Please note that this web site will cease on November 30th 2017 at midnight when a new site will be launched and entries open for the 2018 event.
Please note that this web site will cease on November 30th 2017 at midnight when a new site will be launched and entries open for the 2018 event.
Liam Parker’s winning time of 15:36:59 is the 23rd fastest-ever circuit of the Parish Walk and puts him in 9th place in the all-time fastest walker list. Having taken 39 minutes and 14 seconds off his previous personal best of 16:16:13 (which he set last year), Liam has leapfrogged a number of great walkers in the overall standings including previous winners John Cannell, Richard Brown, Albert Johnson and Graham Young.
Karen Chiarello, or ‘KC’ as she is better known, has not only become the fastest lady to complete the Parish Walk but she has also jumped from 18th to 14th fastest in the overall rankings, having improved her PB by 6 minutes and 19 seconds compared with 12 months ago. KC, along with Janice Quirk in 2009 and Sandra Brown in 1998, now shares the distinction of having achieved the best finishing position by a lady (all three having finished second overall in those respective years).
Liam has consistently progressed year-on-year since he first walked to Peel in the under-21s race in 2010, when he finished third in a time of 7 hours and 49 seconds. The following year he won that race in an excellent time of 6:17:13.
2012 was the first year Liam could go beyond Peel, and since then he has finished every year and always in a faster time. On average, Liam has improved his personal best by 51 minutes and 23 seconds each year. Perhaps unsurprisingly his best improvement came on his second finish in 2013 when he improved by nearly 2 hours from his first finish of 19:53:55, to 17:58:35. Here is his Parish Walk record:
KC’s Parish Walk career began in 2009 when she walked to Ballaugh. After a 4-year break, she returned to the event in 2013 to claim her first finish, in a time of 19:42:45. After reaching Bride the following year, KC really began to take her walking seriously in the early part of 2015 and she trained harder than she ever had before. This hard work was reflected in an excellent time of 17:01:31 which secured an 11th place finish and second in the ladies’ race, just over 20 minutes behind winner Janette Morgan.
In 2016, KC came within just 3 seconds of breaking 16 hours for the first time, and also narrowly missed out on the ladies’ record of 15:58:35 set by Janice Quirk during her superb walk in 2009. This year however, KC bettered both of those standards and can now proudly lay claim to being the Parish Walk’s fastest lady. Here is her Parish Walk record:
Liam and KC now both feature prominently in the list of top 20 fastest ever walkers:
|Rank||Name||Fastest finish||Year of fastest finish||Finishes (wins)|
|1||Richard Gerrard||14:40:08||2015||9 (4)|
|2||Vinny Lynch||14:42:32||2012||6 (1)|
|3||Michael George||14:44:49||2013||9 (1)|
|4||Sean Hands||14:47:36||2006||5 (1)|
|5||Jock Waddington||15:01:48||2011||10 (4)|
|6||Robbie Callister||15:16:03||2006||15 (5)|
|7||Derek Harrison||15:20:51||1979||8 (5)|
|8||Peter Kaneen||15:26:07||2003||4 (2)|
|9||Liam Parker||15:36:59||2017||6 (1)|
|11||Graham Young||15:43:12||1971||3 (2)|
|15||Albert Johnson||15:54:51||1967||1 (1)|
|17||John Cannell||15:59:33||1982||8 (6)|
|18||Richard Brown||15:59:44||1998||1 (1)|
I had intended to update the list of highest number of finishes but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find it in the short time available. This will now be a job for later in the summer.
Finishing the Manx Telecom Parish Walk and doing so in a fast time (or even breaking a record) is quite rightly celebrated, but for many participants, the target is simply getting across that finishing line within the 24 hour time limit. One man who certainly knows how to pace the Parish Walk to perfection is Garry Asling, who has now finished no fewer than 6 times, all within 38 minutes of the 24 hour mark.
Garry’s debut finish, which was also his first ever attempt, was in 2011 when he finished with just over 6 minutes to spare. Since then he has finished a further 5 times and with a remarkable consistency of speed. Three times he has finished with fewer than 10 minutes to go before the 8am deadline (this year was his slowest, as he made the War Memorial with just over 3 minutes in hand). He is certainly the model of consistency in how to get round this very challenging event. Here is his Parish Walk record:
Finishing the event just once is an achievement in itself, and for many people once is enough. Some move on to other sporting challenges, and others understandably take the view that if they’ve done it once, why bother doing it again. Some people on the other hand come back year on year to take up the challenge once more, although getting round every year takes a lot of commitment and mental strength.
The great David Collister holds the record for longest run of consecutive finishes at 30, having finished every year between 1984 and 2013. He also finished again in 2015 to take his overall tally of finishes to 31, a record which will take a lot of beating and which David may yet even be able to increase, as he still participates every year.
In terms of active finishing streaks which were extended in 2017, Up & Running proprietor Chris Cale leads the way. Chris has finished every year since 2003, which is 15 finishes in a row. In second place is Maureen Moffatt, who has made the finish every year since 2006. Interestingly, Chris and Maureen have both finished every year since their first finish, with no breaks in between.
Many other walkers have large numbers of finishes, but at some point in recent years have either had a year off, walked to Peel, or not made it to the finish. A good example is Andrew Titley, who has now finished 16 times since 2001, with his only year off coming in 2011.
|Walker||Consecutive Finishes to present||Years|
|Chris Cale||15||2003 – 2017|
|Maureen Moffatt||12||2006 – 2017|
|Alan Teare||8||2010 – 2017|
|Gareth Brolly||8||2010 – 2017|
|June Melvin||8||2010 – 2017|
|Andrew Titley||6||2012 – 2017|
|Liam Parker||6||2012 – 2017|
|Stephanie Quayle||6||2012 – 2017|
|Emma Shilling||6||2012 – 2017|
|Greg Nation||6||2012 – 2017|
|Courtenay Heading||6||2012 – 2017|
|Adam Killip||5||2013 – 2017|
|Andrew Dawson||5||2013 – 2017|
|Roger Davies||5||2013 – 2017|
In the week ahead I will conclude the analysis of the 2017 Manx Telecom Parish Walk by updating the lists of all-time fastest walkers, with a little more focus on Liam Parker and Karen Chiarello, and also the list of all-time total number of finishes.
Number of previous finishers: 72
Number of first time finishers: 55
The 2017 Manx Telecom Parish Walk will live long in the memory for being one of the hottest Parish Walks in history, which was undoubtedly one of the factors for there being a lower percentage of finishers than we have seen in most previous years.
Record percentage of female finishers
63 of the finishers were men, 64 women. This represents the largest ever percentage of ladies (50.4%) finishing the full distance, beating the previous best of 36.8% which, strangely, was identical in both 2016 and 2015. The highest number of female finishers was 76 in 2013, but in that year conditions were much more benign and a total of 215 people completed the full 85 miles, which is still the highest number ever recorded.
72 of the 127 finishers, or 56.7%, had finished before.
Pete Miller made the biggest improvement, taking an incredible 5 hours and 29 seconds off his previous personal best and claiming a gold award for a sub-18 hour performance by crossing the line in 17 hours 58 minutes exactly, in a fine 6th place. Pete’s only previous finish was in 2013 and he got to Lezayre in 2015 but in the interim he has completed three ‘Centurion’ walks (100 miles in 24 hours), one in Castletown in August 2015, one in Scheidam, Netherlands in May 2016 and the other being the inaugural South African Centurion around Robben Island in Autumn 2016.
Other walkers to set huge personal bests were:
First time finishers
Top 3 first time finishers (male):
Top 3 first time finishers (female):
Almost two-thirds of those finishing for the first time were ladies (35 out of a total of 55).
The fastest first-time finisher was Aaron Kneale, who finished 6th in his first competitive walking event (last year’s Ramsey Bakery End to End Walk) and who had trained hard for the Parish Walk. Aaron claimed joint 19th place in a time of 19:29:16, teaming up with multiple finisher Jayne Farquhar shortly after Maughold and walking the rest of the way with her.
Silvia Moschen was the fastest lady finishing for the first time, crossing the line in a fine 23rd place in 20:26:11.
The second and third fastest ladies to finish for the first time, Lucy Titley and Heather Melvin, were in esteemed company for the duration of the walk. Both walked virtually every step of the way with previous finishers who have gone under 17 hours for the full distance – 16-time finisher Andrew Titley in Lucy’s case, and 3-time finisher Tom Melvin in Heather’s case. Heather and Tom were also in company with Lawrence Dyer who was the third fastest male to complete the course for the first time and who also claimed the Merit Award at Tuesday’s prize-giving ceremony.
The second-fastest man to finish for the first time, Glenn Faragher, set a steady and consistent pace and finished in a very credible 24th place in 20:28:55. This is particularly impressive given that, according to the database, this was Glenn’s first entry in the Parish Walk.
Here is a table showing every finisher, their position and their time, with details of their PB improvements where applicable.
|19th||325||Aaron Kneale||19:29:16||First finish|
|23rd||1193||Silvia Moschen||20:26:11||First finish|
|24th||276||Glenn Faragher||20:28:55||First finish|
|29th =||68||Michael Lyall||20:41:55||19:58:07|
|29th =||55||Andrew Dixon||20:41:55||19:29:18|
|32nd =||138||Steven Parker||20:52:12||22:03:19||01:11:07|
|32nd =||137||Suzy Parker||20:52:12||22:03:19||01:11:07|
|34th =||69||Hattie Thomas||20:54:34||19:58:46|
|34th =||108||Megan Thomas||20:54:34||20:27:33|
|36th =||25||Andrew Titley||20:55:19||16:50:51|
|36th =||916||Lucy Titley||20:55:19||First finish|
|41st =||1185||Heather Melvin||21:19:44||First finish|
|41st =||515||Lawrence Dyer||21:19:44||First finish|
|41st =||36||Tom Melvin||21:19:44||16:46:53|
|46th||1119||Claire Jackson||21:25:20||First finish|
|47th||412||Richard Strivens||21:28:42||First finish|
|50th||490||James Corkish||21:40:36||First finish|
|53rd =||439||Richard Ashton||21:49:36||First finish|
|53rd =||9||Noel Ash||21:49:36||17:00:05|
|53rd =||8||Stephen Corkill||21:49:36||16:59:35|
|58th =||501||Ged Davies||22:02:11||First finish|
|58th =||202||Kevin Pulman||22:02:11||23:44:44||01:42:33|
|62th =||40||Emma Shilling||22:11:53||17:16:15|
|62th =||148||Rebecca Stride||22:11:53||22:22:29||00:10:36|
|64th =||246||Matt Cory||22:14:06||First finish|
|64th =||546||Tom Hanks||22:14:06||First finish|
|66th =||691||Michelle Barrett||22:16:48||First finish|
|66th =||158||Roger Davies||22:16:48||22:30:36||00:13:48|
|71st||1270||Joanne Thompson||22:20:42||First finish|
|72nd||959||Sarah Bassett||22:23:37||First finish|
|73rd||542||Jonathan Hall||22:24:12||First finish|
|74th||902||Helen Squires||22:33:04||First finish|
|75th||395||Tristan Shields||22:34:47||First finish|
|76th||727||Nicola Craig||22:36:12||First finish|
|77th||644||Sean Skillicorn||22:36:28||First finish|
|78th||1017||Ann-Marie Clucas||22:42:05||First finish|
|81st =||822||Jenna Macgregor||22:52:13||First finish|
|81st =||1296||Sarah Winrow||22:52:13||First finish|
|83rd||232||Ben Campbelton||22:56:48||First finish|
|84th||787||Amy Hide||22:58:52||First finish|
|85th =||177||John Cooper||22:59:23||23:08:55||00:09:32|
|85th =||179||Gary Scott||22:59:23||23:08:55||00:09:32|
|87th =||1099||Caroline Harrison||23:04:01||First finish|
|87th =||1202||Justine Oates||23:04:01||First finish|
|89th||1284||Jenny Walmsley||23:04:29||First finish|
|90th||497||Garry Curtis||23:05:34||First finish|
|91st||263||Chris Danaher||23:05:46||First finish|
|94th =||1213||Anita Parnell||23:13:18||First finish|
|96th||1291||Pippa Wilkins||23:15:31||First finish|
|97th||529||Davey Gawne||23:17:02||First finish|
|98th||1268||Corrie Thom||23:17:57||First finish|
|100th =||405||Ben Smaller||23:20:35||First finish|
|100th =||144||John Wagstaffe||23:20:25||22:19:34|
|100th =||174||Colette Johnston||23:20:35||Unknown|
|104th||1024||Amy Coole||23:34:35||First finish|
|105th||1266||Fiona Teare||23:38:02||First finish|
|106th||1217||Marie-Paule Pierson||23:38:26||First finish|
|108th =||159||Zoe Lambie||23:40:42||22:00:32|
|108th =||73||Suzannah Corkill||23:40:42||19:13:58|
|110th||889||Victoria Singer||23:41:24||First finish|
|111th =||880||Rebekkah Ringham||23:42:01||First finish|
|111th =||1083||Denise Gimbert||23:42:01||First finish|
|113th||417||Sean Unsworth||23:42:40||First finish|
|114th||821||Charlotte Looker||23:43:53||First finish|
|115th||1235||Jo Robert||23:44:18||First finish|
|116th||1212||Rachel Palmer||23:44:18||First finish|
|117th =||112||Kevin Watterson||23:48:19||21:34:16|
|120th||788||Natasha Hinds||23:48:54||First finish|
|121st||932||Andrea Weatherill||23:49:09||First finish|
|122nd =||331||Jack Locker||23:53:56||First finish|
|122nd =||361||Ted O’Mahony||23:53:56||First finish|
|124th =||943||Tabby Wright||23:55:10||First finish|
|124th =||820||Eve Locker||
Unfortunately I cannot locate a previous finishing time for Colette Johnston, who finished joint 100th. Colette was listed in the programme as a previous finisher but the database doesn’t reveal her time. If anyone has this information please send a private message on the Parish Walk Facebook page and I will amend the table. Likewise if you spot any errors with the data, please let me know!
Many congratulations to everyone who finished the event in such difficult conditions.
I’ll be back over the weekend with some more (hopefully interesting) analysis focusing on some particular individual performances.
This year certainly proved one for the record books as long-standing favourites battled with exceptional temperatures, illness and injury giving way for a new generation to seize the reins of the Manx Telecom Parish Walk.
Rising walker, Liam Parker, led 127 finishers over the line, having passed Richard Gerrard on the way into Patrick breaking the virus-stricken title holders three-year winning streak. In spite of the challenging conditions, Liam reduced his personal best by an impressive 39 minutes and 14 seconds to make him the youngest winner since 1996 when Lee Cain took gold.
Arguably, it was second pace Karen Chiarello who stole the day, breaking the women’s record and entering an elite club of only six other female walkers to take a podium position. Her blistering time of 15:53:44 set her over an hour clear of her training partner Adam Killip who seized third, improving his own personal best by 32 minutes and 14 seconds.
The triumphant trio were joined by 57 first time finishers and a handful of regular faces. Pete Miller, completing the walk for only his second time sliced 5 hours and 29 seconds off of his personal best set in 2013.
The fresh faces of this year’s podium may face stiff competition from the up-and-coming under 21s, with Anna Hall taking the victory in the ladies category in a record time of 6:35:55. Meanwhile, in the men’s category, Connor Gilbert took gold with a time of 15:12:44.
Over 21,000 photos were taken of the event and are now being uploaded to www.parishwalk.com.
The prize presentation takes place on 20th June 2017 at 19.00.
It appears Richard Gerrard, who is gunning for his fourth successive title, is facing a stern challenge from Liam Parker. The pair are only separated by just over 100 meters as they come over the Sloc.
Meanwhile, Dave Walker appears to be struggling a little, while Karen Chiarello continues to make impressive and takes third overall with a commanding lead in the ladies race.
Richard Gerrard holds the lead over Liam Parker entering Rushen, though Liam has reduced the gap from 1min 8sec to 59 seconds.
Leading Lady, Karen Chiarello, is in a commanding position 13 minutes and 56 seconds ahead of Jayne Farquhar who is second in the ladies race.