Belgrave Open 7 miles, Wimbledon 27th Nov 10
The third and most prestigious of the three road 7 miles races held every November no longer attracts the 200 from around the country which it did 30 years ago. However a field of around 20, the lowest of the three races, cheerfully faced the starter on what had promised to an extremely cold afternoon over this very tough course. About a third of the field were Surrey Walking Club members including two second-claim members and the team prize achieved, second in fact, was not unexpected. As the race coincided with an evening SWC social event a very fit Roger Michell travelled down from his Shropshire home and his fifth in the race was not only a great result but also helped the team considerably. Paul King battled it out with Peter Hannell for half of the race but steadily pulled away to 100 metres by the finish, the duel having kept the pair clear of a group of five catching from behind. The general pattern was that the first, fitter half of the finishers took advantage of the long flat and downhill sections to improve their times compared with the previous races while the remainder were more hampered by the very steep incline and slowed. Penultimate man home for SWC, David Hoben, however was an exception, enjoying the challenge to record his best time here. Click here to see photos from the race

1. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 54 min 29 sec; 2. T.Jones (Steyn M50) 58 min 29 sec; 3. S.Uttley (Ilf M50) 58 min 45 sec; 5. R.Michell (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 6 min 58 sec; 7. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M55) 1 hr 8 min 55 sec; 8. P.Hannell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 9 min 39 sec; 11. C.Flint (Lon V/Sy WC M65) 1 hr 10 min 02 sec; 13. I.Statter (Sy WC M50) 1 hr 11 min 14 sec; 14. M.Harran (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 14 min 14 sec; 15. D.Hoben (Sy WC M55) 1 hr 18 min 00 sec; 16. D.Delaney (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 20 min 17 sec.

1. Ilford AC; 2. Surrey Walking Club.

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