Southern Area 20km Championship, 26th Feb 05
This fixture has been held on the seafront at Littlehampton for the past two years but unforeseen repairs forced a late switch to the roads around the Met .Police sports ground at Hampton Court. A very cold afternoon made the move inland slightly more comfortable for the small field for such an important event. The standard at the front was good with the leading six or seven close together for the first few laps. Among these was Surrey Walking Club’s Chris Cheeseman who felt he had not done enough speed work. Nevertheless he kept working hard, as usual, and was rewarded with 3rd place and 2nd in the Championship, behind a Midlands visitor, having been 5th at one point. The rest of the team struggled but improved on last year despite a lack of preparation for the longer distance. Pam Ficken bravely pushed on in the Ladies event and although out in the chilling weather longer than some completed the full distance. Click here to see photos from the race

Men: 2.C.Cheeseman 108 min 28 sec; 13. P.King 119 min 58 sec; 17. C.Flint 123 min 23 sec; 20. P.Hannell 124 min 29 sec; 21. S.Lightman 128 min 17 sec.

Ladies: 7. Pam Ficken 147 min 5 sec.

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