A Winning Weekend

What a weekend for Manx sport stars! Let’s start with Becky Storrie and Jessie Carridge who finished first and third respectively in the Women’s Rapha Lincoln GP.

Becky Storey and Jessie Carridge (right)

Then we have Cav. The Manx Missile keeps rolling back the years as he sprinted home to claim his 16th win in the Giro d’Italia on Sunday. This was the first Giro win for Cav since 2013, who hit the front with 300m or so to go and held off challengers to go third in the overall classification.

Ravens make the final. After a late Nathan Cards goal, FC Isle of Man, in their debut season in the English leads, secured their first cup final. Chris Bass’ men will host Cammell Laird at the Bowl on May 21 at 3pm.

Bus Timetable

Don’t forget there is a new timetable in place today. Biggest changes see the 21, 21A, 21B and 21H now going back over Pulrose Bridge, but the south going buses will continue to go via Quarterbridge until May 23. Between Douglas and Peel/Ramsey, times have been altered slightly to change the provision in the morning and late afternoon/evening to The Hope and Thie Slieau Whallian.

See the new timetable here.

Tour Guides

At a ceremony held in the offices of the Department for Enterprise on May 5, five new members of the Guild of Manx Registered Tour Guides were presented with their certificates of qualification and Blue Badges.

The award is jointly made by the Department and the Guild. Dr Alex Allinson presented the certificates and commended the newly qualified guides for their hard work whilst studying, stressing the importance of professionalism in explaining all aspects of the island, such as its history and heritage, flora and fauna, the landscape and biosphere to visitors.

The Blue Badges themselves are an award from the Guild, with the new guides receiving their badges from Guild Chair David Killip. The training course, which incorporates academic study in collaboration with University College Isle of Man, together with specific guiding related training, took place over a period of 18 months under the leadership of tutor Andrew Foxon.

A total of seven new guides qualified in April, with John Barker, Dave Mackey, Janine Shimmin, Jack
Verity and Mark Watterson receiving their awards at the presentation. Trevor Gibbs and Jacqueline
Yates were unable to attend, but also join the ranks of the island’s professional tour guides.