|The first race of the New Year saw Surrey well represented with 6 starters and 5 finishers in good field of almost 50. The cold weather and a little snow the previous night may have put some off but a warming sun and no wind in fact provided a pleasant racing temperature. The five one mile out and back laps provide a good view of the head of the race and the surrounding competition for all taking part and the spectators. The fist four were soon well away from the main bunch but Shaun Lightman did not take long to establish himself in a good position and well ahead of the other Surrey finishers. As usual Harran and Hannell were not far apart with Hannell unusually holding off his team-mate but the latter breaking his one hour target time. The competition also encouraged Peter Crane and David Hoben to good times with David around his best for the distance. The course, just outside of the new stadium, is attractive with a short hill to add interest, very little traffic and pleasant surroundings.