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The Empire Garage sponsored Peel to Douglas Walk, promoted by Manx Harriers starts from

Peel Town Hall at 9am on Sunday 30th November 2003.

Signing on is from 8.30am in the Philip Christian Centre

where there are toilets and changing facilities.


Cost is £3 for athletics club members and £4 for unattached walkers.


The route follows the main Peel to Douglas A1 road as far as the Quarterbridge

where competitors will turn back onto the TT Access Road to the finish line. 

For safety reasons all competitors must wear brightly coloured/fluorescent tops.

These will be available to borrow if required.


Presentation and refreshments will follow the event in the Manx Harriers Clubhouse on the NSC perimeter Road.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Men/Women and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Novice Men/Women.

For further information email [email protected] or phone 852884.


please support our sponsors Empire Garage, Peel by visiting their website


Surely it won’t be like last year! Ray Pitts splashes through the NSC pool roadway.

See all of the 2002 pictures



Former winner Steve Taylor previews

This Sunday see the staging of the final classic walking event of the calendar year, the Empire Garages Peel to Douglas. Whilst the winter league events so far this winter have been thin on the ground a large field is expected for this race on the back of the success of the rejuvenated End to End.

Starting at 9am outside the Peek Town Hall, this years course incorporates a lap "around the block" at the start prior to leaving Peel and finishes on the TT Access Road which negates the need for a lap of the NSC roadway and of crossing the busy road at the Quarter Bridge. The distance is an accurate 10 miles.

Peter Kaneen has won the race for the last two years and will no doubt look to join Graham Young, Murray Lambden, Steve Partington and Hayden Gawne in the illustrious band of athletes those who have scored a hat-trick of wins in the event. He will however be up against arguably the Islands finest race walker to date in Steve Partington who has returned to racing only this winter but has already dipped below 45 minutes twice for 10km. Both men are in heavy mileage at the moment and train together regularly as they prepare for an early season 50km so this may be too early for either of them but would give an early indication to how their training was going. Behind them young Neil Bates (see footnote) will be aiming to get onto the rostrum in his first ever Peel to Douglas and how shown good speed in recent races and has tackled the longer 20km already this year. I feel though that he will lose out to Kevin Walmsley who has made a welcome return to the race walking scene this year and has already broken 50 minutes for 10km and no one can question his staying power after his superb Parish Walk debut back in June.

Behind these main protagonists Allan Callow (see footnote) would normally fill the void but I believe that this race has come too soon after a lengthy lay off due to illness. Instead Sean Hands is likely to come through from the ranks ahead of such notable regulars as Dougie Allan and John Stubbs. Dave Griffiths isn’t likely to sit back and let the others get away and will be in close contention throughout the race as will Ian Callister and Simon Cox if he decides to compete.  

One of the big disappointments in the local race walking scene for me has been the absence of Cal Partington and it is unlikely that she will be tempted to toe the line on Sunday. Jane Gibson has also been lost over the last few years so it will be down to Marie Latham to lead the ladies home on Sunday. No woman has ever won the race outright, Bridget Kaneen has finished third in the last two years but Marie will have to be at her best to get close to emulating this feat. With Bridget still out injured it should be a clear run for Marie with a close battle behind for second between Jan Hodgson, Anne Oates, Jane Leece and Karen Locking all capable of taking the spoils. There could be a surprise in store for these four however if Maureen Cox has recovered from a broken toe or if Margie Killey and Sue Biggart decided to give it a go.

All in all a great days racing is in store throughout the field for those who get up to watch the 43rd staging of this classic event.

Course. Starts outside Peel Town Hall. Progress up Derby Road for 50 yards and turn right on to Albany Road. At the end of Albany Road turn right down Tynwald Road and take the second right on to Atholl Street. (opposite Whitehouse Hotel). Turn right at the end of the road and up Tynwald Road past he Town Hall and turn right on to Albany Road again. At the end of Albany Road turn left onto the Douglas Road. Follow the main road out of Peel and head for Douglas passing through St. Johns, Ballacraine, Crosby, Union Mills, Braddan Bridge to the Quarter Bridge. Turn right on to the New Castletown Road and then immediately right on to the TT Access Road. The race will finish 60 yards along the TT Access Road .

The presentation of awards and refreshments will be available in the Manx Harriers club house in the NSC after the race.

Update from Allan Callow: "Neil Bates wont be competing as he is away at the National potential squad and I am going too. On Saturday we are at the conference on @ " MORE WALKERS , BETTER WALKERS in Birmingham."


No 1 for the past two years. Can Peter Kaneen complete a hat-trick on Sunday?  (ML)

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