Round the Light Houses

Around 400 cyclists will take to the island’s roads this Sunday for the Zurich Lighthouses Challenge. The 11th edition of the event sees the annual coastal sportive Grand Depart at 8am with a mass start from North Quay Douglas, before heading to the south of the island.

The DotPerformance Quarter Circle that finishes in Port Erin is aimed at novices and leisure cyclists and has seen record number of entries of around 80 riders sign up.  A half circle of the island at 50 miles and the full circle that takes in all of the island’s costal roads and Lighthouses at just over 100 miles finishing on North Quay in Douglas where entrants are presented with their finishes medals! 

This years event is in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man, a local charity who support adults and children who have suffered a bereavement.

There are various traffic management measures in place to help facilitate the ride, mainly on North Quay and the Sloc which will be closed to traffic and Mull Hill in Port Erin that is one way in the direction of Port Erin.

Registration takes place this Friday at Bikestyle in the Market Hall between 4pm and 7pm. For any last-minute people who fancy taking part, please get in touch with the organisers ASAP who may be able to facilitate a late entry.

Marshal

The TTMA have announced that sign on is now open for those that wish to marshal at this year’s Manx Grand Prix.

Anyone that is interested in Marshalling at the Manx Grand Prix is now able to sign on for sessions via the TTMA website. Once an individual has registered online, they will then be able to complete the two required online training modules. 

Anyone that has already marshalled at the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races will not need to complete the two online modules again, the only requirement is to sign on for the days they are available at the Manx Grand Prix by logging into their account on the TTMA website.

Jane Corlett, Company Director, TTMA Ltd, said: ‘Following a successful turnout for marshals at the Isle of Man TT Races, it’s wonderful to be able to announce that sign on is now open for the Manx Grand Prix. We hope to see another positive response of people coming forward to play a vital role in the return of the Manx Grand Prix.’

Nature

Islanders can take advantage of illustrated wildlife spotter sheets and information leaflets to help them learn all about the Isle of Man’s unique marine habitats and coastal wildlife.

They have been created by DEFA and Manx Wildlife Trust, funded by Manx Utilities; and will be available from next week to coincide with Schools’ Biosphere week, which aims to encourage children and their families to celebrate the Biosphere and connect with nature.

The pocket-sized leaflets and spotter sheets, which are also downloadable, are available for each of the ten Marine Nature Reserves (MNRs) and include information about both the rare and common species they protect and how people can enjoy the sites safely.

Dr Michelle Haywood MHK, Member for the Environment, said: ‘I am delighted to team up with Manx Wildlife Trust and produce these great Marine Nature Reserve guides and spotter sheets, which will be a fun resource for people to use when they get outside to connect with nature.’

The new guides and activity sheets can be downloaded or collected from places including DEFA Headquarters in St John’s, Manx Wildlife Trust office in Peel and the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal.