- The Committee reserve the right to cancel or alter the race. The organisers will not be liable nor responsible in any way whatsoever for any bodily injury or damage to property arising out of the race.
- Photographs and entry data may be used for promotional purposes.
- The open walk is over the 85 mile course and competitors must be aged 21 years and over on the day of the walk. There will be an additional Ladies prize list. To be classified as a finisher, the walk must be completed in a time of not more than 24 hours.
- The race for those aged a minimum of 18 and under 21 years on the day of the walk is to Peel, a distance of 32.5 miles. There will be separate prizes for Ladies and Men.
- The overall team race is for teams of 4 walkers and cannot include more than 2 walkers who have previously completed the full 85 miles. All 4 walkers’ distance walked to count and the team with the most miles will be deemed the winner. In the event of a tie on mileage then the fastest aggregate time for the 4 walkers will determine the winner. There will be a separate prize list for teams of 4 ladies.
- The Corporate Challenge is for teams of 4 walkers who are all bone fide employees of the same Isle of Man based company. Teams may include no more than 1 previous finisher. All 4 walkers’ distance walked to count and the team with the most miles will be deemed the winner. In the event of a tie on mileage the fastest aggregate time for the 4 walkers will determine the winner.
- The Under 21 team race is for teams of 3. All 3 walkers’ distance walked to count and the team with the most miles will be deemed the winner. In the event of a tie on mileage then the fastest aggregate time for the 3 walkers will determine the winner. There will be separate prizes for Mens’ and Ladies’ teams.
- No competitor may be in more than one team.
Rules for Competitors and Support Vehicles
Failure to comply with road safety regulations may lead to disqualification without warning. For the purposes of the Parish Walk Rule 10 is deemed to be a road safety regulation.
- All entries must be made before 23.59 on May 8th Entries are not transferable and refunds will not be given.
- The route must be followed as laid down by the organisers and all officials and marshals instructions are to be obeyed.
- No running or jogging is allowed. The race is organised under IAAF rules of race walking. This event will be judged as a Category B Race and Rule 230 interpreted accordingly. The use of poles and any artificial aids are prohibited.
- Pacing i.e. an attendant driving, walking or cycling with a competitor is not allowed. Pacing will result in time penalties or disqualification. Attendants must walk behind competitors when supplying drinks etc.
- If the time limit for arrival at a check point is exceeded, then the competitor may be asked to retire by a race referee. All retirees must report to officials at a checkpoint. If they stop en route then report to the next church along the course. Failure to report will mean omission from the final results.
- The race referees have the absolute power to withdraw any competitor deemed to be physically unfit to continue. A certificate of medical fitness may be requested by the race referees prior to the event. Competitors must fill in medical details on the front number.
- Competitors must wear light coloured clothing and a bib that displays significant reflective material when worn with a number. For competitors safety the wearing of headphones is not recommended. Competitors must use footpaths wherever possible. If there is no footpath you must walk on the right hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic except where indicated by Parish Walk signs or when directed by marshals. You should try and cross roads at well-lit junctions.
- Race numbers must be unaltered and displayed front and back on the outer layer of clothing above waist height at all times and must not be obscured by waterproofs or rucksacks. After Ballaugh, for walkers safety rucksacks are not permitted as they obscure the reflective bib.
- Competitors continuing beyond Ballaugh must be individually accompanied by an attendant in a car. The sharing of a support vehicle is not permitted. Attendants must wear hi-viz reflective clothing.
- After 22.00 walkers must wear an illuminated light source that is visible from front and rear.
- All timing chips are to be returned within 14 days. Failure to do this will incur a £25 penalty that will be taken from your payment card.
- Time penalties will be imposed for any infringements of the above rules, excluding Rule 1.
1st Infringement -15 minutes
2nd Infringement – 45 minutes
3rd Infringement- Disqualification
These time penalties will be added to the race time at the conclusion of the race. In the event that the penalties added take the total time over the 24 hour limit, then that competitor will not be classified as a finisher.
- Only one support vehicle per entrant is permitted on restricted roads. Camper vans and larger vehicles will not be permitted on restricted roads. Support vehicles must display a race number.
- Parking and giving assistance to walkers is prohibited along the No Stopping Zones as designated on the route description. All forms of support vehicles must obey road traffic orders drivers must ensure they do not stop on corners or in locations that could cause an accident.
- Attendants in support vehicles must wear hi-viz reflective clothing.
- Time penalties, detailed in rule 12, will be imposed for any infringements of the above rules for support crews.
Race walking rules
The Manx Telecom Parish Walk is held under IAAF rules.
Rule 230 Definition of Race Walking: Race walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground, so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs. The advancing leg shall be straightened (i.e. not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the vertical upright position.
The event is held with a Race Walking Association Category B permit which allows the judging rules to be relaxed with only the contact part of IAAF rule 230 being applied.
Judges will where ever possible issue a caution by way of showing an athlete a yellow paddle / card if it is felt that the athlete is like to break the rules of race walking. Athletes who receive multiple yellow cards may be subject to disqualification. Given the nature / logistics of the event, i.e. point to point, judges can disqualify an athlete without a prior warning having been issued where it is felt that the athlete is obviously not complying with the rules.
* Santon - 11.30
* Rushen 13.35
* Peel - 17.00 *
* Kirk Michael - 19.00
* Ballaugh - 19.50
* Jurby - 20.45
* Bride - 22.50
* Andreas - 23.45
* Lezayre - 01.25
* Maughold - 02.50
* Lonan - 06.05
* Finish - 08.00
*Peel will remain open until 18.00 for finishers only