2009 Parish Walk
Clerical Medical Sponsored Isle of Man Parish Walk
20th-21st June 2009
A record 1402 faced the starter at 8am on Saturday morning at Douglas N.S.C... This included 24 Centurions, 17 of which completed the full distance.
The weather was cloudy and cool at the start but there was light rain for the last 2 hours.
The record of 163 finishers in 2007 was again broken, with 187 walkers completing the full 85 mile circuit of the Island. The early pace was set by Jock Waddington. Robbie Callister, Ray Pitts, Sue Biggart and Janice Quirk.
Callister was more than 4 minutes in front of Pitts and Quirk at German 32.5 miles, with Waddington 4th and Biggart 5th.
Waddington continued his charge and surged past Callister to take the lead at 42 miles with Quirk 3rd.
Ray Pitts had to retire at 52.5 miles due to back problems.
Robbie Callister, 5 times past winner, dropped out at 55.5 miles. At Maughold, 67 miles, Waddington’s lead was 18 minutes over Quirk with Biggart 3rd. Mark Hempsall moved into 3rd place at 76 miles. Jock Woddington C1034 powered to the finish on Douglas Promenade for back to back victories in a time of 15: 45:56.
In second place was Janice Quirk in a time of 15:58:35, knocking 1:27:37 off her P.B. for the distance, and 18 mins: 01 sec. off the course record set by Sandra Brown C735 in 1998!
Mark Hempsall was 3rd in 16:20:45, Sue Biggart C1030 followed in 4th place. 5th was Eamon Harkin C1016.
The other Centurions to complete the full distance were:
8th Martijn Biesmans C1037 (NED)
12th Andrew Gosnell C1035
14th Chris Cale C1050
17th Edmund Shillabeer C590
24th Chris Flint C849
29th Jackie Campbell C1048
35th Alex Wijsman C666 (NED)
40th Alan Kinvig C1040
41st Rosemarie Crellin C1015
46th Selwyn Callister C1027
52nd Oliver Browne C789
54th Andrew Titley C1038
97th Keith Wilkinson C1023 equal
97th Dermot O’Toole C1024
Fred Baker C266 and I were present throughout the race but due to injury were unable to compete.
998 competitors were timed in at the 32.5mls checkpoint in Peel.
A Buffet Prize Presentation was held the following Tuesday evening, bringing an end to a truly great sporting event.
Charlie Weston C584