classic ultra races in the Isle of Man
a look at the Parish Walk and the End to End
The Ramsey Bakery End to End
the Ramsey Baker End to End Walk is held annually in September, starting from the Point of Ayre to the Sound, hugging the west coast and travelling from the northern tip to the sourthern tip of the Isle of Man. It is one of a number of huge participation events held on the island each year with race walkers from other parts of the United Kingdom and Europe. British Centurions always feature in the top 20 finishers.
The race is 39.22 miles with cut off times at check points along the course. The End 2 End Walk is held under permit issued by the Race Walking Association as a Category B Event.
The original race, starting in 1961 until 2001 twas 39.5 miles.
Trophies are presented to all age groups and team prizes for the first men’s, ladies and mixed team who complete the furthest combined distance in the fastest time. Certificates will be given to all competitors who attend.
The 2020 race was quite different, as participation was a local affair, given covid travel restrictions.
Nevertheless, it had a field of 215 walkers with 139 of the walkers finishing the full distance within the 10 hour limit.
Centurion Richard Gerrard continued his recent domination of the event, with his seventh consecutive victory. Gerrard finished the 39.22-mile route in 6:37:18, slightly faster than his 2019 winning time of 6:38:10 and not far from his 2014 PB of 6:29:23. Close on his heels for most of the race was two-time Parish Walk winner Liam Parker who was making his debut in the 2020 event and it was only towards the end that Richard was able to break free, eventually winning by just over 3 minutes. It was an impressive debut for Liam.
visit the End to End walk website for past results and more of the above...