|Almost 100 entrants, less a few no-shows, lined up for this National 10 miles Championship at the head of which were several current internationals lending the event the appropriate high standard and prestige due. The standard of the race also increased the required standard of judging and walking style. This led to one or two of the faster competitors being removed from the field including, unfortunately, Surrey’s leading man, Stephen Crane when quite near the front. Rather farther back than he wanted was Shaun Lightman who worked very hard for the first two thirds of the race only to pay with some slowing from then on. Nevertheless his time was his best for some years albeit not by the large margins we have recently seen. Although not starting as fast as usual, lack of training made Hannell’s deceleration much more severe, unfortunately losing 9 places in the last third of the 10 miles race. The rest of the team were then not too far behind and were content though not pleased with the struggle on this cold winter’s day. The team score was quite a bit lower than what could have been but in 6th place out of 8 the score was not that far behind those in front other teams being similarly handicapped by disqualification and the odd below par performance on a challenging afternoon. In the women's race Shaun’s daughter Sarah pushed on steadily to finish well clear of David Hoben this time and although lapped by her father not unhappy with her time – a reward for a considerable amount of training. Click here to see photos from the race|
1. D.Stone(Steyn) 73 min 49 sec; 2. S.Davis (Ilf) 74 min 10 sec; 3. T.Taylor (Birch) 75 min 8 sec; 19. S.Lightman (Sy WC) 97 min 59 sec; 24. P.King (Bels/Sy WC) 101 min 18 sec; 29. C.Flint (L Vids/Sy WC) 104 min 12 sec;31. P.Hannell (Sy WC) 105 min 02 sec; 34. G.Macdonald (Sy WC) 108 min 19 sec; 36. P.Crane (Sy WC) 109 min 8 sec; 42. D.Hoben (Sy WC) 120 min 39 sec.
1. Steyning 285; 2. Ilford 275; 3. Birchfield 266; 6. Surrey Walking Club 216
1. L.Kehler (Birch) 83 min 14 sec; 2. D.Bradley (Ton) 91 min 58 sec; 3. H.Middleton (Enf) 93 min 33 sec; 11. S.Lightman (Lei/Sy WC) 113 min 09 sec.