Preston Park 5.5 miles 26th Dec 07
Boxing Day saw the last race walk of 2007 take place in Brighton's Preston Park 5.5 miles in near perfect conditions, the mildest for many years. Brighton has three thriving athletics clubs, one of which is Brighton & Hove AC who always put on a good show with over 180 taking part in the combined field of runners and race walkers with the latter starting a bit earlier. A name to watch out for in the future will be Alex Wright from Belgrave Harriers who easily won in 46:14, with Surrey Walking Club's own Stephen Crane second in 50:10, battling with and just overtaking Olympian Ian Richards from Steyning AC in the final stages of the triangular course. The base of the triangle is almost flat but this is followed by a long climb of increasing steepness to the top corner. All of the effort is then lost in a short, sharp descent - not a boring course and at least the Park scenery is pleasant.

2. S.Crane 50 min 01 sec; 6. P.Crane 57 min 47 sec; 8. D.Hoben 62 min 0 sec.

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