|Surrey Walking Club had 8 members at Victoria Park for this yearís National 20km although the disapproval of three judges removed the likely leading man. This was the only bad news, costing us a probable 3rd team result, as the cool breeze was slight, the field good and most of the team performed well. Our first man home was Shaun Lightman with a respectable time inside 2 hours 5 minutes and well inside his target and his best for several years. A slightly restrained start and a fairly even pace held him in good stead for such a pleasing result. Mick Harran also was faster than usual comfortably inside 2 hours 10 minutes, again managing an even pace which pulled him through the field towards the end. This was in spite of an early, inconsequential style warning which was of course unsettling. Further back Gary overtook Peter Hannell at about the 11 km mark and pulled away only to fall back later and be overtaken at 17km. This was not the end of the story as a great effort on the final lap brought him to only 8 seconds behind.
The Boys U15 race saw fast times at the front and of course a step up from the usual 2km of the Under 13 2km. Andrew Statter was not at his recent best and struggled some way behind the older boys and his usual rival Guy Thomas from Tonbridge. Nevertheless he did not give up and ended with time not too far behind his expected pace for the additional distance.
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|Senior Menís 10km:
1. T.Bosworth (Ton) 1 hr 31 min 6 sec; 2. Daniel King (Colchester) 1 hr 32 min 52 sec; 3. Luke Finch (Colchester) 1 hr 33 min 38 sec; 17. S.Lightman (Sy WC) 2 hrs 4 Min 52 sec; 20. M.Harran (Sy WC) 2 hrs 8 min 39 sec; 23. P.King (Bels/Sy WC) 2 hrs 9 min 55 sec; 24. P.Hannell (Sy WC) 2 hrs 14 min 0 sec; 25. G.Macdonald (Sy WC) 2 hrs 14 Min 8 sec; 27. C.Flint (Lon V/Sy WC) 2 hrs 16 min 46 sec; 31. D.Hoben (Sy WC) 2 hrs 32 min 47 sec.
Teams: 1. Colchester 9 pts; 2. Ilford 35 pts; 3. Birchfield 45 pts; 5. Surrey Walking Club 61 pts.
Under 15 Boys 3km:
1. A.Eaton (Manx) 16 min 27 sec; 2. D.Waples (Kettering) 16 min 42 sec; 3. L.Green (Steyn) 16 min 25 sec; 6. A.Statter (Sy WC) 20 min 51 sec.