Carol’s Parish Walk Challenge

Carol Cregeen has entered this year’s Manx Telecom Parish Walk to raise money for Bowel Cancer IOM.

Carol said, “I have taken part in the Parish Walk on two previous occasions, during 2015 and 2016, reaching Bride and Peel respectively. Whilst I have completed a number of short training walks already in preparation for this year’s Parish, I really don’t know how far I will be able to go on the day, I will just hope for fine (but not hot) weather and will keep going for as long as I possibly can!

I decided that Bowel Cancer Isle of Man would be the charity I wanted to support following the recent terrible news that a member of my extended family has stage 4 bowel cancer – at just 31 years of age. Following my relative’s diagnosis I was shocked to learn that 16,000 people reportedly die of bowel cancer in the UK each year making it the second biggest cancer killer. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if it is diagnosed early, which is more likely if people know what symptoms to look out for.

I hope I will be able to raise as much money as possible for Bowel Cancer Isle of Man and therefore help the charity continue with its aims of raising awareness of the symptoms and risks of bowel cancer and supporting those who have been affected by it.”

The MT Parish Walk takes place on 23/24 June 2018. By entering the 2018 Manx Telecom Parish Walk Carol will have the opportunity to walk on the famous 85 mile Parish Walk course around each of the Isle of Man’s 17 parishes. The course takes walkers from the National Sports Centre in Douglas past the first two parish churches, Braddan and Marown, without recording their progress. The first church at which Carol will be registered as reaching is Santon. The same process is repeated at Malew, Arbory, Rushen and Patrick. The next parish on the course is German where for many years the recording point has not been at the cathedral gates but on the other side of the road at Peel Town Hall. Walkers continue on to the parishes of Michael, Ballaugh, Jurby, Bride, Andreas, Lezayre, Maughold, Lonan and Onchan where they will be electronically registered at each church gate. Onchan is the 17th and final parish but to be a Parish Walk finisher Carol will have to walk more than two miles further to the finish line next to the war memorial on Douglas promenade.

There can be no doubt that this is a big challenge for Carol, not only on the day but also in the weeks and months beforehand training in preparation for the event. Please support Carol and make a donation direct to Bowel Cancer IOM by using the ‘Make a Donation’ button below.