Marathon Efforts

Ben Quayle and Tabby Wright are running in Sunday’s London Marathon to raise money for two charities. It is the first time either of them has run a full marathon.

Ben is running in aid of the Anthony Nolan charity and Tabby for Isle of Man Breast Care. It is the first time either of them has run a full marathon.

Primary school teacher Tabby, 27 has run various half-marathons around the world, including the Sydney Half Marathon and the Great North Run.

Ben, 29, a commercial director at Black Grace Cowley has completed a number of triathlons in England including Salford Triathlon and Dorney Lake Triathlon. In 2020 he completed the Liverpool Half Marathon in 2020. Ben and Tabby have already raised thousands for the charities and hope to raise even more.

Anthony Nolan is a charity that helps saves the lives of those with blood cancer who need a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Isle of Man Breast Care is a local charity that provides direct support to the island’s breast cancer patients and their families.

To support Tabby and Isle of Man Breast Care, click here. To support Ben and Anthony Nolan, click here

Road Closure for New Guvnor

A number of road closures will be in place in Castletown between 1pm and 4pm on Wednesday to allow for the swearing-in ceremony of Sir John Lorimer as the island’s new Guvnor at Castle Rushen. The affected roads are Castle Quay, Castle Street, Parliament Square, George Lane, Market Square and Malew Street.

Election

The Cabinet Office has welcomed the initial findings of the election observation mission conducted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The independent mission team has published its preliminary statement after observing preparations for the 2021 House of Keys General Election and the proceedings on polling day. That report found a lack of easy access to polling stations for people with limited mobility at half of the island’s polling stations and a lack of training for staff.

German Election

Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have claimed victory in the country’s election, telling the party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel it should no longer be in power. SPD leader Olaf Scholz said he had a clear mandate to form a government and that it is time for a new coalition with the Greens and liberals.

Madness

A baffled homeowner found “keep clear” markings painted on the road outside his home – a converted village school which closed down 18 years ago. Greg Smith bought the building in Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire, eight years ago.  Despite his protestations, he said council contractors re-painted the zig-zag markings and suggested he black them out once they had left.

The house has not been a primary school for almost two decades

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