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.