Anstead
Sara Cain
Simon Dunn
Stephen Brown
Stephen Wood
Tania Saunders-De-Pons
Tanya Shimmnin
Tim Norton
Tom Reed
Victoria Bevan
Wendy Bevan
Zoe Williams

Monday, 4 May 2009

17 entries this afternoon

Ailsa Thom
Chris Mann
Debbie Storrie
Elaine Masterson
Helen Mccallion
James Cubbon
Jennifer Noon
John Randles
John Strickett
Karen Locking
Meda Humphrey
Mike Cook
Pauline Hughes
Peter Wood
Ray Pitts
Stephen Locking
Tony Mepham

1200 entered for Parish Walk

And the 38 to take it to this level are:


Alan Teare
Antony Boyd
Claire Losh
Colette Kerruish
Debbie Lundin
Denise Groenewald
Denise Sharkey
Dorothy Shallcross
Eunice Cubbon
Gary Wainwright
Gill Sutherland
Glenn Weir
Hanne Boyd
Ian David Richardson
Jane Hill
Jill Finch
Joanna Hull
John Grady
John Hopps
Karen Chiarello
Katie Thornhill
Kristina Misselbrook
Mark Walker
Michael Campbell
Michael Farnworth
Mike Smedley
Miles Walker
Nick Halsall
Ray Harrald
Rebecca Cowley
Richard Groenewald
Robert Currey
Rosemary Brereton
Sharon Walton
Terrence Lundin
Tony Arzt
Tony Duggan
Tsu Wei Chen

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Who has entered today

Arran Kaighin
Charli Smith
Chrissie Kaighin
Claire Stubbs
Gary Allen
Jasmine Abrey
Jessica Dentith
Jill Bennett
Joan Blake
Joanne Whitaker
John-Michael Steele
Jon Burgess
Julie Thomas
Karen Greatbatch
Kellhy McConville
Louise Cain
Marc Barron
Paul Crilly
Paul Kenna
Paul Mcnamara
Robert Callister
Russell Bevan
Sean Davies
Stephanie Halsall
Stephen Trimble
Victoria Callister
Victoria Richardson

Latest 24

Angela Goody
Benjamin Fairfax
Bronwen Udy
Darrel Roberts
David Charles Griffiths
David Collister
Dawn Rodgers
Declan Murphy
Fred Waggett
Greg Nation
Ian Costain
James Stafford
Jayne Kneen
Leilah Hassan
Lucy Garnett
Magda Fairfax
Mark Patterson
Paul Devaney
Philip Corkill
Rachel Clarke
Rachel Quayle
Rita Norrey
Robert Udy
Shirley Watling

Friday, 1 May 2009

There are now 1111 entries

The latest 79 to enter are:


Alan Pilling
Alex Magell
Alison Finch
Andrew Pennington
Andy Capener
Andy Fleet
Anthony Lawrence Beagan
Becca Claire Hoskisson
Ben Constable
Bob Noonan
Breeshey Craine
Breeshey Gray
Carl Wild
Carol Bate
Caroline Rielly
Cecilia McCallum
Colin Crooks
Daniel Corkish
David Boothman
David James
Dru Hamm
Eric Kissack
Gareth Wynn
Gaynor Lewthwaite
Gemma Kernan
Geraldine St.Ruth
Glenn Blacker
Gordon Erskine
Haydn Mark Kenna
Heather Gordon
Helen Taylor
Henry Desilva
Ivan Edwards
Jack Charmer
Janice Quirk
Joanne Bibby
Julian Thomas
Karen Clark
Karl Jones
Keith Wilkins
Kuba Szymanski
Li Li Cheung
Louise Thomas
Malcolm Meddings
Mandy Cain
Marian Jackson
Mark Watson
Matthew Quayle
Matthew Skinner
May Wales
Neil Brew
Nicola Waggett
Nikki Ball
Norman Faragher
Orna Lynch
Pamela Temple
Paul Boulton
Paul Cannan
Paul Paterson
Paul Wheeldon
Perry Downward
Peter Callow
Peter Lewis
Phil Cannon
Philip Kenney
Philip Newman
Rachel Walters
Rebekah Marshall
Ruth Callin
Sally Wallis
Sheila Magee
Shirley Gage
Simon Kelly
Steph Grose
Stu Bell
Sue Baggaley
Terry Kinvig
Tony Callister
Vicky Dyson

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Champpion lady enters

And so do:

Andy Garrett
Anne Dooley
Ashleigh Oldland
Beverly Milne
Brian Marchbank
Caroline Cornish
Chris Sayle
Christine Perkins
Donna Skillen
Duncan Kelly
Gary Deuchar
Hazel Carroon
Helen Stone
Hilary Healy
Isobel Gough
Jill Carter
Kate Corran
Lee Cowin
Nadine Kaniewski
Nicky Merritt
Paul Kermeen
Rosalind Cannon
Sam Ferguson
Samuel Fletcher
Shane Stoneystreet
Sonia Grainger
Sophie Watson
Sue Biggart
Yvonne Noonan

Entries pass 1000

The latest are:

Carly Craig
Chris Lyon
Christopher King
Christopher Shimmin
Colin Garvey
Ellen Livesey
Emily Irwin
Gavin Kinnin
Jane Leece
Jason Edwards
John Watterson
Kate Usher
Lynda Audsley
Mark Dimsdale
Matt Moffatt
Mike Berry
Phillip Cleary
Sarah Leece
Sinead Hughes
Stephanie Peel

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Another 32 entries

Alan McCulloch
Andrew McCutcheon
Anne Sommer
Ben Watterson
Brian Goldsmith
Carole Moreton
Cheryl Callister
Daniel Moreton
Dave Molyneux
Jackie Mcculloch
Jeff McCubbin
Jill Evans
John Bennett
Jonathan Cox
Jonathan Wild
Jonny Killey
Juan Readshaw
Karen Bell
Kate Bottomley
Kevin Graham
Lorna McCubbin
Marilyn Gilbert
Mark Honeyman
Martin Spenceley
Noel Hayes
Norman Bell
Rachel Keig
Raymond Spits
Sally Bellando
Simon Cringle
Sue Ferns
Sue Hodge

60% of last years entry

There are now 951 entries - approximately 60% of the number last year.

Don't leave it too late. Online entries only after Saturday.

Here are the most recent 66:


Amy Baker
Andy Ball
Andy Harding
Angela Corkish
Anne Oates
Anthony Lawler
Ashlea Tracey
Bob Corrin
Brian Cousins
Brian Kneale
Catherine Colley
Cheryl Cousins
Claire Belcher-Smith
Claire Furner
Edward Kneen
Elise Clarke
Emilie Kermode
Emma Latham
Emma Metcalfe
Fiona Simpson
Heather Crawford
Ian Drake
Ian Irvine
Ian Shanahan
Jackie Campbell
Jackie Hannay
Jayne Gaylor
Jenny Smith
Joanne Dixon
John Taylor
Joleen Crellin
Julia Skillicorn
June Melvin
Kathryn Clough
Kay Allen
Kim Makin
Laura Hulme
Les Birtles
Linda Firth
Lourdes Hawker
Mark Fitzgerald
Mark Roberts
Marlene Kneen
Martin Webb
Matthew Belcher-Smith
Michael Kelly
Michelle Mitchell
Mike Gellion
Nicholas Rice
Oliver Helfrich
Paul Daugherty
Paul Hadfield
Rachel Grace
Ronnie Kelly
Sam Merritt
Sarah Vaukins
Simon Mason
Simon Spenser
Stacey Lauren Thompson
Stephanie Martin
Stephen Garrett
Sue Furner
Sue Moore
Susan Greenbank
Timothy Martin
Vincent Ellison

Monday, 27 April 2009

Watching the pot boil

A few minutes after posting the last update I checked again and there had been a firther 5 entries taking the total to 885.


Fiona Killey
Jared Smith
John Judge
Neil Brogan
Tim Knott

A watched pot never boils

I thought the heading above was unique to this blog but when I went to type it in the autocomplete remembered that I had used it before.

The point is that sometimes I check the entrants list two or three times a day without much change whereas I haven't reviewed it for 3 days and there are a further 108 entries!

Here they are:


Aisha Howard
Andrea Burns
Andrew Callow
Andy Green
Angela Southern
Anna Binns
Anne Marie Goodall
Anne Clarke
Annemarie Hughes
Audrey Christian
Caldric Randall
Caroline Clague
Carolyn Newton
Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Lee
Chris Preston
Christopher Flint
Dan Evens
Daniel Foulis
Darren Hughes
Darren Shaw
David Clucas
David Comish
David Griffiths
Debbie Black-Kay
Elsa Hicklin
Frances Griffiths
Gareth Webb
Gavin Quiggin
Geoff Quayle
George Blair
Glynis Mchale
Graham Kelly
Hazel Webb
Heather Mattocks
Helen Beaumont
Helen Cain
Ivana Smythe
James Nolan
Jamie Beaman
Jamie Clucas
Jane Yippee Foster
Janet Carroll
Jenny (Jane) Shepherd
Jim Hicklin
Joanne Cannell
Joanne Clague
Joanne Roberts
Jock Waddington
John Binns
John Moore
Jon Allen
Juan Corlett
Julie Hill
Kath Quirk
Kathy Brownless
Katie Cregeen
Katy Hunt
Kerry Ashton
Kevin Ford
Kirsty Cregeen
Klara Lendvai Emokey
Laura Webb
Lesley Webb
Lucie Tomkinson
Lynda Brew
Lynn Kosh
Margaret Allison
Margaret Manning
Margie Mylrea
Mark Humphrey
Martin Tute
Matt Bettridge
Mina Patel
Nicky Quinn
Nigel Crellin
Nikkie Downe
Paul Cowin
Peter Hartley
Phil Colebourn
Philip Christian
Robert Webb
Rose Dugdale
Rosemary Wild
Rosie Allen
Rupert Hoskin
Sally Anne Cubbon
Sammy Ball
Shaun Mayle
Shelley Waddington
Simon Barber
Simon Black-Kay
Simon Kaniewski
Siobhan Charnick
Sonja Macgregor
Stacey Davidson
Stephen Caley
Stephen Corkish
Steve O'Hare
Sue Halsall
Sue Reynolds
Suzannah Corkill
Teri Waddington
Thomas Craine
Tom Hanks
Trevor Roberts
Wendy Sayer
Zoe Shepherd

Friday, 24 April 2009

Latest entries

Its taken me a little longer to compile than I would have liked because the new entrants plus the original entrants came to one more than the current list. The reason was that someone had amended their Christian name so I had counted him twice!


Alexie Pepper
Alison Crellin
Angie Astley
Caroline Cain
David Cain
Dean Greenland
Emma Measures
Jane Ryder
Katherine Keenan
Liz Collins
Liz Cull
Mandy Caine
Mick Collins
Raymond Dodd
Trudy Haddouche
Will Moffatt

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Latest 23 entries

Aaron Jones
Abdelqader Haddouche
Angela Caulfield
Caroline Walter
Charlotte Williamson
Chris Angold
Chris Bloomer
Chris Hall
Debbie Reeve
Elliott Wenn
Eric Critchley
Jean Aksoy
John Gallagher
Kirsty Weir
Kristy Ashe
Matt Harvey
Michael Readshaw
Nick Bradley
Peter Ward
Rob Campbell
Sarah Morgan-Jones
Simon Jones
Steve Clague

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

15 more entries

Ali Radcliffe
Andrea Castle
Catriona Farrant
Chris Clague
Dave Cain
David Cretney
Ernie Radcliffe
Gary Van Den Berg
Hazel Boswell
Ingrid Sugden
Judith Watkins
Kate Cain
Louise Alderman
Miguel Fernandes
Thurstan Denne

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

11 entries this evening

Alex Messenger
Chris Wright
Hayley Hemsley
Ian Moore
James Murphy
Kath Colquitt
Maurice Bellando
Peter Crebbin
Phil Kerruish
Sarah Messenger
Susan Messenger

neck and neck

I estimate that there are 354 male entries to date - exactly the same number as there are women.

Again I stress that this is entirely unofficial as I may have some wrong.

12 more entries

Chris Reynolds
Dawn Webb
Derek Baker
Hilary Borthwick
Jane Thacker
Jon Redmond
Matt Redmond
Mike Cutsforth
Miriam Collister
Sean Kenny
Sue Keown
Tristan Kewley

Monday, 20 April 2009

Nearly 7 times as many walkers reached Santon compared to 1993

1993 was the first year that 200 people reached Santon. How things have changed - last year 1385 got that far. Even with electronic timing that made it pretty busy!


1974 -94
1975 -88
1976 -78
1977 -87
1978 -83
1979 -82
1980 -106
1981 83
1982 -105
1983 -109
1984 -103
1985 -121
1986 -151
1987 -138
1988 -118
1989 -125
1990 -154
1991 -159
1992 -166
1993 -203
1994 -223
1995 -239
1996 -282
1997 -410
1998 -498
1999 -578
2000 -663
2001 -727
2002 -832
2003 -928
2004 -1079
2005 -1131
2006 -1346
2007 -1125
2008 -1385

Almost 1 an hour

26 entries in the last 31 hours!

Abbie Leece
Andy Keelan
Bernie Ball
Ciara Kaneen
Clive Berriff
David Gawne
David Hall
Eileen Benjamin
Fiona Chatel
Geoffrey Hall
Helen Jackson
Ian Callister
Jane Cross
Jennie Buttell
Jessica Cross
Joe Lee
Julie Cretney
Lynne Sayle
Martin Blyth
Melinda Faragher
Michele Perry
Mike Faragher
Moira Hall
Neil Ecolango
Shane Bennett-White
Sharon Roberts

Sunday, 19 April 2009

And another 12

Those that entered yesterday take the entry to 670.

Alex Dawson
Annie Harling
Anthony Kneale
Des Robinson
Giles Hill
Jade Weir
Jane Smith
Jenny Divers
Les Webb
Ralph Pawling
Robert Corrin
Victoria Penrose

Still a lot to come though. Come on guys.

Wrong blog

These eight entries had been received by Saturday, but I posted the update to the wrong blog:


Debbie Yan Sheung Tang
Emma McGreevy
Fintan Cummins
Graham Smith
Ian Comish
Louise Carder
Sarah Teare
Wendy Easthope

Friday, 17 April 2009

Entries reach 650

The latest entries are:

Anthony Cagney
Anthony Fielding
Chris Smith
David Tasker
Guy Adamson
Jean Slack
Joanne Standish
Judy Thornley
Leanne Webb
Lesley Joyce
Lorna Kennaugh
Lynn McKibbin
Matthew Black
Nicholas Bradley
Peter Bould
Philip Knop
Sophie Cowley
Stephen Jenkins

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

That Patrick section again

The average time between Rushen and Patrick in 2007 was 03:01:40.

In the wet of 2008 the average had dropped to 3:07:08

5 more this afternoon

Leanne Webb
Lesley Joyce
Lorna Kennaugh
Lynn McKibbin
Peter Bould

8 more entries

Aaron Curphey
Cheryl Bond
Claire Hamer
Craig Morgan
Donna Gregson
Kelly Smith
Mark Saunders
Mary Doyle


There are now 321 men and 311 women entered.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Fastest to Patrick

Its only for the past two years that we have split times between the churches. Sean Hands was considerably faster last year than anyone else in 2008 or a year earlier.

Here are the fastest 50:

Sean Hands
01:53:59
2008
Robbie Callister
02:00:31
2007
Michael George
02:03:00
2007
Robbie Callister
02:05:08
2008
Ray Pitts
02:06:15
2007
Jock Waddington
02:06:47
2008
Sue Biggart
02:08:42
2008
Andrew Titley
02:10:46
2008
Maurice Bellando
02:11:36
2008
Janice Quirk
02:12:24
2008
Alan Cowin
02:12:47
2008
Stephen Harvey
02:13:00
2008
Andrew McCutcheon
02:13:13
2008
Steve Partington
02:14:07
2007
Eammon Harkin
02:14:18
2007
Michael George
02:14:21
2008
Sue Biggart
02:14:47
2007
Ian Dunbar
02:14:52
2007
Michael Shipsides
02:17:58
2008
Terry Moffat
02:18:07
2008
Thomas Melvin
02:18:26
2007
Mark Hempsall
02:18:31
2008
John Shimmin
02:19:28
2008
Terry Moffat
02:19:43
2007
Rosemarie Crellin
02:19:50
2008
Martijn Biesmans
02:19:55
2007
Doug Allan
02:20:21
2008
Jane Mooney
02:20:59
2008
Janice Quirk
02:21:08
2007
Shaun Nesbitt
02:21:14
2008
Alison Brand
02:21:16
2007
Martin Malone
02:22:07
2008
Alan McCulloch
02:22:26
2008
Jock Waddington
02:22:42
2007
Vinny Lynch
02:23:06
2007
Michael Shipsides
02:23:56
2007
Tony Okell
02:23:59
2008
Christopher Paul . Shimmin
02:24:12
2007
Debby Ashe
02:24:17
2008
Jane Mooney
02:24:27
2007
Kathryn Kennaugh
02:24:42
2007
Rachael Crellin
02:25:16
2008
Andy Green
02:25:17
2008
Martijn Biesmans
02:25:20
2008
Alison Brand
02:25:22
2008
Doug Allan
02:25:23
2007
Julian Thomas
02:25:26
2007
Catherine Lowey
02:25:27
2007
John Shimmin
02:25:32
2007
Vicki Rawlinson
02:25:53
2008

30 more have entered

Andy Kneen
Bernard Cannan
Bernie Moynihan
Colin Coole
Colin Cowley
Colm Andrew
Doris Li
Emma Snell
Geoff Karran
Hannah Gerrard
Ian Corlett
Ian Wakley
Jim McDonnell
Jo-Ann Jansen Van Vuuren
Jolene Hickey
Jonathan Ayres
Lisa Motley
Lloyd Van Vuuren
Lynne Quayle
Mathew Williamson
Maurice Snell
Melanie Moores
Natasha Cushing
Neil Cushing
Penny Thursfield
Richard Darnill
Rory Galliers
Sheila Skillicorn
Sue Webster
Suzanne Galliers

Total now 624

Friday, 10 April 2009

Slightly more men

My latest calculations indicate that the 594 entries are from 302 men and 292 women.

The calculations are unofficial and dependent upon the flag I enter against each name on my working spreadsheet rather than from the full official database.

Approaching 600

Can we get another 6 signup up to day to make it a good Friday and lift the entries to 600?

Here are the latest three:

Bill Bowes
Erin Callister
Jo Callister

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Get to the finish just before 5 am

If you want to see the person with the average winning time, that is when you should be there. During the past year, the average finishing time has varied very little:

2006
20:54:28

2007
20:58:42

2008
20:57:23

It is 1995 since the average was less than 20 hours.

2 enter this afternoon

Sandra Kaighin
Ste Jackson

Latest entries

Angie Aire
Bill Snelling
Cath Smith
Ian Ashcroft
James Russell
Jayne Kelly
Maria Santodomingo Lorente
Nitaya Gribbin
Pat Burgess

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

12 names added today

Amy Wilde
Bernice Walmsley
Craig Jenkinson
Deborah Tatum
Glyn Evans
Jennifer McDonald
Keith Glover
Martin Greenhalgh
Norbert Will
Rosemary Robinson
Salma Shalla
Sandra Connor

entries up to 568

Here are the latest:


Andrew Marshall
Andy Quirk
Carolyn Lace
Chris Murphy
Christopher Waller
Conor McVeigh
Eddie Humphreys
Irene Taggart
Jennifer Patrick
Jill Gillings
Laura Martin
Liz Slater
Matthew Haddow
Maureen Kelly
Nicholas Patrick
Rebecca Murray
Rene Ferreira
Roger Hara
Ruth Gould

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Latest entries

Billy McCoubrey
Carol McCoubrey
Colin Gilbert
David Cohen
David Higson
David Pettifer
Jamie Christian
Jane Cregeen
Jane Leonard
Judith Walker
Karen McCarthy
Kate Alexander
Leila Dobbie
Lynn McCoubrey
Maggie Bennion
Mandy Harvey
Martin Kennaugh
Michael Gray
Rachel Stynes
Richard Hill
Ronald Cortez
Rousseau Moss
Ruth Cooke
Stephanie Gray
Suzanne Mckee
Trevor Nixon

Thursday, 2 April 2009

79 entries added since Monday

Aishlinn Creer
Alan Matcham
Ally Walsh
Andrea Howroyd
Andrew Walker
Anita Kelly (Nee Costain)
Barbara Cohen
Breeshey Corrin
Caroline Corteen
Chantal Johnson
Charlie Weston
Charlotte Gould
Claire Walker
Colin Faragher
Craig Riley
Darren Young
David John Kinrade
David Brew
David Smith
Dean Martin
Deirdre Davies
Eammon Harkin
Edward Marshall
Frank Caine
Gareth Davies
Geoffrey Hicklin
Georgina Stansfield
Gill Blake
Ian Kelly
Ian Marshall
James Devaney
Jane Mayhew
Janet Slinger
John Cannell
John Fisher
John Shimmin
Julie Desmarchelier
Karen Smirthwaite
Karin Blair
Kath Kelly
Katherine Nugent
Katie Young
Mal Greenshall
Marcia K MacLeod
Mark Blake
Mark Johnson
Naomi Lewis
Nicola Parry
Paul Young
Peter Glover
Peter Russell
Rachael Perry
Rachel Bridges
Raymond Coates
Ricky Riley
Rod Phillips
Sarah Young
Seamus Nugent
Sean Dickinson
Stuart Gibson
Sue McCourt
Terry Bradley
Tim Rushton
Vinny Lynch

Make that 78 as Andrea Howroyd appears twice.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Entry up to 458

Four entries since yesterday lunch time :

Adam Drewett
Jenny Killey
Joseph Clayton
Rachel Cuddy

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Another 5

Amanda Litherland
Bronwen Raatgever
Katy Tucker
Phil Hancock
Sally Watterson

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

16 more entries

There are a further 16 entries to publicise (taking the number to 449) including Chris Cale who was (amazingly) one of one two walkers in the top 20 last year under the age of 40.


Andrea Callow
Ashley Hanlon
Carol Sutcliffe
Chris Cale
Dagmar Griesinger
David Hoben
David Neill
Hannah Newton
Ian Lewandowskyj
Jill Thomas
Lorraine Boyd
Monica Ayestaran
Paul Callow
Rick Sutcliffe
Sarah Boyd
Stephen Bennett

Can we make it 500 by the weekend? Tell your friends to enter. Better still - demand that they enter!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Publicity increases - website hits go down!

I always thought that the publicity generated from the newspaper adverts for the Clerical Medical Parish Walk would see the hits on the website increase. But strangely, this week (when the adverts appeared) the number of "unique users" was at its lowest for a month. The average per day for the whole year is 89. I can only conclude that people already have the event fixed in their minds.

Here are the daily statistics:

Thursday 01 January
83
Friday 02 January
91
Saturday 03 January
51
Sunday 04 January
50
Monday 05 January
114
Tuesday 06 January
117
Wednesday 07 January
124
Thursday 08 January
102
Friday 09 January
78
Saturday 10 January
55
Sunday 11 January
85
Monday 12 January
118
Tuesday 13 January
104
Wednesday 14 January
101
Thursday 15 January
83
Friday 16 January
96
Saturday 17 January
62
Sunday 18 January
80
Monday 19 January
85
Tuesday 20 January
75
Wednesday 21 January
90
Thursday 22 January
75
Friday 23 January
87
Saturday 24 January
68
Sunday 25 January
82
Monday 26 January
89
Tuesday 27 January
80
Wednesday 28 January
77
Thursday 29 January
82
Friday 30 January
79
Saturday 31 January
46
Sunday 01 February
70
Monday 02 February
81
Tuesday 03 February
72
Wednesday 04 February
80
Thursday 05 February
79
Friday 06 February
113
Saturday 07 February
63
Sunday 08 February
80
Monday 09 February
93
Tuesday 10 February
90
Wednesday 11 February
94
Thursday 12 February
80
Friday 13 February
91
Saturday 14 February
72
Sunday 15 February
74
Monday 16 February
93
Tuesday 17 February
109
Wednesday 18 February
105
Thursday 19 February
80
Friday 20 February
94
Saturday 21 February
63
Sunday 22 February
99
Monday 23 February
119
Tuesday 24 February
111
Wednesday 25 February
80
Thursday 26 February
95
Friday 27 February
91
Saturday 28 February
57
Sunday 01 March
97
Monday 02 March
113
Tuesday 03 March
112
Wednesday 04 March
69
Thursday 05 March
76
Friday 06 March
98
Saturday 07 March
59
Sunday 08 March
94
Monday 09 March
108
Tuesday 10 March
155
Wednesday 11 March
120
Thursday 12 March
143
Friday 13 March
122
Saturday 14 March
66
Sunday 15 March
83
Monday 16 March
118
Tuesday 17 March
121
Wednesday 18 March
105
Thursday 19 March
109
Friday 20 March
79
Saturday 21 March
52

Entries slowing?

Come on everyone, I was expecting a bigger increase than this since I last updated!

Welcome to these 13 people who have entered:


Andrew Skelly
Cameron Mackintosh
Carl Glover
Danny Crowe
James Brew
Joan Scanes
Marianne Konieczny
Neil Helmer
Nicholas Stephenson
Nick Firth
Nicky Cormode
Rowena Hamilton-Hunter
Stuart Kneen

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Writing a book on this entry

The most recent 20 entries (taking the field to 420) include Parish Walk author Dermot O'Toole:


Caroline Wheeler
Colin Quirk
Dermot O'Toole
Donny Strathie
Emily Bettison
Glenda Quirk
Ian Cordas
James O'Toole
Mark Kelly
Mike Callister
Ned Bowers
Paul Wood
Paula Westerman
Remo Ricciardi
Sara Susanna Watson
Sarah Broadbent
Sharon Murphy
Steve Plummer
Sue Jewell
William Craig

Monday, 16 March 2009

Entries reach 400

I'm not sure who the 400th person was for the 11 additional entries:

Amanda McDonnell
Ashlee Duffy
Bill Entwistle
Dot Saunders
Hayley Sayle
Justine France
Monica Cowin
Paul Everett
Samantha Hughes
Tasha Keggin
William Hindley

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Taking the entries to 389

Brian Wade
Christina Paul
Gillian Cunningham
Haydn Cubbon
Janette Gledhill
Joanne Cubbon
Karl Horne
Leon Steed
Malcolm Newton
Mark Whear
Pauline Keenan
Stephen Simpson
Susan Perry

Thursday, 12 March 2009

I promised to write more today but I'm afraid its more of the same as I am running out of time.

8 entries today including Andrew Titley who has finished for the past 8 years.

Andrew Titley
Darren Mealin
Ian Dunbar
Julie Nuttall
Lisa Underwood
Maria Johnston
Robbie Stockton
Stephen Simpson