A very big thank you to Tony Archibald for keeping the Thursday walks schedule running seamlessly for so many years. MFCG appreciates Tony's hard work and hope that he will enjoy his well deserved rest from these responsibilities. The group would also like to thank Margaret for stepping forward to take the mantle from Tony. We can already see that you will be an excellent coordinator. Well done Margaret.
Sue Furner (a 63-year-old mum of five, and nana of seven) is setting off on her next adventure: to walk 630 miles along the South West Coast Path, from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset. The South West Coast Path is the longest National Trail in the UK. Starting in Minehead it runs along the coastline of Exmoor, continuing along the coast of North Devon into Cornwall, goes across the mouth of the river Tamar and continues into Devon. After running along the south coast of Devon it then follows the Dorset coastline before finally ending at Poole Harbour, the second biggest natural harbour in the world after Sydney. Sue is raising funds for the RNLI. Sue has lived in the Isle of Man for 24 years. A runner of marathons when she arrived from the Netherlands, she got into long-distance walking on the island, taking part in the TT
We are delighted to announce the release of a new walking guide for this highly popular Isle of Man pilgrimage route. Written by Andrew Foxon (MFCG member) in collaboration with Phil Craine the guide book includes route instructions, maps, photos, reflective poems and prayers. It is currently available from Bridge Bookshops and in due course will also be available from the Manx Museum and is retailing at £9.99. It can also be purchased directly from Andrew or Phil.
Despite our best efforts of safety, being careful and looking out for each other, unfortunately on rare occasion, accidents and incidents do happen, when we are all out walking. In an emergency, a very quick dynamic assessment will deduce if we need to call the emergency services, here on the island that will connect us to the emergency joint control room and one of the vital initial pieces of information they require is ‘ What’s your location?’ A number questions now confront us and the quicker we reply with this information, the quicker the correct emergency services can be dispatched.Postcodes, road names, house numbers and a gird reference are all valid options, especially the latter, if the incident is in a remote location but new options of digital applications are now available and are used here on the island by our first response emergency teams. What3Words (been heavy publicised recently) is a downloadable