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The Manx Telecom Parish Walk 2018

24 hours, 85 miles, 17 parishes

The Isle of Man's biggest walking event!

The Manx Telecom sponsored Parish Walk event will be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018. It’s an 85 mile walking race that takes in all 17 parish churches on the Isle of Man. The first Parish Walk took place as a challenge between neighbours over 100 years ago and was a major event for the early years of the last century. It died out and was revived in 1960 when the modern Parish Walk adopted the route that we now recognise. Since then the race has grown in size and prominence and has become the largest mass-participation sporting event on the Island. It now attracts over 1,500 walkers annually, all of whom hope to become a Parish Walk finisher by completing the course in 24 hours or less.

The race starts at the NSC in Douglas and winds its way around the south of the Island before heading north and finishing back in Douglas on the seafront promenade. The record holders is Richard Gerrard in an astonishing time of 14 hours, 40 minutes and 8 seconds set in 2015. Most entrants are hoping to reach one of the intermediary check in points at the earlier churches and every walker receives a certificate stating the distance walked and time taken.

Visit IOM's handy travel packages are ideal for anyone travelling over to take part in the event - offering comfortable ferry or air travel from a choice of ports in the UK and Ireland, choose to stay for a long weekend or why not extend your break to give yourself time to recover in the beautiful surroundings of the Isle of Man after the walk?


You can choose how much of the course you complete, and whether you walk on your own or as part of a team of four.  Full course finishers receive a finisher’s award with additional prizes for individuals and teams.

Entrants receive a free programme at registration which will also be available to download. Walkers who reach Santon will receive a certificate to recognise their achievement. A time limit of 24 hours is given, and there are cut-off times for reaching each stage.

There are 17 parish churches around the course and your time will be recorded at each parish. The full distance will be subject to time limits. The time taken to reach each church is recorded on an electronic timing system which is displayed on the internet and can be transmitted to two mobile phone numbers of your choice by SMS, by Manx Telecom Timing. 

For additional information and entry into the Parish Walk, please click here

What's Included

  • Return air or sea travel to the Isle of Man
  • Accommodation of your choice

Please note, entry into the event is not included. Entry information can be found on the Parish Walk website.