Friday, 26 June 2009

and now a drink

I was going to tell you why but now its too late as I planned to finish at 9 pm.

I'm going to have my first alcoholic drink for 7 weeks.

Raise your glasses to "The Parish Walk".

See you in December.

Let's not forget Arthur Jones

Only a short write up this time, but I always stop to think about the late Arthur Jones, who passed away in 2001.

He organised the event in the days when it had a very low profile. Without him there would not be a Parish Walk and we would be saying "remember when they used to walk 85 miles".

The most important thanks

Thank you to my wife, Marie.

She has to put up with me getting up early and heading for the computer, disappearing at every opportunity to update the site and forgetting lots of important things that continue regardless of the Parish Walk.

She is busy still in the first year of her new job planning for Tynwald weekend. After that we will finally get a couple of nights away in Manchester to watch those aging rockers: 1) Crosby Stills & Nash & 2) The Eagles.

Oh, we are also going to the Jackson concert. Not that one, but the one at the Gaiety Theatre tomorrow night. The Gathering have Ray Jackson, formerly of Lindisfarne among them. My sister, Margaid, who have I just spoken to, used to be a big Lindisfarne fan and even named one of her cats after him - "Jacka".

The most important statistic

Everyone survived.

That is not a joke. It is dangerous to walk on public roads, much more so when some people, connected to the event or otherwise, take risks.

If we are to have this same vital statistic in future years, people have got to start behaving sensibly. Much more on next year's website.

The committee should take a bow

In case you don't know, or have forgotten, the committee consists of:

Raymomd Cox
Elizabeth Corran
Karen Kneale
Allan Callow
Kevin Walmsley
Martin Lambden
Winston Liu
Tracy Cook
Debbie Surgeon
Geoff Walmsley

They do a great job and the stability that they have brought to the event has been wonderful.

But they have not been afraid of change either. During the time that most of them have been involved, the start has moved from the Villa Marina to the NSC, the route has been changed through Ballasalla, the start time has been brought forward from lunchtime (in stages) to 8 am, electronic timing has been introduced and online entries.

So nothing will ever standstill.

Don't ever be afraid of constructive criticism. That's how the event is as good as it is.

When I grow up I want to be a Parish Walk statistician

You always hope that role models in sport will encourage kids to emulate them and it would be wonderful if in a few years time a young person won the Parish Walk and said that as a child they had seen Janice Quirk or Robbie Callister or whoever winning and wished to follow in their footsteps.

I was certainly inspired when I used to watch the Parish Relay Walk in the late 60s and early 70s and wanted to be like the people taking part in that. I remember seeing one of the stragglers in the real thing one Sunday morning when I cycled from the top of Kirk Michael to Bishopcourt farm at 5.30 am where I used to help with the milk round for five years when I was at school.

When I passed my test at 16 I took my mates out to follow the walk around, even if we were somewhat juvenile with our shouts of "Hey boy" as we passed them by.

I entered the walk for the first time (under age) when I was 17 and reached Kirk Michael.

But I don't remember ever dreaming of being a statistician, although I did used to have a fascination with cricket stats.

What got me into the PW stats was seeing the list of finishers for each year that the late Kevin Madigan produced in the 1979 programme. I set about typing them out into fastest order sequence.

And then the following year I would have to do it again - with the extra names. No way to save the list in those days, especially with my pre-war typewriter (I am not joking there either, some of you may remember the old Boundary Harriers newsletters that I produced with Allan Callow on it).

But I still got fed up with people saying "I've done the Parish" when their name was not on the list. So I went about researching all the people who got to intermediate distances.

In 1987 I bought an Amstrad Word Processor so at least I could save the lists and in 1989 came my first PC. But I still typed out all the names until about 10 or 12 years ago when I was given access to the data electronically by the committee.

I never set out to spend so much of my time manipulating data. I have produced some extra lists this year and I think I have taken it about as far as I can.

What is Dermot going to reveal?


I had a long chat with Dermot O'Toole, the author of the Parish Walk "A Walk Through Time." He is pictured above on his way to his 15th consecutive finish.
He is planning a second edition of the book to be published in the autumn of 2010 and naturally I am making my statistics and photos available to him.
The news of his second book may be news to some but not to others.
The real shock was that he has finally bought a computer this week - but he's not using it yet!
He still has a few copies of version 1 of his book (published in 2004). You can order them directly from him at he reduced price of £15 by telephoning 428123.

Double click photos

Most of the photos are condensed but if you want to see a large version of any or all, just double click.

Some of the army contingent from Belfast who took part in their army uniform and boots.
Josh MacKey is number 1555.

Race Walking Record

Have you ordered your copy of the special publication yet?

It is another welcome addition to the event this year and it only costs £2.50:

http://www.racewalkingrecord.net/Parish/

I have just been reviewing the first draft produced by John Constandinou and it looks to be a "must have".

Meanwhile, don't forget to buy a copy of the Manx Independent which has an 8 page supplement and a full report in the sports pages.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Now I remember what Whitebridge was like

I thought I had nearly finished but the tedium of producing this nearly finished me off!

Thanks to Manx Telecoming, SportsIdent and everyone else who helped with the timing, I have produced (nearly) all the split times for the past 3 years:

http://www.parishwalk.com/PW09splits.pdf

The odd dibber didn't record and there is always a possibility that I have a formula wrong somewhere but I think that 99.9% of these should be right.

Those are the final stats for this year.

Just a few more thanks, comments and mini-features tomorrow but don't expect too much.

I haven't moved for nearly three hours - this is not good for you.

Mother and daughter in perfect stride


I hadn't read the Manx Independent this morning (it wasn't out at the time!) or I would have know that there was also a mother and daughter combination completing the course.
Marie Gilbertson completed the course for the fifth year in a row, less than 8 minutes outside her best time in 19:08:20. Her daughter Samantha finished with her and, if this picture is anything to go by, walked every step of the way with her.
Samantha Draper is only 23 and with an opening time like is surely someone who could feature very highly in future years. Although I have just discovered a slight typo in her name in 2007, she walked to Andreas on that occasion.
Well done to you both.
All we need now is a father and son combination.

Juan Gell - smallest personal best on record


Juan Gell, who reached Jurby this year, finished the course in 2006 and 2007 and his times were just five seconds apart. 22:31:51 and 22:31:46.

Thanks to Manx Telecom





One of the landmark innovations was the introduction of Manx Telecom timing in 2007. For anyone who does not already know, the times are uploaded over Manx Telecom's mobile phone network immediately a walker passes a church. They are also sent to the two nominated text numbers so that family and friends know exactly where their walker is.

If you didn't use this service this year, you must do next year. Also, although I don't want to take visitors away from this site, you can access the service via your mobile phone via www.mt.im/parishwalk

My special thanks to Manx Telecom for providing me with access to their mobile network via my laptop. Without them I would not be publishing photos and videos from around the course with such speed. The record was broken with photos from Braddan online at 8.32.

The photos are of Manx Telecom managing director Chris Hall who just beat the 8 hour barrier to Peel. Marketing director Andrew Bridson (532) was just 2 minutes behind him.

Thanks to Darren Shaw for setting my laptop up and for being available to help.

More thanks




For the second year in a row Colebourns provided two large TV screens and a couple of laptops at the finish (I was also able to use one of them to supplement the use of my own) on the route.


At the finish the TV screens displayed updates on each walker while course record holder Sean Hands (who I must also thank for his help) provided personal assistance for anyone requiring information on a particular walker.


For good measure, Phil Colebourn took part in the event himself finishing for a second time and taking nearly 3 hours off his time from 2006 in 19:43:07.


Thanks to Colebourns and well done to Phil who is featured in the second photo.
Behind his van in the top photo is Elaine Masterson who completed the course despite blisters in 23.51.06. I am told that she put duck tape over her feet to protect the blisters. I can't even think about it. Well done to Elaine too.

Island Games half marathon medalists




Tony Okell (27) and Colin Moore (78) are both finishers in previous years but they both stopped at Peel this time.
Colin won the Island Games half marathon when the games were last held here in 2001 with Tony taking bronze.
Here is the result:
1 st COLIN MOORE Isle of Man 1.11.0 Gold
2 nd IAN WILLIAMSON Shetland 1.12.28 Silver
3 rd TONY OKELL Isle of Man 1.12.59 Bronze
They were both top runners in the UK before comiing to live here in the late 90s. Colin was a member of the famous Bingley club that won many cross country titles and Tony ran for Stockport.
Colin was arguably the best athlete taking part in the event with personal best times of 28:13 for 10,000 on the track, 47.10 for 10 miles, 62.22 for the half marathon and 2:13:34 for the marathon. He also did 13.33 for 5000 on the track and 28.17 for a road 10km.

Switching channels now

I'm going over to update www.manxathletics.com

John Cannell


John Cannell retains the honour of having the most wins, even though he slipped behind Janice Quirk on best times.

Despite his Partish Walk record like so many of the top Manx race walkers of the past, JC's best performances were off the Isle of Man.

He is the third fastest British walker at 100 miles with his 17:10:15 at Leicester in July 1988. He "only" finished second in that race to Richard Brown (with Manxman Willie Corkill third). The previous year he won the 100 miles in 17:55:10.

He was on the rostrum again in 1989. In a much slower race he was third in 19:28:05 with Edmund Shillabeer, the 69 year old Parish Walk debutant, taking the honours in 18:11:08.

Although I have known John as long as I have had an interest in race walking (about 36 years) and was his advisor for a couple of years after I stopped competing, I have only scratched the surface on his long career.

But here is one I prepared earlier:

http://www.manxathletics.com/JC08.htm

and here is the BBC feature from last week:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/isleofman/content/articles/2009/06/19/johncannell_feature.shtml

38 beat 2 hours 30 on the road to Patrick in 2009

Robbie Callister
02:04:18
Janice Quirk
02:07:49
Ray Pitts
02:08:29
Jock Waddington
02:10:29
Sue Biggart
02:11:26
Michael Readshaw
02:14:36
Andrew Gosnell
02:14:52
Edmund Shillabeer
02:14:55
Eammon Harkin
02:14:56
Mark Hempsall
02:15:02
Alan Cowin
02:15:03
Andrew Titley
02:17:54
Thomas Craine
02:18:02
Stephen Harvey
02:18:04
Martijn Biesmans
02:19:37
John Shimmin
02:19:40
Michael Shipsides
02:20:02
Richard Gerrard
02:21:25
Chris Cale
02:21:41
Andy Green
02:22:38
Tony Okell
02:23:52
Mark Honeyman
02:23:54
Richard Spenceley
02:24:24
Vinny Lynch
02:25:06
Paul Sykes
02:25:10
Ian Wakley
02:25:52
Sean Murphy
02:26:18
Maureen Moffatt
02:26:24
Shaun Nesbitt
02:27:13
Michael Bonney
02:27:46
Erin Callister
02:28:01
Ian Callister
02:28:22
Caryl Anstead
02:29:01
Katy Craig
02:29:01
Alan Kinvig
02:29:11
Janet Allen
02:29:16
Alan McCulloch
02:29:33
Christopher Flint
02:29:38

Rushen to Patrick splits 2007 to 2009

Sean Hand's over indulgence on the Rushen to Patrick leg shows up even more with the release of the split times for 2009. I have combined them with 2007 and 2008 and here are the fastest 50 from the three years:

Sean Hands
01:53:59
2008
Robbie Callister
02:00:31
2007
Michael George
02:03:00
2007
Robbie Callister
02:04:18
2009
Robbie Callister
02:05:08
2008
Ray Pitts
02:06:15
2007
Jock Waddington
02:06:47
2008
Janice Quirk
02:07:49
2009
Ray Pitts
02:08:29
2009
Sue Biggart
02:08:42
2008
Jock Waddington
02:10:29
2009
Andrew Titley
02:10:46
2008
Sue Biggart
02:11:26
2009
Maurice Bellando
02:11:36
2008
Janice Quirk
02:12:24
2008
Alan Cowin
02:12:47
2008
Stephen Harvey
02:13:00
2008
Andrew McCutcheon
02:13:13
2008
Steve Partington
02:14:07
2007
Eammon Harkin
02:14:18
2007
Michael George
02:14:21
2008
Michael Readshaw
02:14:36
2009
Sue Biggart
02:14:47
2007
Andrew Gosnell
02:14:52
2009
Ian Dunbar
02:14:52
2007
Edmund Shillabeer
02:14:55
2009
Eammon Harkin
02:14:56
2009
Mark Hempsall
02:15:02
2009
Alan Cowin
02:15:03
2009
Andrew Titley
02:17:54
2009
Michael Shipsides
02:17:58
2008
Thomas Craine
02:18:02
2009
Stephen Harvey
02:18:04
2009
Terry Moffat
02:18:07
2008
Thomas Melvin
02:18:26
2007
Mark Hempsall
02:18:31
2008
John Shimmin
02:19:28
2008
Martijn Biesmans
02:19:37
2009
John Shimmin
02:19:40
2009
Terry Moffat
02:19:43
2007
Rosemarie Crellin
02:19:50
2008
Martijn Biesmans
02:19:55
2007
Michael Shipsides
02:20:02
2009
Doug Allan
02:20:21
2008
Jane Mooney
02:20:59
2008
Janice Quirk
02:21:08
2007
Shaun Nesbitt
02:21:14
2008
Alison Brand
02:21:16
2007
Richard Gerrard
02:21:25
2009
Chris Cale
02:21:41
2009

Dru Hamm wins Manx Telecom award

Dru (1297) is pictured with Marcia MacLeod (1364) and Amy Baker (817)



The story is well covered on Manx Radio here:

http://www.manxradio.com/newsread.aspx?id=36792

You can read my earlier blogs about her here:

http://parishwalkcom2009.blogspot.com/2009/06/dru-hamm-returns-to-parish-walk.html


and


http://2009parishwalk.blogspot.com/2009/06/dru-never-gives-up.html


I spoke to Dru on Sunday evening and the part of the story that really caught my imagination was her time of 2.55 at Marown. Now that might not sound fast for some people but last time she entered that was hailed as outstanding just to reach Marown (never mind Santon this year) and it took her 4 hours last time!

Slight update to two latest lists

There are two Michael Doughertys on the list meaning that the second one, when he finished at the first attempt, was not picked up as a first time finisher.

course completions at first attempt
every parish walk performance since 1974

1400 stories to tell

...but I can only tell a few of them.

There is a story behind just about every person who took part in the walk at the weekend. I can't cover them all; I can't even say I'm telling the best ones. But they are the only ones I can tell as I can't write about every single person. Sorry!

26 for David


Just how long can David Collister go on for?


He now has 26 consecutive finishes under his belt (or his shoes). He finished on Sunday with Angela Martin and this is their group of supporters.


He was ahead of his average of 21:35:45 this year with 21:07:58 although his 81st position was equal to his lowest.

Here are his times and positions from each year:


25:08:26
1984
7
23:20:28
1985
15
23:27:25
1986
14
21:48:58
1987
12
22:42:25
1988
6
22:43:13
1989
10
21:53:11
1990
5
21:07:21
1991
7
20:22:38
1992
7
20:39:40
1993
6
21:44:44
1994
10
21:04:32
1995
8
21:29:35
1996
12
21:25:34
1997
16
21:51:17
1998
28
21:09:49
1999
14
20:42:54
2000
21
19:56:25
2001
14
20:58:25
2002
20
21:34:34
2003
28
20:21:14
2004
29
20:31:46
2005
42
21:05:43
2006
81
21:24:10
2007
80
21:46:53
2008
73
21:07:58
2009
81

PJ a one off


Paul Jackson, who produces the www.manxharriers.com and www.easterfestival.info websites completed the course for the first, and I am told, only time at the weekend.
He is congratulated by his wife Marie who is a twice Parish Walk finisher but is best known as a 20km and 50km walker including victory in the National 50km event last year.
Paul has photos of the winners of the 2009 Clerical Medical Parish Walk at www.manxharriers.com

Halls complete mother and son duo


Popular Western AC athlete Moira Hall completed the course for the third time at the weekend with her son David who entered for the first time.
It was the 14th year in a row that Moira, who does so much to help other people, had taken part and she also finished in 2000 and 2007.
Son David is the second person with the same name to have completed the course and coincidentally they both got around at the first attempt.

They are greeted by smiles from officials Lauren Whelan, Karen Kneale and Elizabeth Corran.
Sarah and Eric Nelson were the first daughter and father combination to finish the Parish Walk together in 2003. Stephanie and Michael Gray have completed the walk together three times in the last three years. Jayne and John Ryder got around the course together last year. Any others?

Dave McCutcheon tackles biggest hurdle





Former Commonwealth Games 400 metres hurdler and Manx record holder Dave McCutcheon (holding teddies) completed the course with Cameron Mackintosh at the weekend.




I must admit that I did not recognise him at the time although I used to know him well.




Robbie Lambie tells me that it is definitely a "one-off" for Dave who lives in Edinburgh.
The second photo has never been published before and Dave (right) is seen with Graham Young and Robbie Lambie during a visit to a banana plantation during the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane 1982.

Julia Furner one of youngest


I don't have the ages of all the women who have completed the course but I suspect that Julia Furner, who walked the 85 miles in 22:20:11, was the youngest ever. Can anyone confirm whether any women have walked it at 21 or younger?

You can read Julia's blog here:

http://theparishwalk.blogspot.com/

I think that Sarah Nelson may have also been 21 when she finished.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

I've reached Lonan

I feel I'm into the final part of my slog down with the publication of the big file containing every performance since 1974 (and every finisher before then). Its now 235 pages so I recommend you download a copy and keep it on disk rather than printing it.

Here is THE BIG ONE:


every parish walk performance since 1974

The other new stat


Ian Wakley 18:28:38 at the very time in the walk
Well, I've completed the merger of data with less pain than in previous years and have verified that I have 1400 finishers amongst the data.

Before I publish the full list of every achievement (possibly in the morning), I've added a new report (another request) for the best performances by someone finishing at the first attempt. It is quite amazing how good some of these are (I can only include them since 1974).

The full list is here:

http://www.parishwalk.co.uk/PW09debut.pdf

And here is the top 20 (including Ed Shillabeer and Ian Wakley) from 2009. Well done.


Brown
Richard
1998
15:59:44
Brown
Sandra
1998
16:16:36
Boertjes
Arie
1998
16:26:22
Ashwell
Brian
1995
16:37:47
Marshall
Kevin
2004
16:55:07
Weston
Charlie
1985
16:57:47
Biesmans
Martijn
2007
17:29:41
Flint
Christopher
1997
17:36:40
Dowling
Geoff
1978
17:50:28
Shillabeer
Edmund
2009
17:51:08
Sayer
Ann
1978
17:51:17
Vale
Gordon
1990
17:55:10
Millen
Boyd
1997
18:00:36
Brogger
Karen Marie
1998
18:05:12
Radder
Marleen
1998
18:05:23
Briggs
Paul
1979
18:07:06
Arosanyin
Charles-Tunde
2001
18:10:35
Dolan
Frank
1981
18:25:02
Wakley
Ian
2009
18:28:38
Appleton
Derek
2000
18:29:40

There will now be a break in transmission

This is the bit where I save my file, take a deep breath and hope that I don't end up kicking the dog (if it was still alive!). I am about to start copying, pasting, merging add formulas and all sorts of things to the full list of this year's starters to add them to my master file (up to now I have only been using full course data.

Back later.

Slow start this year

30 walkers reach Santon quicker in 2007 and 2008 than anyone this year. But looking at the best 50 times, 15 of the next 20 were from this year. I don't think there has ever been a year when so many have stayed together at the front for so long. In fact I am certain.

Here are the best 50 over the last three years:

David Griffiths
01:52:25
2008
Robbie Callister
01:54:01
2007
Sean Hands
01:54:03
2007
Andrew Titley
01:54:47
2007
David Lon Chambers
01:54:53
2007
Ray Pitts
01:55:05
2007
Thomas Melvin
01:55:05
2007
Mark Hempsall
01:55:48
2008
Jock Waddington
01:55:50
2008
Robbie Callister
01:55:50
2008
Sean Hands
01:55:52
2008
Matthew Haddock
01:56:15
2008
Sue Biggart
01:56:25
2008
Michael George
01:56:27
2007
Alan Cowin
01:56:47
2008
Chris Cale
01:57:02
2008
Maurice Bellando
01:57:05
2008
Sue Biggart
01:57:07
2007
Dave Cain
01:57:55
2007
Michael George
01:57:57
2008
Jane Mooney
01:57:58
2007
David Griffiths
01:58:00
2007
Kathryn Kennaugh
01:58:25
2007
Darren Mealin
01:58:35
2008
Martijn Biesmans
01:59:02
2007
Eammon Harkin
01:59:03
2007
Tony Duncan
01:59:16
2007
Martijn Biesmans
01:59:17
2008
Steve Partington
01:59:21
2007
Janice Quirk
01:59:36
2008
Alan Kinvig
02:01:08
2009
Ray Pitts
02:01:13
2009
Jock Waddington
02:01:21
2009
Robbie Callister
02:01:26
2009
Sue Biggart
02:01:33
2009
Janice Quirk
02:01:41
2009
Eammon Harkin
02:02:01
2009
Adam Killip
02:02:08
2009
Mark Hempsall
02:02:16
2009
Alan Cowin
02:02:19
2009
Kevin Marshall
02:02:22
2007
Tony Okell
02:02:26
2008
Rosemarie Crellin
02:02:27
2007
Alison Brand
02:02:27
2007
Dave Mackey
02:02:27
2009
Andrew Gosnell
02:02:34
2009
Ian Wakley
02:02:35
2009
Paul Sykes
02:02:37
2009
Richard Spenceley
02:02:39
2009
Alan Kinvig
02:02:47
2007

Well done Caroline


If you read the feature on Caroline Cain you might be interested to hear how she got on:
She reached Peel in just over 8 hours and said that she hadn't stopped in Rushen for a cup of tea and rice pudding she might have broken 8 hours. She is justifiably very proud: "In March I didn't have the energy to walk a mile with our dog."
Well done indeed.

Staggering split time for Janice Quirk


I mentioned earlier that I have received the full data from SportIdent so I have already been working on the split times this evening.

The thing that jumped out straightaway when I merged the splits with previous times was te leg between Maughold and Lonan. She is three and half minutes quicker than the next best since electronic timing was introduced in 2007. I would even say there is a chance that this the fastest ever. If not, there will only be one faster and that would be from Sean Hands when he set his record in 2006. I am quite sure that Derek Harrison would not have been as fast in 1979 as he had a slow second half.

No wonder I got caught out in saying that she was outside record pace and she took 16 minutes off Sue Biggart's 2007 time on this leg alone. Wow!

Here are the fastest:

Janice Quirk
02:11:56
2009
Michael George
02:15:22
2007
Robbie Callister
02:16:21
2007
Jock Waddington
02:17:09
2009
Ray Pitts
02:17:33
2007
Jock Waddington
02:18:15
2008
Mark Hempsall
02:18:31
2009
Maurice Bellando
02:19:46
2008
Alan Cowin
02:20:50
2009
Eammon Harkin
02:22:29
2009
Steve Partington
02:22:30
2007
Andy Green
02:23:25
2009
Robbie Callister
02:23:41
2008
Jock Waddington
02:24:27
2007
Richard Gerrard
02:24:43
2009
Eammon Harkin
02:26:25
2007
Sue Biggart
02:27:07
2009
Martijn Biesmans
02:27:30
2009
Vinny Lynch
02:27:34
2009
Sue Biggart
02:27:43
2007
Mark Hempsall
02:28:14
2007
Michael Shipsides
02:28:16
2007
Terry Moffat
02:28:32
2008
Michael George
02:28:36
2008
Michael Shipsides
02:28:39
2008

Second round of thanks


Thanks to my elder brother Mike who came over to the Isle of Man from Droitwich in Worcestershire at the weekend to help take photos for the third time in the past four years. Last year he was on a family holiday at the time and so Richard Jamieson deputised for him.
It says a lot for the size of the event that he is prepared to travel at his own expense to help and his contribution added greatly to the site and hopefully to the overall enjoyment of the event.
For some reason my parents gave all four of us names beginning with M. In the picture above, at Ballalona just outside Kirk Michael on private land that leads to the old reservoir, Mike is the tall one and he is holding my hand! On the other side is my sister Margaid, whose husband Alan Gosschalk had his first walk in the Parish Walk on Saturday and got as far as Peel, and then Martin. Alan rather cruelly said to Mike on Friday: "Do you realise that you are the only brother not to have won the Parish Walk."
Mike took the pictures at the start, Union Mills, Santon and most at Peel. Thanks Mike.

The full list of improvers



Henry Harvey (top picture) is sandwiched between Michael George and Mark Hempsall in the list of improvers (see previous post also).

New statistic

Here is a new list I've generated by popular request.

Instead of just showing personal bests, this is the difference between the first finish and the ultimate personal best. So if someone has three finishes in 22.00, 20.00 and 18.00 they will have an improvement of 4.00 rather than 2 PBs both of 2.00.

Here are the those that have improved by more than 4 hours and the full list will be published after I've eaten!


Michael George
6:28:55
Henry Harvey
6:18:07
Mark Hempsall
6:06:05
Chris Cale
6:04:38
Andrew Gosnell
6:01:49
Jock Waddington
5:59:16
Sean Hands
5:54:52
Andrew Titley
5:52:49
David Collister
5:12:01
Eammon Harkin
5:11:45
Irene Corlett
5:09:39
Dave Cain
5:07:56
Peter Kaneen
5:02:36
Alan McCulloch
4:36:11
Sue Biggart
4:18:25
David Doyle
4:16:53
Gillian Cunningham
4:12:46
Graham Young
4:09:23
Ray Pitts
4:03:07
Richard Gerrard
4:00:18

First of many thanks

There are so many people that I want to thank for their help with the website before I sign off on Friday that it is a job to know where to start. So the "thank yous" are not in any particular order.

I must say how impressed I have been with SportIDENT these last three years. Yes, I know that they are paid to provide the Manx Telecom timing but they always go far beyond the call of duty.

Without their cooperation it would take me much longer to compile the data that I use.

I've today received the results file (I have only been analysing the full course finishers so far)which I can now use to update my full listings and also to extract split times.

So a big thank you to SportIDENT for all their help and their professionalism.

Next target for Stella


Stella Corlett made it six in a row at the weekend when she set a personal best time of 21:45:07 .
She was featured in one of last year's specials at:
She told me how she only completed her hatrick after encouragement from me and I've never been sure if it is credit or blame she attaches to me.
After the hatrick, equalling husband Roy's 5 finishes was her target and now she has beaten it.
At the finish this year I set her next target - to equal Roy & my combined total of 7. Which makes the year after an easy one - to beat our combined total. And after that, only two more to reach double figures!

Michael Gray - oldest again but did you notice this statistic?



For the third year in a row Michael Gray became the oldest competitor to finish. Walking with his daughter Stephanie, they both completed their 4th laps. In addition to the last three years, Michael walked in the vey first event in 1960.

You can read all about him (if you have not already done so) in one of the special features at:

http://www.parishwalk.co.uk/Current%20Features1.htm

So the statistic that most people were aware of was that he completed the course aged 74 which is amazing in itself.

But did you also know that Michael and Stephanie were just TWO SECONDS slower than last year?

It might not have rained like last year but...


Did you realise what is was like during the last hour? Here is James Betteridge finishing just before 7.30 am.


Fraser Mackay blogs to 181th place


I found the above's report on his experience in the Isle of Man here:

http://frasermackay.blogspot.com/2009/06/update-to-parish-walk-isle-of-man.html

He finished joint 181st with Paul Wheeldon who is closest to the camera above.


Statistical summary

I've added the following summary to the front page:


Since 1960, 1400 laps of the course (1093 by men and 307 by women) have been completed. 488 men and 163 women have walked one lap or more (651 total). 371 walkers have only done one lap - the remaining 280 have improved their times 396 times. Walkers reaching Peel have increased from 103 to 998 during Clerical Medical's 20 year sponsorship. The average time to complete the course is 20 hours and 49 minutes.

No blogging yesterday lunchtime



I was set to do some updates on the website yesterday lunchtime until lunch was arranged by Eammon Harkin with our Dutch relatives who arrived in Ballasalla by train. So I enjoyed lunch outside at the Whitestone with fourth placed Eammon, 8th placed Martijn Biesmans (seen crossing the railway line at Ballasalla), 35th placed Alex Wijsman, Irene George who reached Jurby this year plus Mrs Wijsman and Mr George.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Final YouTube

I've just bashed together a quick file using photos at random with some music I had lined up for one of the films that never was.

It will be available on www.youtube.com/murraylambden in the next half hour or so.

Fastest times - one per walker

These are the lists where the fastest times include each walker with only their best time. So whereas Sue Biggart has the 3rd to 8th best time for women, she is listed with her best time in 3rd and Rosemarie Crellin is listed as fourth.


fastest single times
fastest single time- men
fastest single time- women

These will be the last lists now until I get hold of the full results file listing the times to each church. This will allow me to compile and publish the mega file of all starters since 1974 showing which church they reached and in what time. It will also allow me to compare split times over the past three years.

Robbie Callister has the best average time for someone finishing more than once

Here are the top 20 average times:


Albert Johnson
15:54:51
Richard Brown
15:59:44
Leece Kneale
16:05:52
Robbie Callister
16:15:06
Sandra Brown
16:16:36
Arie Boertjes
16:26:22
John Cannell
16:35:31
John Dowling
16:40:07
Willie Corkill
16:57:06
Sean Hands
17:01:27
Joe Brown
17:04:09
Vinny Lynch
17:05:08
Ray Pitts
17:08:23
Alan Cowin
17:10:42
Ian Hodkinson
17:11:25
Martin Lambden
17:12:01
Steve Partington
17:15:56
Graham Young
17:24:45
Martijn Biesmans
17:26:00
Janice Quirk
17:28:37

Below average average

The average finishing time this year was 16 minutes below the overall average and the slowest since 2004:


1960
22:05:24
1961
21:08:47
1962
20:09:54
1963
19:39:09
1964
20:21:18
1967
21:05:21
1968
19:56:28
1969
21:31:24
1970
17:52:36
1971
19:25:14
1972
19:45:11
1973
20:42:24
1974
18:09:11
1975
19:34:32
1976
19:28:19
1977
19:11:01
1978
19:58:16
1979
18:42:44
1980
20:19:59
1981
21:12:37
1982
19:37:51
1983
20:02:58
1984
20:58:40
1985
20:04:10
1986
21:03:45
1987
19:59:01
1988
19:38:56
1989
21:15:15
1990
20:15:36
1991
20:12:17
1992
20:31:08
1993
20:16:58
1994
19:48:00
1995
19:47:04
1996
20:38:03
1997
20:35:09
1998
20:09:48
1999
20:25:47
2000
20:23:15
2001
21:08:06
2002
21:24:52
2003
21:10:45
2004
21:07:43
2005
20:45:15
2006
20:54:28
2007
20:58:42
2008
20:57:23
2009
21:05:13


The average for every since finisher is 20:49:00

Male and female numbers

The growth in the number of women finishing is apparent with this list:


number of male and female finishers
Here is the file with the 1400 finishes divided into the 651 walkers who have finished at least once:

number of finishes per walker

Or here is the leaderboard - those with 5 or more finishes:

David Collister
26
Ray Hughes
22
Anthony Kneale
20
Mick Holgate
17
Dermot O'Toole
15
Irene Taggart
12
Steve Gardner
10
Rosemarie Crellin
10
Sue Biggart
9
Robbie Callister
9
Julian Thomas
9
Charlie Weston
9
Andrew Titley
9
Simon Cox
8
John Cannell
8
Jo Revill
8
Derek Harrison
8
Christopher Flint
8
Alan Kinvig
7
Gordon Corran
7
David Comish
7
David (Lon) Chambers
7
Chris Cale
7
Bob Noonan
7
Stephen Brew
6
Stella Corlett
6
Ray Pitts
6
Kevin Leslie Martin
6
John Shimmin
6
John Adair
6
Ian Ashcroft
6
Eammon Harkin
6
David Whorrall
6
David Cain
6
Chris Keown
6
Terry Moffat
5
Alan Clucas
5
Sean Hands
5
Roy Corlett
5
Alan Brew
5
Angie Aire
5
Adrian Beale
5
Michael Readshaw
5
Michael Crook
5
Marie Gilbertson
5
Malcolm Newton
5
Lesley Christian
5
Kevin Graham
5
Keith Wilkinson
5
Kath Kelly
5
Juan Readshaw
5
John Lovelady
5
John Hunter
5
Jock Waddington
5
Edward Marshall
5
Dudley Butt
5
Doug Allan
5
David Churcher
5
Cyril Evans
5

All the personal bests

You can find every single personal best performance since 1960 in the next three files:


personal bests 2009
all personal bests by time
all personal bests by name

There have been 396 personal best performances over the years, ie walkers with more than one finish who have improved their time with a susequent performance.

Here are the 53 who improved this year:


Gillian Cunningham
19:26:11
2009
4:12:46
Richard Gerrard
17:12:20
2009
4:00:18
Dave Taylor
18:21:17
2009
3:22:44
Les Webb
18:59:00
2009
3:07:04
Phil Colebourn
19:43:07
2009
2:58:09
Simon Starkey
20:16:30
2009
2:44:38
Pauline Ringham
21:11:20
2009
2:42:32
Robbie Breadner
20:26:45
2009
2:29:32
Tony Dugdale
20:26:45
2009
2:29:32
Richard Spenceley
17:43:17
2009
2:24:34
Andy Green
17:05:58
2009
2:14:55
Mark Honeyman
18:14:56
2009
2:12:59
Frank Feeney
21:19:34
2009
2:11:41
Anita Kelly
21:36:10
2009
2:05:00
Michael Bonney
18:04:36
2009
2:03:15
Sally Watterson
20:57:01
2009
1:58:19
Mark Hempsall
16:20:45
2009
1:37:21
Haydn Cubbon
19:30:39
2009
1:34:11
Joanne Cubbon
19:30:39
2009
1:34:11
Perry Downward
19:46:24
2009
1:33:16
Janice Quirk
15:58:35
2009
1:27:37
John Watterson
20:18:50
2009
1:15:50
David Clucas
19:21:23
2009
1:13:21
David Cretney
19:01:54
2009
1:06:07
Trevor Quayle
21:50:35
2009
1:05:28
Donny Strathie
22:34:21
2009
1:05:11
Peter Bradley
22:26:21
2009
0:59:55
Maureen Moffatt
17:43:52
2009
0:56:25
Kingsley Lambert
21:24:59
2009
0:55:55
Shirley Gage
18:21:16
2009
0:54:53
Sharon Whitehouse
22:36:38
2009
0:48:05
Malcolm Newton
19:12:45
2009
0:46:54
Chris Cale
17:38:46
2009
0:46:10
Chris Reynolds
21:42:11
2009
0:44:12
Alex Wijsman
19:22:58
2009
0:43:24
Michael Crook
21:13:36
2009
0:37:11
Janet Allen
19:00:47
2009
0:36:30
Martijn Biesmans
16:53:41
2009
0:36:00
Kath Kelly
20:36:04
2009
0:35:18
Katie Cullen
22:27:19
2009
0:35:14
Geoff Quayle
22:45:23
2009
0:29:36
Michael Readshaw
16:40:36
2009
0:25:12
Paul Kennish
22:48:35
2009
0:24:31
Jackie Campbell
19:05:13
2009
0:24:26
Jo Revill
19:43:20
2009
0:24:21
Jo Richardson
23:26:05
2009
0:21:19
Louise Thomas
20:18:07
2009
0:20:49
David Anderson
20:30:54
2009
0:15:44
Wendy Easthope
21:42:11
2009
0:12:13
Stella Corlett
21:45:07
2009
0:12:02
Jason Edwards
23:26:05
2009
0:05:18
Kevin Graham
20:12:57
2009
0:03:19
Colin Coole
20:05:13
2009
0:03:08

Debut performances

651 people have now completed the Parish Walk, that is 488 men and 163 women. So strangely enough, to reconcile my list of debut performances I had to have 651 names.

I have just published (and added to the download menu) three lists, one for this year and two of the all time performances.

You can view them here:


debut finishes 2009
all debuts by time
all debuts by name


I'll also repeat the 2009 debut performances in text below. Please note, a debut for this purpose is a first finish not necessarily a first attempt at the course.


Vinny Lynch
17:05:08
Stephen Harvey
17:34:03
Edmund Shillabeer
17:51:08
Ian Wakley
18:28:38
Anthony Atkinson
18:56:52
Samantha Draper
19:08:20
Helen Taylor
19:36:54
Andrew McCutcheon
19:48:41
Christopher Waller
19:48:41
Billy Shaw
19:49:23
Oliver Browne
19:49:23
Bernie Ball
20:04:40
William Craig
20:13:37
Susan Moore
20:15:02
Carl Senogles
20:16:30
Sarah Thornhill
20:19:07
Paul Jackson
20:28:16
Glenn Blacker
20:31:14
Caroline Moran
20:39:37
David Goldsmith
20:46:32
Stephen Corkill
20:52:43
Damien Devlin
21:04:44
Angela Martin
21:07:58
Mark Le Lerre
21:18:29
Alison Finch
21:19:34
Robert Currey
21:32:28
Debbie Storrie
21:33:15
Tony Duggan
21:37:40
Annie Harling
21:42:47
Robert Higgins
21:44:08
Michael Farnworth
21:45:54
Martin Kennaugh
21:46:23
Ralph Pawling
21:49:18
Philip Knop
21:54:55
Colleen Cubbon
21:56:49
Phil Hancock
21:57:11
Richard Corlett
21:57:11
Malcolm Meddings
22:01:12
Samuel Fletcher
22:05:40
Remo Ricciardi
22:10:36
Sarah Jo Callow
22:10:36
Simon Mellor
22:10:36
Colin Garvey
22:13:24
Jonathan Wild
22:13:24
Rob Campbell
22:15:59
Ben O'Hare
22:16:56
Nigel Maddocks
22:16:56
Julia Furner
22:20:11
Julie Hill
22:23:01
Cameron Mackintosh
22:24:43
David McCutcheon
22:24:43
Claire Coleman
22:27:19
David Hall
22:33:09
Kuba Szymanski
22:33:39
Carole Staples
22:35:22
Juana Warburton
22:35:44
Adrian Brooks
22:41:45
Hannah Newton
22:43:39
Mark Williams
22:44:20
Ian Lewandowskyj
22:45:23
Adrian Gell
22:48:00
James Daniel Kinley
22:49:51
Jane Cregeen
22:53:12
Angela Southern
22:54:52
Robbie Stockton
22:54:52
Carol McCoubrey
22:55:31
Lynn McCoubrey
22:55:31
Sue Tilston
22:56:02
Nicholas Kelly
22:59:42
Rosie Allen
23:00:59
Ben Watterson
23:02:45
Sue McCourt
23:05:25
Ed Burn
23:10:32
Stephen Kelly
23:11:07
Matt Harvey
23:15:57
Pippa Edmonds
23:16:26
Dave Lawrie
23:22:53
Helen Pope
23:22:53
James Betteridge
23:27:30
Julie Masterman
23:28:56
Jared Smith
23:30:35
Jenny Smith
23:30:35
Chris Moore
23:36:20
Duncan Firth
23:36:20
Fraser Mackay
23:37:11
Paul Wheeldon
23:37:11
Elaine Masterson
23:51:06
Jim Caley
23:51:23
Iain Craig
00:00:23
Amanda Dougherty
00:05:19

Fourth to six women






Shirley Gage (44) finished 4th in 18:21:16 improving her time by 54:53 in her third finish.
Janey Allan (52) was fifth in 19:00:47 and she improved her time by 36:30. It was also her third finish.
Jackie Campbell (41) was sixth on her fourth finish. She took 19:05:13 - a PB of 24:26. Also in the picture with her are three times finisher Lisa Motley who finished 16th and Terri Salmon who retired at Onchan.

Download menu well on its way

I've still got three and half more days to go on the website and a few more lists to be added but I have updated the download menu with the lists that I have reported on individually.


full results
team results
junior results
all finishers by fastest time
all finishers by name
all finishers by year
all female finishers by time
numbers at each church per year

2 photos of Gillian Cunningham



I've now found two photos of Gillian Cunnigham, who made the sixth biggest improvement in the history of the Parish Walk.
The top one (my own) was taken at Braddan when Gillian (150) was alongside Maureen Moffatt with whom she trains once a week. Thanks to Peter Bradley for locating this one.
The second was taken by Adrian Cowin at Colby. Thanks to him and also to Will Moffatt who located the shot.

Another picture of Erin Callister


Now that I am aware that she was wearing the wrong number, I have found another photo (by Mike Lambden) of Erin starting the climb at Ballakillowey. Its another good picture demonstrating a better style than some of the older walkers.

Re-write for all time women list



Janice Quirk decimated the all time record this year and Sue Biggart added the fourth fastest time. Also well up the all time list was Maureen Moffatt (above) who improved by almost an hour (56.25) to move up to 22nd on the list.

All 307 performances by women are listed here:

www.parishwalk.co.uk/PW09women.pdf

John Watterson predicted record a year ago

Isle of Man Newspapers Sports Editor John Watterson made a private prediction to me a year ago that that Janice Quirk would not only win the Parish Walk but also break the record.

He has made another prediction for next year which I shall also keep private until after the event.

All 1400 finishes in year order

For the latest list go to:

www.parishwalk.co.uk/PW09year.pdf

Monday, 22 June 2009

All 1400 finishes indexed by name

I've updated another list, updated for 2009, at www.parishwalk.co.uk/PW09name.pdf

All times in fastest time order

I've just published the list, updated for 2009, at:

www.parishwalk.co.uk/PW09fast.pdf

It will be added to the download menu soon.

Correction to Andy Green stats

On his feature page I included two walks to Peel in 2002 and 2003 by Andrew Green who is not the same person. I have now updated this.

Photo of Richard Gerrard




I've located this picture of Richard Gerrard (see earlier post) but not yet located one of Gillian Cunningham.




Photo of Erin Callister located


Correction: Mike has found a great shot of Erin which I didn't see because she was wearing the wrong number (double click to enlarge). Thanks to Peter Bradley for his help with this.


53 personal best times this year

Gillian Cunningham and Richard Gerrard set the 6th and 8th biggest PBs in the history of the Parish Walk this year.

All 397 PBs tomorrow but for the meantime here are the 53 set this year:


Gillian Cunningham
19:26:11
4:12:46
Richard Gerrard
17:12:20
4:00:18
Dave Taylor
18:21:17
3:22:44
Les Webb
18:59:00
3:07:04
Phil Colebourn
19:43:07
2:58:09
Simon Starkey
20:16:30
2:44:38
Pauline Ringham
21:11:20
2:42:32
Robbie Breadner
20:26:45
2:29:32
Tony Dugdale
20:26:45
2:29:32
Richard Spenceley
17:43:17
2:24:34
Andy Green
17:05:58
2:14:55
Mark Honeyman
18:14:56
2:12:59
Frank Feeney
21:19:34
2:11:41
Anita Kelly
21:36:10
2:05:00
Michael Bonney
18:04:36
2:03:15
Sally Watterson
20:57:01
1:58:19
Mark Hempsall
16:20:45
1:37:21
Haydn Cubbon
19:30:39
1:34:11
Joanne Cubbon
19:30:39
1:34:11
Perry Downward
19:46:24
1:33:16
Janice Quirk
15:58:35
1:27:37
John Watterson
20:18:50
1:15:50
David Clucas
19:21:23
1:13:21
David Cretney
19:01:54
1:06:07
Trevor Quayle
21:50:35
1:05:28
Donny Strathie
22:34:21
1:05:11
Peter Bradley
22:26:21
0:59:55
Maureen Moffatt
17:43:52
0:56:25
Kingsley Lambert
21:24:59
0:55:55
Shirley Gage
18:21:16
0:54:53
Sharon Whitehouse
22:36:38
0:48:05
Malcolm Newton
19:12:45
0:46:54
Chris Cale
17:38:46
0:46:10
Chris Reynolds
21:42:11
0:44:12
Alex Wijsman
19:22:58
0:43:24
Michael Crook
21:13:36
0:37:11
Janet Allen
19:00:47
0:36:30
Martijn Biesmans
16:53:41
0:36:00
Kath Kelly
20:36:04
0:35:18
Katie Cullen
22:27:19
0:35:14
Geoff Quayle
22:45:23
0:29:36
Michael Readshaw
16:40:36
0:25:12
Paul Kennish
22:48:35
0:24:31
Jackie Campbell
19:05:13
0:24:26
Jo Revill
19:43:20
0:24:21
Jo Richardson
23:26:05
0:21:19
Louise Thomas
20:18:07
0:20:49
David Anderson
20:30:54
0:15:44
Wendy Easthope
21:42:11
0:12:13
Stella Corlett
21:45:07
0:12:02
Jason Edwards
23:26:05
0:05:18
Kevin Graham
20:12:57
0:03:19
Colin Coole
20:05:13
0:03:08

The calculation I hate every year

Its always hard to calculate this one as there are so many people whose improvment this year is still outside their best.

Whilst I go and make another drink, I'll leave you with a couple of stats that are by-products of my research.

Including this year's debutants, there are 371 people who have completed a single lap of the course.

In the history of the event there have been 397 personal best performances.

Coming up next - how many of those 397 were set this year.

Nearly half the finishers were first time

This is a provisional list of first time finishers.

I calculate that there are 90 first timers - 58 men and 42 women.

If you think I have got any of these wrong through a slight variation of names used in previous years (or someone who is now married) I would appreciate an email to murray@manxathletics.com as this list has a bearing on others.

Well done to all 90 - if that is the right number:

Here they are:


Name
Time
Position
Sex
Vinny Lynch
17:05:08
9
M
Stephen Harvey
17:34:03
13
M
Edmund Shillabeer
17:51:08
17
M
Ian Wakley
18:28:38
23
M
Anthony Atkinson
18:56:52
25
M
Samantha Draper
19:08:20
30
F
Helen Taylor
19:36:54
42
F
Andrew McCutcheon
19:48:41
49
M
Christopher Waller
19:48:41
49
M
Billy Shaw
19:49:23
52
M
Oliver Browne
19:49:23
52
M
Bernie Ball
20:04:40
55
F
William Craig
20:13:37
58
M
Susan Moore
20:15:02
59
F
Carl Senogles
20:16:30
60
M
Sarah Thornhill
20:19:07
66
F
Paul Jackson
20:28:16
69
M
Glenn Blacker
20:31:14
72
M
Caroline Moran
20:39:37
75
F
David Goldsmith
20:46:32
76
M
Stephen Corkill
20:52:43
77
M
Damien Devlin
21:04:44
80
M
Angela Martin
21:07:58
81
F
Mark Le Lerre
21:18:29
85
M
Alison Finch
21:19:34
87
F
Robert Currey
21:32:28
92
M
Debbie Storrie
21:33:15
93
F
Tony Duggan
21:37:40
95
M
Annie Harling
21:42:47
101
F
Robert Higgins
21:44:08
102
M
Michael Farnworth
21:45:54
104
M
Martin Kennaugh
21:46:23
105
M
Ralph Pawling
21:49:18
107
M
Philip Knop
21:54:55
110
M
Colleen Cubbon
21:56:49
111
F
Phil Hancock
21:57:11
112
M
Richard Corlett
21:57:11
112
M
Malcolm Meddings
22:01:12
114
M
Samuel Fletcher
22:05:40
115
M
Remo Ricciardi
22:10:36
116
M
Sarah Jo Callow
22:10:36
116
F
Simon Mellor
22:10:36
116
M
Colin Garvey
22:13:24
119
M
Jonathan Wild
22:13:24
119
M
Rob Campbell
22:15:59
121
M
Ben O'Hare
22:16:56
122
M
Nigel Maddocks
22:16:56
122
M
Julia Furner
22:20:11
124
F
Julie Hill
22:23:01
126
F
Cameron Mackintosh
22:24:43
127
M
David McCutcheon
22:24:43
127
M
Claire Coleman
22:27:19
130
F
Kuba Szymanski
22:33:39
136
M
Carole Staples
22:35:22
138
F
Juana Warburton
22:35:44
139
F
Adrian Brooks
22:41:45
141
M
Hannah Newton
22:43:39
142
F
Mark Williams
22:44:20
143
M
Ian Lewandowskyj
22:45:23
144
M
Adrian Gell
22:48:00
146
M
James Daniel Kinley
22:49:51
148
M
Jane Cregeen
22:53:12
149
F
Angela Southern
22:54:52
150
F
Robbie Stockton
22:54:52
150
M
Carol McCoubrey
22:55:31
152
F
Lynn McCoubrey
22:55:31
152
F
Sue Tilston
22:56:02
155
F
Nicholas Kelly
22:59:42
156
M
Rosie Allen
23:00:59
157
F
Ben Watterson
23:02:45
158
M
Sue McCourt
23:05:25
159
F
Ed Burn
23:10:32
163
M
Stephen Kelly
23:11:07
164
M
Matt Harvey
23:15:57
168
M
Pippa Edmonds
23:16:26
169
F
Dave Lawrie
23:22:53
170
M
Helen Pope
23:22:53
170
F
James Betteridge
23:27:30
174
M
Julie Masterman
23:28:56
175
F
Jared Smith
23:30:35
176
M
Jenny Smith
23:30:35
176
F
Chris Moore
23:36:20
179
M
Duncan Firth
23:36:20
179
M
Fraser Mackay
23:37:11
181
M
Paul Wheeldon
23:37:11
181
M
Elaine Masterson
23:51:06
183
F
Jim Caley
23:51:23
184
M
Iain Craig
24:00:23
186
M
Amanda Dougherty
24:05:19
187
F
M
58
F
31

That was a fun holiday

I've just fixed an Excel Pivot Table to calculate the number of finishers per person. I need to do some more checking yet before publishing the main reports because of the usual problems, ie two people of the same name or two people using an abbreviated name one year and their full name another time.

But it seems like a good time to quit. You can guess what I shall be doing later this evening.

Here are the main players in the most finishers table to go on with:


David Collister
26
Ray Hughes
22
Anthony Kneale
20
Mick Holgate
17
Dermot O'Toole
15
Irene Taggart
12
Steve Gardner
10
Rosemarie Crellin
10
Sue Biggart
9
Robbie Callister
9
Julian Thomas
9
Charlie Weston
9
Andrew Titley
9
Simon Cox
8
John Cannell
8
Jo Revill
8
Derek Harrison
8
Alan Kinvig
7
Gordon Corran
7
David Comish
7
David (Lon) Chambers
7
Chris Flint
7
Chris Cale
7
Bob Noonan
7
Stephen Brew
6
Stella Corlett
6
Ray Pitts
6
Kevin Leslie Martin
6
John Shimmin
6
John Adair
6
Ian Ashcroft
6
Eammon Harkin
6
David Whorrall
6
David Cain
6
Chris Keown
6
Terry Moffat
5
Alan Clucas
5
Sean Hands
5
Roy Corlett
5
Alan Brew
5
Angie Aire
5
Adrian Beale
5
Michael Crook
5
Marie Gilbertson
5
Malcolm Newton
5
Lesley Christian
5
Kevin Graham
5
Keith Wilkinson
5
Kath Kelly
5
Juan Readshaw
5
John Lovelady
5
John Hunter
5
Jock Waddington
5
Edward Marshall
5
Dudley Butt
5
Doug Allan
5
David Churcher
5
Cyril Evans
5

Thomas Craine was the top under 21 man




Here are the times and a photo of Thomas reaching Peel:



1 1541 Thomas Craine 6:45:08
2 1560 Andrew Newton 6:45:32
3 1570 Matthew Skinner 6:48:07
4 1549 Jonny Killey 6:54:45
5 1563 Lorcan O'Mahony 7:05:28
6 1539 Alan Corlett 7:23:50
7 1544 Daniel Foulis 7:25:27
8 1559 Stuart Mullan 7:25:46
9 1552 John Kinrade 7:31:56
10 1534 Philip Butler 7:48:45
11 1565 Simon Quine 7:57:26
12 1554 Ari Ludford-Brooks 8:01:58
13 1573 Billy Woodbridge 8:15:40
14 1542 Fintan Cummins 8:17:26
15 1536 Thomas Clarke 8:32:47
16 1555 Josh MacKey 8:33:14
17 1540 Andrew Coulter 8:33:19
18 1545 Comor Haigh 8:33:22
19 1546 Paul Houghton 8:35:41
20 1533 David Budden 8:35:58
21 1571 Alan Stewart 8:43:39
22 1532 Christopher Simon Brummitt 8:43:45
23 1557 Andrew Stephen Moore 9:21:14
24 1547 Patrick Hunter 9:22:37
25 1561 Michael Noble 9:32:15

Erin beats the boys

Erin Callister won the under 21 race for women in a faster time than the male equivalent. I can't find a photo of her (can anyone let me have one or locate her among my own?).

The times are posted in the download section but here there are too:

1 1578 Erin Callister 6:39:28
2 1591 Hannah Griffiths 7:14:58
3 1627 Julie Cretney 7:16:59
4 1590 Rachel Gawne 7:26:55
5 1600 Sarah Leece 7:30:19
6 1621 Amy Wilde 7:42:37
7 1595 Ciara Kaneen 7:48:54
8 1598 Emma Latham 7:48:56
9 1584 Jessica Cross 7:50:06
10 1610 Jodie O'Neill 7:55:55
11 1585 Roisin Cummins 8:03:51
12 1601 Emma Lister 8:09:12
13 1617 Beth Thomas 8:09:14
14 1587 Susan Fargher 8:14:09
15 1615 Victoria Richardson 8:18:45
16 1594 Chantal Johnson 8:26:53
17 1586 Jessica Dentith 8:26:56
18 1589 Claire Furner 8:33:28
19 1606 Stephanie Martin 8:37:16
20 1607 Creena Mason 8:39:26
21 1603 Jenna MacGregor 8:39:29
22 1588 Laura Fenlon 8:46:07
23 1597 Sophie Killey 8:53:24
24 1575 Victoria Bevan 9:00:28
25 1611 Alex Penrose 9:32:20

Download menu

Many thanks to Karen Kneale for sending me the results in pdf form.

I have now published them together with the earlier "numbers" file on the new download menu half way nown the left hand side of the home page.

You can also access them here:


full results
team results
junior results
numbers per year

Latest photo stats

I've just realised that I wasn't showing the number of photos in each collection on Fotopic. I've just switched that on and counted that I published 2,481 of Mike and my photos.

There have been 604,133 photo views so far so that is 243 per photo on average.

Videos were only really a first cut

Making videos of local events is one of the most time consuming elements of the website and it was one area that didn't go as well as planned on Saturday.

In the past I have used analogue video cameras for the Parish Walk which meant that I had to playback the video onto the computer to capture it which was both time consuming and a use of valuable power in the van.

This I planned to use two digital cameras. Mike (my elder brother) was at the start and he was given my HP camera which has a one minute video function. I asked him to take 3 x 1 minute clips which is fairly easy as the camera would have time to write the recording to the SD card in between each lap / road circuit. Marie was given my current video camera which has both an SD slot and a hard disk but I set it to HD more so that I could copy the files quicker.

At 2 minutes to 8 I got a phone call from Mike - my camera was not working. So we lost that filming opportunity but other films have now been published.

When the walkers arrived at Braddan Marie shouted that her camera would not work either. Something had gone wrong with the SD card so I had to switch it to HD and we therefore missed the first batch of walkers.

Although I had the first still pictures online by 8.32 am and we continued to publish them as we drove along after meeting up with Mike at Union Mills, it took a while to start the editing process as there were so many photo opportunities.

I reduced Marie's film from 8+ minutes to just over 5 but took the lazy route of starting to repeat the same music rather than adding an extra tune or cutting it to the length the song. No time for credits but thanks Marie. It is the only time I see her during the event as she has lots of other commitments.

I took the second film myself and edited this down to the length of the tune when we reached Peel. I rather harshly deleted a few scenes to achieve this but seem to have copied on scene in a second time which might confuse you.

I would love to do more and to improve the quality but the coverage has to be a compromise. I find the quicker these things are produced the more people enjoy the coverage. I hope that you did.

No longer a young man's game

That has probably been the case for a few years but my latest stats back this up.

Of the 187 finishers (including the two over the time limit), only 50 were not veterans using the catergories of the race organisers.

Men 40 or over totalled 87
There were 42 men under 40
Women under 35 totalled 8
There were 50 women under 35

Numbers to reach each church since 1974

I have just published the following file containing the number of walkers to reach each church (and as a percentage of starters).

I don't know the exact number of starters in recent times and have therefore had to assume that all starters reach Santon.

www.parishwalk.co.uk/PW09numbers.pdf

Frank Feeney and Amanda Daugherty join the elite

The above were the 1300th and 1400th walkers to complete a lap since 1960. Here are the walkers who completed all those landmarks:

100 Derek Harrison 1979

200 Jean Oldroyd 1989

300 Simon Cox 1997

400 Ken Kewley 2000

500 Dave Looker & Jeff Looker 2002

600 David (Lon) Chambers & Terry Moffatt 2004

700 Anthony Kneale 2005

800 Dave Meban 2006

900 Zoe McAndry 2006

1000 Robert Wright & Sean Murphy 2007

1100 Alan Cowin 2008

1200 Martyn Quayle 2008

1300 Frank Feeney 2009

1400 Amanda Dougherty 2009

Full list of women who walked all 85 miles

2
15:58:35
Janice
Quirk
4
16:28:41
Sue
Biggart
16
17:43:52
Maureen
Moffatt
21
18:21:16
Shirley
Gage
27
19:00:47
Janet
Allen
29
19:05:13
Jackie
Campbell
30
19:08:20
Marie
Gilbertson
30
19:08:20
Samantha
Draper
37
19:26:11
Gillian
Cunningham
38
19:30:39
Joanne
Cubbon
41
19:34:02
Rosemarie
Crellin
42
19:36:54
Helen
Taylor
44
19:43:20
Jo
Revill
55
20:04:40
Bernie
Ball
59
20:15:02
Susan
Moore
60
20:16:30
Lisa
Motley
63
20:18:07
Louise
Thomas
66
20:19:07
Sarah
Thornhill
73
20:32:02
Irene
Taggart
74
20:36:04
Kath
Kelly
75
20:39:37
Caroline
Moran
78
20:57:01
Sally
Watterson
81
21:07:58
Angela
Martin
83
21:11:20
Pauline
Ringham
87
21:19:34
Alison
Finch
93
21:33:15
Debbie
Storrie
94
21:36:10
Anita
Kelly (Nee Costain)
99
21:42:11
Wendy
Easthope
101
21:42:47
Annie
Harling
103
21:45:07
Stella
Corlett
106
21:48:05
Angie
Aire
111
21:56:49
Colleen
Cubbon
116
22:10:36
Sarah Jo
Callow
124
22:20:11
Julia
Furner
126
22:23:01
Julie
Hill
130
22:27:19
Bronwen
Raatgever
130
22:27:19
Katie
Cullen
130
22:27:19
Claire
Coleman
134
22:33:09
Moira
Hall
138
22:35:22
Carole
Staples
139
22:35:44
Juana
Warburton
140
22:36:38
Sharon
Whitehouse
142
22:43:39
Hannah
Newton
149
22:53:12
Jane
Cregeen
150
22:54:52
Angela
Southern
152
22:55:31
Carol
McCoubrey
152
22:55:31
Lynn
McCoubrey
155
22:56:02
Sue
Tilston
157
23:00:59
Rosie
Allen
159
23:05:25
Sue
McCourt
166
23:15:17
Stephanie
Gray
169
23:16:26
Pippa
Edmonds
170
23:22:53
Helen
Pope
172
23:26:05
Jo
Richardson
175
23:28:56
Julie
Masterman
176
23:30:35
Jenny
Smith
183
23:51:06
Elaine
Masterson
187
24:05:19
Amanda
Dougherty

BBC sited includes new Parish Walk report

You can find it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/isleofman/sport/index.shtml

Records for women (slight correction)

58 women finished the full 85 miles this year.

Not only is that 22% higher than ever before but it represents 19% of those that have ever done it in the history of the Parish Walk! Staggering - well some of them were.

Here are the numbers per year (remember that only 6 laps had been completed in total until 1989):


1963
2
1964
1
1978
1
1980
1
1983
1
1989
3
1991
2
1992
1
1995
1
1996
1
1997
5
1998
9
1999
4
2000
6
2001
8
2002
11
2003
16
2004
26
2005
31
2006
45
2007
40
2008
34
2009
58
Grand Total
307

Comments

I have only just seen that there were three comments left on the blog and so I have replied to them (much sooner than my email!).

Blogger settings

I have just spent a chunk of time trying to edit the Blogger template (without success) so that only the first few lines of each post are displayed with "read more" link.

I have, however, changed the format and the font and updated my profile.

The Clerical Medical Parish Walk magazine 2009

The Clerical Medical Parish Walk magazine 2009 is a full-colour special edition magazine available for all participants that you will want to keep as a souvenir recording your achievements this year. The magazine includes: • Full results and winners from every stage • Colour Photos • Stories and Features • History of the Parish Walk • Previous years winners and highlights • Isle of Man walking events • International Walking events • Walking clubs on the Isle of Man • Editorial • Details of the sponsors • Course Map and Parish lists You can order in person, online, or by post for just £2.50. The price includes postage and packing. Why not order five copies for £10 and save 20%. (Posted to one address.)

Race Walking Record is a magazine aimed at people who pursue walking as a serious competitive activity. RWR was started in 1941. There have been 793 monthly issues over a period of 68 years. It is distributed to fifteen countries on five continents. Current readers include several Olympic medalists, The International Olympic Committee (IOC), UK Athletics (UKA), The International Athletics Federation (IAAF), USA Olympic Committee (USOC), and Australia's National Sport Information Center (NSIC). The Parish Walk 2009 special is the first ever special edition produced by RWR in seven decades. It is being produced in recognition that the Parish Walk has become the most significant walk in and around the UK. It is intended to help promote walking within the Isle of Man, and in turn promote the Parish Walk to the rest of the world. The special will be an A5 magazine containing 20 full colour pages of results, photos, reports and useful information.

http://www.racewalkingrecord.net/

Link to Dave Kneen's site

With my previous tidy up I had broken the link to Manx Photos online. I have now corrected it as follows:

http://www.manxphotosonline.com/CMI-Parish-Walk-Photographs-20th-June-2009/index.html

I've also widen the display of this blog so that you can see the whole width.

Tidy up of Fotopic site

I've updated the welcome text, changed a few photos from portrait to landscape and deleted one or two of the worst for starters today.

On holiday but at the office

I'm officially off work today. In recent years I have taken the Monday following the Parish Walk off to try and do some of the things that I have failed to do for my family at the weekend and to continue with the website.

I work in a two person office and my colleague is going on his annual leave for the next two weeks so I am going to hold the fort today and make sure I can take any important phone calls. Other than that, I will be using my time to continue work on the website with statistics the priority today.

I have just added Bill Dale to the photographers list and corrected one of the shortcuts from "Sue Biggart" to "Michael Readshaw". Its amazing the things you see with a bit more sleep.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

5 day plan

I am quitting the website at the end of the week, 7 months after launching. It will be relaunched again on 1 December. That gives me five months to focus on other things in my life, not least the http://www.manxathletics.com/ website.

So if you like stats, featured photos and blogging, then come back each day this week. If you can't wait that long for all the things I am planning.........

Well done everyone

Everyone deserves praise for whatever they achieved yesterday.

I'm afraid that I am going to be a little rude to my friends , and rather like those circular Christmas letters, I have to say well done through this media until I am able to contact anybody individually. There are lots of people, however, who deserve so much praise, time and attention for their efforts.