Date: Sep 15,2020

Organisers of the Coast to Coast Walk have recorded a record-breaking year after hundreds of walkers stomped, strolled and strutted their way from Douglas to Peel earlier this month. 

Almost 600 people from across the Island stepped up to the challenge, which was organised by Manx Blind Welfare Society and sponsored by Manx Telecom. The final fundraising total is still being calculated but already more than £8,000 has been collected for the charity, which looks after the blind and visually impaired community in the Isle of Man. 

Participants gathered at the NSC track car park ahead of the starting whistle on Sunday 6th September, before setting off with a lap of the outside track to start. Walkers then followed a picturesque 12-mile route via the Old Heritage Trail, finishing in front of the House of Manannan in Peel. There was also a second start in St John’s for those who preferred a shorter walk but still wanted to join in the fun and family-friendly atmosphere.

All walkers received a special certificate, in addition to discount vouchers for Davison’s Ice Cream – whose team was present at the finish serving delicious iced treats – Quayside Fish and Chip Shop and The Cod and Castle in Peel. 

Manx Telecom was pleased to sponsor the event for the first time and was there on the day to offer its support. Chief Executive Officer Gary Lamb donned his trainers as did the first finisher - Manx Telecom database administrator and keen walker Kevin Edwards – who crossed the line in 2 hours on the dot.

Gary Lamb said: ‘The Coast to Coast Walk was a brilliant event with so many families and people of all ages and abilities taking part. The organisation was superb and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere, even amongst the keener walkers! The Manx Blind Welfare Society does such an important job in supporting the blind and partially-sighted community on the Isle of Man and we were delighted to help them with crucial fundraising in such a difficult year.’

Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator and Events Organiser, Debbie Thomson, added: ‘We have been on a high since the Coast to Coast Walk and that feeling is yet to go away – the atmosphere on the day was absolutely fantastic and there was a real community feel to the event.

‘We’re delighted with the record-breaking number of entries and the wonderful amount raised, with more money still coming in! Thanks to Manx Telecom’s generous support, every penny of that can be used towards helping blind and visually impaired people in the Isle of Man. Thanks also to Shoprite, Tesco and Co-op Isle of Man for keeping our walkers hydrated along the route.’

Manx Blind Welfare Society looks after the interests of almost 600 people with serious sight loss in the Isle of Man, providing a wide range of important services and support to individuals of all ages. To find out more about the charity and how you can support it, head to:

Walkers finished in front of the House of Manannan in Peel