Liam and KC become 9th and 14th fastest walkers in Parish history

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.

Liam approaching his home town of Ramsey on his way to becoming the youngest winner of the event since Lee Cain in 1996

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:

Year Church Time
2010 German (Peel) 07:00:49
2011 German (Peel) 06:17:13
2012 Finish 19:53:55
2013 Finish 17:58:35
2014 Finish 17:33:35
2015 Finish 16:34:44
2016 Finish 16:16:13
2017 Finish 15:36:59

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.

KC on familiar training territory at the end of the Orrisdale Road, approximately 12 miles into the event. KC and her husband Robert live on the course close by.

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:

Year Church Time
2009 Ballaugh 09:11:53
2013 Finish 19:42:45
2014 Bride 10:26:15
2015 Finish 17:01:31
2016 Finish 16:00:03
2017 Finish 15:53:44

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)
10 David Walker 15:39:16 2015 6
11 Graham Young 15:43:12 1971 3 (2)
12 Richard Spenceley 15:47:32 2011 6
13 Ray Pitts 15:51:42 2007 8
14 Karen Chiarello 15:53:44 2017 4
15 Albert Johnson 15:54:51 1967 1 (1)
16 Janice Quirk 15:58:35 2009 5
17 John Cannell 15:59:33 1982 8 (6)
18 Richard Brown 15:59:44 1998 1 (1)
19 Richard Wild 16:03:36 2014 2
20 Terry Moffat 16:03:41 2015 10

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.

Garry Asling: the Parish Walk’s “Mr Consistent” (and other stories)

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:

Year Time
2011 23:53:40
2013 23:22:51
2014 23:46:34
2015 23:50:46
2016 23:48:55
2017 23:56:58

Consecutive finishes

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.

Analysis of 2017 finishers

  • 127 walkers completed the full distance
  • 72 were previous finishers, of whom 33 set personal best times
  • 55 first-time finishers
  • 11.4% of walkers reaching Santon completed the full distance

 Number of previous finishers: 72

Male: 43

Female: 29

Number of first time finishers: 55

Female: 35

Male: 20

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.

Previous finishers

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:

  • Michael Osborne, who lopped a massive 3 hours 25 minutes and 59 seconds off his debut finish from last year, finishing 14th in 18:56:21;

 

  • Robin Crellin, who finished 22nd and improved his time by 2 hours 45 minutes and 6 seconds to 19:46:38; and

 

  • Kevin Edwards, who finished in 8th place in a time of 18:14:39, which represented an improvement of 2:38:48.

First time finishers

Top 3 first time finishers (male):

Position Number Name Time
19th= 325 Aaron Kneale 19:29:16
24th 276 Glenn Faragher 20:28:55  
41st= 515 Lawrence Dyer 21:19:44

Top 3 first time finishers (female):

Position Number Name Time
23rd 1193 Silvia Moschen 20:26:11
36th= 916 Lucy Titley 20:55:19
41st= 1185 Heather Melvin 21:19:44

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.

Finishers’ analysis

Here is a table showing every finisher, their position and their time, with details of their PB improvements where applicable.

Position Race No: Name 2017

Time

Previous Best Improve
1st 33 Liam Parker 15:36:59 16:16:13 00:39:14
2nd 3 Karen Chiarello 15:53:44 16:00:03 00:06:19
3rd 11 Adam Killip 16:58:26 17:30:40 00:32:14
4th 21 Karen Lawrie 17:48:50 17:53:10 00:04:20
5th 16 James Quirk 17:52:03 17:56:30 00:04:27
6th 172 Pete Miller 17:58:00 22:58:29 05:00:29
7th 37 Alan Cowin 18:05:12 16:39:13
8th 99 Kevin Edwards 18:14:39 20:53:27 02:38:48
9th 12 Andrew Dawson 18:22:02 16:52:55
10th 5 Sue Biggart 18:22:45 16:23:14
10th 35 Chris Cale 18:22:45 16:43:22
12th 29 Tony Edwards 18:24:18 19:09:35 00:45:17
13th 32 Ray Pitts 18:27:21 15:51:42
14th 150 Michael Osborne 18:56:21 22:22:20 03:25:59
15th 26 Gabriel Farmer 18:58:13 19:00:37 00:02:24
16th 41 Maureen Moffatt 19:18:25 17:31:21
17th 24 Stephanie Quayle 19:28:57 18:05:08
17th 65 Courtenay Heading 19:28:57 19:55:55 00:26:58
19th 23 Jayne Farquhar 19:29:16 18:39:53
19th 325 Aaron Kneale 19:29:16 First finish
21st 59 Tony Holgate 19:34:44 19:36:14 00:01:30
22nd 85 Robin Crellin 19:46:38 22:31:44 02:45:06
23rd 1193 Silvia Moschen 20:26:11 First finish
24th 276 Glenn Faragher 20:28:55 First finish
25th 129 Nicola Raven 20:30:36 22:06:14 01:35:38
26th 76 Steve Pevsner 20:35:54 20:24:01
27th 58 Bernadette Devlin 20:39:05 19:36:20
28th 122 John Struthers 20:40:57 20:49:51 00:08:54
29th = 68 Michael Lyall 20:41:55 19:58:07
29th = 55 Andrew Dixon 20:41:55 19:29:18
31st 96 Samuel Cannell 20:44:37 20:48:47 00:04:10
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
38th 48 Alan Teare 20:57:32 18:51:29
39th 95 Gareth Brolly 21:00:03 20:41:50
40th 157 Kathryn Prince 21:03:54 22:30:44 01:26:50
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
44th 126 Abigail Neill 21:20:29 21:55:15  00:34:46
45th 142 Greg Nation 21:20:35 21:17:11
46th 1119 Claire Jackson 21:25:20 First finish
47th 412 Richard Strivens 21:28:42 First finish
48th 38 Steve Corkill 21:33:53 21:49:03 00:15:10
49th 164 Janna Kelly 21:37:41 22:41:36 01:03:55
50th 490 James Corkish 21:40:36 First finish
51st 149 Jayne Simpson 21:42:05 22:22:28 00:40:23
52nd 115 Lindsey Wood 21:48:02 21:39:27
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
56th 110 Aaron Curphey 21:52:43 21:27:14
57th 140 May Hooper 22:00:24 22:14:50 00:14:26
58th = 501 Ged Davies 22:02:11 First finish
58th = 202 Kevin Pulman 22:02:11 23:44:44 01:42:33
60th 153 Tiffany Bell 22:05:39 22:33:28 00:27:49
61st 97 June Melvin 22:11:07 20:50:31
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
68th 207 Bill Vaughan 22:17:50 23:22:21 01:04:31
69th 87 Stephanie Gray 22:18:07 20:34:48
70th 93 Damian Bird 22:19:14 20:47:14
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
79th 167 Adie Corlett 22:42:31 22:15:18
80th 92 Carol McCoubrey 22:48:23 20:47:24
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
92nd 145 Chris Monaghan 23:11:10 22:14:43
93rd 208 Stephen Cletheroe 23:11:58 23:33:08 00:21:10
 

94th =

 

1080

 

Miriam Garlick

 

23:13:18

 

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
99th 200 Lee Kewley 23:18:42 23:42:03 00:23:21
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
103rd 197 Lynn Strickland 23:31:43 23:30:08
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
107th 105 Michael Crook 23:40:26 21:13:36
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 =

 

 

792

 

 

Danielle  Househam

 

 

23:48:19

 

First

finish

117th = 112 Kevin Watterson 23:48:19 21:34:16
119th 1298 Alina Wojcik

 

23:48:45 First finish
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  

23:55:10

First finish
126th 189 Garry Asling 23:56:58 23:22:51
127th 171 Carolyn Magee 24:14:21 22:36:42

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.

 

 

Dramatic End to 2017 Manx Telecom Parish Walk

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.

The Race Tightens Over The Sloc

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.

Christopher Burns appears to be paying the price for his early burst. 

Update From Rushen

Richard Gerrard holds the lead over Liam Parker entering Rushen, though Liam has reduced the gap from 1min 8sec to 59 seconds.

Dave Walker Still secure in third place, though he has dropped from 39 seconds to 3 minutes 24 seconds behind second place Liam Parker. 

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.

Karen appears to be closing in on the third position having gained a minute and 3 seconds on the third position.