|The Club's 10 mile championship in the middle of January is no picnic; however a turnout in double figures showed the determination of race-walking competitors to be not easily put off. Even Jack Fitzgerald at 83 completed the first 8 miles until time constraints forced retirement …until the next race of course. The reigning champion, Mark Easton, came to support the event although back problems limited his participation to 5km after demonstrating his speed and leaving the others behind. The serious competitors set about their task in good heart with relatively mild conditions and first Surrey man, Paul King, once again continuing his recent good form. However it was Pam Ficken, winner of the ladies’ championship, but towards the rear of the field, whose performance had the handicapper foxed to easily win the handicap event. Meanwhile the main pack chased Paul without success even though Shaun Lightman briefly overhauled him only to have to let him go again – a different story from last week. Chris Flint also went by Shaun in a great effort to 2nd handicap. Altogether a potentially difficult race turned out to be a very competitive event.