24th London to Brighton Walk 10th Sep 1949
After being placed several times on previous occasions, Charlie Megnin, the famous long distance Highgate Harrier, made no mistake in winning this year's Surrey Walking Club's Open
London to Brighton Walk. The race derived an international aspect from the fact that Claud
Hubert, the French champion, was among the 102 starters. 
The team race was won decisively by Enfield A.C., who are to be congratulated on their success; the first time in the history of the Club. Megnin's time for the 52 miles was the slowest since 1926, but the 102 walkers had been hampered by a three miles foggy patch after leaving Redhill. Megnin won by three-quarters of a mile from A. Leveridge (Essex Beagles), who overtook the French champion. Claud Hubert, with seven miles to go and finished about two minutes in front of him.
The Harry Preston cup for the first Veteran to finish was again won by A. D. McSweeney, the Chairman of the R.W.A. Southern Area, who was fifth and was competing in the race for the 17th time. Incidentally it was his best performance (8 hours 51 mins;) and only 15 seconds slower than the record for a Veteran put up by Lloyd Johnson.
Frank Scott, a member of the promoting club, completed his twentieth Brighton. He suggests that it might be the last occasion on which he competes but. ...
The Dithy Cup for the first Surrey Walking 'Club member to finish returns to the famous family of distance race Walkers who had held it for so many years, father and son. This time Maurice Horton holds it for the first time following his father Edgar and brother Stanley

Results:
Position Initial Initial Surname Club Hour Min Sec
1 C. Megnin Highgate Harriers 8 34 31
2 A. Leveridge Essex Beagles 8 41 16
3 C Hubert Asnieres S.C. (France) 8 43 12
4 L. Barrett Enfield A.C 8 50 27
5 A. D. McSweeney Highgate H. 8 51 32
6 H. J. Forbes Birmingham W.C. 8 54 19
7 T. W. Richardson Woodford Green 8 55 8
8 P. J. Reading Polytechnic H. 8 55 49
9 M. Y. Horton Surrey W.C. "A" 8 59 28
10 J. C. Bidgood Belgrave Harriers 9 0 49
11 P. A. Price Polytechnic Harriers 9 2 18
12 R. C. Pantling London. Vidarians 9 6 21
13 C. E. Wingate Brighton County H. 9 9 28
14 J. P. Thomas Enfield A.C 9 9 42
15 H. D. Neilson Woodford Green A.C. 9 9 42
16 Jesse Hayward Enfield A.C. 9 9 57
17 H. G. Clayton Belgrave Harriers 9 10 29
18 J. F. Henderson Sussex W. A.C. 9 11 6
19 T. B. Kent Woodford Green A.C. 9 11 12
20 S. E. Horton Surrey W.C. "A " 9 11 51
21 James W. Hayward Enfield A.C. 9 18 19
22 J. Wilson Belgrave Harriers 9 19 43
23 J. F. Holding Woodford Green A.C. 9 21 23
24 J. C. Baker Belgrave Harriers 9 28 54
25 L. H. Griffiths Surrey W.C. "A" 9 31 9
26 C. J. Clarke Highgate Harriers 9 32 23
27 W. P. Everard Essex Beagles 9 35 59
28 M. C. Cazaly Surrey A.C 9 39 31
29 H. W. Shephard Polytechnic H. 9 40 44
30 G. A. White Essex Beagles 9 45 33
31 J. H. Gibson London Vidarians 9 46 15
32 J. C. Coomber Highgate Harriers 9 53 23
33 F. J. Plumb Sussex W. A.C 9 53 51
34 G. J. Doubleday Belgrave H 9 58 20
35 W. A. Wesson London Transport (C.T. &T.B.) S.A 10 3 35
36 G. J. Witham R.A F. Bridgnorth 10 4 8
37 T. A. Harty R.A.F. Bridgnorth 10 5 17
38 G. Oliver Belgrave. Harriers 10 7 33
39 S. J. Bissell Surrey A.C 10 8 57
40 P. C. Woolhouse Surrey W.C. "A" 10 9 30
41 H. P. Fisher London Vidarians 10 9 35
42 P. H. Lambert Metropolitan W.C. 10 11 23
43 A. E. Llowarfch Surrey W.C. " B" 10 11 36
44 W. J. Anderson Cambridge H 10 11 40
45 B. J. Foster Ilford A.C 10 11 44
46 H. Kirkbright Yorkshire W. C. 10 14 11
47 G. H. West Highgate Harriers 10 16 8
48 H. E. Stroud Polytechnic H 10 18 23
49 A. W. King Enfield A.C 10 18 46
50 W. F. Watson Lozells Harriers 10 19 0
51 A. R. Austen Surrey W.C. "A" 10 19 20
52 H. Rhodes Surrey W.C. "A" 10 19 20
53 D. C. Mathes&n R.A.F. Bridgnorth 10 19 24
54 C. Royle Lancashire W.C 10 20 48
55 D. J. Heath Belgrave Harriers 10 20 54
56 C. R. Bond ilford A.C 10 21 4
57 N. Smith Yorkshire W.C 10 21 19
58 A. E. Stevenson Surrey A.C 10 21 30
59 J. Prior Lyons S.C 10 23 52
60 B. C. Angell London Transpt. (C.T.& T.B.) SA 10 23 54
61 L. H. Toussaint Polytechnic H. 10 24 3
62 J. H. Pinker Highgate Harriers 10 34 4
63 A. B. Grigg Sussex W. A.C 10 35 27
64 A. F. Spicer Surrey W.C. "B " 10 35 27
65 A. V. Butcheiv Redhill & Reigate A.C 10 40 44
66 G. Thwaites Surrey W.C. "B" 10 41 38
67 W. A. Locke Sussex W. A.C 10 47 55
68 J. H. Jansen Essex Beagles 10 51 30
69 J. P. Purcell Cambridge Harriers 10 51 54
70 F. R. Scott Surrey W.C. "A" 11 5 45
71 S. Reed Yorkshire W.C 11 8 52
72 S. McSweeney Highgate Harriers 11 11 13
73 J. Banfield London Vidarians 11 17 45
74 F. J. Harmer Herne Hill Harriers 11 23 33
75 E. Stevenson Redhill & Reigate A.C 11 46 48
76 W. Fitzpatrick London Transpt. (C.T.& T.B.) SA 11 49 42
Team Position Club Points
1 Enfield A.C. 45
2 Woodford Green A.C. 53
3 Highgate Harriers 57
4 Belgrave H. 62
5 Surrey W.C. 82
6 Polytechnic H. 82
7 Essex Beagles 109
8 London Vid. 135
9 Sussex W. & A.C. 152.5

Information courtesy of Race Walking Record

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