Digital footprints! More tech for Manx Telecom Parish Walk 2019
A new video service is being planned for this year’s Manx Telecom Parish Walk so that relatives and friends of walkers on the Island, and around the world, can see them achieving their goals in the iconic endurance event.
Organisers are aiming to provide video clips of every finisher as they cross the line on Douglas Promenade at the end of the 85-mile challenge. Online results for each finisher will be linked to video content on YouTube.
The news was one of a number of additional digital technology features announced at the official launch event for the walk which was held at Manx Telecom’s headquarters. Other exciting announcements at the launch included:
News about an archway at the finish line which will feature the official time clock and a new LED matrix display with additional results information provided by Manx Timing Solutions, the event’s official timing providers.
Plans for a new mobile app to make it even easier for friends, family and supporters to follow the race on their mobiles. The mobile interface is being developed by Manx Telecom in collaboration with Manx Timing Solutions.
Manx Telecom CEO, Gary Lamb, welcomed and thanked guests from organisations and other sponsors which support the walk. Race Director Ray Cox, and Graham Hughes from Manx Timing Solutions, explained details about the new features being introduced at the 2019 race.
Gary Lamb said: “This is our eighth year as the Parish Walk’s title sponsor, and every year we look for new ways to support Race Director Ray Cox and his magnificent organising team to make it even bigger and better. Digital technology offers fantastic opportunities for even greater community engagement, and we’re looking forward to seeing these new features enhancing enjoyment for walkers and spectators.”
Gary, a previous Parish Walk finisher, is taking part in the walk this year.
Also on the start line will be a group of novice walkers who have been taking part in a scheme run by Manx Sport and Recreation - called ‘Progression To Parish’ - to motivate people to take more exercise. Over the last few months participants have completed weekly training sessions and set themselves a target to complete the 11 miles to Santon in the 2019 walk.
Midnight on Sunday May 5th is the final deadline to enter this year’s Manx Telecom Parish Walk. Walkers can choose to take part as individuals or sign-up for one of the two team categories (Corporate Team and Overall Team) and there’s an event for under-21s. All entries must be made at www.parishwalk.com
The Manx Telecom Parish Walk starts at 8am on Saturday June 22 at the NSC in Douglas. Organisers have confirmed that the 85-mile race will finish near the War Memorial as usual and won’t have to be moved due to the ongoing Douglas Promenade regeneration works.