If you’re thinking about tackling this year’s Parish Walk and are yet to enter, then you’re urged to sign up soon.
And if you’re a customer of event sponsors Manx Telecom, you have until midnight on Friday (January 31) to secure a £5 discount on the entry fee.
The walk takes place on Saturday, June 21, with the entry deadline being May 11.
David Smith, of Manx Telecom, said the discount for mobile customers had proved to be a great way to attract new participants to the event in recent years.
He added: ‘This year there will be new team trophies for younger walkers aged 18 to 21.
‘We hope that these trophies, and the £5 discount, will particularly appeal to younger competitors and inspire them to take up the Manx Telecom Parish Walk challenge for the first time – but the £5 discount is on offer for all of our mobile customers and is part of our rewards scheme which runs all year round.’
The new awards for younger walkers will be a competition for teams of three aged 18 to 21 walking the 32.5 miles to Peel. The winners will be the team with the fastest combined time of all three walkers, and there will be separate prizes for men’s and women’s teams.
This year’s race will again feature a Corporate Challenge category for teams of four who must all be bona fide employees of the same company, and no team can have more than one member who has previously completed the full 85-mile Parish Walk.
There is also an overall team competition for walkers of any age, but with the rule that no more than two of the four team members have previously finished the full Parish Walk course.
All participants – including those for the team and Corporate Challenge events – must enter individually.
To enter the team events, entrants simply put the name of their team or Corporate Challenge team on the online entry form.
All entrants in all categories will receive a commemorative technical T-shirt and goodie bag.