Walking events, such as the Isle of Man Walking festival, are very popular on the Island due to its great countryside and long coastal walks, but none are more popular or as challenging as the Parish Walk.
Held annually on the weekend nearest to the Northern Summer Solstice this event involves walking through every Parish on the Island for a total distance of 85 miles and each year provides a genuine challenge for new and experienced competitors alike, with the fastest walkers finishing the race in under 15 hours.
The race took its current form in 1913, but then was prevented from being held by war until 1923 when it was brought back. Times have moved on since those early competitions and now the race has cutting edge electronic timing and GPS tracking of the top competitors.
As well as being a challenging race, the Parish walk is also a large fundraising event. Each person entering can raise their money individually and a wide range of charities benefit each year from the race.
The 2019 Manx Telecom Parish Walk will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019.
Further information can be found on the Parish Walk website.