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Friday, 1 July 2011

Signing off

Nearly a typo "singing off". It is music to my ears to write this though.

No chance to do any last night stats tonight.

Thanks to everyone who followed the blog / used the site.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Congratulations to the organisers for organising such a great event.

See you in December or re-tune to www.manxathletics.com

Murray Lambden

Split times are here

http://www.parishwalk.com/2011/PW11splits.pdf

All systems survived

As people become more and more reliant on the internet I was nervous that everything I do would hold together last weekend.

Of course I am not directly involved in the most important part, the Manx Telecom Timing solution provided by SPORTident. There were a few walkers whose times were not recorded but overall this system remains as good as anything in the world, particularly the texting system.

Although I don't host this, and the processing requirements are much more demanding than anything I do, most people access the timing through the parishwalk.com site. What would happen if my site went down? I hedge this by having the domain name hosted by one company and the web server with another.

The home page and all the menus are hosted by http://www.warewelchwebhosting.co.uk/ who have been amazingly good value for the past few years. Highly recommended. If their servers had gone down however, I could have switched the parishwalk.com domain to www.oneandone.co.uk who host the manxathletics.com site. I've also got the forum at www.manxathletics.info which is hosted my www.hostmonster.com and of course this year I was using www.twitter.com and www.facebook.com.

The risk is further mitigated by publishing the photos at www.zenfolio.com (my new site) and the videos at www.youtube.com Then there is the blog at www.blogger.com

I'm not sure about the future of videos with decent music. YouTube have agreements with several of the large music companies where they get paid for every hit that uses their intellectual property. I tested the song I planned to use at Braddan beforehand (with some of last year's film) and I thought I was ok to use it.

But not only did I get the audio removed I received a serious warning about copyright infringement with a threat that all my videos could be removed. Before I could access my account I had to watch an offender's video and answer multiple choice questions about copyright law. Although I have tried to chose music where the rights holder will be compensated I guess its important to realise that it still amounts to copyright infringement. I can't afford to take any risk where I could have all my videos, including many without music removed.

Anyway, back to the positives and I must thank Margy and Julie at Manx Telecom for making it so easy for me to get set up to upload my files, write my blog etc. The only cost that falls to the organisers for my work (I pay for all the website costs and Manx Telecom provide the bandwidth) is the hire van which becomes my mobile office for the weekend.

Colebourns provide the 2 large TV screens for the results service to be transmitted to at the finish and also loaned two nice new Samsung laps. One of them was connected to the TVs, the other one was used by Sean Hands at the help desk. I also used this latter one to supplement the capacity of my own so I had two laptops uploading files at once. Unfortunately my USB to USB connecting cable broke the week before the event so I was doing a lot of file copying using SD cards to ensure that I had the files on the right laptop but also ended up in one place.

The other system that had to survive was my old and this means not only keeping going through the weekend but through Sunday as well so that the family does not get totally neglected. As always I must thank Marie for putting up with me and still being there when the Parish Walk finishes.

Leading split times German to Michael

Jock Waddington (Finish in 15:01:48)
01:08:29
Richard Gerrard (Finish in 15:23:21)
01:10:43
Vinny Lynch (Finish in 15:15:44)
01:10:59
Richard Spenceley (Finish in 15:47:32)
01:12:06
Terry Moffat (Finish in 16:19:38)
01:12:11
Robbie Callister (Finish in 16:13:46)
01:13:47
Stephen Harvey (Finish in 17:02:01)
01:16:50
Michael Bonney (Finish in 17:16:22)
01:17:43
Tony Okell (Finish in 17:25:08)
01:18:41
Maurice Bellando (Finish in 16:59:49)
01:19:00
Michael Shipsides (Finish in 17:41:40)
01:19:18
Maureen Moffatt (Finish in 18:19:21)
01:19:21
Julian Thomas (Finish in 17:51:42)
01:19:23
Simon Starkey (Lezayre)
01:20:32
Carl Senogles (Finish in 18:51:35)
01:20:33
Andy Green (Ballaugh)
01:20:51
Chris Cale (Finish in 17:35:59)
01:20:56
Samuel Fletcher (Finish in 18:53:39)
01:21:40
David Walker (Finish in 18:13:45)
01:21:59
Les Webb (Finish in 18:10:04)
01:22:16
Dick Callin (Finish in 17:51:42)
01:22:24
Brenda Stoffberg (Lonan)
01:22:24
Jared Smith (Finish in 18:28:55)
01:22:51
Tony Dugdale (Jurby)
01:23:38
Andy Martineau (Finish in 18:56:11)
01:23:52
Jonathan Wild (Finish in 17:48:28)
01:23:59
Brian Kelly (Finish in 18:49:40)
01:24:02
Mike Kaighin (Finish in 19:43:35)
01:24:07
Michael George (Finish in 22:38:58)
01:24:07
Danny Hatton (Jurby)
01:24:14
Simon Briggs (Andreas)
01:24:18
Jane Foster (Finish in 18:36:24)
01:24:21
Samantha Draper (Finish in 18:40:21)
01:24:24
Ben Coates (Finish in 18:47:55)
01:24:28
Marie Gilbertson (Finish in 18:54:22)
01:24:37
David Crompton (Bride)
01:24:40
Gordon Corran (Finish in 19:48:36)
01:25:03
Anthony Atkinson (Finish in 19:12:22)
01:25:23
Shaun Dean (Finish in 18:19:21)
01:25:26
John C Ryder (Finish in 19:19:57)
01:25:34
Jane Ryder (Finish in 19:19:57)
01:25:35
James Bassett (Finish in 19:26:05)
01:25:39
Paul Morgans (Andreas)
01:25:39
Gillian Cunningham (Finish in 19:03:01)
01:25:41
Adam Russell (Finish in 18:55:21)
01:25:47
Pauline Ringham (Finish in 19:40:40)
01:26:02
Anthea Varey (Finish in 19:54:36)
01:26:03
Ian Kelly (Finish in 18:40:21)
01:26:29
Stuart Gibson (Finish in 19:27:35)
01:26:32
Shirley Gage (Finish in 19:26:27)
01:26:34
Dave Taylor (Finish in 19:26:27)
01:26:36
Noel Ash (Finish in 18:38:32)
01:27:13
Stephen Corkill (Bride)
01:27:15
Phil Colebourn (Maughold)
01:27:26
Suzannah Corkill (Finish in 19:46:02)
01:27:48
Perry Downward (Finish in 19:37:47)
01:27:55
Adrian Bunting (Finish in 20:04:26)
01:28:02
Geoffrey Hampton (Finish in 20:35:26)
01:28:30
John Shimmin (Bride)
01:28:33
Chris Moore (Finish in 19:30:16)
01:28:47
Brian Wade (Finish in 18:33:16)
01:28:53
Chris Murphy (Finish in 19:50:20)
01:28:59
Gemma Collister (Finish in 21:46:45)
01:29:00
Kellie Haworth (Finish in 19:30:35)
01:29:10
Mike Callister (Bride)
01:29:19
Shaun Valentine (Maughold)
01:29:22
Mark Cringle (Finish in 20:01:14)
01:29:24
Ian Dunbar (Lezayre)
01:29:26
Michael Cowin (Lonan)
01:29:27
Paul Callow (Finish in 19:47:54)
01:29:29
Brian Kneale (Finish in 20:11:21)
01:29:34
Harriet Sheard (Finish in 20:07:24)
01:29:42
Peter Lovekin (Michael)
01:29:43

Photo sales

The new photo site that I launched last week has created profits to date of £219.53 mainly from sales of Parish Walk photos.

I'll be making the first donation of £200 to charity next week and report on my other blog at http://manxathletics.blogspot.com/

Thanks.

Murray

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Isle of Man Newspapers photos

I've added a quick link to their gallery here as I never find it easy to locate their photos:

http://www.photostoday.co.uk/Gallery.aspx?GalleryID=36300

Random star of the day 5


The idea of this mini series was to give a mention to a few people who might not otherwise get recognised. I said at the start of the week that I can not even think of writing about everyone who deserves a mention.

I wrote about this person before the walk last year when he returned to finish the walk he started 50 years earlier!

http://parishwalk.com/2010Prerace/Current%20Features2.htm

He received loads of media coverage last year for finishing the course last year at the age of 72.

But you cannot ignore him this year either.

Since the last Parish Walk he has finished the London Marathon. Nothing special about that? Except that he is one of only 18 who have run every single London Marathon since 1981. He walks rather than runs now.

http://www.everpresent.org.uk/

And he covered the 85 miles of the parishes in 1 hour and 41 minutes faster than last year. 21:21:51 at the age of 73.

Dave Fereday is the random hero of the day.